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  1. I'd like to get cream of tartar, which as far as I know is crema de tártara. What store?  And what would it be shelved with?  I am still learning how grocery stores group things here!  Alternatively,baking powder, but I prefer making my own with cream of tartar. Thanks.

  2. Anyone know how to reach them?  I have some questions as I set up an account, but they didn't answer the phone this afternoon, nor have they responded to an email I sent yesterday.  I must say that's the flakiest website I have seen in  a while but they appear to make most sense for us as a mailing services.

  3. I told my adviser at Shwab that I am moving to Mexico, and she said pretty much, don't tell and we won't ask.  I was really asking about their international account. But it appears from this that she might be misinformed.  Like others, it's not practical for us to use friends or relatives.  We have accounts with USAA but I find their investment services very limited.  We are in the process of moving now and haven't decided.  But RVGringo rightly pointed out that there are people who RV full time in the US who don't have physical addresses either.  I understand the concerns about money laundering very well, but there still should be a legit solution for people like us.  However, we are not a sizeable group (in political lobbying terms) and really not any elected official's mandate to take care of.  Sigh.

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  4. And please read all the info at the link sent by Angus McTavish so that you understand the implications of the different scenarios.  It's possible to actually speak to someone at Social Security and i have found them very helpful.  But I would read what's on the website first and call to ask about specific things that are incomprehensible.

  5. They give me advice at no charge, and I do not pay them tomanage my investments ( they charge if they actively manage a portfolio, i.e. stocks instead of mutual funds or ETFs). I am maintaining a US address for the present, and the issue of buying ETFs won't arise until I want to change investments ( I can maintain the investments I already have). For info on ETFs you might see if Morningstar or one if the money magazines rates them.But as I said, whenever I have wanted advice on mutual funds I just call and talk to someone. If you call to tell them you want to set up an account, I imagine they will give you some advice to get started. But it's vworth researching on your own too unless you want to pay them to manage.

  6. As someone who is moving down in 6 weeks after having spent a year in intensive research (and yes, visiting), it feels good and bad to have others saying what I have been thinking.  We will land in Chapala, and then we will see. We can be comfortable in Chapala for several years, but then might be priced out.  But my husband really wants to get settled somewhere he can live long term (as in, the same house), and I don't want to buy there; it just ties up too much capital for me to be comfortable, and too hard to get it back out if things go wrong.  So my plan is to look around; Morelia, Queretaro, Tequisquiapan, and lately Xalapa have caught my attention.  However, it also jus tmight be over the hills to Ixtlahaucan.  Prices in Jocotepec are already starting to inflate in the last few months. 

    Lakeside has some advantages that are still attractive: the proximity to the airport, big city culture in Guadalajara, and the plethora of activities Lakeside, several of which are really important to my husband.  The large number of English speakers has sparked development of English language services that will make aging easier - assistance with healthcare and bureaucracy, for example No place else has quite the same mix.  And yet - I look at development and think, environmental disaster not too far in the future; not to mention crowds and inflation.

    I have often heard complaints about incivility on this board but I have to say I have not encountered it. I have asked some newbie questions, but not the most egregious ones I hope, and received some very thoughtful answers.  Occasionally people start their own little dialog but I can ignore that.  So I want to thank the many, many of you who have already helped us.   Anyway, compared to Facebook web boards are models of polite ,drama-free communication.

    I look forward to meeting more of you in person next month, after the last month of my working life has driven me to the edge.  My husband retired last month; I agreed to stay on to manage an important event which now has me tearing my hair. So I will need a week to un-frazzle when I get there - but then, Mexico is good for that, if you have the right attitude.  regards to all, Elisabeth

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  7. Has anyone stayed there? Pet friendly; new on Booking.com and doesn't have any reviews yet.  I've read the reviews of Las Palmas, which some of you think is rather old and tired, and was looking to see what alternatives there are about halfway from Laredo.  Thanks!

  8. HI folks,

    We are coming down in April to look for long term rental, but I just became aware of a house I am interested in which is available now - on a block that I know well.  So I am looking for professional help - the type of person who calls herself (usually it's a her) a concierge, to look at the house and give me more pics and information about it, and help with a contract if it seems suitable.  I have contacted a couple people on Facebook but either everyone there is busy now, or involved with Carnaval (or out of town for Carnaval?).

    Any contacts would be appreciated.  (If I didn't know the location well, I would not consider doing this long distance).

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