Jun 5-11 , 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #35
Contact phone numbers
New York 315-279-6711 // Toronto 416-907-5758
Cell 506-305-3965 // Land 506-282-0910
Pictures: Take a look at the picture called "lawn
ornaments" and decide who is better looking-the
maestro de obra or the Aztec statures?
Permit: No word since we submitted the last document
two weeks ago. The review committee normally meets on
Wednesday nights. (Fact) They did not meet on
Wednesday this past week. (Fact) There was an
important qualifying soccer game between CR and
Guatemala. Don't know if there is any relationship or
Garden: We continued extending the garden lighting
and planted some border plants along the newly
installed internal roadway curbs. We also enlarged a
parking area by several feet; it just makes
maneuvering larger vehicles easier. We also had fun
buying some pre-Columbia designed garden ornaments.
These are statues which weigh in around 350lbs and
stand about 4' high. We've nestled then into several
garden areas. The vendors are pickup nomadic venders
based out of a Caribbean Indian reserve. Each statue
is costing about $150; we'll buy some more over time.
In addition, I located some very gnarled wooden tree
trunks laying derelict in a Tico's yard. I had the
maestro de obra negotiate the appropriation of these.
They too will be added to the garden and are likely to
form the base for various orchids and bromeliads.
Unit 107: Construction continued. The sub roof and
all the flashing is now installed. The Exterior
densglass is mostly installed and most of it covered
with the first base coat. Wood has been purchased for
perlins to attach the roof tile-this work will begin
next week. All the boarding on the ground floor will
be completed and taped by the end of next week and the
2nd. floor should be substantially advanced. Most all
the decisions re. This unit have been made-floor
tiles, granite, kitchen and closet design, wall color,
lighting, master bathroom design and finishing, etc.
Now it is just building it out.
Decorative metal components: We purchased all the
components needed to make the railings on 107 and the
10 new units. All the component parts are modular.
You create the design from the 100s of off-the-shelf
pieces they have and weld it together. On average,
the total cost of materials is about $550.
Marketing: We just hosted a couple who are planning
to move from their very isolated but beautiful home in
Guancaste. He loves it but she doesn't like the
weather (too hot, too humid, too violent of thunder
storms) nor the isolation (10 kl to their nearest
neighbor) and misses some of the cultural events that
an urban area has to offer. They recognize that
provisioning requires driving to Liberia or to San
Jose which they do periodically. Medical care is also
a concern of theirs. They have made their own
provisions for assisted care living when they need it
by having a Tico family. They want to provide for
that situation when it arises so want a duplex unit.
I'm working up a design for 102 -the unit which Lita
and I live in along with a John, a lessor. This unit
will be the last to be done; they are not in that big
of a hurry even if they do decide to purchase. Now
they enjoy their pets (two dogs), their jungle
visitors, and their parrots which really has Lita
excited and envious. I think we will be taking them
up on an invitation...
Another couple will be staying with us for a few days
while Lita and I are attending to things in Canada.
They will be getting a better feel for the project.
They currently live in Tamarindo and are looking to
move to the Central Valley for a better quality of
Friday was a sad day: our resident professors and
their two children return to South Dakota; their
sabbatical was at and end and now it's time to analyze
the data collected. We and others on the property
really enjoyed their company -they were great fun, good
conversationalists having a bright and lively zest for
life, considerate and reciprocated dinner invitations,
played a rousing game of pool volleyball, and they
were too good at pool. They loved Manhattan cocktails
(we had too many, too many times). They have tried to
convince me that South Dakota is an interesting state;
they have succeeded only in me questioning my ill
informed and preconceived assessment. I remain open
to be convinced but not yet convinced.
Weather: it's rained nearly every day; sometimes
very hard. We've had several short days and several
other not very productive days. I'm glad we have only
a little civil work going and no heavy equipment.
Tom (of Tom and Susan) made a FANTASTIC
toy/perch/exerciser for Vicka, the pigeon toed, mean,
ungrateful, squawky parrot. Much better than she
deserves. He should enter it into some type of
contest for creative pet toys for mean creatures.
She's even got her own sun shade-which she will
probably destroy in about a day -her own flower and
eating tray and more ways to get up and down than she
can figure out. I'm including a picture of this.
We are returning to Canada for a couple weeks to
settle up some things. We aren't really looking
forward to it but it is necessary. Well be glad to
return here. We'll leave Hugo here; he'll be lonely
but won't be stressed out traveling like Lita and I.
Brian, Lita, Hugo, and Vicka, the pigeon-toed parrot