Monthly Archives: October 2006

Astrovision Is Playing With My Mind

When daylight savings changed, I knew I probably was going to have some adjustment to do when watching my network programs from the states. What I hadn’t counted on was Astrovision changing from a CBS station that was in New York to one in Colorado. I really can’t complain though, I like the news I am getting now at 6:00 PM. Getting so much Denver Bronco coverage is a little strange for someone from Dallas, but I will survive that.

Oh well, I better not get too comfortable with the new programming or something else will change.

Cable and Wireless Phone Call

On Sunday, I received a phone call from C&W inviting me to pay $7.00 more a month and double my speed from 256 to 512. I had to laugh. I told the person that called, that my 256 connection was only providing around 80 or less a lot of the time. My question to her was if they couldn’t provide what I am contracted for, why would I think it would be different if I upgraded.

I told her it had been bad enough lately that I was seriously considering testing Cable Onda. She told me that C&W had been doing a lot of work in order to provide the increased speed and that was the reason for the recent disruptions. I told her I would keep what I had for the moment and monitor their performance for an improvement.

Hopefully she was right and performance will improve.

Permalinks Permalinks Permilinks

On my way home I stopped by Furniture City and talked with Patricia Espinoza. I asked her if she had ever looked up the Furniture City post on my blog, after I had taken photos of the store. She said she had and she had seen the photos, but then they disappeared the next day. Luckily she had an Internet terminal in the store and we went over so I could show her how to find the post again.

I showed her that she could put “Furniture City” in the search area for the blog and click on “search” it would bring up all posts that contained those words. Sure enough one of the posts was the one in which I had taken photos inside the store.

I then showed her how, if you click on the post’s title, it would bring up that post and the address in the browser was a “permalink” address and would always be good. Patricia speaks very good English, which was lucky for me, because explaining this in Spanish would have been more difficult.

Because of today’s experience, I thought I would write another post on permalinks. If you see a post that you want to send to someone else, or if you want to bookmark a post’s address, then just click on the title of the post you want to save. Then when the page loads in your browser, you can bookmark that page or cut the URL from the address area of the browser and paste it in an email.

Remember if you want an address that will never change – Permalink Permalink Permalink.

ARROCHA Appointment Postponed

Leaving AudioFoto, I headed down to ARROCHA. Last night I had spoken with a very nice lady that was the store manager, and told here I would like to take photos that show all of the decorations that ARROCHA has put up for Christmas. The manager told me that it was against store policy for any photos to be taken in the store. I gave her one of my cards and asked her if she would please contact the decision makers in Panama City, give them the Chiriquí Chatter web address and have them look up the blog and ask for permission for me to take photos. She said she would and to come back today.

Today, I spoke with another nice lady and she had been expecting me. She said the manager that I had talked to last night had contacted Panama City and they were evaluating the request. I have to give myself a little pat on the back and tell you that all of the communication I have mentioned above was in Spanish. What is even more amazing is that neither lady fell down on the floor laughing at my Spanish.

With a little luck, in a day or two I should be able to show you how nice the ARROCHA store looks for Christmas. Keep your fingers crossed.

Plaza El Terronal Phase II

I got to ARROCHA and they were in the middle of an inventory and I needed to wait about 30 minutes. Having some time, I walked over to AudioFoto and visited with my friend Alvaro. He told me about the second phase of El Terronal that is underway. The next phase is supposed to have six more stores and complete in September of 2007. They are Lumicentro, Felipe Mota Wine Store, Movistar, Conway, and Subway. I asked if the last was going to be Dunkin’ Donuts, which I had heard was going to be there. He said no, he had heard it was going to be Cinnabon.

I mentioned that I thought that Conway was now in downtown David. He said that was Cosway and it is because I looked up the post I did on the store. He said many stores name their stores similar to larger stores in Panama because they want to capitalize on the name recognition. He said that AudioFoto has a large store in Panama City and in the next block is another store named AudioFoto with a different suffix. Continue reading Plaza El Terronal Phase II