Things are moving ahead slowly. Partly because money is slow and partly because of permit technicalities. It took 3 weeks and 6 visits to immigration to change an fm3 to a working fm3. Tomorrow we go to hacienda to get the RFC tax setup. There is a catch 22 here. You need an RFC number from hacienda to get a working FM3 and you need a working FM3 to get an RFC number. Once before I solved this by going to an accountant and getting a special letter written by him guaranteeing me, so to speak. This time, for Sarah, we decided to wing it. She got it only by sheer perseverance and a calm attitude. I think the immigration people got tired of seeing her come into their office.
What is holding things up now is that the colonia president refused to sign our neighborhood petition after we had gotten the required 10 signatures from neighbors. She gave no reason so we tried going over her head to her boss in the administration. This almost worked and we would probably have our license now except for the small fact that the city administration changed completely this Monday with the inauguration of the new mayor.
When the colonia president found out we went over her head, she backed down immediately and said she would sign. Unfortunately, the new person appointed to run that office refused to accept our neighborhood signature petition because it had the name of his predecessor on it instead of his. I hope that this isn't an indication of how this new administration is going to work. The petition was good, it was approved by all those concerned and then it was rejected because the old jefe's name was printed at the top of it. Things are a little confused in the new administration. All of the offices moved to the new location last week and about 400 people, so far, have been fired.
So now we have to start all over again with a petition but the catch here is that the new ones with the new name are not printed up, yet. This may drag on. This would be funny...
We still have work to do on the kitchen, anyhow. I Got a grease trap (required by the health department) from a closed bakery (note to self: Never buy a used grease trap again) and am having the stove exhaust hood built by the guy who made our front wall. The exhaust hood is the only requirement that is not completed at this time, I hope. We'll see.
"À chacun son goût"