Major Downtime

The last couple of days have been frustrating for the Chiriquí Chatter Website.

The site has been up and down several times and I do not know what the problem has been.

However, it does show that I have mellowed over the last 11 1/2 years in Panama. When I first started blogging in 2003, if the site did not function, I stressed out. Now, I just say “if it is up it is up and if it isn’t then it isn’t.” Kinda like other things at my age.

I would feel better, if I understood the problem, but I am not going to lose any sleep not knowing.

For the loyal followers, if you want to know the current status of CC, you can view the Chiriquí Chatter Status Site.

Issues When living in Panama

Three recent U.S. Citizen involvements have provided me with some experiences that may be worth sharing with others, especially those new to Panama or planning on moving to Panama.

The first involves being a victim of crime in Panama. Living in Panama is much different than living in the U.S. and reporting crimes and crimes actually being solved can be very frustrating. One thing I have seen, related to several cases I have knowledge of, is that it often requires the victim to continue to be involved with the police, if anything is going to cause a crime to be solved.

In this first situation, I was asked the correct procedure to report a crime and how to notify the U.S. Embassy of the crime. I forwarded the information to the Embassy and they responded to the U.S. victim and included a document specifying the process to follow if you are a victim.

I am putting that document on my server and it can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

The second involved a U.S. citizen that had recently moved to Panama and had planned on using a debit card that had his Social Security payments deposited on it every month. He had used this as his method in the U.S. and it provided him a means of accessing his funds without having a bank account. Continue reading

Calle De Los Muertos

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In David, there is a system for the streets. The Avenidas run East and West and the Calles run North and South.

Typically the Avenidas don’t have stop signs and the Calles do.

There is an exception on Calle C Sur, which is also know as Calle de los Muertos (Street of the dead). Most people know it as the one-way street that exits on the InterAmerican highway beside Cochez.

Yesterday, I had to go to Hospital Chiriquí for some lab work and came home by way of Calle del Los Muertos.

You have to be very careful when you use this street. Since it is the only one-way street running north and not south, people sometimes get confused. Sometimes they turn onto the street going the wrong direction.

As the accident yesterday shows, sometimes they just forget that they have to stop at this street, since they are on an avenida without stop signs.

Leaders

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“Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
–Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States