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Egg On My Face

Wth My Tail Between My Legs

Egg On My Face

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.

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Sunday 25 January 2015 at 12:39 pm

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The Big City - Part II

Extended Stay

The Big City - Part II

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.

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Wednesday 07 January 2015 at 10:34 am

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The Big City - Part I

Day 4: 5 hour bus ride

The Big City - Part I

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.

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Wednesday 07 January 2015 at 06:42 am

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The Best Of Shape

Day 3: 190 steps

The Best Of Shape

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....

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Tuesday 06 January 2015 at 3:36 pm

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Wasted day

Day 2: visited the ER

Wasted day

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.

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Monday 05 January 2015 at 5:42 pm

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Hello, Cool World

Day 1 of 100 Days of Costa Rica

Hello, Cool World

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.

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Sunday 04 January 2015 at 1:43 pm

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Costa Rica Correspondence Project

Letters!

Costa Rica Correspondence Project

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:

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Tuesday 30 December 2014 at 6:26 pm

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Costa Rica References

Things to keep in mind

Costa Rica References

http://www.elcocobeach.com/request-tours/

http://costarica.usembassy.gov/living/residing-in-costa-rica.html

http://www.benottocr.com/categoria-bicicletas/paseo-y-carga/triciclo-estandar-detail

http://www.liberiacostaricainfo.com/index.php/liberia-costa-rica-public-bus-schedule.html

http://costarica.usembassy.gov/fbusanjose.html

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Thursday 20 November 2014 at 7:13 pm

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Costa Rica

100 Days of Costa Rica

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.

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Wednesday 05 November 2014 at 2:48 pm

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Earth, Too

Age Categories

Earth, Too

For reference

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Wednesday 15 October 2014 at 1:24 pm

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Disability Qualification

Notes

Disability Qualification

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Monday 25 August 2014 at 10:00 am

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Deck Philosophy

Deck Philosophy

The role-playing game I am currently designing (working title: Patchwork) is attempting to capitalize on deck-building as a mechanism of conflict resolution.

I want to give a sketch as to my vision of what the decks *mean* to the story.

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Saturday 31 August 2013 at 6:53 pm

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People of Mars

Big Planet, Small Town

People of Mars

The first Mars Direct rocket was launched on 1 May, 2018. It arrived on 16 Jan 2019. As the first crew, they had their choice of several landing sights - and in the end, chose the caves of Arsia Mons

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Friday 02 August 2013 at 01:32 am

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Life On Mars

Hunky Dory

Life On Mars

Ever since humanity landed on Mars, terraforming it was always part of the plan. The Mars Project was established by President Mondale, to build and plan for making Mars habitable to humans.

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Thursday 01 August 2013 at 1:38 pm

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Still Life

the Ghosts of Earth

Still Life

My sorcerer mini-supplement idea

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Wednesday 31 July 2013 at 12:28 pm

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Blood Magic

Genetic Dimorphism, Psychic Powers, and Heredity

Blood Magic

In the Zauberei serial, by the time I made it to the second book, I realized I needed to get some consistency in how I handled the powers that were still being discovered.

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.

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Saturday 27 October 2012 at 4:51 pm

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Demonseed Dice

exploding doubles

Demonseed Dice

Demonseed's inner system will take multiple posts. This one is just about the dicing system, which is as follows:

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.

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Wednesday 05 September 2012 at 12:00 am

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Demonseed Turns

days of yore

Demonseed Turns

Since this is a generational game, 'adventures' or 'turns' are effectively going to be days. A day of game time will be a 'year' in the world.

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Tuesday 04 September 2012 at 12:00 am

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Demonseed Legacy

Narrative

Demonseed Legacy

So, now I need a story, a narrative framework to fit the structure I established earlier.

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...

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Monday 03 September 2012 at 12:00 am

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Demonseed Philosophy

Mission Statement

Demonseed Philosophy

I want to outline several things that I think should be considered when designing Demonseed.

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Sunday 02 September 2012 at 12:00 am

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