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  1. My wife is having severe stomach pain. Have been through the local GPs and Ajijic Hospital with no luck. Does anyone have experience with a good gastro person in the area?
  2. Please tell me more about Alex Peterson and his guy in Texas. Who are they? What do they do? How do I contact them?
  3. My son always sends me his old iPhone when he gets a new one. This time, he tried to send it via UPS, Federal Express, DHL and USPS. None would ship it because it has a lithium-ion battery in it. Apparently there is a new law or rule that says anything with a lithium-ion battery in it cannot be put on an airplane. (What??!! What about all those cell phones that walk on board airplanes with passengers? And how do manufacturers and retailers get their phones to customers?). Anyway, I would like to find an alternative way of getting my new phone here. Anyone have any ideas?
  4. Where can I get some apple cider vineger locally?
  5. I note that ibarra says "Most of us go to . . . ." Is it still possible to go to Ocotlan? In either case, will an Interpreter be needed? I remember talk of having a renewal clinic at LCS. Has anything ever come of that? That was one of the brightest ideas LCS has had in years.
  6. When buying a house here, what is the best way to transfer funds from a U.S. bank account to a safe financial entity here? Chase Bank wants it split up into separate wire transfers for $25,000 each. That seems ridiculous and expensive. I am not confident about putting the money in a Mexican bank. What about opening an account in HSBC and transferring the money into and withdrawing the money here? Any other suggestions? There must be a simple way to do this . . .
  7. Have discovered some mold hidden away on a plastered and painted wall. I have been told that tea tree oil is the best way to get rid of it. Would like to try it if I could find it. Anyone know where to get it in some quantity?
  8. Looking for a piece of foam rubber about the size of twin mattress. Anyone any idea where to get it in the lakeside area?
  9. Factory Direct Custom Furniture right here in Ajijic on the Carretera #49 immediately adjacent to El Barco. Ask for Bob. He makes custom rustic furniture to your specifications. It is excellent. I have several pieces made by Bob. Cell: 333-954-6411 Bobcatlett@live.com
  10. This is truly brilliant, Harry. The single most effective protest there is against an unscrupulous government or corporation is to screw up their cash flow. Done long enough and well enough, they will come to realize who really has the power. It is the consumer. We do not have to stop buying or go without gas for instance. But if we buy in a way that interrupts their cash flow and they don't have enough cash on hand to pay their bills when they are due, that will get their attention and cooperation faster and more effectively than any other form of complaint or protest. Keep up the good work, Harry.
  11. Right you are about that! if anyone is interested, here is how Sidney Australia launched its "Earth Hour" global warming boycott. Same principle, same approach, can work with almost anything that needs to be controlled. https://www.leoburnett.com.au/Sydney/Case-Studies/earth-hour And the "gas shortage / price hike" is certainly going to need to be controlled.
  12. Here it is from Reuters: Mexican gas going up by 20% http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-gasoline-idUSKBN14G15M Want to stop this nonsense? Persuade people to join a rolling boycott: This week, nobody buys gas on Tuesday and Friday. Next week, nobody buys gas on Monday and Thursday. The next week nobody buys gas on Tuesday and Saturday. Keep switching the days. Screw up their cash flow. Watch what happens. Now please, every one pile on and tell me why it is a bad idea and won't work.
  13. You don't suppose that this is somewhat like what happened in the early '70s when the Arabs said they would flood the market unless the U.S. raised its gas prices to the level of Europe?
  14. I am VERY confused by all this information. I will be going up to the states in June. Usually what I do is buy an ATT sim card there to use for the duration of my stay. However, I would be much more pleased with using a Telcel deal such as Rony suggested. However, I have several questions; if anyone can answer them simply and directly, I would be VERY pleased. Does the Paquete 100 deal require you to sign a contract? If not, how exactly does one go about getting the deal? Does the Paquete 100 deal require you to get a new sim card? Does the Paquete 100 deal allow you to make calls to Mexico as well as the U.S. and Canada when you are in the U.S? How do you renew or recharge your phone with this Paquete 100 deal if you are in the U.S? is there a Paquete 200 deal? If so, how exactly do you get that deal? Again, anyone who can answer the questions above simply and directly I will be very grateful to.
  15. I am so absolutely fed up with the nonsense of Telcel that I am seriously thinking of switching to AT&T. Does anyone know if they are open and providing service yet in the Lakeside area?
  16. No, you are not understanding this correctly. I speak Spanish sufficiently well to understand and be understood. This was not about a language problem. Something attitudinal is going on here. It shows up in the behavior of the people working there. Specifically, first they ignored me and, secondly, they refused to perform a normal service for me.
  17. Amen! Maybe we could add imperious and condescending as well?
  18. Thanks for the tip about the two ladies next to the old casino because it is certain that I will never go in the Laguna Telcel store again. Their attitude is worse than the Telmex office on the carreterra - and that is really saying something. These people desperately need some competition.
  19. Had an interesting experience at the Telcel center in Laguna Centro the other day. Just wondered how usual this was. When I walked in the front door, I was greeted by a woman sitting at the kiosk just inside the door. I explained to her in my limited Spanish that I wanted to talk to someone about the advertising on my phone. I further explained that it would be easiest and best if that person spoke English. She asked me to sit down on the bench and wait. And wait I did - for about 25 minutes. In the meanwhile, several people whom I guessed to be locals, came in and approached the woman at the kiosk. They were all escorted to one of the people behind the windows who were helping customers. I decided it was because they all spoke Spanish and did not require a speaker of English. When at last I was escorted to a window by the greeter, I was greeted in English by a woman who had been there all along and had attended to three other people who walked in the door after me. Admittedly I was already angry and was struggling to be “respectful” as I explained that I wanted the advertising on my phone stopped. She looked straight at me and said there was nothing she could do and that I would have to call the advertisers. I know that is not true. I was there because friends who had the same problem with advertising had told me they had gone to Telcel and successfully requested an end to the advertising on their phone. Maybe I offended the greeter with my broken Spanish. Maybe I was there on a bad day. Maybe I wasn’t holding my nose just right. Or maybe I was just too obviously Anglo. I don’t know. What I do know is that I will be so happy when AT&T cell phone service becomes available. Because as much as I thought AT&T was disgusting service north of the border, I now realize how lucky I was to have it. My question is how usual this experience was. Was it just me - or have others had a similar experience in the Telcel Service Center in Laguna Centro? Just curious.
  20. Well that is obviously both good news and bad. I hope you are serious about them scaling the walls. For the three years I had SOSE, we couldn't even get the police to come - even if we called them. Subsequently, we opted for an electric fence. There are a few hilarious stories to tell about the attempts that were made to get over it, but the bottom line is that only one ever did successfully make it over the fence. I do, however, now have an ADT sign out as well as the electric fence sign (a requirement) and double, sliding-bar locks on all the entrances. The one time they got in, they came in over the roof using a blanket to subvert the electric fence up there. Then they couldn't get in the house once they got in the yard - and they could not get out of the yard without causing a huge commotion - which alerted the neighbors who then called me and the police. When the police left, we got out the tequila and had a celebratory drink that turned into an impromptu party. That has since been repeated at several houses. And I have since come to the conclusion that some of the best security you can get is good neighbors. Salud!
  21. The problem with the monitored system (SOSE, ADT, etc.) is that police cannot enter a house without the owners permission. The owners - not the renters. We had SOSE when we were robbed the last time. Apparently, the police came and left because there was no sign of a problem from outside the wall. Meanwhile, the burglars were inside the house bagging our belongings. Apparently, when they left, they just walked out the front door of the house which they had broken through and out the double locked person door in the surrounding wall - which they had also broken through. Apparently, the alarm was still sounding when they left. Then there was the problem of reporting the crime to the Ministerio Publico. But don't get me started on that . . . .
  22. It would make sense to make it possible to file this survey electronically. There are quite probably many people who are victims of crime who are neither ambulatory or mobile. Getting to LCS to submit this survey may be very difficult or impossible.
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