Daily Archives: June 15, 2009

Micro Technology gets a big Thank You

Once again, Micro Technology has come to my rescue and corrected a problem with a PC of mine in a short amount of time and with much professionalism. You remember I my last post on this PC problem was not all that positive. I worried that I might have a significant problem, but hoped for a trivial one.

I requested that they check the power supply because it appeared that it might not be getting power. As it turns out, they had to clean the contacts of two strips of memory and that was it. My cost was $20 + tax for the diagnostics and service. You can’t beat that with a stick. I am back to being a happy camper!

Here is Ruben, who did the service and gets two thumbs up from Chiriquí Chatter.

When I need a PC serviced, this is always my first choice and they haven’t let me down yet.


I received the following email request for assistance from retirees living in Panama

From……: Lauren Cohen
Email…..: lauren_cohen@unc.edu

I represent a group of researchers at the University of North Carolina in the U.S. Our research interests generally include aging, long-term care, and healthcare for older adults. As the demographics of retirees change, we have become interested in ‘non-traditional’ retirement options. To this end, we have conducted research in popular retirement destinations in Mexico, and are now interested in learning more about retirement in Panama.

Below is an advertisement for a research study that we are conducting in Panama in July 2009.  Your blog was recommended to me by one of our informants as a good place for U.S. retirees to receive such notifications. Would you be willing to post this to your blog? Or can we?

The ad is as follows:


Paid volunteers wanted for a research study aimed at understanding the health care experiences of U.S. retirees living in Panama.

Are you:
•Retired to Panama from the U.S.?, and
•Age 60 or older?, and
•Suffering from or caring for someone with a chronic medical condition that affects the ability to perform everyday activities independently?,
•Living with or caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia?

If so, then you may be eligible to participate in a research study being conducted in Panama by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Participation consists of a one-hour interview with a member of our research staff. Interviews will be held in the Boquete and David areas during July 23-29. During the interview, you will be asked to describe your experiences receiving health care while in Panama. Study participants will each receive $40 upon completion of the interview.

To learn more about the study and to schedule a time for your interview, please contact the study coordinator, Lauren Cohen, MA by email at lauren_cohen@unc.edu or by phone at 0-1-919-843-8874.

TO SEE, OR NOT TO SEE… – Question Related to David Movie Theaters

I received the following email with a request to post. It is a good question and one I have wondered about.

From……: Ken Neal

Don… I expect other readers may well have noticed, so I decided it was time to learn why we in David fail to to see so many of the excellent movies that arrive Panama City, but never make it to theaters here.

I wrote Paul Hort, the manager of the Hotel Nacional, that also owns the pallet of ‘cines’ connected to the hotel he manages.

I have yet to receive a response.

Thus I request that you post my letter to him, as a means of applying ‘pressure’ for a change; and for the sake of seeing some decent movies, that are worth the drive into David. A copy of my letter is below: Continue reading TO SEE, OR NOT TO SEE… – Question Related to David Movie Theaters