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  1. "Max prefers the ladies" I know it's a bit inappropriate considering the topic and some of the comments, but that line still gave me a much-needed chuckle (it's been a rough day). So, thanks!
  2. Have you tried the programs such as TurboTax? I know this isn't what you asked, but just a note...when we had our business, the first time we needed taxes done, we went to a local tax provider and ended up paying nearly $1k. I knew this wasn't right, but there wasn't much we could do. The next year, I got the program and it was user-friendly and walked me through every stage. I learned a lot, very quickly. What a difference! Even stocks were much easier to claim (buying/selling). It's not for everyone, but it sure was for us.
  3. I absolutely believe this. How many of the elderly, who were already dying of other diseases, died but tested positive for COVID? I can immediately think of two in the family...one was 79, grossly overweight and diabetic. The other one was even older, many, many illnesses, and tested positive for COVID. Guess what was marked as the "cause of death?" Yup...COVID. These were folks who were already teetering on the edge and ANYTHING would have tipped them over, yet COVID is listed as the only cause. Ummmm....no. I'm not saying that COVID hasn't killed, but I think the numbers are grotesquely skewed.
  4. This sounds like a fraud and nothing more. I'm not anti-vaxx, never have been, but I am anti on this particular shot. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the best defense (not the only) is to do everything in your power to protect your body....i.e., better diet, watch your weight, exercise, and get some fresh air and sunshine. Do what YOU need to do to protect yourself, but forcing ME to take this against my will is wrong. Period.
  5. Love, love, LOVE lakeside services. The time and aggro that we save by using them is well worth the cost (low and very fair) of their services. Honest and pleasant folks who are filling an important niche.
  6. I have to add...the Google Earth is a very real possibility for outrageous increases. I've mentioned this before, but a couple of years ago it happened to us. I went in with a very recent survey and the guy who did the calculations couldn't have been more pleasant and cooperative. We were actually about to hire someone to help us report all of the changes with our property when this happened. I actually thanked him because he saved us money by the update coming directly from his office instead of having to use an attorney's services. FWIW, I do realize this isn't the US and comparing the tax systems is unfair, BUT it is a reality that it's less here. Yes, inflation is here and yes, it hurts, but the pain is a lot less here than there. JMHO.
  7. It kind of makes you wonder if it's another "feel good" law that gets passed and then slowly forgotten like so many others.
  8. Ok, please, please, please don't shoot me, but (there's always a but, isn't there?) aren't the taxes low enough for you? We've been here nearly 18 years and we STILL pay less for the year than we did for 1 month in Texas. I'm for taking all of the discounts you can, but I'm not going to get too worked up over the predial. This is apples to oranges, but many times when I purchase meds, I automatically get a discount even though I don't have a DIF card. They used to ask but now it's automatic. I'd be insulted, but they're right ETA: I realize that not everyone is in the best of situations, so please go for it if you meet the requirements.
  9. Wouldn't that be...grape juice?
  10. First, I hope you get your puppy back. Please let us know if you do. Second (and you've probably already done this), put up as many flyers w/photo as you can. Be sure to offer a "recompensa." I wish both of you the very, very best. Finally, for those reading this, please, please, please get tags for your furry friends. Ours have their name, a phone number and "recompensa" in the event they take a walk. I'm sure the local pet shops here do tags. If not, the Petco in Guad does. It's worth the time and expense.
  11. Oh, Chapalence, I'm so sorry to read this. I know how much work you two did to make your house a home and the difference always leaves me in awe when I pass by. It's really frustrating that the US government doesn't do more for its veterans who live out-of-country since the health costs here are so much less (and better IMHO). May you have "fair winds and following seas" on the next step of your journey.
  12. Years ago, our maid started out at 400 pesos for 10 hours (5 hours 2x/week) and now earns 700. Often, she'll stay longer until she feels satisfied the job is done. In return, we give her a snack and lunch. We also give her quite a few paid days off if we have an appointment and it falls on her cleaning day or she has a religious commitment, medical appointment, family obligation, etc. We never question it if she asks for a day off because she doesn't abuse it. We give a raise every January. While I really don't want to clean (ugh, ugh, and ugh!), if this law takes place, I may have to start. It's not because we can't pay, but I really don't want to get into the paperwork jungle that governments so love. JMHO
  13. Or, go to http://www.rollybrook.com and you can do your own finquito. Don't try to take shortcuts. If you're not sure, use a pro. We had to "temporarily" terminate our maid (exact same hours/days as yours) when she needed hip replacement surgery. We did the calculations, paid her an extra couple of months to support her and were pretty liberal on the final amount. We had her sign a termination letter (in Spanish) and made sure she understood where the calculations came from. She got a copy of that, too. After a few months to recover, we rehired her.
  14. I'm glad your experiences have been different, but mine have been about 50/50. A lot of the stockers get that "bored/disinterested/angsty-teen" look on their faces when you actually try to go down an aisle where they're stocking--always during business hours and always with crap spread out all over the place. I'm polite. I say "excuse me," etc, but it doesn't matter. I get the impression that many are unhappy working there. Then again, it's Wally's World, so enough said. I will give WM one big "attaboy" for bringing in new items on test runs. There is a particular item that showed up one the shelves one day (four or five) and I bought them all. The next time I went, there were none, but just a few days later, the item was fully stocked and at a very competitive price. I've noticed this with a couple of other items. So, I have to be fair and say it's not all doom and gloom. FWIW, I prefer to go to Soriana's whenever possible. The biggest downside is that the selection is so much less. The upside is the folks there are friendly.
  15. And let's not even get into the fact that they stock the shelves during normal business hours... Is there ever a time when you don't have to dodge the staff who are blocking the aisles and seem angry that you actually want to shop?
  16. Tingting

    La Letra Ch

    And the verdict is... I'm not sure. I've gone to LLCh twice. The first time was with a friend and it was phenomenal. The food was great, the prices were reasonable, and the service was good. I liked it so much that I decided to bring hubs to try it. Well, it wasn't good. While it wasn't exactly bad, if it had been my first time, I would never have returned. The waiter tried, but he seemed flustered. There weren't so many patrons that he couldn't keep up; he just couldn't handle our order. Why? I have no idea. It wasn't complicated. Our soup was barely lukewarm. Hubs's meat dish was tough and he had to really saw to cut it up. My dish arrived with fries when I asked for a salad. The fries that they brought were a mix of fresh and refried -- a major no-no (the refrieds always make me wonder if they were taken off of someone else's plate, recooked, and then tossed onto ours). My order was clearly forgotten as hubs got his and mine didn't show up for another 10 mins or so and the waiter couldn't look at me as he delivered it. He knew he screwed up and forgot to put my order in. It was a basic dish, nothing special, but our meals should have been together. FWIW, mine was actually quite tasty. I had ordered a dish for takeaway and that never came. There were other problems, but these were the worst. I'm keeping the specifics a bit vague because I'd like to give the place another chance without it being too obvious. Hopefully, our experience just happened on an off day, but if my next visit is as bad, then I'll know my first amazing meal was a miracle, not the norm.
  17. Gringal, I don't know if this will help, but if the dry cleaning place can't do it, we have a very large outdoor clothes tree that could handle it. Just DM me if you would like to use it.
  18. Rick, I'm not trying to argue with you, but all websites, especially MEDICARE's, say exactly the same thing. I know exactly what this guy is advocating because it's nothing new and has been used in this area. It doesn't matter how the question is asked, it doesn't change the answer. Anytime someone tells you to "pick" a US address when you're not a resident....
  19. Through the magic that is the internet, I took 5 seconds and found this: https://www.medicareinsurance.com/can-i-use-my-medicare-coverage-overseas/#:~:text=Just the Essentials… 1 Original Medicare plans (Parts,allow you to use your Medicare coverage overseas Obviously, nothing is set in stone, but it still appears that you can only use Medicare overseas in special instances. Anything else still appears to be fraud. If you're so sure that this guy is the answer, then why not go straight to a Medicare rep (phone call or online chat) and get it straight from the source? Everything I've seen so far, whether Medicare, Medicare Advantage or a gap coverage says the same thing: it may be possible for an emergency WHILE TRAVELING. It doesn't say you can live overseas and collect. If anyone has proof otherwise, I'd love to be proven wrong. We pay for it; we should be able to use it. ETA: QUOTE: But those retiring overseas -- or travelers enrolled in the traditional Medicare program or whose Medicare Advantage plan does not cover foreign travel -- will need to purchase health insurance from another source. Medicare beneficiaries who are traveling and who have no other coverage must either buy short-term travel insurance or a Medigap policy that covers foreign emergencies. Medigap plans C through J offer travel emergency coverage, but the benefit applies only during the first 60 days of any trip. UNQUOTE QUOTE: Retirees who are moving to a foreign country cannot use Medicare to pay for health care while they are living overseas. The options for retirees are to buy private coverage, to pay into a government-sponsored system in their new country of residence, or to go without coverage. If the retiree is moving to a country with a strong national plan, he or she may be able to pay into the plan and receive coverage similar to that accorded residents of the country. If national insurance isn't an option, many companies offer "expatriate" health insurance plans. Choosing the right plan depends on where the retiree is moving. For example, if a retiree is traveling somewhere remote or with poor local health care, evacuation coverage may be important. Another country may offer excellent health care, but each doctor visit may cost a lot of money, so a plan that covers outpatient doctor visits may be necessary there. No matter where the retiree is moving, another consideration is whether the plan covers pre-existing conditions. UNQUOTE Both of these were taken from the site http://www.elderlawanswers.com
  20. You're absolutely right. I unintentionally tied two posts together. Hopefully, everyone got the main gist of my posting. At the end of the day, I know that SuperDavid is just a very, very bitter old man whose life didn't turn out the way he expected it would. BTW, you gave me my first belly laugh of the day with your comment about your dog!
  21. Unless you have an actual US residence and live there, you would be committing fraud. Whether or not you're caught is probably a roll of the dice. There is a group that did that here (and may be continuing to do so). Their billing is nearly the same as the US. Would you want to be responsible for those costs when/if they were investigated for fraud?
  22. Mod-2, I read what you wrote at the end of David's last posting and thought about it. I can't speak for others, but I can honestly say it's how I feel. So, here is my response: It's great to tell us not to respond to the trolls, but that's a bit simplistic. I can only speak for myself, but I see the damage he causes each and every time he posts about Chapala Haciendas. It's not perfect. We have good folks and bad folks, but each and every time he writes/posts, he goes on another rant about the rampant corruption/violations of Mexican law/fill-in-your-own-description that takes place under our very noses and how no one, absolutely no one else except SuperDavid, sees it and is willing to fix it. If he only did this within our community, well, okay, every neighborhood has its Grinch, but he spews on this site where our words have real consequences. Telling us not to react is like telling the river not to flow. You can only dam so much. (yes, deliberate play on words) Even though I'm a technodino, I know how easy it is to just sign up with another name and continue on. Heck, Sr. Pedro had many over the years, but his "Snork!" always gave him away (not trying to compare the two). Obviously, it's your call whether or not to permanently ban him, but please don't dismiss our real concerns when we respond. ETA: I apologize if this comes across as a criticism as that is not my intention.
  23. Sadly, I'd rather deal with someone's proxy-child than most of the actual children whose parents seem to think their precious little num-nums is just so cutesy running around screaming at the top of hims widdle lungs. OK, that was MAINLY a joke, but yeah, as much of an animal lover as I am (and I am a HUGE one), there are just some places that a non-service animal shouldn't go. Except gerbils. Emotional support gerbils are welcome everywhere.
  24. Oh, I'm so happy to read this! Please don't give me the credit...it was the good folks at the Oxxo who kept it safe. Isn't it great to know that there are still more good folks out there than bad?
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