Monthly Archives: August 2008

Worry kills more people than work because more people worry than work.

Not Fit As A Fiddle?

I have been trying a new exercise routine for the last week. It is something that has to be experienced to really be appreciated. Doing it everyday really pays off. I have thought that for a long time, but until now, I haven’t been able to convince anyone else to participate with me every day.

I honestly have tried to get someone to do it with me everyday, but they have always given me a funny look as if I were crazy. Kind of an “At your age or our age?’ sort of look. Luckily, I have finally convinced someone to give it a try with me.

A week ago, we started on this new program. Everyday, I repeat, everyday, we work out. It has usually been in the morning, but one day we did it in the afternoon too. Twice in one day. Imagine that.

The first day, I took my package out, I probably only used it for about 5 minutes. I spent the rest of the day studying the correct way to use it to get the most out of it. I even resorted to the Internet to get some inspiration and ideas on technique improvement.

My exercise partner couldn’t understand my needing to read. She said when she looked at it, it didn’t appear all that complicated to her. Still, that is what happens when you associate with a perfectionist. I admit, it has taken me a full week to have the stamina to keep it up for a full 30 minutes. I hope to increase that to one hour and then maintain that rhythm. I think an hour a day is enough, don’t you?

I found out that the first thing you have to do is to really understand your package. It is more sophisticated than I realized. And, if you don’t use it correctly, then things just aren’t going to work as well as they should and I guarantee that you won’t have as much fun. With a week behind me, I have gotten much more acquainted with my equipment, and both of us are having more fun working up a sweat.

Having someone else use the equipment with you, doubles the pleasure. I know that you can do it by yourself, but really! Why do that when two can do it and you can have double the fun. You will find yourselves laughing as you both loose weight and become more fit. That is the whole idea isn’t it. Even as you are making mistakes, you will both be having fun. You may come up with other reasons for exercising your equipment, but I am telling everyone it is to become more fit 😉 .

The different yoga positions have been some of the hardest things for me to do. It really isn’t as easy as you would think. However, putting your equipment through all of those different positions can add a lot more interest as well as increasing the amount of perspiration. When was the last time you had a trickle of perspiration running down your back and off your forehead?As they say, no pain, no gain.

Even after a week, there have been a couple positions, I just can’t do yet. But I have set a goal to master every position. I am not sure how many there are. As soon as I learn one, it seems that another is offered up. As I always say, it is no hill for a climber. So far I have only mastered about six different positions. With more experience and practice I expect to improve.

Well, I have rambled on long enough for one day. I am really surprised that I am able to write after today’s workout. I went a full 30 minutes and I am covered in sweat. Still, I have never felt better. I have always heard that a “hard” workout improves your outlook on life. It certainly is having that effect on me, especially when it is as much fun as it has been lately.

I am going to go jump into the shower, but feel free to watch this video I found on the net and maybe it will encourage you to get off your butt and have a little fun also. Continue reading Not Fit As A Fiddle?

It’s OK to let your mind go blank, but please turn off the sound.

A Question from a Reader

Feel free to give him your comments. The email question follows:

I have some questions about relocating to Boquete.
Could you please post my inquiry and ask your reader if they could give us
some information

We are considering relocating to Panama from the US Virgin Islands (which is becoming super expensive and a difficult commute for my wife). We have a 5 year old daughter and my wife commutes to Houston Texas three to four times a month. Boquete sounds like paradise and certainly is my choice.
However, Panama city is the easier commute for my wife and I am told that the schools in Panama city are much better for my daughter than Boquete/David.

I would like to get first hand information on the advantages and disadvantages of living in Boquete vs Panama City. I also understand that David is the center of the area and that it is at least 45 minutes from Boquete and not an easy drive.
1) Does anyone do that daily commute for school?

2) How would you compare the schools in Panama City to Boquete.

3)How difficult is it to do a weekly commute from Boquete to Panama City’s main airport?

I am retired and am not concerned about the remoteness or commute,( just give me the great weather, air, coffee and fresh fruit) so I guess the final question is

4) Is the superior weather and produce off set the commute and quality of schools?

By the way
Our family had a short 4 day visit to Panama and mainly saw Panama City (where our host lived-Las Cumbres) and the Pacific coast. particularly like Coronado. Next visit hope to be David and Bouquete.

Robert Johnson, Esq.
Thank You,
Robert, Tracey & Rorie.

People like criticism — just keep it positive and flattering.

Always Happy To Help

I received an email the other day, thanking me for this blog. It seems that one man’s reading CC convinced him that Panama was not the place for him to move. He said he was convinced that house construction here would be as high as in the US. He also had decided that there were better and cheaper places to eat in Florida than what he had seen here. He had Subway and inexpensive all-you-can-eat places and Jamaican restaurants with Plantain.

Well, I think this is a good thing. The worst thing that can happen to an individual, or to Panama, is to have a gringo move here with expectations that are inconsistent with what the individual will find here. Anyone that moves here, to have a US living sensation and the same quality of life, is going to be greatly disappointed.

Life here in Panama is very different from the US. Houses, for the most part, are built from concrete blocks. The quality of construction is dependent on the builder you get. Even with a great builder, you have to be involved with the construction or many mistakes will occur. Changes made in concrete is much more difficult to correct.

If you live in Panama City, it will be more expensive than living outside of Panama City. Roads will not be of the quality you are used to in the US. Traffic in Panama City will be as bad or worse than any large city in the US. Continue reading Always Happy To Help

You must have learned from others’ mistakes. You haven’t had time to think all those up yourself.

A FYI Email

From……: Judy Sacco

Amigos de Animales, the Boquete group that conducts spay/neuter clinics, has received a grant.  Here is the press release.


August 20, 2008 –Boquete, Panama– Fundación Amigos de Animales Boquete (FADAB) is excited to announce the receipt of its first ever grant – a generous contribution of  $3,000 from the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust in Carnwath, Scotland.  The grant will support the purchase of veterinary medications and supplies for FADAB’s low-cost spay/neuter clinics.

Marchig Animal Welfare Trust  was established in 1989 by Madame Jeanne Marchig of Geneva.  In 2008 alone, it has provided grants to more than 46 animal welfare organizations on virtually every continent.

Beneficiaries of the Marchig Trust range from street animals, abused and abandoned pets, and wildlife of all types, including baby seals, lions, birds and even rhinos in danger of poaching.  The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust is considered one of the premier organizations in the ongoing world-wide effort to alleviate animal cruelty, neglect and over-population.

Amigos de Animales Boquete was started in 2005 by a small group of volunteers to provide low-cost, high quality sterilization services for street animals and local pets.  It is a private Panamanian foundation which also is able to accept 501(c)3 contributions through an affiliation with the McKee Foundation. Continue reading A FYI Email

Price of Cement

The other day I was asked, via email, about the price of cement. I wrote a local builder friend of mine and got the following reply.

Hello Don:

Is true, the last months the price of cement gone up
Today we get one bag (42.5 kg) per $ 8.0 + 5% and depend of site delivery + .25 per bag.