Monday, August 31, 2009

Red Cross pulls OUT of Search

It's not looking GOOD for the David Gimelfarb family.

Quick re-cap if you don't know the FYI on the David Gimelfarb situation.

On Aug. 11, 28-year-old David Gimelfarb set out for a solo trek through the dense Rincon de Vieja National Park, a popular Costa Rican destination, and hasn't been seen since. His SUV was found by park rangers.

Now, the helicopters fitted with infrared have gone home, the people who FIND people, ResQglobal, packed it up about 5 days ago (not a good sign when they leave) and NOW, even the Red Cross has ended its rescue efforts, "at least temporarily." Not sure what "at least temporarily" means? Are they on a bathroom break... will they return after a couple weeks of rest and relaxation... WTF is, "at least temporarily?" David's family has hired approximately 40 locals to continue the search... for Rincon de la Vieja, they could use a 1000x that number. I wonder if dogs were ever considered, it seems like they could have been a GREAT asset, especially in the dense jungle, ravines and places humans just can't go. But I'm sure there's a reason.

My HEART goes out to the David Gimelfarb family. I can't imagine... and really, I don't want too. Their minds must be working overtime- scenarios they don't EVEN want to consider, running through their brain cells like a bad horror flick. A parents WORST nightmare. And now they have to consider the possibilities- HOPE of finding David alive, or even finding him at all, as remote and vast as Rincon de la Vieja itself. Don't get me WRONG, I still think it's a bit premature, I'm just saying now their MINDS must be considering the possibilities, where before HOPE, FAITH and adrenalin kept BAD thoughts at bay.

I'll save the, 'Don't hike alone in Costa Rica' post for another time, but sometimes it pisses me off that many THINGS that happen here, theft/crime in Costa Rica etc, and possibly even this, could SO be avoided, or at least, consequences could be minimal. But I digress.

My brain cells are racing as well. I speculate he either: a) Fell a substantial distance into a place very difficult to search. b) Wherever human beings are, FOUL-PLAY is always a possibility. c) Same as 'a', but his body became consumed in the 'circle of life' so to speak after dieing or laying unconscious from 'whatever'. d) Staged the whole thing because LIFE became to hard and he wanted to start over somewhere else. Sorry, but my brain can't help what it thinks.

But then AGAIN...

But thoughts are thoughts. Fuck'em. As for me, I would continue the SEARCH if it were my son... and then search some more... and SEARCH after that... and when I felt I had done ALL I possibly could... and my head FINALLY wrapped itself around the probabilities... and HOPE turned into mere wishful thinking- I would STOP.

BUT now is not the FUCKIN time. The Gimelfarb's need YOU (us) now MORE than ever, so Rally the TROOPS, circle the wagons, double the efforts and don't EVER forget... this could be your son, your daughter, your loved one... so when you think it's time to 'face reality',.. please don't actually try to convince me you'd give up the SEARCH for your loved one after only 3 weeks.

If one person can make a difference, just think what 1000 could do.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

David Gimelfarb- the search CONTINUES

Hey Everyone. Little update.

David Gimelfarb is STILL missing in Costa Rica. It appears he disappeared while hiking in the region of Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Read the full story HERE. The helicopters with their infrared capabilities have gone home, but volunteers and other organizations have continued the SEARCH.

This is NOT the time to give up HOPE!

Here's what I know for sure: The family of David Gimelfarb needs you NOW more than EVER. So, go HERE and get updates and see what you can do to HELP.

And if you happen to be in Costa Rica... then by all means, help in the SEARCH, your vacation will Thank-You for it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

David Gimelfarb MISSING in Costa Rica

David Gimelfarb, 28, missing from the region of Rincon de la Vieja National Park in northern Costa Rica.

Hey EVERYONE! Here's what I know for sure:

'The littlest of THINGS can make the BIGGEST of differences.'

David Gimelfarb, 28, has been missing from Rincon de la Vieja National Park since August 11th. I'm asking YOU to do whatever YOU can to help locate him. It's assumed David got LOST hiking alone in the dense jungles of Rincon de la Vieja, but however he went missing is purely speculative at this point. Go HERE for the complete story.

- Do you know someone who can HELP.
- Do you have TONS of friends on Social NETWORKS such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace etc who can HELP spread the word.
- Maybe you're IN Costa Rica and would like to Volunteer.

THINK how YOU may be able to HELP!

Don't forget to read the article for the complete story and CHECK out the LINKS to see how YOU may be able to HELP locate David. It would be MUCH appreciated.

*Just as a reminder, when visiting Costa Rica, don't hike alone.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Kinkajou's and other matters of DEATH

La Fortuna Costa Rica- Death of a Kinkajou

Well, gotta say, we’re BUMMIN’ today. Last night driving past Baldi Hot Springs we ran over and killed a Kinkajou. (More Info) on the kinkajou.

We’re not bummin’ because we feel guilty or somehow responsible per se, as this accident would definitely fit UNDER the, ‘came out of nowhere’ category, but a Kinkajou… why couldn’t it have been a kudamundi or something?

I know, I know… all creatures are just as IMPORTANT as any others… blah, blah, blah, but had you ever seen a kinkajou? Me, I didn’t even know what one was before moving to Costa Rica. Running over a kinkajou is like killing a sloth or squirrel monkey in my Book. They’re just so CUTE, CUDDLY and INNOCENT… and really, you don’t see them often, almost NEVER, so it seems so WRONG. Besides, I like the animals I run over to be UGLY.

Iguanas, some snakes, various no-name birds, possums, deer, raccoons and yes, even kudamundies are acceptable forms of ROADKILL to me. Sloths, squirrel monkeys, margays/ocelots, kinkajous, macaws and some others- ARE NOT. So sue me if I don’t mourn the death of an unlucky iguana. Me dying tomorrow is one thing, but my son would be an entirely different thing… maybe not the best analogy, but that’s how I feel about the Kinkajou dying, say, versus an iguana. But I realize iguana’s have families too.

It's not that kundamundi's aren't cute in their own rodent type of WAY... but there are PLENTY of them and they could use a little population control ANYWAY.

It’s buried next to the church in the center of La Fortuna. Now THAT wasn’t done by me, I don’t really bury animals. Although I love animals, I would have tossed it in the ditch a long side the road…. just sayin. I believe the Kinkajou’s death would have been better served in the ditch, where other animals could have gnawed on it a bit for an easy meal ……. I’m a Circle of LIFE kinda guy. And for the record, my body could be thrown in a ditch (dead of course) as well, although I’d rather be given to some kind of scientific research center, I got no problem with buzzards do’in their thing on me. And in my mind, we're pretty much KIN to the buzzard anyway. lol

Oh well, LIFE goes on and that’s ALL I really know for sure.

Sit back, listen to some Cold Play and check out some of the best Iguana Roadkill footage you may ever see:

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pura Vida and Feel'in the BEATS

Straight from Doing Costa Rica- sexy HOT music to make you FEEL YOURSELF.

I want you to TRUST me.

Close your blinds, shut your doors and get ready to FEEL yourself.

Naked is good, but not mandatory. An OPEN mind and body IS.

Turn this UP.... as LOUD as you can handle.............. and FEEL it.,,, CLOSE YOUR EYES.

BE ONE with the music. This isn't Shakira sexy,,, this is feel the BEAT sexy. Sway to the rhythm of anticipation. As the music builds,,,,,,,, FEEL HOW YOU FEEL............ Nice HUH!

NO distractions,,,,,,,. MOVE. This works better when you know you're ALONE. But if you have someone to share with....all the better. But you'll end up fuckin.... SORRY, just sayin.

UPDATE: haha, Can you tell I may have been a little BUZZED putting up this POST last night... no matter. Still Feelin it.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dear Costa Rica Traveler,

'Travel Costa Rica NOW, Do'in Costa Rica, Do'in GAY Costa Rica and iCostaRica24, ALL say THANX... we appreciate the LOVE'.

We LOVE receiving emails and comments about our videos and blog posts- it’s ALWAYS nice to be recognized and appreciated for the work you do, and for me, a nice boost to the ‘ol self esteem. We even like ‘constructive feedback’ emails and comments as it ONLY makes us BETTER in the long run.

The fact someone took the TIME to comment- is TRULY appreciated… well mostly anyway. Let me clarify.

First, it should be noted- We try to answer any and all emails and comments we receive PERSONALLY. We feel it’s IMPORTANT. That said,

We also get these types of Emails:
“We’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, can you recommend where we should go? We only have 6 days.”
“How can we get to Rio Celeste from La Fortuna without taking a paid tour?”
“How’s the weather on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica in June?”
WTF? Are you NEW to the internet? Have you heard of the GOOGLE search BAR?

GOOGLE yourself. Just type in- 'Costa Rica', 'weather' and 'Pacific coast'... you'll be surprised what POPS UP.

Do you see the problem? They ask a VERY broad question in one sentence which demands at least a paragraph to answer. Sorry guys, no disrespect, but I don’t have neither the TIME nor the INCLINATION to do your research and homework for YOU.
Now, if you want US to put together your Costa Rica Travel Package, gay or otherwise, or perhaps show you Costa Rica personally, well, that’s an ENTIRELY different matter… and of course would include the exchanging of monies for services… just sayin.
And here’s the RUB. Our websites and VIDEOS provide about 85% of the answers to any questions concerning a vacation in Costa Rica. But believe me, there are a TON of GREAT Costa Rican websites which can answer the other 15%-Although admittedly, it’s NOT always easy to find the good, informative ones. DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

I’ve already done mine (2 years of it so far, but I’m not complaining mind you).

Cruise the below sites FIRST. They’re a valuable resource and will answer many of your questions

When you see this BANNER, you've made it to our OFFICIAL Costa Rica Travel Guide- START YOUR HOME WORK HERE.

Travel Costa Rica NOW: This is our Costa Rica Travel Guide- Pages and pages of INFO and videos pertaining to traveling and vacationing in Costa Rica. Places to visit, animals, FAQ’s, Best of Costa Rica, MAPS, and National Parks etc. We add to it regularly.

Doing Costa Rica: This is my BLOG and probably not for everyone. I offer my perspective on many different topics concerning Costa Rica and it’s usually a perspective OUTSIDE the BOX so to speak. I’ve written about sharkfinning, Blue Zone Living, making the move, banking, driving, current events and much, MUCH MORE. I usually post our videos here as well. In case you haven't noticed, you're on THIS site NOW.

Do'in GAY Costa Rica Blog: Same as above, but strictly GAY. Gay bars in Costa Rica, gay clubs in Costa Rica, gay life in Costa Rica, current GAY news and anything else GAY as it pertains to ME or Costa Rica. This blog is also not for everyone as I am often guilty of providing TMI (Too Much Information) about my own life. This site is ADULT’s ONLY.

Our YouTube Channel: All our Costa Rica VIDEOS on our youtube channel, iCostaRica24. These videos are also on our TravelCostaRicaNOW site in a more organized fashion. But they are here as well if you want to cruise around without any written text.

GAY Guide to Costa Rica: This goes STRAIGHT to the GAY section of our Costa Rica Travel Guide. Gay clubs, bars, restaurants, GAY reviews and much, MUCH MORE.

NOW, if you have a question... feel FREE. PURA VIDA!

Thanks for your UNDERSTANDING

Monday, August 10, 2009

Making the Move to Costa Rica Q&A's

Moving to Costa Rica? Thinking about starting a business in Costa Rica? Want to know how to bring your pets down to Costa Rica? Thinking about driving a U-haul from the States down through Central America to Costa Rica?

Those and more questions answered in this 3-part Interview with Danny who has been living in Costa Rica for 5 years now. GREAT Costa Rica INFO if you're thinking about making the move.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

We have ALL your Costa Rica Travel Information at Travel Costa Rica NOW. and don't forget our Costa Rica Travel Tip Videos posted on YouTube. Hope it HELPS!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

F*** YOU! very, VERY MUCH... the song.

I swear I TRY to keep my GAY and STRAIGHT blogs separated. But sometimes, I just can't HELP myself. This is one of those times. If I lose some readers, so BE it. The song speaks for itself.

FINALLY, Do'in GAY Costa Rica finds the perfect GAY Song with the perfect GAY message to ALL those bigoted, HOMOPHOBES out there. A song that says what many of us GAY, faggotty types having been trying to say for years- but SO much better. So to ALL my closeted GAY Tico friends, or ANYWHERE else GAY is not accepted, let this SONG give you the COURAGE.

I dedicate this SONG to the following folks/organizations who seem to have a hard time finding the LOVE in their hearts:

* The Roman Catholic Church BUT especially to one of the BIGGEST Roman Catholic PENISES in all of Costa Rica, the Archbishop Hugo Barrantes. That's him, see the resemblance?

* Family members, so-called friends or ANYONE else for that matter who MAKES it, or MADE it HARD for young gay boys or lesbians to COME OUT.

* The redneck owner of Don Rufino's Restaurant in La Fortuna Costa Rica.

* The likes of Pat Robertson, James Dobson, and the very FAT but thankfully DEAD, Jerry Falwell. Side note: The death of that 'fuck' was one of the BEST days of my LIFE, barely edged out by the birth of my children and of course WINNING a BIG ass house in FIJI.

* OH, and last and least, an old child hood friend, Rick Jones, who deleted me off his FACEBOOK friends list for being GAY.

Feel Free to learn the words and SING a long, it's really quite catchy... and GAY!

I'd like to say 'THANX' to the Costa Rica Blogger for turning me on to this video. And you should check out his BLOG, he's got TONS of GREAT Info about Costa Rica... not that we don't.... just sayin.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Costa Rica Expat Interview with Kinga

Thinking about relocating to Costa Rica, then don't miss this Expat interview. This one is with Kinga. She's been living in Costa Rica for the last 5 years with her husband Danny. Let's see what she has to say about Living in Costa Rica.

and part 2 with Kinga

Hey Everyone, we got TONS of Costa Rica Travel Information in our Travel Guide at Travel Costa Rica NOW and don't FORGET all our Costa Rica Travel Tip Videos, completely ORGANIZED so you can EASILY find what you're LOOKING for. ENjOY!