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Location: Costa Rica

I retired about 12 years ago from Phoenix AZ to Costa Rica, I built houses in the US for forty years with some off times when there was no sell.
The last ten of the forty I did some rehab and learned a few things. My dry walls not that bad.
I live here in a house\compound that a crew of eight Costa Rica's built for me. It took us a year to do the Livable part with all the changes I made. It more then doubled in size. And another year to do the finish, we were finished with the finish, for most parts six years ago.
I think It has a million dollar view and a very nice place to live and very safe. My little piece of paradise.

Come and see me some time, when the weather is really bad where you live. It’s always good here.
I have three rooms for others to use when they come down for a visit or to stay. A 1000sf terrace that has a million dollar view and you can see five volcano's from it. I love it here and so dose my dogs

This last two years have been real tough for me, two operations, they were good but I had a lot of trouble with a deadly virus and the drugs they were giving me, that’s another story, would I have the work done here again? Yes.

I’m back now feeling better then every.

The temperature here is 65 to 85 year round day or night. I keep my widowers open year round. We have this cool mountain air all the time and no smog.
My home\compound is about thirty miles from the beach I think theirs a bus each hour or so for two bucks each way, the beach area is to hot for me.
In the wet season it rains almost every day, around the same time for about thirty min. The rain keeps things smelling fresh and clean. I miss it in the dry season witch isn't that dry.

I built three extra rooms for family and friends with their own private entrance and nice baths. They don’t get used that much. The kitchen is just off the deck and it was built for cooking.
The small town of San Ramon, Ala, has about twenty bakeries and is only a mile and a half away and it’s mostly down hill.
We have this great out door food marker on Friday after noon and Saturday morning, It’s just two miles away with about three hundred sellers selling veges that were harvested just hours before. A lot of veg's that you haven’t seen before, Vine ripen tomatoes, carrots that test like carrots did before, cheese from the person that milks the cows for around 2.50 a lb. his family has been doing cheese for as long as he can remember. He love visitors and to show off what he dose. We buy most of our cheese from him. We are in the mango season now. Five for a dollar.
We have papayas year round. See pictures at my flicker my acct.

Beer and hard stuff is about the same as the us. Cigarettes a lot less.
My expenses go on with or without people in the rooms or not so come down and see me some time. I do this to meat other wood workers, to learn from them and to show off what we do with wood here.
You can buy a tree here and have it turned into about any thing you won’t

I have a full time employee, he is Costa Ricaen’ and he speaks fluent English, he helps me with my needs.
I plan on having all my medical and dental work done here from now on. The State run Insurance cost less then Medicare in the US. You don’t need to pay Medicare if you live out side of the US. The state insurance covers 100% no deductible. My stay in the hospital didn’t cost me a cent. And the meds are 100% covered also.

Just get your passport up to date jump on a airplane and I’ll pick you up at the airport and do the rest. It’s about a thirty min drive from the airport to my house.
I don't do this for money, I have enough. I do it for the companionship of other and to learn from you and you may pick up something from me. You can live in Costa Rica for about $1000 a month are less.
you’re new fried to be and I will keep the light on for you.
Occie I go by O C

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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#1 posted 05-17-2009 11:45 PM

Hello Occie,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be both a rewarding and an inspirational part of your woodworking adventure.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-18-2009 12:41 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 05-18-2009 12:43 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 05-18-2009 01:02 AM

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 05-18-2009 02:12 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I love this site, I hope you will enjoy it too.

Look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

-- Gary D.

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#6 posted 05-18-2009 02:30 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks….This will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….

I’m looking forward to seeing your projects and posts…..

WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#7 posted 05-18-2009 02:34 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#8 posted 05-18-2009 06:37 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Enjoy yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 05-18-2009 11:05 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 05-19-2009 03:29 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia karsonwm[email protected]

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#11 posted 07-26-2009 06:13 AM

Wow that is sweet looking wood!! Make some beautiful picture frames!!

-- If you don't try you will never know if you can!

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#12 posted 07-28-2009 07:41 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and fantastic woodworkers.Enjoy


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#13 posted 07-28-2009 07:42 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and fantastic woodworkers.Enjoy


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#14 posted 08-16-2009 11:38 PM

Hi Occie, I used my Dewalt788 scrollsaw to cut the pic you saw in my picture section. It took about 3 hours to cut all of the lines to make the faces. After cutting the portrait I backed the picture with more wood painted black. Thanks for stopping by!!!!!!

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#15 posted 11-01-2009 05:58 PM

Thank you for the nice comment. I am still waiting to see some of your work. I will be checking back from time to time….....................................

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