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Rainforests of Costa Rica and Beyond

RainforestsBy Jim Parisi

Did you know that frogs don’t drink water? It’s true: instead of lapping it up with their tongues in the conventional sense like a dog or a cat, frogs absorb water through their skin. I learned this bit of interesting information, and a lot more, when I recently read Adrian Forsyth’s new book, “Rainforests – Costa Rica and Beyond”. Forsyth, and award winning author and biologist, is definitely at home in the rainforest, drawing on more than forty years of experience as reference to present this publication. And it is some impressive experience that Adrian brings to the table: Vice President of the Blue Moon Fund, Director of Biodiversity Science for the Andean/Amazon Foundation, a PhD from Harvard in tropical ecology, Vice President of Conservation International, a research associate at the Smithsonian Institute, and the list goes on from there. Forsyth is also the author of at least five books ensconced in ecology, including the eye-catching title, “The Natural History of Sex”.

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Potty Time – June 2010

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Rainforest Facts

Did you know that…

Rainforests are primarily defined by two factors: where they are found on the earth and the amount of rainfall they receive. Rainforests are typically found in tropical locations and receive from 160-315 inches of rain per year.

There are 3.4 million square miles of tropical forest around the equator.

While rainforests cover only 2% of the Earth’s surface or 6% of its landmass, they house over ½ of the plant and animal species on Earth.
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Lo que se dice de las preposiciones

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Alzo la mano, y tú me la cercenas. Abro los ojos, me los sajas vivos. Sed tengo, y sal se vuelven tus arenas.

Esto es ser hombre. Horror a manos llenas. Ser –y no ser- eternos, fugitivos. ¡Ángel con grandes alas de cadenas!

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Una lengua no solo necesita palabras que expresen conceptos y sucesos, como los sustantivos y verbos, sino que también requiere palabras que expresen las variadas relaciones entre los conceptos y las situaciones.

En español, existen dos tipos de palabras que cumplen la función de nexo, porque unen otros tipos de palabras, frases u oraciones.  Estas palabras son las preposiciones y las conjunciones.

La diferencia entre ambas radica en el tipo de unión que establecen.  Los elementos que unen la conjunción mantienen el mismo nivel sintáctico, mientras que la preposición establece una relación de dependencia.  Por ejemplo, si se quieren unir las palabras “pan” y “mantequilla”, se podría recurrir a una conjunción y decir: “pan y mantequilla”.  En este caso, ambas palabras se encuentran a un mismo nivel.  Sin embargo, si se unen mediante una preposición se diría “pan con mantequilla”, la segunda palabra ya no se encuentra al mismo nivel de la primera, sino que estaría subordinada a esta.

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YOU MAKE MISTAKE, MAYBE WE DIE

by Jack Ewing

These days everybody knows that Costa Rica is a Central American country located between Panama and Nicaragua, but there was a time when it was fairly common for people to confuse it with Puerto Rico. I once made that mistake myself. Little did I know that I would end up living here for most my life.

As director of Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge, I meet lots of people and am often asked the question: “How long have you been here?”

“Forty years”

“Wow, what did you do, come down here on vacation and never leave?”

“Well no, it wasn’t quite like that.”

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Say Goodbye To My Outie

by Matt Casseday

So there I was, strapped to a gurney in the Quepos hospital. My bata was askew, private parts exposed, and a self-assured man in a green surgical suit was fitting a breathing apparatus over my nose and mouth. “Respire profundo”, he ordered, and I took one, two, three deep breaths. As consciousness slipped away, brutally and rapidly, my last thought was: `This must be what its like to die.´

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Fishing Report – June 2010

By Jerry Glover

Welcome and bienvenidos to Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Fishing continues to be very good in our area. A few Marlin, and Sailfish are being released daily with and Mahi Mahi are still being boated, some in the 40 lb range. Rooster fish action is good, with 2 to 3 fish being released on our half day charters. Several have been in the 35# to 40# range. Fishing in Quepos is always good year round. It’s always an adventure to spend the day enjoying the ocean and the many species of marine life in our area. Don’t delay! For your fishing adventure contact Luna Tours Sport fishing, our office is located in the Hotel Best Western Kamuk lobby, downtown Quepos central. We own and operate 4 Sport Fishing boats (27 ft to 33 ft) and can also arrange other boats for charter up to 46 ft for half day or full day charters.  Contact us at 2777-0725 (office), 8869-4808 (24 hour cell), visit our web site at www.lunatours.net, or stop by the office for a fishing report, and talk some fishing.

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Homemade Pizza

By Bruce Zabov

This issue we’re doing homemade pizza and, as it turns out, the house is sold, and this will also be my final column so we’ll celebrate with a pizza “party” before we return to the U.S.

Whether you’re settling in for a quiet afternoon or evening at home or planning a party there’s always something festive feeling with pizza on the menu! ( In Italian “pizza literally means”pie”). Or it’s handy to have in the freezer so it’s ready for a quick snack or you need a quick bite to eat if you’re in a rush.
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La Pura Vida de Costa Rica

By David Gee, El señor del norte

The sun played well its roll today. It changed a cold desert into a less cold but glowing desert at sunrise. It back-lit the Organ Mountains. Then it warmed the desert floor and inched it’s way into dark corners and brightened them and warmed them. The day grew warmer and brighter with each passing hour.

At mid day it was a delight to have lunch at a sidewalk cafe. Alone, yet not really alone, lunch was leisurely and interesting. People came and went. Some spoke, others not. Some looked terribly busy. I wondered how their day was going.

Rush hour ushered in what could tentatively be called a hot afternoon.

By sundown all was warm. The white patches of cloud which drifted into the valley late in the afternoon were being underscored with heavy dark rain clouds. I doubt there was water in them. They just looked threatening.

Shadows grew long and stretched endlessly up the gentle slopes away from the Casitas and towards the Organs. Suddenly a puff of air. . . . and it was cool. How fickle the sun made the breeze. I made some hot tea and sat in my chair on the porch to watch the Organs change colors. I drifted off…..

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Krissia Rodriguez Porras

(in English)
Por Carol Vlassoff
Traducido por Rosa Arechederra

Krissia Rodriguez PorrasProbablemente lo primero que le llama la atencion a uno cuando conoce a Krissia Rodríguez, Gerente General del supermercado mas grande en Quepos, Super Mas, es que ella se ve tan joven. Y es joven – sólo 31 años -y lleva trabajando en la tienda de su padre desde que era niña.

Se ríe cuando recuerda cómo ella y su hermana se organizaban las vacaciones de verano de tres meses: “Nos poniamos de acuerdo para tener un mes de vacaciones y pasar los otras dos trabajando en la tienda. Pensábamos que trabajabamos muy duro, siempre pidiendo a los cajeros que nos dejaran ayudarles, ahora me doy cuenta que realmente no trabajabamos tanto.”

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Krissia Rodriguez Porras

(en Español)
by Carol Vlassoff

Krissia Rodriguez PorrasProbably the first thing to strike you when you meet Krissia Rodriguez, General Manager of the largest supermarket in Quepos, Super Mas, is that she looks so young. And she is young – only 31 years old – but she has been working in her father’s store since she was a child.

She laughs as she remembers how she and her sister organized their three month summer vacations: “We agreed to take one month of holiday and spend the other two working in the store. We thought we were working very hard, always begging the cashiers to let us help, but now I realize that we really weren’t.”

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Cosmic Confetti’s Horoscopes – June 2010

These Horoscopes are meant to be fun and enjoyed. They should not be taken too seriously.


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Another birthday has arrived…Large tongued Gemini dogs will come your way in overly affectionate encounters, particularly after early supper, bowl-of-water-lick, or mid evening walkies until well into July. Embrace these moments, as we all know that love comes in many different forms and we should take what we can get!

BEST LOVE TIME: ALL OF JUNE

COMPATIBILITY: SCORPIOS OR LIBRAS


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CANCER -June 22-July 22

Today you will stumble across conclusive proof that cilantro is actually the main ingredient in soaps and detergents, and that its culinary use started at a joke—it’s just that most people are too shy to admit that they’d rather spray Lysol on their burrito than put cilantro on it!

BEST LOVE TIME: JUNE 10TH EARLY AM

COMPATIBILITY: LEO

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¿Qué Pasa en Quepos? – June 2010

Welcome/Bienvenido to PARADISE…………how lucky you are to be spending time in beautiful Costa Rica and particularly the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area. We have an abundance of wonderful, tasty restaurants so you won’t go hungry and will enjoy a variety of flavors and beautiful views, too……while visiting our advertisers it’s always nice to tell them that you found them in Quepolandia. We may be a small area but we have lots and lots to do…….from fun packed tours to the greatest live music around! We are into our rainy season so look out for those afternoon showers some can really be heavy….. if driving please take care to slow down – nothing is so far away that you need to pass on the hill – take your time and enjoy the scenery – if you get caught downtown and streets are flooded take care where you walk and wash your feet well when you get back to your hotel – better safe than an infection……Quepolandia would like to thank Dennis Arnold for his great red eyed tree frog photo that makes our cover this month…enjoy our beaches, food, and tours –spend some time talking to locals to get a good feel for the area but most of all have a great time – tell your friends about us and come back soon………..if you have enjoyed our magazine you can now follow us here on the web at www.quepolandia.com… see you around town…….caio………………….P


WATER, THE FLUID OF LIFE: The Rivers of Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor

By Jack Ewing

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I used to think of geology as the study of rocks and geologists as scientists who sit in laboratories looking at rocks with a magnifying glass.  Sound boring? I used to think so until found out how much geological events have influenced my life. One day I got interested enough to dig a little deeper and found that geology, rather than being boring can be fascinating, especially when we consider how much certain geological features of the region around Dominical have affected the way that the area has developed. I am referring primarily to coastal ridge, that small mountain range that parallels the coast from the Savegre River to the Térraba River. In the not too distant past — less then 100,000 years ago — a collision between two tectonic plates caused the earth’s crust to buckle and jut up 300 to 500 meters in the air. This probably wasn’t a cataclysmic event that took place one afternoon. It was more like a series of relatively small collisions that took place over several thousand years. Nevertheless, in geological terms we can consider that it happened in the blink of an eye.
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Water

By Katreena

Life at Escondida Beach here in Manuel Antonio is magical. It is unique, special and free to all who wish to encounter such a magnificent paradise.

Whether looking up in the trees to see daily monkey crossings or down at the sand at iguanas or colorful crabs, the same magical experience is shared by all. Clear indications of this wonderfully enriching experience are smiles of joy and happiness. And of course, everyone running to get their camera to take photos to capture the moment.
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