SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis –

9 Jan

This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a Guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica.

Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read something that is “archived”.  Because if you read every blog I enter you will have eventually read the whole e-book and won’t need to order it for $2.99 from Amazon or B&N.  All you’ll be missing are the photos that show what you might expect if you choose to undertake the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise.

As I said, I will start each blog with the appendix so that the reader can reference important elements of the book to archived blogs.  The page numbers shown are the actual page they appear on in the book. Here is the Appendix – and these are all the nuggets and their corresponding page numbers:

Definition of “nugget” – 3, Doors & Windows – 7, Manufacturing – 11, Real Estate – 11, Shipping – 12,Maps, – 15, Corporations – 20, Traffic Cops – 23, Know basic Spanish – 30, Panama – 33, Roof Line – 42, Plumita Pacifica Web Address – 65, Getting the Best a Tico has to Offer – 84, Power Surges – 86, Liberia Airport – 88, Attitude – 104, Cellular Phones – 117, Newspapers – 18, Your Embassy – 137, Buying & Selling Cars – 154, Drive Slowly – 161, Arriving at the Airport – 168, Wages & Prices – 170, Undertows – 226, Life Ring – 230, Avoiding Customs Confiscations – 234, Driving Rules – 236, Walking in the City – 249, Purchasing Anything – 258, Buying Fresh Produce – 263, Bus Tickets – 272, to “Bribe” or not to “Bribe” – 313, Traffic ticket Prices – 315, Exiting the Country – 337

And just in case you’re interested… here’s the table of contents:

Introduction and Preliminary Comments – 3, My First Trip -15, Lost in Guanacaste – Playa Coyote – 20, Trust with a Child – 26, Lost in Panama – 29, Attorneys – 35, My Contractor – 38, My Security Guard – 61, My Toldo – 67, Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet – 76, A Cellular Phone – 115, A Country Doctor – 124, A Lesson Well Learned – 130, A Little Green Frog – 138, A Little Brown Frog and a Bat – 146, A “Murphy’s Law” Day – 153, Driving in the Rainy Season – 161, Drunk Drivers – 174, Fiesta del Toros – 185, Getting a Drivers License – 195, INS and a Minor Accident – 203, Lifeguards – 224, Passing through Customs – 232, Rules of the Road for Tico Driving – 236, San Jose – 241, Shopping and Making Tamales – 250, Taking the Bus – 272, Turtles in My Front Yard – 281, Untitled – 287, When it Rains it Pours (sometimes) – 294, She Found My Lot – 307, My First Traffic Ticket – 312, Ticket # 2 – 316, My Radar Detector – 318, Ticket # 3 (after a slow speed chase) – 324, A Christmas Parade – 338, Sex (the truth about ticos) – 343, Photo Album – 347, Appendix – 374

chapter 20 continued

Then I call my attorney in San Jose and bring her up to speed on the situation. 

She advises me to go to the court in Santa Cruz and get a copy of all the documentation they have.  Then get a copy of this paper Toyota wants me to sign and then fax everything to her so that she can advise me correctly.

My agent calls and explains.  Toyota calls and I tell them nothing will happen until my attorney has reviewed the case.   I can hear the panic in their voices.  I guess they have a buyer hot to trot for the car.  Not only does the government move like a turtle with its legs broken, private enterprise here does too if it’s not in their interest to move faster.  I was curious what action my attorney comments might motivate them to take.

They will DHL the paper they want me to sign and it will arrive at my door tomorrow (Thursday) so I can fax it with what I get from the court to my attorney.  The plan is, assuming my attorney is satisfied with all the legalities, that I can sign and DHL back to them before I leave on Friday.

Thursday morning, DHL calls, they don’t deliver to my area.  The packet is in the DHL office in Liberia (that’s where the airport is).  I begin to chuckle when I finally get the picture from the Spanish only speaker I’m on the phone with from the DHL office.  For once it’s not my problem.  I wonder what Toyota will do now, so I call them.

They did what they could have thought of doing in the first place.  They emailed the paper they want me to sign, in English, so I could fax it to my attorney for review.  I did, my attorney said sign but only after I had a copy of the same paper signed by the other party in the accident.

Basically, what the paper says is that Toyota has settled all claims, never used INS and all parties are satisfied and the letter is addressed to the court and demands that the case be dismissed.

I could hear the relief in their voice when I called and told them my attorney was satisfied and that they only needed to email me a copy of the same letter, signed by the other party, and that I would sign on Friday.  They emailed it to me and Toyota is sending a guy to meet me at the Toyota dealership in Santa Cruz so I can sign on my way to the airport. 

I think it’s the same guy that sold me the car I’m driving now because the name is the same.

Good news!  That means the whole ordeal is finally over and I don’t need to worry that the lady who was so frustrated with me at the court house might throw a monkey wrench in the works and get the judge prejudiced against me.  I don’t even want to think about how this saga could have continued had I not had the good fortune and opportunity to trade that car in when I did.

You see, in the middle of all this I was asking my insurance agent when I might hear from the court as to its decision on who the guilty party was.  Because it’s a turtle… he wasn’t able to answer the question.

It’s amazing, however, how quickly the turtle’s legs can be healed when it’s in the other party’s interest.


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