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  1. From Walmart, you are driving west towards Jocotepec then continuing on around the lake. Just one road. You`re going 100 kilometers from San Antonio, a 2 hour drive. I would suggest going online to get a map of Lake Chapala to see where you`re going. The boundary between Jalisco and Michoacan Al Berca mentioned is 10 kilometers past the city limits of Tizapan.
  2. Obviously, the discussion of whether or not disinfectants are necessary for good health is a narrow topic within a much larger context: one`s overall health. What is going on/has been going on in one`s gut, general body health, cleanliness of one`s home especially the kitchen, even how much exercise you get, etc. are all factors in whether one gets sick from eating local foods.
  3. I`ve lived here 6 years and only rinsed food of all kinds under the kitchen water. A first, the water was filtered bit isn`t now. Never had problems, so everyone`s system is different. Better safe than sorry, of course.
  4. I`ve been to the 3 I know of (Bodega on Wednesdays and the 2 Chapala open mikes on Monday and Thursday) and haven`t encountered any (besides my own poor attempts in a cappella Appalachian ballads). Do you know of more open mikes than these?
  5. According to the settings for the camera in Win 8.1, this is what it says: "You can change some options for your camera in Settings, like showing grid lines to help you compose a photo, or including location info in your photos." That`s it, how disappointing! Nothing relating to quality, light, etc. The Acer website had no webcam software. But I just found that indeed Skype has many adjustments and they stick with the onboard camera. Thanks, ComputerGuy! The Acer website has no software for the camera, only many questions about this from people. .
  6. Anyone have an Acer laptop? I need help adjusting the webcam settings. I cannot find them anywhere even with trying to get help on the internet. Of course, it doesn`t exactly help that I have all Spanish screens like in the Control Panel (big mistake, never again!) Internet websites refer to a Crystal Eye and say you have to go there to make webcam settings changes. Can anyone shed any light on where to make adjustments to the webcam on a Spanish Windows 8? Thanks.
  7. Does anyone know if this store still carries, or orders, Puritan Pride vitamins?
  8. I pay 50p/hour and consider it a "high normal". Based on my housekeeper`s rent in Chapala (I don`t know what her other expenses are), this rate seems to be a living wage. She seems perfectly happy with it I give her things I no longer need which she ether uses herself or distributes to the clan. I give her the aguinaldo. This all, with the work she does, feels like a balanced trade.
  9. Original poster Igottaknow, are you asking if someone has seen an unidentified flying object (objects in the sky that you yourself or someone else hasn`t identified) or are you referring to something else more specific? For instance, some people who say "UFO" are specifically referring to spacecraft being flown by beings from another planet. Is this what you are referring to? I think it would help the discussion if you could be more specific.
  10. I can only tell you it still exists as of 2 weeks ago. They meet at the lakeshore just below Maria Isabelle Restaurant (or, colloquially, the old posada), beside the pier. I don`t know if they keep to a schedule. Some of them before and after their kayaking hang out at the Restaurant. I do not have contacts for them. But you might ask some of the waiters at the Restaurant if they know where or how to contact any of the members or if they know when they do their kayaking.
  11. There aren`t any studios beyond the nice-mike-connected-to-a-program-on-a-computer type here I know of other than the one Harry noted above (and this little comment will probably flush out any "real" studios that ARE here) but there are dozens in Guadalajara. Just google for them and they`ll pop up. Or ask Jorge Verdín <j.org@icloud.com>, a pro jazz keyboard player that lives in San Antonio. He knows about the Guad scene and speaks and writes English. Galen is a local pro classical pianist (used to play jazz gigs at Number Four) whose partner Dale was the drum player for a local band called the Tall Boys. They were kinda the kings of the rock scene before they stopped playing recently and recorded quite a bit (don`t know where). Galen`s handle on this board is Music Doc. They may be in the States now but could give you some leads. Blue Velvet is another local jazz plus group who are pretty connected. They play at a cafe and gallery at Ocampo 71 quite a bit, or did. You might want to stop in at the Mediterranean restaurant on the plaza and talk with Robert. He knows Blue Velvet pretty well and is probably the premiere teacher of Indian raga music in Mexico. Blue Velvet`s music "guru" (forgot his name) was pretty connected with a recording scene, maybe in L.A (so he says), before moving here and is connected with whatever is here. I`m looking to record a bit myself (Appalachian song) so please let me know when you arrive! One more thing, you`ll want to post this on the main board, Ajijic/Chapala/Guadalajara. Very few of the audience you want views this board. If you can`t figure out how to move this topic (I sure don`t) just repost to that board.
  12. You`re right, lakeside7, I meant a CURP card.
  13. Incorrect. You must have an IFE card to register with IMSS. One gets this when one attains residency status.
  14. Have you actually received messages in your box? I never have since the software changeover, as is true for so many others.
  15. Yo, I tried your inbox again but get the same message that it is full. My email is bdmowers@gmail.com.
  16. I tried leaving a message but the system said "your message box is full", so I left a message on your "feed".
  17. I tried sending a message but a box appeared saying "your inbox is full". I would be happy to meet you anywhere convenient for you to "receive the goods". Thanks so much. If you reply here on your feed I will check in.

  18. That`s been my experience too. I`ve had it shipped from the US many times without problem. Thanks much for your offer if you have extra. I`m getting pretty low.
  19. Nah, pretty harmless stuff used as directed. Not on the Prohibited Items for Importation list. Been using if for 30 years, no ill effects.
  20. Something very obscure called thiourea dioxide, used for reducing oxygen in indigo dyeing. It is a white powder and I think that is why it caused a problem.
  21. Deborah, can you meet me at FitForLife gym, at the entrance to Mirasol on Saturday at 11am?

  22. Well, firstly, none of the items in the package were on the Do Not Import List. So the store, FedEx nor me knew not to send the items. Aduana decided to open the package and call into question one of the items. At that point, the only thing that can be done is the purchaser must hire a broker and/or get papers for the item in question. It is my understanding (and I`ve had a 48-hour crash course in these matters) that neither a store nor FedEx has responsibility for obtaining proper papers. I am guessing at this point, that that is the purchaser`s responsibility. It`s a crap shoot when you order something from the States and have it delivered here. It might get stopped by Mex customs (Aduana) or it might not. One can avoid much difficulty by looking carefully at the Do Not Import List and not ordering anything on the list. But other things are left to chance - whether Aduana decides to hold something back from delivery or not. If they do, it seems it`s basically impossible to regain access to that item, indeed to the entire order as in my case. In the future, I will be having things sent to a broker house in Texas like Sol y Luna and having them clear everything and send it on. The expense is only a little more than having something sent directly from the store in the US to my address, it turns out. And they can get things here faster as well.
  23. The story of my package ends here: after 4 days the package is with Aduana in some kind of warehouse. It will not be returned to sender. To retrieve it I would need a certificate of my status as an official importer, a certificate from the agency that OK`s the items in the package (after the fact since there was no indication upon ordering them that these items are suspicious or not to be imported), and the hiring of a customs broker. I have met the Red Queen in Alice In Wonderland.
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