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  1. Same goes for fans. I can't believe how much faster they whip around and how much more air they move after I have cleaned them. New capacitors, if a fan seems not to be running as fast as it was, are cheap and usually easy to replace. I've had the same 350 peso stand up fan for about 8 years now. Usually people throw them out, thinking the motor is bad, but I just replace the capacitor every couple of years.
  2. So according to you, one must absolutely love every aspect of where they have chosen to live, or they should move elsewhere? Bet you had an "America- love it or leave it" bumper sticker. 🙄
  3. What an arrogant, rude post directed towards someone you obviously know nothing about. Climate preference is subjective. Some people love snowy, cold winters, some people like heat and humidity. Your idea of perfect is not some objective fact.
  4. Yes, I grew up in Kansas, and while the weather didn't bother me at the time, as I was a child, and kids aren't really that sensitive to weather conditions, that part of the country is dripping hot and humid in the summer and freezing in the winter. I do miss the awesome thunderstorms in the spring, though. Here where I live on the coast, there are 2 seasons- dust and mud.
  5. Rather than cross your fingers and hope for the best, what many expats do is self-insure. I paid for private medical insurance in Mexico for about 5 years, which I never ended up using, as paying out of pocket for the few times I have needed medical attention (I have no existing medical conditions, and do not need to take any medication, knock on wood) was far less than the deductible, even when I got an MRI for a back injury. When I got over 70, the premiums got too expensive for me, and I was throwing money down the drain every year (yes, I realize that the concept of insurance is coverage for what ifs). Now I try to sock away as much as I can afford to every year, i.e. as close to what I would have had to pay in private insurance premiums as possible, so that if something came up, barring some hugely expensive procedure, I could pay for it. So far, in my case, that has added up to $10,000 (and I also have a small investment I could dig into if necessary) that is in my bank account, and accruing interest, rather than disappearing into an insurance company's coffers. And if I really needed to, I could use that money for something else, like another vehicle if my current one completely died. But the reality is that if I were to develop some serious condition, very expensive to treat, I would likely have to move back to Canada, where my medical would be covered.
  6. The OP isn't "out of the country for a few months".
  7. Where I live, our road is not maintained by the municipality. In the summer, it used to be impassable. Now there are enough people who use the road, both foreigners and Mexicans (10 homes with vehicles) that we just all chip in and get whatever work needs to be done, done. You don't need an HOA to accomplish things like that, you just need cooperation with your neighbors.
  8. If you sweat a lot, make sure to drink a lot of water so you don't get dehydrated. This may seem like something that people would do naturally, but I am almost never thirsty and have to remind myself, and actually find it hard to choke back a glass of water. If this sounds odd, imagine that you have just eaten a big meal, and then someone forces you to eat another when you aren't at all hungry. I know many other people who have told me they are also never thirsty and seldom drink water.
  9. As per usual, you missed the point, which was whether people get acclimatized to weather they find too hot, as the person I was replying to said she was finding it too hot for her comfort at Lakeside, and mused as to whether she would get used to it. As I don't live Lakeside, and therefore do not know any Mexicans there, I used the example of the Mexicans I know, where I live, to point out that it seems people do not necessarily get acclimatized, as the locals who were born and raised here seem to complain about the summer heat as much as the foreigners do.
  10. Why do you find it necessary to butt your nose into a reply I made to someone who is new here and is finding the weather too hot for her liking? Don't you have anything better to do with your time?
  11. Aren't there pills you can take to counter water retention, since you don't perspire? (Maybe they have nasty side effects, I know nothing about them). I suggest you get in the habit of jumping in a cool or cold shower for a few minutes, several times a day, to cool down your core temp. Ideally before you feel way too hot. I'm an avid gardener and in the summer, I will step into my indoor/outdoor shower stall with my gardening clothes on, cooling off and getting the clothing wet, which enables me to continue working for longer without feeling like I'm going to pass out. When the clothes start to dry out or feel steamy, I jump back in the shower again. As for no longer having the body to prance about in a bikini, learn all the ways to wear a sarong as clothing. I had a friend who lived in sarongs, whether at home or when going out. She had a whole wardrobe of them. Far more comfortable than shorts and shirts. And as the above poster noted, the month or so just before the rains kick in, and after they stop, are really the hottest. The rain cools things down, at least for awhile, so the heat isn't so relentless.
  12. I agree. When I am cold, it gets right into my bones, my joints ache, my body is tensed up. Living on the coast year round, my body doesn't hurt at all. That's a good enough trade-off with being hot and sweaty sometimes for me. Of course, when I was young, it wasn't like that and although I was born and raised in Kansas City, where the winter and summer temps are extreme, I don't recall either hating or loving the cold or the heat. That sensitivity seems to develop with age. I recall my kids protesting that just because Mom was cold shouldn't mean they have to put on a sweater. 😄
  13. I was surprised, living on the coast, that local Mexicans, who have lived here all their lives, are just as bothered by the hot, humid summers as most foreigners. So it isn't just a matter of being acclimatized. However, when one gets used to something, like being too hot, it becomes easier to ignore, rather than a shock to the system. You just resign yourself to feeling somewhat miserable for part of the year. You find ways to mitigate it, like getting your shopping or yard work done in the early morning or evening, like AC, good fans, opening and closing curtains and windows as the sun moves to keep your home as comfortable as possible, jumping in a cold shower several times a day, and only suffer if you have to go out in the heat of the day. One thing that seems true is that thin people with little to no body fat can handle the heat much easier than those of average or above average weight. I'm super skinny (I'd actually like to gain weight, but have a hard time doing so, as dealing with food and cooking sort of bores me), so I think that's one of the reasons I don't feel as miserable in the heat as others. Conversely, I hate the cold and much prefer being too hot than too cold. I have no idea of your body type, but you could consider becoming an anorexic. 😜
  14. Quite honestly, it's far better for new residents to arrive and start a new life in Mexico when the weather is at its worst. You then have a realistic picture of whether you really want to relocate permanently year-round, or perhaps choose another part of Mexico. There are those who decide to retire here who have only ever been here for the times of year when the weather is pleasant, sell everything and move, only to find that they can't physically handle the summer. It's one thing to read about average temperatures at various times of the year, quite another to actually experience it. You may adjust, many do, or you might find it unbearable ongoingly. Lots of Lakesiders put forth attitudes that "You can't survive the summer without AC in the coastal areas" and that they could never live on the coast, but millions of people, like me, do. And I do not have AC, nor want it.
  15. Yes, general advice is to avoid free-standing ATMs in Mexico, only those attached to a brick and mortar bank, if possible. I cancelled my Mexican debit card first, thinking that was the one they'd try to charge on first, but that one hadn't been used. By the time I got off the phone with Bancomer and called Scotiabank, my Canadian bank, they had already charged $800 Canadian on it. I did get the money back from my bank about a month later.
  16. I agree that online is preferrable for most business these days, but there are some things that can't be dealt with online. I found that out when my wallet was stolen and my Mexican and Canadian debit cards needed to be cancelled and in the case of my Canadian card, a new one couriered.
  17. 24 years ago the plus sign wasn't used. I don't think it was used in place of 00 until a couple of years ago, but if others know different, feel free to correct me.
  18. Worth a try, but there are banks and other entities which do not, in fact, have any non-toll free numbers listed. Been through that.
  19. The plus sign goes before the 1, not after. +1 or 001. The plus sign is equivalent to the 00. They are usually interchangeable. My neighbor's calls to the US weren't connecting with +1, so he tried 001 and it worked, who knows why.
  20. Human trafficking does not necessarily involve transporting people, or selling them to someone who takes them away. It can be, and is often, revoltingly, a matter of poverty stricken families basically pimping out their children to foreign pedophiles who go specifically to places where they know this is prevalent and they can get away with their criminal behavior.
  21. Sod may be treated with weed killers and other nasty chemicals.
  22. Human trafficking is indeed a cause for concern regardless of the scale of it. Unfortunately, it happens all over the world. But thanks for correcting that- Mexico is not anywhere near the top of the list and while it is more common in poverty stricken areas of the world, it happens in the first world, too. https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/human-trafficking-statistics-by-state
  23. I wasn't referring to Jorge, but to what bmh had said about other physios not giving you what Jorge does, so one would tend to forget what they were told to do.
  24. That's when a pen and paper come in handy. I'd forget half the stuff I had to do if I didn't write it down.
  25. And where did you come up with that bit of misinformation?
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