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  1. Agreed, very cheap to hunker down in Mexico right now. Also in agreement about waiting until the economy bounces back. The cost of living in Mexico, which translates to a higher standard of living, is a major draw for retirees wanting to relocate here. I am astounded at the prices here in the US. $2.99 a pound for apples. $3.99 for an individual sweet red pepper at the local grocery store--Walmart sells them at a bargain price of $1.78 each! Ground chuck at $6.99 a pound, on special price of $4.99. And don't even talk to me about chicken prices! Eating out is a major luxury. Panera Bread YouPick2 used to be a casual meal. Now, with a half sanwich, a small cup of soup, a tiny slice of baguetter, the order costs me $12, including tax and a small tip. Twelve dollars! I did see gas at $1.89 a gallon today. But who is going anywhere, really, to avail themselves of this distress-sale price?
  2. Thank you for the info. We have been thinking of selling (or possibly renting, uncertain at this stage). Lakeside, we have been in the US recently (I still am!) and we have been pricing retirement homes in Florida. Need to return for health reasons. Home prices are high, and show no signs of falling, other than $1000 or $2000 on "reduced price" listings. Median price range for a 2/2 of 140 sq meters (1500 sq feet) in a retirement subdivision is well above $200K. If you want a 3/2 of 180 sq meters (2000 sq feet) in an affordable golf course community with low HOA expenses, you will be looking at a minimum of $350K. Why? Demand outstrips supply. Every day over 900 people, mostly seniors and retirees, are moving to Florida. Yes, their 401Ks are down. So instead of buying a 600K home they might settle for a $450K home. Also, mortgage lending rates are almost zero %! How can they go wrong? Lastly, there is almost 30 billion dollars in value in retirees estates. Those retirees are dying, and the next generation--heirs between the ages of 55 and 70--are reaping windfalls. We visited Sun City Center in Florida. The average age there is something like 61. Flashback to when we visited Sun City in 2012, and the average age was 72. The demographics are changing, rapidly. This generation of inheritance is very affluent. More than a handful are taking early retirement as soon as they inherit. Also: the agent with whom we have been working told us that 10, 15 years ago most people paid cash. Now she says 95% are financing. Why? Low interest rates, of course, BUT, many have the intention of never paying off the mortgage. When they die, the debt is no longer their problem, it's the bank's problem. The bank can't foreclose if the surviving spouse lives there. So where is the motivation to pay off the mortgage?
  3. I agree completely! In the US my maid might be considered "poor" because she doesn't own a car. But she does own her own home, she takes at least two "traveling" vacations a year (in which she stays in a hotel in another distant location for an extended stay), and she has electricity, running water, big screen TV with cable, and once a year she gets a new Samsung cell phone, passing her older cell phone off to one of her relatives. So in Mexico, I would say she is definitely middle-class.
  4. Thank you. Having the same problem with my new-ish Epson. Green and yellow only, even after cleaning and full change of tanks.
  5. It's "you're", not "your". I'm in the US now and the majority of the working population is on one month home leave with no pay. I don't think I would be unreasonable in asking my maid--who works 20 hours a week in our home--to spend an hour or two each week, in her home, to do an odd task here and there in exchange for a full weekly salary.
  6. I can't find this anywhere. Our maid and gardener came yesterday and worked. I wasn't certain if they would show, but they did. The maid showed us the news that they, workers, are supposed to stay at home. I agreed, that's okay. She said they should be paid for this. I agreed--short term. However, my concern is if this is extended for a longer period, as in the US. Few, if any, workers are being paid if they are not working at home. I've thought of asking the maid to prepare some meals while staying at home (she is always cooking soup for her large family) and put in Tupperware containers for our freezer. Or maybe sewing some of our clothes or making cloth napkins or pillowcases for our house while she is at home. (She can sew and has a machine; I have the supplies). This way I could justify to continue to pay her. Does anyone have any ideas on this?
  7. I'm in the US now and I purchased a couple of these masks, previously available on Amazon. I also sew. The outer layer (what you see on the outside) is basically a cotton gingham or other kind of quilting cotton. Attached to the cotton "gingham" is what, to my eyes, looks identical to iron-on interfacing. The reverse side that touches the face is muslin lining.There is a third layer, a flap where my hand goes through, which is also muslin. The nose piece (I can feel it) is a flat wire. The inside is hollow and identical to how a foldover pillowcase is designed: it is made as an insert pocket, where an additional disposable mask filter can be inserted. However, as the size of this virus is quite large, I have read that a doubled piece of paper towel, cut to filter size, will also work. The mask should be cleaned daily in a gentle soap and water wash, then hung to dry in the sun. These can very easily be improvised. If I were to make one with limited supplies I would use three layers of thin cotton or similar material (old man's dress shirt, etc), elastic for the ears or fabric strip ties, and even thin, flexible wire (such as plastic coated wire electric cable, or twisted bread ties in a real pinch) for the nose bridge. That's a seam dart seen in the center of the mask, and running perpendicular on the bottom is a seam pocket where the foldable 4" nose wire is. When folded to fit the nose bridge it makes a beak, of sorts.
  8. Well, the man from Arizona who died ingested chloroquine which was supposed to go into his KOI POND, not his mouth. That would be like me ingesting a glass of chlorine bleach straight, instead of a droplet in a pint of drinking water.
  9. Doesn't anyone remember the Hong Kong Flu of the late 1960s? I do: my whole family had it. We were sick, we felt crummy, we got better. I recall a couple of fellow students who came back to school and reported they had lost great-grandma or great-great uncle to the virus. This was back in the days before flu vaccines and Mother Nature took her natural, at times cruel, course. Also, viruses tended to be called by their point of origin or other physical description--hence, chicken pox, smallpox, mumps, measles--the word etymologies bare significance in the name.
  10. I called Miguel and although he was busy and could not assist, he was kind enough to find me another driver. Bonus star for Miguel.
  11. The number you gave does NOT work. Says the customer does not exist.
  12. I don't foresee the end of this climb in rents and real estate prices. The Baby Boomers are just coming into their prime--those born in 1946/47--are just a tip of the iceberg, going all the ways through until 1963. That is 16 years of seniors, some of whom will have a considerable amount of retirement wealth and will want to try the expat lifestyle, and others who will have barely enough for survival and will try living SOB to extend their budget. I moved here 3 years ago and I remember the average price of a one-bedroom in Ajijic was $400 or so, with SAT about $350. We bought a property in SAT and thought about building casitas for rental income, then we discovered it would take a couple of decades to recoup our investment. 3 years later, and the idea of building for rental income doesn't seem bad after all.
  13. Has anyone had this done, whether in Mexico or US? I know I've had one since my twenties, but I could always position it back into place. Lately, though, I've been having h. pylori symptoms, and through a recent endoscopy discovered that the hiatal hernai has become problematic. I do have US health insurance and I've read that it's better, in the US, to go to a medical center that specializes in gastro surgery, like hiatal hernias, as I want a surgeon who does these things day in and day out. However, it's more convenient for me to have it done in Mexico. Any thoughts on this?
  14. Have to go on a soft protein diet to heal an inflamed digestive system, and my daughter suggested Tempeh. Does anyone in area sell Tempeh?
  15. I've been through the wringer in the past few months, and in getting to the heart of the matter it appears I have allergic reactions to certain things I am ingesting. Already discovered nuts, eggs, and maltodextrin (of all things), as well as certain strains of probiotics. Within 20-30 minutes of putting something in my mouth my nose starts to run, my eyes burn, my throat swells up, my chest gets tight...and then it goes to the digestive system from there, misery for hours. A CT scan showed an inflamed colon, due to eating irritating foods. I'm on Proton-Pump Inhibitors now, but it's a temporary fix. Also I have Candida overgrowth in my gut (verified by Chopo) which can of course cause leaky gut and exacerbate the entire situation. Well no wonder, in 10 months I have been on strong antibiotics for 6 separate occasions! I need to get tested (doing the elimination diet now, but it is slow going) to find out what more is wrong with me. Chopo does food testing but I think only 3 items???? Does anyone have suggestions?
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