Wednesday, March 21, 2007


REALLY HOT!!!!! We're still a month away from any sort of rain and the days here have been akin to living in a blast furnace. The wind kicks up dust everywhere. The interior of my pickup has a fine coating on all surfaces (I like to drive with the windows down). The grit is in my teeth now. Even La Casa Jungla is hot. Much of the canopy that provides us shade has fallen, even where we live in the green zone. The mountainsides look like Tucson, AZ. It's hard on the dogs and even Mr. Spock moves slowly come mid-day. I thrive in it.

The ocean is a deep blue. The kind of blue you can only find in nature. Its contrast against the dry mountains is dramatic, both visually and psychologically.

I took the picture(s) above over the weekend while hiking a 75 hectare (185 acre) finca I am selling overlooking Bahia Culebra and The Four Seasons in Papagayo. Horses would have been a better idea. Went through a liter of water in an hour. But this place has God's view! All that wet up against all that dry. And all that sky!

BTW: If you're interested, it can be yours for $5 million ($6.66/m²). It's one of the last of its kind. Please post a comment here with your contact information and I'll send you more information.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Mr. Spock

So Mr. Spock, our pet squirrel, has become somewhat of a celebrity here in Hollywood and the nearby surrounds. If someone would have told me three months ago that I would have a pet squirrel, I would have pretty much assumed they were off their medication.

Mr. Spock has proved to be extremely portable. His favorite ride is in my wife's purse. We can take him anywhere in this thing. He was with us in the doctor's office at the beginning of the month for my wife's last ultrasound, unbeknownst to the doctor. We take him to restaurants and bars and he's the star. When he's tired, it's back in the purse.

He digs rides in the car. He likes to ride on the headrest and will do amazing 4-point runarounds to all four of the headrests, pinging off of them like a superball. He does the same at my favorite local watering hole. He'll run across the shoulders of everyone sitting at the bar, then run back at lightning speed. He licks condensation from beer bottles and drinking glasses. He's curious about everything right now. His head is in everything! This goes over hugely!!

Mr. Spock is a chick magnet, much to my wife's displeasure. But she digs him just as much as I do and I always manage to get a smile out of her (followed by the wagging finger).

At the house, his favorite piece of playground equipment is the sliding screen doors. He'll go up and down these things all day long. He loves hanging upside down and eating or cleaning himself. And he loves taunting the dogs out of their reach.

When we're dozing in the hammock outside, he prowels the treetops high above us, playing with branches and tasting just about everything he encounters. When he's tired out, he makes his way down and snuggles up in the hammock with me or my wife.

Mr. Spock is at the office with me now as I type. He digs the fabric of my office chair and is making a game of running around, up and down, and then doing some sort of trapeze thing with the cord I use to secure my sunglasses around my neck. He's swinging almost above the keyboard now. Now he's sitting on my left hand as I type.

Pura vida!

Friday, March 2, 2007

La Pequeñita

The latest ultrasound taken yesterday at 5.1 months of pregnancy confirms that we have a little girl growing in the quickly expanding belly of my lovely wife. The pics tell the story. We're now leaning toward Alaia Davina for a name.