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  1. Not sewing like I used to so out of touch.  Is Velcro available here (by the yard or meter)?  I only need 4 small bits (dark color) but would buy some to keep on hand.

    Otherwise will have to call a friend who is coming back from Canada soon, but prefer not to bother her.  Gracias

  2. On the little bottle of McCormick Brand I bought years ago at the Surtidor de la Ribera (branches in Chapala and Ajijic -- each on main drags) it says Cremo Tártaro.

    The bottle is less than half the size of normal spice jars  (holds 40 grams) so you might miss it.  It's VERY fine ---   I suspect making your own with baking soda etc. will yield a coarser product but no comment on how it might affect results.

    You could also try SuperLaura in SAT

  3. On 8/14/2018 at 11:17 AM, gimpychimp said:

    Wow, your neighbor is a very special kind of cheapskate, trying to justify not paying her because in his mind she is having some kind of a holiday at his house. That's despicable, really. Most people pay 200p or 250p a day. 

    Totally agree!  The work she does as housekeeper, on day(s) she comes, in totally separate from being housesitter and pet caregiver, plus she is taking time away from her own home where in all likelihood she would do necessary household chores for her family that she cannot do if she's at your house.

    Pay her $200 to $250 a night like any other housesit person. And be grateful you have someone who (1)knows your pets and (2) is proven to be trustworthy!

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  4. Termite shell casings.    If little guy is still in there,  while thing moves and looks like tiny dark brown "worm" when comes out.  If he's already moved on, will be "empty".  These are not the huge winged type.  They are nasty little buggers that tunnel into wood or cement with ease!  Had a lot of them in house we cared for in Chula Vista.  Takes VERY nasty stuff to exterminate them. 

    When guy came to treat he removed wooden door framing ( which was ruined) and they had "eaten" huge amount of cement walls!!

  5. 22 hours ago, justsayin said:

    Planning to go on one of the Thanksgiving beach trips and I am interested in hearing from anyone who has gone to  Bucerias and PV and stayed at Hotel Royal Decameron  in Bucerias and Friendly in PV.  Which do you prefer and why? TIA!

    Well, we went on  the Bucerias trip many years ago and liked it just fine.  I have heard that maybe some of the food/ facilities are not quite as good any more (via friends who were the 5 years ago).  Then I went with friends to Friendly in PV at Valentine's this year (6 nights, 7 days).  I LOVED it!  No need to wonder "where will we eat today / tonight",  lots of variety in food (not necessary to make a pig of yourself), water activities (little kayaks, paddle boards, etc., ), plenty of programs each day (jazzercise, aquarobics, etc.  Rooms are fine and service was friendly and accommodating to the nth degree.

    So it's all in the eye of the beholder.......... but I would have to vote for Friendly as I think they have a few more things on offer than Decameron.

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  6. pappysmarket said "...When we lived in San Antonio, many years ago....."    

    Apart from the fact that living in a carport is a pretty sad existence for a horse, you are not qualified to use San Antonio and  "...very inexpensive place to live..." (as requested by OP) in the same sentence.  Yes it is cheaper than Ajijic, but certainly would not qualify any more for OP's requirements!

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  7. There is no such thing as a "current" exchange rate.  It varies up and down during each day.  For approx. values, look at sites like www.xe.com (which only gives "spot" rate), or www. oanda.com  which can be altered to give spot, or 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 % differences to indicate credit card,   ATM, etc. variances.  Also, various banks and other ATM's will not necessarily be using the same rate at any given time.

  8. Jacquard is a type of fabric with an intricately woven pattern. The pattern is not embroidered but woven directly into the fabric. Available in many styles and colors, Jacquard has varying finesse as per the quality of fabric used. Jacquard is woven on a special loom, which also produces other fabrics like brocade and damask.

    This is in no way the same as (Pima) cotton "loops"

  9. 18 hours ago, Toritrue said:

    Hola~. I need to go to Ministerio Publico to file a robbery complaint.  Can anyone tell me where it is, what documents I need to bring, I have a translator who will go with me.  How does this process work?  Thank you.


    So... is ANYBODY going to answer the OP's questions?  Where?  Hours open?  Documents to bring?



  10. 23 hours ago, suegarn said:

    I still don't understand why rents are charged in USD.  We are in Mexico!  Everything else in priced in their national currency, pesos.  Rents should be priced in pesos as well.  If someone was trying to rent a home in the U.S., they would certainly expect rents to be listed in USD, because that would be the national currency there.

    This is because USD is something most foreigners (especially new ones) can relate to.  In Mexican neighborhoods you will find many more places quoted in pesos than in dollars. If you went out of this "gringo" area, you would find (nearly) all rentals quoted in pesos.

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  11. Lexy said: "... You must also face the fact that you may be asked to  pay each month according  to the us/mx exchange rate if the rent quoted in dollars is to be paid in pesos. Thus your rent can fluctuate each month. ..."

    Sorry all .... but this is NOT a "rent fluctuation".  If you agree to a USD rate then you are still paying USD in the end.... just that your USD buy more or less pesos as the spot rate changes. What would be a fluctuation is the case where, on your first month, your $800 USD converts to $14,500 and then a few months later it converts to $20,000 but you only pay $14,500.  That means the landlord gets equivalent of $725 that month because the money market changed. Good deal for you, but NOT what you agreed to pay!

    We, and many others I know, have always (3 houses) rented that way.  Quoted in dollars.  Paid monthly at the international spot rate on day rent is due. And in fact, especially if you have a resident (in Mexico) Mexican landlord, they are not supposed to collect rent any other way.

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  12. 14 hours ago, Al Berca said:

    Any language, too. This "all leases must be written in Spanish" is also wrong. Contracts may be written in any mutually agreed upon language and only need to be translated into Spanish in case of a dispute and the courts or arbitration are called upon to decide that dispute.

    Tell that to the foreign lady who had a contract with her Mexican landlord (for a matter OTHER than rent) written in only English.  He spoke perfect English and had lived for years in the US.  When he refused to honor the contract over a period of more than 2 years, she took him to court.  Result?  Judge threw it out because it was only written in English, and Mexican party said he did not understand fully what the contract said.

    If you think this could not happen to you re: rental contract -- you are kidding yourself big time! Because by the same token, in case of a dispute over the rental contract after the fact,  any Mexican is perfectly within his rights to use that same excuse -- and if the contract is translated after the fact he could say that was not his understanding of the original English lease.  And since Spanish is the official language of the country.........

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  13. Barbara and Fred -- YES  YES  YES  biggest issue will be if the dog is cat friendly or will want to chase / kill the cat.  Sight hound breeds are the worst for that (high prey-driven  level), as can  be some (certainly not all) dogs rescued from the streets where they learned to chase cats for fun or food.

    If you give me an idea of  breed preference (if any) and SIZE, will see if I can help.  Know of some dogs privately seeking forever homes.

  14. Dr. Jose Miguel Huerta (ortho/trauma)did my hip replacement 8 weeks ago.  I cannot say enough good things about this doctor.  Also, even though he has an office in hospital Del Carmen (expensive) he is perfectly happy to use Hospital Santisima Trinidad for surgical procedures.  Did mine there and saved me a BUNDLE and it was EXCELLENT in every way.  Plus that hospital allows you to deal direct with prosthesis supplier (if one is needed) rather than buying it for you and marking up the price.  

    Don't know if they do MRI's there -- if in fact that's what you need -- but there are places he can send you.  Speaks good enough English if you need it.   Appts. Mon - Fri 10 - 2 and 4 - 7      Office 01 33 3813 3006                   

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  15. On 5/16/2018 at 12:41 PM, court0503 said:

    Occurred to me today I havent seen the gang of bean sellers around for awhile ...chased off? gone with the snowbirds or Moved on to greener pastures maybe?  Happy they’re gone in any case

    How VERY mean-spirited of you!  A polite "no gracias" and they leave you alone.  But did it ever occur to you that this is a main source of income for very poor people?

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  16. Lakeside is what it is.  What it is to YOU depends on what you want ( or think you do), what you see (or think you see) and what you expect from it (or think you do).  It is all things and it is totally different things, depending on the person asking the questions.

    As a rule of thumb, some last 2 - 4 years, others 7.  Then there are those of us that embrace it and are here "forever" (unforeseen circumstances not included).

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