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  1. Here are just a few miscellaneous shots mostly from Sept. 16, walking to the plaza from my house in time for the celebration after the parade. I love seeing all the happy kids - riding around on their own horses, running around having a great time spraying eachother with harmless spray foam, a new "tradition" along with confetti-filled eggshells which enable kids to play fight so they never really fight. In 12 years here full time, I have never once seen kids fight or even use nasty language to eachother. The traditions here are lots of fun for the kids, so they don't grow up feeling like they have to rebel against their parents to have fun. Beautiful!
  2. Gracias! My attitude about photography is that the pictures are already there. All you have to do is take them. Meaning, you have to be where the action is. These traditions are widely ignored by gringos, except a few who line the streets of the parades in the morning. My fiesta fotos used to be very popular on Webshots, I would get hundreds or thousands of views for each one. Virtually no gringos went to the fiestas, much less for fotos, and very few Mexicans had the computer skills to upload fotos, so my work was very popular. That has changed in the era of smart phones where "everybody" is now a photographer and everyone just likes to look at their own selfies. Bo-ring!. There are lots of Mexicans up north who like to see what is going on in their home towns. Here is one of my all time favorite fotos, very seasonal now.
  3. I am not feeling well to go out to the festivities but I have a huge supply of older fotos dating from 2007 which are not online since Webshots was dismantled in 2012. So, I am uploading older fotos that by now are almost historical. Ajijic was more down to earth back then. The traditions were hugely attended, but not by gringos. Very few people had the computer skills to upload fotos in those days, so there is not much online from that period, pre- smart phones. My early impression of the traditions here was amazement of how much the kids and even babies are part of the scene. The little ones are not shut up and shunted to the side, they are very much a part of life here, which centers around family and the traditions. All the generations together. The kids here are so much more polite, cheerful, and responsible with this kind of upbringing, so different than up north. I'm thinking of starting a FB page called Ajiijic Archives, Archivos to display my older fotos. Think there would be much interest? I can hear the grito from my house, time to sign off and go up on my roof to watch the fireworks! Here is the parade, enjoy!
  4. I have decided to start posting online (again) some of my fotos and/or videos from 2007-2012, the year that Webshots dismantled its public viewing and my 12K fotos were no longer viewable. By now, my early fotos are almost historic because things have changed, the most obvious being that in all the public scenes of fiestas, etc., you don't see 100 other people with their hands and smart phones in the air blocking your own shots. Back then, very few people posted fotos or videos of Mexican events online. I feel all the traditional Mexican events were bigger and better attended back then. I found them enormously fun, much more so than the gringo scene here. Enjoy!
  5. The Rebozo Fashion Show called Desfile de Rebozos en espanyol, will be this Sunday in the Ajijic Plaza, kicking off the Fiestas Patrias. This tradition features girls and women of Ajijic modeling the very versatile and ubiquitous fashion accessory, the Rebozo, or shawl, which can be worn many different ways, and is the handiest fashion accessory you can have here. These fotos are from 2009 and have just sat in my computer since 2012 when Webshots, the original foto sharing site, shut down its public viewing, wasting my efforts at posting around 12,000 fotos and videos of Ajijic since I got here in 2007. I feel these fotos are almost historical now since much has changed since then. One obvious difference is that back then you didn't get shots of a hundred other people with their hands and smartphones up in the air blocking your view! There were very few people posting local fotos/videos online at that time. Check out my utube channel for many more recent fiesta fotos as well as my travel videos from all around Mexico.
  6. Glad to hear it was postponed. I couldn't make it today. I have always wanted to talk directly to the local powers about this situation. Excellent that people from GDL will be there as well. Again, I am very thankful that the noise problem has gotten under control in my area. Goes to show you that taking action is necessary as well as productive.
  7. The Physical Therapy Clinic behind the Ajijic Hospital has excellent massage with heat and ultrasound treatments, plus they will give you corrective exercises and stretches to improve chronic conditions. Everyone there is a licensed PT.
  8. Was your computer faster because of the new SSD drive and/or just the windows 10? Windows 10 installed itself on my laptop a couple years ago without my permission. It drove me crazy, before they put in the option to make the interface like Windows 7 which was fine with me. I have about 20,000 fotos and videos on my laptop, organized MY way, and I don't need some new program invented for children to tell me how to organize my files, thank you very much. So I have resisted Windows 10 since then. What to do now?
  9. Enforcement is the tricky part. There are so many newbies on this forum now, many do not have a perspective on this issue. Mexico has term limits, so every three years the local governments change for better or worse. The new administration in Chapala (and Jalisco?) has promised to enforce the new Jalisco noise laws which provide for stiff penalties for noise makers. GDL has a huge noise problem and it's not gringos who are complaining. Many people are suffering from too much loud noise!! We are waiting to see how that turns out. Around town, everyone (Mexicans) said that the last "presidente" encouraged a lot of loud events in order to charge hefty permit fees. In other words, corruption. The old corruption was that an inspector would show up to a noisy bar and "fine" them on the spot and leave and pocket the $$. The last administration reworded that dynamic to call the new "fee" an "extension" of the permit, so instead of noisy events being shut down, the perps would just pay the new "fee" to continue until 4 a.m. According to locals. Yes, I have heard this happen from my house.
  10. Do users of Windows 7 have to make changes? If so, what?
  11. I am happy to say that after many years of too much noise in my area, things have improved. Not perfect, but now bearable, thanks to neighborhood organization with Mexicans to lodge complaints, all a few years ago, that have basically stuck. El Barco made changes in their place, the upstairs outdoor bar at Plaza Bugambilia was changed to a gym which was pretty noisy for a while, with the bar re-located just underneath it, karma, karma!!! Then the bar closed after 2 years. The gym is now under new owners, and less noisy than before. We are keeping our fingers crossed. The kiddie evento place behind Plaza B. has been very complicit in the rules, no more noise! Still happy parties where people can talk and you can hear the happy kids playing. The key is for the local neighbors to organize, and this includes the Mexicans which might require that you speak Spanish. This noise issue is NOT a gringo issue, plenty of Mexicans also suffer from the noise but they don't know what to do about it. You can see evidence of that on the FB page of cruzadacontraelruido (crusade against the noise) which has well over 35,000 likes. https://www.facebook.com/CruzadaContraElRuido/
  12. Well, it sounds like IMSS (which I have but never use) and SP are going downhill. The same can be said for Medicare up north in case you didn't know. I'm glad I chose NOT to buy a house but rather, have the contingency fund for medical issues - and a great deal on a rental home. When I was new here, 11 years ago, I had an emergency hip replacement which costed me $130,000 pesos on a day when the peso actually was 10 to the USD. I paid for it with my debit card. Does anyone know what a hip replacement in GDL costs these days? Cuidase mucho!
  13. If you live in town, you can put your clean containers out in front of your house on any day or time when people are likely to be passing by, and they will pick them up. It's a custom in the villages to put things outside your home that you don't need in order to share with others. I live near the tianguis so I put my plastics out on that day with a little sign written by my maid that basically says These plastics are for you to reuse, please don't throw them away. Think of the environment." I also take a magic marker and write on the lid, "NO TIRAR, REUSAR!" That means don't throw it away, but reuse it. They are very handy for lunches for kids and husbands to take with them, but they have to get in the new habit of bringing them back to reuse. Also, if you know any artists, they often need containers for water for their water colors. Maybe the LCS or Efren Gonzales' art programs could use them.
  14. I didn't know until I heard the buzz saws this morning but a huge eucalyptus tree fell over on Calle Juan Alvarez, just down from Alex's Pasta. A large crew is working and the entire street is blocked off even to pedestrians so I was not able to see what damage was done - to houses or cars on the street. I did hear something last night in the wind, maybe that was it. My internet was out for several hours over the night but came back early this a.m. Lots of wind, thunder, and lightning last night but only a bit or rain.
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