Monthly Archives: July 2008

Bon Voyage Natalie

Here is a photo of Natalie (left) with her mother and two sisters just before she boarded the plane for Switzerland. It was was the best of times. It was the worst of times. While all were happy for Natalie to get this opportunity, a close family always hates to see another leave.

This is a rare treat as Natalie does not like to have her photo taken. For some unknown reason she doesn’t think she is attractive. I, for one, think that this is a very attractive group of women!

Good luck Natalie, you are in our thoughts though you are far away.

Titled Land for Sale Near David

I received the folowing email of some property for sale by owner in Chiriqui:

From……: Eduardo Horna

Hi Don ,
I heard about this web-side a couple of times,and I tell you what…is getting better n  better,is good to know people like you are decided to call CHIRIQUI, …their  Home, (Im a chiricano ,so you know how pride I fell)

I like that you change your pictures here n there, picture that you dont see very offen in a web-side, like down town David, any way, if you know any body that is looking to buy some land(by owner!!) my family and I are  got for sale 16 acres (6.4hectarea) right outside of David,15 min drive,nice flat land with a creek, nice view, could be sale for less, 1.8 hectarea or 4.6 hectarea,

any way, price is negociable,is also title, you can call at 6747-9088  or 6567-1127 ,
Muchas Gracias!!!

Eduardo Horna

Back In David

I am back, but I still have a few loose ends to get taken care of. I have to get a car registered and It is difficult to do when you have an outstanding traffic ticket. When I went on my last trip to Costa Rica, I learned that there was a traffic ticket issued for the car in Cocle. The only problem is that the car has never been to Cocle. I assume someone reversed a couple of numbers and that is what caused the problem.

I have spent the last 4 months working with the officials in Chiriqui Mall to have the ticket removed. I could just pay the $40 ticket, but it is the principle of the thing.

As of yesterday, the local office is taken care of and I am waiting to get conformation from Panama City, that the ticket was removed from the records so I can get the car inspected and get the new tags.

Even with this going on, it is good to be back in David.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

Sure, I Know Where It Is.

One of the tasks I did yesterday, was to go to the American Embassy and have pages added to my passport. This is basically a whole day job.

The embassy is open from 8:00 am until noon to receive passports. Then you have to return in the afternoon at 4:30 PM to pick them up. You have to be past the guard entry before 4:30 PM, since that is closing time.

The morning run went without a hitch. I caught a cab and the taxi driver knew the location of the embassy in Clayton. It was about a 15 minute ride. There was a huge line of people waiting to enter. They were non-Americans needing to get visas to visit the US. I was able to bypass this line, since I was American and only needing passport services. Continue reading Sure, I Know Where It Is.

Boquete Shopper

Last email, that required action.

From……: Roger Comstock

Great blog, Don!
A friend called and told me about  a brand new site called The Boquete Shopper –
I checked it out this am and it’s really somethin g that has been needed here forever.
I would describe it as a Chiriqui clone of Craigslist only better.
I think your readers would love to know about it –  already posted some stuff and got 6 calls and I think its sold – I’ll know later tonight.
Keep up the good stuff…

American Home Accessories

Here is another email that got lost.

From……: Patricia Blasser

Hi I would like to ask if you could add my website to your site. I am an American and have a company called American Home Accessories, Inc.
Avenida Frangipani (Edificio Blasser)
Tel:227-1855 (ask for Amalia)
We specailize in US Made Area rugs.
Great designs,good prices, and fast delivery to Boqute!

Vandalism in Boquete?

Here is another email I received related to crime in Boquete

From……: jeff brown

Just a question, where can one post  a blog, in the Boquete area. My wife and I were at The Panamonte Inn, Sunday night, July 13th, and someone shot out our driver side back window. We wondered if anyone else who was there may have had the same experience. We assume it was a random act of vandalism.

Life Flight Panama

Following is an email that deserved posting, but was sitting in my spam queue. While it is out of date, the information on Life Flight Panama is still worth knowing about.

From……: Helen Tonkin

Dear Don,
We do have Skype but it’s just not happening for us today! so an email instead…
My name is Helen Tonkin and I am the British! VP of Sales for “Lifeflight Panama” which is the first, and in fact only, Helicopter Air Ambulance, Emergency Medical Service to exist in Panama , so far!

Probably the best explanation of our service is explained by our website  “ which I encourage you to visit, and this will also save me alot of typing!
Whist I totally understand the non commercial aspect/purpose behind your own website/blog, I wanted to take this opportunity to say that our helicopter plus crew will be visiting Chiriqui from next Sunday, 20th to Wed, 23rd to visit the ex-pat communities there plus the hospitals who we will be liaising with in the province.

We will be staying at Valle Escondido and I have been in contact with Sam Taliaferro there and also Lee Zetler of Boqute Guide, who are aware of our service and very supportive.

My hope, from sending this email, is to ask for a contact number for you as I would like to invite you to meet with us as one of Boquete’s influential voices” in the area, as obviously the more PR we can achieve by our visit the better… but not just for us but for the residents of the province.

UPDATE:Appearantly, I should have left the email in the spam bucket where it belonged. It appears that this was a scam to just get membership money and they never even owned a helicopter.