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And just like that

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Charity, Costa Rica Living, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Guanacaste Tourism, Newsletters, Tres Amigos Realty Group

And just like that

Man, time flies doesn’t it? It has been 7 1/2 months since we were locked down, and shut out, from the rest of the world. Yet, as I sit here now, it seems like it was yesterday. So much has happened when we were sure it would be nothing at all. For so long, the world has been on TILT; like a pinball machine, rocked a little too hard to the side. It was all still there, right in front of you; the bells, the whistles; the spinning wheels and the cannon; the secret tunnel, the rubber bumpers; just nothing worked and the lights were no longer on.

When Costa Rica first went into quarantine, it was the middle of our Guanacaste Verano, and the end of the North American winter. The hills were flush with yellow flowers, like a canvas painted with a brush, from the Cortez Amarillo trees. Stunning. What should have been a couple of our busiest months, turned into a ghost town, as everyone was sent home and the airports were closed. You could hear crickets, literally. No one was coming back, time didn’t really matter; so I put my Rolex in the safe. Spending time in my pool, working on my tan, days rolled into weeks. I started working my way through my CD collection; from AC/DC to Foreigner; Genesis to Eddie Money: Night Ranger to Twisted Sister; U2 to ZZ Top and every Van Halen album with David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar’s “I can’t drive 55!” My hair was a mess, but I didn’t care.

Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills

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

Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills – Covid-19 Food Drive Sponsor – Wittlinger Family – Pacifico Condo L 311

When our caravan pulls up into these little towns, you can physically see the relief on people’s faces. As they go from car to car, picking up each individual product and putting it in their bag, the look in their eyes and the tone of their voice says it all. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I probably have the most rewarding job of anyone, as I get to hand out the dog and cat food. As each person approaches my truck, I ask them if they have any pets at home. I have seen tears well up so many times, I am unable to even count. When you cannot even feed your children, the last thing you do is feed your animals. The smile that I get, when I stuff 5 or 10 lbs. of grub into their hands, is worth more to me than the biggest commission check I have ever cashed. I asked this one woman, how many dogs do you have? She replied 22. Gulp. I thought I had an addiction with 13, but 22? Man. That is a lot of hungry animals. I told her to politely wait until the end, because she would literally clean me out and there would be nothing left for the other 100 people. After the drive ended, I found out where she lived and we returned later that afternoon with 4 massive bags of Dog Food and even a bag of cat food too, as she had a couple of those laying around as well. No animal left behind: I should be a politician.

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