Thursday, March 30, 2017

JALISCO 2016 Traffic Laws

Each Jalsico car must be smog checked and a new sticker applied on or before the month that corresponds to the last digit of its license plate. OUR last digit is a (3) so we must get car smogged each year before March, and on the third day of the week which is Tuesday or Martes.  The smog fee is only 300 pesos. PENSION is the place in Chapala to get smogged. ADDRESS: 375 Zaragoza. You must bring the CARD you get from the Mexican DMV when you pay for annual registration. Traffic fines are calculated in multiples of Jalsico's minimum daily wage, which is 67 pesos in 2014.   http://tinyurl.com/8c5c4hf  ; all traffic fines can be paid at most banks, at the 7-Eleven, and OXXO convenient stores. Fines are levied against a CAR not a person.  If someone else drives your car and gets a ticket, and fine remains unpaid, you will be responsible to pay when you renew your car registration.  KEEP receipt or PINK slip to your car in a SAFE place. Jalisco requires that all cars be insured in the amount of 6,000 days at minimum wage (67 pesos X 6,000) for bodily injury, and or property damage to third parties.  You must also carry 25,000 days ($1,682,250 pesos) for death.
Regulation article 199 states that if the fine is paid within 10 working days, you will get a 50% discount. If paid within 29 working days you will get a 25% discount.  In the Lake Chapala area, fines can be paid at the Hacienda Treasury office located at Degollado #306, Chapala and other places herein mentioned.  AFTER filling out the form on the following website:
POLICE OFFICER RULES: Under ARTICLE 159: Policeman may NOT take your drivers license or any other document, but they are allowed to look at them.  In some Mexico states, this is NOT the case.  Each car MUST have back bumpers/fenders.  MUST have windshield wipers. MUST have side mirrors. MUST have functioning headlights.  MUST have a license plate.  MUST NOT drive in reverse over 10 kilometers per hour.  (5 miles per hour)
DRIVING SOMEONE ELSES CAR: If you are driving a friends car and they are not in the car with you, you need a signed letter from the owner of the car authorizing you to drive it, plus a copy of their ID in order for policeman to match signatures. ARTICLE 189; policeman may NOT commit extortion ( may not ask for bribes, or MORDITAS). This is abusing their authority and police officers who do extort money can be sentenced to 1-5 years in prison.  IMPOUNDED CAR REASONS: Car parked which blocks a garage or reserved spot.  Driving without a license plate.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lakeside Medicare

Medicare is accepted at Lakeside Medical Group which is located on the Careterra in Riberas.  The Department of Health and Human Services – 7500 Security Blvd – Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850 sends out a Medicare health insurance booklet for USA citizens who are soon to be 65 years
old.  The Social Security Depart auto enrolls every person into Medicare Part A ( Hospital Ins) and Part B.  Part A is FREE, and Part B for a monthly premium.  In 2016 the monthly premium $121.80 for Part B will be automatically deducted from my social security check in the month that I turn age 65.  After
reading the WELCOME booklet and speaking to full time residents at Lakeside, I opted to KEEP the Medicare Card that was mailed with the welcome packet.  Supplemental care and benefits is explained on the Medicare website.  Lakeside Medical Group accepts Medicare Advantage programs. AARP offers the best Medicare Premium prices. NOTE:  Be sure and update your USA mailing address with the Social Security Administration –  California residents can make address changes on the Social Security website or mail correct address to: PO BOX 2000  Richmond, CA 94802-9902
MEDICARE PHONE: 800-633-4227 - AARP PHONE: 844-745-1355 LINK to AARP Advantage programs for your zipcode: AARP ADVANTAGE PLANS

Thursday, March 9, 2017

FEATHERS

After a forest fire in a National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree. Sickened by the eerie sight, the ranger knocked over the bird with a stick. When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise. The mother bird could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. The fire blazed and the heat had scorched her small body. The mother remained the loyal protector. She willingly died so those under the cover of her wings would live......We are under His wings. 'He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.'(Psalm 91:4) We are all loved this much! Knowing this makes a BIG difference in my life. Knowing that I am valuable to God, trusting that He goes before me, that I am covered, that I am protected, that I have nothing to fear...this is the Source of my confidence. Remember the One who loves you and walk tall, be set apart, be different because of His Word, His promises, His faithfulness and His purpose for your life. REJOICE in the decade ahead! AMEN

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Love it, or Leave it!

Living in Mexico is not for everybody, but it is for me, a retired woman from California.  I hear some ex-pats complaining about the traffic, or the humidity, or the length of time it takes to get served a meal.  C’mon, really….the traffic is slower
because around lakeside we wobble along on cobblestones, and it is highly effective as it slows down the rat race pace! The humidity part? Get an air conditioner installed for $600 USA, or go walk around in Walmart or the Casino to cool down. Humidity should be adored for how moist it keeps a woman’s skin.  Ever notice the beautiful complexion of Mexican women?  Patience? The time spent in a cafe waiting for your food to arrive is called
dining!  When the food arrives it is freshly made, not something slammed on your plate with a waiter watching the time clock eager to bus the table and replace you with another tipper.  One must choose to NOT compare what was, to what is.  One must embrace the culture of Mexico and look for the
positive in it, or one must sensibly just go back to what feels at home.  It is best to NOT expect the rich Mexico culture to change to accommodate our comfort levels, but to go with the flow, which means that you cannot expect that CFE, Telmex or Telecable will arrive on time to fix your problem.  If one misses having their street cleaned by
the City, in exchange for higher taxes, then one should just visit Mexico on vacation instead of moving here.  What I came to love about the culture of Mexico is the people, and their determination to take care of their own.  Here in Mexico a woman or man aged 65-85 do not look for food stamps, or government aid to sustain their life here.  They get up every morning and sweep the sidewalk in front of their
home/business with a smile and a hope that today they will earn adequate funds to feast on the staples and/or maybe serve meat a few times a week.  Frida had polio, Frida had sever back injuries and Frida did not seek social security disability income!  Frida learned to paint in her bed because most of the time she was in severe pain.  You gotta love Mexico, or not…and if you do not…then just go back to where life suits your personal expectations with minimum complaints.