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David C. Murray

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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?
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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")?
  11. 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?
  12. 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?
  13. We're in the States right now. For the second time, we've opted for an AT&T prepaid SIM. When I compared things a couple of years ago, this seemed to be the simplest way to get broad coverage at a reasonable cost. And it'll be functional when you leave the store. You can add to the account online, too. There are AT&T Stores on many streetcorners. If you Google "at&t store locations" and plug in the ZIP Code where you'll be, their nearby locations will be shown.
  14. Paul, you wrote, "So my contention is that life is far too interesting (and way too short) for me to waste my time concentrating on all those negatives of which most are unlikely to come to pass anyway." Me, too.
  15. But Paul, if you don't spend your life obsessing about other peoples' BC/BS coverage at Biblica or lack thereof, imagined nuclear false flags and being singled out for meaningless persecution by "them", what fun is there in life?
  16. Without questioning the U.S.' Jurisdiction over its citizens' travel, I wonder what the consequences are if you're caught.
  17. THE REAL STORY OF “CINCO” DE MAYO In the first years of the twentieth century, the British food processing conglomerate, Hellman’s, cornered the world condiment market with their flagship product, mayonnaise. It had become such a success worldwide such that Hellman’s couldn’t keep up with the demand and had to assign each country an annual allotment. In Mexico, it was a staple of the diet for rich and poor alike. To this day, Mexicans put Hellman’s on everything from their breakfast cereal to their dessert. A little known historical footnote reveals that when the Titanic sailed from Southampton on April 11, 1912, she carried in her hold the entire annual allotment of Hellman’s for Mexico for the coming year. When the news of the loss of the Titanic and its cargo reached Mexico, the entire country went into a deep emotional depression. Businesses, schools and government offices ceased to open. Farmers stopped tending their stock. People stopped going to mass, all in response to the loss of their beloved condiment. In short order, the government and the church realized that something dramatic had to be done to snap the nation out of this funk, so they scheduled a holiday. The hope was that people would come out of their homes and into the streets, businesses would reopen, and life would begin anew. So they scheduled special masses, fiestas, concerts, parades, sporting events and whatever else they could think of to lure people out of their homes and breathe new life into the communities. That holiday was scheduled for May 5, 1912. And it worked! People rose to the occasion to celebrate. Businesses and schools reopened. Farmers went back to their fields. The economy was rejuvenated. And so every year Mexicans relive the celebration that saved their country from economic collapse. And that is the true story of sinko de mayo . . .
  18. My wife is constantly downloading free stuff from Amazon, tax-free, of course, and I've not seen tax on the "at cost" books I've bought either. Question, does Florida tax printed matter? Some states do not.
  19. I think you're absolutely right, cyclista, about Amazon and other mail order companies paying local taxes, etc. Too, while the book that Paul might receive from an Amazon warehouse in Arizona may not have been sold in Florida, plenty of the stuff Amazon ships to Arizona comes from their distribution warehouses in Florida. My suspicion is that it pretty well balances out. And speaking of buying Amazon books, why on earth are you doing that, Paul? Have you not heard of electronic books that are available for Kindle, iPad, Galaxy and Nook? (Well, maybe not so much that last one.) Books and music delivered electronically are the way to go. What I'm not sure about is whether a (say) Kindle book, bought from Amazon and delivered electronically to someone with (say) a Florida billing address is still subject to Florida's sales tax. Anybody?
  20. Yes, in addition to Costa Rica's 13% sales tax, those who ship via Aerocasillas' Miami address will be paying Florida's 7% sales tax. And then there's Costa Rica's Customs duty on almost everything.
  21. That's right, ciclista, Ortega can buy and sell anything he wishes including anything of yours he wishes.
  22. Yes, but the question, as always, is whether they're reflecting on accurate data or isolated anecdotal evidence.
  23. What I wrote was that health care in the private sector is cheap, not that CAJA premiums are cheap. Even if CAJA enrollment does cost $400, and not everyone pays that, by the time you factor out deductibles, copays, etc it's still pretty reasonable. Crime reports in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, the U.S. and everywhere else in the world are notoriously inaccurate. Differences in definition and the incompleteness of reporting by both victims and police agencies render them almost meaningless. And if different agencies are reporting on different jurisdictions, that's another layer of inaccuracy.
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