We don’t know what frickin’ time it is in our own house because we don’t have any cloCKS THAT WORK. $&@)(%#(&$!&!~!!!

Oh, we’ve bought clocks. I bought two at Hipermas. That’s the only place I’ve seen them – even Office Depot doesn’t have any clocks for sale! Anyway, they were $16 each, the only ones they had, battery operated wall clocks, poorly put together… But, hey, I want to know what time it is so I’ll try something new and go with the flow.

When I got them home, one didn’t work right away. I returned it for another one. Which worked in the store. I know because I took a battery and tested it. God, I’m clever. But it outsmarted me and didn’t work when I got it home. And the other one stopped working two days later.

I could go on, but I’ll spare you. Here’s the point: if you are moving to Costa Rica, BRING YOUR OWN CLOCKS. And a battery charger with lots of rechargeable batteries.

And your own extension cords. Even the new EPA hardware store, the Costa Rica version of Home Depot, doesn’t have a good selection. And none of those new ones with the flat plug.

I’m now dreaming of Martha Stewart towels and the Kmart clock aisle. You know, those aisles full of cheap plastic clocks? Some with radios, cd players… now they come ready to play MP3s and Ipods. All shapes, all sizes, all under $10. Oh, a girl can dream, can’t she?

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