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  1. 4 minutes ago, RickS said:

    I"m wondering where you heard that.  My understanding is that 'soap' attacks the outer 'protective shell' of/on the virus and it cannot survive. 

    Yes, but that does not mean that a virus is a living thing, in a biological sense.  Soaps and detergents are 'wetting agents', which do as you suggest, mechanically, and can render the virus rather harmless, by removing the structures which attach to the host's cell..

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  2. On the Red vs White question:

    Red was probably the first color available, and became somewhat 'traditional'. However, white is favored in places where winters are very mild, and there is a need to reflect the summer heat.

    Red is also used for the bottom meter of many homes. It protects from the splashed water and dirt from the street, and helps the exterior wall remain intact. 

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  3. A quicker method:  Put muriatic acid in a small bowl and hold it up to the shower head for a few minutes.  The acid will dissolve the built up minerals.  Run the shower with cold water to rinse.  Naturally, use care and rubber gloves, etc.  You can also use this method for the lavatory sink faucet screens, which are often difficult to remove.

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  4. Our method, which worked perfectly:

    Sweep and clean the roof thouroughly.

    Locate all cracks, and caulk them with latex caulk, forcing it into cracks with a putty knife.

    2nd day: Paint cracks with impermialazante and apply membrana, with another coat.

    3rd day:  Apply a full coat of impermialazante.  Allow to dry according to instructions, then apply a second undiluted coat.

    Since cracks tend to be chronic and tend to move slightly, the flexible caulk is important in this preparation, as is the use of the fiberglass mat as a membrane.

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  5. We file with the IRS, but have not had refunds or taxes due for many years. We both collect SS by direct deposit to a US bank.  However, it seems that the IRS is not using SS information, since we received a single paper check for $2400 in the US mail just a few days ago.

    So, if our situation applies to you, it may take some time for a check to reach you by mail, in Mexico, if it ever does.  (We now live in the USA)

  6. 8 minutes ago, gringal said:

    Re RV's post about the delivery system...

    Just curious:  What do we know about the process of the food preparation itself??

    We do not order prepared foods, or meals from restaurants; just groceries and supplies from the two places mentioned.  I suppose there might be some risk with fruits, vegetables and even meat, but we do wash the produce, and avoid touching the uncooked meat.  I think it is the best that we can do.

    We have also stocked up on basic supplies of rice, beans, pasta, etc., and on some canned hams, canned vegetables, and other items which might become necessary later.

  7. MC's method is similar to our process of receiving deliveries via Instacart from HEB and Costco, here in The Rio Grande Valley. 

    They text as they approach, and pull into the driveway. We tell them where to place the items, but never get anywhere near them. They depart. Payment and tip are all done online. 

    With mask and gloves, items are brought inside and washed/sanitized, and the extraneous bags and wrappings are disposed of in the outside trash container.

    No contact at all.

  8. Out of sheer desperation, and in consideration of our ages, we did something that we never considered doing before this pandemic and its consequences. We ordered from Omaha Steaks two weeks ago. The filet mignons with stuffed baked potatoes, and some sirloin steaks, were actually shipped from Kansas by freezer truck, and are now heading south from Dallas. Salivation is increasing, as FedEx will deliver them tomorrow; hopefully still cold. 

  9. Mudgirl makes some very good points, as have severalothers.  I am not fully fluent, but Mexicans tell me that I have lost my accent, and speak well.  Of course, they are known for being generously polite to a fault!

    The ear is important, as are the eyes. I am very aware of those facts, as I am rather blind and hard of hearing at my present age (82+).  Yes, the desire and motivation are extremely important, but the brain is a rather strange item.  I cannot now speak French, without it turning into Spanish, but it mysteriously returns upon being in the presence of French speakers for a few hours.  Between those two, I find that I can now understand a fair bit of Italian, which I could not do in the 1960s and 70s while married into a Sicilian family; although some Italians disown "Siciliano" as a separate language.  My always very limited Turkish is now only a collection of a few familiar words and phrases, as that language is not related to any of the others that I have used.

    Admittedly, I have not put in much effort in learning any of these languages, beyond reading road signs, a few boring lessons, and trying to read newspapers, and other simply written things.  If I had more motivation and time, I would love to be fluent in several languages; maybe even a polyglot, as I envy them.  I once knew a five year old with fluency in five languages, and an elderly railroad worker who spoke and wrote thirteen languages, but not a word of English. We used French, as I knew none of the other twelve!


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