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Everything posted by mudgirl

  1. Although this has become a restaurant review, I respond to the original post- yes, many businesses open before they are really ready to serve the public properly. They have spent so much money getting set-up that they jump the gun, trying to recoup some of their costs. It's bad business sense and doesn't get them off to a great start. I've gone to restaurants where the food was fine, but the chairs were cheap and really uncomfortable. When I commented that they could really use some decent cushions on the chairs, I was told that they are planning on it, but they can't afford it yet. Business owners would do well to open small, but complete. They can always upgrade and add things later. Better to have 8 tables with comfortable chairs and a well-trained staff than 20 tables with hard, uncomfortable seats and staff that's just winging it.
  2. Why did you post this on a 4 year old thread about living in Mazatlan? I know threads wander and I have no issue with that, but this is absurd.
  3. I have found some in past years at Mega or Walmart.
  4. I see, well that may be true. I don't have a pool myself, but I tiled my shower floors in pool tiles, used the pegavenicianos for both the cement and the grout, and have never had the grout stain and it's a very light color- construction is 11 years old. The pools I've seen where tiles have fallen off and grout is stained were ones where white cement was used, as opposed to the pegavenecianos.
  5. Mainecoons- there is a special adhesive/grout specifically for pool tiles. It's called pegavenecianos. It is used to cement the tiles to the pool walls and is meant to be put on thickly enough that it squishes up between the tiles and also serves as the grout. Sometimes they have to add a little after the tiles are set in spots where it didn't squish up enough, but there isn't any need for a different product for the stick-um than for the grout.
  6. When my kids were small, I used to absolutely hate it when people did this. Even worse were the ones who held out some treat to my child, saying "Ask your mother if it's okay to have this." So now I'm instantly the bad guy when I say, no, we're going to have dinner in an hour and I don't approve of my kids eating candy and junk food, thank you very much.
  7. While I do think it's sad that seniors have to bag groceries for tips in order to survive, I also notice that there's a social aspect to it as well. Just as seniors in Canada or the US might volunteer somewhere, or join a club or seniors center to socialize, I see the baggers talking and laughing with each other, so perhaps it has the added side benefit of keeping themselves active and in a setting where they have others their age to make friends with, especially if they are widowed. While most seniors in Mexico aren't shuttled off to an old folks home but tend more to live with family, if the young-uns are off at school and work all day, they might actually get lonely. Of course this doesn't mean that they shouldn't be tipped, just that I don't necessarily see it as some 100% sad situation.
  8. That's a happy ending. But I'm curious- was the dog actually far from home where you found her, or was she in her own neighborhood, just out for a stroll, and would likely have gone home if left to her own devices? My dog has a collar but no tags (she has had at times, but she somehow always manages to lose them) and wanders around my countryside neighborhood all the time, has done since she was a pup and she's now 12. I would be livid if someone took her home simply because she had no tags.
  9. I don't think not just tossing change on the counter has anything to do with Mexican manners. I think it's poor manners anywhere.
  10. When you are living in Mexico, you are living in a society that normally revolves around cash. It's quite common in the US and Canada for people to only carry debit and credit cards with them, no cash. But in those places, there aren't people asking to help you out or employed to bag your groceries who rely on tips. When in Mexico, the protocol is to always have some change in your pocket for this purpose. Get with the program. When in Rome....
  11. How about "signs" now being referred to as "signage". Lots of baby talk, too. I wore sweatshirts with hoods when I was a teenager. They were called hooded sweatshirts, now they're "hoodies". My babies wore sleepers. Now they're "onesies". A photograph you took of yourself was called a self-portrait, now it's a "selfie". Adults talking like 4 year olds.
  12. I always tip the baggers, even if I have my own shopping bags, which I prefer to bag myself, as they usually don't bag the way I prefer. I can sometimes see them look disappointed when I say it's okay, I like it done a certain way and will do it myself, but then they are happy and relieved when I tip them anyway. I also like to make conversation with the old folks, and they seem to like it as well. I've occasionally asked them how old they are, and when I say I hope I look that good when I'm 80, I can tell that it made their day.
  13. They aren't mostly ladies where I live, there's one woman and all the rest are men (the genders are immaterial as far as I'm concerned) and I find their uniforms to be intentionally designed to try to bamboozle people. I have talked to numerous newer residents who assumed they were Red Cross. And what I was told is that they are not collecting for a church, that the money goes straight into their pockets. If you've researched their legitimacy, I'll take your word for it, but if you simply believe their info and brochures , that's like believing that the guy mentioned in the OP is actually collecting for an orphanage and that his receipt book is something official. And no, I wouldn't consider refugees/asylum seekers to be scammers- they are escaping poor living conditions, violence and terrible economies. I feel for them and give thanks that I have never been in their circumstances.
  14. Slainte- there's also what I think of as a kind of reverse discrimination- where foreigners, thinking they are being sensitive and respectful, defend things like blasting techno music until 4 AM, saying things like "It's their country" and "It's Mexican culture". Those kinds of things aren't Mexican culture, and there are tons of Mexicans who hate it as much as most foreigners do. I've hung out with some educated chilangos and they listen to the same type of music I do, and certainly not at ear-splitting decibel levels. Unless one speaks Spanish, has actually studied Mexican culture, travelled in many parts of the country and had interaction with different classes and levels of education among Mexicans, I find it presumptuous to espouse that something is Mexican culture simply based on experience in the small area where a foreigner has settled. It's just as discriminatory towards Mexicans as a whole to insinuate that they all uncaringly disturb their neighbors as it is to portray them as scammers, terrible drivers or always late or no shows.
  15. I haven't read any posts on this thread painting Mexicans with a wide brush as scam artists. People have been talking about specific scams they've been subject to. There's scammers all over the world and all over the internet. When a couple with 2 young children came by, saying they'd been deported from the US and looking for donations to supposedly get back to their town in southern Mexico, I gave them something, I had the impression they were telling the truth and even if they weren't, they had kids to feed. But I don't give any thing to the local woman who comes around begging with her 2 little kids because everyone knows she just spends the money on drugs and has 2 older boys who are thieves. And I give to those who are obviously disabled, like the guy with no legs in his hand-cranked, homemade wheelchair. I like to give to those who offer something, as well, not just hold out their hand for money. Like the old man who walked through the Pemex lot when I was gassing up, with little straw woven creatures. And the kids who make sculptures out of pop cans. And the young people who juggle or do fire dancing, at least they've learned to do something well which is entertaining. But not the squeegiers because they're obnoxiously aggressive, or the guy who I find washing my car as I come out of the OXXO- I prefer to be asked, not taken as a mark who has to give them something because they already smeared their dirty rag across my car.
  16. I had a guy come to my gate once, looked like around 30-35 years old, asking me if I could "help him out". I asked if he was talking about giving him money. He said yes. I asked why he thought I would give him money. He screwed his face up, lifted his tee shirt to his face, acted like he was crying and said in a sobbing voice "Porque...porque mi mama se murio!" I told him I was very sorry to hear that his mother had died, but that I wasn't going to give him any money and he needed to move along. As he walked up the road, I watched him scoping out all the properties on the block. He went all around the neighborhood with his sob story over a couple of weeks. One night my neighbor woke up to find the guy in his house and screamed at him to eff off, which he did. Lots of folks photographed him and reported him to the police. Cops must have caught up with him at some point, because I've not seen him around again. When I had a shop in town, there must have been at least one woman who came in every week (not the same women) always carrying an infant (heart-tug factor, probably borrowed, always wrapped up in a blanket, so could have been a doll or a wad of rags for all I know) with a sob story about how some relative had cancer and they were collecting money to pay for his treatment. Then there's the guys who stand at the speed bumps with the donation cans, dressed in white uniforms with red trim, as if they're collecting for the Red Cross. They're a bunch of scammers, too. I used to express sympathy and was super nice and polite, but these things got to the point where my standard answer now is "I actually work for my money."
  17. Oh, I forgot, Ajijic/Chapala/Guadalajara aren't actually a part of this planet. They exist on some other plane which isn't affected by anything else. You can choose not to read things that upset you, you know.
  18. It was much longer than 10 years ago when I was last in Guatemala, but I remember those buses well. A year or so ago they were doing work on the Ameca bridge going south into Vallarta. The traffic was backed up at a crawl all the way to the north exit to Nuevo Vallarta. Of course there were the a-holes who decided to use the shoulder to pass all the other cars and then force someone to let them deek in down the line, as if it's much more important that they get where they are going sooner than others. At the last exit from Nuevo, there was a transito busting those jerks. I blew him a kiss. Nice to see a transito actually doing something useful, not just looking for someone to hassle.
  19. David Rodwell, Alan Mexicali- there's no point arguing or pointing out the flaws in climate change deniers' thinking or beliefs. If they wish to display their ignorance on public forums, the only people they are hurting are themselves. They are best left ignored.
  20. It's not so much the new highway construction that's causing the line-ups and slow downs lately as it is the new paving. I will never understand the absurd way they deal with traffic when only one side of the highway is passable. They make one side wait until about 3 kilometers of traffic is backed up before they change sides. Traffic was stopped and backed up solid all the way from San Quintin to Guamuchil the other day. I've sat there for up to 30 minutes one day while counting the vehicles coming from the other direction. 250. If they let 20 at a time go from each side, it would keep the traffic flowing instead of 2 kms of cars being stuck behind giant double semi trailers and overloaded trucks with nowhere to pass for next hour. This is exactly the kind of thing that leads to frustrated drivers passing on blind curves leading to horrible accidents. Lately I've been taking the Punta de Mita highway from Sayulita to Bucerias- it's a longer distance, but you can drive quite fast and there are no traffic hold-ups.
  21. Vivien- just because a dog is wandering around without a collar or ID tags doesn't mean it's lost. If you take it back where you "found" it, it will probably just go home. Unless a dog is hurt or in obvious distress, you shouldn't take it home with you.
  22. I have a normal hot water heater and it doesn't need to feed the pilot light or keep the tank hot 24/7. I just light it when I need it. Takes all of 1 minute and 10 minutes to heat up to super hot. 1 cylinder of gas lasts me a year.
  23. You wonder why that is? Because Mexico is easy about letting Americans and Canadians in. There's no need to storm the border, they are welcomed, their children aren't taken from them and locked away somewhere. They aren't inhumane. In fact, one of the things I love about Mexico is that almost all the immigration and customs officials I've encountered don't find it necessary to shed their humanity when they don their uniform. They still smile, laugh, joke around. Try getting even a hint of a smile out of a US border guard. They're like automatons.
  24. Maeflower- What are you referring to when you say double and single? Water heaters are normally stated in terms of volume (at least the normal-type water heaters, not on demands) My new water heater, which is small- 40 liters- enough for a 10 minute shower, but heats up again for another shower within 15 minutes, cost 2500 pesos and my plumber charged me 200 pesos to change it over. You're either talking about something vastly different or someone is really trying to take you for a ride. 28,500? Is it gold-plated? 8400? $700 to change over? Sounds extreme.
  25. If you read Baja forums like Baja Nomad, you find that there seem to be a lot of folks from the US (and maybe Canada) there who are constantly espousing and bragging about an attitude that makes it evident that they don't think they need to follow any immigration or customs laws, brag about what they snuck through the border, and generally seem to view Baja as just a warmer part of the US. A large contingent of them think it's perfectly fine for them to drive all over the beach and the desert with their ATVs and motorcycles and 4x4s, as if that environment is their own personal playground.
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