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  1. Do you have a number or website where we can report a fire if we see one?
  2. Put a very tiny drop of crazy glue over those pesky screws, and they will never come loose again.
  3. Danielle, there appears to be 2 issues here. The first where you were shocked by her prices. Yes, she is expensive. Of course, she was also trained by, and is a very successful graduate of Vidal Sassoon. She then ran her own highly successful salon in the USA for decades before retiring and coming home to Mexico to care for her aging mother. I doubt any other local stylist's training comes even close to hers. The choice, of course, will always be up to the individual what they are willing to pay. To use cars as an illustration, you may be perfectly happy to drive around in a Volkswagen beetle or you can choose to drive around in a Ferrari, or anywhere in between. That is entirely a matter of personal choice and budget. If her prices are too high for your budget or your sensibilities, then simply go somewhere else. The second issue is your coming on this public forum to deliberately trash a reputation. This is very different from expressing shock at her prices. This owner happens to be very well known in this small community of ours. I have no doubt you are unhappy by your experience, but to continue to flog this dead horse casts doubt more on who you are than it does on the person you are attempting to trash. However, it is indeed a free country, so please do express your opinions as you wish. In my opinion, I will continue to use Panache as a very satisfied customer.
  4. OK, this is beginning to look like a troll. I know Panache, have used their services for years. Worth every penny, especially if you have problem hair. Best in a little community where we are lucky to have one so talented. She has lots of Mexican clients, so it makes me wonder what you said to get her so pissed off at you? But don't worry, I am sure she would even take a troll as a client - she does enjoy a good challenge. My guess is you were either behaving badly when you spoke to her and now are lashing out to "get back"; or you just lost all your clients to her for all your lousy haircuts.....?
  5. Congratulations! A fabulous new website that I know took a lot of work to do. I love the metric and wide screen options. Scaling is easy using your computers zoom settings for those who have vision issues. On my computer I just need to move 2 finger's on my touch pad to zoom in or out - but everyone is different. So, most browsers have a drop down menu of options. Look for 3 horizontal bars, sometimes 3 dots stacked vertically, just click there and select you zoom option on the drop down menu. Thanks for doing this weather report !
  6. Well, I must say. I have had a different experience with Totalplay. I tried to sign up yesterday and have since got caught in a loop with their call back service to confirm my order. Telcel says they are blocking the calls, so I cannot answer them. Totalplay has responded to this by having a bot continuously call me back. 119 calls so far in under 24 hours, plus the 119 messages from Telcel saying I missed the call. Oy vay! I have called Totalplay but got caught in an answering machine loop. After the 10th try I finally reached a human who said they could not stop it. I had to get it cancelled through the salesperson (at Soriana) who I signed up with! Called her and She has since cancelled my request but the calls are still coming. What a nightmare!!!!! I am now off to Telcel to see if they can fix this. Any suggestions anyone?
  7. ALL vaccines will need to be redone, annually. In time it will become a component of our usual annual flu shots. If you received the Sinovac shot and are concerned or frightened by what the rumour mongers are spreading around, all you have to do is get an antibody test in a few weeks to see if you have the antibodies. If you do. You are protected. It is really that simple.
  8. Not quite true, every country varies. Canada is not accepting ANY proof of vaccination. It is simply too early in the vaccination process, and governments tend to move slowly. It is always safer to get your information direct from source. It can prevent a lot of confusion. Here are Canada's Guidelines at this link, an excerpt follows. To find the rules for your own country, just Google "Covid travel restrictions for ...." (add your country name). https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada EXCERPT Pre-entry test requirements All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. You don't require a test to fly within Canada. At this time, proof of having a vaccine does not replace a valid test result. You must: take the test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada if you have a connecting flight: the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada you may need to schedule the test in your transit city provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test keep proof of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada Airlines will refuse boarding to travellers who are unable to provide a valid molecular test result. These tests are considered acceptable molecular tests: Exempt from pre-arrival testing for travellers arriving by land PCR - Polymerase chain reaction RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR Quantitative PCR (qPCR) Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs) Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) Isothermal amplification Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR) RNA (Ribonucleic acid) Ct (cycle threshold) CRISPR Sequencing Next generational sequencing (NGS) or whole genome sequencing (WGS) Oxford Nanopore sequencing (LamPORE) Detection of the N gene Detection of Orf1a/b Detection of the S gene Detection of the E gene Detection of the RdRp gene These tests use methods such as a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab, nose swab, or saliva sample. At this time, proof of having a vaccine will not replace a negative test result. NOTE: ALWAYS CHECK FOR CHANGES TO THESE REQUIREMENTS BEFORE YOU TRAVEL. THIS IS A DYNAMIC SITUATION SO THE RULES WILL CHANGE AS THE VACCINATION PROCESS PROGRESSES.
  9. You can follow sun activity here: https://spaceweathernews.com/ and here https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/alerts-watches-and-warnings
  10. I am rejuvenating this old thread to get updated info. This is now end of September, 2020. Has anyone heard if he is still working? He came to my house in early September where he confirmed Widesky's answer. I placed an order with him and then he fell off the map. This is so uncharacteristic of his usual reliability that I am concerned something has happened to him. Has anyone heard from him this month?
  11. Get the geological report on this part of the highway from the city. You will understand the problem and understand why you should not buy a house in that area.
  12. For those who think they are only reporting the deaths, this is not actually true. All you need to do is some math. Deduct the number of deaths from total contagions, and the remainder is how many people have recovered plus active cases. Sadly, they have stopped reporting active cases so we can no longer deduct that number to find all recovered cases. As for those who enjoy the percentages game, here is what 1% death rate looks like. You can judge for yourselves what this means against actual death rates and if that is acceptable to you.
  13. Some good advice above. If you do call the Covid hotline, be prepared with recent temperature reading and a list of all symptoms. You pretty much have tick all the boxes before they will send someone out to test you.
  14. I believe it's called "La Chamba". Essentially a make work concept.
  15. Its marches against the Mexican version of George Floyd where a young man was beaten and murdered by police in Ixtlahuacan de Membrillos for not wearing a face mask. There are organized protests over several days about it (s best to avoid GDL right now), at least one that did become violent. I am not sure this will get the same coverage internationally as the George Floyd case has been getting. Maybe someone else can fill in the details but there is a US consulate advisory about it.
  16. Lol, while you are at it, why not get Superlake to stop price gouging too. You will be just as successful.
  17. Ian Greenwood, so you say you have been tossed from 4 times just this week, and are now being blocked from your usual mountain trails, mind if I ask you why are failing to receive this message? Lol. is it plaque build up in those old arteries of yours?
  18. This link is put out by the Boston and Harvard medical centres. It is an effort to track potential cases of Covid, especially in areas where there is little to no testing. Please help them help us. By following this site you will see how many in your area have reported, who are positive, negative, feeling fine or feeling ill, etc. PLEASE, report only potential covid related illnesses! This works for ALL of North AMerica (Canada, USA, Mexico). https://covidnearyou.org/?fbclid=IwAR1051J9NhaF5eovG2eEr2isSfnKpPkkYFXGejfeXfQm2XTphtl_NneTMmA#!/ I am only posting this as a public service and will not be following this thread.
  19. Well, I have done my own DD and, while it remains a risk, the risk is normal consumer risk, so I have decided to take the plunge and sign up for ILOX. It does seem that all this ruckus started with a misunderstanding, namely that ILOX was initiating this movement. They did not. This is a consumer demand movement. A local resident saw a need for better internet, had the expertise to understand how to fix the problem then did the research and heavy lifting necessary to convince a qualified service provider to look outside their normal business model and offer service to our area. This volunteer may have bungled the marketing aspect, but hell, that is not his area of expertise so let's not shoot the messenger. Right about now TK must be feeling a little like the former head of NASA trying to convince Trump that investing in science is important. The underlying intent is solid. Getting better internet to Lakeside. Can a lot still go wrong? Sure, things are never as rosy as the sales pitch, but in my view any chance for better internet is worth the investment risk. Besides, I am sure many of us have invested more money in worse risks over the years with far less due diligence. I can think of a few examples, start by looking at your kitchen gadgets, cd and VCR players, an AMC Gremlin, plastic surgery, ...lol, anyone else remember buying one of those ridiculously expensive and very stinky Afghan coats? Putting it in perspective, the investment risk is small, the rewards could be large so I am willing to risk it. If I get burned, so be it. I will put it on the wall next to all those stock certificates.....
  20. To those who are so passionate about this, why not talk with management to organize a meeting with those of us who mistrust this process so that we can ask our questions? So far all I am seeing are third party advocates for a promised service, but no actual corporate presence. Even their website is non-transparent: http://www.iloxtelecom.com/ You would think that if Ilox were so keen on doing business here they would be happy to come on down and provide some transparency. By the by, my company subscribed to a service like this in a small town in Michoacán that also touted the best service and made some large claims about speed. The “company” turns out to be an enterprising local boy who has taken advantage of the new Telecommunications laws in Mexico to buy space off the existing Telmex network at a discount. He then resells it to his clients at slightly less than what Telmex charges, but the level of service is the same…and definitely no fibre optics although he proudly insists his service is faster (Speedtest begs to differ). The downside of using this service instead of Telmex is the loss of the use of the Telmex grid when travelling, and getting bumped offline when the Telmex and/or their system goes down. Which it does. A lot.. Here is an article about similar companies in Canada that may shed some light on what Ilox is trying to do if they are legit, and an article from Forbes that compares services in North America, showing we are not alone in our suffering: https://community-broadband.ca/choice https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinmurnane/2016/09/15/comparing-internet-access-speeds-in-canada-mexico-and-the-united-states/#36b4aa781039 I too would love faster internet, especially fibre optic, but before I pay upfront for a service that promises so much, yet does not seem to have the necessary start up capital to open up a store front where we can talk to them directly, let alone have sufficient resources to install a regional fibre optic network, I will want to see this companies permits to build fibre optic lines in our area, see the required government licenses, see their articles of incorporation, how they are financed, who is their management etc. It is called doing due diligence. Otherwise, I fear we are being sold a bill of goods. So for those who are passionate advocates of this service, why not get organized with Ilox's management to come and meet the sceptics directly…if they pass scrutiny, they will see a flood of applicants. If they balk at presenting to their potential investors…well, ‘nuff said and adieu.
  21. Arq. Roberto Millan. He has an office on Colon near the Malecon in Ajijic. Google him.
  22. How is it a disservice? Should we also bannish saying "someone has died" in favor of "no longer with us"? Death is a normal and natural part of life and not something to to be feared nor something that we need to hide from by discussing it in neutral or politically correct terms. There is nothing wrong with saying waiting for death. It is something we are all doing one way or the other. Its what you do with the time you have left that makes all the difference and both palliative and hospice care seek to improve "what time remains" for those patients "in need of it". There are courses available in Canada and I would guess Stateside as well that teach you how to face and deal with death in an open and frank manner that also teaches you not to fear it. Is there anyone out there who has certification in this field and who would be willing to start courses? There appears to be a need.
  23. Hospice is waiting for death, palliative care is long term with possibility of death or survival...
  24. I just signed up to AT&T unlimited plan to test drive it, I also have had the Telcel unlimited plan for a while now and plan to keep it until AT&T either proves itself, or for access to the Telcel towers set up in the more remote parts of Mexico. AT&T plans to start offering towers by the end of this year. They are still battling Slim on some legal technicalities though. Slim is not giving up his monopoly without a fight When traveling with Telcel, I discovered you have to call before you leave and let them know when and where you will be traveling to outside of Mexico, be it other North American countries or anywhere else. They would then set up a plan and everything was supposed to work. Instead I found that making or receiving calls was hit or miss, working somewhat better in the USA(via T-Mobile) then it did in Canada (via Rogers which is also AT&T). In general, texting was completely frozen and emails were only available connected to a WiFi hotspot somewhere. It didn't work at all on my last trip to Europe, admittedly a while ago now. I am afraid I never had the patience to deal with such an obtuse system so I usually used a local sim on my unlocked phone. AT&T promises a seamless experience while traveling anywhere in North America, they are the largest US carrier and bought out or bought into Rogers, one of Canada's largest providers. When traveling anywhere else where they do not have ownership rights they too revert to the call first before you travel system. I was told this is because they have contractual agreements with other providers in other countries that they need to activate on a case by case basis. They also said they were working on improving that (I wonder if that means they are on the hunt for more M&A in Europe too, like they did with Iusacell/Moviestar here?). So far the new Moto X force I bought with my plan (I paid extra for it of about 4500pesos on their 499 pesos per month plan as I wanted that phone and I use lots of data and needed the extras - the phone is shatterproof and water resistant among other benefits). Their website is www.ATT.com.mx, Spanish only so far, and they are cheekily opening up their offices right next door to the Telcel client service centers downtown. So I would check Laguna's soon to see if one opens there too. I did compare Telcel service with AT&T before signing at Andares yesterday. AT&T is right beside Telcel at that mall. Telcel has matched all of AT&T rates since they lost the court case that illegally blocked competition and AT&T is the first back into the country, with Sprint and Verizon soon to follow apparently (their phones are already on sale here). Despite Telcel price matching AT&T, you still have to call ahead to use their unlimited international services. Given my past experience with that I am guessing it remains as unreliable and obtuse as ever. Also, while Telcel have matched the plan prices, they do not offer top of the line smart phones with their plans, for example I mentioned I was interested in a Moto X Force, Nexus 6P or a Samsung Galaxy S6 or the latest Apple, but they did not offer any of these with their plans. They did offer an older version of the Samsung, the S5 with 8Mb, not enough for my needs. Other models were offered that I have never heard of, none of them top of the line. On a 2 year plan they still wanted me to pay about $10,500 pesos for the older Samsung S5. Compare that with what that phone costs on eBay today (US220 aprox, new) and with the top of the line newly released Moto X Force I got for about 4500 pesos on a 2 year plan with AT&T and you can see where Telcel is failing to compete. Newer models were available at Telcel for direct purchase at a significant mark up from what buying one NOB would cost. I expect that too will change soon at Telcel but for now AT&T is offering the better deal. The people I spoke with at Telcel yesterday were decidedly down in the mouth and frustrated by not being able to compete. The test run of AT&T in GDL is working great so far. I am astounded by the internet velocity and ease of use. I sure never had that experience with Telcel. I will report back as I travel outside of major centers to compare both the Telcel and AT&T performance on highways and in remoter parts of Mexico.
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