San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Arenal Report

It “Could’ve Been Worse,” headlined the excellent Tico Times article by Matt Levin (Sept. 7-13). As Mr. Levin noted, the variables in seismic activity spared Costa Rica the fate of China’s populace, which was subjected a few days later to a temblor rated much lower on the Richter Scale.

Still, there were some big losses here. Museum putty failed to save decorative plates, ceramic statues and bowls crafted by the artisans of Guaitil. Upon impact with tile floors, they were obliterated. These mementos of served to reinforce memories of time shared with friends in Costa Rica.

Now those memories have gradually begun to fade. For some people, the breakage caused irreplaceable economic loss, which will alter their lives. So, yes, it could have been worse, and it’s a blessing that it wasn’t, but also we must recognize that some of the damage may last a lifetime.

The Arenal spay/neuter clinics treated as many as 70 animals a day for two days. Thanks to Costa Rican veterinarian, Dr. Mario, and the many volunteers who contributed to the success of this important effort to control the local animal population. Special kudos to coordinator Gloria Dempsey of  Nuevo Arenal.

Until further notice, Gringo breakfast will be held at Lajas restaurant every Thursday at 8 a.m.

–William & Jean Priest

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