I have spent the better part of the last two weeks dealing with car repairs and rain.
My truck worked for about two days before the original symptoms reappeared. A faulty fuel pump seems to be the main problem and replacing it with after-market parts is clearly a short-term fix. Original parts are hard to get and exorbitantly expensive. No matter which way you slice it cars in Costa Rica are money pits.
So, due to the repair bills and rain, Project Treehouse is on hold. Trading my truck for something else will have to take priority because living here without transportation is not a good option. I hope to have this done in the next week or so and will go to San Isidro again today or tomorrow to look.
I went last week, plenty of car trouble through the mountains. Found a nice little Tracker/Sidekick 4X4 (that’s the local car of choice, lots of parts available) and made a deal. Then went to the mechanico to get my car running better so I could trade it. When I came back to make the trade the guy had switched cars! I didn’t notice at first but he gave me a 2-Wheel drive instead of the 4. A few choice words later I found an old 4-Runner at another dealer. I drove it to the mechanic to check and it turned out to be two different (most likely wrecked) cars welded together! Aye oye this place can really test you sometimes.
Speaking of being tested. You may have heard about the Salvation Army’s reports of missing toys and other items. This of course is the same food and toy division I have been working with for the past two years, advising on strategy, outreach and marketing. The Executive Director- my main contact- recently turned himself in to the police and we are waiting news on the outcome. Unfortunately and as expected, the ‘Army has thrown the baby out with the bathwater and as a result any and all initiatives I have been involved with have been cut or killed. To make matters worse for me a second suspect recently arrested (whom was reportedly selling the missing inventory) was also my client for unrelated branding and online projects. Can I pick ’em or what?
Needless to say my immediate cash flow is suffering. So amongst all the rain and unplanned challenges I have been thinking about running a business development workshop for expats to raise some funds. I’ll start asking around to see if there is interest. If not I might do one online.
Having just re-read what I wrote so far it all sounds a little bad but I have to tell you that, between the odd low point now and then, I am actually happy to be here. This place is special in spite of the damp clothes, oppressive heat, itchy feet (those ants bite) and hassles. The clean air and ocean are truly healing and I am reminded every day of how amazing life is.
Last night some friends and I went to a rodeo exhibition in the mountains (not in my car) and had the best time. I also stepped on a rusty nail and met the local medico’s. Foot hurts like hell but I have some fun footage to post to the blog. Definitely need a tetanus shot.