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David C. Murray

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  1. Gayle, I think a lot of Costa Ricans presume that we don't speak Spanish. This happens to me fairly frequently. A neighbor and I went into an air conditioning repair shop just this morning. The only one in the place looked up, smiled, and immediately started hollering for another guy who does, in fact, speak some English. We could have done our business in Spanish, but he presumed otherwise. Even when I initiate a conversation in Spanish, it sometimes doesn't "take". If I go into our local fereteria, where I'm known, and ask for "pintura blanca de aciete" (oil-based white paint), as often as not I get a blank stare. Ya gotta laugh . . .
  2. Arlington must have changed a lot since I grew up there. Coming up from the Potomac, there were three sets of named streets. The first, all in alphabetical order, had a single syllable. The next had two syllables. We lived farther out first on N. Powhatan St., then on N. Jefferson, and finally on N. Ohio. Cross streets were mostly numbered. It was pretty east to find your way around. Glebe Road may have signs with differing names, but at least it's continuous coming uphill from Chain Bridge (right) that crosses the Potomac. There were/are some diagonal streets but what the heck! Nuthin's perfect.
  3. CRF, you wrote, "By the time most of us here, are 'legal' to work, no-one will want us..." Ain't that the truth! I've been trying to get Marcia a job ever since we became permanent residents over two years ago.
  4. One advantage to trying to live on a modest income in Florida would be the availability of some "social safety net" programs, like Food Stamps, that don't exist here.
  5. Well, what happened was that whoever at ARCR formatted either the database or the mailing label bolluxed the job. They printed our phone number instead of our descriptive address and we got the mail anyway. The point is that the Correo staff know who we are and where we live regardless what's written on the envelope.
  6. Truth be told, Paul, we think it was based solely on our name and "Grecia". There are few secrets in these parts.
  7. A couple of years ago, ARCR sent our monthly verification of CAJA enrollment to David C. Murray 2444-xxxx (our phone number, that is) Grecia and it came right to our door. So maybe that's the secret, lucybelle. Just write your phone number and the town name.
  8. At least until very recently, perhaps with the spread of 911 systems, plenty of rural addresses read, "(Name), RR (route number), (Town, State, ZIP Code)". The mail was delivered by a carrier who knew who lived where.
  9. When I helped a Costa Rican friend through this process, we just entered as much information as would fit. I seriously doubt that anyone checks any of it. My friend's visa sailed right through.
  10. If anything is possible, newman, can we hold out hope that you'll stop repeating the nonsensical conspiracy theories you so dearly love, or is not quite anything possible?
  11. You get 139k hits from a Google search because Google's search engine only looks for word matches. It doesn't necessarily sort out the detritus. If you actually look at the first-listed hits from your search, you'll see that most of them are reiterations of Gordon Duff's fantasy or references to it. It's not like 139,000 different sources are all reporting on the same thing. Because Google lists webpages with the word "nuclear" among your hits and webpages with "false" and ones with "flag" doesn't mean that those web pages have anything to do with Gordon Duff's delusion about a "nuclear false flag" or with any nuclear false flag that might exist outside Gordon Duff's and newsman's rich fantasy life (read: "delusions"). All it means is that Google found the words "nuclear", "false" and "flag" among the pages it combed through and listed pages with all three words first. Try this: Do your Google search again, but this time go down a page and see what the results show. Then go down another page. By then, you'll have combed through maybe fifty, not 139,000 hits, but the "nuclear false flag" citations will all be about the same thing and relating to the same source -- Gordon Duff's cockamamie assertions. Think about this, too . . . If every legitimate news site (say 100 sites) has a story about a train wreck , does that mean that there were 100 train wrecks yesterday, or does it mean that there were 100 stories about the same train wreck? It's an important distinction. And because Gordon Duff has a handful of "admirers" who share his worldview doesn't make it any more reflective of reality. And don't you think that, were there a shred of truth in any of this, that some mainstream news source (just one??) would have reported something about it? The entire East Coast of the United States is under threat of an immediate nuclear attack and no one among the legitimate news sources knows about it or is reporting on it?? Nobody (except Gordon Duff and newman, of course)? Oh! And when I just Googled "nuclear false flag", I got 3,650,000 hits, so the question is, "What are you doing wrong?"
  12. I also searched via Zite, a news aggregation app on my iPad that searches hundreds of (reliable) sources, and . . . nada.
  13. Paul, the time has come to open a new section of the ARCR Forum to make space for unfounded rumors, conspiracy theories, catastrophizing, and other forms of mental autodelusion. Can we not have a place where anything (I mean absolutely anything), no matter how farfetched, has a home? I just checked online ABC, NBC, CBS, even Fox, Al Jazeera, the BBC, Reuters, Tass, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post and not a one has any mention of this "nuclear false flag". Maybe Gordon Duff has been devoting too much time to Duff Beer. Or maybe Sr. newman has. So let me make a specific request . . . If the east coast of the United States is still intact in (say) 72 hours, can we not have the new Forum section? Please, please . . .
  14. Importing any wood product may be very difficult. Costa Rican import regulations mandate certification that the wood product did not come from a virgin source. I learned this from a retailer who was having problems importing appliances because they come crated on wooden pallets. The wood in the pallets had to be certified to have come from an approved source.
  15. There is a threshold below which you do not have to file a federal income tax return. That exemption MAY apply if your income is solely derived from Social Security, BUT I'M NOT CERTAIN ABOUT THAT.
  16. Further clarification . . . The gams divert attention from the rest of me which, as anyone who knows me will attest, is pretty disheartening. "Play to your strength", I always say.
  17. I'm right here, Theresa, which is to say, "Tiffany".
  18. We live in the Grecia are where, for a number of years, an American couple who self-declared themselves to be knowledgeable real estate agents took far too many liberties with unsuspecting customers. "Clients" is not a term to associate with this pair. Far too many deals went far too wrong. In fact, their reputation became so widely known that when folks from neighboring towns asked us where we live, their replies were sometimes, "So, did you get [insert name here}ed?"
  19. . . . and appearances can be deceiving. Ask me how I know.
  20. newman, you wrote, "if anyone is interested, go to Wikipedia - hyperinflation in Zimbabwe - they have a picture of a $100 trillion dollar Zimbabwe note - very interesting and gives a reason as to why we should all be concerned about inflation!" Well, I Googled "hyperinflation Costa Rica" (the subject of this Forum) and got this first hit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Costa_Rica Interestingly enough, the opening sentence reads, "The economy of Costa Rica is very stable." So, I suppose those of us headed for Zimbabwe or maybe American Samoa, or with interests there, should be shivering in our boots, but there appears to be little indication that we should all be dithering madly about runaway inflation here in Costa Rica. On the other hand, if you just enjoy a good dither . . .
  21. My understanding is that Brazil grows primarily the lower quality coffee robusto. You sure?
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