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  1. 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.
  2. Over the last seven hours, the peso has gained back almost 3% against the USD. The Banco de Mexico cut rates to 4.25% from 4.50%. This was a generally expected move. Of course, this being forex, it was front run and the peso counter-intuitively rose while earning less interest.
  3. The peso (MXN) has fallen about 7% in value against the US dollar (USD) over the last four days as optimism about economies worldwide fades. It currently trades at about 22.38 pesos to the dollar on forex.com.
  4. JS, would you care to share the name and type of contribution made by those professionals who assisted you? I'm getting ready to build on a very small (1600 sf ft) view lot in SJC early next year, and need to know how in detail how to best balance the 'viewshed' interests of all who might be impacted, and to understand the sort of restrictions you detail above. Also, I hope to engineer the place for an elaborate roof garden and solar array, and want to do everything to an unusually high technical standard, as well as within conventional code. It would be great to engage an expert English sp
  5. Per the US CDC: "A vaccine to prevent dengue (Dengvaxia®) is licensed and available in some countries for people ages 9-45 years old. The World Health Organization recommends that the vaccine only be given to persons with confirmed prior dengue virus infection." See: https://www.cdc.gov/dengue/prevention/dengue-vaccine.htm Have no information about its' availability anywhere.
  6. What's that on your collar? (The west African Emperor scorpion)
  7. Don't remember littering as a prominent feature of CR (especially compared to, say, Bali), but the lack of both (tax-expensive) police services and road maintenance did result in a different kind of environment than gringos are accustomed to. At night, a sort of petty-criminal demimonde seemed to emerge, and several years ago anyway, the law sanctioned 'squatters rights' to the point that house invasions and appropriations could and did happen (after a few years of owner neglect), compelling foreign owners to employ caretakers. My overall impression of the Ticos was very favorable - went out
  8. Gallo Pinto, CRs' national dish, even when made with good L&P Worcestershire sauce rather than fresh spices, is so simple and delicious. See https://hispanickitchen.com/recipes/gallo-pinto/ It's said that CR was very thinly populated with indigenous communities when it was colonized, resulting in more European genes per customer. So maybe bland taste is genetic, though I once participated in a poll on a bus in the Bolivian Andes that determined that white kids from around the world favored Mexican. Here in California, that was certainly true 50 years ago, but as Asian influences jum
  9. Jack, inferring that you have established a household already, I'd guess that the greatest opportunity for the development of specific then broadening opportunities in any category of education, but particularly technology, would involve a fast and dependable net connection at home. There is a universe of resources online, and immersion in the real thing is the real thing. I don't know anything about it, but there is a technical school of some sort on the Libramiento Chapala Ajijic Highway at # 202. See: https://conalepjalisco.edu.mx/web/index.php/conocenos/planteles-jalisco/plantele
  10. (Reading from her card from two years ago here) - Rosario Marquez at 15 B Ocampo, again, west of Colon about half a block, and on the north side of the street. No sign, just a small open storefront. Pretty busy in 2018.
  11. As happyj seems to describe and as I was told by a professional licensed 'termite inspector' in California, the posthole beetle class of infestation of a wooden structure requires expensive pressurized tenting which penetrates far deeper than the tent fumigation required for drywood termites. I had such beetles in a unpainted garage structure, but they eventually went away on their own. I found it worthwhile to secure a professional diagnosis. Lakeside, brick construction might obviate serious structural concerns, but I'm consciously designing a new house down there without wood as far as po
  12. Here in northern California, at each of two houses, there are recurring but manageable termite situations, one in the redwoods involving flying swarming termites and another burrowing variety in wine country, where the species builds earthen 'tubes' across hard surfaces to bridge between softer tunneling media such as soil or wood. The woodland/airborne variety produce a distinctive, sharply faceted dropping that requires something like a jewelers' loop to see clearly, and twenty years ago I had the place tent fumigated, and AFAIK, they never returned, though they might be throughout the stru
  13. Yes, currency is not only the largest but also the most complex market, like twenty Keynesian 'beauty contests' being run simultaneously, where one or another can motivate a large move for a day or two and then the subject suddenly and usually inexplicably changes... - 'Emerging Market' currencies are often difficult/expensive to actively trade; but the MXN, because it floats and has long 'association' with the US, has been said to serve as a proxy for EM currencies generally, which prosper as the USD declines, as the world economy stabilizes. Sure beats the Brazilian Real, which is gett
  14. Right - here in the redwoods up the hill from Mendocino any older house such as mine has or will have had a 24 foot tall water tower topped with a large redwood tank, water fed by a well and pumped up by a windmill. We took down the tank, still have the parts, disassembled like a huge barrel.
  15. I'm about to build a house with wonderful vistas Lakeside, and the only obstruction to a perfect view is a neighbors' roof tinaco sitting on a booster frame, as is so commonly found. I absolutely respect his situation, but would gladly fund an alternative system that would lower the profile of this obstruction, yet maintain and hopefully improve his domestic water system, possibly including introducing some very basic solar electric components if necessary to add pressure. There are 'low profile' tinacos available, but again system pressure is a function of height and pipe size. Can any
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