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  1. I agree that it is now time to start to return to normal. We all assume that there will be more illness and death as a result. Most I've talked to (in Spanish as well as English) believe it is worth the risk. I do not think that the only protesters are the Nazi supporting $%&/()s...they are just an example of ones who need to put on their big boy pants and quit being $%&/()s. I'm not sure if I had been in charge of the world what, if anything, I would have done differently. Just saying emergencies require some planning, some sacrifice, some honesty, and some personal responsibility. Not sure where we disagree, Dan. No need to take everything personally...by anybody including me. Alan
  2. Dan, I agree that all natural disasters are different in the approach required to battle them. But they all require putting you personal needs aside for the good of the society at large be it local or worldwide. The scope of this virus is something that the world has not had to deal with in modern times so everybody is doing the best they can. I also agree that it is now time to start to blend our current situation into what what we hope will be more normal life. With the exception of places that have been hit hard, like New York, I think we will be OK. There will be cases here in our area but everybody I've talked to seems to think it is time to start tapering off on the controls and accept the consequences. I think science and government have done about all they can do. Now it is time for everybody to stay calm, wear masks, don't hug or shake hands, stay away from large crowds as much as possible, and stop waving guns around and demanding your rights to get a haircut while proudly displaying confederate flags and Nazi symbols! Be aware of your neighbors who are terrified because they have preexisting health issues which put them at risk. Put on your big boy pants and remember that the world does not revolve around only you. And for goodness sake, please don't make it any harder for health care workers to do their jobs! Put stimulus money into the hands of those who will spend it and not into the pockets of billionaires and big corporations who will pay bonuses and buy stock. That is the right thing to do to get the economies going again. I agree that vaccines will be required and that even with a vaccine, the virus is here to stay so get used to it. Maybe tell China to stop the wet markets where wild game including bats, is available for consumption by a population which doesn't know any better. Might slow down the next round of pandemics. Alan
  3. For those who don't understand the reasons for the inconveniences this pandemic has caused, try thinking of it as a natural disaster. When wildfires threaten areas, folks are told to evacuate for their own safety as well as the safety of first responders. Same true when hurricanes or floods are imminent. Extreme measures are sometimes used. Your rights to free travel, as well as other "normal condition" rights, are temporarily and legally curtailed...for your own good. Masks will not cure Covid19 and most masks won't protect you from getting it if directly exposed. They will however, keep you from spreading it while you are not showing symptoms. Have respect for others. From the start, it has been clearly stated that masks and stay at home orders are only to flatten the curve so facilities and folks in the trenches are not overwhelmed all at once. Even with those precautions in place this Covid is still spreading. Try to imagine what it would be like now if those precautions had not been made. Try to imagine if those precautions along with a pandemic team in place with adequate supplies including test kits had been available and utilized in February. Just saying...This pandemic should also remind us all how important working class spending is to the economy. Consumer spending, not billionaires, keep the economy going so maybe more stimulus money should be used to trickle up not down (which has never worked very well.) Alan
  4. I've seen that area flooded before it was a soccer field so no surprise there. I also spent a lot of time and money painting over and cleaning up graffiti from the Tecoluta (TCT) players and supporters some of whom were gang affiliated. So I have mixed feelings about helping them clean up their field after removing TCT tags from the walls of the local churches, walls of schools, and lots of private properties. Alan
  5. I just walked over there to investigate. Many trucks hauling soil and gravel for the last few months indicate a large project. I spoke with a gentleman from the construction trailer office. He told me it is a gated community made up of large individual houses all designed and built by the same company and sales are handled by "Chapala Real Estate" (no promise on accuracy.) They have spent a lot on leveling and raising the overall elevation by about four feet average. He said most will be one level and about 3,000 sq. ft. homes of high quality. No signs of infrastructure improvements...surprise, surprise! Alan
  6. There is much chatter on social media these days about safety issues at lakeside. For a frame of reference, or to just compare similar sized communities in the US, I checked out some crime stats from three typical towns from across the country: Altoona, PA, Auburn AL, and Farmington NM. These numbers represent the average for one year of the three towns. Some were better and some worse in certain categories. violent crime 260 murder 3 forcible rape 42 armed robbery 33 aggravated assault 274 property crime 1,572 burglary 320 larceny theft 1,180 car theft 193 I know that much crime goes unreported here at lakeside but that is also true NOB especially crimes like rape, assault, and theft. But these three towns, for which I found stats, are considered normal and quite safe communities. Their populations are about the same as our expat numbers here and are much smaller than our total lakeside population if you include locals. So just try to do your best to both prevent crimes and report them if they happen and follow through with denuncios when applicable. In the meantime, try to relax a little and grasp the fact that this area is still relatively safe and understand that there are not only local but also international political and financial elements in play concerning reporting on this issue. Alan
  7. In response to Jack's comment about Mexico's possible reliance on expats, lets just take a quick glance at some "out of my a___" numbers. Mexico says there are about one million expats in Mexico. Possibly more in the winter and possibly fewer in the summer. Just from talking to some friends living and wintering here, we all spend about 2,000 USD/month. Some a lot more if they rent and some less if they own. These same folks do buy real property, cars, insurance, medical care, food, entertainment, pay taxes, etc. which pay wages to the providers and that money gets spent and re-spent many times here as well. So lets say one million folks spend two grand every month. That is about 25 billion dollars a year. And where there are happy expats, there are tourists who spend their money as well. In expat communities the unemployment numbers are much lower than the national average. So does Mexico rely on us? Who really knows? But I'm guessing Mexico is quite happy to have that money spent here and the US and Canada are not quite as happy. I'm guessing that unhappiness might trickle down a little to banking, tariff, and immigration issues NOB as well as here. Alan
  8. As has been stated, we all have the right to try to make the place we live in better in any way we see fit. Keep in mind that the normal first reaction that locals have to being criticized (even if the criticism was meant to be a constructive suggestion) by gringos is to ignore it, at best. Most of us come from cultures where we think that if something could be better, or cleaner, or prettier, or longer lasting, or more efficient, etc. then we work to make it so. In Latin America (not just Mexico) the general feeling is to only make things good enough that they continue to work that way until the problem needs to addressed again in the future (near or distant.) Also try to remember that the normal reaction for locals, when asked for help, is to do so willingly. So please try to describe a problem or situation calmly and non-judgmentally and then ask for help to make it better. The resolution you might want to achieve will likely not happen exactly how you envisioned it but progress can probably be made. Alan
  9. Could be an old battery, could be a bad ground, could be an alternator, could be corrosion on the terminals. Any decent mechanic should be able to solve the problem but if the mechanic replaces an item and it doesn't solve the problem, make sure he will stand by his work and not just start replacing things until he finds the problem. Alan
  10. I am pretty sure that most Mexicans could not pass the history portion of the citizenship test. I'm positive that most American citizens could not pass the citizenship test in the US! I think the test for us "old folks," which seems to be a basic fluency test, seems fair. I might give it a try. There isn't really a lot of advantage in being a citizen over being permanente but since I'm never going back to the US, I'd feel more comfortable knowing I coudn't be forced out of Mexico if the animosity between the two countries ever gets to that point. Not likely...but strange things seem to be happening every day. Alan
  11. If you are not trying to get there as fast as possible, there are free roads all the way to Manzanillo. It will take quite a bit longer time but some nice scenery and interesting towns both on the highways and just off the highway maybe an hour detour or less. Tapalpa, Sayula, Colima, Comala, and Cuyutlan are all worth seeing. Maybe catch one place going down and one coming back. The toll roads are way faster, safer, and easier. You could actually take toll roads part of the way and free roads part of the way. The two options run parallel for much of the trip. The "dry" lake does have some shallow water right now and quite a few wading birds. Alan
  12. What is El Gordo's actual name? Folks might have been asked for a mordida and know the officer's name but most of the transitos are are on the chubby side so many of them could be called El Gordo. Thanks, Alan
  13. You can use 2-4D, which when mixed correctly, will kill any broad leaf plant but not grass. You can probably buy it ready to use in Home Depot or maybe Haro's hardware store probably called "Weed-B-Gone" or you can buy a one liter bottle at the garden store just east of the 7-11 in Riberas. Buy a cheap spray bottle and mix about 1or 1 1/2 tablespoon of concentrate to a liter of water and spray on when it will stay dry for a day. It is absorbed through the leaves and takes several day to begin to show the leaves wilting or turning yellow. It will kill or injure any broad leaf plant including flowers or trees if sprayed on the leaves so use it on a calm morning and keep pets off of it for a few hours. Alan
  14. Just because you bought tires in the US or from Costco with a "name brand" on them does not mean they are American made. Worst tires I ever owned were Coopers made in Mexico followed by US made Goodyears. Sorry. Bridgestone, Cooper, Goodyear, Michelin, Pirelli, Firestone, Hankook, Sumitomo, Nexen, Kuhmo, and other respected and well reviewed brands are also made in places like China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Korea, Philippines, and Poland. If you buy off the shelf at a retailer that stocks a lot of popular size/brand tires, you could a set of four which were not all made in the same place. Generally you get what you pay for but not always. Alan
  15. Keep in mind that PVC is not legal for pressure/potable water systems anywhere in the US anymore. Pex type tubing, copper, or CPVC are all legal. PVC is only used for drain, vent, and irrigation applications. Galvanized has not been legal for clean water applications for many years either. But both are still used frequently in Mexico. They also still connect copper threaded fittings directly to galvanized which is also dangerous because it will cause rust and leaks and is also illegal in the US. Also copper is not recommended for gas, and in some cases banned, but they use it here for that as well. I don't think there is such a thing as a licensed plumber or an inspector with enforcement powers here so buyer beware. Alan
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