On Monday, July 29, Cablemas trucks showed up and (once again) a tech climbed up the post to our north and disconnected service to our area. I called and reported it, and they took the report & declined to give me an appointment for a tech. After a couple days, I sent my assistant to the office, who was told the line to the North was being replaced by the Cancun office. We saw trucks working on it. After a couple more days and they weren't working on the lines anymore, I called & was given an appointment for a tech in on Aug. 13th. The 13th??!! Two weeks w/o service? Yes.
My Neighbour's response to the disconnected service was to go to the local office and within a couple days a tech hooked them up to the line to the south.
I sent my assistant by again & was told to wait without service until my appointment on the 13th.
Ummm..not wow. Trying to work from free WIFI was not working out.
But The Neighbors are Very Nice & let us use their WIFI. Good!
Then their WIFI became Very Iffy.
Wednesday, (day before yesterday) I went by the local Cablemas office to help The Neighbours & was told they'd get a tech that afternoon. (Wow, but no show) I was told my appointment was now on the 8th, so I spent yesterday foolishly waiting for a tech. At 4pm I got a call, saying a tech would be out the next afternoon (today).
The Neighbor's went back to the office with donuts/.
No tech came here today, but the neighbors connection was fixed this morning. Yipee!!
After waiting all afternoon, I called Cablemas, to be told my appointment is on the 13th.
The Neighbour's approach to problem has been much more efficient than mine. They know the employees by name, go in and deal with them face to face, and are known to be generous with pastries & cold drinks for the techs & office staff. I have health problems that make standing in lines challenging, so I do business by phone when possible & otherwise usually send my assistant or spouse. I would recommend their method over mine!
This is getting expensive as well as inconvenient. We've given a refund to clients who needed to move to a location with WIFI. We've spent over $100 this week using Telcel for internet (and mostly we've been using free, but inconvenient, WIFI.)
Our Neighbours have been Very Generous about letting us use their WIFI & so we have service again now that their connection is working. A big THANK YOU to THE NEIGHBOURS. Whose blog is HERE..and always at the blog list at the bottom margin.
But right now I am aggravated with Cablemas, so I've been venting instead of translating. It's been one of Those Days. This morn we ran errands downtown & discovered that Civil Registry no longer issues CURP ID's to foreigners & we have to go back to Immigration in Cancun next week. Between our two visas, we've been there a dozen times since December. Folks coughed on me in the winter, giving me the flu, and I caught a cold there in the spring. I was so happy when I got my visa three days ago & ready for a Immigration Break for a few months. Oh well, my Bureaucratic Spanish is improving a lil...but oh, those poor clerks. They are very patient. And funny.
Today I went into a couple different offices at town hall, looking for the Civil Registrar & mispronounced it a coupla different ways. (It seems easy & sounded right to ME.) A clerk was about to give me directions, and paused to ask, Habla espanol, si? (You speak Spanish, right?). I grinned sheepishly and hesitated...and another clerk smiled & chimed in, "Not really!" It was pretty funny.
Outside a bilingual resident stopped me to be sure I didn't need help. That happened in Cancun outside the Tax office, too. (We have TWO more appointments there. Getting another ID called an RFC, and a refund. They have also been very helpful and patient, but it is taking us a few visits to understand & assemble everything correctly. )
Putting up with being confused by a foreign bureaucracy while trying to overcome a language barrier is eased considerably by the kindness of the people, and maintaining a sense of humor. I KNOW bureaucracy is a hassle, and that is compounded when you do not understand the language or the procedures. I am repeatedly impressed by the kindness, patience, and humor offered to me while I am wading my way through these processes. I will soon forget the details of the hassles, but I usually remember how people made me feel better by helping me when I felt lost and confused.
Hasta manana! ~WentCoastal
PS No significant turtle activity last night on our beach...possibly due to the rain.. A Tortugranja friend reported that two missed nests hatched out by Bachilleres a few days ago.
Debt of 1.5 - 2 million pesos
Atrapan a pareja por no pagar renta de tres locales por más de dos años
Jueves, 08 de Agosto de 2013 22:38
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Meeting in Isla Mujeres of the Committee for Clean Beaches
Planning introduction of drainage in the Punta Sur area
Junta en IM de Comité de Playas Limpias Cancún-Riviera Maya
Jueves, 08 de Agosto de 2013 22:29
Plantean introducción de drenaje en la zona de Punta Sur
ISLA MUJERES, 8 de agosto.- P. Leer más...
Golf cart pushed over cliff
Stolen while it was rented
Arrojan al acantilado un carrito de golf
Jueves, 08 de Agosto de 2013 22:23
Sustraído en las afueras de una arrenda
ISLA MUJERES, 08 de agosto.- Yesterday morning around 9am, police officers spotted the front seat of a golf cart along the Caribbean cliffs, near the "Casa del Bombero" and found a "Prism" rental golf cart at the bottom of the cliffs. It had been rented to a tourist who had left if parked outside his hotel in Sac Bajo on Wednesday night. Another cart was found abandoned at the hotel, which later was discovered to have been stolen, and was taken from the engineer at the New Hospital in La Gloria. The owner of the renatl cart at the bottom of the cliffs, René Contreras Gómez, said it had been purchased two weeks ago for more that $5000 dollars. More than two hours were spent removing the cart, which the owner plans to repair. Dozens of foreigners, tourists, and curious residents watched the maneuvers, and regretted that this type of thing occurred here. The State Police/ Policía Judicial are conducting an investigation. It is suspected that the culprits may be the same young people who have stolen motos and broken into homes, and the reporter notes that the flexibility of the laws against minors can give them freedom to commit more crimes. Leer más...
Noticias de El Quintanarroense
By Ovidio Lopez
Abandoned damaged sculptures
| Daña abandono esculturas
|Harbor Master reports no incidents in vacation season|
|Reporta Capitanía saldo blanco vacacional|
|Demanding punishment of bad tourism service providers|
|Demandan sancionar a abusadores|
Noticias de Quequi......
The first phase of paving begins
Finishing SINTRA's rehabilitation of Carlos Lazo Avenue
Concern about electric lines in bad shape
Isla Mujeres hosts Clean Beaches Committee meeting
Diario La Verdad
Bargains & Discounts in high season
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Final destination: This island
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Pestilence at the trash transfer facility
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Couple arrested for 'despojo'
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It is currently the season for swimming with the whale sharks, and turtles are mating offshore & nesting on the eastern beaches. The mating is visible by day, especially off Punta Sur, the South Point. The nesting happens in the wee hours, and there are Tortugranja personnel, volunteers, and Naval staff monitoring the beaches to prevent people from disrupting them, and to gather and transport the eggs for incubation.
By far, most of the turtles nesting in Isla Mujeres are Green turtles (called Blancas in Spanish), and the second most common are the huge Loggerheads, and there are some Hawksbills. The Green turtles take ~60 days to hatch and are held in the water tanks at the Tortugranja until the hatchlings are released by the public at events at dusk on Media Luna or Guadalupana. These events will occur periodically until early October and are usually announced a day or two in advance. They are rescheduled if the sea is rough.
Lately there have been many rays, in addition to many whale sharks. From MVC, we have been seeing dolphins from the balcony, and some large fish while snorkeling offshore. Lotsa mama turtles visiting our beach lately!
There are small red crabs that migrate to & from the sea in July-August, watch out for them at night on the coastal road at the southeastern part of the isle.
Lobster season began July 1 and continues until the end of February.
John Cain's schedule is
Tuesday- Cafe Del Mar, 8-10, solo guitar & vocals
Wednesday- Bally Hoo, 7-9, Sol Rockers band
Friday- Iguana Bar-7-9, solo guitar & vocals
Sunday- Bahia Tortuga- 7-9, Sol Rockers band
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For an explanation of these tamales & more info about Manolitos, HERE is a link to our Restaurant Blog
FRECUENCIA TROPICAL is performing live again THIS SATURDAY!! You don't want to miss this event! Come and enjoy great music along with several different local artists showing and selling their work. NO COVER!! (I will find & post the info for artists later...there are no fees)
These are videos on Capt Tony's page Tony Garcia
Katie Cain shared Brenda L Nash Lamonica's photo.
Caribe On Canvas Heading
around the bend from Playa Norte over towards Play Media Luna. Amazing
how the landscape changes from one side to the other!
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Isla Mujeres El Faro.The Lighthouse. Photo from: afar.com
Nancy Hershman Handmade batik wall hanging by Sergio, a local artist on Isla Mujeres.
Casa Havana Cafe Paladar
Victor Manuel Cervera Cervera updated his cover photo.
PARTICIPATE IN THE CONSULTATION of the public with"State Program of Action Climate Change In the State of Quintana Roo": go to our website and download the executive summary and the format of comments and proposals. Participate!
HERE Bordertramp Blog "Traveling the Yucatan & Central America on "$20 day " wrote about swimming with the whale sharks, including comments from Bonnie, owner of Sea Hawk about increased whale shark activity during full moons due to increased plankton blooms. The blogger's research found that plankton blooms increase when the moon is waxing and decrease with waning.
Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres
"Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam: LINK