Posted 16 May 2008 - 04:59 AM
Jim was a great, upbeat palm person. I had the pleasure of visiting Jim on numerous occasions to Costa Rica. His "Secret Garden" was host to many ecotourists, especially those associated with palms via California, Florida, and the IPS. He would gladly pick us up from the airport, and deliver us right to his home, of which he rented three large, nice, comfortable bedrooms in downtown San Jose. What a wonderful breakfast he made as well complete with fresh fruit, eggs, pancakes, juice, and cold milk...all beneath the mango tree on the back patio courtyard. He was a gracious host to say the least, and quite knowledgeable regarding palms, especially those commonly seen throughout the country of Costa Rica.
Jim quickly adopted CR as his new country and apprecaited the fact that the local folks, "Ticos" took him in and accepted him as one of their own. He prided the fact that CR was not a 'third world country' as most of the rest of Central America was viewed. In a pouring rainstorm he attempted to deliver me to the first operational ATM in San Jose at his bank. We could barely see the hood of the car in perhaps the most torrential tropical rainstorm (and at night no less!) he got us to the ATM...only to find out that it was never stocked with money! He was so excited that San Jose now had a mall and that was our first stop...the mall. Pale in comparison to US malls, he was proud nonetheless.
Jim was a great guy, someone who you instantly felt like you have known for years. Warm, generous, and genuine are three adjectives that I would use to describe him.
One of the most memorable trips was with Richard Dougles (PalmGuyWC) and the late Paul Drummond as described above. What a wonderful day and week we had.....and much of it was owed to Jim or "Himmie" as the locals called him.
I will miss him.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Average Annual Low 67 F
Average Annual High 84 F
Average Annual Rainfall 62"
Riverfront exposure, 1 mile from Atlantic Ocean
Part time in the western mountains of North Carolina
Gratefully, the best of both worlds!