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  1. Hi Eleanor,

     

    As I wrote in my post above, I bought the T-Mobile pre-paid sim card in a shopping mall in Tampa at a T-Mobile store. I had the phone already (bought in CR) and they just installed the chip in it. Their chip was/is the same size as a Kölbi chip.

     

    Sorry but T-Mobile does NOT have service from inside Costa Rica; there is no T-Mobile signal in the GAM that I can access with their chip in my Nokia cell phone, trust me, I've tried. What you are referring to is calling to CR from the US using a T-Moble chip. That is doable but expensive. For doing that it's back to using Skype for me.

     

    While ICE may have an international chip, I'm not disputing that... I was reporting the fact that my Kölbi chip gets no signal when I bring my Nokia back to the US.

     

    HTH

    Paul M.

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  2. Colin,

     

    I use T-Mobile while in Florida. It's prepaid minutes and the chips work in my CR-bought Nokia cell phone. When first setting my cellphone up I bought a sim chip and about an hour's-worth of minutes for US$20.00. ($10 for the chip and $10 for the minutes.) That was in a T-Mobile store in a local shopping mall in Tampa.

     

    T-Mobile seems to offer reasonably good coverage and the cost isn't outrageous. I have had a good experience with them so far. The more minutes you rechage with (for any one-time purchase), the cheaper their per-minute rate is. You do have to stay on top of when your minutes expire with them as there is only a two-day grace period after the expiration date to revive any remaining minutes with a recharge. Beyond the two days though, no dice, alas.

     

    T-Mobile has no service in CR, BTW, just as Kölbi has no service in the US.

     

    HTH

    Paul M.

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  3. MR. MODERATOR, I would request you keep this thread open for the benefit of those working through the maze of ACA, a place where valuable information can be exchanged. I will recuse myself from this Thread.

     

     

     

    This topic has been open since October 11th, one week now. Members who wished to join the thread did so and there has been an entire week to comment if they wanted to.

     

    There is still until midnight tonight for Forum Members to add anything on-topic that they would like to, so it will remain open until then.

     

    PM - Moderator

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  4. To Dave and Ron . . .

     

    Gentlemen,

     

    If you wish to continue the personal debate that this has become, i.e., off-topic from the thread topic, and which has turned a little bit snippy, I'm suggesting that you exchange emails with one another (via PM) and that you take the rest of your discussion off-list and continue it there privately. Any subsequent posts of your aformentioned private, off-topic discussion will be summarily removed, so please continue the discussion, but kindly do so privately.

     

    Since this Obamacare Debate topic as of now seems essentially to have run it's course it will be closed Friday night at midnight. That should allow ample time for any other Forums Members who wish to add information or comment on-topic to the thread.

     

    Thank You.

     

    Paul M.

    Forums Moderator

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  5. The owner of the brand planted vines in long straight rows, and in a lousy grape growing region hence cheaper land.

     

    The grapes are picked mechanically and along with them go the bugs, bits of stems and other not nice things.

     

    I used to get some once in a while but now I stick to $7 (in the states) Jacob's Creek from Australia. With a screw cap. Good stuff at the price point.

     

    Here's a link about the 2 buck Chuck, and below is an excerpt. http://www.snopes.com/business/market/shawwine.asp

     

    A few things to keep in mind about his vineyards: one is that they are located in what is known as the Central Valley in the California wine world which is notoriously flat and quite hot producing massive yields of overripe grapes. The other thing is that Fred Franzia is no dummy — he planted those vineyards in such a way as the rows run north-south, giving the vines maximum sun exposure and he made the rows as long as he possibly could, minimizing the number of turns his tractors would need to make. And third, these aren't hand-picked vineyards ... they are all machine harvested. And that means these large tractors with huge claws go down the rows of vineyards grabbing the grapes and depositing them in its huge receptacle. And it not only grabs ripe grapes, but unripe and down right rotten ones as well and throws them all together. Add to that leaves, stems and any rodents, birds, or insects that may have made those vines their home — they all get thrown into the bin as well. And guess what? You think there's going to be any sorting when that truck arrives at the winery (or should I say processing facility)? Nope. Everything, and I do mean everything (including all those unripe grapes, rotten grapes, leaves, stems, birds, rodents, and insects) gets tossed into the crusher and transferred to large tanks to ferment. So think about all the animal blood and parts that may have made their way into your wine next time you crack open that bottle of Two Buck Chuck! Hardly even seems worth the $2 does it?

     

    I'd suggest reading all of the copy at the Sopes.com link that FredS provided.

     

    Snopes.com offers some clarification for both the text and the green highlighted text (ithat's quoted above in this post) both of which contan some misleading information at that llnked page on their site, which may be useful to read.

     

    Just FWIW . . .

     

    Paul M.

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  6. Loved your post, Gayle.

     

    I recall a similar 'test' some years ago on a TV program. They queried diners at a restaurant about several 'brands' of bottled water. They made up different brand names to label the bottles with. Some of those names sounded quite elegant and posh. But then they filled all the bottles out back of the restaurant using a garden hose hooked to the outside faucet.

     

    And in this instance, too, there were responses not surprisingly too different from what you reported above: The fancier sounding names for the bottled water were reported to taste better to the diners in the 'survey' than the plainer sounding names, despite it all being just tap water.

     

    (sip sip sip)

     

    Paul M.

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  7. There's a bunch of Yahoo Groups for Panamá. I do not visit them too often these days

    but once in a while I find someithing interesting on one or the other of them. Here's the

    four of 'em that I still visit occasionally:

     

     

    AMERICANS IN PANAMA

    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/americans_in_panama/conversations/messages

     

     

    GRINGOS LIVING IN AND AROUND DAVID

    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Gringos_in_David_Panama/conversations/messages

     

     

    RETIREinPANAMA

    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/RETIREnPANAMA/conversations/messages

     

     

    VIVIENDO en PANAMA / LIVING in PANAMA

    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/viviendo_en_panama/conversations/messages

     

    [This last one has been around quite a looong time & it was one of the first ones about

    Panamá on Yahoo. I used to follow it when I was trying to decide betweeen CR and

    Panamá for my retirement/residency. It has been through at least several owners

    during its existence but still seems a good resource if you don't mind wading thru

    all the annoying piggybacking that the owner(s) seem oblivious to and permit.]

     

     

     

    Hope some of the above is useful for you, Ron.

     

    Paul M.

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  8. I enjoyed reading the revista of your return to NC, Lucy.

     

    Not unlike Tiffany, I wasn't much surprised at the comments you made and about what in particular you missed from Cr and liked and disliked about NC.

     

    I find it especially telling your coment about the lack of taste of food here in the US grocery stores. Apples, yes indeed, SHOULD taste good! (I've reently bought bags of apples here in Florida at my neighborhood Publix and out of two different varieties ('Red Delicious' and 'Macintosh') only about one out of three apples was noticeably tasty. The other were OK and on occaion one would be on the insipid side, flavorwise. And let's not even talk about the bananas here. Tico bananas blow 'right outta da wattah' flavorwise the awful bananas that we get here in Floriida which are only 2/3rds ripened so they'll survive the sea voyage here without damage.

     

    But I'm glad to read that you're both happy to be here in the US and that you have already found a nice job.

     

    Your descriptions of what you miss in CR only increase my desire to return to tiquicia as soon as i am able.

     

    Thanx for the report!

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

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  9. SLIGHTLY OFF-TOPIC POST . . .

     

    Hola Gayle,

     

    I too found it somewhat amusing, maybe even a bit ironic to see the word used with this discussion. Glad you mentioned it.

     

    Just FWIW, 'Ojalá' is not used only as a word by itself as illustrated above by Induna. It is also used in sentences, q.v.

     

    Ojalá que puedas aprender como usar 'ojalá' con el modo sujunctivo. Hay dos tiempos de verbos que encomtramos usados

    con 'ojalá': presente de subjunctivo y imperfecto de subjunctivo.

     

    Aquí se provee explicación para cual tiempo se usa y cuando:

     

    http://www.drlemon.com/Grammar/Subjunctive/ojala.html

     

    Buena suerte . . .

     

    Paul M.

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  10. Them's some fancy ol' dresses, Lucy. Some of the are pretty amazing, though. Thanx for shariing.

     

    The oddest gown (IMO) is the ivory colored one tied in a big knot just above the model's right knee. It reminds my how my landlady's maid knots the drapes in the landlady's apertment, as a way for tying them back to let the daylight in. (It''s apparently very tico to do that with the curtains in CR. I've seen it done in anumber of homes there.)

     

    Too bad about the no-Pilsen for your hubby.

     

    Cheers!

     

    Paul M.

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  11. Hmmm... Perhaps I should incorporate as an Iglesia in CR and then just wait for the money to come rolling in from the CR Govt. I could become an S.A. (but in this case it would be a Sociedad Angélica). Do you think they'd buy that?

     

    CR is certainly taking enough of my moolah outta my wallet via fees and taxes –and CAJA– as it is. It'd sure be nice to have em gimme some back, don't you think?

     

    ¡Buda Pida!

     

    Paul M.

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  12. The most interesting thing for me Mayanca, is that I had not suspected that this habit of congregating and moving together as a group, apparently for protection by looking like a larger or different organism, is much more commonly used by different species than I would have imagined.

     

    Nature is so full of curiosities that it never ceases to intrugue.

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

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  13. Tiffany,

     

    Just a bit more on my feelings about use of a shock collar usage:

     

    I think that the aversion therapy can be justiified if your animal, not obeying your commands, could result in an uhappy rusult during a life or death situation.

     

    And as to whether that approach is justified or not just consider that even a mother animal will cuff her cubs (or pup, or kits, etc.) by way of teaching them what to do and not to do. (Those that do not learn or comply are far more likely to become eliminated from the gene pool.)

     

    Just FWIW . . .

     

    Paul M.

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  14. Tiffany,

     

    Unless you are completely against it, aversion training would be the way to go in this matter.

     

    It is used to train dogs to leave poisonous snakes (or other dangerous critters or situations) alone. It involves a shock collar and a remote. The dog is not incapacitated or damaged in any way by the electric shock that is administered during the course of the training, but it is briefly uncomfortable & startling to him, which does get his attentiona and makes the point (i.e., "Leave that alone!").

     

    At the same time as administering the shock you verbally give the command, "No!" Eventually the verbal command suffices so that the shock can be dispensed with. And if this works to train your dog to leave snakes alone, it will work for toads, too.

     

    Not sure if/where one of these kits might be found in CR, but I'd start by asking my Vet, if I were you.

     

    HTH

    Paul M.

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  15. I looked up 'millipede, swarming' and learned that they do swarm, but I did not find a photo of a configuration like in Gayle's photo.

     

    Still, that doesn't eliminate the possibility those are millipedes in that photo. I just couldn't tell ofr sure, tho they do look a lot like millipedes. There are many species of millipede and they are of all sizes and colors.

     

    HTH

    Paul M.

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  16. Good link Mayanca for explaining the reason for the collective group moving together.

     

    While it may get them where they're going a bit faster I still believe that by aggregating they appear to be a lagrer organism which deters some predation.

     

    But they still look like millipedes to me. Maybe we could tell better with a better resolution of photo.

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

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  17. Well Tiffany, at least they don't seem to be threatening people and they're not slimey, two good things, but wait 'til they grow up... At least they still won't be slimey and I doubt they'll threaten people. Here's why . . .

     

    I saw one once at Vida Tropical winding its way across the floor under the table in the breakfast area out on the back porch. It was about seven-inches long and as big around as my index finger. By the time we found a broom and dustpan to sweep it into and toss it outside -it had gone on outsde of it's own accord! It was just passing thru...

     

    Paul M.

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  18. Thanx very much, CRF, for posting this little narrative about the importance of having some degree of facility with spanish if you're someone who's planning to become a resident of Costa Rica.

     

    This little alert needs to be repeated here every so often -actually prolly a bit more often than if does get posted.

     

    Your post clarifies some of the usual difficulties enocountered by newbie expats who arrive to Costa Rica with no spanish at all.

     

    ¡Pura Vida!

     

    Paul M.

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  19. Nor would they usually include utilities...

     

    Good point, CRF. I forgot to mention that earlier.

     

    The accounts for water, power, and telephone are very likely going to be in someone else's name, though. One just pays them monthly and life goes on.

     

    In my apartment building, the landlady has Internet and a router, so Internet service & cable is included in my rent at no extra charge. That may not be the case in other rental situations and so the renter there may have to apply for those services him- or herself.

     

    HTH

     

    Paul M.

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