Working in the Sunshine

I woke up today to see snow on the ground; true, was only a light dusting, but I am reminded once again, that I live in Chicago in the winter (my feeling are summed up by this song). On the bright side, tomorrow will be mid-40s and more importantly, I have started the countdown to our first trip of the year.

Our trip to Costa Rica starts on February 1, so at this time I have 28 days to get through—really 27 because it is already evening here and we leave very early in the morning on the 1st.  I am counting the days. As Sue mentioned, she will be learning to Scuba dive, sitting on the beach, taking day trips who knows where and living the Pure Vida while  hitting the cerveza. (I am really hoping to have some work. Honest!)

I will be working.

I am in no way complaining. I will sitting (hopefully outside) at Karl’s place in shorts, a T-shirt and wearing sun screen—not bad for February. However, since I will be working, I am beginning to worry about being connected and all the things I will need to lug down there in order to be able to work.

my laptop
My new laptop

Let’s start with my laptop, of course. I will need power, micro and USB-C cables for various peripherals, and a long Cat-5 Ethernet cable in case the WiFi isn’t so good. I am also thinking I might bring along a WiFi repeater that I have stored in the junk box downstairs. We don’t use it at home, and if the WiFi isn’t so good, perhaps I will set it up somewhere to get a boost (so I can sit outside of course). In the next week or so, I will have a look at Playa Flamingo to see if there is a coffee shop that says it has WiFi, so that if the coverage isn’t good at Karl’s, I can head there and get connected. Then me being me, I will need backups for pretty much of everything—just in case.

Brick phone
Only the latest cell phone for me!

I will need a working mobile phone.  Like most people these days, I live on my phone. (He is worse than the Millennials and Gen Z.) My company does not have a phone system; we all work on our cell phones and have a soft number assigned for work.  I hope we have decent phone coverage there, but if we don’t it works fine on WiFi (see the discussion above about the WiFi extender).  I will contact my provider and arrange for an international call package. I get a half gig of high speed data per day on the plan for $10, so unless I need to use the phone as I hot spot, that won’t be an issue.


All in I am really excited for the trip. This post has taken me 30 minutes to write, which means I am 30 minutes closer to the warm sunny weather. In my head, I see this:

me working

But I do worry about it being this…

me not working

Maybe I need an extra backup plan….

3 thoughts on “Working in the Sunshine

  1. Rich M

    Hey Steven, how are you? Tell your wife that I’m an experienced diver (~300 dives) and I also suffer from sea sickness from time to time. I *strongly* recommend Meclazine. It’s the active ingredient in Bonine. If you buy Bonine, it’s $0.50/tablet. If you go to a full service drugstore, or online, you can get a bottle of 50 or 100 tablets for about $0.05 to $0.10 / tablet.

    Start taking it 12 hours BEFORE the first dive, or boat excursion, then every 12 hours thereafter during the entire trip. Harmless for divers; no affect on cognitive thinking or digestive processes.


    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Sent from hand held device; please excuse brevity and typos.



  2. esther getto

    Just a reminder for next winter. Florida has sunshine and your mom has good wi fi connections. Have a great time. Love you forever.


  3. Unky

    just take the hard drive out and swap it with any computer down there. No sense in lugging a laptop. I have a special rolling case for my laptop and all the extras needed to make it work anywhere in the world. Problem is that it is impossible to find the right cable even without the cerveza.


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