Pool Heater --Chpt. Gazillion...

ISSUE #931: Nov. 20-26, 2022


Brian Timmons, Newsletter Author
Brian Timmons

Dear friends,

When I started Residencias Los Jardines, I started writing a weekly newsletter -determined to tell all the good, bad, and the ugly. I knew some readers would be interested in the construction process. I expected others might be interested in the lifestyle of two people who had decided to live outside the box. For others, the adventures of Lita, the parrot and the cat took on an entertainment saga all its own.

Residencias Los Jardines is finished. We periodically have re-sales and rental availability. Some readers may be interested in this information.

Brian Timmons
Developer / Property manager
Residencias Los Jardines

Web: https://residenciaslosjardines.com
Emails: info@residenciaslosjardines.com

Market activity
sales & rentals

Sales: Los Jardines: Units #114, #116 and #124

Los Jardines: Nothing available
Paradisus: Nothing available

Residencias Los Jardines
property management, rentals & re-sales

Unit #114: $ 178,000 / See Unit
Unit #116: $ 179,000 / See Unit

Unit #126: $ 625 mo. / Jr. One Bdrm. with cover terrace / See Unit

For sale

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): Single Floor
Type: Attached
Furnished: Yes

This 1,290 sf. (plus covered parking for one car and two lockers 67 sf.) single story, semi detached house, with garden terrace, two bedrooms is a beautiful executive style home. This home consists of two large bedrooms one with six piece en-suite bathroom with additional access to separate full shower. Each bedroom has large closets with extensive built-ins for personal organization. The vaulted living room and bathroom ceilings provide a feeling of grandeur while allowing the warmer air to rise and exit through the ceiling ventilating system. There are four TVs (one in each bedroom, one in the living room and one in breakfast / dinning room.) This is a beautiful well appointed home.

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Semi-Attached
Furnished: Yes

This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car and a separate, secure storage locker. It is and end unit and therefore attached on only one side by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.

For rent
Our Lives

What Happened This Week

Weather: Still undergoing transition to the dry season. We continue to wash away the mold and accumulated dirt and stains frmo the rainy season and touch up painting.


1. Pool Heater: This continues unfinished... it has become an obsession full of frustration. I gave up on the person who solved the gate issue and who I assigned to this project and paid 4 man days to solve... he never showed up again after I got the equipment he said he needed. Therefore, I turned to two others and got them interested in solving the problem. So far, we have spent 6 man days working on it... dead end after dead end... It all comes down to not having any instructions with the equipment I bought... Re. the thermosatic switch, it has proven to be the most difficult to undersand... what few instructions there are, are so poorly written in English (same for Spanish) that they are virtually useless. The few videos are also virtually useless... people writing / videoing do not think about the information which needs to be communicated. Re. the actuator / piston --we found out it requires reversed polarity to retract the piston... great, now we had find and add another inline component and to find a 12V relay which will do this has been a challenge. The current status is that we are "cautiously optimistic" that we understand the thermo switch and how to program it such that it works with the actuator (piston). We do not understand it well enough such that it works as I had planned (temperatur) but it may work thru a combination of temperature and timing... not ideal but maybe we will have to settle for this. Anyway, Monday we will begin assembling it and putting the lid on the heater... the test as to if it works will not likely come before Wednesday... who knows...

Not being technically gifted, I let them work on it while I "disappear" into the shawdows.....I cannot contribute anything and tehy don't meed me looking over their shoulder. I cook, encurange them during moments of depression, but perhaps I did make one significant contribution (other than feeding them) which makes us "cautiously optimistic"....I have no confidence but we'll see.

Neither one of my help have working cars....fortunately, the second car I bought has come in useful... I can lend it to them.

2. Foreclosures:

A. La Trinidad: I just received some papers to sign which are required by the government so they can fix their mistake. Is this progress????? don't know...

B. San Bosco: It sits... grows grass nicely...

C. Barrio Escalante: Waiting... Nov. 8 marked 10 months of waiting for a "judge" to review the foreclosure and auction... the complaint with the "oversight ??" re. the slow processing has yielded no results... I am not surprised...

3. Internet: Still sub-standard and no resolution in sight.

4. A Good News Story: For 20 years, I had kept a booklet of color chips. It had the various colors noted for each house --inside and outside. It was useful when I wanted to do touch up painting... over the years, the manufacturers formulas had changed but the reproduced colors were very close. I lost track of it and despite my efforts to recall its last use, I couldn't remember... I had given up... I returned to my usual paint supplier after a two month lapse, and one of the attendants immediately lifted up from behind the counter my booklet... WOW!!!! he knew how important it was to me. I am forever thankful...

News Items of the Week


1. AI / Intel and CR... Intel needs people with this skill and CR educational system is not producing them. Therefore, Intel developed / adapted an existing program and gave it to CR and will continue to support it... yes, government-private industry cooperation... mutual benefit...

2. The exchange rate remains incredible C593-C607 : $1 US... not long ago, it was over C700 --and usually, the colon devalues at this time of year as foreign countries bring in additional US $$ to pay alguinaldo...

1. Agreement between MEP and Intel Costa Rica will enable AI in Technical Colleges

Intel developed the “Artificial Intelligence for Youth” (Intel® AI For Youth, AI4Y) program, whose model, content, and teacher training was provided to the MEP at no cost.

QCOSTARICA – Starting in 2023, students from the Professional Technical Colleges located in Santa Ana, Puriscal, Coronado and Calle Blancos will be able to opt for the specialty in Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) and Intel Costa Rica announced this Thursday at the Santa Ana CTP.

The goal is, by 2024, to add another ten schools.

The purpose of the cooperation agreement is the development of joint actions that favor the acquisition of skills in Automatic Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the students of Professional Technical Education.

The student community will also learn about the ethical and legal implications of this technology to foster not only knowledge, but also the promotion of responsible digital citizenship.

“This new technical specialty is a response to the demand for new professional profiles that the country requires and to the new trends that characterize the labor market today. Artificial Intelligence represents for Costa Rica and, especially for our young people, an opportunity to increase their competitiveness, promote innovation and employability,” said the Minister of Education, Anna Katharina Müller.

“The world is transforming at a rate we have never seen before and Artificial Intelligence is undoubtedly one of the megatrends that, like Intel, we are betting on. (…) This agreement with the MEP will prepare young people in this highly demanded technical area to increase their employability opportunities,” explained Ileana Rojas, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Costa Rica.

Benefit for youth

The signed agreement will allow the development of a three-year program, in which Intel provided the MEP, at no cost, with the model and content developed in Intel® AI For Youth or “Artificial Intelligence for Youth”.

This also allows for providing materials for the design of educational programs, the development of teaching material and to support teaching updating processes on the subject of AI and Machine Learning. Students who will begin the program in the 2023 school year will have a scholarship to learn English.

“Artificial intelligence is one of the exponential technologies that CINDE has its eyes on, knowing that the specialty represents new job opportunities that are highly demanded by companies. We are proud to see how, through public-private partnerships and a good reading of the environment, this technical career will be available and soon we will have more professionals who can dramatically improve the quality, efficiency and productivity of companies, as well as society itself.

“According to a KPMG study, only in Costa Rica about 75% of companies have begun to implement artificial technology in their processes, while together with “machine learning” it is one of the 5 megatrends in the sectors with the greatest attraction for foreign direct investment,” said Vanessa Gibson, director of investment climate at CINDE, the Costa Rican lnvestment Promotion Agency.

Artificial intelligence for young people

In 2019, Intel globally rolled out a focused AI capability program, AI for Youth, in partnership with governments to empower 13-19-year-olds with skills, mindsets, tools and opportunities appropriate to use technology responsibly in an AI-driven landscape.

The program is currently available in more than 26 countries around the world. In Poland, Germany, South Korea, Singapore, Moldova, India, China and South Africa, they have adopted AI for Youth on a national scale.

Costa Rica is the first country to develop the program in Latin America and the only one to formalize it as a specialty at the secondary education level.

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