Aug. 13, 2010
Tuesday I did go looking for a TV. The one in the apartment is 14″ with bad sound quality. There are two stores here that sell them so I checked out the first one, which had a 26″ Sankey model (Korean?), which was about the right size. I asked for their best price, wrote it down and told the salesperson I was going to the other store to compare. He nodded and said he had the best price. The second store only carried Sony flatscreens and they were much more expensive. Plus, their smallest was 32″ and my apartment is just too small for that size. Went back to the first store and bought the 26″. Apparently, they don’t believe in keeping stock of these things, as they promptly put the display model and its accessories into its box and retaped it. Cost: $450.
Guess I’m here for awhile. I told James a couple of days ago that I wanted to have screens installed on my windows and a screen door added in front. They came by Wednesday to measure and had the window screens installed today. Given what they call Tico time here I was amazed by the turnaround. They did a nice job, too. They are coming back Tuesday to install the door, when I will pay them ($260).
Asked James today if he knew someone who could help me open up a local bank account. He volunteered. So Monday, we’re going to his bank to open an account. Then I will receive a local ATM card and be able to avoid the 5-6% surcharges I’m currently being charged by Wachovia to get my money. Probably already mentioned this, but I did extensive research on this topic before moving, even talking to a rep at Wachovia. The process is very simple. I was already using their online bill payment system and all I need to do is add my new bank as an account. I will then be able to transfer as much as I want for $3 a transaction. So I will transfer sufficient funds for a month or two and avoid a lot of the fees I’m currently paying.