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Phase 3: The construction of the remaining 11 residences.

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


Progress Report

Jun 13-19 , 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #36

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: 4 of unit 107.

CONSTRUCTION

Permit: SENTENA has asked for more information. We are still trying to assess what it is they are requesting but it seems to have to do with solid waste management and rainwater management. They seem to want a sworn statement that we will not commit 7 deadly sins against the environment -we just have to figure out what the sins are that we are not going to commit. The architect is working on it. We wait.

Roadways: curbs continued. We are about 65% done. When completed, we will get quotes on three different types of finishes -cement pavers, asphalt, and patterned concrete. There are advantages and disadvantages to each.

Unit 107: work continued. The installation of roofing tiles has commenced, interior boarding and taping are substantially finished. Windows should be ordered this next week and the exterior started on it's finish stucco coating. All the finishing decisions have been made and many of the materials secured or ordered.

OUR LIVES

The trip back was long -three connections- but uneventful. We arrive to a floating boat with lights on and once we found things we had left to pick up on our return, we were fine. It took a day to work out snags -the phone connection had corroded badly so that had to be repaired; the car battery was dead, license plate expired, insurance expired, emissions test required, etc. Fortunately, a friend lent me his car to get started.

It is certainly nice reconnecting with friends -marina friends and others-. They know about our lives through my logs although they have not lived our lives so only a cognitive knowledge, no experiential basis to relate -hopefully, that will come in the future. One of our friends just ran his new boat onto a reef -10' off course in Georgian Bay did it -boat and granite don't mix-granite wins every time; his pride and his wallet are hurting but he and the others are in great spirits.

ACTS OF KINDNESS: I have to comment on three incidents I found wonderful and different: In Cleveland, on two occasions my wife (blind) had to use the washrooms -in each case, I was directing her as best I could from the entrance when each of two women offered to help guide her. Wow!!! was I impressed, relieved, and thankful. Twice this happened. Thanks to those women; thanks to Cleveland... The third incident happened to 4 friends who lost their boat in the middle of Georgian Bay -once on dry land, were offered the keys to an SUV from someone they did not know. This allowed them to return from nowhereville to Toronto. How wonderful in each of the three cases. Such things re-energize my faith.

The heat wave which enveloped Toronto before we arrived has dissipated. We've needed a heater several nights and sweatshirts during the day -the Canadian "summer".

It's good to eat some Canadian steak and some other favorites but none entice us to return. Even though there are often line ups here for services, the country is more efficient than CR. Efficiency, however, comes with a high price tag. It's certainly more expensive here ($7 for 35 min. of parking). I've spent a substantial portion of my time researching / renewing insurance policies -$3,000 for home insurance- (not a big issue in CR), car license renewal and pollution emissions test (same as in CR), doctors and medication (so far, efficient and accessible but the process isn't over yet) same as in CR; disability insurance claim -one company claims not to have a document ) reminds me of CR -so we play the game. My internet connection system here is archaic (slow dial up and unreliable connectivity but I'm at a marina) -I love the high speed wireless system in CR. Construction is rampant, detours and rough streets -reminds me of CR.

Lita saw her son and grand daughter. That will happen a few more times but it isn't enough to entice her; she misses her parrot, the dog, the cat, her physical fitness regime, yelling at the gardener that his coffee is ready, her girlfriends in CR, etc. She purchased a replacement karaoke machine and is swearing at it now as she learns how to use it...

We'll be making plans this next week for our return. We still have a list of things to attend to including dealing with a big tax ticket -I expect it to be my last big one in this country -out of control taxes and costs have driven me to CR and the weather and lifestyle there have pulled me at the same time.

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

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