Friday, June 15, 2007

A Knock Against Liberty

Costa Rica's president Oscar Arias just recently broke ties with Taiwan in order to establish ties with Communist China. I'm shocked for two reasons:

1) Costa Rica is a democracy, (albeit socialist). One would think that they would align themselves with another freedom loving democracy.

2) How can one man make such an important decision for an entire country? Appartently that's how it is in Costa Rica. Their congress doesn't have any say so in the matter. Strange.

Here's an interesting article about how China might try to take the liberty-loving "renegade province".

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Errrrrr 1

We´ve been here for over a month now and still have not aquired a place to live (renting or buying.) It´s really getting to my wife. There have been two places that we kind of liked.

1) Up in the air. At first Meyling hated the place, but after seeing a bunch of rat holes, she decided that it wasn´t so bad. I like that place a lot. The rent would be about $325/month. The problem right now is that the owners want us to sign a 1 year contract. We´re extremely hesitant to do that. We´re asking for a 6 month contract. They´re thinking about it....

2) Communication is more than half the battle. This is a house in a very decent area of town. Meyling thought that I didn´t like it because it really doesn´t have a back yard and there weren´t any security bars on the front windows. I thought that Meyling didn´t like it because it didn´t have a telephone yet. All in all, we both we´re happy with it, but it rented before we talked about it. It would´ve been $308/month and the land lord said that 6 months was better than a year. What´s the point of even writing this?

After a miserable week, I think we´re on the same page even though we´re on different sides of that page.....

Monday, June 4, 2007

Some funny things

One day I saw a guy riding a bicycle and smoking a cigarette.

I saw a guy riding a bicycle with an open umbrella going up a steep hill.

I've seen several cases of 2 people on one bicycle in heavy traffic. Once I saw 2 teenagers one peddling and the other on the handlebars laughing and screaming obscentities at the guy pedaling.

Several times while I'm out running in the mornings, I've seen a dad with his son or daughter sitting on the cross bar. In all cases it looked like they were on their way to the school.

Twice I've taken an unlicenced taxi to get home. These taxis are called pirate taxis. When I got to the house, my wife asked me how I got home so I told her. My 4-year-old found it extremely interesting and said that he didn't know that there was such a thing as a "pirate" taxi.

We looked at an interesting piece of property that's forsale about a week ago. The couple live next to his mom. Over the years, they've added on to their house in pretty much any direction. They have 2 rooms that cross the property line, each room sitting half on the mom's lot and half on theirs. There are two filled in swimming pools in the back yard. One rectangular that now has corn growing out of it. The other is circular and encompasses part of the rectangular one. Again, both are filled in. Nevertheless it was all very interesting.

The other day my sister-in-law lost her voice, I told my4-year-old that it may be in the back yard and that we needed to find it. He looked for it for a while.