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Cape Gazette FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011 53 / Rehoboth resident mixes exporting business with musical interests] | By Molly MacMillan got a little more coml licated. mollymac@capegazette.com And so, in lieu of]beating the streets with demo tabes looking After returning from Costa El- for gigs, he harnesse, the power ca with interests in not one, but of the internet and st; rted a busi- four business prospects, Re- ness tO help him, Pu: a Vida Mu- hoboth resident lason Wilcox Sica. said he has no trouble Staying In Costa, Pica, "pu a vida" is m busy even now, nearly 18 months common term, Wilc( said, used later, colloquially like aloha" in Wilcox said he's involved not Hawaii, used to y hello or only in teak importing and real goodbye. The expres don means estate companies in Central more than that to,C ,sta Pdcans, America, but also property man- however; it means p! tre life" and agement and falent booking is used similarly to "iLo worries," services here in the Cape Region. beckoning the liste er to relax And to top it all off, the man- and enjoy life. of-many-talents said he actually Pura Vida Musici is a web- spends most of his time playing based business connects music, event planners, res{ Lurant and "I play music all the time now, venue owners with v{ rious musi- so that's where I spend most of. cians and bands in thg area. my time," Wilcox said. "I played "There are a lot o{really good the piano first, but I play every- acts that don't get nat thing by ear, so I taught myself cause they aren't re how to play the guitar, because it walking into places is a lot Fighter." for jobs," he said. "I c An extroverted individual, ermyselfamanager; Wilcox said that when.he was' ing to get the infm living in a jungle town in Costa there. Everyone just Pica, he would simply inquire on their own; thin with the owners of establish- work." ments to book his solo guitar Witha variety of shows, but when he returned to employ the services the United States, booking jobs Musica, and nearly "THERE ARE A LOT OF REALLY GOOD ACTS THAT DC MUCH WORK BECAUSE THEY AREN'T REALLY GOOD WALKING INTO PLACES AND ASKING FOR JOBS." zh work be- lly good at and asking )n't consid- ['m just try- nation out ties to do it .~'s no net- lenues that ,f Pura Vida acts tang- enT GET AT ,MES WILCOX ing from reggae bands to solo artists, inCluding himself, Wilcox said he iust wanted tO build a foundation for his network to in- form both the businesses and the musicians. Not every gig Wilcox performs is musical, either. Kevin Reading, owner of Abbott!s Grill in Mil- ford, said that with his winsome personality evident after he played a few times at Abbott's, Wilcox was a natural choice to emcee Open Mic nights at the restaurant and pub. "He's very versatile; he's out- going, so he is able to communi- cate, and he's very approach- able," Reading said. 'As a musi- cian. I highly recommend him; he plays anything from Jack Johnson to The Beatles and he's a chill dude. He spent a lot of time in Costa Pica, so I think he got some of his chill attitude there." But before he left for Costa-pi- ca, Wilcox said he worked in construction and property man- agement he re in the Mid-At- lantic, which makes a nice day job to accompany his musical in- terests. Now that he's returned, he still spends many of his days working in construction, working for Fen: way Property Management to perform remodeling and repair work for real estate offices and local residents like Jane Hearn of Lewes. From minor cosmetic work in- side her home to replacing fenc- ing outside the house, Hearn said she's been happy with all the home improvements Wilcox has perf0 med at her property. mN ADDITmON TO HIS OTHER BUSINESS guitar and sings at local venues. "He's done several things. He put a railing on the front porch, and he's fixed some windows too," she said. "He did a great job it looks really good. I've had lots of compliments." Though balancing all his busi- ness interests can undoubtedly be daunting, Wilcox seems to ap- proach his well-stocked to-do list with the same attitude he ap- proaches his music: "Pura Vida" MOLLY MACMILLAN PHOTO interests, Jason Wilcox often plays Wilcox' business interests in- clude Pura Vida Musica, at www.puravidamusica.com; Fen- way Property Management, at www.fenwayconstruction.com; Fenway Properties in Costa Pica and Nicaragua, at www.fenway- properties.com; and Golden Harbors International teak-im- porting business, at www.gold- enharborsintl com. Wilcox is al- so available at 302-369-1749. e's making a list and checking it twice. We that refrain "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." No, I didn't participate in Black Friday; I don't even know what Cyber Monday means, and the only list I have is someone else's I fotind in the bottom of my grocery cart. Yes, we are turning the cor- ner for Christmas or holiday gift buying. It's been an especially difficuk season to find gifts for those of us who have teenage grandchildren, day and of high technology, I'm one ; those throwbacks still longs for my electricltyp ewriter. Teenagers used to c( elderly if you used a you are still using phone, it puts you in gory. Children often lists, which I think is idea. Once you get p items like a Porsche i asider you :ane; now if' t a cell- o that cate- ;ubmit wish a great st the md a one- way ticket to a remo}e island for their sister, you can get down to the business of trying to deci- pher the rest of the llst. My holiday list car e from my - grandchildren via entail, which only meant one thing the dread- ed internet is whereI will be shopping. Eventualb. this docmnent that 1 some kind of hierog ten on the wall of an cave, except there w pictions of animals, would have been ni( I opened ,oked like (phics writ- ancient ,,re no de- hich Anyway, these items came with links to an online site that would let me purchase the item right there and then. I could tell this gift was not going to be any- thing as simple as something like gloves, extra large. The problem is, once I moved my cursor to this site, well, first there was a lot of laughter com- ing from inside the computer, but then a waming popped up sending me to another site, be- cause the computer had disabled something for my own protec- tion, which it failed to inform me Or my attorney. I tried it again and another message popped up telling me that I didn't listen to the first message and I was probably the kind of person who never listens or reads directions before put- ring anything together anyway and this behavior has been going on since I was in kindergarten. About an hour later and a cou- ple of dozen donuts washed down with 300 Advil, I finally found the right place and the first item, a video, displayed it- self. I'm not saying it was a vio- lent video, but I think the guy in mercenary fatigues hijacking a station wagon full of nuns was a sign that maybe another hobby might be in order. Now the thing about buying things online is you have to put them in an icon that is called a shopping cart, which I think is a good idea. The only problem is I kept losing the shopping cart. It would totally disappear off the screen, which led me tobeFieve someone either took it or I left it in a different aisle. It could also be that it tipped over from an- other shopper hitting it when I wasn't looking. Okay, so I'm not adept with this stuff, but I hate when the computer balks at my efforts and sends up another message that says, "We told you so and now that you've lost your stupid, stu- pid shopping cart, you have to start all over again like a little crybaby, because we know peo- ple like you have a brain the size of a Styrofoam peanut! Sit up straight and pay attention this time!" So now I find the cart and get it loaded with items that are mostly duplicates, such as 46 purchases of the same video game becanse.I don't know how to delete them from my cart and I'm also afraid to make the com- puter any more irate than it is; the thing is probably armed. But there is a saving grace when ordering gifts online. It's even more difficult to figure out how to check out and pay for these items, ergo, eventually you will shut it down and go out and buy those gloves, extra lage, in a real store. Good luck with your high-tech shopping.