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  1. My future neighbor in SJC has this installation, and it seems like a logical location (so long as automotive oozing don't contaminate anything). It would be expensive overkill from a water/sewer management perspective, but if local zoning lakeside limits homes to two stories, can well-engineered structures add full basements below grade (which is kind of hard to define at a 25 degree slope), suitable for both general use and facility location and operation. My lot is so small that a fancy cantilevered foundation is planned anyway... TIA
  2. Lest someone fixate on such figures, my dark green 2600 gal (@ roughly 10k lt) US style Rotonics water tank is just about 8 x 8 ft. V = π r^2 h They make these quality tanks in various formats, and at least 50% more voluminous, such as my neighbors' @ 12 ft tall, a freestanding specimen, on a pad foundation - cost about US$3k. Don't know if these branded products are available in Mexico, but I think I once saw a small one in a hardware store in Ajijic.
  3. That's good general advice, but my situation is based on my current experience here in Mendocino, even now in the middle of a draught. In SJC I have a small, steep view lot and all the other buried tanks and hardware previously mentioned have to be configured carefully. This is the point, to integrate into and supplement the function of municipal utilities and, in the case of water harvested from a 150 sq mt roof with a lot of plants forming a serious rooftop view garden, to have the ability, if necessary, to buy water off a truck using concealed, built in ports and pipes, to pump water back
  4. Am in the process of designing a house in SJC which will have city water and sewer, but supplemented with such systems on a small scale, should city facilities fail, plus a 10k lt water tank also connected to rooftop rain capture. Carefully positioned solar panels designed in, rather than pasted on.
  5. Some Lloyds history: https://www.discoversma.com/places/mexico/guanajuato/san-miguel-de-allende/insurance/oa-orourke-asociados/
  6. "Starlink is targeting service in the Northern U.S. and Canada in 2020, rapidly expanding to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021." See: https://www.starlink.com/
  7. Z - www.travelingmailbox.com looks excellent - shipping packages seems to involve a monthly fee and other related reasonable charges which maybe could be switched on/off as needed - thanks for the recommendation.
  8. Again thanks to earlyretirement for the comprehensive treatment of the PR process two years ago. Contacting Mexican consulates here in northern California appears to be impossible, and if one visits without an appointment, you might be turned away, so I read with interest that Santa Ana once upon a time was accessible. Reviewing their website, I noticed that over the intervening two years that the financial requirements for PR have increased over 50%, as below. Perfectly reasonable, except that most financially competent persons would not keep $130k cash in savings accounts at no interest.
  9. Sorry - Don't remember cost of sewing a suit in Baht, either. Around US$100 at the time...
  10. A couple of years ago, I took a pair of spectacular classic rayon tropical shirts to Rosy to be first repaired and then copied in terms of cut with cotton fabric I had brought with me from California. It turns out that rayon somehow disintegrates just as if it had been attacked by moths, and I asked Rosy to patch the holes, for which she quoted a reasonable price, and to pattern match a new shirt with ample an amount of printed fabric with dinosaurs in a rich jungle setting. For this, custom job, I think she quoted US$23, and I had to go scare up some buttons. The final product of this proj
  11. For a discussion of certain issues re OLED burn-in, Pl. see: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/oled-screen-burn-in-what-you-need-to-know-now/ I use large HDMI screens driven by networked laptops for both computer monitors and entertainment video, and the static Windows interface at least seems as if it would probably scar an OLED display for life because I sometimes leave the things on for months at a time. This site seems to take reviewing seriously: https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/best/by-size/65-inch - look around the reviews and become familiar with the relevant issues. Modern screens a
  12. "French demographer Alfred Sauvy wrote of "Three worlds, one planet" in an article published in L'Observateur in 1952. The First World consisted of the U.S., Western Europe and their allies. The Second World was the so-called Communist Bloc: the Soviet Union, China, Cuba and friends. The remaining nations, which aligned with neither group, were assigned to the Third World." The poshest and most efficient hospital I've ever seen was thus '3rd world', Bumrungrad in Bangkok, one of the inventors of 'medical tourism'. See: https://www.bumrungrad.com/en And, yes, millions of patients die an
  13. Don't know about the civilized world, but in the states, there is SiPC. See: https://www.sipc.org/for-investors/what-sipc-protects
  14. If it's at least legal (if ill-advised), manufacturers might include methanol in the list of ingredients minutely printed on the product bottle at retail.
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