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  1. Thanks, Geeser. Hadn't thought of Best Buy... online shows one on sale for under $7K. Appreciate the pointer.
  2. Thanks. Looks like they've been around awhile!
  3. Yes, thanks... we started with Tio Sam. They did come out and checked the unit. Said a part was bad and they had to order it from Guad. They keep telling us either: 1) the part isn't in yet, 2) they sent the wrong part, 3) they will call us back (but don't). I agree this isn't like Tio Sam's, which we've heard good things about and had good experience with ourselves. The above went on for over 3 weeks and was very frustrating when they said they'd come over and/or call, but didn't, so we tried a second repair person. They also said the part wasn't available locally. Since they said it would
  4. Thanks for the input. Yeah, dryers (the mechanical parts) should last a long time, but this is apparently a problem with the electrical timer... probably got zapped by a power fluctuation. We first tried Tio Sam to repair, but got tired of fiddling and waiting after a month, so we called Miguel Perales, who was recommended here on the board for work on Whirlpool. He was responsive, but said they didn't have a part for it in Guad, so it would have to come from elsewhere and would take many weeks to arrive. We had a problem with that dryer before (wrong config for gas, so it melted clothes!) and
  5. We have a Whirlpool dryer that's gone belly up. First repair place kept putting us off about repair, saying they couldn't get part. Switched to a different guy and he tells us the part needed will take 2 months to get and cost a bundle, so we're just going to get a different dryer. Is Whirlpool typically difficult to get parts for here? Should we be looking at some other brand that is easier to repair if/when needed? Or did we just get unlucky with this particular repair? Heather
  6. Thanks for all the great input, everybody. I ended up getting a Samsung Galaxy S2 tablet at Best Buy in Guad. No problems shopping, got it quickly, and no issues with setup. I was hoping to get one quickly so I could get it configured before my upcoming trip. Same tablet ordered from Amazon and delivered to my travel destination would have cost about $80 US more than buying in Guad with Pesos. I did check Costco, by the way... mostly they seemed to have Apple devices with just a few others. Didn't work for me (I'm all Android), but for people wanting Apple, it could be a good shopping opt
  7. Thanks, all. I didn't see anything I liked at Walmart or Telcel. Should I go into Guad for best selection? Or is there anyplace else to shop for one here at Lakeside? What do people here use in the Android environment... brand/model?
  8. Thank you. I suspected as much but wasn't sure. I suspect they will be Spanish out of the box if bought here, but I can probably stumble my way through changing it to English if that's available.
  9. Thanks, Tom. Well, thereabouts. I guess most are probably in the 9.5-9.7" range... I was just generally calling it 10". That's the size of what I have now and my poor eyes can't deal well with anything much smaller.
  10. We need to buy a new tablet. Going to the US soon... should I get it NOB, or buy here (Guadalajara or Lakeside)? I know that computers would come with a Spanish OS and keyboard, but are there any similar problems getting a tablet here if I need it to work in English? Would prefer to buy locally if possible, in case I need to return or deal with warranty issues. Looking for an Android device, btw... 10" or larger screen. New (please don't try to sell me a used one). WiFi only. Any thoughts on best place to purchase? Best Buy, Office Depot, Costco, other? Thanks!
  11. One thing we didn't think about before coming down is that we're South of the Tropic of Cancer, so sun actually hits the north side of the house at some points during the year, so don't neglect to plan for that as well. This includes planning for plants as well as humans. Having lots of cross ventilation is important for cooling, as others have said. During the hottest time of year, it's usually low humidity, so having shade, ventilation and fans are important for comfort if you don't have A/C. I'm with others who miss having a bathtub. We have 2 bathrooms, both with showers, but no tub.
  12. Thanks, everybody. I've passed the info on and will see if anything works. Heather
  13. We have the calling plan with Telcel that's supposed to allow calls to/from the US and Canada. We were able to call a US phone from Mexico, but are unable to make calls when traveling in the US. Is there some trick that will allow the Telcel phone to be used there? Do we have to enter a code or something to turn that feature on? Any assistance would be appreciated as we're in the US now and unable to call. Thanks! Heather
  14. Has anybody been to this event before? Can you tell me if it's worth attending? Looks interesting, but would probably require an overnight stay. https://www.mexicodesconocido.com.mx/festival-de-la-luz-guadalajara.html
  15. Tickets for the event are only through Ticketmaster. The venue website directs people there for tickets. Thanks for the thought, though. For reference, I did get tickets by going to the Ticketmaster outlet in Office Depot. Easy peasy... no line, no waiting, and the sales person was friendly and efficient. We ended up paying cash, so I'm not sure if my regular credit card or debit card would have worked. But for future reference, if anybody wants to buy through Ticketmaster online, be sure to check ahead of time and see if a specific credit card is required to make the purchase. Heath
  16. Thanks, all. Sounds like my best bet might be a Ticketmaster outlet and pay with cash. We need to hit Costco anyway, so will just jaunt up the road to a nearby Office Depot and see what we can do. Too bad getting tickets through them is so difficult since they're the exclusive seller. I suppose next time a desired event is upcoming, I should just get a CitiBanamex card!
  17. I'm trying to buy tickets through Ticketmaster online and can't get anywhere with it. The website lets me enter a credit card for my account (using Capital One MC), but when I go to buy tickets the only option for payment is using some flavor of Banamex CC, debit card, etc. There is a link at the bottom of the payment page to apply a gift card, and I can check a gift card balance within my account info, but I can't find where to purchase a gift card for MX Ticketmaster on their site. The US Ticketmaster gift cards are only usable for US events, so that won't work. I suppose I could physi
  18. We bought a Honda Fit NOB for when we moved here. Then they changed the rules so we couldn't keep it when we went Permanente, so we sold it and got another Fit (made here in MX) because we liked the other one so well. It works well for us in most cases. Here are specific comments: Advantages Small and VERY easy to park, especially on narrow streets. Great turning radius, narrow enough with folding mirrors that it's less of a concern for being hit by passing cars. Lots of windows and excellent visibility, so it's easy to see where you are in relation to other vehicles. I'm short (5' 1
  19. A friend is considering leukemia treatment for their parent in Tijuana, at either the Bio-Medical Center (Hoxey Clinic) or the Immunity Therapy Center. I'm not at all familiar with facilities in Tijuana. Anybody here have input, good or bad? Would also appreciate comments on places to stay in that area... for family, traveling with the person to be treated. If there are better options for treatment at other places in Mexico, that info might be welcome also. Thanks! Heather
  20. Anything new with protests at the airport? I'm going there Saturday evening and wondered if I should anticipate any problems. Comments from anybody who has been there lately or heard any news? Thanks.
  21. Any updates as things change would be appreciated. I have to pick up somebody this evening... would be good to know in advance if I will be able to get there, or if they will need to walk somewhere and meet me. Thanks! Heather
  22. Just arrived Ajijic to live in early August, 2012. We are in the learning and adjustment phase, and having a good time so far!

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