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My brother has pointed out that the reason Costa Rican roads are so crowded is that they have so many uses.  He says it’s the only flat ground in the country.  Ticos use pavement for all kinds of things.  As front porches – families line the edges in lawn chairs, enjoying cool evenings.  As conference rooms – business meetings occur spontaneously when caballeros chat in the middle of the road.  For sex – the dogs in el Torrito have no shame or need for privacy.

Ticos also use the paved roads for agricultural processing.  My neighbor from Santo Domingo, brought all of his rice crop down to the parking area at Carrillo Beach – no one ever parks there.  Everybody prefers to park in the shade of the Malenche trees that line the road along the beach.

Another farmer dried his rice on the yellow hatching where the airport runway crosses the beach road.