Street Signs Making an Appearance in Atenas

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Atenas is another step closer to having real street addresses – at least in the central business district. Street signs will be installed!

Previously, a business was known by it’s location in relation to another business or landmark… eg: across the street from the church.  50 meters from the Justice Center.  (a block – no matter how long – equals 100 meters)

Now the streets will at least have names and numbers. It will be interesting to see how business chose to number themselves. And how long the signs remain in place. I’m not optimistic that we will soon see Pop’s Ice Cream Shop – located at the Corner of Avenida 1 and Calle 6.

Here’s the announcement from the municipality…

• The signs will be installed in the quadrants of the central district of Atenas in the province of Aajuela. Between 3 and 14 and 5 and 10.
• will be placed 52 posts and 104 peañas vial of nomenclature to identify the streets and avenues for his name. With the aim of promoting both the inhabitants of the Canton, shops, and people from foreign countries who visit us, or choose to reside in our town.
• It is a partnership between the city of Athens, National Bank and development association of Santa Eulalia, through participation in the project productive in communities in the area of social responsibility of the national bank.
• An agreement was signed between the company hired and the association of holistic development of Santa Eulalia since the funds provided by the national bank should be channelled through an association formed by law 3859.
• the materials to build these signals are plastic wood, which are 100 % Recycled; equals seventy thousand plastic bottles of 600 ml equivalent to 2111 pounds of material recycled plastic.
• the total cost of the project is 9 700 000 colones; providing the national bank of Costa Rica 8 000 000 colones for the development of the signs and the municipality 1 700 000 Colones, for the installation of the lettering and the design of the project.

Hot Property in Atenas Costa Rica

Property is hot in Atenas Costa Rica – literally on fire.

It’s the dry season – very dry season, came on early and is staying late. Temperatures are higher than normal. Winds are higher than usual. This is the driest season in a long time. Scientists are referring to this year as a Double El Nino.

Thanks El Nino! Thanks El Nino! (double thank you.)

Fires are not uncommon because much of the land around Atenas is set aside as Nature Preserves. Once a fire gets started there are no barriers to fires spreading at will. Firefighters can’t or won’t fight the fires on the hills or in the preserve. Luckily they have stayed far away from us. We can smell the smoke if the wind is strong and in our direction. No houses have been damaged.

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Classic No Agenda Podcast from Two European-American Old People

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Adam Curry (above) and John C. Dvorak, two European-American individuals do a twice weekly podcast.

(listen here)

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They found the Bias Free Language Guide, (opens PDF) a non-official guide to “inclusive” language to use on the University of New Hampshire campus.

Adam and John take the first forty minutes to “deconstruct” the guidebook and the results are hilarious. Both from the content of the guide – and John’s reaction.

Classic.

Here’s just a taste of what they talking about…

The following is a list of terms that arise when referring to race, ethnicity and culture.

Preferred: White people, European-American individuals Problematic: Caucasian people Preferred: international people Problematic: foreigners

Preferred: Gay, Lesbian, Same Gender Loving (SGL) Problematic: “Homosexual”

“Homosexual” is an outdated clinical term considered derogatory and offensive by many gay and lesbian people. Gay and/or lesbian accurately describe those who are attracted to people of the same sex or gender. Same Gender Loving is sometimes used among African American sexual minority individuals.

Preferred: Sexual Minorities, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Problematic: People of an alternative “lifestyle” (when referring to sexuality) “Lifestyle” is an inaccurate term used by anti-gay extremists to denigrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives. As there is not one straight lifestyle, there is not one lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender lifestyle. Queer, historically a derogatory term, has been reclaimed by many sexual minorities and their allies. Queer is often used as an umbrella term to describe lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, and questioning (of sexuality and/or gender identity).

Preferred: People with intersex characteristics, individuals with ambiguous sexual organs

Problematic/Outdated: Hermaphrodites Intersex can be used when describing a person whose biological sex is ambiguous. There are many genetic, hormonal or anatomical variations that make a person’s sexual organs ambiguous (e.g., Klinefelter Syndrome). Parents and medical professionals usually assign intersex infants a sex and perform surgical procedures to conform the infant’s body to the chosen assignment. Note: the intersex community speaks out against non-consensual, premature and unsound practices. The term intersex is not interchangeable with or a synonym for transgender.

Preferred: Sexual Reassignment Surgery (SRS), Gender Reaffirming Surgery, Gender Confirming Surgery

Problematic/Outdated: Sex Change Refers to surgical alteration, and is only one small part of transition (see transition directly above on intersex characteristics). Not all transgender people choose to, or can afford to have Sexual Reassignment Surgery. Journalists and researchers should avoid overemphasizing the role of SRS in the transition process.

Glossary of Language

Preferred: Folks, People, You All, Y’all  Problematic/Outdated: Guys (when referring to people overall)

Preferred: Women Problematic/Outdated: Girls (when referring to adult women)

 Preferred: First-year students Problematic/Outdated: freshmen

Preferred: people of advanced age, old people* Problematic/Outdated: older people, elders, seniors, senior citizen *Old people has been reclaimed by some older activists who believe the standard wording of old people lacks the stigma of the term “advanced age”. Old people also halts the euphemizing of age. Euphemizing automatically positions age as a negative.

 

 

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