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  1. I have thought frequently thought about leaving Mexico. I am blessed with decent health and good finances....and then I factor in my experiences with the people and I know that this is where I will stay. Last night, we had a power outage, one of many recently....and my oxygen deprived wife needed help as her air supply was failing.....one neighbor went and rented us a 14 hour o2 tank.....not easy on a Saturday night. Another one helped me get my generator up and running to charge our battery operated portable and two local women came and comforted my frightened wife. Offers to shop for us, (not needed but appreciated)....going with us to help get her into the doctor's office.....and much, much more. The Presidente in my village, yes I can call him and he has always been willing to get info as to CFE's progress in restoring power and last night was no different...WOW! When I think of the negative comments about local government, transitos, roads, noisy restaurants, etc.......I see my personal scale always tilts towards more pleasant thoughts. Is it perfect here? Certainly not but, pretty good for me.
    24 points
  2. At Tuesday Market, I was looking over a vendor's merchandise when a gringo came up and asked the price of an item. She told him it was 105 pesos. He said, "I only have 100 pesos so you'll have to take that", picked up the item and started to walk away. I said in a loud voice, "That's terrible, I'll pay the 5 pesos. She shouldn't have to take a loss just because you're cheap." She thanked me and we discussed the fact that she had to raise prices because her costs went up. That 5 pesos was a part of her rather meager profit. So, if you can't afford something, don't buy it. Don't be a jerk and make the rest of us look bad.
    20 points
  3. This morning as I pulled into a parking space in front of my bank a man returned to his car parked alongside mine. The case of wine sitting on my passenger seat caught his eye. He leaned in and gave me a thumb’s up, one wine lover to another. In the bank the line was long and very slow moving. The woman in front of me noticed that I seemed to have trouble standing (my bad back). She told me to go sit down and when her turn came she’d let me go ahead of her. I gratefully took a seat. There’s not much to cheer us these troubled times, but a stranger’s good humor made me laugh and another’s kindness touched me. They made my day. Lexy
    18 points
  4. Why not also have a separate section for disinformation.
    17 points
  5. Did you know some people get enjoyment from watching the chaos they cause when others react to them flinging do-do? They specialize in stirring the pot so they can watch others scramble when it boils over. The best way to handle these "Trolls" is to simply ignore them, as difficult as that may be... They know what buttons to push to get reactions they need to feed their desire for attention! Discussion groups are the bridges these Trolls hide under. Can YOU cross the bridge without feeding the Trolls? Not pointing any fingers, but I'm sure we can all think of some people (plural) who fit the mold. This board is a valuable resource for people seeking useful information, but I left for quite awhile because of the number of discussions that turned into Troll feeding frenzies. When you respond to a post, here or elsewhere, please take a moment to consider whether you might be bait, with somebody laughing their butt off because they managed to push your buttons. And THANKS to all of the wonderful people who do their best to be helpful in their positive posts, comments and moderation. Your value to the community IS recognized, even if it's not stated often enough! 👍
    15 points
  6. This isn't really a food posting, so that's why it's not in La Cocina. I like to check out the vegetarian/vegan items because it's nice to eat something edible rather than my cooking😁. Anyway, I picked up the usual odds & sods items along with 2 bags of mushrooms in special sauces. Long story short, the codes wouldn't ring up, the young guy who went to look for a price label couldn't find one, and he finally went to ask Pancho. Rather than having me wait, and possibly building up a line, Pancho told him to just give them to me. Result? One previously content customer who will now go out of her way to buy as often as possible from Pancho's. It's a small, relatively unimportant story, but it made my day just a bit brighter. BTW, the checkout girl was super friendly and apologetic for the delay. Again, just a very nice moment in an average day.
    15 points
  7. For reasons known only to the administrator and moderators @chapala @moderator5 @moderator-2, BobbyBrown is allowed to post whatever he wants, including "jokingly" calling others nazis and making what he thinks are 'funny' references to nazi atrocities (making people into lampshades). These type of comments would get others banned, but he seems to have carte blanche.
    14 points
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  9. I have lived in Chapala Haciendas for 17 years, been on the board in the earlier years, and feel pretty comfortable adding my 2 pesos to this topic. There have been tremendous improvements to our fracc in that time. While things aren't perfect, I know that the folks who serve on the board are doing their best to get things straightened out. It takes time. It takes patience. More importantly, it takes residents who actually want to HELP the board rather than be an armchair critic. Is this the case with you, Nikolas? I don't know and I'm not judging, but if you feel so strongly about things, then run for the board. Who knows? You may even be elected and then you can dodge all of the shit that is thrown at them. I've seen many, many questionable moves by past boards and yet we're still standing. We have lots of remodeling and new construction going on and the place is looking better than I've ever seen it. Our property values are really rising. Our location is great...far enough from the noise and close enough for all of the conveniences. Yes, we have a well problem and yes, it's going to cost us, but the value of our own well (without government interference) is one worth fighting for. This is the first board and President (I hope Mr. Edwards is still the President) who are actually putting teeth in the efforts to go after the morosos. Most of us know that the law is tricky and it's not just a case of pointing a finger, plonking down some money at the municipality for a form,and then being able to get the leeches. Every "t" has to be crossed and every "i" dotted or the paperwork will hang in limbo forever. For the last few years, I've actually seen a difference in our workers and the office. We've had some relatively small issues (ie, water line clogged as we're at the end of the street) that were addressed immediately after I reported them. The workers actually work now and you don't have to hunt them down. Truthfully, they bust their asses for us, only to be constantly criticized by those who think they can do better. I won't go into detail because that's not really the issue here, but a few years ago I reported a recurring problem following bad rainstorms. I was blown off each time. A couple of weeks ago, I reported it to David (office) who relayed it to Mr. Edwards who PERSONALLY came to our house to see the issue for himself. Being on the board is a thankless, no-win, and UNPAID position. Folks do it because they care. It takes a special person to volunteer for the task, take the abuse that residents heap on them, and continue to do their best for very, very little in return. FWIW, this is just my personal opinion. No one asked me to write this, nor do I expect special treatment for writing it. I'm just one of many residents who actually appreciates the challenges that a board faces. Sorry so long...guess it was more than my 2 pesos.
    13 points
  10. In my neighborhood in centro Jocotepec there are now very few building lots that aren't sprouting new construction...but there is one across from my house. Two years ago it was trash strewn and even featured broken furniture. I didn't want to complain to anyone and I didn't want to say anything to the passing cars throwing beer cans and bottles into the mass. I began by putting hooks on my wooden utility pole., which graces our corner..and then putting my trash bag on them....always adding several Costco trash bags with the trash I began picking up. At first, a few people began adding their bags and then I began clearing the lot and removing rocks and large trash....then people began speaking to me as I toiled at my personal "windmill" as they passed going to work. The bottles and cans stopped being thrown and now people clean up after their assorted pets. and all trash is now neatly left for the municipal p/u truck...I purchased an electric mower and keep the wild grasses cut close. This week some neighbors borrowed the mower and cut down the weeds on the rest of our privada....Even the cow pies are shoveled away by some neighbors and torn garbage bags are replaced by new ones that the dog packs can't reach and other residents carry a shovel to keep the lot pristine..........and I get something to do other than being a couch potatoe.
    12 points
  11. You have moaned and groaned about this fracc for years since the day you moved there. You must be a very fulfilled masochist.😴
    12 points
  12. I have seen citizens, alone and in groups, cleaning up around the trees. I have seen crews working to clear the path of downed trees and debris. It's the rainy season and there will be muddy messes everywhere until around November. You can complain about the mud or you can look up and remark about the beauty of the green, green mountains we live beneath. You can complain about what doesn't get done, or comment on how you think it should be done and isn't, or you can marvel at how low your property taxes are and exclaim how fortunate you are to be living here. Negative or positive? It's your choice.
    12 points
  13. ... and you think Spanish if difficult to learn?
    12 points
  14. Here is an idea I have never seen on Youtube. Interviewing Mexicans who live in the expat community. Waiters, maids, drivers, gardeners, Mexican business owners. They probably have varies ideas, opinions about living with US and Canadian immigrants. Just show the truth and don't go into it with a slant. I would watch that.
    12 points
  15. OK, I'll enlighten you.... you won't be the first person who has decided that what the world needs is a video portraying ... "life at Lakeside; tell us your story; why did you move here; is it safe; how much to you spend on ?; smile and say you've heard that Lakeside has the second best climate in the world". All the things you mentioned and more actually. So what you are suggesting is not new, just someone else who has had the same exact idea and thinks it might be novel... or at least better than the others even if one didn't know that there have been others. But there surely have been. Maybe I am a naysayer Kiko.... and Northtek. But I surely don't mean to suggest that you should not have fun being a "Journalist", if that is what you want to call yourself, and forge ahead. Just understand that it is not a novel idea. What your have proposed is actually 'old hat' here.... been done many times. Maybe it will be a better product than the others that came before but it won't be 'new'... just newer. Good Luck.
    12 points
  16. Don't try to convince yourself that being cheap is somehow a good and noble thing. We tip well, pay for services well, donate to charities, provide dispensas to needy families, volunteer at non-profit organizations, and help a couple of families with kids. I have never heard a single person complain that it made them feel bad to get a little extra of our time, money, or energy. I speak Spanish fluently and visit with many folks about many issues including local costs and wages. They all know that many expats do help the local economy and help many individuals. I know of folks who pay for kids (especially girls) to attend school through university. And who help with medical bills. And gift old vehicles. And help with quinceaneras or funerals. I don't ascribe any of that to any social or political system...it's just doing the right thing with the resources we each have at our disposal. All of us have a different capacity to do those things that are needed. If that is being "part of the problem" then I think most of us have been misled about good deeds. As to socialism, it is not like communism. All democratic countries have socialist foundations. Police and fire departments are paid for with taxes collected from everybody even though you might not ever use either one. We paid property taxes for other people's kids to attend public schools. There are a thousand examples of things like that. Officials are elected, they work to decide who needs what where, and services are provided for the entire community. Military, highways, community hospitals, food stamps, CDC, food inspections, waste water treatment, parks, libraries, etc. Some countries provide more services with tax money than others. Things like public transportation, medical care, and higher education. They are all socialism. Unless you want to only pay to have your house fire put out after paying the fire fighters what they think it will cost...or never drive on a freeway or never drink clean water or flush your toilet but if you like all those kinds of things and use them without thinking then you are a socialist. Now if you don't like what your elected officials do with your tax money then vote them out. As to immigration comments, you should know that most folks from south of the US are not just excited to enjoy the fruits that the US democratic socialism would provide, they are just trying to survive and would gladly go anywhere they thought that was possible. Alan
    12 points
  17. I expect most of us pay our help more, in part, because although we don't have a lot, we have more than they do. And they are doing work we don't want to do.
    12 points
  18. ....and maybe all of that is just someone looking to discredit any and everything with conspiracies. Most hospitas report that 80-90% of their covid patients are unvaccinated! Me, I'm keeping my bets on the scientist of the world but not the wanna be antagonists.
    12 points
  19. How arrogantly judgemental. In case you aren't aware, not everyone gets a large enough pension to live on, even in Mexico. And permanent residents have every right to work if they want to. And unless you've done a comprehensive study on supply and demand, you have no idea whether what an expat offers as a service is "at the expense of native born local people".
    12 points
  20. What a singularly graceless and unnecessary comment.
    12 points
  21. GRACIAS to the TWO kind members who offered to donate. One is being delivered this weekend...... what a fabulous surprise for this family in their time of great confusion in coming to terms with their circumstances. Yes there ARE good people out there!!!!!
    11 points
  22. I’m glad you find all things Covid so hysterically funny. What has killed a family member of mine as well as a long time friend is nothing more than a joke to you. Listen, buster with my lung problems if I catch this I will die so go ahead and flex those moderator muscles of yours (and you never even follow this board’s rules) and continue to show your political bias. Coldwell Banker should be ashamed to have you representing their company and it has cost them. When I bought my house I told my realtor to avoid CB’s listings and I know others who did the same. This should be a forum for useful information relating to this serious pandemic and not a platform for your $%&/()ic memes and put downs. Shame on you!
    11 points
  23. I think you need your own blog so you can post your endless page long posts that most people here won't bother to slog through.
    11 points
  24. I’m sure you volunteering in a covid unit of a hospital and not using a mask would prove to us how serious you are of preferring natural immunization. you keep referring to all those « lovely side effects » of vaccination without coming up with hard information. I suppose you didn’t accept the report from India either. all the facts, all the world events are going against your narrative but you just keep blabbering your same stupid nonsense
    11 points
  25. Appalling - aren't Moderators supposed to be...ahem...moderate?
    11 points
  26. At least the NY Times prints a retraction or a correction when they make an error. Too bad Faux News doesn't correct many of their errors or exaggerations.
    10 points
  27. Then put him on ignore and stop trying to censor anyone who doesn't agree with your views.
    10 points
  28. Several years ago I needed to remove the roof tiles over my patio, as they were black with mold and clogged up with leaves and dirt that were impeding the flow of water. I had called around to guys who had worked for me before, but they were all busy. So I asked my cleaner if she knew a couple guys who would want the job. She stood there for a minute looking at the roof, then said, "You and I could do that, don't you think?" I said sure, but was she sure she wanted to? She said yes, so came back the next day she was free and we took turns being on the ladder passing each tile down. As they were passed down, whoever was below brushed each one off and stacked them neatly, and we kept sweeping up the mess as we went along. We joked about how if men were doing that job, my entire terrace would be covered in the dead leaves and piles of dirt, and a bunch of the tiles would have gotten broken. Then we laid them all out on a tarp in the yard, she went home, I powerwashed and resealed them the next day, and she came back a couple days later and we put them all back.
    10 points
  29. I believe the secret to living here lakeside is very simple. You just treat everyone as a human being, nothing more, nothing less. It is true I only tip in the 10 to 15 percent range but this is nothing different from what I do in the states. In addition, I give to all the beggars although sometimes I think I am being hustled. I have a fondness for the nino's so I contribute to their causes. We have a gardener and maid and we pay them the going rate and if they do something extra, we pay them extra. My wife always provides a meal for the maid and eats with her. Both the gardener and maid have been with us for 5 years and they are wonderful people. Sometimes they need extra money and we will loan it to them, they always pay us back. My wife is a psychologist here in Mexico and had her own television show in Mexico City, I worked for the government and traveled all over the world. Here lakeside we are just lakesiders who probably relate more to the Mexican community than the expat one. We are respected by the Mexican community as we are simply a member of the community. Unfortunately there are rich expat's and rich Mexicans who think money is all important. We believe a good heart is all that is important.
    10 points
  30. If you go to the Tuesday market you should have an extra 5 pesos.. it is not the place to haggle.. There is less haggle in Mexico anyways and times are tough now so do not haggle with merchants...Actually this was not haggling this wad short changing someone. SHAME ON THAT MAN
    10 points
  31. Just the other day when I was at the light in La Floresta I got a flat tire. So I got out and changed the tire without losing my place in line. Traffic is the same as it always was. 😀
    10 points
  32. Now I finally understand how it works.
    9 points
  33. I mean no disrespect, but after reading certain responses to my post, I get the impression that some members of this group are dealing with unresolved issues and quite possibly have stopped taking their meds. Just saying.
    9 points
  34. With medical care, like everything else, you pretty much get what you pay for.
    9 points
  35. So how's that working out for you? LOL Look, most people here already like it and don't need or care about yet another person who thinks they are the first (or best) to make a video of life here. Most of us would be just fine if the population leveled out and prices and traffic could stabilize. We most definitely don't want more hype that sends another wave this way. It doesn't matter if you are the best documentary filmmaker on the planet, that's not the point. If you put aside the petty disagreements raised in this thread, that's the real rub. But if you are just going to film any way, then just do it already. Log off the forum and grab your cameras and film. Or don't. Either way, most of us don't care.
    9 points
  36. And it's yet another thing to constantly spew nonsense gleaned from agenda ridden right wing websites and self aggrandizing rabble rousing nutjobs like Tucker "everyone's out to pull a fast one on me" Carlson and Dan "face diaper is such a funny word" Bongino. What actually happened: A new virus (new, not the flu, not other viruses with similar names) showed up and imperfect people tried to do something about it and they made mistakes. What you think happened: all the millions of devious people who have been waiting for years to "hoax" you and Tucker Carlson and other people of great importance finally had their chance and they had you for a while but you finally caught on. Let's see: 3 shots in approximately a year and you call it a pincushion; google the word. Masks which you hilariously call "face diapers" work,( you don't have to believe it to make it so, you're not in a fairy tale) ; the size of aerosolized virus is at least as important. Of all the people who have claimed to cure Covid with whatever unproven home remedy, whether doctors, nurses or you, I've never seen any proof offered that anyone had anything other than a bad case of hay fever, that they took or were given any specific meds. Even if someone had Covid, most people still get mild cases with little or no symptoms and get over it quickly, they could eat kindergarten paste and say it cured them. And, yes Big Pharma will try to make money off you, particularly if the Sacklers or Martin Shkreli are involved, but the answer is to develop a common sense BS detector and not go off the deep end. Don't wear a mask. Please. And please stay away from me. (Those two requests are not related.)
    9 points
  37. Why wait? It's not like you have to marry TotalPlay. No contract. Easy install. If you don't like it stop paying the bill and poof! you're disconnected. Maybe you'd be less cranky if you had better internet 😎
    9 points
  38. To update the smoking question, it's two young guys who are trying desperately to make a go of it. Immediately upon reading the smoking policy concerns, they responded to this webboard in a mature, positive, and professional way. We went back Friday evening: there is a prominent NO SMOKING sign, they are going to create a two-table area in the open area behind the restaurant's swinging saloon doors for patrons who want to smoke. They have been THE most responsive restaurateurs I've seen pretty much anywhere. And, as the topic says, these are DAMN GOOD BURGERS. Please give them a try: have some complementary popcorn as you wait for your meal to be prepared to order, sit and chat with them in their perfect US-accented English, learn who they are and what they are trying to accomplish, then enjoy a DAMN GOOD BURGER. Thank you, Beto and keep up the good work.
    9 points
  39. As of tomorrow Beto’s Shack is smoke free. We will have a table outside in back of the restaurant designated for smoking, with an awning to protect from the sun. We're thankful for the support and the constructive criticism.
    9 points
  40. you’re right, I’m sorry, I’m just getting started so it’s been a bit hard making ends meet but I’m getting a full time wait person and it won’t happen again, we'd be really happy to have u back and give u the best service we can. We're really sorry for the bad experience, but looking forward to offer our costumer's the best food service and attention.
    9 points
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