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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

November 14-19, 2005  // CONSTRUCTION LOG #58 

Contact phone numbers

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

Costa Rica:
Cell 506-305-3965 // Land 506-282-4142 Ext. 101

NOTE: our land line in CR has changed;
we are now integrated into the compound network.


Pictures: misc. of all areas under construction.

CONSTRUCTION

Weather: Weather cooperated for the most part-not much rain.

Unit 106: Unit A is lacking the final touches: closets, granite counters, plumbing fixtures and a final cleaning. Unit B is about a week behind A. The upper two units are progressing nicely-boarding is finished and taping is well advanced. Windows will be starting next week. The exterior is shaping up to what should be an attractive building. We still expect all four units to be finished before Christmas.

Units 121, 122, and 123: The upper level and roofs of 122 and 123 are substantially framed. Unit 121 saw the footings poured and the block walls about half finished.

Units 117-120: The focus has been on 106 and 122 and 123 as all those units are sold with commitments made for finishing them.

Units 101 and 102: I have a design meeting with the architect on Tuesday to advance this.

Electrical System Up grade: Most of the cable has been pulled through the conduit. Next week will see the connections and probably this new system in service. We've given notices to the residents / owners re. the change over.

Walkways and landscaping: We've returned to tiling some of the walkways now that construction is completed in those areas. We've also started relocating some plants.

Accidents: Over the past year, we haven't had many and all have been minor. Even though we have safety glasses and people do use them, things still seem to find their way into eyes; no serious injuries. We had one cut caused by a re-bar gouge which required a few stitches. Last Saturday, the sub foreman received a broken wrist -I'm not sure how as the foreman and I were on our road trip. Normally he's a working foreman (and a hard worker, he's always in the thick of it); We'll keep the sub foreman on for supervision.

Cable TV and Internet: Cabletica showed up to run their trunk line. Another crew is suppose to complete the next stage -we haven't seen them. When this system is completed, residents will have the capability of choosing their own level of service for either TV and/or internet should they wish an internet system other than the high speed wireless system we offer and will continue to offer.

Marketing: We have several ads which appeared this week and we've continued to distribute brochures. We are beginning to get some responses. A number of DVD's are in the mail. We've received several interesting phone calls and promises of future commitments.

Next Project: Paul and I plan to view some beach property on Monday. This property resulted from my trip last week. I have difficulty seeing us doing anything there but we want to make an informed or at least reaffirm this. We'll see.

Other: I'm in the process of commissioning a feasibility study on a product which I feel has potential here. I've wanted to do this for a number of years but have now found someone who wants to run with it. Perhaps at the end of the study I'll have a new opportunity or be able to put the product to bed.

Useful Websites on Costa Rica

http://www.therealcostarica.com/default.html
http://groups.msn.com/CRLeBoard
http://www.arcr.net/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CostaRicaLiving/
http://welovecostarica.com

OUR LIVES

Between a root canal and future restorative work, a cold, being the meat in the sandwich and getting chewed on , and a computer problem, it's been a rather lousy week for me and not much better for Lita. Hugo and the parrot seem to be doing fine.

Sunday afternoon is our Thanksgiving dinner party. Perhaps this and some mood altering beverages might change my current mood. We are expecting around 30 people to enjoy a traditional turkey and ham dinner with all the goodies. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. There is not much we lack for here and the benefits far, far out weight any inconveniences.

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

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