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    Ajijic 13 years
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    Sports, scuba diving, travel, photography, boating, music, guitars, classic Porsches, reading & learning something new every day about how things work.

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  1. I've lived in Ajijic long enough to consider myself an old-timer by now and agree with most of what has been said so far. I would add that finding a friendly place to occasionally hang out with some people who have been here awhile and know the ropes may be to your benefit - I lived pretty much everywhere in the USA before I retired and this is what I've always done, in any case. I suggest a place called El Bar Co, Friendly crowd, lots of full-time expats hang there of an afternoon, Carlos, the owner, is a good guy who knows everybody in town, and you can run into people there from pretty m
  2. Is Carol Bedford still in the Lakeside area and providing notary service? If so, would someone please share her contact info? If not, is there someone else who provides this service besides the US Consulate? I'll go to the Consulate if I have to, but would prefer to avoid going to Guadalajara if possible, and I need it done before the next consular visit to the LCS in July. Thanks in advance.
  3. Natasha, here's another vote for Dr. Gonzales. He performed my hip replacement surgery this past Jan. 15th and I'm getting around very well, walking comfortably, no walker, no cane, no pain for the past month or so. The whole thing has been pretty much a piece of cake. My guess is that he used the posterior approach on me, since the scar is on the posterior side of the joint. I didn't ask why, but he and I are both happy with the result. I know several people Lakeside who have had theirs done by Gonzales and none of them have anything but praise for his work. And, as mentioned above, h
  4. Where can I buy leather goods in the Lakeside area, preferably Ajijic?
  5. I need to have some documents notarized relating to a real estate sale in the USA. When do the monthly visits to LCS of consulate representatives occur? How much do they charge per document, and will they accept payments in pesos, or is there some other more complicated payment method on which they insist? TIA
  6. CG - Tried that couple of times yesterday then again just now, got all the way up(!) to 1.12 with the modem lights for LAN and internet flashing intermittently. BTW, the last time I took a modem to the office to trade it in, I was told that I had to call TelMex in Mexico City to get an order number to take to the Ajijic office. Thanks for the advice anyway. I guess I'll be visiting the office again tomorrow.
  7. Until the most recent rainstorm I was getting between 5 - 6 mB download speeds, but for the past 2 days it has been well under 1 mB. Anybody else experiencing this?
  8. Do either of these opthamalogists mentioned above have the equipment to test for glaucoma? I have to get tested once a year and am due in a month or so. TIA
  9. Speaking of Blue Velvet, they often play blues & jazz at Ocampo 71, usually on Wednesday evenings. Juan CastaƱo, their guitarist, is an instrumentalist par excellance & is considered by every guitar player I now around here as the very best around, a borderline genius with a guitar. Not to take anything away from Blue Jay Slim, whom I've met and whose music I enjoy very much, but I suspect he would agree re Juan. I should add that the other Blue Velvet musicians know their way around their instruments quite well also.
  10. Another option, and the one I use, is to belong to a credit union. Everything done online, no fees, other than local ATM fees. Mine knows and doesn't care where I live (Ajijic), although I do use my daughter's USA mailing address. Any bills I incur in the USA I can take care of using the credit union's online bill payer service. I agree with those above who recommend having a smallish account with one of the local banks in order to have an emergency backup ATM card in case your primary card is lost or, as has happened to me twice in the 14 years I've lived here, it gets devoured by an ATM
  11. OK, cstone, here's the answer to DT22's question, ". . . but how many expats live here without a car?" Nobody knows, because there is no way to know. And he or she isn't going to find out by asking that question in that way on this webboard or any other. So naturally the responses have been from people who, of course, don't know how many but instead are explaining why they themselves don't (or do) have a car. Since most have been from those who don't, I thought I'd post another point of view. No harm, no foul. Once again, different strokes. :-)
  12. So far this thread seems to have attracted mostly those people who don't have cars and want to explain how easily they get by without one. That's fine - different strokes, etc., but here's a point of view from one who does have a car and is glad of it. Within my circle of friends in Ajijic, by far the majority have cars and wouldn't dream of being without. Speaking personally, if I were from NYC or Tokyo, I'm sure I wouldn't have bothered with having a car there, either. But I'm not from any such place, I'm originally from the Pacific Northwest, where towns are scattered around usually wit
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