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    Impressive Finca , now share your secret!
  2. A note to thankfully acknowledge the research and discussion of this ongoing thread. Besides myself, it will help many others in future days. Marsrox
  3. It seems apparent that el camino mejor is to use the good services of the TSE in San Jose. I had already considered shopping this effort, but it's three votes SJO, zero votes Puriscal. Puriscal is voted off the mountain. I'll immediately check re Police, noting that all past times I did this was with Lee County (Ft Myers), not FDLE. Ni FBI. Solo Dios sabe. O Eleanor#2. I'm familiar with all of these processes, perhaps being the only human to have twice achieved Rentista status, the first in 1991, racing to beat the pending lost of tax exonerations, again in 2006 after a couple of years lost back in Florida to a love interest, and from when I applied for Permanent as mentioned. Back then things needed to be signed off in Wash, DC. and I handled it myself. I found an angel at the DC office and pestered here daily via SKYPE to get things consularized. "It's on his desk." Then JetBox lost my Birth Certificate.... until the last days before it became stale. Another note of 'adventure' was that to expedite the process I needed to fly to MIA with one mission, to visit the CR consulate on Bricknell. I had an appointment and arrived at 11am punto just before Christmas break, which started around Dec 10, and learned that I was missing a cashier's check for some amount. They closed for lunch and were to be open from 1-2pm before closing until the next millennium. All prior docs would be stale. They wanted the check from BoA, for which I had a credit card, and I literally ran there on Calle 8, was rejected as not having a proper acct to purchase the check, appealed, and was able "just this time" to purchase a check. I (literally) ran back to the consulate, the jefe (is this word both male and female?) lady was packing up but most carefully and seriously reviewed the doc...... and accepted them. Stamped and sealed and logged-in. Breathe deep. For this stellar advice and support.... Epicatt2 is hereby elevated to Epicatt1, or simply Epicatt if he so prefers. Induna cannot be outduna. E2, too. For me, being here since 1990 leaves no option. Hogar, dulce hogar. No snakes will scare me away. Hay la esparanza. La lucha. Gracias a todos. Marsrox
  4. Last week I visited the new office of the TSE in Puriscal (leave town headed to CColon, 200m, mano derecho, next to 'buy-furniture-on-time) to prepare for my citizenship application in June. To prepare I had been reading of other contributors experiences, although the bulk are 'citizenship through marriage' and I am single. I appreciate the links provided of govt websites. But I missed finding TSE links that answer certain legal questions that seemed 'settled' from comments I've read. My experience: I was handed the standard form. I looked at it and 'suggested' that new changes allowed certain qualifying residents, those over 65, to skip both the history and language exams. I politely stated that documents like a birth certificate had been filed with Immigration and could be shared, that new regs allowed this. I wondered how I could receive a Florida "Good Citizen' report from the County cop shop when I had not lived there since 2005. Would a local report suffice? (My only option otherwise is to fly to Florida just to visit a Sheriff's dept, then mail the one page doc to Tallahassee with accompanying postage back here to JetBox). Not being a pensionado or 'working' in a traditional sense (I trade my acct on the NY stock exchange), but having had sourced my income previously for Rentista (twice) and Permanent status, as well as bi-annually with Scotiabank, what form of documentation would she accept? She had no idea what 'investment income, dividends or interest income' was, making her uncomfortable with that question. She had no comment on the police report. She asked the lone other person, a supervisor, about accepting birth certificate copies from Migracion and he didn't know and was unmotivated to find out. He was not amused when I suggested, "My birthday has never changed." She called somewhere re the two exams and told me to go and get an 'exoneration letter' if I didn't want to take these tests. ************************************************ Could someone kindly provide a link regarding the over-65 exam change? Could someone provide a link for the reg that allows the inter-ministry sharing of documents, the one that details a fine for non-compliance. Is my financial circumstance the type that is solved by having an accountant write up a notarized document after reviewing my finances? Lastly, no one has defined how the 'seven years' of uninterrupted residency is calculated. I became a permanent resident April 30, 2013, but was a Rentista going back the last century. Does adding the Rentista years from 2010 forward qualify me for citizenship? Gracias a todos. Marsrox
  5. Are Protective Barriers Around your Home Effective? The first task in dis-inviting snakes is to eliminate woodpiles, rotting leaves, and tall grasses which will provide cover for the snake and a favored environment for rodents. As long as there is food, snakes will remain. Will some plants repel snakes? Marigolds (Calendula officinalis), Andrographis paniculata, Rauwolfia serpentine, Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus) and Tulbaghia violace are recommended by your neighbors using their common name. There is no science backing these claims, or of other plants named by nurseries with their vested inventories. Your neighbors will ‘humanize’ the snake and swear that plants with thorns will not be crossed. Physical barriers like perimeter walls without overhanging branches could be considered, although every gate, door and drainage is compromised. Chemical barriers are available. Home Depot and the like sell many products ‘guaranteed’ to repel snakes. Most contain granules of naphthalene, the active ingredient in mothballs, which would be less expensive and just as (in) effective, according to Dr. Rex Marsh (University of California). Oils based on peppermint, castor bean, cinnamon and clove as well as soil treatment with a sulfur solution are other unproven repellents. Predator urine, garlic, onions and cayenne in any form won’t deter either, according to Dr. Gary San Julian, Prof. Emeritus of Wildlife Resources. Essential oils comprised of cinnamon, cedar wood and lavender repelled some snakes when directly sprayed on them. The snakes smelled better, too. But Jim Parkhurst of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Project says this technique is not effective for ground spraying. An intentionally un-named employee of MINAE suggested I spray a local chemical called Gramoxone around the property’s perimeter. I hadn’t heard of this product, and because of the man’s stature, eagerly looked forward to this solution. I won’t be using this however after a search revealed this product to be the defoliant Paraquat, the Agent Orange of Viet-Nam. Bothrops asper avoids developed areas without cover. That’s your best home defense. Protective Clothing Some local customs can be improved. While rubber boots for field workers are de rigeur, sometimes prepped with a garlic rub favored by the connoisseur cowboy, they’re not worth you betting your life on. State-of-the-art snake protection can be found at - http://snakeprotection.com. Kevlar, used in bullet-proof vests, lines almost every boot, gaiter, glove and pant. A little click-around will provide morbid and convincing entertainment from videos demonstrating these products. One seller claims that his products “can prevent snakebites from the Bushmaster, considered along with the Fer-de-Lance as the most dangerous snakes in the world”. Another sales pitch insists, “For an adventure traveler who could possibly run into a Fer-de-lance or cobra, snakebite boots are absolutely essential!” Certainly better than Flip-Flops. On your next trip over the river and through the woods, at least carry a long stick to probe areas where you can’t see your next step. Leave the forest an hour before sunset. Your best defense is to be off the trail when the snakes leave home to go out for dinner. Medicinal Plants A Costa Rican law from the 1940’s outlawed the use of medicinal plants to aid snake bite victims - usually administered in lieu of western medicines - while mandating supplies of anti-venom throughout the country. The law was later repealed. At least two-hundred and eight plant species are traditionally used to treat snake bite in Central America. Costa Rica’s Guaymi and Cabecar peoples have participated in studies. While I will not promote any use of plant parts whole or distilled into infusions, it is likely that indigenous peoples have found some balms. Plants are used to reduce inflammation and to tranquilize. There’s little doubt that help for a variety of life’s health maladies are available, growing in full view, and one of the best reasons to preserve tropical forests. Specific to this discussion, “Cissampelos paraira L. leaf preparations may also have a direct effect against snake venom, as an aqueous extract completely inhibited the hemorrhagic effect of B. Asper venom when injected in vivo.” (Badilla –Baltodano, et al, 2008) “An ethanol extract of the ripe fruits of C. limon neutralized the hemorrhagic effect of B. asper venom by 100% when injected into mice.” These studies and a hundred more can be found in an excellent compilation of science papers, ‘Medicinal plants used to treat snake bite in Central America: Review and assessment of scientific evidence’ – Giovannini, P., Howes, M –J. (2017) Journal of Ethnopharmacology. First Aid There is none. Carry the immobilized victim to a vehicle and get him medical attention ASAP. Remember that the victim’s movements increase the heart rate, which speeds the movement of venom throughout the body. Here’s what NOT to do. No tourniquets. No ice. Don’t cut near the bite and suck out the juices. No electric cauterizing of the wound site. No drinking of alcohol. Washing the wound site is sometimes suggested with caveats. I found evidence allowing emergency use of veterinarian anti-venom meant for farm animals bitten by B. asper. An emergency was defined as ‘a delay of five hours with certainty of the type of venomous snake’. According to the website of El Instituto Clodomiro Picado, regarding this class of suero, “Tienes las mismas especificaciones que el anterior pero es para uso veternario.” The referenced ‘anterior’ product was anti-venom for humans. So the animal suero contains the same ingredients as the human recipe. Momentarily, I can’t find a doctor able to perscribe the ‘ratio’, i.e., milliliters of animal anti-venom to be mixed with milliliters of distilled water. Nor have I found anyone who was ever injected with veterinarian anti-venom as a last resort. An injection into the buttocks, i.e. ‘intramuscular’ would act very slowly. It’s best injected in a vein, a challenging, risky endeavor for a non-professional. Strategies to Save Lives and Limbs Funding a protocol change that speeds treatment to victims will require statistics that scream for the new process. While I’m convinced that enough victims exist, the statistics don’t. The CAJA began to digitize data in 2016, yet present rural clinic inputs still lack clarity. The local data I’ve acquired cannot be meaningfully interpreted, extrapolated or confirmed. In late February, I submitted a formal request for national statistics kept at San Juan de Dios public hospital regarding amputations and deaths. On 5 March, 2018, I received a document from Licda. Nelsy Mora Madrigal, Coordinadora Dep. De REDES, advising that this data was not available. Consequently, I believe that the statistics on bites and deaths widely reported in the Costa Rican media are unsourced. And a reliable data base is needed to compare with the results after a change of protocol. But we also need enthusiastic passengers on the band wagon for change. The oft-charming Tico ‘pura vida’ attitude is a deadly obstacle in combatting snake bite. My interviews indicated that even those at high risk minimize the danger. Residents of cantons most impacted by snakebite treat it as an ambiguous hazard they’ll live with forever. Si Dios quiere. Not just campesinos, but those with the means and influence must be on board. Health officials see a problem, treat it with their best ability, but aren’t into the politics of change. Government field workers acutely note the volume of snakes as a ‘be careful’ job hazard. Urban intellectuals have a deeper awareness of the human costs garnered from media reports, but no motivation to push change for a problem viewed from far away. I recognize that CAJA care for snake bite is unevenly distributed. For arguments sake, realize that the relatively wealthy residents of the Central Valley have rapid access to treatment they will likely never need, while the poor, rural workers outside the GAM do not. On Monday, March 26, I stopped by my ebais in Barbacoas near Puriscal. It was already closed for Semana Santa. It will re-open April 2. That’s nine days without services, often 'little' emergencies needing a nearby first responder. The neighborhood demographic trends in both directions of wealth, with some families struggling to meet the bus fare. Imagine, the ebais is closed normally for the week-end, closed for the week of Semana Santa, then closed for another week-end. Forget snakes. Pre and post-natal care is unavailable. Diabetes drugs, heart pills, high-blood pressure medicines become unavailable. Lengthy bus trips are required to a crowded CAIS, and the patients' files are unavailable. This length of closure harms the health care of the poorest among us and is grossly unacceptable in a country so proud and boastful of its public health system. Later that day, I visited an acquaintance at the Puriscal Red Cross. ‘E.J.’, requested anonymity. He's a thirty-three-year Cruz Roja veteran, an ambulance driver. As a final fact-check and update for this report, I questioned him about the frequency of snake bite 911 calls. “It depends on how rainy it is, but from May through November, we get two to four calls a month.” Other shifts during his off hours can be expected to have their share. That would double or triple the amount of victims found in the data collected from the Puriscal CAIS and would be in line with the bite frequency described by those I interviewed in the area. Some victims get driven directly to San Juan de Dios and are not a local statistic. E.J. estimated that maybe “one in ten victims die”, which would also be higher than accepted national mortality rates. He explained that sometimes they have suero in the refrigerator - but not today - and even when they have it, there’s no doctor riding along to inject it. He was vividly aware of the time being wasted by the present protocols for snake bite treatment. The good news is that the CAJA will do whatever it is directed to do, no matter the cost. Discrimination in health care can be fought by filing a ‘Recurso de Amparo’ with Sala 4. This can be discussed another time. Allow me to repeat the simple, common sense steps needed to mitigate this threat of death or disfigurement to Ticos, tourists and ourselves. The CAJA must maintain 24/7/365 availability of anti-venom in areas suffering the highest incidence of snakebite. Respondents to a 911 call must take the anti-venom to the victim and inject it. MARSROX
  6. Thanks to induna for this well-researched and comprehensive contribution. To his last point, let me echo one example of free speech. Everyday in the editorial section of La Nacion, people complain about poor service by state institutions and private companies in a section at the bottom of the page called 'Cartas a la Columna.' A few days later, a representative from the offending entity, may write back and apologize and offer a solution. But while tourist promotions sell the perception of an unshakeable 'pura vida vibe' for Ticos, the daily complaints here display a similar attitude towards rip-offs, false claims, failed delivery, whatever, no different than we foreign residents would have. Well, there is one difference. Politeness rules. Marsrox
  7. Of course that seems logical, induna, and I thank you for your comment. In days past pre-internet I had an apartado to receive utility bills, property tax statements from the Muni and bank BCR/Scotiabank statements which were all mailed. But I am remain concerned about the laws in the USA that only residents may 'own' bank accts in the USA, and if my real address is a PO Box here, I may run afoul. I opened a thread about that some time ago, and the consensus split with those willing to not worry in the majority. The Medicare rep today was only concerned that the JetBox address was too long or weird for their form, and didn't mention they don't accept PO Boxes. It does make sense that they would want a physical address, but then why do they accept your PO Box in Costa Rica? Marsrox
  8. Last week, prior to applying for Medicare Part A, I went to www.usps.gov and filled out their 'forwarding- address' form good for six months with one six month renewal, changing from the Florida address of my dementia-increasing 88 yr old mother. The forwarding address was my (not-used- for -years-but-open) Jetbox address. The one that is SJO# A, etc 2053 N.W.79th Ave. Doral, Fla. 33198 I received an error message from the USPS that the zip was incorrect. I looked up and tried to type in a Zip+4 and that's impossible. They charged the $1 though and never refunded it. Would that mean they accepted my original change as the zip is correct? I have eliminated statements and bills to my mother's address leaving only 3rd class junk that may or may not be forwarded to JetBox, but if not, I understand I can simply reject it without payment. But presently I don't know where my mail is going. Luckily, I don't care. I just didn't want the Medicare card to get lost. But Medicare subsequently sent me a message that we need to talk (?), and this morning I learned that they do NOT accept the JetBox address, period. OK. They allowed my mother's Florida address, and I assume that the Medicare ID card will be forwarded to JetBox anyway. If the forward-address application was accepted by the USPS after being rejected. Please, what can a JetBox client advise? And thank you. Marsrox
  9. In the next couple of weeks I will be filing a report reviewing my efforts to mitigate Costa Rican residents and tourists immediate threat of disfigurement or death following the bite os Bothrops Aster - the terciopelo. This related item appeared in the media this week. - Marsrox *************************************************************** Costa Rica’s documentary on snake bites hits box offices in U.S, Europe and Africa .... By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Each year, more than 2.5 million poisonings occur from snake bites in the world. The bites cause the deaths of more than 100,000 people and leave more than 400,000 with permanent damage. Those most affected are agricultural workers who live in poverty and often live in rural areas of tropical countries such as Costa Rica. Snake bites are considered a global health crisis generating more annual deaths than diseases like ebola but are generally ignored by the global pharmaceutical industry and health authorities. They are a human tragedy all over the world but are dealt with on a primarily local level. The reality of the damage done by poisonous snakes is made evident through the documentary, "Minutes from Dying." The film documents the human drama that exists on five continents and internationally highlights the name of Costa Rica for its approach to snake bites and treatment of the victims. Costa Rican scientists from the Clodomiro Picado Institute of the University of Costa Rica have worked for 50 years on initiatives to save lives in the country and in 14 other countries with high social vulnerability. The institute is famous for its production of snake bite anti venom. The documentary “Minutes from Dying” is a production that presents, in a very human way, with great rigor and scientific veracity, the magnitude of the problem of poisoning by snake bites, said José María Gutiérrez Gutiérrez, Clodomiro Picado Institute researcher. It shows the suffering caused in such a way that, for the first time, an explicit recognition of the work done in Costa Rica, specifically in the university by the institute, to find solutions to this public health problem, he added. University of Costa Rica photo The documentary shows the Costa Rican approach to saving lives at risk due to snake bite poisoning. "Minutes from Dying" was produced by the Lincoln Foundation of the United States under the direction of James Reid, the nine-time Emmy Award winner. The cinematographic quality of the film is especially powerful. Currently, the documentary is being screened in more than 25 cities in the United States, Ireland, Germany, England and Africa. In Costa Rica the premiere will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Research City of the University of Costa Rica. Admission will be free, open to the public and James Reid will attend. The contribution of the institute has reached remote regions of Latin America, Africa, Oceania and the Asian continent, as is the case of Sri Lanka, said Alberto Alape, director of the institute. The university has sent an approximate of 300,000 vials of anti-venom serum in the last five years to these areas, he added.
  10. May clear skies rule the night. Look west towards the horizon between 6:16 -6:45 pm. Support efforts to avoid light pollution. Street lights can be shielded to point down and not spray light into the skies above. https://www.space.com/21485-moon-venus-mercury-configuration.html Marsrox
  11. For the next couple of weeks, go out in cloudless skies fifteen minutes after sunset, and for the next forty-five minutes look west and just above the horizon to view a rare event. The bright object is the planet Venus. At 'one o'clock', two-fingers thickness at arm's length to the right, the dimmer object is planet Mercury, the planet closest to the sun at 88 million miles. 99% of the human race has never purposely viewed Mercury as it rarely gets very far from the horizon. For people living away from the equator with longer twilight, it is lost in the glow. Get out the glass and binoculars will reveal two round objects, not point-of-light stars. Venus may have a slight yellow tint. Mercury is waning like our moon and is slowing shrinking to less than full. For the best of reasons this is the rarest of events, only duplicated by total solar eclipes. As you look west, place yourself in time and spce. You are standing on the Earth near a north-south line where you are slipping into darkness as the planet rotates. Imagine the proximate location of the sun below the hoizon. Earth, Venus and Mercury are lined up. Earth-size Venus is obviously closer than moon-size Mercury and it is easy to imagine this moment their curving orbit around the sun. It's not a flat two-dimesional sky for you now. That's the point. It's a a three dimensional sky. Earth, Venus and Mercury are chasing each other in their orbits. Watch night-to-night and their positions will change amplifying the effect. You might not know that both Venus and Mercury show phases similar to our moon. But wait! There's more!! At sunset, March 18, our moon will be seen in between the two. Although a lifelong sky-watcher that subscribes to Astronomy, I am unaware of the last time this all lined up for we viewers on Earth. While I suspect this event will be also noted on news Internet sites the event day, I will remind every one March 18. Do. Not. Miss. Marsrox
  12. "Que te dice tu corazon?" A reasonless post service-call price increase had just been requested, and rejected. Fernando and helper claimed surprise now about how far they had to drive from San Jose to repair my automatic gate. We had thoroughly negotiated a price for this visit on the phone, and I had explained that 1 hr 15 mins was the average travel time, no matter how many buses one had to follow. They seemed to have beaten that mark. And the repair was quick and simple for someone with professional experience. The gate had stopped responding to the remote, but a few minutes with their Phillips' screwdriver solved a problem I couldn't. Success came without needing replacement parts to get the garage-door-size porton silently sliding again, just tightening the screws and rollers before adding another coat of lithium grease where metal touched metal. But my happy moment ticked away faster than any second spent waiting for microwave popcorn, when arised a sudden and serious issue regarding fuel for his tiny pick-up truck. Fernando's c28,000 telephone quote for routine maintenance "including grease and anything else not including replacement parts" was firmly declared lacking through no fault of his own. He asked for a new amount that was quietly mumbled, like when one must lie, but wants to maintain deniability if questioned. I asked him repeat his new price, preparing my practiced ears for disbelief. "Hundred", he coarsely whispered again, making me a part of his conspiracy. "Colones?" "No, dollars." Has anyone else had this experience once a for-profit service provider has seen your living quarters and vehicle, singularly impressed by your country of origin? I must look like 'three cherries' on a slot machine. Fernando is the company owner and had already tried to up-sell me on purchasing a new back-up battery. Uninterested, I prefer to just jump over the barbed-wire on the side of the lot should the need arise (see Forum - "I hate ICE power outages"). "No, Fernando." He looked at me with the solemn eyes of a mourning clergyman, full of respectful sadness, "What does your heart tell you?" Not missing a beat - "c35,000" - and in an agnostic second the sadness had left his face, the timer dinged zero, and the popcorn was done. Ticos and Gringos. We're a captain-less crew of chuckle-heads, sailing on a banana boat to nirvana. Marsrox
  13. Marsrox

    Costa Rica is Changing....

    Eleanor2 writes of the social changes notably visible to those who have been here BI.....Before Internet. Among countries, CR may be a laggard in accepting technological change. But as this youthful population shares access to the world, they demand the 'better things', too. For the last few years, I have been extremely thankful that the bulk of my world travels occurred in the '70's and '80's. I enjoy reading books written by the world's early explorers, the Conquistador-types that write of the places and cultures and customs they found. I relate better to their tales than to Fodor's travel guides. "Avoid Machu Picchu during northern holiday season." I'm glad that I had little money and slept 'rough' when needed, ate boney fish head soup on tramp steamers south of Mindanao, and walked everywhere. And walked. And walked. Without money you don't meet the glitterati, you hang with the working men with month-old stubble in beer-soaked bars on a narrow nameless bay. The ceiling fans mark each revolution with an unlubricated squeak, circling too slowly to buffer out the dank humidity and sweat. The fish boats tied up to the rotting wooden dock reek of diesel. Puntarenas was like that not so long ago. It seemed so Hemingway-isque. When I hiked north of Chiang Mai, one hill tribe lived on top of a, well, hill, because they thought water was evil. I walked for a week on an up-to-the-knees muddy forest trail, using a map with four wiggly lines drawn for me on a scrap of rag paper at a bar, with tribe names instead of towns as destinations. When I came across someone in full tribal dress, which was everybody, I'd ask the name of a tribe.... "Aka san chai kow?" And the person would point the direction with their mouth, their lips pursed. At sunset, drums were heard in the pristine primary forest, at first one, than another would reply. The first time I heard this I smiled at loud, giggled at the Tarzan moment. No one could be seen, and it added to the fairly spookiness of where I was alone at night. But my reward later was to sit with indigenous people, the women nursing babies and the children picking lice out of each other's hair, and silently drink smoky tea in a long house among the men, far off civilization's grid. I was accepted because I was there, and 'there' was not easy. In the Philippines' Mountain Province, the Ifugao tribe women smoked pipes and used snake skeletons to keep their hair in place. In Nepal, then only recently opened to the outside, the people walking around Annapurna were transporting cargo, carrying loads strapped to their foreheads. The teahouses I stayed at were not found on any map, and there were no menus, just daal baaht and greasy yak and butter tea. None of this cost a price of admission or needed a tour guide to describe what I saw. How lucky I was. Likely, some of those experiences are still available for tourists at a price, arriving on an aircon bus, trinkets for purchase even with AMEX, and the actors return home after the show to take off the loin cloth and put on shoes, call for a pizza and watch TV. Their kids texting their moment to FaceBook, now happily trapped in of the World Wide Web addiction. Just like everywhere else now. Just like Costa Rica. Just like Papua New Guinea. Just like Uyuni, Bolivia. There was adventure without rescue back then. When the Magic Bus from Kathmandu stopped at the Taj Mahal for the full moon photo, only those of us on the bus were there to take it. With film. Hopefully you found 400 speed for the shot. No funny sticks to create selfies. These days I'm glad to be home with my memories, secretly content for the venomous snakes or there would be no adrenaline-producing danger at all. But invite me to a bar on a no-name tropical bay, dripping with palms touching the still waters edge, one that smells of sweat and diesel and has young women wearing cheap perfume happy to sit and chat while one imagines the possibilities, and we'll be there before the sun rises, making new memories of better days past. Marsrox Helpful note - To transport your mind back in Tico time, I recommend picking up a copy of the Biesanz family's "The Costa Ricans". There are twelve chapters that cover class, race, housing, health, everyday living, the family, education, religion, leisure and arts, politics and government, and their guess on the future, which would be of year 2000, as pondered during 1987. It's got city and campo, and its puro fantastic. The Biesanz family of Richard, Karen and Mavis left their huellas all over the country. Richard basically made Manuel Antonio 'happen', ( you might recall there is a 'Playa Biesanz'), Mavis was hob-knobbing active socially, and a son has a wood-working store still (?) in Escazu. I was thrilled to be involved in their lives when I rented in Colonial Prado, perhaps CR's earliest gated community, just outside Ciudad Colon. An entertaining and educational book, written with passion for the country, and great insight into a distinct and unique culture some will recognize, while realizing what has been lost....
  14. Taking Induna's advice to search the Codigo Sanitario (nothing yet) I came across a news feature listing the 'Top Ten' communities for snake bite. Live in Escazu? Grecia? Turrubares? http://www.laprensalibre.cr/Noticias/detalle/93644/los-10-sitios-con-mas-apariciones-de-serpientes-en-costa-rica Marsrox
  15. Induna's comment is correct and a subsequent search today by Lic.Adrian Fernandez-Madrigal can find no replacement law. My hope that this law was still in effect, if ignored, even while seeing the docs dates of apparent repeal, was based on CR's attendance on May 25, 2016 at the 69th World Assembly of Health in Geneva, Switzerland where the governments representatives mentioned this progressive 1926 Law (article found in the May 26, 2016 press release of the CR Ministerio de Salud). A second reference that seemed to me to confirm this law is found on the Picado Institute website (linked below in English) which fails to mention that the Law had been repealed. I apologize for my enthusiasm. Those two references address the worldwide scope of the issue. Had I not almost stepped on a second snake, you would add me to the list of those unconcerned. I'll keep digging and share any treasure that turns up. Thanks to those who added comments. Here's the Picado link which mentions the Law and will lead you to their very interesting website. - Marsrox Snakes 1 Humans 0 http://www.icp.ucr.ac.cr/en/noticias/clodomiro-picado-chair-will-boost-solutions-domestic-health-issues

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