On Friday, October 1st, while Tiana and I were at home on ICE (Phone Company) Watch and Kurt and Jennaka had gone into Jaco to run errands, the ICE men finally returned to our home. While sitting out on our patio that looks below to the main road that weaves through town, Tiana’s eagle eye spied what appeared to be an ICE truck.  Shouting for me to respond, I hit our hill running without hesitation, as I whistled for them to stop to see if it were true. This was not the first time I had done such a thing, but each past time I was told, “No telefono, somos electricidad. But not today! Today, this very special day on October 1st, 38 days after signing up for service, I was told, Si”. What a beautiful two letter word!


Well, I am sure that you can imagine how happy Tiana and I were. What a gift we would have for Kurt and Jennaka upon their return. Finally we could connect with the outside world from our home. No more calls from a pay phone in the scorching heat or drenching rain. No more bugging our friends for the use of their phone. And no more outrageous internet café bills after an afternoon of emailing and instant messaging.


Unfortunately, I thought our bubble was going to be quickly popped when one of the young men asked me (in Spanish only) if I owned the empty lot below our rental property or if I had written permission from the owner to cross the property with the phone line. I knew the answers to both those questions were “No”, but I didn’t let him know that. Determined not to let these men leave without a working phone, I first sent Tiana (what a trooper!) running down to our friend Andres’ house, but he wasn’t home. When Tiana returned empty handed, I sent her up the road to our friend Yolanda’s place, all the while telling the young man that I couldn’t understand what he was saying and that my daughter was getting a bilingual friend to help out (yes, I said this all in Spanish, broken Spanish). Luckily, he was patient and before we knew it, Tiana was running back with Yolanda following behind. Taking advantage of the fact that the young man spoke no English, I quickly explained to Yolanda the situation and the utmost importance of convincing him that it would be okay to cross the empty lot with MY phone line.


Yolanda was amazing as her fluent Spanish assured him over and over again that there was, “No Problemo in crossing that property.  Later, as she waited with us until the entire transaction was completed; I learned that she truly understood our flight for telecommunication as she had waited seven years to finally have a phone in Costa Rica. Hearing that certainly put our 38 day wait into perspective. Ironically, the pole that we lacked on day five of their first visit, which caused 35 more days of waiting, waiting, and more waiting (see ICE Update) was never used in attaching the line from the road to the house.  


So now the Raihn Familia is once again plugged-in and come Monday morning we will head into Jaco to sign up for internet access. Let’s hope that all goes well. We will be seeing ya on the big World Wide Web or you can reach us at 011-506-2-778-7111. J


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