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  1. This probably won't help, but...when I had to return a purchase and received credit, I just used it on my next purchase. If I remember correctly, it was nearly automatic. Is there anything else you can purchase to use it?

    ETA:  wow, this hit nearly at the same time as MostlyLost. Guess great minds DO think alike! (lol) 

  2. On 12/10/2022 at 7:03 AM, timjwilson said:

    For what it's worth, we service my diesel 7 KW generator ourselves; buy the oil at Autozone and get the filter from Amazon. With a propane rig there may be more to servicing like spark plug/wire replacement. 

    Yeah, with the propane and the connection, neither of us feel comfortable enough to do it. Murphy's Law is almost guaranteed in this case!

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  3. OK, this is really beating the poor horse to death, but I did not say anything about an authorized service agent. PLEASE READ WHAT I ACTUALLY WROTE. I stated that the guy we used to use was no longer available. It is NOT an emergency, but I was asking if anyone had recommendations. Period. I would never recommend a car mechanic for a generator, especially for a whole house generator as the size alone would make that impossible...not to mention that it is also permanently in place and the size of a small pony. In fact, it IS larger than many Cummins engines (I looked them up). So...maybe you should leave the comments to those that are actually qualified to comment?

    I realize that when folks comment here, it's usually to help or offer ideas; however, they usually have a general understanding of the posting they're commenting on, or at least are familiar enough that their suggestion isn't too far off. In this case, no. I will go back to my vet recommendation and leave it at that.

    Oh, and not that it matters, but "he" (the OP) is a "she."



  4. OK, I know this is going to sound like a strange one, but when I got my Dolce Gusto machine, I just wanted pods to make espresso since I have a milk frother/steamer and only use plant milk. At the time of my purchase, the only DG pods available were in packages that had both espresso and milk pods (I was at Costco). I finally got my hands on refillable pods and can do my own espresso. So....now I have 34 milk pods that I will never use and just can't convince myself to throw them away because it seems so wasteful. If you're interested in free DG milk pods, please PM me and I'll be happy to give them/donate them to you.

  5. 2 hours ago, Ferret said:

    I nearly got creamed this morning turning left off the highway to go to iShop. Yes, I can turn left THERE because it's a one way street going SOUTH. The guy who nearly creamed me ROARED out at top speed from in front of Handy Mail to go east along the highway. Drive defensively always.


    Although most sane drivers will agree with Natasha's post, the fact is that there will always be the "I'm special" drivers and others who are long past their driving expiration date (sadly, they're the most clueless about their actual ability, but are still hell-bent to make it to wherever). Since Driver's Ed is NOT a part of the curriculum here and turn signals are used only when accidentally bumped, you have to watch out for yourself because no one else will. I always tell hubs that I expect something stupid by the other drivers and they never fail me. 

    FWIW, that drunken-frat-boy's-traffic-nightmare design at WM nearly got me on my scooter. I don't even blame the driver who nearly creamed me. The lights from Ajijic towards San Antonio are confusing as heck. Most don't know where to stop. And what genius thought it would make sense to put TWO stoplights nearly on top of each other, thus making it nearly impossible to turn into the side of WM because oncoming traffic doesn't know that it's the spot for libramiento traffic to turn into for the big blue box store?

  6. That is the location I went to, the phone number I called, and the e-mail was as listed in the GR. Sadly, I'm not impressed. I asked for a quote after they surveyed our current set-up to confirm that we could support more panels. It never happened. After waiting months, I sent out the e-mail, etc, etc, and have gotten nowhere. Guess it's time to give someone else a chance. Thanks all for your help!

  7. For Ferret who gave a solid response and a point-on comment:  unfortunately, Daniel Rodante is the one who let us down. Great guy, but instead of saying that he was no longer servicing generators in our area (he came in from Guad) or that he's moved, or has a new job or....he chose to just keep stringing us along. I still think very highly of him, but I'm truly disappointed. 

    For Bueno:  Thank you for the name! I'll give him a call. Even if he doesn't service B&S, he may know of someone. 

    For Rick:  I ran out of emojiis (again!), so thank you.

  8. 2 hours ago, lakeside7 said:

    Not quite sure why you should reply the way you did! You mentioned it was a  Gas engine, needing a Standard  filter and oil..I see no reason for a brain surgeon,  a regular  mechanic will do ok

    Sigh...as has been pointed out, I did NOT mention it was a gas engine just that it needed  a "standard" filter and oil. ETA:  By that, I mean for a GENERATOR. Next, this is a WHOLE HOUSE generator (which WAS mentioned) and now I will also add that since it's a WHOLE HOUSE generator, it's permanently attached and LARGE. Oh, and propane as someone with actual knowledge pointed out.

    For me, the snarky comment was well-deserved. When you insist on responding to a question that is clearly out of your depth, you continue head-first and look foolish. Perhaps the vet wasn't so off-target, after all?

  9. On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.
    "The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"
    And God saw it was good.
    On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span.
    "The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?"
    And God, again saw it was good.
    On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."
    The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. 
    How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"
    And God agreed it was good.
    On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years.
    "But the human said, "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back and the ten the dog gave back; That makes eighty, okay?"
    "Okay," said God, "You asked for it."
    So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves.
    For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family.
    For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren.
    And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
    Life has now been explained to you. There is no need to thank me for this valuable information
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  10. This is a strange one, even for me! Hubs and I were in Chapala for an appointment and I had parked our car on the right hand side as you head into Chapala Centro -- somewhere between the Pet Place and Arbol de Cafe. When I returned to grab the car to pick spouse up, I notice a man ("A") was actually lying on the sidewalk, under my bumper and right against my front passenger tire. He looked like he had passed out. Fortunately, there was a young Mexican couple walking ahead of me and the male ("B") immediately went up to see if the guy was OK and if he needed help. It looked like "B" was trying to raise "A" up, but it appeared that "A" wasn't interested and stayed sitting. Naturally, "B" then continued on with his companion as it was obvious he could do nothing more. (ETA:  when "B" first approached him, "A" started a very, very slight shaking as though he was having a mini-seizure. This stopped when "B" approached him to help.) By this time, I had walked up, hopped in my car, and immediately locked the doors. "A" sat for a second like he expected me to get out and check on him. I didn't, so he hopped up and began tapping on my passenger window. I just looked at him and then signaled that hubs was on the other side of the street and I was going there. I backed up slightly (thank goodness there was room and traffic was unusually light). "A" stood there staring at me, continued to knock while he could and then yelled something that I didn't hear. I pulled a U-turn, pulled over to pick up hubby and then drove off. There was nothing on the street (ie, I didn't park on his pet, foot, or anything else) and we had been at an appointment in Chapala the entire time. This man was nowhere around us when I parked and the area for cars was clear. Anyone else have something similar happen? Anyone know what was going on?

    All I can think was that it was a scam to claim I had hit him; that he was going to try to rob me when I went out to check on him; or that he was going to try to hop in the car and rob me? take my car? try to extort me?

    Just another Tuesday...


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  11. Contrary to one, I think this topic is relevant because it reinforces how important it is to follow the rules ... and make sure you know them! That old stereotype of "ah, just pay a little mordida and all will be well" still permeates a lot of attitudes towards Mexico. A lot of folks get their first impressions from websites such as this one and then they come here. If there's any way a posting can help others from making a HUGE mistake, then why not? Many years ago, a lot of folks helped navigate us through some of the off-the-wall situations, so it's nice when we can help others. JMHO.

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  12. Yes, it does explain a lot! It appears that the hospital has partnered with a group that overcharges US hospitals and MEDICARE. It explains why the normal billing has doubled and then some at that hospital (gotta get some of that lovely gringo cash!). What a pity as that hospital started out so promisingly. Another hospital used to use them and then booted them out (about the only good thing I can say for it). Just to give a personal example:  when hubs had to see a specialist, they charged our insurance TWELVE times the going rate for a specialist. I am not exaggerating when I say that it was approximately $9600mxn for a normal $800mxn appointment. We immediately submitted letters stating that we no longer wished to be a part of their plan. Of course, our insurance never queried it because it was either cheaper than or close to what they would pay in a US facility. Of course, they also appeared to be using US addresses, so...

    FWIW, we did NOT know any of this until I one day happened to actually open up an Explanation of Benefits online and saw what was occurring. Yes, my fault for not bothering to check, but it never dawned on me that they were that bold.

  13. At one time, there was a company that "accepted" MEDICARE here, but let's just say that the methods were questionable (for obvious reasons, I can't say any more). Since MEDICARE outside of the US is a flat "no," I would love to hear how these seminars would suggest how they could LEGALLY pull off this juggling act.  Below is taken directly from the MEDICARE site:

    Medicare may pay for inpatient hospital, doctor, and ambulance services you get in a foreign country in these rare cases:

    • You're in the U.S. when a medical emergency occurs, and the foreign hospital is closer than the nearest U.S. hospital that can treat your medical condition.
    • You're traveling through Canada without unreasonable delay by the most direct route between Alaska and another U.S state when a medical emergency occurs, and the Canadian hospital is closer than the nearest U.S. hospital that can treat the emergency.
    • You live in the U.S. and the foreign hospital is closer to your home than the nearest U.S. hospital that can treat your medical condition, regardless of whether an emergency exists.
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