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  1. 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. ==
  2. 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. ==
  3. 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. ==
  4. 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. ==
  5. 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. ==
  6. Thank you for that abstract, Mayanca. It provides illumination on the concerns about frog / toad toxins expresed in posts #14, #17 & #20, and others above. It also offers better reasons for 'caution instead of fear' about these creatures, since basically they just want to be left alone and not bothered. Regards, Paul M. ==
  7. 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. ==
  8. 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. ==
  9. 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. ==
  10. Looks like millipedes to me, Gayle. I'm guessing what you photographed is either a breeding swarm or, more likely, a clutch of juveniles traveling together for protection by appearing to be a larger organism. HTH Paul M. ==
  11. 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. ==
  12. 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. ==
  13. If you read Roger Petersen's LEGAL GUIDE TO COSTA RICA, in the chapter about rentals you will find 'unfurnished' defined as 'completely unfurnished', i.e., literally wthout anythng except the kitchen sink, a pila (usually, for the maid), and the several bathrooom fixtures (toilet, sink, & 'suicide' shower). Unfurnished also generally implies without drapes and even without lightbulbs! That was the way my apartment was when I first rented it. And even unfurnished as it was, that allowed me to set it up it the way I wanted to, which I did slowly starting with the most needed stuff. Took me about three years to get it exactly the way I wanted it. You may feel that's a long time and well, maybe yes, but by not rushing it gave me time to eventually locate the items I wanted. Best of all now if/when I ever decide to move, all that stuff in there is mine and comes along with me to the next apartment or house, so I'm essentially set to go. I cannot, of course, remove and take those things that are permanently affixed like the grab bars I put in (HEY! - Ceramic tile can be slippery when wet!), and the on-demand water heater installed for the kitchen sink. ¡Pura Alquilarse! Paul M. ==
  14. Mornin' CRL, From what has been posted here in the past it's the status/age of the principal applicant that determines whether the pension portion is paid. So the spouse and any dependent children fall under the umbrella of the primary applicant's CAJA affiliation. HTH Paul M. ==
  15. That is not what I would call affordable, at least not for me, yet with my BC of FLA and Medicare A & B premiums I'm paying around $380.00 per month just for myself. At least with Medicare I stopped having to pay all but a couple co-payments, which was a significant saving. I'm still miffed at having to pay for CAJA every month when it is unlikely I'll ever use it. It's more practical for me in CR to walk in off the street and pay out of pocket for care at private clinics, at least so far it has been. I actually prefer a walk-in/ out-of-pocket arrangement to CAJA. I wouldn't complain about CAJA for emergency trauma, heart attack, etc. though, and would expect to pay for it if I had to use it for that. OK - EOW* Cheers! Paul M. == * End Of Whine
  16. Mark, South Beach is in the SE area of Miami which puts it close to an hour from FLL (i.e., Fort Lauderdale). There are many local motels near the airport and of course there's the airport hotel in FLL. Don't know the cost for a romm there, though. Mark, try a Google search for 'motels near FLL' if you haven't. I did that and got a over a dozen hits. Four of them are just outside the airport main entrance with another eight or so a little further north of FLL. A few of those that popped up are in the $60 range and I'm sure there is one that's acceptable to your needs very close by to FLL. Anyway, if the price is right and the proximity is close enough, then several of those nearby motels will serve your needs. If you want nightlife or a good restaurant, from what I have seen there's nice stuff close by via taxi, if you're not overly picky. Buena Suerte! Paul M. ==
  17. Nothing mystic about that at all.... Do you suppose that it might've just been a late nite typo? Or I could blame my laptop's keyboard (which I tend to have typing trouble with and definitely dislike at certain times). Anyhow it's finally fixed. Hopefully you are suitably de-miff-stified by the correction and by the 'dry' humor. Cheers! (With tongue back in cheek!) Paul M. ==
  18. Jai, Those problems are solved if you come during the rainy season: You will fiind that the no-see-ums all mostly drown; the mosquitoes, well they're always around so find an area of the country to live up near the mountains where there is less standing water for them to breed in ergo fewer mosquitoes; the dust all washes away and what doesn't turns to mud and the roads seem to smooth out cuz you can no longer see the potholes because the rainstorms fill them up so you don't-see-um! (Remember the pothole ['hueco'] is the national animal of Costa Rica.) Mold, well you just have to keep after it tho sometimes an electric fan or a dehumidifier can help to control it. (This goes a long way towards understanding why ticos build their houses to maximize airflow thru them: It helps to lower the humidity inside and take advantage of the drier, breezy air movement during the generally sunny mornings.) Just sayin', ya know . . . [Tongue-in-cheek, but pretty much true.] Cheers! Paul M. ==
  19. She'd better not go back to NC right ow. Hurricane Arthur was just passsing thru yesterday. Arthur was upgraded to a Cat. 2 'cane late last night. Haven't checkked the weather this morning yet. Hope there wasn't much damage. The Weather Channel and others were all keeping a watchful eye on Arthur last night when I turned off the telly and went to sleep. Fingers X-ed! Paul M. ==
  20. Jessica, I have found that hydrogen peroxide works great just the way you described above. Another thing that it will remove beautifully are chocolate stains from clothing/fabric. When you pour a bit of peroxide onto a chocolate stain it will rinse it right out of the fabric seemingly as if it were water soluble! Well that is if you haven't left the stain to sit for hours on the fabric long enought for it to thoroughly dry out. If the stain has been allowed to mostly dry then the peroxide will still get most of it out but you'll have to use some 'stain stick' on the spot when you wash the item. Usually the rest of the stain will come out after being run through the washer. (Using some OxyClean powder -or an equivalent product found in CR- usually will be the most effective in the washer to finish removing the chocolate stain.) Cheers! Paul M. ==
  21. Jessica & Gayle, I'm wondering whether rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol is one of the items included on the prohibited list for airline transport. It would seem that alcohol would be a 'no-no' item since it's a flammable liquid. Or maybe it just got overlooked in your luggage. Regards, Paul M. == PS - I cannot locate the excluded list; maybe CRF still has a link to it . . . ==
  22. CRF, How well we who've been in CR for a long a while know how items come and go in the grocery stores. Granted it's lots easier now than it was ten to fifteen years ago to find many things that used to be next to impossible to find back then. Still what we learned way back then was that there were items in CR which were equivalent to or very close to the items we were familiar with from back home -if we were willing to explore the grocery shelves a bit. Even so even today you cannot count on certain items always being available -like your pickle relish- and while those certain thngs may show up periodically on CR grocery shelves, but just as likely they may disappear from those same shelves for who can guess how long! There's a sort of philosophy that has developed in CR whereby when folks find a certain sought after item has suddenly shown up in some store or other they will buy multiple units of that item before it disappears once more. We've also seen it happen -which I'm sure CRF can attest to- that when some desired item shows up, the word quickly goes out by phone and/or internet to one's acquaintances within the expat community that that item was seen in such and such a grocery store. (Of course the person reporting the appearance fo the item has very likely already made their own haul of the item.) Así es tiquicia . . . Cheers! Paul M. ==
  23. CRF, Not sure if the relish you are wanting is Hentz or what but there are any number of faux (or copy-cat) recipes for pickle relish online, such as the one at this link: http://www.food.com/recipe/sweet-pickle-relish-130781 It looks like all the ingredients in the above recipe are available in CR. And if that doesn't tantalize your tastebuds, do a search for keywords 'heinz sweet pickle relish copycat recipe', with or without the word 'heinz' and there are a number of other faux recipes that come up. You may be able to use one of those recipes and be able to make your own relish at home avoiding any need for traipsing all the way to Chepe. Of course all the above is if you are so inclined to make your own relish at home. HTH Paul M. ==
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