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  1. 1 hour ago, MtnMama said:

    The big problem with motorized bicycles is speed. They go too darn fast to be safe on the Ciclopista and not fast enough to keep up with traffic on the highway. IF the riders had good sense and drove responsibly - about the same speed as other bicycles - and paid attention to rights of pedestrians, they would be be fine, but alas they don't.

    One big problem with all bicyclists on the path is not calling out or whistling or ringing when passing. Very dangerous.

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  2. On 2/21/2022 at 3:26 PM, Go Solar said:

    So avoid demolition derbies and hill climbs.   "Check".      

    Definitely agree with everyone they should be kept on the side streets and off the carraterra, for both safety reasons and avoiding fine$.

    Lithium ion batteries are now available @ great pricing and we have converted a number of different types of golf carts in the area over from lead acid, and the owners are very pleased  >>>  feel free to email or PM for info.

    I have PMed you once and emailed most recently with no reply. Did you receive email?

  3. 1 hour ago, Kiko said:

    Good Question.  I have no personal experience with the process.  Most of us never know the answer until we are in the moment.  I do think it should be legal for each person to make their own private decision.  They are not harming others in any way with that personal decision.   I know a person now struggling with this decision and that is why I posted.  She is 68 and has lost both her mother and husband to Covid.  She contracted Covid (vaccinated 1 and 2) and survived but needed a quintuple bypass soon after.  Now basically bedridden. She wants this option but it is not available in Texas.

    I have this consideration in my future but do ponder the least unpleasant exit. I have read about pentobarbital some time back. Having accidentally taken a wee bit too much morphine once orally; I found quite unpleasant and have heard it spoken of as an easy ride out. Perhaps IV is a different story. Whatever I was given for my last few surgeries seems like it would suffice nicely.

  4. 3 hours ago, CHILLIN said:

    Yes, I guess being born with a Groucho Marx nose, eyeglasses and a cowboy hat makes for a tough road ahead!

    Are you related to Kevin "Bloody" Wilson from Australia. He was an electrician until he decided to become a comedian. Funny bloke, but a bit too raunchy to make it outside of Oz.

    Manuel the Bandito. Remember this is from the 1980's. He is 75 now.


    So nose jobs aren't done in the civil hospital then?

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  5. On 2/11/2022 at 10:31 PM, barrbower said:

    Why do you think Medicare is not legally available in Mexico except for emergencies by travelers only?  And then only if you have part B&C.  They could save billions by allowing other countries to provide goods and services to US citizens who live abroad or even who travel for dental and medical tourism.  It isn't just because there could be fraudulent overcharging because that problem is huge in the US system already.  It isn't because it is assumed that medical training or care here is inferior. Medical school here followed by the required training in the US is approved by the AMA.  Lots of US doctors go to schools overseas where it is cheaper.  Why is it so hard to purchase and import prescription drugs from countries where they are much cheaper?  Why is it so hard to find a doctor who will accept new Medicare patients?  Why does a stay in a hospital room cost more than the presidential suite at a fancy hotel?  I'm not talking about food, meds, exams, treatments, or anything else except the bed and the room it's in.  Why do insurance companies have so many exclusions for medical issues like vein surgery, foot problems, TMJ, congenital disorders, pregnancy treatment, eyeglasses, hearing aids, dental surgeries or treatments, etc.?  Are those not medical issues?  If I can't chew my food, walk normally, hear people talk, see to drive, or was born with a defect or condition that required continuous care, am I not needing some help? 

    The whole thing stinks of corruption and mismanagement on a level that shows me that the "well entrenched" who profit from the crappy system do not ever want it to change for the betterment of society at large.  Angry and frustrated?  Yes and for that and many other reasons I'm not going back.


    Here, here (hear, hear) 

    I am denied any medical insurance based upon how I was born. I guess I may be checking out those 18 person wards some day which  Gary mentioned, although I'm halfway to outfitting my own home based hospital. <grin>

  6. 12 hours ago, El Cartero said:

    I am surprised you felt compelled to justify your actions at all.  Some people are just plain stupid why would you want to engage them in conversation?   Nice of you to do so tho.

    The woman actually stepped in front and stopped me, as if there were some emergency occurring.

  7. I feel compelled to post this since some of the local expat ladies seem to think I am torturing my Jack Russell dog by running her too fast alongside my mobility scooter with a top speed of 12 km/hr. (about 7.5 mph). I take her for a 2 block run along the Carretera in West Ajijic most mornings so I figure many have seen me. Several of the local know-it-all women have voiced their opinions on this 'horrid' cruelty. To be fair there are also many who comment on what a great way it is to give my dog exercise.

    Yesterday I went to Guadalajara Farmacia and on the way home she chose to run. I was stopped by 2 women. The one who spoke to me was perhaps in her late 60s to 80s with short bright dyed red hair; maybe European(?). She proceeded to voice her opinion that I was running my dog too fast. 

    I patiently explained to her that it was my dog who wanted to run, which could be observed by her straining forward on her leash, trying to go ahead of me and besides that fact she can ride on the platform of my scooter anytime she wants. As if on cue my dog had stepped up there. (She had actually ridden there on the way to the farmacia.) I also told her I have owned dogs for 60 years and know them very well.

    None of this satisfied her, as she ranted on and on, stating I should carry my dog in the basket at the rear of the scooter. If I were to do that she would quickly leap from there to run. I finally gave up trying to explain things to her and told her she should mind her own business, to which she replied f** you. Nice. I then just continued home.

    Now, for all who may think my JR is running too fast let me tell you about dogs. At least my experience with dogs. So far as my present JR, given her own way, she would run along at that speed while at the same time circling me and stopping to sniff and pee. I had large and small dogs on my farm in the mountains of BC where the dogs, Great Dane crosses, JRs and Border Collies ran all day long with the horses up into the hills and still had energy left back home to run around and swim in the river. My two Great Dane crosses lived to 17 and 18 so I believe they were very healthy.

    Please rest assured that my dog loves the daily run and bugs me to get her leash on to get going. I watch her that she is not being over exerted and slow down or make her ride accordingly.  

    I have trained my present JR to be a service dog. She picks things up from the floor for me, as I cannot bend. However, she is also my constant companion and since I am mostly anti-social, my best friend. She understands much of the English language so completely gets it when I ask if she wants to ride.

    So you can see some of things she does for me, here is a tribute video I made for my previous JR who I also trained.



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  8. 2 hours ago, Ferret said:

    From the article and gee I wonder where I heard this stuff before?

    "B cells “are the first responders”, says Ali Ellebedy, an immunologist at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. During a first exposure to a pathogen, B cells that get activated divide rapidly and differentiate into plasma cells that churn out proteins called antibodies. Antibodies can flag suspicious intruders for destruction, and some might bind to a part of a pathogen that prevents it from infecting cells altogether. These are the ‘neutralizing’ antibodies. “They’re the only thing that can truly give you sterilizing immunity,” says Shane Crotty, an immunologist at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in California. That’s why researchers typically use the presence of these antibodies as a proxy for immune protection.

    What matters is whether the body makes long-lived B cells that can target the pathogen if it reappears. These cells typically develop inside structures called germinal centres, which arise in the lymph nodes during an infection and serve as a sort of B-cell training camp. There, the cells multiply and acquire mutations. Only those that produce the best antibodies, the ones that latch most securely on to the surface of the virus, survive. It’s “almost a winnowing process”, Ellebedy says.

    Within a month or so, some of the cells that produce these super-binders become memory B cells that circulate in the blood (see ‘B-cell memory’). They don’t produce antibodies, but if they encounter the virus or its proteins, they can rapidly divide and become plasma cells that do. The rest become long-lived plasma cells that reside mainly in the bone marrow and secrete a small-but-steady stream of high-quality antibodies. “Those cells basically live with us for the rest of our lives,” Ellebedy says."

    "The immune response after vaccination more or less mimics what happens after infection, with one major difference. In a SARS-CoV-2 infection, the immune system sees the whole virus."

    "Some people might carry memory T cells from past coronavirus infections — such as those that cause common colds — that can recognize SARS-CoV-2. These cells could help to fight the infection, or even stop it completely. One study7 found that health-care workers who were exposed to SARS-CoV-2 but never tested positive had subtle signs of a response to infection. The researchers hypothesize that cross-reactive T cells shut the infection down before it could take hold."

  9. 4 hours ago, CHILLIN said:

    Mudgirl, once again you are exactly right. The human body has many receptors, and they vary from individual to individual. They have found that the pain receptors are also the same as the cannaboid receptors. The cannaboids, and terpenes, block the pain receptors. Everybody then is like a huge pile of padlocks. It takes a champion locksmith to open them all.

    I get a slight buzz even from medicantes de abuelas. Peyote mushrooms, cannabis, and dicoflonec- surface cream application only. Available up and down the Chapala vendor strip. 160 pesos. Try it Pedro. Mexicans know aches and pains from many, many years of hard work.

    And if you are a visitor, bring down a jar of inexpensive cold cream. Empty it, and fill with grandma's cream, otherwise it will never get across the border(s) on your way back home.


    Pain receptors are primarily enkephalin receptors (opioids). The endocannabinoid system is actually a varied part of the endocrine system, however some people are predisposed to analgesia from binding of cannabinoids. I am not (so far) one of those people. My attempts to use cannabis to relieve pain have caused more intense pain. High grade CBD does not increase my pain but does nothing for me. 

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