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SEATURTLEWOMAN

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  1. James. you gave me a good chuckle with your comment about Ticos mumbling. I remember when we first started studying with our Spanish tutor, she mentioned that Ticos use a lot of slang, and she said that sometimes she has a hard time understanding her friends BECAUSE THEY MUMBLE!!! Of course, our reaction was, if she has a hard time understanding some of them, how will we ever be able to understand what they're saying? But we know how to ask someone to repeat what they said and to speak slowly, so that helps. My hubby backed our car into a culvert creating $2000 worth of damage to the car. We were on our way to SJO, flying out the next day. At the time of the accident, we didn't know where we were, so we didn't call INS to report it. We did call our insurance agent once we got to San Jose to let him know what had happened. He told us we'd have to file a report after we got back from the States. Upon doing so, he said we had a slim chance of getting our claim approved since we didn't report it initially. But much to our surprise, INS approved it and paid for all the repairs. Our car was in the shop for 1 month, and it took about that long for them to approve our claim. While being carless, we would make the 20 minute walk to the bus stop and then take a taxi home with all our goodies. Once we rented a car for 2 days. When you rely on a car to get around, it's really a pain to do without, especially when you live in the boonies. But my hubby also hitched a ride with a neighbor sometimes as most of them knew we were without a car.
  2. James, we never put our car in a corporation, but we do have our real estate in one. We bought car insurance through INS so saw no need to go the corporation route. As far as the IRS goes, it is no big deal owning a corporation here. You have to file Form 5471 reporting a foreign corporation. It was a pain for our tax guy the first time he filled the form out as he had never done it before, but it's just a matter of reporting and nothing else. I assume that if you are making money through a corporation, that is a different matter.
  3. While I don't like the new format, I rarely comment on there anymore because I find the discussions to be not very interesting. There are also too many political rantings, in my humble opinion.
  4. My hubby said to just enjoy the monkeys and hummingbirds to get my mind off of things. I am so embarrassed at the results, but here's hoping he does well. There's nothing we can do about it. So sad.
  5. I agree with you, Eleanor. People say they will leave, but once they look into it, they won't. There's too much involved with an international move.
  6. We had our house built last year on the Nicoya peninsula. Our builder lives on the peninsula, but he mainly builds in the San Jose area.
  7. Eco Casas builders

    Our friend down the street has an all wood house. Last year when her daughter was here, they were sitting at the table when it started to rain termites on their heads. I was there a couple of days after that, and the termites were still falling. Yuck!
  8. Hmmm, our attorney said the opposite. She said you have to dissolve an unwanted corporation yourself, that it will not just go away.
  9. They should be standing. At least that's what was written on the box. We kept our original box for our move here.
  10. I thought I saw on the Embassy website a place where you can make an appointment for passport renewal, but now I can't find it. Was I just dreaming this up?? Or do you have to call for your appointment? I realize it varies, but on average how long does it take to get an appointment?
  11. That's a good question. CAN you pay your utilities directly using a credit card? We haven't been here that long, but everyone I know pays via their bank account. I've also seen the sign at stores that say you can pay there.
  12. Has anyone else heard of the supposed 4th of July protest to be held by some residents of St. Teresa? They are fed up with the condition of the road leading to Mal Pais and St. Teresa, and rightfully so. Supposedly they are going to block access to the ferry as well as the road leading into Cobano. This could occur as early as the first of July. My hubby and I were advised to make sure our car has gas and that we have enough food since trucks won't be able to make it onto the peninsula. I had to chuckle a little at that advise. It reminded me of living in the States and at the first hint of snow, there would be a run on the grocery stores and milk and bread would fly off the shelves. Well, tomorrow we actually have a meeting with 2 people from S.T., so I'll ask them what's cooking.
  13. Eleanor, I'm on the peninsula. I was told that the Naranjo ferry is working but that the road to it is also blocked. I haven't been able to verify that. Yes, you can indeed get to San Jose by going the long way 'round. I just thought it would be nice for people to know that the road to Paquera is blocked. Some, like me, don't know the back roads and don't have a GPS. I can look at my map as I have done in the past and hope for the best. But I don't have to go to San Jose this week, so I don't have to figure out the long way 'round. At least, not yet! Maybe I should start thinking about that though!! But the other thing is the trucks with supplies that use the ferry can't make it to the stores here. As of yesterday the grocery stores were emptying out (according to one friend), and the lines at the gas stations were long (according to another friend.) And we were without power for over 24 hours. So things compound. Anyway, when we go to Cobano tomorrow I'll see what the situation there is like in the stores. The bottom line is some people are going to be inconvenienced by all this, but it's not the end of the world, right? And maybe, just maybe, that awful road will end up getting paved. Pura vida!
  14. Yes, our guy knows the back roads from S.T., so he made it here for our meeting this morning. And right after the meeting we ran into 3 people who drove here from Colorado. They had hoped to head back to San Jose today but, of course, can't. A local business owner showed us a picture of a big pile of dirt with branches on top on the road leading to Paquera. The latest rumor is this protest is supposed to go on for 2 more days. We were also told that 2 years ago the court ordered the road to Mal Pais/St. Teresa be paved.
  15. The road from St. Teresa to Cobano was closed today, so our meeting was cancelled. Hopefully it will happen tomorrow. I don't know why it was closed. It could be due to the storm we had last night and the power being out, but that's just a guess on my part.
  16. One thing I didn't mention is that a representative from MOPT is supposed to meet with the community some time this week, and my understanding is that if things don't go well, the protest will happen. My hubby asked exactly how would they manage to block the road, and the reply was that they would chainsaw a tree and let it block the road. Well, conjectures are fine. We'll see what happens, and if our guys tomorrow know anything, I'll report back!
  17. Where did you get your passport picture taken?
  18. And on a related subject, another thing you might think about is your passwords for the computer. I do all the bill paying, banking, etc., and my husband has no idea what my passwords are. He would be hard pressed to get into any of the sites I use. That's why I wrote them all down, and at least he knows where the list is. I haven't had the nerve yet to store them in one of those safe web sites 'cause I'm not sure I trust them. So that brings me to the question of: Do any of you use such a system?
  19. I, too, am against torture. However, if someone were holding my husband hostage, and I knew 101% that if I were to torture said person and as a result of my torture I would learn of my husband's whereabouts and be able to rescue him, I wouldn't hesitate to torture, maim, or do whatever you can think of to that person. The same goes if someone were to take our dearly departed dog. Having said all of that, I don't watch R rated movies because of either the sexual content or the violence. Violence turns my stomach. I saw enough of it when I was a cop for 10 years. And as far as wanting to return to the 50s, no thank you. Women were expected to be barefoot and in the kitchen. Of course, there were exceptions. Thank heavens my mother was one of the exceptions. She worked and was very independent. I followed her example. To be dependent upon another person is, well, I can't say wrong because there are exceptions, but for the most part, it is not ideal. Many is the time I responded to a family fight, and the wife turned on us as we arrested her husband because she saw her bread and butter going out the door to jail. Yes, I agree the music kids listen to today is for the most part crap. I, too, am astonished at everyone sitting at the dinner table looking at their phones. And while I had a wonderful childhood, I also remember all the discrimination against girls and women that took place then. It still goes on, and not just against women. OK, I'll stop now. Thanks for letting me rant!
  20. From what I have been reading on other sites, some are moving back because they are finding health care to now be cheaper in the U.S. what with the Affordable Care Act. How long that will last is anybody's guess.
  21. I'm with you, Eleanor! I don't talk on the phone that much. In fact, the constant calls from my hubby irritate me. So I don't really care if I lose my long time number. When I leave the house and have forgotten my cell phone, I don't panic or fret. I actually like the fact that I have forgotten it because then nobody can interrupt me with their calls. As I always tell my hubby, I got along fine growing up without a cell phone because they weren't invented yet. And on a related topic, remember when people would call your house and you had to actually answer the phone to see who was calling? That's another thing I do. I screen calls. There was a time pre cell phone when I didn't even bother to have a phone. Ooh, what if there is an emergency? Really? How many times in your life have you had an emergency when you couldn't get by without a phone? If I fell on the floor now and couldn't move the 2 phones in our house wouldn't help 'cause I'm not near either one. I don't keep my cell phone attached to my body! Sorry for going on and on. I felt like getting this out of my system!
  22. Thank-you for the info on Google Voice. I had never heard of it before but will definitely look into it!!
  23. I bought an unlocked IPhone and switched from Verizon to ATT GoPhone. I pay by the minute - 10 cents for calls and 20 cents for texts. I rarely text and I tell everybody not to send me any! I was told that after 90 days of inactivity I will lose my phone number. But according to the paperwork they gave me, it says that your balance expiration date is good for 1 year if you put $100 on the phone, and you need to refill your account within 60 days of the expiration date. Otherwise, your account will be cancelled. I'm not too concerned about losing my number. I'll just get another SIM card and phone number when I return to the States.
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