March 27 - April 1, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #77
Contact phone numbers
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203
Land: 506-282-4142 Ext. 101
NOTE: the New York and Toronto numbers are "local calls" for people in the area codes; calls from outside the area code will be billed at the normal rate from the caller's area code to either the "315" or the "416" area code.
Pictures: 101/2 and the lockers, mosaic mural
Weather: mixture of calm / sunny / and some overcast
and light rain
Units 101 / 102: It continues to progress. Concrete
for footings will be poured on Monday. Block is on
site and will begin being laid Tuesday.
The workers have been working full Saturdays for the
past month so they can have the entire week of Semana
Santa off. I expect we will still have a few around
but for the most part, we'll be closed down, like the
rest of the country for that week.
Lockers and Locker House: Blocks are being laid and
all the ground floor lockers should be roughed in by
mid next week. This will be followed by framing and
pouring the reinforcing columns and the collar tie.
Despite specific questions and reassurances from the
architect, the staircase as designed will not work.
We will redesign it.
Units: 120, Only final cleaning remains.
Landscaping: we've continued making refinements.
Electrical System Upgrade: the remaining installation
should begin next week. It looks like this long
ordeal is coming to a conclusion.
Mosaic Mural: we've decided to make a mural of broken
tiles on the front wall near gate 2. One of our
employees is an artisan and he's doing it. He's
having a lot of fun with it and is proud; he should
be; see the picture.
Garden walkways: we've virtually completed those
areas which are not still used as construction
pathways. Grouting and trimming will be done by
Transition: This still continues but we are
beginning to see some benefits. Next week, we will
have passed the 51% ownership of shares and will
proceed to call for an election of shareholders to
form the new board of directors for Doneste S.A.
The bank account is, after three weeks, finally set
up. The folder at the bank is about 1" thick. The
documents lost by them were finally found in the
Dog: The resident guard dog, Canuk continues to ail.
We've purchased a new dog , partially trained, and he
will be on site next week. There will continue to be
a training period until he is a fully trained guard
dog and knows what his job is at Los Jardines. Canuk
will help train him and then will pass into history
and be remembered as smart, attentive, and dedicated
to his job.
Marketing: Unit 113 closed and next week we expect
121 / 122 / and 123 to close.
We've continued to be frustrated by words and
unrealized assurances on 120 / and the resale of 108.
When actions don't support words, one is left with a
mystery; mysteries take time to solve.
As residents have left or have received their
furnishings, we've been reconsolidating surplus
furnishings and sorting through to make a complete set
for a furnished unit.
One of our recent guests has a large courier company
in Toronto. He agreed to take back a number of
brochures and will distribute them to his clients. We
should get some exposure.
Next Project: No progress on this. We've focused on
finishing off this project and digesting our appetite
for the next.
Note: Santa Ana and Pozos de Santa Ana continues
it's rapid development. Two new lots along the main
road are being prepared for construction. Midweek,
all construction on the new Forum office buildings
ceased. Why? I don't know. A new Texaco gas station
on the east side of the road (finally) is nearing
completion. In Santa Ana, a new commercial mall and a
multiple condominium building project is nearing
We've spent the past week saying good-bye to
friends-old and new-as they return to their principal
residence for the summer season or until they tidy up
their affairs and are able to make the final move to
CR. It's hard to say good-bye but in all cases we know
it's only an interlude and they will all return, and
probably for longer periods of time.
My schedule looks like it has the potential of winding
down to a comfortable level. I have a large backlog
of personal things to deal with. Perhaps this next
week I can begin to deal with some of them.
Today is April 1-the anniversary date 4 years ago of
our purchase of his property and our commitment to a
new life. (At the time, I thought it poetic to
conclude a decision on this date. While the story is
not yet over, for me the purchase date of April 1 was
just another day.) In the four years, we've
accomplished a tremendous amount, undergone incredible
personal changes, faced uncertainties galore, taken
huge risks in a foreign culture and country, and are
the wonder, envy as well as curiosity of many of our
friends, Our life has unfolded much as I had
envisioned- probably due to luck and some good
decisions. We have another 4 months of construction
before our home is finished and we can begin to
complete the settling in of our life here.
Lita is still adjusting-she is caught in a warp of the
Philippines, Canada, and Costa Rica. The first one
makes no sense (but she has to find that out) and
Canada doesn't really either but she has to sort her
way through that as well. She has the additional
element (and so do I) of her eyesight. The latter I
anticipated and from a design and lifestyle
perspective I've done all I can do; now, it's up to
her and to us.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon