The ball is rolling…

The first major step toward my move to Belize was accomplished today. All the financial arrangements have been put into place, and as many tax dollars have been saved from ‘Das Feuhrer’ amd ‘Blunder Woman’ as possible; i.e. I am mow (or soon will be) a corporation.I can even sign my name as Gerry Burnie, inc. Cool, eh?

The next step is to sit down with my accountant to get her take on things, and then my lawyer.

I am also pleased to hear that the house sale should move very quickly, and if t takes longer than anticipated, the transaction can be completed without my physical presence in Canada. Ergo, barring any unforseen difficulties, I should be on a plane for Belize November 4th. smile emoticon.

More next time

My, how time flies…

It seems all I’ve done since I returned is run.

I finally got my dear old, rust ravaged but beloved car back. That new-fangled thing I leased had a button for everything you can think of, but I was absolutely terrified to touch any of them for fear I would lock myself out.

I’ve also started to clean out closets as a start to Belize. So far I have three garbage bags full, plus another two or three going to Goodwill.

I plan to have at least three, two-day yard sales – the first to get rid of the clutter, and then gradually progress to the larger items.

The heritage stuff – furniture and keepsakes – will go to the kids (via a lottery) so that they will stay in the family.

As for the house –after a good cleaning – I will list it in July with a closing date of November 1st. Following that, I intend to be on a plane November 4th.

The forecast for tonight, May 22nd, is for frost, so the weather certainly is doing all it can to send me on my way.

However, the more a research Belize the more I am drawn toward it. For example, here is an honest description of the real estate values:

The primary reason retirees come to Belize is for the cheap real estate.  Corozal Town attracts retirees for the same reason.  It is still possible to buy good-sized lots with Bay views for as little as $30,000 or a three bed retirement home close to all amenities in town for $65,000.   Monthly rent for simple, Belizean-style two-bedroom house in Corozal is about $100-$300.  Monthly rent for a nice North American-style house in Corozal is $400-$800.   You can also buy a “prefab” Mennonite-made house, roughly 1,100 sq. ft, and set it up on your lot for $14,000.

Consejo Shores is an expatriate retirement development seven miles outside of town that offers homes for sale and rent.  It was founded in the early 1970s by a Canadian expatriate who now offers luxury amenities for fairly reasonable prices (homes start around $130,000 and rents begin at around $450 for single family homes).

Real estate continues to be a cash transaction.

Also, the cost of living makes it worthwhile, i.e.

Expatriate retirees are attracted to Corozal Town because it is one of the least expensive areas in Belize (thanks to its close proximity to Mexico).  Generally, Belize is considered the most expensive country in Central America, but it is very possible to live here on $500 a month.  If you choose to live in Corozal Town, it will be more, but a lot of it depends on the level of luxury you desire.  A movie ticket is $5.  A teeth cleaning at local dentist is $35.  Take-out pizza is $9.  Bananas are 20 for $1.  Cable TV is $20 a month.  Water delivery is $40 a month.  Electricity is $200 a month (high).  Telephone service is $5 a month (installation can be $50 to $200).

Lastly, and for me the deciding factor, my CAD$ is worth $1.64 BZDs.

The downside is that healthcare appears to be basic, and far below Canadian standards. Nonetheless, since I will be forced to purchase private health insurance anyhow, I will just add a medical evacuation clause to Mexico. As far as I have been able to ascertain, health insurance for my age is about $2,000 per year. (I’m paying $800 now.)

This weather is certainly depressing. Since I returned on May 7th, I have been able to spend a total three days in the gazebo. What a downer!

The SuperMax lottery is $50M tonight, plus 30 prizes of $1M each. Hmm, that would make this move a lot easier. I’d be in Belize by the end of next week. And someone else could look after the details. J

More next time.



It’s catch-up time again

The return trip home

Travel is always an adventure for me, so it was in keeping that the plane to Charlotte N.C. was delayed for 20 minutes leaving Jacksonville FL, and since I only had an hour to make my connection to Toronto, this made it a tight squeeze. Therefore, I made the connection just as they were shutting the doors.

The plane from Charlotte was a 50-passenger regional, meaning it was too small to use the regular gate. Consequently, they wheeled a set of stairs up the plane for the passengers to disembark.

That was fine, because if I have railings to hang onto I can manage stars … The problem being with this one the railings started at the floor of the plane.

Finally, they waved the stairs away and brought in a heavy duty ‘scissor-lift – the type used to unload freight – and so I descended on my own special platform like the King of Siam.

Never a dull moment! Smile

And the fun doesn’t stop there

I arrived home on Wednesday, and my car died on  Friday (these things always happen on  the weekend!) Consequently, I rented a van until I can get the car into the service garage.

Now, my own van is a 1997, and the rental is a 2014, so I have no idea what all these buttons are for – in fact I didn’t even  know how to put the key into the ignition until I figured it out.

I was going to buy another car, but in the long run I decided it would be cheaper to fix the old girl for hundreds instead of thousands.

More next time.

Last night in Kingsland, Georgia

It’s a brilliant, 82 degrees on my last evening in Kingsland, Georgia. It has a wonderful 6 months, but all good things must come to an end. It isn’t so bad, however, for the daytime temps at home are in the 703 (with an 82 forecast for Friday. Gazebo weather.

Meanwhile, the first hurricane of the season is forming off the Florida Keys. However, it shouldn’t come ashore until Thursday or Friday.

See everyone when I get home.

Feeling under the weather…

I had an attack of pancreatitis last night. Haven’t had one of those for nearly twenty years, but it sure took the stuffing out of me. The pain was so severe that it made me sick to my stomach.

Then, to top it off, just as I was finally getting to sleep (around 4:00 AM) some bunch of idiots walked by hooting and squealing, completely oblivious of anyone wanting to sleep at the hour.

I’m feeling a bit better today, so I’m puttering at the room. I want to wash out a few things and do some preliminary packing.

I seem to be constantly surrounded by noise. This generation can’t seem to be alone with their own thoughts. Everywhere I go they have this god-awful ‘music’ blaring. Add a few squalling brats to the mix – plus people trying to talk over it – and you have bedlam.

The ironic part is that no one is listening to this crap, except me, and it is driving me nuts. Right the pool speakers are playing away, and there is no one there!

Leaving for Jacksonville Tuesday to fly out Wednesday.

More next time.