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  1. I could be wrong (wouldn't be the first time...) but I think the N95 is designed to protect the wearer but not so much those exposed to infected folks because the vent design lets breath out easier and can pass virus pathogens through easier than just a regular surgical or even a cloth mask. Correct me if I am wrong about this. Not sure what the difference is between the KN95 and N95 masks. Alan
  2. I think to arrive from lakeside, you will have to continue north to the Costco exit and loop under the freeway to head back south. This is quite a way before you get to the periferico. As you are now heading back south, it is just past the mall where the Fresko store is located and on the same side of Lopez Mateos as the Fresko store. Easy to leave and head south if you are returning to lakeside. Alan
  3. One often tried method, if you speak a little Spanish, is to approach a Telmex car/employee and arrange a cash repair with no resulting paper trail. "Tip" them a couple hundred pesos and everybody is happy. It likely is a corrosion problem which can be fixed quickly by cleaning the connections or just eliminating an unused outlet. Alan
  4. I feel like we now live in an age of easy travel, easy information (not the same as factual truth) and overcrowding. All of these elements were in play to spread the Covid 19 virus. I don't see those things changing here, or anyplace else, any time soon. I think we will get to a point where vaccines will prove effective for a long enough period of time to slow the spread once most of the folks get a vaccine. Do you remember polio and smallpox? Good vaccines were developed and almost universally used so that those viral diseases are no longer a daily worry. But today's information highway is crowded with those who think vaccines cause autism or are a government plot to control lives. So I tend to think that those who are at risk (and not stupid) will get vaccinated in the next year or so and others will continue to be exposed and spread the illness on into the future. You will get an annual flu shot that will include the Covid antibodies just like the current shots that still include antibodies from the 1918 Spanish flu. In other words, it is here to stay. We all will learn to live with it and take the chances we feel are appropriate to our risk level. Just remember this, you could get a virus that doesn't seem like a big deal to you but could kill a friend or family member if you spread it to them. It could also cause long term health issues that are not yet known. In 1952/53 I had polio and after recovery my only current problem is one leg is much shorter than the other as well as some minor PPS issues. But we had a neighbor who spent his post polio life in an iron lung. Wear a mask for now to protect others, not just yourself. Projections are that 500,000 Americans could be dead by March...many needlessly. If true, that is more than the number of American soldiers who died in WWII and almost as many who died in the Civil War. Be nice. Alan
  5. If it is actually a roll-up shade you are looking for, you can usually find them at the Wednesday tianguis in Ajijic. They don't have to be used as a vertical shade but that is how they are marketed. He is normally out near the rug seller on the corner. Alan
  6. None that I know about. Several have a version of new "heart protection" aspirin that is the exact same as the junior aspirin that everybody used to sell. It now costs about eight times as much as the junior. I just buy the cheap 500mg regular aspirin and break it into quarter tabs. Box of 40 costs about 30 pesos and I get 120 doses as opposed to a box of forty heart protection aspirin for about 250 pesos. That's a difference of 1/4 peso vs. 6 1/4 pesos each dose or 25 times more expensive. Same Bayer company, by the way. Thanks big pharma for looking out for us stupid consumers! Alan
  7. A neighbor says the church has a new sacerdote who loves the cohetes and he will be spending donated money on more in the future. Oh boy...Alan
  8. It is all for the Virgin del Pilar, according to the guy shooting off the cohetes. This is her day so should end soon...hoping so anyway. They have not done it before and I think this year they are just bored since most other activities are cancelled or curtailed. They need stuff to explode. Alan
  9. Thanks for helping me understand better why some folks feel better banking locally. You are probably in a majority since there are lots of banks trying to cater to expats. It has just never worked for us. Alan
  10. Still not sure why any expat needs to bank in Mexico. It is easy to access funds in foreign (non-Mexican) banks from here using ATMs. Any type of check could be deposited in US bank and accessed from here. What kinds of problems or issues are folks dealing with that require local bank accounts? Somebody please explain by example. I guess there might be a one time need for a particular event but once that is done just ignore the Mexican bank and either close the account or leave the minimum balance to avoid fees. Alan
  11. Most banks will not exchange dollars or travelers' checks anymore. If you have an account there, Actinver will and Intercam used to if you have an account. Not sure anymore. Some businesses will take dollars but at a bad rate. If you brought down a lot of dollars just hang on to them until you, or somebody you know, might be returning to the states. Use a debit card and an ATM to get pesos. Alan
  12. I can completely understand hard and fast rules in public buildings or spaces where nobody has a choice like government offices, grocery stores, hospitals, airplanes, etc. Private businesses can determine rules for their own establishments and customers and employees can choose to be there or not. There are topless bars which you don't have to enter if you choose not to spend money there. No shoes, no shirt, no service. Mask required to enter. No running allowed in store. Lots of examples. So why can't private business decide what they wish to do in their own business? Besides, MC is correct...do not expect enforcement of these rules. I'm with RickS as well. I'm not spending money in a place that allows smoke that bothers me. I can vote with my money and my feet by walking out. I don't see much benefit in potentially putting a business in peril by forcing them to comply with rules when the business and the customers might prefer it like it is now. I am afraid there is more conflict ahead. Alan
  13. Guad Reporter is saying starting this December that new second hand smoke laws will go into effect. All smoking areas must be outside and completely sealed off from the rest of the establishment. No food or drink will be allowed to be served in smoking areas. Smoking areas must have separate entrance from street. I notice several things here. I don't know of a single place that currently can meet those standards. I have no idea who is going to enforce the new rules...maybe the same ones who "enforce" the noise ordinances. In small communities with close quarters folks are going to have to walk on the sidewalks/streets to smoke and then return to the establishment after perhaps offending a fellow pedestrian or even a homeowner who has an open window and smells smoke. Might as well say smoking only in your own home with all the windows closed. I don't smoke and never did and I really don't like the smell of cigarette smoke but this seems a little extreme. What do you guys think? Alan
  14. Unless you are forced to do it for some reason...don't. Alan
  15. You are exactly correct and I'd add that many US states require an emission inspection prior to issuing plates. Some still require a state safety inspection. Some require proof of insurance in effect prior to renewal on plates. These things are very hard if not impossible to get for many expats living here on Temporal or even snowbirding on tourist visas but who own cars here (which is actually not legal but not uncommon.) It isn't a scam if South Dakota wants to issue legal plates to folks who meet their state's criteria for getting them. Having said that, I'd still recommend buying a legal car here and getting a legal Jalisco registration. It just makes life easier especially when dealing with cops. Alan
  16. Seems like more reasons to stay away from Mexican banks. Alan
  17. I have bats in my belfrey...oh, wait, I don't think I have a belfrey. What is a belfrey? Never mind...Alan
  18. They are connected...twin brothers. Martin's vivero is closed or soon closing because the property owner wants the land for something else. Eduardo's vivero is just 1/2 block up from the Ajijic hospital. He is almost always there if you'd like to speak to him in person. Alan
  19. I'm not really sure what is involved to close the account. There is only the minimum balance in it now to keep from having to pay monthly fees. But based on past experience, it will not be as easy as it could be. It is based on a cultural feature generally present in all of Latin America. Alan
  20. My point is even if you live here full time you can have options other than the peso accounts in Mexican banks. Most folks I know who are here full time permanent residents do not feel the need to invest or even bank with Mexican banks. They handle things via the internet and ATM transactions and have the bulk or all of their money in Europe, Canada, USA, or even Panama. We had to open an account at Bancomer years ago in order to buy a car with a check. PITA for a variety of reasons. We still have that little account but never use it. We actually had debit cards attached and when they were set to expire we went in to get new ones. Two hours later I finally got mine with so much paperwork and signing I couldn't believe it. My wife never did get hers and since we never really use them for anything we just skipped it. I'm sure we will one day just close the account but expect that will take many hours as well. Like I said...just not very good at these kinds of things that in many countries (but not all) are just simple transactions. It can be charming sometimes but can also be a headache. Still love it here but I've learned to avoid complications whenever possible. Alan
  21. If a person had arranged a one year investment exactly one year ago at a 7% annual rate of return, that person would actually have lost money since the peso has declined against the dollar from 19.23 to 22.17 today. That is a decline of about 13% so one would lose about 6% after cashing out. Peso market is just too unstable. Better to invest in a rental here if you feel the need to invest locally or better yet, just leave money in US dollars or dollar investments. Avoiding the bank and legal hassles here in the process. Alan
  22. One of the reasons we moved to Mexico was to find a slower paced/easier lifestyle. The truth is that culturally, Mexico loves bureaucracy but they are not really very good at it. For that reason, I try to keep my dealings with the government, police, and banks to the very minimum required. We just use a US bank and ATM's to get pesos. We only use a card that accesses our checking account where we keep a small balance with the rest in savings where it can be transferred to checking when needed. Alan
  23. Sherwin Williams on the west side of Ajijic. Quart cans in satin and gloss of Minwax water based poly but no spray. Most clear sprays you can buy in Mexico are now "acrylic" but are really not soap and water clean-up and they smell more like solvent based (?) products. Good luck, Alan
  24. Actually, WIZZ TV service is not all in Spanish. I get approx. 22 channels in English...most of the time. The trick is to switch your TV remote to SAP on. Channels 77 and 78 and maybe others are in English if you turn off the SAP and go back to stereo. Even have channel 98 which is all Paramount movies with infrequent commercials. Commercials will still all be local and Spanish language even with SAP on. I've been watching the PGA on ESPN today on WIZZ channel 76. But none of the major big 4 US networks. We only pay 300 pesos per month and it doesn't go off when it rains or when the internet is down. We also have free streaming TV where we can watch anything...in theory but not live. Has to be the next day. We have Kodi, Cyberflix, Dream TV, Unlock My TV, and a couple of others for watching movies and series as long as somebody has put them in the cloud. Alan
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