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    Peso Rate Alert - Nov. 13 2018

    For the recent BIG MAC PPP - GDP index, see: https://www.economist.com/news/2018/07/11/the-big-mac-index See also Cardiac Surgery index...
  2. To celebrate AMLO's birthday, the USDMXN is trading around 20.50 and trending up. It's my amateur experience that regime-level themes are relatively persistent, as international hot money measures every situation in terms of creating further profit trends.
  3. 'Chillin' must refer to cooling a powerful CPU for enhanced performance - thanks again!
  4. Chillin, I have an excellent 90s' Class B RV with low miles I've thought about bringing down Lakeside. Do you happen to know of anyone with appropriate experience for an RV renovation, or just a good body/paint person? BIG THANKS
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    Getting over Dengue

    Thanks to all who have lived to tell the tale and posted here. You've motivated me to do a bit of research and this 'Nature' site discusses the well known mosquito vector: https://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/dengue-transmission-22399758 Another writer notes: "Aedes mosquitoes...prefer humans to any other species for their blood meal and will pursue people into their homes. They are sip feeders, which means they may bite you multiple times (producing multiple welts) before they are done. These mosquitoes are also harder to control because their eggs can survive in as little as an eighth of an inch of water. That means they can find tiny pools to reproduce in overwatered lawns, or a discarded coffee cup lid." That said, are certain neighborhoods Lakeside recognized as particularly active mosquito zones? Thanks/Belated Happy Halloween
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    Peso Rate Alert

    It would be interesting to know if 'Old Generation' Slim was in on the hit...
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    Peso Rate Alert

    Wed 31 Oct 2018 16:50:GMT Fitch revises Mexico's outlook to negative from stable See: https://www.forexlive.com/news/!/fitch-revises-mexicos-outlook-to-negative-from-stable-20181031
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    Peso Rate Alert

    The peso (MXN) is currently trading on some exchanges at over 20 to the dollar (USD).
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    Peso Rate Alert

    Right... probably also flows out of MXN and into the Brazilian Real, plus US troops to the border...Markets are such dismal Keynesian 'beauty contests' .
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    Peso Rate Alert

    The peso (MXN) is currently trading on some exchanges within 1% of 20 to the dollar (USD).
  11. utilitus

    Best new water pipe option ?

    Here's a nice generic 17 min. video comparing Cu, CPVC and Pex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywtnOq1ExqQ
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    add2, My understanding is that nobody relies on the Mexican mail delivery to the home for anything important. Were your AE deliveries to your door, without pickup notices directing you to a Post Office, or through a delivery agents' address? Thanks.
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    Forgot to mention that on November 11 ('Singles Day'), there are even better online deals offered. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singles'_Day
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    I've used AliExpress several times for deliveries to California, with good results. The first time was maybe seven years ago when my Mexican silver money clip broke in half, and I ordered a more 'sophisticated' stainless steel model from Shenzhen for US$3.50 delivered. Took a few weeks to arrive. I have also ordered larger items, such as curtains that have come in multiple boxes. AE facilitates and supervises the transactions, like EBay, and I have never had a problem, except for the well known fact that Asian clothing sizes are tiny for gringos, so go XXXLarge, depending. Many items probably violate IP laws - I doubt that the Trout Mask Replica, Butthole Surfers or Schoenberg Tshirts I ordered were properly licenced. Of course, delivery to Mexico is an entirely separate issue about which I am interested to learn. And just two days ago, the US 'government' started to withdraw from the international mail regime which subsidized such AE deliveries from China, and this could have a major impact on shipping costs to the States, which have been ridiculously low. (I once ordered a specialty data cable for US$ 1.70, delivered.)
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    Septic tank questions ( arghhh ! )

    Here in northern California, both my houses have US style septic systems which include extensive leach fields. Optimal management involves minimizing water throughput by grey-water diversion, use of appropriate TP that disintegrates easily, no in-line kitchen garbage disposal, no use of chlorine or bar soaps, substituting 'oxygen' based cleaners instead. One house is in the redwoods, which have highly invasive root systems, and I add copper sulfate to the distribution ports of the leach field regularly to discourage their probing tendrils. Properly managed, this type of septic system of medium size can go 15 user-years between pump-outs.