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

5 Feb

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 25 continued

When I got home I opened the first box and the fan was black (you’ll see why noting the color is important soon).  I got it completely assembled, plugged it into the wall socket, it ran fine at all speeds and that’s when I discovered that the little knob you push or pull that resides on top or the fan motor was missing!  So I took it completely apart, put it back in the box and got it ready to go back to the store. 

Then I opened the next box.  That fan turned out to be white but I noticed that it did have that little knob on top and oddly enough it was black.  But when I pulled all the parts out of the box I discovered that even though they were all there, the fan blade, which was in its original packaging, had one blade broken completely off.  Also the housing for the fan motor was broken.  The guy was right, the parts were there but he failed to notice the ones that were broken.  But it had a black knob!  Perfect, I took the knob off, re-assembled the black fan and now I at least had one good fan. 

I took the white fan back but once again Murphy got me.  They didn’t have any more of that brand/model.  They did however have a floor sample model of a different brand of that type of fan.  There were no fans in boxes.  That floor model was the only fan of its type in the store.  It happened to be about $2 less expensive but at this point I just wanted to swap straight across and get the hell out of there.  But no, they couldn’t do something that simple because it messed up their accounting.  They scratched and figured and scratched some more and finally said that if I bought something for 5 colones (which is about the equivalent of a tenth of a cent) or more that I could leave with the fan.  I said fine and went to look for something I might need.  I found it but when I got back to the cashier she said I didn’t need to buy anything after all.  Don’t ask me what made the difference.  I didn’t ask them.  I just took my fan and left… quickly.  (Maybe someone realized that if they got this fussy gringo out of the store there would be $2 extra in the till… )


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