Monthly Archives: January 2008

I was put on earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now, I am so far behind, I will live forever.

What Do You Know About Shaved Ice Devices

I get some interesting emails. Here is one from a person looking for the device that the local shaved ice/snow cone vendors use.

Any ideas?

From……: chris




good afternoon, i am chris from the Philippines and its about 2 am here now, i saw your video on the panama snow cone vendor and i would just like to ask if you know of any company in panama can supply me here in the Philippines that particular gadget and how much would it cost me….

i hope to hear from you…many thanks…

chris beltran

New ACS Message.

The following ACS message was posted on another site.

United States Embassy Panama





U.S. Citizens traveling by air to and from the Panama must present a valid passport when entering or re-entering the United States. Sea travelers must have a valid U.S. passport (or other original proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a certified U.S. birth certificate with a government-issued photo ID).

As of November 11, 2007, tourists are allowed to stay in Panama for 90 days. If they want to stay longer, an extension for up to 60 days (for a total of 150 days in country) from the Panamanian Migration Office is required. Please note that the approval of the extension falls under the Panamanian Immigration Office’s discretion.

Panamanian law requires that travelers must either purchase a tourist card from the airline serving Panama or obtain a visa from a Panamanian embassy or consulate before traveling to Panama. Further information may be obtained from the Embassy of Panama, 2862 McGill Terrace, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009, tel. (202) 483-1407, or the Panamanian consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Juan, San Diego, San Francisco or Tampa.

Entry by Land or Sea
As early as January 1, 2008, U.S. citizens traveling between the United States and Panama by land or sea (including ferries), may be required to present a valid U.S. passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. American citizens can visit or call 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778) for information on applying for a passport.

U.S. citizens transiting the Panama Canal, as passengers do not need to obtain visas, report to customs, or pay any fees. U.S. citizens piloting private craft through the canal should contact the Panama Canal Authority at 011-507-272-1111 or consult the canal’s web page at

Update On The Monitor Repair

I went by Electrónica Nacional this morning to check on the status of my monitor repair. I found out that LG no longer makes that monitor, and would be replacing it with an equivalent or better model.

There will be at least another week of waiting. I will be curious to see how equivalent the replacement is. The one I had was a wide screen plasma that had the built in TV. When I bought it, I chose that one because I needed a small TV ant it accomplished both functions.

I no longer need the TV portion, but equivalent should be equivalent. This will be another warranty test in Panama. Canon did all right by me in replacing the broken camera with a newer model. I hope LG is as good.

One of the life’s mysteries is how a two pound box of candy can make a person gain five pounds.

Pizza Hut Has Opened

As you can see, Pizza Hut has opened.

UPDATE: I went to Pizza Hut in the evening around 8:00 PM. The entire parking lot was full. You had to wait until someone left, to be able to park your car.

I did get parked and walked to the restaurant. there was a long line to get seated and a long line to order take out. It was going to take about 15 minutes to order take out and another 45 minutes, after they had your order, to get the pizza. I wasn’t about to wait an hour to get pizza.

I thought about stopping at KFC, but all of the overflow from Pizza Hut had gone to KFC and it was full too.

I guess, I will wait until the newness has worn off to try it again.

Still Awaiting the Monitor

I have to make a drive up to the Frontera this morning and when I return, I will go by and see what the progress has been on getting my monitor back up and running.

The one post I did on the Apple with Photos, took me two hours compared with about to about 10 minutes on my Linux PC. For some reason, WordPress kept having errors with the URL to the photos and it took forever to get them right.

That explains the pause in posts.

Another problem is that if I put photos on this Apple, then I still have to transfer them to my main PC later to be in the permenent file.

I had an interesting walk last night and will report on that when my monitor returns.

This is a temporary outage, and hopefully it will be over by Monday at the latest.

You’re getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.