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  1. On 3/2/2022 at 9:34 AM, happyjillin said:

    guiness and yoyo1-too funny! why do you think that Quality  moved their offices next to HSAT? Could it be because they use the facility a lot.-SNORK!



    pedro kertesz

    No - they moved because their old landlord would not fix or maintain anything. Open water leaks, leaking toilets, weird electrical errors. Dr. Hector was under a lot of pressure, because so many specialists rely on his office refererals. As a point of fact, many of the specialists refer work to Guadalajara, to raidiologists and others they have known. For example, my vision and balance specialist wants a CT scan, to make sure I don't have any mastoids or other growths effecting my balance. I would normally go to Banuelo's, but he said no, go to this one, a world recognised authority on head wounds, scans, disease and such. He is Guadalajara of course, only rookies and junior league players out here. I pray the talented ones like Ana Gabriel and Dr. Hector stay, and love Lakeside life, limited as it is.

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  2. GDouglas, I am enjoying your cogent, intelligent style of writing. Don't let anyone change your style. Because people are too lazy to read, is not your fault. Mexico has one of the lowest per capita reading rates in the world, and I have been hearing for 30 years now - Oh THAT forum, it is overstocked with drunks, goofs, and wierdos.

    I recommend, for you, a social group here called Open Circle, which draws together people from many diverse backgrounds. Interesting talks on many things and opinions. If you choose a freeform blog or podcasts, I would be interested in that too.


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  3. 3 hours ago, GDouglas said:


    Being someone who ran a petition back in Canada to get a bike trail named after a departed teacher, I had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people about pedestrians vs bicycles vs cars vs etc — both left and right — I had to listen (online, social media, email, web forms, etc) to everyone. (that’s the Canada way, more percentage of population listens to both sides).  It’s impressive the gamut of opinions.  Our hugely-polarized city council voted unamiously (WOW) to accept the petition and rename the trail, and the trail now has trail wayfinding with the teacher’s name (RIP).  This was in part to my diplomatic skills matching left and right side of the political aisle.

    Anyway, to chime in about Ciclopista:

    We have multiple categories such as “Multi-Use Trails”, which are common in some parts of Canada or USA, as many gringos know probably (different countries call them different things for shared trails) — but here in Mexico there’s a problem that the bike-only areas are much better than the sidewalks.  In some sections of the Ciclopisto, there’s not even a sidewalk!

    My personal opinion is: Blame infrastructure more, NOT people if the pdestrians are walking in the ciclopisto.  Some sidewalks don’t exist!  

    Cobblestone is great for kids!  But they can be hard on strollers/wheelchairs/etc.  Many of us (our neighbours too) love the cobblestone as we don’t have to be as scared for our dogs and kids when they cross the street because cars don’t race as often here as in Canada residential streets.  So cobblestone is heaven for residential safety, just like Cul-de-Sacs.  I view it perspectively as an accidential Mexican way of keeping things safe for families.  But, it’s also true, that sidewalks can be lacking in these small towns and it’s hell on accessibility.  Such compromises, but I still respect the cobblestone benefits.

    The Ciclopista is much needed investment by the province to give additional options.  We have lots of friends in Ajijic but we now live in Chapala.  

    We would not have been as quick to purchased our new downtown-Chapala house where we did, if the Ciclopisto did not exist — so it is definitely very true it has had an influence on us.  

    So, my stance even as a cyclist, is that pedestrians are OK as long as they stay to the far side.  

    That way, pedestrian body language is predictably communicating “Yes, I know this is bike-priority route, and I’m respecting you by walking very close to the edge.”.  The edge-huggers are the polite people defacto telling cyclists “mea culpa”.  

    Right now, the bike traffic is not intense enough at the moment to enforce things but well used enough in cooler parts of the day that it justified the cost of the Ciclopisto. That’s the weird goldilocks situation we are in. There’s enough room to share as long as there’s etiquette.

    It’s those who weave back and fourth that frustrate me by having to slow down myself — it’s a matter of polite etiquette in a situation of infrastructure duress.

    I like the Ciclopisto as a rental car driver too — I’m less fearful of crashing into cyclists on Carterra especially when between the major towns — Anecdotally, any small accidents no longer easily slide into harm’s way of the cyclists, walkers, strollers, and kids.  

    Traffic is no worse because of the Ciclopisto (unless you’re looking for lost parking, but that’s just a minor inconvenience to me. The Ciclopisto helps more count of people Lakeside-wide than the small loss of parking it had to expropriate).   So I’m a happy camper driver and a happy camper cyclist.

    This probably should be spun off to a separate thread by now, since this dives into general infrastructure balance issues (cyclists, pedestrians, driving, golf carts, etc)

    GDouglas: I commented on an article about the ( underconstrucion at that time) Cycolopista many years ago, that this development would help a deep sociocultural change Lakeside. Shopping trips to stores, not normally visited  (parking!), wind in your hair, smile on your faces, a group of recognised other smiling faces. Then to restaurants, where you can blow over two beers and not go to jail.

    Have you seen any evidence of this cultural change? I would still dream about somewhere warm and clean that I could take a Hobie Cat everyday. I need a lot of expensive operations and joint replacements to get the lasto that point though. Been in bed the last five days - my first ortheoarthopedic attack. Sole of my feet, finger knuckles, much better five days later. But still scary

  4. On 2/22/2022 at 11:22 PM, gringohombre said:

    Now boys, why can't you just get a room and work things out, you just might end up liking  each other, and then what might happen??? You never know, do you!!! Didn't Archie Bunker and Meathead always work it out at the end of the show???

    I first heard from Pedro in 2011. I was restoring an old building in Edmonton, I know it was that year because it was the 9/11 year. Pedro knew that my folks had a beach place In Puerto Vallarta and I planned to move to Mexico someday. He asked me if could send a collection of valuable folk art to my boss. One of the most respected architects in Alberta. So we began printing them out, I swear to god they were a bunch of firewood pieces, nailed together, and then dressed in vintage clothing. No carving, no color or anything. He was willing to sell them as a group for $25,000. He didnt know that Gene's wife is a gallery level fine artist and has the largest collection of Canadian folk art in Canada. We were all too stunned to even laugh. I had to apologise profusely.

    This is just the start of the 100 bizzaro stories of this asshole/ conman.

    He had to leave Central Alberta early to come to Chapala because his business reputation was ruined.

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  5. I worked with German entrepreneur to setup an irradiation facility in Vancouver. The Federal government poured in millions of science credits, which he could sell to other businesses to lower their tax load. Then came organised groups, similar to todays antivaxxers, determined that this process was poisonous.

    And for those so curious about my drug and alcohol consumption. I can count on one hand, for last year, the number of times I have drunk or smoked during the day. I have given away at least 5 times more than I consume, but no longer give away anything. I would never grow a 15 foot high, 12 feet across, with 5 foot long colas. It would attract too much attention and plant robbers. I only grow small, very rare plants, ignored by the commercial growers.

    Next year, every vehicle or truck entering the U.S. from Mexico will be irradiated, while passengers and drivers remain inside.

    I agree that this should be a new topic. Sorry.

    Here, learn about irradiation



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  6. 19 hours ago, cedros said:

    That is not what it is. See post above>

    Thank you for that Cedros sorry about that, there is lot of chatter about this right now among gardeners and farmers. This new technology is only of interest to gardeners in the U.S.A. At this time. It was actually put in place by that former guy President, who has mandated and funded an initative that every vehicle or truck entering the U.S.A. must be xrayed for smuggling, both drugs and humans. These are megadoses, right up there with irradiation of foods. If Mexico follows, they will begin the same, although the courier companies already do so. Seeds will often arrive dead. Whether the rays would kill an attempted border jumper in someones car trunk - I do not know.

    Order seeds from Europe or China, which will be flown to Mexico City. I am waiting for some seeds for the famous D'Espellete red chiles from the Basque region.

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  7. I believe these are the new super scanners to xray truck traffic at the border, mostly trucks into the U.S.A. They did a demo scanning a truck full of Aqua Scooters (that is what they called them). Every detail of the truck was visible including inside the scooters.

    They have had a similar technology for a while, but truckers had to get out of the vehicle because it was such high energy. The new version is lower energy, and the drivers do not have to leave the truck.

  8. I have now met two doctoras who work as specialists in Palliative care at Zocoquin. They are both passionate about what they do, one is licensed to prescribe and administer anaesthetic grade medications (say Morphine).My biggest fear is in the private Mexican and U.S. private care hospitals, they run your clock out to make as much money as possible. This could not happen in a public or general hospital.

  9. 35 minutes ago, RickS said:

    I'm not aware that public insurance is any more available... after a certain age and with certain preexisting conditions.... "off the Gringo trail".  If you have such information it would be nice if it were shared with us.

    The Occidente General Hospital (Zoquoquin), within the last two years, finished a whole new wing, dedicated to " Senior Care" based on the large chrome letters on the side of building. Their funding request was based on a need for seniors care throughout Jalisco. 260 new beds, new surgery, new ER- but never enough. The Federales seem to use the new facility heliport a lot. Secure for prisoners or officers - somehow?

  10. Another thing about Mexico. Many who work caring for senior and handicapped, are doing the job because they like it, or are used to it, caring for family members, etc. There is not so much emphasis on an expensively earned piece of paper, which says they are licensed for whatever. Those people always want the highest wages, and often hate their work.

    I have told this stort so many times - but you are new here, and might appreciate it.

    The true story goes there was a woman actress in Hollywood. She was youngish, hired an architect to build her dream bungalow, and a full time live in maid ( as opposed to a cleaning lady). Then towards middle age, she found all the jobs were drying up. Downward, she eventually had to sell her beloved bungalow. At the same time, the maid decided it was time to retire back to a small town near San Miguel Allende. The actress always kept in contact with the Maid. The Maid said come and visit, I know you and you will love it here. The actress followed up, and visited, she arrives at the bungalow, and behold, it is an exact match for the one in Hollywood! Even the inside floor plan is the same! The maid said that she always loved her bungalow, and when she retired, she wanted to save to make the same. The actress is flabbergasted, what is next? The maid said we spent many good years living together, move in here plaease. Together we can make it. So that is what the actress did, and the maid, now close friend, looked after her until her dying days.


  11. As I mentioned before the public and general hospitals are undergoing a massive change right now, mainly caused by an over reach at the Presidente level. And being government funding they have reserved a huge number of beds in case of Covid. The public health system has more than 2 million members, when things clearup, they will push - votes in return for solutions.

    Saying that, a person 84, on their own, no Spanish, would have a difficult time living here. It is much simpler for me. I fell for Mexico in the 1970's. I always wanted to immigrate here, and lucky for me my wife feels the same. There some maddening aspects of living here, probably the same as raising toddlers to teens.

  12. The Lake within the Lake solution. Build a causeway and breakwater on the lake to bypass Chapala and Central Ajijic, meeting the carratera again in West Ajijic. This is shallow water, therefore not an expensive public project. Then dredging channels, again not expensive, to duplicate the ancient Chinampa floating gardens as in CDMX. Each Chinampa would have a caretaker shack and ecofriendly waste system, like a composting toilet. Then come the boatmen, no gas motors allowed. They take out tourists to buy from the Chinampas. Things like fresh flowers and herbs. This has turned out to be huge success in CDMX spanning hundreds of years. They also have fiesta boats, and the canoes sell them foods and treats. I am sure it would be very successful and draw attention from all over the world, especially among eco conscious communities and the honeymooners.

    What could be possibly better, out on the Lake watching sunsets, surrounded by wonderful music, flowers, laughter and good food?


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  13. 20 hours ago, timjwilson said:

    I am denied any medical insurance based upon how I was born. 

    Yes, I guess being born with a Groucho Marx nose, eyeglasses and a cowboy hat makes for a tough road ahead!

    Are you related to Kevin "Bloody" Wilson from Australia. He was an electrician until he decided to become a comedian. Funny bloke, but a bit too raunchy to make it outside of Oz.

    Manuel the Bandito. Remember this is from the 1980's. He is 75 now.


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