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  1. I read one of your posts and it was very enjoyable, Kahuna. Please keep up the good work.

  2. I have met many Costa Ricans that are grateful for the US Military commitment to Costa Rica. There are many here in Costa Rica that understand that their prosperity was made possible by the abolition of the Costa Rican military which would not have been possible had not the US offered the protection of the US Military. In many ways, Costa Ricans have as big of a debt of gratitude due our veterans than we do.
  3. LOL ....... Kenn, you are too funny. I am the only one the posted anything on meeting women. Did I mention anything about the "sex trade"? I thought that I was talking about meeting women in public and going out on dates. Is there something wrong with that?. HA, then after getting in a hoot about talking about women, you immediately start talking about "babes" (your word not mine). Silly! Call me crazy, but most single heterosexual men enjoy the company of women. If you see something wrong with that, then that is your problem. Personally, I think it is somewhat silly for guys that live here to pay a pro for a date. It is just not that hard to meet women the normal way. I don't agree with your age assessment. I socialize with people of all ages. I have never even noticed it as an issue.
  4. I agree that you do not need to rely on the Bar scene for socializing. In effect all you really need to do is walk out your front door and make an effort to talk to people. It is not like in the US where people do not talk to each other unless there is a reason. Here you can strike up a conversation with just about anyone and generally get a favorable response. Costa Rica is a very Social society. I think Los Yosas is a great choice for someone like you. I have several Gringo friends that live there and love it. It is close to San Pedro and San Jose. Waking distance to the San Pedro Mall which is a great place to "Socialize".... .... Los Yosas is relatively safe more upscale community that is central to everything. You won't really need a car.
  5. For single men, particularly 40 plus, it is a whole different game here than the US. You must be able to speak the language, not necessarily perfectly, but enough to get by. But if you can communicate it is not hard to have an active social life. There are a lot of Costa Rican women that like American Men, part of it is financial stability, but also for emotional stability too. Young Costa Rica men live life to the fullest and fidelity is not always a priority, in fact it is usually not a priority. To tell you the truth, I am not sure how big of a priority it is for many of the women either. The attitudes about sex here are completely different than in the US. In short, it is a HELL of a lot easier to get a date here than it is in the States. Larger age differences in couples are common, again because guys that a are a little bit older a much more stable. Young Tico's make money and they are off to the bar to drink it all away. This is typical and it is hard on the women, particularly if they have children and it seems like they almost all do. I like to explain it this way. In the State if a woman says "oh, he is just a friend", that means she is not sleeping with him. In Costa Rica if a woman says "oh, he is just a friend" it probably means that she is sleeping with him. I was talking to my ex girl friend about this one day and she asked me: "well if an American Women does not have a boy friend and she is not having sex with her friends, then who is she having sex with?". When I told her that most often no one, she made a funny face. She really couldn't comprehend why anyone would go without sex and I really couldn't giver her a good answer as to why. Personally, I think part of the reason everyone is so happy here is because they are all getting laid all the time. Just a theory.
  6. It wasn't just good advice, it was great advice! Personally, I think you are just asking for trouble. Unless you have been here for a long time and you have a solid network around you that you know you can trust, you are just asking to get ripped off. You might as well tatoo the words "screw me" on your forehead . It sounds like I am kidding but I am not. There are thousands of con artists laying in wait for people just like you. People that are new here are extremely vulnerable to getting ripped off, primarily because they don't have a trustworthy network around them. The best advice that has been repeated on this board more time than anyone can count is: "Don't be in a hurry to do something stupid" What you are talking about getting into is very complex and it is especially NOT for someone that is just moving here.
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    I really like the upgrade. Great JOB! Seriously!
  8. HA HA ..... Now you are talking my language ...
  9. how about the guy that commented that she is not really cute? are you kidding me? wow, I actually could understand her. I must be making progress. Helps that she talks slowly.
  10. My best advise is rent for a year and get a feel for things before you make any major commitments. ..... ooopppps, too late. Well I guess you are screwed ... It sounds like you took on a lot coming out of the gate. Are you aware of how many stories there are just like yours? (just asking) I am sorry for what has happened to you, but there are many that have ended up in far worse situations than you. People that come here and rush into things seem to always have these problems. Chalk it up to experience and move on. The legal system here is ineffectual and your chances for a outcome you are satisfied with are pretty slim. Settle in, make the most of the situation and move on from here wiser for the experience. The price that you pay for hired help is proportional to how long you have lived here and your relationships in the community. It takes a while. I am guessing that it will be extra hard for you because I am sure that every Tico in town knows you spent 3 timse what you should have to build your house. Give yourself another year, at least, before you make any more major dissensions. Things seem to work out better here when you are not pushing for quick results.
  11. It seems to me that the open Prejudice and the Discrimination is more based on Nationality than on skin color. I also think that the focus on skin color goes a bit beyond taste and preference, though your point is well taken. I have a very clear sense that it is common for Costa Ricas to look down upon those that they feel are not their equal, which seems for many, to be just about everyone that is not Costa Rican. I think what is different about Tico prejudice and Gring prejudice is that Tico are more polite and more civel to those that they look down upon. They don't seem to act on their prejudices in over ways.
  12. Ha Ha ...... are you dating my ex-girl friend??? ...... I had the exact same experience with my last novia. I have to agree with you Mark. Ticos are very prejudice and really against just about everyone. It is not like Racism in the US. I don't get a sense that Ticos would take overt actions based on prejudice, but to deny that it is there and it is not pervasive is somewhat naive. I think it has something to do with the isolation that came with being a very homogeneous "Mountain Culture" in the past to going to a situation where there is a lot more diversity associated with the growing economic development. Diversity is not part of the traditional Tico mindset and it is somewhat new phenomenon here. This used to be the poor (white) country with the capitol city in an isolated valley that no one ever came to. Surrounding countries had primarily indigenous populations that were some what isloated from Costa Rica by the mountainous terrain. All that has changed of course and it is not easy for many to accept.
  13. HA ..... as long as the printing presses can keep up, I don't see what the big deal is ...... ..... Seriously though, if there is one time that it is okay to print money it is in the face of a deflationary spiral. It is deflation in the Home markets that is killing the US economy. How do you fight deflation? With inflation. How do you cause inflation? By printing money. The risk is in printing too much and over shooting the target. The other thing that people usually miss with these debt clocks is that it is not really relevant to look at the Gross Number. What is important is what is the debt as a % of the Gross National Product. In other words, how big is the debt as in relationship to the over all economy? That is what is relevant. It is alright for the debt to grow as long as the economy grows, because with a growing economy comes increased taxing power. Until recently, that percentage has pretty much stayed within a range over the last 50 or so years. Obviously that has changed recently. There is risk with a growing debt in a stagnant economy. Thank God the government can print money. What is happening now is that the government has fired up the printing presses and we are printing and spending to fight off the deflation that is wiping out home equity and thus destabilizing our entire financial system.
  14. Eco Tourism: Yes smart! I am quite sure that disagree with the characterization that Costa Rica had nothing. But we can agree that it was very smart business. Regarding NOT Fighting the US: Again, Smart! I am not sure there is anything Smart or Noble "fighting" the richest most powerful country in the world. Take Cuba for example, look what it has gotten them. So we can agree that Costa Rica made the Smart Business move and their people have benefited from it. Outsourcing the Military: Again, Smart! Look how the people have prospered because of it. China Policy: Smart Again! Why wouldn't they want good relations with China? It just goes to show that they are not as much in the pocket of the US as you indicate. CAFTA: Jury is OUT! It is way too soon to determine if CAFTA is going to be a good thing or a bad thing for Costa Rica. I agree that on the face of it, it appears to be a giveaway on some fronts. However, what is unknown is the level of US investment that will come from it. This is the part that the critics miss. If CAFTA leads to a wave a US investment, particularly in the Tech field, then Costa Rica will have been proven to be Smart again. But I will agree that it is a bit of a gamble. US Colony: Sorry, but I don't think Tico's look at it that way. I think they are pretty happy with the decisions made by their government compared to those by the countries that Arias was criticizing. Tico's are proud of their country and their accomplishments as they should be. I don't see how those accomplishments are diminished because their government was Smart enough to have good relations with the US. I mean really what have they really given up by working cooperatively with the US? It seems to me that it has been almost entirely positive. Conclusion: I go back to what I said at the beginning, Coat Rica has done the right thing for their people. They have made decisions that have benefited the population as a whole. While other countries have made decisions based on keeping the ruling class in power and protecting the wealth of tightly controlled group of families. The results speak for themselves regardless of the political spin you put on the decisions by Costa Rican leaders. oh, and thanks John. Kenn .... we have had many debates over the years. I have never lashed out at you (or anyone else for that matter). Not sure why you are continually surprised by that.