Sometimes I wonder if Kiki (my dog) ever thinks about finding her biological siblings.

Texas Oklahoma Vacation

What a great time Lilliam and I had on our trip to the US. We were gone almost a month and time just flew.

I will mention an app I use when scheduling a trip like we just had. There were many flights, hotels, train rides, car rentals, etc to keep track of. I made all reservation via the internet or by phone using magic jack. All purchase conformations were sent by email.

I use TripIt to keep up with all the schedules and conformations. Once you sign up with TripIt, you just forward the email conformations to plans@tripit.com and like magic the entire schedule is recorded.

It lists all times, conformation numbers, important telephone numbers, directions, etc. Not only that, but you can list people you want to know of your schedule to get a copy of your itinerary. If anything changes, they will know it.

On this trip, we flew on COPA from David to Panama City and then to Houston on United and then to Austin. Continue reading Texas Oklahoma Vacation

I can tell what kind of mood Lilliam’s in just by what she’s throwing at me.

Two More KODI Installations

I brought back two Amazon Fire Sticks and finished the configuration after installing KODI on them.

I am still using The Wolverine Build as my build of choice. This is a build that is supported by MrHArias. If you use this build, I recommend adding MrHArias Wizard to your Facebook groups to keep up with the status of his builds.

Amazon is starting to flex its muscles. In a past system update, it made the Fire Starter app incompatible and I am no longer using it. However, the Fire Stick system also added the ability of seeing the most recently used Apps by double clicking the home button and I am finding this good enough to not look for a Fire Stick replacement.

The only downside to no having the Fire Starter is that you cannot upgrade KODI on the Fire Stick to new releases without using adbFire.

Installing KODI on the Fire Stick is reasonably easy using the adbFire application on your PC. However, installing The Wolverine Build was a pain in the butt because I could not get the ARES Wizard to install on KODI on the Fire Stick. I had no problem on the Fire TV, but the Fire Stick was a problem.

I read that Amazon is starting to require KODI to be removed before certain apps can be installed. This isn’t a problem for me since I don’t need any of the conflicting apps.

Two more Fire Sticks have now been configured and I expect the users to be very happy with their purchases. They have cut the cable cord.

I have a feeling I already know which direction my “Get rich or die trying” lifestyle is headed.

Learn from your mistakes. Make better & better mistakes until you’re making the best mistakes possible.

Lilliam renewed me for another season. Happy anniversary – Me!

Away, But Hopefully Not Forgotten

Yes, Lilliam and I have made it back from our journey to the US. As I get time I will post some of our adventures and some observations we were able to make from about a month’s vacation in Texas and Oklahoma.

Some of the topics I will cover will be time spent with family, Comparisons of Panama and Texas in the 13+ years I have lived in Chiriquí, Some technology, and I will try to stay out of politics (even though it is more interesting this year).

At the moment, I am relaxing in front of my TV watching a YouTube on Google’s IO conference that started yesterday. I would have watched it live, but I was on planes most of yesterday or siting in airports waiting on planes.

Stay tuned. This is just a note to say that I am back in David.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Department of Treasury Designation Under the Kingpin Act

A recent ACS message.


The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to inform U.S. citizens that, pursuant to the Kingpin Act, on May 05, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated eight individuals and 69 entities for their involvement in international narcotics trafficking-related activities. As a result of the OFAC action, U.S. persons, including all U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent resident aliens, regardless of where they are located, are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with these persons and entities. For further information, please see the Department of Treasury’s press release here. The names and identifying information of the eight foreign individuals and 69 entities can be found here.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Panama enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. You can also download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Android market, to have travel information at your fingertips.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.