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  1. You are exactly correct and I'd add that many US states require an emission inspection prior to issuing plates. Some still require a state safety inspection. Some require proof of insurance in effect prior to renewal on plates. These things are very hard if not impossible to get for many expats living here on Temporal or even snowbirding on tourist visas but who own cars here (which is actually not legal but not uncommon.) It isn't a scam if South Dakota wants to issue legal plates to folks who meet their state's criteria for getting them. Having said that, I'd still recommend buying
  2. Seems like more reasons to stay away from Mexican banks. Alan
  3. I have bats in my belfrey...oh, wait, I don't think I have a belfrey. What is a belfrey? Never mind...Alan
  4. They are connected...twin brothers. Martin's vivero is closed or soon closing because the property owner wants the land for something else. Eduardo's vivero is just 1/2 block up from the Ajijic hospital. He is almost always there if you'd like to speak to him in person. Alan
  5. I'm not really sure what is involved to close the account. There is only the minimum balance in it now to keep from having to pay monthly fees. But based on past experience, it will not be as easy as it could be. It is based on a cultural feature generally present in all of Latin America. Alan
  6. My point is even if you live here full time you can have options other than the peso accounts in Mexican banks. Most folks I know who are here full time permanent residents do not feel the need to invest or even bank with Mexican banks. They handle things via the internet and ATM transactions and have the bulk or all of their money in Europe, Canada, USA, or even Panama. We had to open an account at Bancomer years ago in order to buy a car with a check. PITA for a variety of reasons. We still have that little account but never use it. We actually had debit cards attached and when they we
  7. If a person had arranged a one year investment exactly one year ago at a 7% annual rate of return, that person would actually have lost money since the peso has declined against the dollar from 19.23 to 22.17 today. That is a decline of about 13% so one would lose about 6% after cashing out. Peso market is just too unstable. Better to invest in a rental here if you feel the need to invest locally or better yet, just leave money in US dollars or dollar investments. Avoiding the bank and legal hassles here in the process. Alan
  8. One of the reasons we moved to Mexico was to find a slower paced/easier lifestyle. The truth is that culturally, Mexico loves bureaucracy but they are not really very good at it. For that reason, I try to keep my dealings with the government, police, and banks to the very minimum required. We just use a US bank and ATM's to get pesos. We only use a card that accesses our checking account where we keep a small balance with the rest in savings where it can be transferred to checking when needed. Alan
  9. Sherwin Williams on the west side of Ajijic. Quart cans in satin and gloss of Minwax water based poly but no spray. Most clear sprays you can buy in Mexico are now "acrylic" but are really not soap and water clean-up and they smell more like solvent based (?) products. Good luck, Alan
  10. Actually, WIZZ TV service is not all in Spanish. I get approx. 22 channels in English...most of the time. The trick is to switch your TV remote to SAP on. Channels 77 and 78 and maybe others are in English if you turn off the SAP and go back to stereo. Even have channel 98 which is all Paramount movies with infrequent commercials. Commercials will still all be local and Spanish language even with SAP on. I've been watching the PGA on ESPN today on WIZZ channel 76. But none of the major big 4 US networks. We only pay 300 pesos per month and it doesn't go off when it rains or when the int
  11. I'm not sure the US has a lot of room to suggest that any other country is not doing a good job fighting the virus. The US has approx. 4.7% of the world's population and approx. 26% of confirmed Covid19 cases and 22% of deaths. I'm sure these numbers are not exact because of the numerous ways they have been played to reflect political reality instead of actual reality. Not just in the US either. I'm pretty sure Mexico is playing the same games now. In any case, it sure doesn't look like traveling anywhere is going to be a good option anytime soon. Alan
  12. Not sure these days but in years past the sidewalks were the responsibility of the property owner. That's why they are all so different. Also the same property owner or resident was responsible for keeping weeds, trash, loose rocks, etc. cleaned up to the middle of their street and over to the property lines. I'm pretty sure the same rules apply today but nobody does it and nobody enforces the rules either which is why nobody does it much anymore. Alan
  13. By the way, when WalMart required the wearing of masks, it was soon made obvious that was only PR since they never seemed to enforce their own rules in the US stores. At least here they try to enforce them and there are few incidents where violence is the result of those attempts...unlike Texas and other independent countries.
  14. As of July 20th, WalMart in the entire US is requiring customers to wear masks. You can Google it. Secondly, I was born and raised in Texas and still have family living there. "All my exes live in Texas" (1) is also true. I recently spoke to my sister who lives in East Texas and she wears a Gov. Abbot mandated mask when she leaves her home. She says it is quite rare to see another person doing the same...even inside stores. So that is just one more reason to never return. To quote an old song, "I feel like a stranger in the land where I was born." Alan (not Debra)
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