Cone of Shame Classic – kid gets up close and personal


5 low cost cell phone plans for boomer/geezers

Here are five low cost, no-contract plans for the social senior living in the U.S.:

  1. $20 Unlimited Talk and Text —PTel Mobile, one of America’s original no-contract wireless companies, just launched five new unlimited no-contract plans starting at only $20/month. The $20/month plan offers unlimited talk and text and customers are able to keep their current phone number and bring their own compatible GSM phone. By making the switch today, seniors can even receive their second month of service free.
  2. $29 Unlimited Everything — GIV Mobile’s NEW “Unlimited Everything” plans, now with LTE, start at $29/month for unlimited talk, text and data. Plus, GIV Mobile donates 8% of every customer’s monthly bill to up to three charities that seniors care about such as the Alzheimer’s Association and American Cancer Society.  They also offer a second month free when consumers bring their number from another carrier.
  3. Value Plus Mobile® Senior Cell Phone Plan — Starting at $9.99/month, Value Plus Mobile offers 60 Nation Wide Anytime Minutes and any additional minute for only 22 cents. With a one time activation fee of $35, seniors of any age can try Value Plus Mobile for 30 days or 30 minutes of talk risk free with their Money Back Guarantee.
  4. GoPlan 24 — For $24.99/month, Jitter Bug provides 50 minutes a month, medication reminders and health and safety extras such as brain games. For an additional $99.00, seniors may purchase the newest Jiiterbug5 phone that features a larger keypad and a 5Star button that instantly connects seniors to professional 5Star agents when assistance is needed.
  5. Flex Plan — Pure Talk USA  offers 130 minutes of talk and text (each text is considered 1/3 of a minute) for at least $10.00/month. Seniors have the option to add 150 MB of data to surf the internet or check emails for an additional $9.95/month.

Rainfall sparse in Atenas Costa Rica During July 2014



That illustrates pretty much the hardest rain that fell during July. Normally July in the Atenas Costa Rica region gets the rainy season well under way.

This year, not so much… we only had 3 inches of rain that came on two different days. A few other days during the month were just drizzly. A Tico would call it pelo de gato or “hair of the cat” rain. Generally it’s been hot and dry.

Compared to last year for the same month…

We had 7 1/4 inches of rain in July at Sedolsoder and that came in just a few days. Long term residents say this is pretty typical – that there is a dry spell during this time of year. We have had a week here and there without ANY measurable rain.

The government is already warning that because of the lack of water, electricity bills will increase because the hydroelectric plants need to utilized diesel generating to meet the countries power demands.

Not good news for the new president and on the heels of a 15% price increase already in place.

thanks for the illustration.


Road Trips in Costa Rica Can Be Similar to Route 66.


Taking a road trip in Costa Rica is like taking a road trip on Route 66 in the “good old days.”

Route 66 was the original pathway for going across the country. It was created in 1926 and decommissioned in 1985; however, it is still possible to travel the route and see many of the original Route 66 attractions. Road trips offer a way to see things never seen before and wouldn’t otherwise be seen by airplane.

To go on a road trip in Costa Rica, a vehicle needs to be running optimally. This means that spark plugs need to be good, fluids need to be checked, and tires have to have good tread. Do an oil change if it’s needed. It’s a good idea to carry extra oil and water. Click here to make sure everything is functioning correctly for a truck. It’s also a good time to make sure the vehicle has roadside assistance.

Along with making sure a vehicle has plenty of fuel and water, people need fuel and water as well. This is especially true when traveling with children. Carrying extra water, snacks and nonperishable meals can help out in the event the vehicle breaks down somewhere or a suitable place to eat can’t be found. Canned foods are always good to have around. Large gallons of water are good to keep on-hand too.

However, planning ahead can cut down on relying on packed lunches. Before leaving on a road trip, look up places to eat. Although a GPS can show where places are, checking ahead can help to read reviews. People will write what dishes they liked, which dishes had no flavor and the service received.

It’s also a good idea to check out places to sleep. Again, the Internet will provide reviews about the best places to sleep. This is good information to read up on as some hotels or motels can have bed bug problems, unclean rooms or other problems that would make accommodations less than ideal. Also, by planning out the miles traveled in a day and where to sleep, a person can make sure that they are not stuck on the road when they get tired.

Depending upon the price of gas and how far a person travels, road trips can be a relatively inexpensive form of vacation. It is definitely good in many ways: people can decide on their own time schedule; they get to see many sights that lie in between their home and their destination; and transporting souvenirs can be done easily in the trunk.

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