So as many of you know we bought a new used truck to bring down with us. One of the reasons was that we are permanent residents of Mexico and we are not allowed to drive foreign vehicles. If the federal police find that we are driving foreign plated car they can legally confiscate the car plus give you a fine. So with this information we had to import the car and get Mexican plates. So to do this, you have to go to the DMV in town here and have all the necessary paperwork and copies. Then they say you have to get it checked out by an inspector the following Tuesday. They tell you on the instructions that you need to be there at 8 AM. You arrive along with the 30 other people getting plates as well and you park in a row with your hood up. At 9 AM they give you a number. 10 AM a guy comes and checks your paperwork and the numbers on your car match up. He signs it. After he is finished with all the cars, you file into line by your number into an office where he signs and puts a stamp of approval. You think, Ok I can go now, nope. Another guy does the same thing. So at 12 PM you finally can leave. So because I didn't want to waste any more days on getting plates, I went back to the DMV, to sit in line for another 30 minutes.I pay the fees for the plates and at 1 PM I was making my way back home with my new plates in hand. So it only took 6 hours to get it done. This is just a taste of how our life in Mexico is different. Interesting side note: only 3 or 4 of the 30 cars there were actually from Autlan. The rest were from other parts of the region.
Cats in heat
This is one of the horrible things about having an older house, when there are cats in heat you hear them howling and growling at 2 or 3 AM up on the roof above your bed. Our house is mostly made with a tile roof, which is great to keep it cool during the day but not so good on sound proofing your home. Not to mention the tiles move when cats walk on them. We have 2 toy poodle dogs which we lock up for the night because they will hear something and start barking all through out the outside part of our house. Our cats are all fixed. Our neighbor's cat is not, I believe. So last night I decided to keep the dogs out. At about 1 AM, there was a horrible cat and dog fight. When you are sound a sleep and all of a sudden it sounds like they are fighting IN your room, your sleep is disturbed a bit. So I went out to see if our dog Boston was ok after it settled down. No blood thank goodness, but is back paw he wasn't using while he walked. So the male cat hopefully won't be back. If not I am sure that Boston would be happy to continue the fight. And boy does it get loud when they are fighting.