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  1. Thanks Tiny, I actually bought that too. I have the one gallon jug from Amazon USA. The application procedure is a little involved, and as a last resort I will try to get my handyperson to apply it, but I'm hoping that some company in the area does this for a living. I thought with the number of old dogs, and people, in the area this would be a relatively common problem, especially given how easy it is to fall down in a damp bathroom or kitchen. I even remember reading an ad for this in the Ojo 9 years ago when we first moved here. Sadly that ad is no longer being published. Best wishes, N&H
  2. Thank you Liana, but we are hoping for something clear that won't take away the appearance of the tile. Hi Lily, we bought those from Amazon, as well as the "non slip socks." Both were a non starter for Athena.
  3. Dear Group, Our seven year old puppy, Athena is having a very hard time getting up on our slippery tile floors these days. Is anyone aware of a local (guadalajara) company that can come in and apply some type of non-skid coating to our floors? I have tried these guys but they said no because their product is a film that is only applied to small areas. Sr. Google has not been helpful. Any pointers would be apprciated. Best wishes, N&H
  4. Just filled up in Riberas pemex. No line. Magna only.
  5. Sound interesting? The cosmology club talks about these things and many others every quarter. To find out more, please contact Jerry at <dosmotos@yahoo.com>.
  6. Yes, here is the contact info: Eliberto Velazquez de Anda - Legal & Immigration Services phone (cellHim): +52 (331) 327-5506 phone (cellHer): +52 (331) 444-1214 phone (work): +52 (376) 766-4240 phone (work): +52 (376) 766-4249 phone (cellHim): +52 (331) 020-4848 address (work): Constitucion 13-B Ajijic, Jalisco 45920 Mexico mail: eli4162@yahoo.com.mx spouse: Susana Rodriguez His wife Susana is the one who does most of the leg work.
  7. Buenos días, paisano , deberíamos ponernos nuestras mejores togas y escuchar a Cesar en el Foro?
  8. Last Thursday (Nov 1st) I went to Guadalajara for my citizenship exam. It was the end of a long process, that involved a trip to Mexico city, numerous rewrites of my entrances and exits because the trips logged by INS did not match my passport, and the final stumbling block was that I had lost my permanente card back in 2014, so even though I've been a permanente since they first came out, the date on the back of my card was Feb. 2014, and unless the chief let me slide, I hadn't been here for the requisite five years. Fortunately he did let me slide after I produced a photocopy of my 2012 FM2. Now on the the exam. Since I'm over sixty (though I look 45) (hah) I did not have to take the dreaded history exam. I could have never passed it either. I had to take the language exam, which consists of reading about 4 paragraphs of Spanish text, answering 5 questions about it, and then writing 3 sentences about a picture chosen at random from as set of about fifty pictures. The total time for this test is ten minutes, and you must get 5 out of 6 answers correct. Question 6 is the 3 sentences. Now I can communicate pretty well in Spanish, as long as you don't care about the gender of the noun, the tense of the verb, or whether the adjectives agree with the noun in terms of gender and quantity. Pretty much typical gringo Spanish, I'd say. They made me read the "story" out loud, which was bad for me because when I'm reading aloud I concentrate on pronouncing the words (more or less) correctly and not on the meaning of what I am reading. After reading it out loud, I quickly reread the story to myself. There were a lot of words I didn't know. It was about some area in Mexico that has a river with a dam and a bunch of endangered animals, and was turned into a nature preserve. After reading it again, I still couldn't answer the questions, so I matched the words in the question with the text in the story. I understood what the question was asking, but had to refer to the text to figure out the right answer. This was somewhat non-trivial, and there were always several dependent clauses referring to the gist of the question, so you had to understand the question in order to pick the right clause. I really took my time on this part, so that by the time I got to the picture I only had about a minute and thirty seconds left. The picture turned out to be the easy part, thanks to the magic of three and four word sentences. I came up with: 1. Hay muchas luces. 2. La gente juegan futbol. 3. La mujer toma vino. They weren't happy with sentence one, so I added arriba to the end and then they were satisfied. Everyone at the office was kind, encouraging, and helpful, but the exam was a lot harder than I expected it to be. So my advice is, read it out load as fast as possible. Don't try to understand it but try to remember where in the text the "main ideas" occur. Then go immediately to the questions, and look for the corresponding text in the story. Now figure out what the question is asking, and search the text for the answer to that question. One of the 4 multiple choices answers will match pretty closely the answer provided by the story. Don't worry about the picture. If you can use Hay and conjugate ser in the present tense, you can always come up with something. After passing the test, I was told that in only three to six months I can expect to receive my citizenship papers, provided they don't change the rules between now and then. Viva Mexico! Henry Laxen
  9. Dear Earlyretirement, Do you mean like the Trump properties? We lived in Mazatlan when some friends of our were sold the fourth floor of a three story property. Be very careful before putting donw real money on a property that doesn't exist yet. My 2c. Best wishes, N&H
  10. You can get a "real time" look at the office by going to: http://ladron.mx/ and seeing if there are people moving around in the waiting room. Best wishes, Henry Laxen
  11. After reading all this, I'm wondering if there is someone in the area who could provide an "insurance approved" appraisal of items in the house? I would happily pay for such a service if it exists. Anybody know?
  12. Our frac has a very large master plan map of the development, maybe 36x48 inches (ARCH E). Does anyone know of a service in the area that can scan the document for us so we can put it online. We would like better resolution than taking a photo with a camera. All pointers will be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Best wishes, Henry Laxen
  13. I'm considering buying a new Nissan Leaf electric car and installing some extra solar panels so that I can drive for free. I'm wondering if anyone else in the Ajijic/Chapala area owns a Leaf and what their experiences have been. Please leave your salient comments below. Thanks.
  14. I tried to send you an email through this system, but it bounced. It sent it to ajijic_event@yahoo.com but the message back from yahoo was: This user doesn't have a yahoo.com account (ajijic_event@yahoo.com)

    Could you send me your email address. Ours is nadine.and.henry@pobox.com Thanks.

  15. Did you ever get back to me about the speakers? I'ld like to buy them if they are still available. 765-3181. Thanks.

    Best wishes,

    Henry Laxen

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