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Posted 06 May 2008 - 08:37 PM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 02:43 AM
I really missed Jim when he moved to Costa Rica, but I was fortunate enough to visit him several times in Costa Rica, and later on stay at his "Secret Garden" as he had turned his house in San Jose into a couple of units for bed and breakfast. Jim had a patio behind his house which was dominated by a hugh mango tree, and the fruit would come crashing down on the roof of the house in the wee hours and wake everyone up. His patio was surrounded by exotic palms and orchids and it was a very peacefull place to have fresh fruit and a made to order omilett in the mornings.
On my visits Jim would always arrange tours around Costa Rica, and he owned a farm, or finca, about 3 hours north of San Jose. It was in a very remote area at the foot of an extinct volcano and there was no electricity, but constant spring water running down from the mountain. Once we left San Jose before daylight and arrived at the finca early in the morning. Jim had arranged to have a guide and some horses already saddled up for the treck up the mountain which was capped with jungle. The visit before we had hiked up the mountain and it was quite a climb, so this vist was eaiser with the horses, which we left at the edge of the jungle, and then we hiked in. I was accompanied by Paul Drummond and Rick Leitner (TikiRiky) and riding the horses up the mountain, and then the treek through the jungle was one of the most memorable days of my life. Rick and I both had new TV cameras, and it was a challange trying to guide the horses with one hand and the TV camera in the other. We laughed all the way up and then down the mountain, and tried not to fall off the horses.
I shall always remember the good times with Jim Mintken and his wonderful hospitality on my visits to Costa Rica, and the good times we had in California too. I will miss my old friend.
Posted 16 May 2008 - 04:59 AM
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.
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