Nov 20, 2007, 12:08 PM
Post #11 of 19
You make a good point, that perhaps it was unfair for me to write the posting that I did based on a very brief stop-over, however, I did post the following:
I is quite possible that if we had stayed, we would have found a treasury of wonders beyond compare. However, I think I have developed a good sense of what I like in Mexican towns and cities and this was not one of them. All four of us agreed that it did not seem promising.
I have traveled through a lot of Mexico and have seen many towns and cities that I have enjoyed. Aguascalientes is not one of them. You may be right that I would have found better things if I had stayed, but I usually find that the central plaza of a town is the best for me. That of Aguascalientes was not a place where I wanted to spend time. We had a very nice lunch in a restaurante familiar on one of the squares in Lagos de Moreno and did not "wolf down a taco" in AC. We did sit in a nice restaurante with a Negra Modelo and discuss our impressions of AC. We all agreed that it was not to our liking and that we didn't choose to stay there.
I can't say I would want to be one of the realtors that you choose as tour directors. I hope you always tell them that is what you are doing and that you are essentially wasting their time.
I'm not sure what you mean by a poor investment in our housing. I think that any objective person would say that at the present time a house in much of Mexico, while psychologically and personally satisfying as ours is, is not a good investment. It probably will be in the future as the baby boomers retire, but at this time, it just isn't. I'm not dissatisfied, but would not want to mislead people into thinking that buying a home right now is a good investment.
I'm sure that many communities in Mexico are wonderful places to live. Unfortunately, as you indicated, my wife does not choose to learn Spanish, so we are limited to a community where English is sufficient. I have no regrets about living in Ajijic. If you have followed my postings as well as you indicate, I hope that my happiness here is evident in them.
"Sour on Mexico" - Again, if you have seen my postings about travel in Mexico, the Mexican medical system, the interesting people we meet here, and a whole variety of other things we like, I think that this is just simply an unfair statement.
"Something has gone awry" - Of course, it is possible that I'm a little down right now as both my wife and I have had serious medical problems including cancer surgery (and others for complications from the cancer surgery) for me in the past six months, my cat is pissed off at me because she doesn't like our new dogs and she was without water yesterday, and we have no water in our house again, due to incompetent plumbers. All that can be a real downer, though everything else is just wonderful.
Whenever I discuss the problems of the lake and the sewage of five states that is pouring into it, I'm simply stating a reality. I don't swim in the lake, but I do love sitting on the balcony of my (evidently according to you) home that is inferior to those elsewhere and going to Roberto's Rincon del Cielo, the Real de Chapala, or La Tasca for a great meal by the lake.
If and when you can unload your digs in Ajijic, maybe you can assuage yourself by trailer parking it in some lovely back wash like EL Centro, stuck somewhere on the California-Mexico desert boarder………;-)
A little harsh there aren't you bucko (and incidentally, it's Border, not boarder). If our house should sell, we hope to rent a one level home here in Ajijic that is nice as our current home for less than our current home costs. Should our health preclude that (one of the major reasons we are selling), we will move return to one of several very nice communities in San Diego County that we left because we prefer it here. San Clemente claims "the world's best climate, just as does Ajijic (though evidently inferior to Aguascalientes)
your better half refuses to learn or speak Spanish and is generally not happy SoB. I guess after awhile this too undermines and can take it’s toll.
While I regret that my Spanish is not what I would like and that my wife chooses not to learn the language, nowhere have I ever said that she is not happy here. She disagrees with me about selling the house because she loves it and is having health problems (that we believe can be better taken care of here than Nob - that's how much we dislike it here.), but otherwise loves it here.
You know what, on second thought maybe people should listen to you, hopefully less boomers and expats will populate the place, like they did in Ajijic and caused housing prices to skyrocket after 1999.
I sincerely hope that what I post is accurate and if so that it provides information to others who want to travel in the area or are thinking of moving here. You may be one of the "All Mexicans are wonderful, Mexico is utopia, and anyone who doesn't think so should move back to El Centro" crowd, but I love living here and am willing to take the bad with the good without sugarcoating it.
Finally: I like you Bloviator but something is going awry. I'm not too sure that I am entirely enamoured with you and your personal comments. I don't think I want to know what you would have posted if you didn't like me.
I apologize to the others on the forum for this long discussion that should have been sent as a PM, however my policy is to try to be nice to everyone, but to respond in kind to those who attack me.
Incidentally, your response to Rick S is a pile of dog manure. It makes absolutely no sense. If my "frail ego" is going to seriously impact thousands of people, they must have even frailer egos than mine. If mine were frail, I would not post here and subject myself to your comments. You have totally devestated me and I think I better get back to El Centro immediately. I can make it in time for the Chili Festival if I hurry.
(This post was edited by Bloviator on Nov 20, 2007, 12:34 PM)