Monthly Archives: October 2009

Are You Getting Ready

I received the following email from Tom McCormack about his upcoming arrival with two containers. Here is is email. You may remember the previous request I put out to request assistance on unloading the containers.

Hi Don,

Well two containers are on their way to Chiriquí. I had 73 people to load. We squeezed the doors closed with the fork lift. They will be in Colon Nov 1.I would hope that they could transport them to David in the middle of the 2 holidays. I’ll be in David next Wed. working on the details. Talk to you then.


He included a ton of photos and I am including just a small few to give you an idea of some of the items that are coming. You can see from Tom’s email, that he had a lot of help in loading the containers. I hope we can find a good number to help unload it.

If you want to be a part of this worthwhile effort, stay tuned for the next announcement which should have the time and place to be.

Here are the photos from the loading process.

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We Care Pharmacy Visited

A few months ago I received an email related to a new pharmacy in David that is set up to help Tri-Care and US Veterans with their pharmaceutical needs.

Today I found out where they are and stopped in to talk to them. If you are on the street beside the emergency room of Hospital Chiriquí going west, you will turn right about two streets past the hospital. Their address is Avenida 5 and 6 Calle B-Sur. After you turn right continue and you will eventually see them on the left.

Here is a photo of the front of the pharmacy.

I visited with the secretary Karen Guerra in the following photo. Continue reading We Care Pharmacy Visited

Visting with Management at Mrs. Mendosa’s

Last Monday, I went to Mrs. Mendosa’s again for lunch. I made it a special occasion by once again having a margarita. I believe these must be the best frozen margaritas in David. One is plenty. Two would put me under the table.

I was obviously hungry because I ate a taco salad and shared a Chicken fajita fondue. Later I was stuffed and feeling frisky from the margarita.

I enjoyed the taco salad pictured below.

I ate 100% of the filling and 60% of the tortilla shell that it came in. In talking to the owner, Sandro Marrico, I learned that the taco shells are made fresh on-site, It was very fresh and had a flaky texture that I liked. Continue reading Visting with Management at Mrs. Mendosa’s

Old Butch

John was in the fertilized egg business.  He had several hundred young layers (hens), called ‘pullets,’  and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.

He kept records, and any rooster not performing  went into the soup pot and was replaced.

This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells  And attached them to his roosters.

Each bell had a different tone,  so he could tell from a distance,  which rooster was performing.

Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report  by just listening to the bells.

John’s favorite rooster, old Butch,  was a very fine specimen,  but this morning he noticed old Butch’s bell hadn’t rung at all!

When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets,  bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, could run for cover.

To John’s amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn’t ring.

He’d sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.  John was so proud of old Butch,  he entered him in the Renfrew County Fair  and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.

The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the No Bell Piece Prize  but they also awarded him the Pulletsurprise as well. Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren’t paying attention.

Vote carefully next year, the bells are not always audible.

Earthquakes South of David

Apparently yesterday there were a couple earthquakes 110 miles south of David in the ocean. One was 6.1 and the other was about 4.9. I felt nothing in David.

URLS from USGS follow:

The Panama Website shows three yesterday. It’s URL follows:

Rancho Gotta Coffee

Restaurante Maná has started serving and is a local distributor of Rancho Gotta Coffee. I have tried it and I liked it and I finally bought a bag. While talking to Jorge of Restaurante Maná, he asked if I would like to go to Boquete and visit the coffee farm.

Our last outing to visit a raspadura factory was so much fun, that I quickly agreed. Last Sunday we drove up to Boquete and met with Yosi and Arnoldo, who own and operate Rancho gotta.

We arranged to meet at the Boquete square and I had time to take couple photos. You can see that the square is still in the improvement stage.

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