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Phase 3: The construction of the remaining 11 residences.

Scheduled to begin in November with completion expected
by January 31.

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Progress Report

July 11-17 , 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #40

Contact phone numbers

Internet Phone:
New York 315-279-6711 // Toronto 416-907-5758

Costa Rica:
Cell 506-305-3965 // Land 506-282-0910
Pictures: 2 pictures of 107; interior pictures don't turn out all that well.

CONSTRUCTION

Permit: All documents have been submitted to SETENA including the commitment from the Municipality of Santa Ana that they will continue to pick up the garbage. Now we wait. How long?????? We don't know but I'm advised that this is vacation time so they are not at full staff. My guess is that it will be between one to two weeks.

New Construction: On the triplex (114, 115, 116) we've started working on finishing the grey coat on the walls and around the windows and doors.

Roadways: The curbs are now complete except for that area in front of 106. Now we have to sink absorption holes for the rainwater runoff. This will be a messy job and not one we will not do for a while.

Unit 107: The primer coat of paint is on and the ceramic floor tile is mostly finished. The kitchen is installed and some of the other cabinetry is also mostly installed. Some lights are installed. Windows are yet to be finished; the subcontractor is a bit slow on this; we've spoken to him -he has until Wednesday to finish. Doors will begin to be installed on Tuesday. The front landscaping is mostly completed; some finishing remains. Targeted completion for construction and decorating is the end of July.

Unit 106: This unit is now dismantled -the slab is all that remains. A back hoe will be on site Monday morning and the concrete slab will be removed and all evidence of the original 106 will be gone. We expect to begin excavation work for the footings and slab for 106. We have salvaged the steel which we will reuse. Those items which were useful to our employees (and not to us) were given to them. Some plants have been relocated; others will be removed and reserved until such time as the construction has advanced elsewhere that they can be safely replanted.

Problems: (1) We've been frustrated periodically by electrical timers for night lighting, pool waterfalls, etc. which stop timing. We've found a different timer and are going to give it a try.
(2) While we haven't had any problems recently, the entry gate communications system we purchased 2 years ago was not what I was told -it ended up being a bait and switch deal. We've used it and have made it work but it was always a weak link waiting to fail. In addition, it could not be expanded to accommodate all the houses we have. We have identified an excellent system with far greater capability than we require but the price is right. We are in the process of upgrading to this new system.

Compost: We harvested our first batch of compost this week. Not only was it good compost, but the gardener has now seen the complete cycle and I think is committed to it. Our next batch should be ready in about another month.

Marketing: It appears we have sold 115 and 113. In addition, we hosted a lady and her daughter this week and have another person scheduled for this coming week. The Tico Times ad will appear next edition.

OUR LIVES

Hugo: the little guy was so traumatized by being alone while we were away that he won't leave our sides or lap if he can manage it. He follows me everywhere and has become even more affectionate than before.

Vicka: When not singing, Lita spends hours and hours playing with her. Yesterday she climbed on to the roof and Lita couldn't entice her to come down. When it started to rain, the little bugger couldn't get onto the pole that Lita was holding out for her fast enough.

Lita has returned to her exercise routine and continues to make progress one pound a at a time -the dinner parties notwithstanding...

Tom and Susan, long time occupants of 106, are now nicely relocated in one of the new units. They had us and a few others over for dinner -course after course of delicious things -stuffed mushrooms, Bolivian empanadas (to die for), lasagna, and tiramisu all washed down with appropriate beverages... Aside from the delicious meal, it was the first time I had been into the unit since it had been finished and furnished.

I spent half the week showing my partner decorating and finishing options for his unit which are available. He was blown away by the variety of different and interesting things he has to choose from -just as many options but yet different than he finds in Toronto. His problem, like so many others, is not the case of finding what you like but in choosing from amongst so many choices. In addition, finishes and architectural details which you couldn't afford in N. Am. can be had here because the labor rate is so much lower. It was interesting to see a person who did $65 million of construction in one year so enthusiastic.

On Thursday night, I took a walk around the property and viewed the garden lighting (not complete but substantially advanced). I then made for the hammock with cigar and rum. My first reflection time for over a month. I aggravated the bursitis in my right arm by patting myself on the back. Towards the end of the rum, I solved the decorating problem I was having with 107 and went for a deep sleep. (In the morning I again rejected my end-of-glass decorating solution but came up with what I think works well and that's what we gone with.)

Weather: It's rained a couple times in the past week but nothing that caused us grief or lost us much construction time.

It sure is GREAT having high speed internet and the wireless feature is an added bonus.

Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot.

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