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  1. Sorry that happened to you. Sadly a risk with any US bank. Dedos cruzados.
  2. I use Bancomer Ajijic ATM often. Other times Multiva and Intercam. I can get 10K at a time at all of them; at the later two I can hit it again and again and again. Bancomer cuts me off after 10K at one time. I don't pay fees, so never pay attention to the costs.
  3. Open a Charles Schwab checking account. NO ATM fees worldwide. The local ATM's will take their fee and Schwab will refund automatically at end of month. Always a good exchange rate.
  4. Stats for Aug. 12. Hospital occupancy is 28.4% P脕GINA 馃敶 |Al corte de este mi茅rcoles 12 de agosto, #Chapala no sum贸 casos confirmados de Covid-19, manteni茅ndose con un registro de 58. #Jocotepec report贸 tres casos y llega a 80. La cifra en #Ixtlahuac谩nDeLosMembrillos contin煤a en ascenso, al reportar cuatro casos nuevos en las 煤ltimas 24 horas para un total de 121. #Ocotl谩n pas贸 de 234 a 238, mientras que #LaBarca sum贸 dos casos nuevos para acumular 214.
  5. Central Market is part of HEB stores and they don't ship, only pick-up or local delivery at a few select stores in TX. And while they apparently stocked that brand in 2016, a search through their current inventory found none. But thanks for the tip.
  6. Stats from Aug. 11. Hospital occupancy at 28.6% P脕GINA 馃敶 #Chapala sigue sumando casos confirmados de Covid-19. Al corte de este martes 11 de agosto registr贸 dos casos nuevos y suma 58. Tambi茅n #Jocotepec registr贸 dos casos y llega a 77. #LaBarca pas贸 de 208 a 214, mientras que #Ocotl谩n report贸 siete casos nuevos y suma 234. #Tuxcueca registr贸 tres m谩s y acumula 10 casos confirmados. #Jamay report贸 un caso y llega a 39. #Ixtlahuac谩nDeLosMembrillos sum贸 cuatro casos y ahora tiene un registro de 117. 馃敶 #Chapala continues to add confirmed cases of Covid-19. At the count of this Tuesday, August 11, it registered two new cases and adds 58. #Jocotepec also registered two cases and reaches 77. #LaBarca went from 208 to 214, while # Ocotl谩n reported seven new cases and adds 234. #Tuxcueca registered three more and accumulates 10 confirmed cases. #Jamay reported one case and reaches 39. # Ixtlahuac谩nDeLosMembrillos added four cases and now has a record of 117.
  7. I tried to find a source in the US which carries and ships quality MXN olive oil within the US, for a gift to a friend. No luck. I did find a few Baja sourced oils but would like to find a brand from Tamaulipas. Appreciate any recommendations to do this.
  8. What made you think it was abandoned? https://opossumsocietyus.org/how-to-help/orphaned-injured/
  9. You think....wrong. The link in my post is to the NY Times to which I digitally subscribe. I agree denying entry to a citizen is unconstitutional and hope the leaking of this draft proposal to the Times puts an end to it even being discussed by the administration.
  10. The Times says it has a copy of the draft. CNN has independently verified its existence it from an (understandably) anonymous administration official. Whether and how it moves forward remains to be seen. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/10/politics/us-mexico-border-administration-coronavirus/index.html
  11. That is the entire point of the article, that the US is now considering denying entry to its citizens under certain circumstances. The story makes if clear that when two administration officials from two different agencies involved with this proposed order were asked about the proposed rule, their replies were not a denials of the proposed rule.
  12. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/10/us/politics/trump-coronavirus-border.html?fbclid=IwAR0ScWbee3q4xavnYag3mtTKlQSBAslktlaj7hBBPnpPGBgARc3pGhNZl-I
  13. Stats from Aug. 10th, no update for hospital occupancy. P脕GINA 馃敶 | Al corte de este lunes 10 de agosto, ni #Chapala, ni #Jocotepec sumaron casos nuevos de Covid-19, menteni茅ndose con un registro de 56 y 75 casos, respectivamente. En cambio, #Ixtlahuac谩nDeLosMembrillos registr贸 dos casos y llega a 113.
  14. Bugambilias Plaza in Ajijic, entry is from Calle Revolucion (the tianguis street), a few doors south of Scallion restaurant.
  15. Full article was posted earlier in Mexico General. https://www.chapala.com/webboard/index.php?/topic/88593-a-fear-of-hospitals-is-leading-mexicans-to-delay-treatment-of-the-virus/&tab=comments#comment-667339
  16. Quien sabe? Folk medicine and folklore are rampant in all regions of Mexico. Illiteracy is a big factor. Doctors and nurses have been attacked for "spreading the virus" in MEX; can you imagine the reluctance of a family to even reveal someone in their home is symptomatic, let alone go get tested (if available)?
  17. From the NY Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/10/world/americas/mexico-coronavirus-hospitals.html MEXICO CITY 鈥 A gray Suzuki stopped outside the General Hospital of Mexico and deposited a heaving Victor Bail贸n at the entrance. He had refused to come to the hospital for days, convinced that doctors were killing coronavirus patients. By the time he hobbled into the triage area and collapsed on the floor, it was too late. 鈥淧apito, breathe!鈥 his wife screamed. 鈥淧lease breathe.鈥 Within an hour, Mr. Bail贸n was dead. Mexico is battling one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world, with more than 52,000 confirmed deaths, the third-highest toll of the pandemic. And its struggle has been made even harder by a pervasive phenomenon: a deeply rooted fear of hospitals. The problem has long plagued nations overwhelmed by unfamiliar diseases. During the Ebola epidemic in 2014, many in Sierra Leone believed that hospitals had become hopeless death traps, leading sick people to stay home and inadvertently spread the disease to their families and neighbors. Here in Mexico, a similar vicious cycle is taking place. As the pandemic crushes an already weak health care system, with bodies piling up in refrigerated trucks, many Mexicans see the Covid ward as a place where only death awaits 鈥 to be avoided at all cost. The consequences, doctors, nurses and health ministers say, are severe. Mexicans are waiting to seek medical care until their cases are so bad that doctors can do little to help them. Thousands are dying before ever seeing the inside of a hospital, government data show, succumbing to the virus in taxis on the way there or in sickbeds at home. Fighting infections at home may not only spread the disease more widely, epidemiologists say, but it also hides the true toll of the epidemic because an untold number of people die without ever being tested 鈥 and officially counted 鈥 as coronavirus victims. Many Mexicans say they have good reason to be wary of hospitals: Nearly 40 percent of people hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus in Mexico City, the epicenter of the nation鈥檚 outbreak, end up dying, government data show, a high mortality rate even when compared with some of the worst coronavirus hot spots worldwide. During the peak of the pandemic in New York City, less than 25 percent of coronavirus patients died in hospitals, studies have estimated. While the statistic may be imprecise because of limited testing, doctors and researchers confirmed that a startling number of people are dying in Mexico鈥檚 hospitals. During a surge of cases in May, almost half of all Covid-19 deaths in Mexico City hospitals occurred within 12 hours of the patient鈥檚 being admitted, said Dr. Oliva L贸pez Arellano, Mexico City鈥檚 health minister. In the United States, people who died typically made it five days in the hospital. Doctors say more patients would survive if they sought help earlier. Delaying treatment, they argue, simply leads to more deaths in hospitals 鈥 which then generates even more fear of hospitals. The distrust is so pronounced that relatives of patients in Ecatepec, a municipality outside Mexico City, stormed a hospital in May, attacking its employees, filming themselves next to bags of corpses and telling reporters that the institution was killing their loved ones. 鈥淎fter seeing videos of what happens to people inside hospitals, screw that,鈥 said Mr. Bail贸n鈥檚 brother, Jos茅 Eduardo, who had recently spent 60 days at home recovering from his own bout with what he believes was the coronavirus. 鈥淚鈥檇 rather stay home and die there.鈥 Fabiola Palma Rodr铆guez, the wife of Victor Bail贸n, at the family鈥檚 home in Tonanitla, Mexico. Mr. Bail贸n died an hour after reaching the hospital. But many people who die at home in Mexico 鈥 or even on the way to the hospital 鈥 are never tested for the virus, so they are not counted as coronavirus victims. Instead, they fall into a statistical black hole of fatalities that are not officially tied to the pandemic. Even by the official count, Mexico has already suffered more coronavirus deaths than any other nation but the United States and Brazil. And the government said recently that during a period of over three months this spring, there were 71,000 more deaths than expected, compared with previous years 鈥 an indication that the virus has claimed many more lives than the official tally suggests. Adding to the confusion, political leaders here, as in many countries, have sown doubts about the virus and the need to seek medical care. The hugely popular president, Andr茅s Manuel L贸pez Obrador, said he uses religious amulets and his clean conscience to protect against the coronavirus, and he has advocated fighting the pandemic at home, with the help of families, rather than in hospitals. Nearly 70 percent of Mexicans said they would felt 鈥渦nsafe鈥 taking their loved ones to the hospital during the pandemic, in a survey published last month. A third said they would prefer to care for their relatives themselves. Now the nation鈥檚 top health officials have begun pleading with Mexicans to stop resisting medical care. 鈥淚t鈥檚 very important that late care doesn鈥檛 contribute to death,鈥 Hugo L贸pez-Gatell, the health official leading the country鈥檚 response to the virus, said at a news conference last month. 鈥淧lease, go to hospitals early, especially people who are most at risk.鈥 Many are wary of the costs that come with a hospital stay. And in a country plagued by rampant government corruption, the fundamental distrust of the authorities often extends to doctors and nurses in public hospitals. At the General Hospital in Mexico City, where Mr. Bail贸n died, suspicion was running high. No one had wanted to come to the hospital, a place that seemed to swallow their loved ones and leave them outside, with few updates to calm the nerves. Everyone had a theory about the real cause of the virus and the destruction it had unleashed. Modesto G贸mez, whose wife was inside, heard the government was letting elderly people die of the virus because they had expensive pensions. H茅ctor Mauricio Ortega, whose father was intubated there with a Covid infection, said he believed doctors were purposely infecting people with the virus 鈥渂ecause countries have a quota of people who need to die every year.鈥 Ra煤l P茅rez woke up in a panic on the benches outside the entrance. It was his 16th day sleeping there after his sister went in for brain surgery. He said he had met seven families of patients who had come in for another illness and then died of the coronavirus. 鈥淧eople think maybe they鈥檙e injecting them with something or killing them in there,鈥 he said. Mr. P茅rez didn鈥檛 believe the rumors at first, but then doctors told him that his sister, who was still intubated after her brain surgery, had tested positive for coronavirus. Now he was frantic, calling all of his relatives, telling them the hospital wanted his sister dead. 鈥淭hey are letting people get infected,鈥 he said. 鈥淭hey just want to get rid of one more patient.鈥 Dr. L贸pez, Mexico City鈥檚 health minister, said that rumors of malicious medical practices had been widespread. Doctors were supposedly stealing the fluid from people鈥檚 knees, or trading their fingerprint data gleaned from oximeter readings. 鈥淭here was a big fake news campaign spreading rumors that health workers were attacking people inside hospitals, profiting from their death,鈥 she said. Dr. Ernesto Nepomuceno said that in his clinic in Iztapalapa, a poor neighborhood in Mexico City, doctors perform oximeter readings on themselves to show patients that they are measuring oxygen levels, not recording personal data. 鈥淲e have to make great efforts to put people at ease,鈥 Dr. Nepomuceno said. Two days before Mr. Bail贸n was wheeled into the General Hospital鈥檚 intensive care unit, he visited a doctor in his tiny hometown an hour outside the capital. His oxygen levels were low, but he begged his wife, Fabiola Palma Rodr铆guez, not to drive him to the hospital. 鈥淧lease don鈥檛 take me there, I don鈥檛 want to die,鈥 she recalled him telling her. By the time Mr. Bail贸n relented, he was already ravaged by the disease. After a local hospital turned him away, he made the trip to Mexico City. He died on a stretcher in the General Hospital, Ms. Palma said, before doctors could intubate him. 鈥淚 would have taken him earlier, but we were both too scared,鈥 Ms. Palma said. 鈥淚t is so unfair. I took him there alive and brought him back home dead the same day.鈥 Aurora Arzate Nieves died on the same day as Mr. Bail贸n, in the same hospital, about 30 hours after being admitted. The matriarch of a tightly knit Mexican family, Ms. Arzate, 83, was known for her green mole dish and strong will. Her sons practically had to drag her to the hospital. That decision was tormenting Eduardo Guti茅rrez Arzate as he said a final goodbye to his mother, who was zipped into a bag inside a Ford minivan converted into a hearse by a funeral company near the hospital. Pawing at the window, Mr. Guti茅rrez begged his mother to wake up. 鈥淚 felt really guilty when I saw her,鈥 he said, standing outside the crematory, black smoke billowing overhead. She was scared of everything having to do with the coronavirus and of hospitals, where she鈥檇 be surrounded by 鈥渄epressed people,鈥 instead of by her family. 鈥淚 asked her in that moment to forgive me,鈥 he said. 鈥淚 asked her to forgive me for taking her to the hospital.鈥
  18. Data as of Aug. 9th. Hospital occupancy 27.4% P脕GINA 馃敶 Hoy #Chapala sum贸 dos nuevos casos de Covid-19 y llega a 56, mientras que #Jocotepec registr贸 un caso y acumula 75. #Ocotl谩n pas贸 de 218 a 223 casos, seguido de #LaBarca, quien report贸 siete nuevos casos y llega a 201. #Ixtlahuac谩nDeLosMembrillos sum贸 otros tres casos y tiene un registro de 111 casos.
  19. FYI, when I decided to try Sol y Luna I kept my Handymail box simultaneously for 2 months. Deliveries more or less the same while I tested them against each other. No beef with Handymail, it is more a matter of not having to drive from Ajijic to SAT. I can walk to S&L from my home.
  20. So far as I know, as of a week ago for sure. They shortened their hours during the initial shut-down here. Rarely go on Sat. I was there 3 times last week as I had Amazon packages shipped directly to their office at Bougambilias plaza.
  21. I average 1 or 2 Amazon orders a week. Prime is worth the expense v. shipping charges. That determination will vary with the number of purchases you make in a year.
  22. My only peeve is that they shortened their hours from 9-5 to 10-4, but have learned to live with it. Friendly, but a different business model....no boxes/keys, they keep mail behind counter and you ask for it. It's been awhile since I mailed something; I think it was 30p but that was several months ago. Sol y Luna does not ask you what is in an outgoing envelope, or ask to see its contents. Handy Mail wanted outgoing mail presented in an unsealed envelope, looking for checks and would assess you aduana fees if you were mailing a check northward. Not sure if that is still their policy.
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