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  1. Do you really think the politicians know what the truth will be next week. The lobbyist need to update them,
  2. I have spent time in both Costa Rica and Panama. Health care is a major consideration in my decision to come to Costa Rica. The incentives benefits can quickly be erased with one major medical event out of pocket. It is harder to budget when you have no real idea as to something that you cannot control. You can chose to drink box wine or cook in or go with out a new cell phone but the health care cost are not so adjustable. CAJA is a safety net. Please spend some time in both before making a choice. Best wishes Ed
  3. Sure maybe possible but why go through the effort. Maybe able to teach a cat to fetch things but for why would you want to invest the effort. Good luck with your life. Ed
  4. We do not know the name but it has been a long time ago. My wife is a journalist by training with an English background. We miss Chapel Hill and might have moved back if?
  5. Recently found Boston University World of Ideas. They have some really good readings and lectures on all manner of things. Try if you get a chance. One thing we miss about Chapel Hill was the number of great opportunities to hear great thinkers. http://worldofideas.wbur.org/
  6. it will cost you money and then you cannot be sure if the people you pay to watch will do a good job or just take your money. The laws to allow squatting had good intentions but even the government has fell victim of the law. The railroad right of way from San Jose to Port Limon has many squatters on it. Would you want to live on that right of way, those people do not either but are often aware that it is an investment in the future. There investment of time and the gamble pays dividends out of your pocket. Now the government will have to pay these folk to vacate the land and for improvements
  7. Ecuador residency is more straight forward and you do not need an attorney to apply in Cuenca which seems to be the area that many are recommending. Health Care is good also as I can determine. You need to be on the ground first in any area in my opinion before you make a move. Just reading Merida Mexico sounds like a great place but I have never been. If cheap is the ticket there are areas outside Charlotte that a trailer rents for $100 a month and you get free water and internet but you need body armor in my estimation to live there. Price alone is not a good way to pick. Just between us my
  8. Just thought about something I learned in Sociology years ago. The more things are like what is familiar to you the easier it is to adjust. The more you future wife is like you, socioeconomic, education and background the greater the likely hood that you would be a good match. In moving to Costa Rica would this apply? The more your surroundings and what is available and support for you the more likely you are to adjust and stay. For us starting in the Central Valley would be more of what we would be accustomed to that some place like Peninsula De Osa. In the Central Valley there are more thing
  9. I had problems with the baritone due to size but did okay with the alto, never played the soprano sax. As I recall I played better when I " did not inhale" or had Bourbon. Purely subjective. Gambler
  10. I played in a band with one of the Manhattans years ago. I think I played sax and sang. Played in jazz band for a while in college sax and wood wind. Have not played for decades but sang in not to distant past did not get a standing ovation. Gambler
  11. Have you considered using an agent what we are doing is paying a fee to have a place rented when we get off the plane. You give them your budget and preferences and they find you a place that meets most of what you want. We have friends in the States that have use this type service when moving long distance to areas that you are totally unaware of all the options. I cannot believe that we would be able to know what all the resources are and if you are looking for a short term place any way why hassle. Ed
  12. I make no claim to be able to provide an answer to the problem of violence in our society. I just am unsure if you take my gun I will be safer. My experience in the south has been that not everyone has equal protection. If you threaten to burn my home, place a cross out front and show up in bed sheet preparing to drag a man behind a truck for one victim or 50 these are not civil acts. I think that the minority community has become adjusted to the possibility of random violence. There is often little likelihood of any redress under the law.What we are seeing now is that the violence is spill
  13. We are being overwhelmed here in the States by both sides of having guns and not having guns. It is true that guns are used to commit awful crimes but is the real problem the gun. If you collected all the guns would violence go away. Next do you collect all knives and frozen turkey legs ( Perry Mason) I think in years past. Then what. People have been killing each other before there were guns. The problem maybe more our culture of violence in many aspects of everyday life. Or maybe there is some responsibility on the part of the person that does these violent things. Kill a few people and bec
  14. Not sure the current law to tax for health care is the best way to manage care and cost for the States. I am republican. However we are taxed for many things unlabeled that we do not get benefit of. There are cost of providing care to the uninsured that at present is covered by all of us. The cost being singled out is a political thing. Why not single out all taxes and give us an idea of what we are paying for. At present we would probably not want to know what are tax dollars are going for. Lastly if the funds for the taxes would translate into a better state of health for the people few woul
  15. Some times fear is used to control behavior by those of good intention. As a child I was reminded not to look at certain people in the eyes or to avoid walking through certain areas of town. Later in life I learned that some of the teaching of fear was believed to be a means to prevent me from being harmed. If you stay out of a lions cage maybe the lion will be less likely to eat you. Another advantage I have in Costa Rica is that I maybe able to pass for some one from Limon if I do not talk . have been told I look poor and have been told uneducated as well. The longer you are in countr
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