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  1. Not trying to be catty - just wondering: have those of you who have had noise issues here in the area tried white noise?  I have found that one fan blocks the firework/thunder noise that freaks out my dog and it even worked to drown out a really loud party a few house down last week. All the cement makes the white noise echo nicely. Years ago it did take me a week or two to get use to it after I started using it to cover the noise from Houston's soccer stadium that I lived one block away from. But once I was use to it - heaven. 

  2. Where can I find large amounts of topsoil? The kind without the rocks in it? Not that I don't like rocks. It is just there is a place and time for rocks and my garden soil isn't it.


    Bark mulch? Does it exist here? Pine needle mulch? Anything but red lava rock??? Naked dirt bothers me. 

    And to not disappoint those who thought of a different way to dish dirt: who is the biggest gold digger in town? Who is the biggest playboy? Don't answer HERE but think about making sure to introduce the two you are thinking of to each other. There is someone for everybody :)

  3. 3 minutes ago, ComputerGuy said:

    You have done the quick and easy way. As a computer tech, very familiar with TelMex, I cannot begin to type in all the things you can try. Too long, too confusing, too many possibilities. Two, You can call 01-800-123-2222, and when a live person finally comes on, ask for "English, please".

    "Cable not connected" means your computer may not be connected to your modem, or it may be but something is making it think it is not. That suggests the problem is not with TelMex. We go on from there.

    Thanks!  After reading horror stories from people whose modem has failed, I was hoping it was an outage. The modem is only three months old. 

    I am currently waiting for Telmex’s Facebook message response team to get back to me. They told me they would check but that was 30 minutes ago. 

    It is so frustrating to go from being the one who always had tech solutions to everyone else’s problem to feeling totally helpless. Guess I need a good motivator to hit the Spanish books  

    I’m guessing I will be at Telmex office in the morning. Good thing I got a big cell phone data package. Thanks again.



  4. ...a modem gone bad, or Telmex being down without me being able to speak Spanish? 

    My internet has been down about an hour. NOB I would call my service provider to see if there was an outage. Does Telcel have customer service in English as an option?

    Or, I would use the Comcast app to check and to restart my modem from my cell phone if there was no outage message. Again - is that an option here?

    I turned my modem off and back on but I’m getting a “cable not connected” message. I don’t trust the message though as my computer has established a pattern of lying before (there is no Nigerian prince and it can’t make my penis bigger as I don’t have one.) 

    What is the quickest and easiest way to figure out which donkey to kick to get on line again?



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  5. I love Uber but will not use them out of the airport. I had one pick me up, pull over to the side of the road, and tell me he couldn't take me to Ajijic. I got out of the car and he got my suitcase out of the trunk and I had to WALK back to the airport to get a cab. To ad insult to injury, my card was charged and I had to go through Uber customer service for a refund. 

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  6. 1 hour ago, luvsdawgs said:

    Go to the office and let them know, then make sure the maintenance men know you have it. Is this in upper of lower, male or female? It probably was let out to do a walk about and now cannot get home, suggest you let it out and follow to see. Possibly owned by Mexicans who do not read this forum or facebook or it could belong to one of the very many who don't get on the computer other than to email.

    I went to the office right away. Finally had one of security recognize it and show me where it belonged. All is well in the land of small white dogs tonight. Thanks!!!

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  7. Sorry to disappoint but the only grass in my life is the stuff you mow. 

    I currently have St. Augustine and am not that thrilled with it.  It was my grass in Houston for 14 years and I never liked the coarseness. Does Zoysia grow here? If so, where do I find seed or sod? Any recommendation for another fine blade grass? Do you need to overseed any time during the year? 

    How much of a hassle are automatic sprinklers here? Do they clog easy? 


  8. 3 minutes ago, pappysmarket said:

    I get it on my Roku also but I'm paying for the package. Their website says their free package with just the nets can only be viewed on a computer. Tell us about the work around.

    Ah! I never tried it for free. You have to import USTVNow into the Roku channel list per the instruction on the USTVNow web site. I'm guessing if you are using a system wide VPN through your router it still wouldn't work to hide Roku protocol. Guess there has to be some reason to pay the piper.   

  9. 1 hour ago, pappysmarket said:

    With the free USTVNow subscription you can also get the Nets, but only on your computer. Connect with HDMI to watch on your TV.

    I get USTVNow on my Roku.  There is a work around on their site for it.

    I used Sling to get NFL Redzone, NFL Network, and all the ESPN's when I was NOB but it was $55 a month for the packages plus the sports.  I didn't think it was worth it here since I don't enjoy watching games alone.  They did tend to go down ever so often but no more than USTVNow does.  

  10. Queen of the Stupid Questions here again.  All my art is still leaning against walls because I am scared to take a hammer and nail to the walls for fear I will just end up chipping the overlay.  

    Do you need certain nails? How deep do you need to go? What happens if you hit brick? What do you do if you need to patch it because you change your mind about where something goes? Is there any way to hang extra heavy pieces? If I smash my thumb, what is the best place to go for xrays? 

    NOB I would just hammer a hole, hang the work, step back, think it needed to go a quarter an inch up and a half an inch right, fill the first hole with white toothpaste, and repeat process until my wall had more fluoride than a dentist office.  Measuring was too pedestrian :)

  11. 6 hours ago, tomgates said:

    My only concern regarding all the frozen entree and other "home cooked" items sold around here is the conditions under which they are prepared.

    This was my concern.  I'm sure they are better for you than NOB choices but I'm a little germ shy since I had a great aunt die of e coli.  It wasn't a pretty death.  My fear of street foods is lessening and I'm sure eventually I'll be able to pick up a dropped cookie, dip it in spoiled milk, and eat it but for now....

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  12. 21 minutes ago, tomgates said:

    I know someone and will check on that.

    Thanks. By a few private emails and the post from bezerk above, it seems like there are other's who could use some home cooked meals. I was thinking along the lines of a single mother who come make some money and take part of the meals home for her and kids. I wouldn't mind youngsters being brought to my home with Mom if she didn't have daycare/family help.  I just don't know how the logistics of menu planning and ingredient shopping would be.  A couple of people have suggested meal sharing if I find someone and that sounds like a great idea too. It is just figuring out how to make it work. Thanks again!

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  13. In my 55 years I have never cooked. I'm tarded in that area. I tried to make one of those blue boxes of Mac n cheese one time and it wasn't pretty. 

    My ex husband fed me for 24 years then I turned to delivery, eating out, and frozen diet dinners. I supplemented with fast food when I felt I was becoming too healthy. 

    Since I really can only manage one meal out a day here and have no frozen dinner options I was thinking of hiring someone to cook for me. 

    Does anyone know how to find one, what the going rate is, and how to set up shopping with one? 


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  14. 4 hours ago, El Bizco said:

    Nearly exactly that problem! I was helping an elderly person who had the Chase account over 50 years. For some reason she could no longer login, which was why we called. They said she must go to a branch, no exception.  We opened up a USAA acct online, and adios Chase.

    They are really finding new ways to rid themselves of expats. But I figure someone will always want my money. 

  15. 9 hours ago, ibarra said:

    No. We have lived full time in MX for 19 years, 2 different states. We use Chase for all of our U.S. banking. We have lost an ATM card while living lakeside. Reported it to the proper department within Chase via a long phone call. Verified all kinds of information, including the fact that the closest branch was around 12 hours away. No problem. We received a replacement card within a week. I think it was DHL, may have been FedEx. They always think we live in New Mexico, not Mexico. We have found being patient but persistent helps. Call them back, ask for a supervisor.

    You are lucky no one has looked at the mailing address you have been using. I guess I gave them too much info when I said I was renting out my house in the States. They consider me living full time outside of the US at this point because even though I own a house in the States, I don't have a US address.  I called my old local branch and thought maybe someone in Houston would help but they referred me back to the the 1-800 number. Called and ask for a super and was told the same thing - in person or wait a month.  I'm just moving it all to Schwab. Me and my big mouth!!!! 

  16. I lost my debit card. This wasn't the first time to do so but the first time since I moved to Mexico. No biggie. I just picked up the phone to cancel it and have them send me a new one.

    But, the lovely Chase woman told me since I had recently changed my address I would have to physically come into a bank to get a new one. WTFudge!!!

    I explained I had changed my address because I was renting out my US home and living for a while in Mexico. I did not want my statements to go to my renters. Apparently, since I changed addresses then ask for a new card to be sent I was flagged as a Nigerian Prince. No card without walking into a Chase bank.

    They did give me the option of waiting (first she told me a month then she said three,) and then they would mail one to the new Mexico address.  I called again today and spoke with someone different and got the one month timeline.  

    So, I have opened a HSBC account here and a Charles Schwab International. This "present your body" BS was my message from the banking gods to move on. Anyone else have this problem? 

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