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  1. 5 hours ago, RVGRINGO said:

    As soon as a vaccine is announced and made available, the masses will discard their masks, hug each other, open bars and restaurants, and declare that the virus will be killed. The infection rate will soar, hundreds of thousands will die, and the economy will tank even further; perhaps beyond any hope of recovery.

    Then, really bad things will happen.  🤯

    Spot on, RV. I'm coming to the conclusion that humans are possibly the stupidest animals on the planet, in spite of our supposedly superior brain. 

  2. As such things aren't something common in Mexico, you have to be really careful about what someone tells you they could build. I know several people who had bathtubs "built" when they built their houses and none of them are useable. You can't, for instance, build one out of stone, as my neighbor did, because the rocks take so much time to heat up and suck so much heat out of the water while doing so, that you don't get a hot bath. Same goes for building it out of cement blocks. Then there was the friend whose workers built such a big bathtub, that there was only 5 inches of water in it by the time the hot water heater ran out 🙂

    One bathtub that did work somewhere I went was built from thick styrofoam, like they use in ceilings, covered in metal mesh, and then plastered and sealed with waterproof paint, or it could be tiled with pool tiles.  

  3. Another thing people can do if they are trying to help out a favorite small business is to let them know that everyone doesn't use Facebook and if that is the only place they advertise and list their phone number, hours of business, etc, they are losing potential business. And that if they list certain hours, they need to be open those hours, and if they aren't for some reason, to leave a note on the door saying why and when they will be open.

    I went to buy something at a specialty store and although it was normal business hours, the door was locked. I had just turned around and was starting to walk back to my car, when the saleswoman came leisurely walking up, and unlocked the door, a bag of chips and a drink in her hand. She'd obviously just walked down the block to grab a snack, and had she been a half a minute later, she would have lost a fair-sized sale. Had there been a note on the door saying "Back in 5 minutes", I just would have waited.

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  4. As RV says, totally pointless unless you've solved the moisture problem above. And then it's still pointless to treat the salitre right away after the moisture issue, as the dampness needs to be able to escape somewhere once the roof is well-sealed, so the salitre will just come right back. But if it's flaking off on your head, I can understand that it might be necessary to clean it off now, even if you have to do it again.

    Once you do treat the salitre with the muriatic acid, you can apply a sin salitre product, which vary as to effectiveness. Some I've found useless-the one I like is the Sika brand.

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  5. 4 hours ago, vista lake said:

    How many m2 you like to build!? If is lest of 40 just you need a normal casita desing, and you dont need a perito sing, but if is more than 40 you need a desing of all you property, peroto sing, and more paper of you home, tax, payments, ect. 

    vista lake- the word in English for diseño is design (which is pronounced as if it were spelled in Spanish something like "disayn"), not desing.  This is a really common mistake among Spanish speakers, which is understandable since so many words in English end in 'ing.'  I thought you might like to know since you comment so often on building matters. I can't tell you how many times I have seen "desing" on furniture stores, architect and engineer's offices, which are assuming they are translating to English, but there is no such word as "desing" in English.

  6. I don't know the building laws Lakeside, but when I built my house in Bahia de Banderas, if you kept the size under a certain sq.mtrs, as vista lake said, there are different regulations. In my case, I kept the house under 90 square meters and therefore didn't need architect plans, but I did need an engineer's drawing, which the engineer did off my own design I submitted to her.

  7. Try to avoid the Telcel Alcatel phone. They are really bottom of the line phones and the battery runs down really quickly- you end up having to plug it into the charger pretty much every day. I had a Nokia before that that was awesome and worked great for 10 years until I dropped it on the tile floor. That Nokia lasted a week without recharging.

  8. On 9/6/2020 at 7:37 PM, sue said:

     I do a last walk out after the news at 11 and it is quiet

    I doubt the people who are posting here about being disturbed all night from the dog barking at this facility are making it up. Just because you love dogs and know the people who are running this place, doesn't mean it's okay to show such disrespect for others that you keep trying to negate their experience.

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  9. On 9/2/2020 at 5:57 PM, johanson said:

    However I still hope that one is able to get at least partially used to this obnoxious noise until the problem is solved.

    People told me I'd get used to the roosters. Nope, never. When I bought my property, I made sure there wasn't the possibility of the neighbors having any. They all hate them, so it hasn't been an issue. There's a rooster farm about a block and a half away, but there's a house in the way that blocks most of the sound, and they don't bother me if they're in the distance. But one nearby would make me feel murderous. And the sound cuts right through earplugs.

  10. 4 hours ago, TelsZ4 said:

    The reason thieves hangout in Walmart is there are so many easy pickings there.. 
    You see expat women wandering around oblivious to their surroundings, their bags laying in the cart, so many times you see them step away or turn their back on the cart and then they wonder why they have been robbed and post on here with righteousness indignation.. The management at Walmart is too polite to say to them “Well you got what you deserve”  Sadly its the way it is here and in many other parts of the world. If we all take a minute to think about what we are doing it would eliminate many of these types of theft. 

    I don't think there are many "expat women"  so clueless as to leave their bag in the cart. That is not the scenario of the thefts that were mentioned in this thread. Nor have I ever seen any posts on the topic of theft which express "righteous indignation". 

    And Walmart management can't do anything about thieves out in the parking lot. Complaining there is pointless. When I got robbed in the parking lot, I went directly to the security office for the entire shopping complex ad spoke to the head of security there, who came with me out to the parking lot where I showed him what area it happened in and described the thief.

  11. On 8/14/2020 at 8:15 AM, Mainecoons said:

    So after five and a half months the local death rate is 0.0125% and the official local infection rate is 0.1525 percent assuming a population of 40,000.  The Tapatios have been back in town for nearly two months.  There are no sanitary check points. 

    What part of the local population taking precautions so they don't get infected by the weekenders, and the weekenders being counted in the Guadalajara stats if they are infected, eludes you? 

    Since you seem intent on promoting the notion that the virus poses little danger, perhaps you could wangle yourself an invite to a big weekend Tapatio party and attend with no mask. Then report back in a couple weeks as to how that went for you.

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  12. 2 hours ago, Jim Bowie said:

    Ever notice who posts threads like this one? They never seem to learn and are "surprised" when something like this happens

    Could you be any more condescending? This was posted by someone who wanted to warn others. She didn't say or indicate anything about being "surprised". And I said in my OP here that I should have known better after 18 years in Mexico, but these thieves are clever and no one goes around being on high alert every moment they are out and about. 


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  13. 4 hours ago, Mostlylost said:

    Amazing all the things people need to carry into the grocery store.  But hey I guess I'm unusual in that I don't need sunglasses, pens, house keys, cash, and a wallet full of needless items to buy groceries. 

    All I need is my ID, and CCard,  and car key in my pocket, and I always carry a phone.  The shopping list is on my phone which is in my hand

    Women's handbags are a habit.  Also security experts recommend that you keep your car keys separate from your house keys.

    Who said anything about carrying all this to "the grocery store"?  When I go on a shopping trip, I go to Costco, my upholstery supply shop, the fabric store, Home Depot, Mega, and usually about 3 other various stops. I'm not some geriatic who can only manage to do one thing and then go home for a nap. And who said anything about the car key and the house keys being on the same key chain? 

    So when you carry your phone in your hand, that means you only have one hand to use. Or you have to set it down somewhere. Seems really inconvenient to me. Although I realize almost everyone walks around with a phone in their hand these days, as if it's another appendage.

    Women's bags aren't a "habit". They're used because they're useful. Since you don't carry a handbag, perhaps you shouldn't make presumptuous statements on why others do.



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  14. All you men saying not to carry a purse- you may walk around with your pockets bulging with your keys, phones, money, etc, but a lot of women's clothing doesn't have extensive pockets. In my purse (and all these things are used when I go out on a shopping trip)- My little book with my shopping lists and other needed info, a pen, my phone, my house keys and my car keys, my reading glasses, my wallet with driver's license, store cards, debit card and some cash, my sunglasses, and I also use it to put small bags of stuff I have purchased. If I was just walking to one store and back home, yes, I could just carry a small amount of money and nothing else. But when I go out shopping, I'm driving and try to get 2 weeks worth of purchases done at once, which entails many stops and takes an entire day.

  15. This is what happened to me in the parking lot of Walmart in Nuevo Vallarta:

    I had just gotten back to my car with my purchases, and loaded them in. I was in the driver's seat and had just put my key in the ignition. Now my key and my wallet, like Mtn Mama, are both attached to the inside of my bag. So my bag was next to my driver's seat, and attached to the key in the ignition.

    A guy stopped at my open window and said there were some cards laying under the back of my car, were they mine? (I should have known better after 18 years in Mexico) So I got out and looked on the ground by the back of my car,. where sure enough, there were some cards, but they turned out to be used up store gift cards, not mine (bait). I got back in my car and drove away. When I got to the next place, I saw that my wallet was gone- the other half of the thief duo had obviously reached in the open passenger side window when I was behind the car and tried to grab my bag, or the wallet out of it, but it was all attached. So they pulled so hard on the wallet that the little clip that attached my wallet to the inside of my bag was broken in half.

    About an hour later a woman called whose 8 year old son had seen my wallet laying on the edge of the parking lot, with all the cards strewn around. She said she first told him not to touch it, but then saw my INM card, driver's license, etc. So she called and I met her. The only thing missing aside from the 200 pesos in cash were my Bancomer debit card and my Canadian Scotiabank debit card. I figured they'd try to use the Bancomer one first, so I first called to cancel that card, which it turned out they hadn't used. Then when I contacted Scotiabank Canada, I found out they had already charged over $800 Canadian on it. 

    After talking to the fraud dept, I found out why they didn't need the pin- the charge had been made through an app called "Señor Pago" (I thought it was a joke, but it's very much real). All they need to enter is the card number and the three digit security number on the back.

    I did eventually get that $800 credited back to my Canadian bank account, which amazed me.


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  16. On 8/13/2020 at 3:24 PM, AngusMactavish said:

    I paid $4,488 for the 24 months with 2 GB each month.

    Well, that's not twice the cost of Telcel. I do pay as you go Telcel Sin Limites- 150 pesos for about 3 weeks. If I translate that to 24 months, It's just over 5100 pesos. With 2GB.

  17. It's possible the dog could have an allergic reaction to the medication he is being given. Could also try changing the food you are feeding. Some dogs lick and chew at themselves out of boredom. If you aren't giving the dog much exercise, you could try taking him out more and see if that helps. If he's old and arthritic, he's not going to be able to be exercised a lot, but just a change of scene a few times a day may help. 

    You say you gave the dog meds for fleas. I gave my dog Comfortis for fleas and she broke out in ulcerating sores all over her legs within 12 hours- it took a month for them to go away. Not all dogs can handle those systemic insecticides.

  18. 15 hours ago, Joyinmexico said:

    Mudgirl you are probably way younger or healthier (no ladders please!) I no longer do that stuff!

    If you call 70 young 🙂  But I am healthy and agile and do go up on ladders. But I was assuming your salitre problem didn't require a ladder. Most of the salitre I see is closer to the bottom of a wall altho I have had some on ceilings if there was moisture coming in from the roof.

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