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  1. Hillbilly

    Punta Catalina to be off the grid until the end of May; blackouts to continue

    Punta Catalina was flawed from the start, and I do not believe that there is a "fix" for it. They have said that there is a "slight vibration" in the rotor....ahah? It is known that under assembly a crane operator let one of the shafts drop and they had to use the rotor of the second unit in...
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    Responding to Admiral Craig Faller, China tells the US to check problems in their own democracy

    Standard Chinese rebuttal. Try being a Muslim in western China. The US is far from perfect, but I have never seen an American spend $100,000 to get to China.
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    Cataract Surgery

    I will most probably do mine at the place on Estrella Sadhalá here in Santiago. I have onlyheard good things about them. A former student and now a friend had his done there and was amazed at the results. Have to admit I am scared of snything in my eyes.... Cordially, HB
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    Looking for Tile Setter

    I have a guy, but I am in Santiago. Do you want me to ask him? He is excellent and quite experienced. If you want, send me a PM and I can give you his number (how is your Spanish?)/ Let me know what you would like me to do. HB
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    Thinking of buying a car. Need solid advise .

    Gorgon has served many DR1 members quite well. He knows cars and he knows Dominican wiles and tricks. If you can get to him, use his service... I, personally love Subaru Outbacks. Extremely long-lasting, economical, excellent service (in Santiago at least), and affordable. Good Luck, HB
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    When you are an idiot...

    I can only agree with what everyone here has said.. HB
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    Mailing a box of cigars to the US

    Above poster is quite correct. It is much cheaper to buy at JR Cigar then to buy cigars here. That said, there are ways to get a good deal, but it takes time to find a cigar maker that will sell you his product at wholesale or even factory prices. After all, they are in business to make...
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    Cost per metro in el Cibao

    f you want a peso/dollar figure, think in the range of about between US$900/$1,000 m2 (RD$45,000--55,000) for a second floor construction job. It costs a lot more to go up just one story. That's from a Civil Engineer, who does this all the time (Constructora Teddy--in Santiago and elsewhere) HB
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    School recommendations for Santiago - bilingual/Spanish as 2nd language

    There is Saint David School; New Horizons, ?Holy Trinity? ( I am not sure of the name, but it is over by Iberia) Of course, living in Ls Charcas is going to hinder you a lot. You will have to cross a lot of the city very early in the morning to get you children to school. Then the same to pick...
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    PriceSmart Santiago

    It is open and well stocked. There are certain times that the wait can be quite long. However, people do maintain social distancing and masks and gloves were required. La Sirena and Bravo and Nacional are generally more crowded, but Bravo, at least, limits how many people can go into a store at...
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    Don Thompson Costambar

    This has to be the same Thompson that used to hold a shindig at Costambar? I know I have met the man. He was a photographer of some talent. And his wife!! Of course!! They used to bring down everything from glasses to money, cash, for orphanages and good causes. They were a major donor to...
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    Some of my feelings on the passing of Dámaso Garcia

    I could write ten pages on Damasito, since I recruited him along with others to create the best amateur futbol team in the history of the DR. I recruited in one day eleven great volleyball players from San Francisco de Macoris, and one of them became his wife!. :) When I saw the note in DR...
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    Legendary ball player Damaso Garcia passes away

    Damasito was brought to the UCMM (now the PUCMM) in 1973 on a scholarship to play fútbol. The article here on DR1 News says he was a member of the national team in the 1974 Central American and Caribbean Games in Santo Domingo. He was, but he was on the national FÚTBOL, not the baseball team. I...
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    Dear Everyone. I need a new laptop and Marc is gone to Heaven

    My sturdy HP 4530 is a horse. It is also old. Marc Beland told me that it would last another 5 years if I kept it clean. I have done so as per his instructions, but memory is getting low and I really would like to get something newer, and lighter. I do not play games, download movies or other...
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    A real quick question about beaches

    Greetings to one and all. My wife's brothers and some toddlers will be coming up here to Santiago and want to go to a beach. The wife wants "someplace not too crowded." I know most of the area from Montecristi to Río San Juan and then Nagua to Samaná. I would love suggestions from you all...
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    Calling on my nerdier friends; some assistance please

    Friends, I have classes at the university from 8 to 10 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. That means I miss NCIS season endings and Amy Farrah-Faucet/Sheldon Cooper's wedding!!! However, some years ago, good friend DavidZ sent me a link whereby I could get the programs off the internet and watch them...
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    Some interesting stuff on medical/clinic issues

    Hello. This is the Hillbilly Curmudgeon speaking. Today's topic is: Medical Emergencies and Clinics (1) and Clinics that accept International Health Care plans.(2) 1. It is against the law for any Emergency Room at any clinic (private) to demand a deposit for treatment of a patient brought in...
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    Some stuff from Santiago

    First off, if there are U.S. citizens reading this, please send me a PM. I just want to see how many of us are around the Santiago area. Second, we have been eating out more frequently, mainly because of the weird hours my wife works. and we have found a couple of places worthy of...
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    Books, books, books: Oh my, do I have books!

    I am wondering if there is some place where I can gift a ton (almost) of books, both paperback and hard cover, on everything from sci-fi to weepy romances. Our move has shown me to be a hoarder of books, and except for one or two collections (S.M. Sterling and Louis L'Amore) and my history and...
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    Some interesting stuff from the Hillbilly in on

    Good Morning, Dominican Republic (Ode to Robin Williams, whom I loved dearly) First off, the old Hillbilly Hovel is no more. We are now out in the countryside in a gated community.Information upon request by PM. Next item on the list is that my two wonderful women, one of whom has worked...