November 20-25, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #111
Contact phone numbers
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203
Land: 506-282-4142 Ext. 101
NOTE: the New York and Toronto numbers are "local calls" for people in the area codes; calls from outside the area code will be billed at the normal rate from the caller's area code to either the "315" or the "416" area code.
NOTE: NOW THAT THIS DEVELOPMENT IS ESSENTIALLY FINISHED, THE LOG WILL FOCUS MORE ON THE RIO ORO DEVELOPMENT. IT WILL BE INFORMATIVE TO THOSE PLANNING ON BUILDING, THOSE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO PURCHASE OR TO LEASE, AND FOR THOSE WONDERING WHAT EXPATS DO IN COSTA RICA AND THE LIFESTYLE OF TWO ORDINARY PEOPLE.
The Story: Change in seasons and two re-sales in
Weather: The change in seasons occurred this week.
This change is usually preceded by 1 to 2 weeks of
heavier than normal rainfall followed by several days
of high winds. The winds came on Tuesday and lasted
for several days. It turned cold (for here) and was
reported to be the coldest in San Jose (54 degrees)
for 25 years and the strongest winds in the past 15
years. The winds caused more than 700 power
interruptions; we were without power numerous times
on Tuesday and Wednesday and along with that, internet
service was also down. As of Saturday, it seems to
have returned to more normal weather-light breezes and
75-80 degree F / 23-27C.
Irrigation system: I'm waiting for two design
Satellite TV system: The new system / technology
went down but was reprogrammed as it is suppose to be.
Telephone lines: In the past years, we acquired
telephone lines from various people -some known to us,
some unknown. This was the method as ICE didn't have
any numbers so when a friend was moving elsewhere, you
bought his/her number and used it. ICE didn't care.
We knew we would never be able to get 29 phone lines
so we installed a PBX system which, with only a few
numbers, would be sufficient at Los Jardines. ICE
made some changes that resulted in the PBX system not
being able to cascade through the numbers searching
for a vacant line. We checked with ICE; they had some
numbers available in our area so we decided to give up
some of the numbers we had and get some other numbers,
in our name and which would work on the PBX system.
We're nearly there after 4 trips and numerous hours
waiting. ICE has to program their end and we have to
program our end-hopefully by this time next week,
we'll be where we ant to be phone wise.
Unit 126: The cabinetry is mostly installed as is much
of the granite. It will be finished by the end of
next week. It's going to be a cute little house and
several people have commented on it in those terms.
Rio Oro Development: Construction of the warehouse
continues. A septic system is in progress for the
present plus future workers.
House Resales and Rentals: Two re-sales inch along.
Each purchaser has their respective documents; we'll
see what happens next week.
Rentals: We have one 1,300 sf 2 bedroom/2bathroom
unit available for lease-fully furnished at $1,350 mo
or partially furnished at $1,250 mo. An agent has
advised that this unit it taken but we haven't seen
any money yet so we'll have to wait and see.
Regardless, I am proceeding to finish off the
One of the owners initiated and organized an American
Thanksgiving party for Thursday. Others contributed
various things. We enjoyed ourselves by the pool and
went on to have leftovers the next night with only
slightly fewer people-Lita got the ball rolling again
on that one!!
The golfers on site are in heaven. Two tournaments
each well organized, good golf, inexpensive, with lots
of goodies-drinks, food, entertainment, prizes, gifts,
etc. Us non- golfers hear the stories of the day's
events which forms part of the evening's
entertainment. I don't hear any complaints; only
complements on the tournaments.
When Lita returned from the Philippines she brought
with her a number of hand rolled cigars. The story
included a statement like I bought a bottle of ?????
and my family members began to roll a few cigars.
What I have are "interesting" cigars which defy more
definitive description. Size and shape vary
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon