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  1. A judgement granted against you by a USA court, in and of itself, is meaningless here in Mexico. Relax. If you lose in the USA and a Judgement against is granted, it is "possible" for the collection effort to come to Mexico, but the costs, steps and time involved would make it highly unlikely unless the amount owed is HUGE. Even then it would not be certain to win. The collections agency would have to take the USA Court documents to a Mexican Consulate, have the documents translated into Spanish by a certified translator approved by the Mexican Consulate, and then "certified" by the Consulate, then the documents would have to come to a Mexican lawyer, who would have to start a new action against you here, using the USA Judgement as the basis. The process here could take years, without certainty of success. You haven't indicated the amount of money that's involved in your problem up north, but, unless it is HUGE, the costs (in Mexico) and time involved would make no sense at all to the collection agency in the USA. If the amount of money is HUGE, or if you are charged with a serious USA Federal crime, or if the plaintiff were extraordinarily well connected with a USA Federal Senator, the USA Justice Department, the FBI or some other such agency that would have the potential to pressure the USA State Department, to ask the Mexican Federal government to step in, it might be possible to skip over process in Mexican courts. Over a civil problem from the USA? Not likely. Pick a local bank you like, services that fit your needs, move the money, and forget about the threat from up north having any reasonable chance of following you here. On the other hand, if you are really worried, choose a bank in a third country, such as Panama or Cayman Islands or other similar venue.
  2. What you're looking in Spanish is called, Hielo Seca (the H is silent) and can be purchased from Praxair, a chain of medical supply shops around Guadalajara. You should be able to search google maps for their locations. One address is Av 8 de Juli No 1753, Col Morelos, C.P. 44910, Guadalajara. 333 268 1652. www. praxair.com.mx My findings suggest the price is quite a lot higher than further north, perhaps because there doesn't seem to be much use (or awareness?) of it by the general population. Also, if you ask for Hielo Seca, many locals won't know what you're talking about (my personal experience). Asking at Home Depot had me staring at a type of insulation made from styrofoam pellets... If you need a larger quantity, need it over time or not until next week, Praxair can sell, or rent you large Co2 tanks and you can "make it" when you need it, returning or refilling the tank as desired. (Dry ice can also be made from a Co2 fire extinguisher). Process is easy, search google or youtube "make dry ice". Releasing the Co2 from a tank into a burlap (or similar material) bag, using some safety measures such as being outdoors and thick gloves, will fill the bag with dry ice. Good luck.
  3. https://www.chapala.com/webboard/index.php?/topic/83215-composting-worms/
  4. I went by this location yesterday. To be clear, if driving, you'd need to come from the east side, and still, the road will certainly challenge many cars/drivers. All that's needed is a vehicle with some road clearance, and a driver with some patience. Had a nice talk with a young man there, and he explained the following... (he doesn't speak English) The owners (from Guadalajara) of the property set up the worm business with the young man and his father working there a couple of years ago. As things went, they added fresh grown foods and enjoyed some success. Then there were fewer and fewer customers, finally, the land owners put an end to it. The boy got permission to stay on, and he's now living there on his own, with a cat, dog, some chickens and a pig. He had perhaps a single large bag of castings that could have been scraped off the ground. He's hoping to rebuild the worm castings but says it will take a long time. Since he has no capital and few other apparent resources, if he succeeds, it will likely require at least a couple of years. There are perhaps, two dozen long rows enclosed by cinder bricks, a watering system of hoses which may or may not need full or partial replacement. He's there hoping to get something going. He could certainly use a angel's help. Anyone looking for castings might try some of the other options as mentioned above and check with a few of the local nurseries.
  5. The Home Depot portable (frame and cover) garage is around $500 USD. I bought one some years ago, and in the direct sun, that plastic cover doesn't last very long. A couple of years perhaps. You could of course, buy such a product and replace the cover when it gets old, or even start off with a new, better quality fabric. Another alternative would be to buy a cover - similar - to the ones you see the farmers using. Metal framing, either a high grade (UV Blocking plastic (various colors), or the screen type of fabric (black or green) used to make shade but to let some light through. You can get screens rated as blocking 60% to 90% of visible light in many of the hardware stores around lakeside. Most will have someone who can sew it into the size/shape you'd want. Alvaro Revera 33 13 28 93 59 (speaking Spanish) has a company called MacroTuneles in Jocotepec. They are located on the west side of Joco, near the Guadalajara/Morelia Hwy. They build covers for a living, for farmers and smaller applications, and have higher quality, longer lasting fabrics, including 95% light block screen.
  6. Capital One ✔@AskCapitalOne The technical issues impacting some of our services have been resolved. If you continue to experience any difficulties, please reach out to us. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. 53 2:11 PM - Nov 1, 2019
  7. Thank you very much for your post on SLS. Certainly one of *the* most informative and exhaustive posts I've read anywhere about anything!

  8. There is an International company with multiple locations in Guadalajara called Praxair. I know they supply CO2 tanks, you might contact them to learn if they refill tanks. www.praxair.com.mx This site is in Spanish, google will translate if for you if needed. (They also have operations in the USA and across the pond.)
  9. Is anyone still using the Houston office of Estafeta for re-shipping from the states to Lake side? I've been using them for years, but the service seems to be going downhill... boxes not shipped out when requested, refusal to provide a breakout of the quoted shipping costs (multiple requests), providing incorrect tracking numbers... Looking for any recent, first-hand experiences with Houston, bad or good, and/or any reviews from current users of the Laredo office.
  10. Has anyone here, who actually HAS DF plates on their OWN vehicle, EVER had any problem? Even been pulled over? Lost their car or gone to jail? First hand experience?
  11. I've inquired of various Mexican professionals lakeside, on this exact topic - workers who don't show up (or call to let you know). Several of my contacts told me that, when they need (reliable) workers, they bring them in from Guadalajara. They also told me that it isn't a problem everywhere in Mexico, but the kind of thing that is commonly found outside of major cities. Many of us come here in part, because life tends to be more relaxed. The problem mentioned by the OP is just another part of living this relaxed life - for better or worse. As others have already commented, I don't chase the various workers I try to hire. I let them know I'll be waiting at the time we've agreed to, and, that if they don't show up on time, I'll find someone else. I doubt my comment affects the behavior, but it gives them a chance to understand my expectation. Most still don't show up. On the other hand, I recently set an appointment with a local Architect, and was quite surprised when he called me saying he'd be 30 minutes late. He was actually about an hour late, but, since he'd called, I felt he'd gone above the local norm and didn't make anything out of it. Funny thing, he was supposed to get back to me with his estimate of price, but I never heard from him again. If you've been here more than a few days, you've had these experiences. To whatever degree that upsets us, it's OUR response that determines our own attitude. I get angry, but that's just me trying to swim against the current... While it's common to say "all Mexicans" it does more disservice to the speaker than to the Mexicans. And if the Mexican you're trying to hire senses this kind of attitude, they probably never intended to show up in the first place. Culturally, they want to please, and in this light, tend to say or make agreements based on wanting to please you in the moment, without really understanding (or caring?) how much not showing up will displease you tomorrow. Ask for referrals (of good workers) from Mexicans who you know or other gringos, and you will probably get more satisfying results.
  12. The Pogo Stick style, also known as: Jumping Jack, Earth Tamper/Compactor. Quite similar to a Jack Hammer and nearly as fun to use...
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