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David C. Murray

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  1. Oddly enough, I just did a Trivago.com search on Fort Lauderdale hotels, !Mark! There appears to be a wide variety of reasonably priced places available through Priceline.com. I don't know how close to the airport them might be.
  2. We have not used this service but we do highly recommend it. A competent attorney/notary's research via the National Registry of any property you're thinking of buying should be your very first step. And, if losing the money might be a setback for you, hire a second attorney/notary to check the work of the first. And always, always have this service performed by an attorney/notary who is working for you and not for either the seller or for some real estate agent. It's my understanding that there is Internet access to the National Registry, so while some law firms may have some sort of direct access, it really isn't necessary.
  3. We've always gone back to Michigan, imposed ourselves on family and friends, and borrowed Marcia's sister's car. We were there in May, so we won't be going back anytime soon. My original inquiry was just for planning for the future. Things in Michigan are changing.
  4. Well, you could hire a qualified Costa Rican and direct him or her to " paint a tree over here and an oxcart over there . . .". That way, you would be directing the work but not performing any physical tasks yourself.
  5. Er . . . ah . . . Paul, I'm not sure how a "humidifier" will help control mold and mildew but I am sure that a dehumidifier will do better. That said, ozone generators and combination ozonators/ionizers work well, too and they're much less expensive to operate than a dehumidifier (less maintenance, too).
  6. Well then, maybe you should rethink all this since it'll take about five years to achieve permanent legal resident status after which time you can apply for a "carry" permit. Wouldn't want you to get a sunburn while you wait.
  7. As with so many things that are posted on the Internet, the article you cite isn't dated, so it's impossible to know if the information is current or not. Best to engage a competent Costa Rican attorney to research the current state of affairs before undertaking this project.
  8. . . . and becoming a permanent legal resident typically takes about five years. It seems that becoming a temporary legal resident is now taking a year or longer. Then, after you've been a legal temporary resident for three years, you can apply to become a permanent legal resident. That'll take another year or so. Only after becoming a permanent legal resident can you commence the process of obtaining a permit to possess a firearm. Non-residents (tourists, mostly) cannot possess a firearm except under a very few and very restrictive conditions. Almost no one would qualify.
  9. A corporation can own assets such as real estate. In order for that ownership to be properly documented, it must be registered in the National Registry and in the corporate books. The entry in the National Registry must be done by a Notary. The entry in the books must be made in legalese, in Spanish, in black ink and handwritten. When a corporation is formed, stock must be issued to the owners who must sign for it in person, and four officers must be designated. The president and the secretary have the power to act in the name of the corporation. Those officers' names are registered in the National Registry. When the corporation needs to do something such as purchase property, a personaria juridica must be issued by the National Regisrty to verify that the person acting for the corporation is, in fact, qualified to do so. Since the stockholders could remove an officer at any time, a personaria juridica is only valid for thirty days.
  10. Hydrogen peroxide, which is chemically unstable, also deteriorates into common water when exposed to air, so whenever the bottle is opened, the peroxide's concentration is diminished. Better to buy it in small quantities and open a fresh bottle only when it's needed. I've read recently, too, that repeated application of hydrogen peroxide on a wound, while it will keep it clean, will actually retard healing. Better to apply it once when the wound is suffered and thereafter apply a petroleum jelly based triple antibiotic ointment.
  11. Diethyl phthalate is probably the source of the disagreeable odor and maybe that off-putting odor is a good thing. It sounds like something one might not wish to bathe in. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diethyl_phthalate
  12. The Aerocasillas website (http://www.aeropost.com/web/frontend/restringidos?lang=_eng&country=sjo) has a list of Restricted Shipments. First on that list is anything flammable and anything with alcohol listed as its first ingredient. We don't use much alcohol, but what we've bought at the local farmacia seems not to have been adulterated with anything else except, perhaps, that it's not 100% pure. If that's the case, then I think the other ingredient is water, but I could be wrong.
  13. Elaine, read Gayle's response immediately above for a partial list. In addition, hardware items like hose repair parts, hand and power tools, specialty items like batteries for my Black and Decker leaf blower and for my Ryobi power tools, a ready supply of Apple products at tolerable prices, (most recently) a strapless pulse rate monitor, nutritional supplements, a wider selection of clothing and shoes (especially if you have big feet), a wide selection of wireless phones, a Hoover Commercial handheld vacuum that's the cat's ass for bare tile floors, those Mr. Clean cleaner sponges that are the only thing I've found that will actually clean the leather upholstery in our Terracan, other cleaning supplies not available here . . . (the list goes on). In some cases, it's a matter of something useful simply not being available here. In other cases, the local selection is limited or you have to travel to or near San Jose to find it. In still other cases, it's a matter of price. I've said this before . . . If I have to pay the airline for a suitcase, by golly I'm gonna get my money's worth, so if it's underweight, I'll fill it up with toothpaste (don't look for Crest here) and deodorant. Gayle, you can get hydrogen peroxide in small bottles here in the farmacias. Ask for agua oxygenia (I think it is).
  14. Say a little more, please, Carol. We've never been to Panama City. Are there stores there with the merchandise we're likely to find in the States?
  15. We're just back from three weeks (too long) in Michigan where, in addition to visiting friends and family, we shopped for things we can"t find in Costa Rica. We brought back a lot, as we always do. For reasons that don't warrant going into, our next trip to the U.S. may not be to Michigan, but we do still want to shop the typical retail outlets the next time we go north. Included in our list of shopping venues would be Home Depot and Lowe's, Walmart, PetSmart, Bed, Bath and Beyond, department stores (Penny's, Macy's, Yunkers(sp?), Sears, etc), the Apple Store (of course!), etc. For our next U.S. shopping trip, we're thinking that Michigan may not make the best sense, but can anyone make a recommendation for a better alternative? Lately, I've looked at air fares to Dallas and Houston, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, etc but they all seem to be roughly the same price (read: "expensive") and about the same as flying to Detroit. Is there any place that's cheaper to fly to and which is likely to have the shopping venues we want? I'm aware of Spirit Airline's $9 fair deals, but since we'd have to make plans well in advance to have a house sitter, that probably wouldn't work for us. Too, the cost of hotels would enter the picture. Any thoughts?
  16. Obviously, the first step would be to stop going to the beach. After that, check with your local pharmacist for a topical medication that will reduce the inflammation and counteract the allergic effect.
  17. We need some hints, Judy. Where is this house? The service you're looking for will likely be provided by someone who's located nearby.
  18. So, could you please cite the raw data for us? How many respondents? What were the percentages? And how did those data compare to the data you collected in the middle class neighborhoods?
  19. Especially in light of the fact that Costa Rican women don't change their names when they marry, I just don't see how anyone can determine a woman's marital status without asking. And if you do, in fact, ask, have you sampled a large enough group to render a reliable conclusion, or are you reaching this conclusion based upon a few observations (known as " generalizing from the specific")?
  20. I've recently read that over half the children born in the U.S. are now born to single mothers. How does that compare (real numbers, please) to Costa Rica, and what does it tell us about the state of fatherhood here in Costa Rica?
  21. Are you referring to the state of fatherhood in the U.S. or in Costa Rica? Regardless, what is the metric that has led you to that conclusion? And how is it trending?
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