The people across the street moved out. No more scattered kids sitting on the sidewalk, or women yelling at them from the porch. No more heated confrontations between neighbors, or drug busts. Or at least not as many. They had been living there without paying rent for quite a while, it turns out, and they left the front door wide open when they left. The other day a sign was posted on their door stating that the building was condemned. It seems hard to get your building condemned–I wonder what they could have been doing in there.

In other news, my dear sister Liza Lou is leaving for Costa Rica on Sunday. Godspeed, Liz! She’s a little nervous, but I am sure it will be an amazing and unforgettable experience. Based on my rather poor understanding of what she’ll be doing, she will be riding in ambulances doing paramedic-type work. And if that’s not an unforgettable experience, I don’t know what is.

Anyway, the Costa Ricans are going to love Liz, I’m certain. According to my research:

“…the country is a remarkably friendly environment. In the countryside there is always a warm pot of coffee on the wood stove, ready to be served to the unexpected visitor. The people are polite, curious, and inclined to smile. The tourism of the last decade has brought with it an assortment of con-artists, hustlers, and entrepreneurs, but nonetheless almost all travelers are made to feel welcome.” –(

So watch out for the hustlers, keep up your nice, even personality, and you’ll be just fine. And send us your blog information so we can keep tabs on you.