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Year End 2011

30 Dec

Well, let’s see it is year end once again!  The town is full of people on vacation and with that comes a lot of traffic and loud music.  Tico’s love their music (LOUD)!!  The beaches are full of sun worshipers and surfer wanabes.  The weather has been really nice with lots of sun this month compared to last year when it rained every day except Christmas.  We are bracing for the explosive New Year’s Eve bombardment and will keep the dogs inside for sure.  Tico’s also love their fireworks, even though they are illegal here (go figure).

 

So this month we had to move a sloth away from climbing onto our power lines.  It is amazing how strong these creatures are.  Trying to pry this one loose from the bush was almost impossible.  It finally moved to the back and climb up a tree safely.

sloth

We had a party gathering of folks in Playa Negra over at the Botanical Gardens full of food and drink for Christmas.  It is a big annual deal to meet and greet new folks that happen to stumble into this place.

food

We also had a visit from a strange looking bug called a Leaf Mimic Mantis.  I think it is still out there wandering around somewhere.

 

mantis

Last but not least I had our gate sanded and varnished to keep it looking like new.  To not do this would cause the wood to rot.  Anyway, just part of maintaining things in the rainforest.

gate

 

So now for the other things that have happened here in Costa Rica.  The President got her new tax law passed 3 hours before the legislature when home for Christmas very quietly.  So now  next year we get to pay tax on our corporations that hold our house and car.  The tax this year would have been $155/each, but since it just passed and won’t go into affect until next year we get to pay $177/each (lucky us).  If you don’t pay, the corporations are dissolved and any property forfeited.  At least we have until April to pay.    95% of the money is supposed to go the the Minister of Security for a bigger police force, vamos a ver!

She is also trying to tax our retirement income, but the real problem is they can’t collect back taxes that would help solve a lot of these problems.  Since that is too hard to do, it is easier to create new laws that have a better chance of bringing in the money.  Last year there were over 100,000 professional that reported no income, so you see it is a big problem.  Can you see this in the US where people say I had no income!!! 

So a new year is just around the corner.  The US will have a new President (maybe) and billions of political adds to watch each and every new day!!  How fun is that???  We will maintain our beach head here, will be getting our residency cards in January (hopefully) and hoping for a prosperous new year indeed. 

¡Pura Vida!  ¿No?

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