Monthly Archives: November 2006

Christmas Challenge

Tomorrow is December 1. Therefore we are only 25 days away from Christmas. I decided to have a little fun and have a contest for students in the Chiriquí area. I seem to be starting to have a fair number of Panamanians that have learned about Chiriquí Chatter.

As a test to see how many, I am going to have a contest and to win you are going to have to be a student in Chiriquí. I don’t care if the winner lives in David, Bugaba, Boquete or any other town in Chiriquí, but they do have to be a student.

Here are the rules. The photo you are looking at comes from one of the photos I took during the November 28 Independence Day Parade. You are going to have to find the photo and identify it.

When you find it you are going to have to send me an email with four items on it.

1. Your Name and age.
2. The name and location of the school you attend.
3. A small description of what you will do with the prize, which will be a twenty-dollar bill.
4. The photo identification.

You can use the email address under my photo. I don’t care if the third item is written in English or Spanish, but I want it to be the student’s own words.

The first email I receive that has followed the instructions and has identified the correct photo will win the prize ($20).

The photo album that contains the photo is http://www.chiriquichatter.net/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=40. I want the winner to be prepared to have his or her photo taken and I would like to do a small write-up about the student.

Now let me explain how you can identify the photo. If you place the cursor over one of the small photos and pause, it will say Filename=xxxxxxxxx.jpg where xxxxxxxxx is the number of the photo. If you open the photo by clicking on it you will see a larger photo and above it, it will say xxx/118 where xxx is the number of the photo within the file. I will accept that as the identification also.

If you have any questions, leave it as a comment. Let the game begin.

Spanish translation below (Traducción española abajo) Continue reading Christmas Challenge

Last Notice for Moon Valley Jazz Night

Tonight is the big night, for food that I am anticipating being a gourmet experience and an evening topped off with a jazz concert. I’ll be there and no doubt I will capture a few photos for the ones that can’t make it.

If you haven’t bought your tickets, see my previous post for directions.

If you have your tickets here are some images to help you find the music. Continue reading Last Notice for Moon Valley Jazz Night

Lost On Purpose

Today, I stumbled onto a very interesting blog called Lost on Purpose.
This is a travel blog written by two young people that are really living their dream. I have spent about an hour on their website and will spend quite a few more.

They are traveling by boat and having quite an adventure. They are currently in Panama and have made their way through the Canal. The blog is well written and I think you will enjoy it. If you want to travel along, the site is called Lost On Purpose. Who knows, you may be following a book in its infancy.

A Crispy Critter

This is what happens when I forget to put on the sun block and don’t wear a long sleeved shirt. I turn into a crispy critter. I know better than to spend much time in the Panamanian sun without protection, but I was stupid yesterday.

This morning I have loaded over 100 photos into the Chiriquí Chatter Photo Album. If you had friends or family that didn’t show up in yesterday’s post, they could be in the photo album.

I apparently missed Edi in her traditional attire yesterday. I guess she was in the first group and I was a little late. Sorry Edi!

C&W Almost Got an AttaBoy

I was just getting ready to give C&W a good write-up. It has been over a week and C&W’s performance has been good. No problems what so ever. Also my MoviStar cell phone has not had connectivity problems for a while.

Then this morning while I was uploading yesterday’s photos into the photo album, C&W decided to go back into the poor performance category.

Now I will have to start over and they will have to regain my confidence once more.

UPDATE: It is 5:00PM and the performance has improved.

Independence From Spain Parade

All over Panama today there are parades going on. Boquete had a nice one and if you want to see how it went, check out Lee Zeltzer’s Boquete Guide Blog.

I took about 130 photos of the parade in David. I am going too show a fair number, but all will eventually get loaded into the Chiriquí Chatter Photo Album.

Ok. Ready for the parade? The day is perfect. The temperature is probably about 88-91. There are a couple of things I want to point out about the photos in general. First, this is a small town parade. The crowd lines the street and will freely cross the street as the parade goes on. You will tell from my photos that I am almost a part of the parade.

You will see several people that will be walking with the schools. Some may be faculty and some may be parents that are carrying water to give their child during the long walk. There are also many street vendors that will be trying to sell small items or food or drink.

With that, let’s get started. I got to the Parade area just after the first group had passed. Some were still there and this is a photo of two cute little ladies. The one on the right spoke very good English.

There are several photos and a couple videos, so be patient while the page loads. Continue reading Independence From Spain Parade

El desfile de los bomberos de David

Besides being the Independence from Spain Holiday, it is also the day that recognizes the firemen of David. This could be true all over Panama, but I do not know that. I heard yesterday that there was going to be the annual Parade of the Firemen in the evening. Since I had never seen it, I decided to head down to the center of town.

I got there about 8:00 PM and I could not believe the crowd. This was obviously a bigger deal than I had thought it was. Hundreds of people lined the streets awaiting the parade to begin. Here are a couple of photos of the growing crowd.

Continue reading El desfile de los bomberos de David

Optimist, Pessimist or Realist?

On my journey down an obscure path on the Internet today, I came upon this quote by Denis Leary. In your opinion was he an optimist, pessimist or realist?

Most people think life sucks, and then you die. Not me. I beg to differ. I think life sucks, then you get cancer, then your dog dies, your wife leaves you, the cancer goes into remission, you get a new dog, you get remarried, you owe ten million dollars in medical bills but you work hard for thirty-five years and you pay it back and then — one day — you have a massive stroke, your whole right side is paralyzed, you have to limp along the streets and speak out of the left side of your mouth and drool but you go into rehabilitation and regain the power to walk and the power to talk and then — one day — you step off a curb at Sixty-seventh Street, and BANG you get hit by a city bus and then you die. Maybe.
– Denis Leary

If I Can’t Take Um – I’ll Enjoy Other’s

My good friend, Leena, in Finland, took the photo above. It was 3:00 PM when she made her way down to the river to take what she considers to be a poor photo. Leena has one of the best photo blogs that I frequent. One thing that makes it special is that she takes the time to write her descriptions into English.

I cracked up picturing her squatting by the river as others passing by stared wondering what she was doing.

Thanks Leena for making my day a little cooler and for bringing a smile to my face.