October 2015 Rain Report for Atenas Costa Rica


Total of 14.5 inches of rain for October 2015 at the Casa de Bow Wow in Guacimo. Month started out slowly but didn’t disappoint as the rainiest month of the year. This has been a very dry rainy season… historic low amounts of rain throughout the country. This means electricity goes up because diesel supplants hydroelectric and that impacts everything.

Now we move into the windy season… los vientos de navidad… wind of Christmas.

‘Love The Coopers’ Brings Back Fun Memories – You Can Win $50

Here’s your chance to win $50 and take the family to see Love The Coopers. Just leave a comment and I’ll randomly pick a winner. You’ll get a $50 Visa gift card to spend at the movies (provided by CBS Films.)

Open to US mailing addresses only


According to the press release for Love The Coopers which will hit theaters November 13…

Love The Coopers follows The Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.

Thanksgiving was a bigger holiday than Christmas at the Going Like Sixty house. At Christmas time, we wanted to be home – and so did everyone else in the family. We didn’t live close enough to each other to go visiting.

Our Thanksgiving looked a lot like a scene from Love The Coopers – except we had a “kid’s table.”


A tradition after we stuffed ourselves with Nancy’s fantastic turkey feast was to gather around the dining room table for a rollicking game of what Nancy called “Dirty Bingo.” Everybody would bring a small gift and if you won a game of Bingo, you choose a prize – any prize – even if someone had won it before you. Thus the “dirty” part of the game. There were always “cool” prizes that everybody wanted and the prize would change hands often before all the prizes were claimed.

Except for the Mincemeat “prize” my Mother brought one year.
Mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, booze and spices and beef. It is always in a jar before being served – most often as the filling for a pie. My mother and dad loved Mince Meat Pie. The rest of us — not so much.

Her “prize” was won by Bulbous early in the game… you can imagine the reaction when it was unwrapped. Amy (the nickname Bulbous was applied after college by her soon to be husband) was stuck with that prize even though when a bingo game ended and it was time to choose a prize she would cheerfully – sometimes plaintively – offer her “great prize.”

Of course eventually Grandma won a game and after much studying of all the prizes before her, reclaimed the Mince Meat.

Love The Coopers has a fantastic lineup of many of our favorite actors: Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde
and was produced by Michael London, Jessie Nelson, Janice Williams.


It looks like Love the Coopers will be the feel good movie of the holidays. Don’t forget to comment and have a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. Open to US mailing addresses only. Prize courtesy of CBS Films.

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International Podcast Day: Here’s How to Do An Excellent Podcast like Sawbones

International Podcast Day – September 30

Here’s how to do an excellent podcast. Their are many successful “formulas” and this is as good as any. This doesn’t cover the technical aspects of podcasting, rather it focuses on the content that makes podcasting work.

To have an excellent podcast – imitate Sawbones – especially this episode.


Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin welcome you to Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine. Every Friday, they dig through the annals of medical history to uncover all the odd, weird, wrong, dumb and just gross ways we’ve tried to fix people over the years. Educational? You bet! Fun? We hope!

  1. Pick an offbeat topic or range of topics.
  2. Research the heck out of the topic or topics.
  3. Have a sidekick (or two) that are GREAT at improv comedy.
  4. Tell us something we don’t know.
  5. Riff.
  6. Enjoy yourself.

There are a lot of podcasts that do this regularly. Some run as long as 90-120 minutes. Those long form shows don’t always hit a home run, just like an act in an improv comedy club doesn’t always resonate with everyone.

Dr. Sydnee and her younger teen age sister Rileigh will give you almost 30 minutes of good information along with some smiles and maybe even a laugh out loud moment. In this episode of Sawbones, Rileigh is spending her day with her sister as part of “Podcasting School” take a protege to work day.

Rileigh seemingly sets the topic for the podcast because they are recording on the last day of September just before Halloween month.

Rileigh wants to know about the Halloween diseases. Dr. Sydnee establishes that she wants to know about Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies. Because of her research, she is able to educate listeners on diseases that could have been mistaken as Halloween diseases.

Did you know about the disease that causes your pee to turn purple when exposed to sunlight?

It’s Porphyria. And Dr. Sydnee explains how she once diagnosed it and took the patient’s pee home. Rileigh weighs in with her anecdote how she got the nickname “purple” – it has nothing to do with pee.

Very entertaining. This episode is devoid of adult language – many podcasts, of not most, are rife with adult language because the FCC has no control over the content.

Here are some other more obscure (compared to Serial and Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, etc. etc.) podcasts that follow the above formula with success:

  • My Brother, My Brother and Me – improv comedy and generally silliness by three brothers goofing around saying whatever pops into their heads.
  • Stuff Mom Never Told You – two women researching and discussing topics “your mom never told you.”
  • No Agenda – a couple of guys “deconstruct” current events and their coverage by the media. Lots of conspiracy theories are advanced.
  • Here’s The Thing – Alec Baldwin is an excellent interviewer and his guests are among the best.

Happy listening.


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