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  1. jamesofomaha

    cedula renewal

    Thanks. I expected I would need a recent letter from social security, but does it have to be notarized or anything first, or just printed out from the Social Security web page from my account? What I was thinking I would not need is proof of deposit to a costa rica bank (at BCR or migra), which my attorney told me some time ago, is not necessary. But it could be I suppose that BCR is requiring unnecessary and not-legally-required information...? But I hope not, as I sure don't want to go to Migra. By the way, what is the current total cost for the first time RENEWAL of a husband and wife pensionado residency? Anyone do it recently?
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    cedula renewal

    Is anyone sure BCR requires proof of monthly deposits to renew the residency? I find that odd to say the least since the law does not require it at all. Seems I could easily show them my U.S. bank records that do show over $1k/month deposited in my account, or my social security letter stating my benefit amount...?
  3. It is clear to me that people who live in the campos and work on farms with chopeadoras and who plant trees and bushes and pull weeds in these campo areas are at risk of snake bite. Those who point to the low death stats are missing the point. The worst fear of workers who regularly encounter terciopelos is that they'll lose the use of a hand, arm or leg and there are apparently no accurate stats available on this, but I have heard plenty of stories and seen the results where people had their legs or arms "eaten" by the poison from a terciopelo. I agree with you Marsrox, the CAJA/EBAIS really needs to stay open 24/7/365 AND have anti-venom there and someone trained to administer it available. As to taking the anti-venom to the victim to inject it, that ain't gonna work if the campesino is at the bottom of a 5 hectare farm with a closed gate... how is the health worker going to get to that campesino to inject him? or even find him? There needs to be a better system for anti-venom treatment in the campo areas where they are needed!
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    Preferred courier company

    I used EMS. It got the document there (to the U.S.) but is not as quick as FedEx etc. As I recall it's something like 5 business days to get to the U.S. Have never used FedEx here because it's only in the Central Valley, San jose etc. So not sure how fast FedEx would get something to the USA...
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    television or online tv

    Thanks. Next time someone comes to visit me I will try to get one of those. Although I have portable wifi from CLARO... I'm not very knowledgeable re wifi. WOuld I be able to use this router you speak of to then re-route my wifi that I get from my portable /mobile wifi unit?
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    television or online tv

    Do you mean unblocker.cc ?
  7. jamesofomaha

    television or online tv

    That's strange. What browser and version of browser are you using, if I may ask? With Firefox and Chrome latest versions, I always get a "cannot play this" type error message telling me I live in a country where the movie or whatever on Prime is not available here.
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    television or online tv

    I assume you had to pick this router up in the USA, not in Costa Rica, right? Sounds like something I will have to do next time I go to the states or someone is coming here to visit me. Will look into pricing on all the above. Thanks. I find that I can watch Prime on my computer using Private Internet Access proxy service, but can't make it work via my ROKU nor Amazon Fire tv adapter. Last time I did this I ran Prime through a Southamton UK proxy. Just fyi. But netflix has been a tough nut to crack. Thanks for the tip, hopefully I can get this set up.
  9. jamesofomaha

    television or online tv

    Thanks. Netflix is really stringent with their proxy blocker. Prime works with my PIA but only via laptop/computer, not via ROKU.
  10. jamesofomaha

    television or online tv

    Use good anti-malware like emsisoft and you won't have a problem; also private internet access is cheap and easy; the 2 together are a good combination. Then torrents are your friend. You'll get popups. Close them as soon as you see 'em and go back to the torrent and click the magnet link. It opens up the torrent with utorrent and downloads it to watch without interruptio once it's downloaded on your drive. Very little risk here in Costa Rica. But if you live in the U.S. be sure to use an ip changer /proxy like private internet access. I use netflix even with less-than-2mbps service, and it works great with the ROKU portable unit. (I had a friend bring it after ordering from amazon). You can also use Prime on your computer with Private Internet Access, but not with ROKU. Nor can you use Netflix U.S. with a proxy; at least I have not found one that will work with it. It always comes up with "You are using a proxy. Turn your proxy off and try again." Anyone know a proxy service that will work with Netflix down here?
  11. Very interesting. I hope it's cheap enough that CAJA will use it (assuming it is indeed effective/efficacious).
  12. jamesofomaha

    Costa Rica is Changing....

    Yes! However I'll say that CAJA has not gone up that much for gringos. But it just went up a whole lot for my Tico friend and his wife! The thing about RTV is if you are relatively poor and have to drive an older car, or motorbike. it can be quite a shock when they tell you that you failed for this or that and it costs you a lot of time and -or money to find the part(s) you need and get stuff fixed. First year it cost me $400+ to fix my car. Second year $300+...Third year, $300+... That's a lot more than one normally has to pay in the US at least where I'm from. I think they go overboard and all their tests are not accurate. Plus, in the USA I could get a much better car for my $7000 than I could get here, thus the increased cost of repairing it. I had a $7000 car in USA that never needed fixing. Here my $7000 car needs fixing all the time. Why? Because here the cost of cars is nearly double for the same car.
  13. jamesofomaha

    Costa Rica is Changing....

    I like the nature here a lot. I like many of the people a lot. Many can be very helpful and friendly at times. I like the ability to stop and pee on about any road without getting a ticket. LOL. I like the views I get from my property. I like my best friend (a Tico). I like being able to go outside and walk around in peace and quiet most of the time. I like seeing wildlife like anteaters, peccaries, toucans, monkeys, pizotes, etc. Unfortunately my list of "don't likes" is much bigger. And yes I am considering moving in the near future back to the USA in spite of the fact I don't like lot of things there too. It's all a trade off and one man's poison is another man's beer. In the final anlysis when you move here you have to accept certain limitations and differences that I am not wild about accepting. No place is perfect. Choose your poison!
  14. jamesofomaha

    Costa Rica is Changing....

    Sure everyone uses the net here in Costa Rica.. but how many have a good, reliable, over 2mbps connection vs. the USA - which itself is nowhere near being a leader in the world, re internet.
  15. jamesofomaha

    Costa Rica is Changing....

    Eleanor, I thought we agreed on wanting good internet, but okay if you don't want to agree with me on anything, fine. I have come to realize many people here see Costa Rica through different eyes than I do... (perhaps because you only talk to old people? or ?) Funny, my Tico friends complain about high bank charges (yes higher for wires and paypal etc than in USA), high medical costs (no, CAJA does not pay for many things!), treatments put off way too long for serious illnesses (sometimes worse than HMO's back in the good ole USA), and while there's no defense budget here, there's also no budget for fixing the local roads... rage and aggravation also here (mostly due to lousy drivers).. and plenty of poverty here when working Ticos can hardly afford more than beans and rice due to raised CAJA costs, RTV, and virtually EVERYthing costing more than it did 5 years ago and more than it should, many things like phones and tv's and blurays and internet costing double or triple what they cost in the USA... For example I'm paying $35 a month for 2mbps internet that is unreliable and often only gives me .7 to 1.5mbps... While in the USA I paid $25 a month for 22mbps which was 100% reliable.
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