May 8-14 , 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #31
Permit: The SENTENA representative did a site
inspection of the property on Tuesday. She asked 4
dumb simple questions and then said she didn't see any
problems on the file. When asked when we could expect
to have their seal of approval, she said perhaps in
another three weeks. I reminded her that the "law"
says they have to turn around applications in 30 days.
She acknowledged that, but said they were so over
worked that they had unilateral rescinded that law.
She went on to say that I could appeal it but that
there would likely be some problems with the
application... you get the picture here? Blackmail
is not sublet here.
We asked if we could get a letter which states that
there are no problems and that due to "over work" they
are not able to meet the legislated deadlines.
Hopefully, this will occur on Tuesday; IF we can get
it, we will take it to the City and see if we can get
official permission to return to work. I'm not
hopeful but I'll give it a try.
Clean up work: We did some site work to accommodate
the rain water runoff. We had the first of many
tropical downpours and we saw where the water wanted
to run and that with sidewalks and other "barriers" we
had a few lakes. We've addressed that (hopefully) and
are waiting for another "test" to see if we have fully
addressed the issue.
Unit 108: The sand blasted windows and shower doors
were installed, handrails on the staircase, and most
all of the coral stone counters were installed. The
office desk was also installed and the granite counter
top will be installed on Monday. This unit is now
Unit 107: we'll return to working on it beginning
New Designs: The architect is working on the working
drawings for all the new designs. Several purchasers
have requested minor modifications on their 106 units;
we can accommodate them at this point in time and
they are minor so no problems.
Website: A number of the updates have been done. A
few more are in progress and all should be finished by
Sales: We "closed" on our first unit this week (No.
103). It feels nice to have some money coming in
after three years of spending gobs. In this case, the
purchaser figured that he could get a much better
return on his money than in a CD. When Unit 116 is
finished, he will move there as his home.
Several conversations from website and Construction
Log origins continue. Ads in U.S. publications
"OUTDOOR LIFE", "SUNSET" and "HARPER'S" should be
hitting their readers in the next couple weeks and an
ad in "4 SALE BY OWNER / DEVELOPER" hard copy and
website is nearly out to their readership.
May partner and his companion arrived on site this
week. We've been busy getting them settled, a
household up and running, showing them around-grocery
stores, banks, household items, how the hot water
works, where the electrical outlets are, etc. We had
dinner there last night and they are quickly learning
their kitchen. It was wonderful to live in and enjoy
the product of my effort with another builder who
understands what it takes to bring it all together -and
besides, the meal was delicious.
To introduce Paul and his partner (any excuse for a
pool party), we are hosting a chicken wings and water
melon party at 2 pm this afternoon. We've not found a
place for "wings" here so we're making them ourselves.
We'll have three different sauces.I'm sure others
will contribute things-salads, cakes, etc. Hopefully,
it won't rain.
Lita continues her fitness routine; progress is slow
but there is progress. She wants another exercise
machine on site (treadmill) and we'll probably get it
along with an exercise bike that another resident
wants to purchase and contribute to the compound. I
hope they use them.
The parrot: I've successfully created a "perch" from
the driftwood branches we collected when in Samara. I
had the carpenters assemble them into two perches.
We've strategically located them such that the little
bugger can't get down and wonder. Try as he does, he
can't do it!!! I've won (this battle).
Hugo was definitely a lonely camper when we returned
from Nicaragua. He craved attention and affection.
We were invited to one of the residents homes for
dinner. Hugo followed us and invited himself. After
dinner we saw him sitting on the window ledge; he was
invited in and after doing the rounds, plunked himself
on the sofa in the middle of the conversation and
appeared very satisfied with himself.
The rainy season has arrived. We've had some cloudy
and partly cloudy days; one heavy rain and a few
Brian, Lita, Hugo, and Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot