October 30 - November 5, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #108
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.
NOTE: NOW THAT THIS DEVELOPMENT IS ESSENTIALLY FINISHED, THE LOG WILL FOCUS MORE ON THE RIO ORO DEVELOPMENT. IT WILL BE INFORMATIVE TO THOSE PLANNING ON BUILDING, THOSE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO PURCHASE OR TO LEASE, AND FOR THOSE WONDERING WHAT EXPATS DO IN COSTA RICA AND THE LIFESTYLE OF TWO ORDINARY PEOPLE.
Weather: mostly sunny with the odd overcast and
mist-very unusual for October.
Unit 102: The owner is installed and happy. We have
the shower doors to finish and two decorative
sidelights but these are small items and will be done
when the product is ready.
Irrigation system: no progress but moving higher on my
Satellite TV system: The new system / technology
seems to be working.
The new house - Unit 126: Work on this unit progresses
nicely. The interior is now boarded with drywall and
the first coat of taping is going on. Kitchen /
bedroom / bathroom / and living room cabinetry has
been ordered. Granite has been selected. We will be
adding an uncovered terrace on the inner courtyard
side to enhance it's desireablity.
Electrical Meter Billing: We have received the first
bills for each of the 30 electrical meters. A number
of them make NO sense. At this point in time, I'm
prepared to suggest that ICE spend more time improving
their business competence than protesting in the
streets. We'll continue to work through what appear
to be anomalies or whatever.
Phone lines: We're having to change the
administrative arrangements which connect us to ICE.
The process is causing us some hassles and in the
meantime, our PBX system doesn't role forward to
vacant phone numbers that we have. In a land where we
acquired phone numbers when and how we could, we now
have a hodge podge of different prefix numbers and
since not all the numbers are in our names, we now
have to give up some and get some new numbers. But in
this country, you don't give up what you have until
you get what you need. Supposedly ICE has surplus
numbers in our area-we'll see.
Rio Oro Development
We've continued clearing the land and the stream. The
perimeter survey is all but done as is the interior
roadway staking. Soon we will be able to determine if
roads need to be altered slightly so as to save trees
and / or to improve lots.
A quieter week such that I could spend more time with
a friend from my previous life. Lita returns to
Canada from the Philippines this next week and I'm off
on Monday to Granada so I can get back on the 3 mo.
exit schedule that Lita is now on. The parrot and I
continue to get along; he spends his days dancing
around in a large tree from which I retrieve him in
the afternoon -or if he isn't ready to return, he
stays. He plays his games, he stays... very simple.
I wish I could say he's learning but I can't... But I
have to keep him alive or I'm sleeping in Canuk's now
vacant house -it's now bad since it has arched windows
and door way and is water proof but it doesn't have a
microwave or TV -I'll have to work on those
improvements if the parrot doesn't make it until
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon