Tank Tops Flips Flops T-shirts are BACK!

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Charity, Costa Rica Living, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Newsletters


Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 207

It has been 2 long years since we have been able to sell our beautiful Tank Tops Flip Flops shirts so instead of 1 design we are rolling out a whopping 7 new designs.  These are going to go fast as everyone has been begging us for new shirts.  You will have 2 chances this weekend to pick up a brand new shirt, tank top and other great items.

On this Saturday, December 18th, from 4-10PM we will be at The Garden Bar.  Join us for awesome live music in a great outdoor atmosphere.

On this Sunday, December 19th, from 12-6PM we will be at Coconutz.  Come enjoy NFL football and live music at this great outside venue.

Pain In My Back – Part 2

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Medical Care, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Newsletters

Pain In My Back – Part 2

I am a lucky man. I live in this incredible country, surrounded by amazing people. I have 13 awesome dogs and thousands of friends; the absolute best job a guy could have; and the most beautiful girlfriend you could ever imagine. I also have great DNA, inheriting my parents’ good looks, intelligence, humor and wit (wink wink). Unfortunately, I also derived my mother’s bad back. I have degenerative discs, and I have to be extra careful about everything I do. Of course, that is easier said than done, when your name is Michael Simons. I have generally, NEVER followed Doctor’s advice, and pretty much fly by the seat of my pants, through most of my existence on this earth.

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 206 

For the last year or so, I have had this constant aching in my lower back, a sure sign that things were heating up again. You see I had a disc replacement surgery 7 years ago, having completely blown one out, so I know when things are going wrong and I am worse for the wear. You can read the Newsletter I wrote in March 2015.


A few weeks ago, the pain got to the point where I knew I needed to visit my neurosurgeon one more time. After an MRI and some X-Rays, I met with Doctor Huertas at CIMA hospital San Jose. He is, without a doubt, the cream of the crop.

When I told him I had spent the better part of the last two years, lifting thousands of pounds of beans, rice and dog food, during our food drives, I got the lecture I knew was coming.

“Michael! I told you NEVER to lift anything again.”

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