September 11-14, 2006 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #101
Contact phone numbers
New York: 315-279-6711
Toronto: 416-907-5758 // 416-461-2203
Land: 506-282-4142 Ext. 101
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The Story: Trip to and from Georgia and enforcing the
Weather: overcast with periodic rains. (The rain this
year is substantially less than last year and less
Clean-up: virtually done; the last load debris is
ready to be taken away.
Unit 102: Floors, doors, and some of the cabinetry
are in. This unit will be substantially finished next
week. We continue to have several parties interested
in it; we'll see what
Develops When it is finished, the price will
Lockers: done and landscaped...
Electrical System Upgrade: finished and all circuits
are now working. I haven't cracked the champagne yet
but plan to. Just haven't had time.
Marketing: We have two tenants moving in over the
next three days. Each unit has been decorated and
Internet: continues to work fine
Gardening / Landscaping: we continue to move plants
and fill in behind the sod and changed plantings. I
bought about 200 shade plants and they are now all
planted. We will be cutting some ferns back and
plugging an area where we want them to grow.
Rio Oro Development
We've received two other proposals. We now have
three. We will evaluate them next week now that both
Paul and I are together. One has fallen by the
wayside as being too expensive and too cumbersome.
One looks like it will be for architectural work only
which is fine and the third is looking like it will be
for the site design and engineering. We expect to
make a decision by the end of next week.
We're clearing the tall grass and small brush from
areas of the land.
We're getting a GPS plot of the trees we've
Several additional people have identified themselves
to me as being interested in purchasing in this
Property Management: The accountant is getting caught
up-she isn't there yet but in a couple weeks is likely
to be current. She did a lot of traveling in May,
June and July to deal with her two daughters who were
on job assignments overseas and who had never been
away from home. September is the cutoff date for the
corporate year end in CR. I believe we have until
December to get all the paperwork in for the previous
accounting period. Paul and I would like to have all
remaining issues resolved in a month so we can focus
on Rio Oro.
We have three people quite independently challenging
issues of our lease agreement. Our lease is quite
detailed and outlines specific remedies should it be
breached. This is unlike most CR leases which are
very general and say virtually nothing. Our lease is
based on years of experience and has been reviewed by
legal counsel. We will enforce it for the benefit of
our investors. It's never fun enforcing issues but
for some reason my experience is that when some North
Americans come to Costa Rica, they seem to think they
don't have to abide by the terms and conditions of a
contract they sign. These are often times the same
people who are quick to point out any deficiency or
error that is made that they don't like.
Saturday update: Two of the three are moving out.
The built-in furniture on the terrace is still under
construction. When finished, Lita will have a place
to clean the bird cages other than the kitchen sink
and I'll have a nice area for bar-b-queing.
Our trip to Atlanta and beyond went well except for
the attitude displayed by the staff at the airport and
their lack of forthright information. Had it not been
for a couple who knew the procedure, we would have
been lost and separated from our luggage. I would
have to think very, very hard to return through there.
I had anticipated the requirement to have an exit
ticket out of CR when flying back to CR. I had
purchased two $10 bus tickets to Granada. The Delta
rep interpreted the US Gov't requirement as being
airline tickets We had a "discussion" and she was
finally educated on the definition of "ticket" but it
took her supervisor to educate her-I doubt that she's
CR has opened a new section of the San Jose terminal.
It's nice. The planes each way were about 40% full.
Delta did make an attempt at serving food unlike
Continental which, when last flown, had reduced the
effort to "please don't bother, this is an insult, my
dog won't even eat it".
After this experience and were it not for family, I
would really rather not travel to North America.
There are so many other places in Central America
which are more interesting for me.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon