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Shea

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  1. Paul, may I recommend starting a new thread to announce this alternative first Friday luncheon? Those who have read that the luncheon at Jalapeños is full won't be continuing to read this thread. Why did I? I have no idea. lol However, I think a brand new announcement might be in order. See you next Friday. Shea
  2. Sorry I haven't sent the message. Can't see how to do it. Can someone help?
  3. Did you read my original post? I did not say there was a book club at Kay's. I mentioned Kay's as a source of information, since a lot of expats hang out there. I was at Kay's when I talked to the person who told me THERE IS a long-standing book club in Atenas that I didn't know about. I'm sure I mentioned that in my original post. If you are not interested in joining a book club that already exists, maybe you could talk to some of the members to get answers to some of the questions that have been asked about availability of books, etc. They might have suggestions to keep you from reinventing the wheel. Kay or someone at Kay's might be able to direct you to someone who belongs to the book club. It's a possible resource.
  4. I just learned that there is a Book Club in Atenas that has been active for several years. You might want to ask at Kay's Gringo Postres for information, since Kay always seems to know at least something about everything that goes on in this area. Invaluable source!
  5. I'm sure they do. I'm just reporting the things I know personally about (albeit second-hand because I was with a friend who bought and shipped some rocking chairs), and attempting to infer that if they do the rockers they probably do other stuff, too. Sorry I didn't explain it better. Since we're somewhat on the subject, does anyone know if someone in the U.S. can order these rockers online? Might be worth investigating if you don't want to go the shipping route. Oh, yeah, I should be more specific: if you don't want to go through the hassle of going to Sarchi or another seller and buying it, then arranging for shipment.
  6. Where exactly is your house? It could be a six-hour drive from others' houses. CR might be small, but it's big when it comes to driving from one place to another, especially with gas at almost $5 a gallon. Could you be more specific about where you are?
  7. I know the factories in Sarchí ship the folding leather and wood rocking chairs. They package them and take care of the whole process. The chairs are a popular tourist souvenir.
  8. If you have a U.S. bank account, which evidently you need for PayPal, why don't you just write a check on your U.S. bank account and mail it to your grandkids. That way they have a physical check in hand (what a treat!) and can take it to their parents bank to cash it, or to the bank on which it was drawn. Or deposit it for (likely) instant credit.
  9. I believe there is a "store" in CIMA hospital that sells these devices. It is in the area of the pharmacy. I know they sell parts for them, as I went there with a friend to buy a part. Expensive.
  10. Seems like I have seen recent announcements from Democrats Abroad, maybe around election time. Don't they have a listing in Tico Times? Aren't there phone numbers you can call for information? If I ever remember to buy the Tico Times I will check.
  11. I visited two Jewish delis last year with friends. One is on the road to Pavas, across the street from La Artistica furniture store.The other is in Escazú. Don't remember exactly where, except that we went on the old road from Escazú to Santa Ana. Someone will know. I know you will find what you want/need here.
  12. Just wondering ... What do Ticos use molasses for that it needs to be purchased in an agriculture/hardware store? I have asked for it at such places as AutoMercado, Mas X Menos and HiperMas, and no one seems to know what I am talking about. And yes, I am using the Spanish word for molasses—melaza.
  13. If you used wood from a woodworker, how would you know what you are getting? I think they would put all their scrap into one pile. Also, do Ticos actually smoke meat? I bought some "smoked" pork chops once and when I ate them I swelled up terribly! I think they might have been chemically treated to give them a smoky flavor. Which, by the way, wasn't that flavorful and had a funny texture ...
  14. I haven't gained any weight either up until today, but all I can say after today''s Christmas feast is "OINK! If you go back to your normal diet after the holidays are over, you will probably lose what you gained after a while. One would think anyway
  15. I too have a problem with the forums taking forever to load. This morning it was a couple of minutes before they appeared. I don't have that problem with any other sites I visit.
  16. If you are trying to transfer these funds to satisfy your residency requirements, you must go into the bank to do it in order to get the required receipts. You cannot do it online or via ATMs. If this law has changed, someone please correct me. I would love to not have to go into the bank and wait ... and wait ...
  17. Carol, thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention. Great news, indeed, when so much of the news is negative. I just watched #10 come up on CNN. What an accomplishment by many people to rescue these miners! CNN is giving this its full focus this morning.
  18. Is this the actual Thanksgiving day? If not, when is the actual holiday?
  19. Not me. CRF gave that info. Seems odd to me, too. In my friend's case, the dog is going from CR to U.S. so the duty info wouldn't apply. Shea
  20. Here's one I like: Democracy is the worst possible form of government ... with the exception of all the others.
  21. A friend here has a dog that weighs 125 pounds, which is over the limit as far as the airlines are concerned. She needs to take him with her to Arizona. She is trying to find out if she can book one-way passage on a cruise ship but no luck so far getting any information. Does anyone have an idea how she can move this dog up there? It belonged to her dad who passed away here in CR last year, and she's going home to the U.S. She doesn't want to leave the dog here. If she could be assured of a really good home for him, she might consider it, but she would rather take him with her.
  22. There are always flyers advertising rentals in Atenas posted on bulleting boards around town. Kay's Gringo Postres has a large bulletin board with several currently posted in both English and Spanish. There are other bulletin boards here and there also. As for prices, they are all over the map.
  23. Bravo, Laura! And thanks for sharing your energy and enthusiasm with these forums.
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