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  1. Hey Lucy, this may be TMI, but here goes . . . . I Googled your question and this article popped up: Can You Buy Powerball Tickets Online? A Full Map Of Where To Buy Tickets, And Warning About Online Sellers http://www.inquisitr.com/2693066/can-you-buy-powerball-tickets-online-a-full-map-of-where-to-buy-tickets-and-warning-about-online-sellers/ It has the answers to some –maybe most– of your questions. Now, having read thru the article I hadn't realized that we could buy lottery tix online, which just goes to show how long it has been since I bought one here in Tampa. Also I never realized that it was a better idea to let the computer pick your numbers randomly, but it makes sense from the explanation in the article. I do recall one time a number of years back when one of the local TV stations invited a local University (USF) professor, who had a Finance & Budgeting background to explain about buying multiple lottery tickets: Did buying a whole lot of tickets increase ones chances of winning? The prof's comment was that buying two tickets did double your chances over just buying one ticket. But then she went on to explain that while your chances of winning were further increased slightly by buying up to five tickets those chances were not really much improved by buying more than five tickets. I thought that was a good thing to learn so that I wouldn't unwisely go out and spend extra dollars on extra lottery tickets that would not significantly increase my chances of winning. Now I feel glad that that interview saved me a lot misspent of dollars which would not have created a win for me. When looking back over the years I did regularly play I actually only ever won four times on 3 numbers and once on 4 numbers, and the total payout for me for those few wins was not even $100 dollars, so it seems just as well that I saved my dollars instead of buying extra tix! Still, the anticipation alone of winning big makes buying all those tickets a worthwhile excitement for a lot of people. There's many who do go out and spend some major fistfulls of bucks in that hope! ¡Buena Suerte! Paul M. ==
  2. So, Eleanor . . . . . Might it be that 'fuding' is what one's elected 'fuddy dudies' –er, officials, spend their time doing? And Rodo . . . . Thanx for te unexpected levity! Cheers! Paul M. ==
  3. Eleanor & Gentle Forums Members, If you're interested please visit the new thread that I split off after the hi-jack. It's called ISIS & CR. Regards, Paul M. Moderator ==
  4. I'm not at all fond of malls and have not patronized any here in Tampa in about three years and then only one time, to go to the Apple Store for my laptop. Nor have I been to a mall in CR since prolly 2011. (Whoops! I did go to Int'l Mall to the GNC store there once but was only in the mall about eight minutes, got what I needed and got out of there.) These new humongous shopping conglomerations may be interesting to visit once, perhaps to satisfy one's curiosity, but I've never found that I garnered much in the way of savings by shopping at them. These monster malls to me are a good reason to continue to support the local shops in town run by the little guy. The closest thing to a mall that I favor visiting would have to be something like Alajuela's Mercado Central -which is just requetelleno de puestos y tenditas belonging to small shopkeepers. Regards, Paul M. ==
  5. Gentle Forums Members, Here is another article about the new City Mall in Alajuela. This article is from the Tico Times and is in english: 5 Things You Should Know About The Newly Opened City Mall There a brief comment in the article about Sunday's flooding plus other information about the Mall and its opening. But if what Tom says is true about the notable traffic backups which he encountered yesterday when he thought he'd go check out the new mall, then it is prolly a safe bet to forego any visits until the newness of the place wears off a bit. MEANWHILE: Does anyone here know that Plaza Real, which is located in Alajuela just south of the SE corner of where eastbound Calle Ancha makes a right-turn north, will be opening a whole new section in a week or so? I haven't seen what all stores will be in it but it is apparently almost a big as the original part of the Plaza. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  6. Well maybe not completely perfect, to wit . . . Alajuela's newly opened City Mall and several nearby neighborhoods (including Baviera which is the barrio to the south the Féria del Agricultor) were flooded due to heavy rainstorms. The reason being given is that the incomplete work on the new elevated roadway supposedly caused the flooding of the mall's 2nd parking level. Here's the link to an article in spanish about it with some photos: http://www.crhoy.com/paso-a-desnivel-a-medias-provoco-inundacion-en-city-mall/ A friend wrote me to say that he hoped that the article was right about the flooding being caused by the unfinished new roadwork. My friend also wrote that the flooding episode was catching a lot of humorous flack from ticos on FB. Somebody on there commented that it was such a bargain to pay 600 colones for 3 hours of parking when a car wash was included. And someone else wrote that you could get a mud facial just by stepping outside your car and lying down. Let's hope that they finish up the road work quickly and that it will avoid any further flooding problems. (That is if El Niño doesn't insist on having his own way thru CR's holiday season.) ¡Pura Pantanal! Paul M. ==
  7. Just curious, though, why bother to resurrect a four year old post? BTW, that's the same little messsage I see when I click on it, too, but it ain't the end of the world and it hasn't ever stumbled the Forums, either. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  8. Thanx Lucybelle. Comming from your tico hubby that word, rodapié is prolly the word used in CR. Let's see if Missy's experience corroborates that, as well. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  9. Missy, I looked up the word 'rodapié' in the DRAE and it seems to mean 'baseboard' (in the sense of a kickpanel or modesty panel) in english. That's close, but what you are talking about is a space that is not flush with the front of the cabinets or counter, but recessed. In this sense it could be referred to as a 'nicho' in spanish, but that's lkely not exactly right either. It could be referred to as a 'setback' (retraqueo) or a perhaps even a recess (depresión). Pehhaps rodapié en nicho might serve. All that said there is prolly an actual term in spanish for that little toe space under the counter, and the downloaded photo is going to be the best definintion of all for it! [ G ] And.... If you take the photo and show it and someone who then tells you the right spanish word (or phrase) for it, please post that word back here for those of us with enquiring minds. Regards, Paul M. ==
  10. I'd agree with Eleanor here. In such a case a picture IS worth a thousand words. I know a couple of expats who regularly would go online and download a photo of the item that they wanted to buy at the farmacia or the ferretería to take along with them to show to the clerks there. Doing so saved them fumbling around for the right word or phrase, especially with their limited spanish at the time and gererally got them the item they hneeded. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  11. And, Induna, EL DIARIO EXTRA can actually prove quite helpful for expats to improve the spanish reading levels as it is written at about a fifth-grade level. Plus the spanish in El Diario Extra is much less high-falutin' than that in La Nación and so easier to understand, those gory photos of shootings and auto accidents in it withstanding... Cheers! Paul M. ==
  12. There's always the TICO TIMES online edition. The TT Online Digest can be signed up for and is sent every weekday save for holidays in CR. The TT is the longest continually operating English-language newspaper in Central America, in operation since the mid-50s. HTH Paul M. ==
  13. No Gayle, you weren't dreaming it. Go here: http://costarica.usembassy.gov/service.html In the Left Hand sidebar click on Passport Then click on ADULT - PASSPORT RENEWAL and a dropdown window will open in which the basic requirements are shown. And when you scroll down about 3/4 of the way in that dropdown window there is a link for requesting a appointment. Click on it and there's a button to make an appointment with. HTH Paul M. ==
  14. Terry has summed it up succinctly, so let's not contiune to debate this point further. This thread while it contained some interesting and even helpful advice and suggestions for some, has outlasted its usefulness. It is therefore now closed. Paul M. Moderator - -
  15. Do you believe that there will be a further appeal of this decision, BC Gal? Or is that court Canada's highest Court sand cannot be challenged? It seems to me that if the Canadian Government withholds a percentage of expats' pensions for living abroad and if they pay taxes that they should be accorded the right to vote. That's my thought here, but then I'm estadounidense, not Canadian. Regards, Paul M. ==
  16. I agree... Ducks would foul the water unless there is frequent turnover of the volume of the pool's water. Without sufficient turnover of the pool's water, the increased fecal matter from the ducks will promote algal growth making the pool turn green. And the owner may not have to 'bring ducks'. They may come on their own if they discover the pond. Regards, Paul M. ==
  17. That medical invoice at $153,000 for a person with no insurance, would have been equal to 4.68 years of my entire salary from when I worked for the State of Florida at USF, Eleanor. Glad I opted for the BC/BS insurance we were offered as employees there. That way for this snake bite my 20% co-pay would have only been $30,632.20 ! That's outrageous and totally screwy. This puts the CAJA payments into some sort of perspective, I suppose, but except for excessively long waits for certain scheduled tests, etc., with the CAJA, the CAJA maybe is not so bad a deal, at least pricewise. Regards, Paul M. ==
  18. Hola sporto, and welcome to the Forums. You have goten some good, general advice so far. Word-of-mouth is one way to go about fining a place. Spending some time first in various places/areas that you think you will like is part of the way of making a choice although it may require moving around several times to check areas out. Once you have found an area that you like then you can rent somewhere that is temporarily suitable and continue to 'settle into the area'. Once you are more certain that a particular area is for you is when to start looking in earnest for a more permanent place there to rent. Now, that said . . . If you would like a cooler area you might check out Cartago the old capital of CR. It is at a slightly higher elevation than SJ and so is a little cooler. and perhaps a little less rainy. And you shouldn't need a/c in Cartago. It's a fairly large city surrounded by farming areas. One of the primary crops around the Cartago area is papas (potatoes) and folks from Cartago have the nickname of 'paperos'. The famous Basílica de La Negrita (in which the icon of CR's patron saint resides) is in the east end of town and further east a few kilometers east of town is the Jardín Botánico Lankester, a wonderful, famous botanical garden with lots of orchids. There is also Volcán Irazú, a popular tourist destination to the NNW of the town. Except for those three attractions Cartago is not really all that tourist-oriented although there is an annual pilgrimage to the Basílica by many thousands of Ticos in (I think) August. But that lasts only about three to four days. Cartago has a very nice Mercado Central (central market) and it and the town offer most all of the things you will need to stock your pantry and to maintain a rental house or apartment, plus it will be cheaper to rent there than in many places in SJ and the Central Valley. There is also a huge shopping mall with cinemas (TerraMall) west of Cartago on the road back to SJ. Cartago is about 45 minutes east of SJ and there is good and frequent bus service between Cartago and SJ. HTH Paul M. ==
  19. Does anyone know whether La Nación is blocking all issues or do they become free after a certain span of time has elspsed (days?, weeks?) and then can we access those older issues of La N without a subscription? Not sure about the 15 issues free per month thingy and I haven't had time to snoop this out for myself. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  20. La Nación only last week instituted a 'pay gate' on the newspaper. I wonder how long that will last. Asi es tiquicia . . . Paul M. ==
  21. The easiest way would be to find another gringo-a to accompany you –one who doesn't expect to bring along a guest & so that way get your 2nd (Canadian) friend into the festivities as that other gringo-a friend's guest. Or at least that's what I would consider doing. You could phone and ask, to be sure waht would be permitted. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  22. So Tom, why not use the PM function where the two of you would be able to exchange various sensitive ideas in relatve privacy? That would assuage your stated concern, wouldn't it? Just FWIW . . . . Regards, PM ==
  23. Hi Newman, It likely depends upon how much moolah you plan to send. It prolly would be a sensible idea to phone the (main) local WU office in CR and to ask them. Also maybe contact the Embassy in Pavas to inquire. Those are the things I would do if I wanted to know. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  24. Well maybe no symphony, Eleanor, but I'll bet there's a more than a few guitars around there where you are and prolly a couple of mariachi bands or marimba conjuntos in the vicinity. They would serve me just as well in lieu of a symphony, if it were me in your chancletas! ¡Pura Vida! Paul M. ==
  25. And some folks insist that those who live way out in the boonies, like you do, are impoverished, Eleanor. Guess it is actually you, though, who has the last laugh about that. (All that and occasional 'cow time', too!) Cheers! Paul M. ==
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