To me, at least… My friend, Janis, sings in a band with the lunata guy. I went to rehearsal earlier this week, so I could learn the back-up harmonies, learning the play list, hangin’ with the band. Really fun!!!
Yesterday, Janis threw her back out and is bed-ridden for at least three days. They have a gig tonight at El Boyero in San Antonio de Escazú. So… guess who is the new girl singer in the band? And it’s a geezer band, of course – I fit right in!!!
I don’t know most of the songs and don’t really know the harmonies to the songs I have heard. But I get to stand under the hot lights with a microphone and make-up… I get to sing After Midnight. Someone is bound to clap at something, right?
Baptism by fire – if this doesn’t shorten the song list learning curve, nothing will. Soon as Janis is back on her feet for the next gig (who knows when that will be), we’ll really be able to kick some harmony butt.
Meanwhile, listening to old rock tunes and smearing on the Lloyd creme thick today…
I have a quick legal question concerning security. I noticed in one of your entrys you mentioned use of a firearm. Is gun ownership legal in CR, is it legal for US epats? Also to your knowledge what are the laws on self defence? Any info you could provide whould be appreciated. My father in law has purchased a condo in Jaco and my wife is pressuring me to travel there with our two year old twins. As a law enforcement officer and former security contractor, I have my strong reservations concerning my ability to provide enough protection for my family. I have also heard from my Brother who has been thru the area and having worked for a Spanish NGO for six years in Guatamala is well versed in Latin America, that Jaco is praticularly unsafe. Thank you very much.
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A GIG, Sally…
What an opportunity. How wonderful for you. Are you performing as a duo? I mean, you and Lloyd, that is…
Who’s now scrambling for a quick place to hide.
I have recently checked into the purchase of firearms here, I live alone and want protection…just in case.
I have an SA Corp here.
This is what I found out. The gun stores will sell you a gun if you have residency or if you can purchase it under your corporation. You can have it Unlocked in your home. You can not carry it with you (big disadvantage) You can also not carry it in your car unless it is unloaded; locked up, and bullets are locked away from the gun. That would not prevent a hijacking of my new car I want to buy 😉
I then found some very disturbing information last week in a article from AM COSTA RICA look up gun laws in the past two weeks there. They talk clearly about what the rights are. If you use your gun against a robber in your home, you can go to jail and be deported. So why bother buying one? It seems it can only be used to “scare” a robber.
If I knew how to cut and paste the article here I would but sorry, not so good with the computer. Maybe someone else knows how to do this. I think many of us would be interested.
That is HILARIOUS Paul (sorry Sally).
Sally, I wish I could be there for opening night!
You’ll do great and I know –
you can always fall back on stand-up comedy.
Sing that song that was on your blog – you know, THE MOM SONG.
Someone BETTER bring a video camera and tape it so we can all see.
EST (as in Erhard Seminar Training???), we bought a gun through our corporation, very easy. If you do it as a resident, there is a battery of tests… You can’t carry it in your car without a permit and those are hard but not impossible to get. You can’t get one as a tourist that I know of.
If someone came into my house and threatened us, one of us would shoot him if we could. We all shoot straight.
If I choose to believe everything I read instead of getting expert legal advice, then I imagine the story about the guy who was extradited from the U.S. had more to it. We read stories all the time about people who defend themselves who are let go, gringos and ticos.
My opinion is that you are perfectly safe in Jacó, certainly FAR safer than you are visiting the Smithsonian in Washington DC or the Empire State Building in NYC. There are no drive-by shootings in Costa Rica, no SSRI victims shooting other victims… The most I worry about in Jacó is having my pocket picked or my stuff stolen out of my car.
Teri who comments here frequently and has a blog at yo-yoinparadise.blogspot.com lives in Jacó. Take a read over at her blog… she does just fine!
Paul, darling, THERE IS NO PLACE YOU CAN HIDE. See you…
Cindy – anyone can go to http://www.amcostarica.com and search the archives for the article. Jay, the editor, is very knowledgeable but I’d still get legal advice on the topic.
So Teri, you think Paul is funny… did not videotape last night… I was pretty much making up harmonies as I went along. It was very fun!!! Did not think about the mom song. But most of the crowd was tico – they enjoy the old U.S. standards which is all we did: Wooly Bully, Quinn, some Patsy Cline, Bobby McGee. Really fun!!!
OH, drat, saratica! I would have loved to see you singing geezer songs on stage with a band. How hilarious!
Happy Holidays to you & Fam!
More notice next time!!! Happy holidays to you all, too. See you around…!