NEWSLETTER - Issue 006

Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica


This newsletter is a monthly publication from your friends at Boomers Offshore.  It's just our way of trying to stay in touch and to encourage on-going communications between family, friends or anybody interested in our lives in Costa Rica.

Welcome To Boomers Offshore...

So far our rainy season here in Guanacaste has been pretty mild, at least by comparison to last year's downpours in Los Angeles Sur.  What seems to separate our weather from other warm beach climates is our low humidity in this region of the country.  Sure it gets humid but nothing like down south near the towns of Jacó, Quepos, Dominical and beyond. 

Northern Guanacaste seems to be ensconced in some sort of meteorological bubble that protects us from the ultra harsh weather patterns experienced in other parts of the country.

But wait... we hear October can be a rain-soaked hell here.  Fortunately, we'll never know... we'll be in the States for our first visit in over a year and a half.  Pura vida y'all!

in this issue...


Andy's Monthly Rant: Fair Weather Friends...

Today while driving in the car with Fran, we began thinking about all the places we've lived over the last 38 years and all the people we've known and all the friendships we've made.  It was this bit of nostalgic waxing that served as the inspiration for this month's rant on "Fair Weather Friends.

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We're Good For Six More Years...

It is hard to imagine that just two years ago, on our first Due Diligence trip to Costa Rica, Fran and I applied for and received our first Costa Rican drivers licenses. 

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Open  W-I-D-E in Costa Rica!

When I was a little kid, somewhere around age 5 or 6, my parents began taking me for routine, annual visits to the dentist.  I should have realized that any dentist with a name like Hackmeyer, could be a recipe for disaster.  It sort of has the same ring as the infamous Doctor Mengele!

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Back To The U.S.A. ...

We can hardly believe it, it was March 31, 2008 when Franny and I bid ADIOS to the United States and said HOLA to our new home, Costa Rica.  For the last (nearly 19 months) we've been making a new life for ourselves, meeting new people, living in different parts of the country, learning a new language, embracing a new culture, eating better and getting healthier.

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BEWARE of Car Rental Scams...

When planning our first trip back to the U.S., we needed to rent a car.  For 35 years I have been a loyal customer of Avis, in fact, I've used them so much I even memorized my bloody Wizard discount number.  So when it came time to reserve our car, naturally I called Avis. 

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this month's guests...


Absolutely nobody visited us!

new videos...

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International Living Conference...

Fran and I were invited by International Living Magazine to present tell our story to the attendees at the 2010 "Live & Invest In Costa Rica."  This video is a recording of that presentation recorded on Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

andy's recipe of the month...

Here is another non-award winning recipe from the Costa Rican kitchen of Andy Browne

Shrimp Creole...

·         One of the benefits living by the sea is the availability of fresh fish.  It is so cool to be able to go to the docks (see related story) and buy fresh fish and shrimp at prices that are 50-75% cheaper than the supermarkets and a thousand times fresher.

In this issue I want to share with you another old recipe my mom taught me but (again) I add my own twist with Costa Rican fresh herbs.  The original recipe called for canned tomatoes and dried oregano.  The hell with that, every thing that went into this Creole sauce was 100% fresh, grown in Costa Rica and purchased at the local feria (farmers market).

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what's on tap for next month...

  • 100% All Natural Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

  • Still working on on the Mythbuster's video and a new video about how one couple can live in Costa Rica for just $850 a month.

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