Wth My Tail Between My Legs
On the 21st of January I left Costa Rica. The verdict? A great country, but obvously not for me. Or at least I made poor decisions when trying to settle there.
I am embarrassed.
Unfortunately, this foolhardy adventure has left me almost ten thousand dollars in the hole. I am going to have trouble making ends meet for at least a year
As of now, I am in Southern California staying with family. In a few days I should be back in Phoenix, staying with friends. My house is inhabited by renters.
So I needed to be at the embassy (Federal Benefits Unit) at 11:15 o. In order to get my residency paperwork started, I need to be at the ARCR by 13:00 tomorrow. The las bus leaves at 14:00 tomorow. So I guess I'm in the City another night. I've already made a booking at a hostel near the bus station - cheaper than the hotel I bookd that was near the embassy for one night. Here's hoping this is a one-time visit. I can't afford to do this all the time.
Day 4: 5 hour bus ride
For those of you unaware, Playas del Coco is distant from the capital city of Costa Rica. Like, way distant. And I need to be there to visit the federal benefis unit, to get my social security in order. MY appointment is at 11:15am Thursday. That's at the embassy, which is in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. It's a five hour bus ride fromin here, so I'm going today (Wednesday) to make sure I can be there Thursday. I'm still debating whether or not to take my laptop. They say the bus stations are treacherous.
On the bright side, the place I'll be staying at tonight has food, I'll be having dinner tonight and free breakfast tomorrow.
Day 3: 190 steps
I am definitely not in the best of shape. I tried to walk the half-mile to downtown Coco, which was uphill and it was about in the upper 80s at 54% humidity. I made it around 190 steps, at least according to Misfit, a fitness tracker I have on my wrist. Unfortunately, that's where the grocery stores are.
But in Phoenix, especially with all the cancer treatments, I've been rather sedentary. I've had to struggle with pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lungs), and even in childhood I had a right bundle branch block (that kept oxygenated blood from getting into my body). Even so, hopefully I can build on this.
I'm going to work to get back in shape. 100 steps, then maybe 110 the next day....
Day 2: visited the ER
Had a minor seizure at the computer today, fell off my chair dislocated my shoulder.
Luckily the property manager (Harvey) was around and took me the 30 minutes drive to the ER, they gave me paih killers, a CT, and an X-ray. all for $350. Shoulder was fine, Good thing I packed my anti-seizure meds,even though the US Docs cleared me.
Seriously, I'm okay.
Day 1 of 100 Days of Costa Rica
I landed the 3rd of January, got my keys, and after a flurry of unpacking, collapsed into bed. In other words, I've just slept and haven't gone outside yet. In other words, I have no photographs to share.
Met some of my neighbors. Cool cats.
Today is Sunday, everything is closed. Tomorrow, I'll start settling in.
Since I missed yesterday, today will be day 1 of 100 days.
January will be a month of settling in, and where I will attmpt to create a daily routine.
This is inspired by Virginia Woolf's comments on the death of letter writing.
Anyone who sends me a hand-written letter with a two dollar bill in it (so I can afford a stamp, an envelope, and a card) will have a hand-written letter sent back to you. Two dollar bills are appparently popular in Costa Rica. It is not illegal to send cash in the mail. Those not in the United States, feel free to send some sort of quirky currency from your country that's at least the equivalent of a two dollar bill.
I promise to find excellent stationary for this.
My mailing address is below the fold:
Things to keep in mind
100 Days of Costa Rica
I'm moving to Costa Rica in 2015. I'm hoping to blog my first 100 days. Keep an eye out for January 3rd.
I want to give a sketch as to my vision of what the decks *mean* to the story.
Big Planet, Small Town
the Ghosts of Earth
Genetic Dimorphism, Psychic Powers, and Heredity
It became clear that powers were different between genders, and so that's how I started.
The initial conceit is that there is a certain variation of the gender chromosomes that gives powers. Powers are effectively recessive, so in almost all cases, you need two instances of these genes. However, people with a singleton still manifest something.
Exploding doubles. A snake-eyes will be considered especially bad.
In other words, we roll 2dN trying to roll *above* a target number T. Reroll on doubles, forever - stop on any non-double or a snake-eyes.
Bonuses increase the the size of N.
Penalties increase the size of T.
Combat and characters will have to be handled later. Everything else is going to be covered here.
days of yore
What I've come up with I call 'Legacy', which is the Retcon/Ascension of Demonseed. Players will play the descendants of their original character, who'll quite literally inherit the skills.
Here's how it will look...