Jun 20-25 , 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #37
Contact phone numbers
New York 315-279-6711 // Toronto 416-907-5758
Cell 506-305-3965 // Land 506-282-0910
Pictures: 4 of unit 107.
Permit: I have to make a sworn declaration that I
won't do what I wasn't planning on doing. It appears
that I have to be in the country to do this. In the
meantime, we are re-acquiring letters which we
previously had but which are now outdated. I had
hoped to have this swearing done by the CR consulate
in Toronto but not so; it has to be done in Ottawa by
the embassy. That being the case, it is just as easy
to return early to CR. This document feels like the
final hurdle we will have to jump but we don't know
for sure. More than anything, it is a sworn statement
(and there's a double meaning here) saying I'll obey
the relevant laws re. Not allowing mud and black water
to contaminate my neighbors, that I will deal with
rain water and not flood my neighbors, and a few
other similar things which I don't fully understand
(my Spanish isn't that great).
Roadways: curbs continued. We are about 85% done and
we will hold here until the balance of the
construction is done on the west side. I don't want
to put curbs and defined parking in before Units 106
and 107 are completely built.
Unit 107: work continued. The installation of
roofing tiles has commenced, interior boarding and
taping on the ground floor are substantially
finished. Exterior stucco work has started.
Unit 106: As Unit 107 and the roadway near
completion, the 4plex Unit 106 approaches the horizon.
It's still a bit muddy for my preference but the
rains may (they usually do) back off a bit in July /
Marketing: I'm in discussion with a number of people
as a result of Scott Oliver's second article in his
news letter: WeLoveCostaRica.com -a very extensive
and informative web site. In addition, we have two
parties who are each seriously considering purchasing
After some technical challenges in transferring
pictures around the world, we now have the basis for
an advertisement in a CR based real estate magazine.
Other ads, eg. one in the Tico Times should start
I just reviewed an article written by Scott Oliver of
WeLoveCostaRica.com -a fantastic website full of all
types of useful and well researched information on
Costa Rica. Scott is a person who speaks his mind
and is also the author of a recently released book on
how to buy real estate in CR without loosing your
shirt -an advisable read for anyone looking to buy.
The article I reviewed was on my project. He came to
his own conclusions -his assessment is not a paid
advertisement by me and you only have to read the chat
forum to know that Scott doesn't mince words when he
sees a shady or ill conceived development. Anyway,
take a look at
and while you're there, check out other articles.
This week: there are two institutions I hate dealing
with -governments and insurance. I've been dealing
with 5 insurance companies this week -there have been
no "acts of kindness to report" but I believe they are
now all dealt with. I have one favorite gov't dept.
to deal with this coming week. I can wait but the
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
More reunions with friends and more to come this week.
As of Saturday, I have relocated the irrational
passion of my wife -her 1976 MGB -to another storage
place for a year, in this case. Now my to-do list is
down to 25 items... one of which is to get tickets
As one looks more closely, the contrast in the cost of
living and the implications it has for lifestyle
become more striking: a liter of 2% milk: Cdn. $2,40
; CR $.62; gas-Toronto $91.3 L // CR about $1.03;
at 115 kph I'm an obstacle to other drivers; Capital
gains tax in Canada -none in CR. Pint of beer in a
I guess one of the biggest decisions we're now faced
with is what to do with our boat; it has been and
continues to be our preferred "home" when in
Canada -many of our friends and social live revolve
around the marina. Our boat, however, is also an
expensive love and pretty impractical when we expect
to use it only for 3 weeks this year and maybe no more
in the future. Emotional attachments are, however,
difficult to sever objectively; we severed before and
it was the right thing to do; we'll have to deal with
this as well.
Brian, Lita, lonely Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the
pigeon toed parrot.