I took this lovely photo a couple of weeks ago of two of the most delightful people in San Miguel. If you had to guess their ages, would you believe 86 and 87? I certainly wouldn't.
I've known them since I moved to San Miguel. Two of the most upbeat, positive individuals I've ever known. Both are internationally acclaimed artists - Tom primarily as a sculptor of large site installed bronzes in zoos, parks all over the place. In addition he is an artist, and so is Dorothy. She as Dorothy Bell - he as Tom Knapp. Look them up - you'll be amazed!
They have been here so long that I'can't remember how long it has been. They have studios in their home here that are wonderful.
Since the two are getting up in years, not too long ago they signed their home here over to their son.
Now they discover that was a big mistake.
They can't prove the required new income requirements since they don't own property any more. For the two of them it would be $3,600 a month!
They were supposed to ride to Texas with me next week. They can't. They can't get a renewal of their documents!
Isn't this ridiculous? Somebody, somewhere better get busy and get this rectified before they hear the great "sucking sound" of expats leaving Mexico.
To add to the aggravation, the government is cracking down on mail services handling prescription drugs coming from the USA for retired expats and veterans. Before, just a handling charge and 17% tax was charged - which was quite a bit. Now, the mailing services can no longer handle the prescriptions, period. Expats are scrambling to figure out what to do. Most have Medicare prescription coverage so their costs are minimal. It will be a hardship for many.
I don't mean to complain. I just think everyone is surprised and shocked at the suddenness of this. No warning. No chance to make future plans. It is befudling to me why there was no advance notice.
Hopefully there will be a resolution in the near future. However, having dealt with the Mexican court system for the last eighteen months in another matter, I can attest that nothing happens fast in Mexico!