The Players

Ξ July 4th, 2005 | → 14 Comments | ∇ |

Will (I think) said “Life is a stage” (or something like that)… So if you read my blog, you might want to know who are the players in my life!First and foremost, there is ME.

Bill and Lucia Kembly and Lucia

Then comes my wifey (see picture below) who henceforth may be known as Maria Luisa, Maria, Luisa, Guisa, or just ML… all depending on my mood.

My son Bill lives here in Costa Rica along with his sweetie and my beautiful granddaughter, Lucia.

Bill and Kembly are pictured right holding Lucia… world’s greatest granddaughter. All live here in Costa Rica about 10 minutes from me.

BobKaren and Bob are my two other kids who both live in Chicago with their kids! Karen is married to Jim and they have two most excellent kids. Bob and Jackie are the proud parents of JAKE… a kid waaaaay to intelligent for his age (2). I do not have good photos of Karen or Jackie, so you’ll just have to picture two more gorgeous women!

Jeanette is my sassy housekeeper… a 25 year old bundle of energy… and Nicaraguan transplant. She maybe weights 80 pounds wet from the shower (something I’d really like to see by-the-by) and carries a knife. She is a wonderfully constant annoyance and is a member of the family. I love her dearly. She cleans bathrooms!

Update on Jeanette May 2006 – Jeanette left us a couple of months ago to have her baby and move North to Nicaragua to live with the baby’s father. We miss her a LOT BUT…

We now have Maritza who I have NO desire to see wet, but who does a great job of keeping the place in order and cooks like a pro. Great. Now I can weigh 500 pounds….

PaulMy brother Paul lives here in Costa Rica. He has chosen drugs as his way of life for 30 years now. A most excellent person, I hope he can kick off the monkey one day.

Update on Paul: May, 2006. The demons won. Paul passed away. Read about it here. Here is the last picture of Paul with my son Bill, Christmas 2005. RIP mi hermano.

Marlen and Carlos (below left) are Maria’s two children and both are in their 20’s. Marlen is an optometrist and Carlos is completing his undergrad degree. Carlos changes girlfriends more often than I change my socks.

Below left is a picture of them dancing at our combination Birthday and engagement party.

Marlen and CarlosThe animals are: Charlie (short for Charlotte) a multi grand champion Abyssinian and George, who is Charlie’s great grandfather. Georgie is also a multi grand champion and one of only TWO Abyssinians in Central America. Not the brightest cat there ever was, George is as sweet animal if ever there was one. George is very laid-back and gentle and only gets truly active when Charlie is “in season”. He then works diligently to develop an incestuous relationship. Sadly, Georgie has had his jewels removed… so this does not work well… though Charlie seems to enjoy the attention!

Piro or Pirolina is my little street dawg. Found under a bridge, 95% dead at 4 weeks… I was able to nurse her back to health with 90 days of constant attention and a vet bill big enough to get anyone’s attention. She is now in the best of health and repays me by being a most excellent doggy. Actually… she isn’t even mine any more. ML is the apple of her eye and I am sort of the guy that lives here. DSC00459

The BIRD is our bilingual, bipolar lora, a Yellow Naped Amazon parrot.

Nasty little bitch to nearly everyone, she’ll bite you in two seconds for doing nothing more than yanking on her tail feathers! She has an enormous vocabulary and never shuts up! We have no idea if she is a he or if he is a she… and nobody really wants to get close enough for a peek … Her name is QuiQui.

People who know parrots say for sure she is female and Tica because:

  1. She NEVER shuts up (in two languages)
  2. She loves her tormentor 🙂
  3. She is jealous if ANYONE gets near me and
  4. She flirts with me
  5. She NEVER bites me 🙂

Bird (or women) experts may weigh in on this topic.

Go figure. For some reason, that bird adores me, sits with me, goes to the supermarket on my shoulder… NEVER bites me, follows me around (on foot) whenever I am outside on the patio. I do nothing for her.

Maria Luisa in Key WestML, on the other hand, treats her great! Gives her food and goodies. Sings to her. Changes her cage on weekends. She hates her. Left, by popular demand, is a picture of Maria Luisa, my wife! Now how could any bird not love her?

That’s it. If I forgot anyone, I’ll add them later (plus some pix so you can see who is who).

 

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  1. on June 29th, 2006 at 5:00 pm

    IS correct and that the D100 is closer to 4 MILLION colones. Gee! I thank him politely and go to the other Nikon reseller in downtown San Jose. He quotes me his heavily discounted price of… oh… $20.00 less. About the time I am leaving the store, my son Bill calls me to say his is traveling back to the USA for 4-5 days for a training seminar. I get his hotel info, surf the net for best prices on a D70s, find it at Beach Camera, order it (no sales tax) have it overnighted to his hotel in Mountainview

  2. Arthur Blankstein said,

    on June 12th, 2006 at 7:49 am

    Hi Tim

    I want to thank you and Sandy for revising my contact with you. Congratulations on your Happy marriage – I wish you all the best and many healthy and happy years.

    Ken and I have been together for over 8 years now and have been married for 2 1/2 years. We have 2 kids – their names are Jefferson and Martha. They are Whippets and Jeff has won Best in Show at this last dog show. We are very proud of him. They are both very talkative and are truly our real friends.

    LOve to you both

    Arthur and Ken Blanstein-Ure

  3. Jamais Trujillo said,

    on July 3rd, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    HI Tim! Lot’s of great info! I was wondering if I could get the name and number of your massuese who comes to your home? Thanks! Jamais Trujillo Escazu

  4. Tim said,

    on July 3rd, 2006 at 10:08 pm

    Sadly no. She left the country and now we are looking as well.

    Tim

  5. Lee Huston said,

    on November 7th, 2006 at 12:35 am

    Hello, Couldn’t find the e-mail direct option.I have raised 4 children as a single parent for 20 years,and youngest finally graduated high school and opldest married and moved out recently.Now time for me to journey on.Also from Cleveland,Ohio area,leaving in 48 hours for 2 weeks exploratory visit Costa Rica and have just found this blog/links to ex-pat’s and look forward to enjoying this community.HoboLee

  6. Tim said,

    on November 7th, 2006 at 7:41 am

    Hi Lee… The reason you could not find the direct email is I forgot to place it back on the sidebar when I changed blog styles. It is there now… at the bottom!

    Hope you enjoy your trip!

  7. Rachaela said,

    on May 3rd, 2007 at 12:12 am

    Hi-

    Great help from your website. I was worried, however, by one thing I saw–that you must enter CR with a passport that does not expire within 6 months. I am going to the artists’ colony in Ciudad Colon for 2 2 weeks in mid-May, and my passport expires end of June of this year. Am I in trouble here? What do I do? I appreciate anything you can tell me, since this is the first I have heard of this and there are no appts at my local passport agency within the next 12 days (checked already).

    Thank you,

    Rachaela
    California Norte

  8. Rachaela said,

    on May 3rd, 2007 at 12:12 am

    Typo above–I will be in CR for 2 weeks, not 22! Thanks! (Gorgeous family, btw)

  9. Tim said,

    on May 3rd, 2007 at 8:33 am

    I would get it renewed ASAP.

    The passport agencies do have procedure for a rush renewal, but it is not cheap, so contact them and explain the situation.

  10. Michael said,

    on December 16th, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Passports can be expedited within a foreign country if you are a US Citizen. Go to the US Embassy and apply for a lost or stolen passport and they will expedite the passport in 10 days. The embassy is located in Rhormoser or ask a taxi to take you to “Por la embajada de Los Estados Unidos”

  11. Eric Hanner said,

    on August 14th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    My wife and I are considering retiring in CR. She is a painter/artist and I do small wood work like bowls and boxes. I have read the site well enough to know working there is out. Is it possible for an artist on Social Security to sell their work?

    Thank you for all the time you spent putting this remarkable site together and maintaining it. Quite a piece of work. You have covered just about every area of question.

    Eric


  12. on April 26th, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Hi there,
    Just found your blog but notice that there have not been any posts for some time – finding it really interesting reading especially as we are headed out to CR early 2013. If you have moved blogs would love to read more…..

  13. Tim said,

    on July 19th, 2012 at 7:31 am

    That is because I have grown olde and lazy. Sorry.

  14. Kathy said,

    on March 13th, 2016 at 10:23 am

    My husband and I will be visiting CR next Jan w/my bro and his ex (they get along great since they are not married. I thoroughly enjoyed your write up. Very enjoyable to read however with your “buggy ” comments I don’t know now if we should rent a couple of places to stay or whether we should stay in a hotel. Time to decide I guess.

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