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  1. I guess that a lot more people will walk in at the new location than drove in at the old place. Plus they are a little farther away from the newer SA hospital location. Alan
  2. We drove past the Farmacia Guadalajara, just as you enter Chapala from the west, and it appeared to be closed. Sign was down and no signs of life. Anybody heard what is happening? Closed or maybe just remodeling? It's hard to imagine it would just close due to slow business but I guess it could happen. Alan
  3. A compromise was suggested only because Mexico is generally famous for having lots of laws which are mostly ignored by almost everybody...even those tasked with enforcement. Sometimes a little gain is better than nothing. Mexico is basically a functioning anarchy which mostly works most of the time...almost in spite of itself. I'm generally OK with that and I have, on occasion, committed all of those traffic infractions previously mentioned. Alan
  4. Just because something is a tradition does not mean it has to continue being one. Loud bar music until the sun comes up was "always a tradition" until it wasn't. Killing sea turtles and eating the eggs was a tradition until quite recently. Letting your dogs just roam the streets was a tradition. Getting drunk and beating up your spouse used to be fairly accepted behavior...they are working on making that less traditional. In 1972 I witnessed a hog being slaughtered on the plaza in Ajijic. They don't do that anymore either. Things can change and sometimes for the better. Mexico banned slavery years before the US did. That was the primary reason for the "Texas battle for independence." There was a need for another slave state in the Union which happened just a few short years later. It was also a "tradition" in most countries to prohibit certain people (women, the indigenous, etc.) from voting or holding public office. These last ones are extreme examples but even those well entrenched traditions were changed in the face of public support for just doing the right thing even if some were opposed. The cohetes probably began as a way for the church to prove their version of religious truth was more powerful than the way locals had been worshiping prior to the arrival of Catholic Spaniards. The rockets carry your prayers up to the clouds where our true God lives. The tradition of the church buying, storing, and using cohetes continues to this day. The church is still quite powerful and still holds sway over the indoctrinated population on which they depend. I'd say some kind of compromise is more likely rather than an elimination of the cohetes. Maybe just one day and limit the number. I have never understood the general tolerance of cohetes but I arrived late to the cultural indoctrination. If I live another 70 years maybe I'll get it...Alan
  5. We went to the Chapala malecon to enjoy the recent Mariachi performances which were part of the big regional festival. Wonderful family event. Safe, clean, free, and lots of good music. Great Ajijic band and a couple of others from Bolivia and Peru. Great job by the local municipalidad. It was so much fun that we decided to go the following evening to Jocotepec where it was advertised to be a free event on the plaza which would start at 7:00 pm. We got there at about fifteen after assuming it would actually start a little later than advertised. There was no sign of any stage or musicians present so we asked around and discovered that the festival was actually being held in a municipal auditorium a couple of blocks away...and it was a pay in advance event with reservations required and by 8:30 there were only about twenty folks inside and they were all hanging out by the big bar. Lots of crowded together tables and huge loud speakers and a couple of sketchy hostesses checking the reservation list. Not at all what was promoted in the local press and seemed like nothing we were interested in doing even if we could have gotten in. Seems that the local Joco municipalidad had a very different idea of what the festival was going to be for the local citizenry. Kudos to Chapala for doing it differently! Alan
  6. I only mentioned France and Spain because those two places were the only ones I was familiar with. I'm sure other countries are different. We also used the ATM for Euros and it was quite easy. Fees seemed to vary. You can request a tip be added before they run the card but it was never automatically included in the bill. The big difference in Spain and France seems to be that they pay a living wage to the workers who then don't require tips to survive. Alan
  7. I assume you are soon traveling to Europe. We recently returned from France and Spain. We bought Euros at the airport in Madrid thinking we would need them someplace like cabs or stores or trains. But no. You use your debit or credit card everywhere even to buy a Coke in a small store. It is pretty much a cashless society. Don't go to any great problem to get Euros. We only used them for street performers. They also do not tip in Europe although we did a little just to use up our cash. Alan
  8. Well, it's been three days and a Riberas house alarm is still going strong. According to a neighbor's gardener, the owners live in Guad and seldom come to this house. He pointed out that if a thief was smart this would be the ideal time to break in and steal stuff because the alarm has been sounding for so long we are all used to hearing it. The owners have never given a key to a neighbor who could then enter and either disable the alarm or check to see if there had actually been a burglary. But no...just set the alarm, leave, and let it annoy everybody within a two block radius if it goes off because of a power outage and restart. Same is true of useless car alarms. People set them then go someplace where they can't hear them if they do go off. Besides, a pro thief knows how to quickly disable those alarms if they break in. If you have an alarm on your car and then don't respond, then what good it does I just don't know. Anybody else who hears it only becomes annoyed and otherwise really couldn't care if a loud motorcycle or hard rain sets off your alarm. Just do everybody a favor and DON'T set alarms if there is no system in place to respond to it. Otherwise you just anger those who have to endure the noise while you are sometimes not even in the same town. Use your brain. Alan
  9. We live in a simple house and have lots of LED bulbs, TV's, fans, computers, etc. The small coto where we live has a pool and we pay 1/8 of that out of our HOA fees. Our two month bill runs about 450 pesos (some periods as low as 300 and some as high as 600) so we would never get our investment back for solar. At 7.50 to 15.00 usd per month, it seems quite fair after paying 200/month in Colorado in summer months and same for gas in winter months. Many folks who are installing solar systems count on recouping costs only when they sell the house which we are not planning to do. Alan
  10. Hey MC, if you are talking about the leaf mold "blight" it is hard to find one that won't get it. A diluted bleach/dish soap solution sprayed on the leaves will control it. Spay as soon as you see any black spots. The leaves will still show black spots but the mold will be dead. That also will kill aphids. Alan
  11. Is there nothing new and controversial happening in our little corner of the world? This web board is more boring than ever. Please, somebody, say something crazy...hopefully with some truth to it but I'd take anything if it was remotely interesting. Don't make me start an unfounded rumor! Alan
  12. Not really a second location but the "original" location is still there on the west side. Owners of the new store stress that they have nothing to do with the older store and the staff, products, size, etc. of the new store reflect an entirely different approach to the paint business. Obviously a independently owned franchise store much like a Truper hardware store. Alan
  13. Nope, it's in Riberas del Pilar at the intersection of San Luis and the highway on the mountain side. Across from the Templo del Pilar, Ladron's vet clinic, and Friends of the Animals store. By the way, it is Sherwin Williams not Sherman. Alan
  14. There is a guy at the Ajijic tianguis who always has a selection of them. Alan
  15. Large projects might change ownership multiple times before they get completed due to funky financing. Many projects always have a slightly unfinished look to them (like rebar sticking up) because, if still unfinished, I've been told the taxes are lower. It can be hard to tell if a place is under construction or so old that it's falling down...they look similar. Alan
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