Monthly Archives: June 2010

To See or not To See

How do you tell someone something that they don’t want to hear? How do you raise awareness in the minds of those susceptible to a very real danger? How do you make someone see that which he does not want to see? These are some of the questions that have been consuming me for a few weeks now.

What is obvious to others is often never seen by those that are in the midst of danger. Maybe they don’t care. Maybe they believe they are bullet proof. Maybe they think it only happens to others. Maybe they think they are a good judge of people and will never be involved with the wrong type. I don’t know the reason, but I have seen the results of being naive.

This is not the first time I have written of the dangers of a single senior male moving to Panama in search of starting over, finding romance with a young woman, and living happily ever after. For every fairy tail that comes true, I would venture that there hundreds or thousands that end in disappointment or tragedy.

Lets face it. There is no fountain of youth. Time takes its toll on all of us. When I look through my eyes, I see things pretty much the way I saw them in my youth. The sky is just as blue. The rain still smells as sweet. Pretty young ladies in short skirts and tight pants and blouses still raise the blood pressure. However, when I look in the mirror, I see the effects of the years in a more personal way. When I crawl out of bed in the morning, I feel the creaking bones. When I climb a flight of stairs, I realize that I am not as young as I once was. Continue reading To See or not To See

Received from a Chiriqui Chatter Reader

If you know some Panamanian students in the 15 to 17 year old range, this might be of interest to them.

Hi Don Ray,

This AM I visited El Rey and picked up a copy of the current Visitor/Visitante…(issue June 25th July 1st). The cover features Bocas. On the back cover there is an article about scholarships offered by the US Embassy. The program is called “The Access Program”. It is for 15 to 17 year old students. It is held in conjunction with Latina University. They are offering it for up to 500 students. The article provided a link which I visited; however, there wasn’t any info on the web page. . .


Havana or Medellin

I received the following email from the travel agency that I use (Viajes Crisol). If you give them a call, tell Senorita Lucy that I sent you.




Quedamos a sus ordenes para cualquier consulta…

Viajes Crisol, S.A
Tel: 775-5674 / 775-7651

If you want to take a well deserved vacation …

Don’t think more. This is your opportunity..

Enjoy all we have for you …

We remain at your service for any questions …

Viajes Crisol, S.A
Phone: 775-5674 / 775-7651

Ranchiladas at Mrs. Mendoza’s

We went to Mrs. Mendoza’s yesterday for lunch. I didn’t take my camera because I have been there many times and didn’t think I would be taking any photos. However, when my Ranchiladas came out they were more colorful because the flautas and some of the chips were in a bright green.

I always like this plate. It is fajita meat covered in cheese with a side of rice, beans and two flautas. I enjoyed it. The meat was tender and juicy. We also split one of the margaritas.

I used the cell phone to take the following photo. 


A man called his mother in Florida, “Mom, how are you?”  ” Not too good,” said the mother. “I’ve been very weak.”  The son said, “Why are you so weak?” She said, “Because I  haven’t eaten in 38 days.” The son said, “That’s terrible. Why  haven’t you eaten in 38 days?” The mother answered, “Because I  didn’t want my mouth to be filled with food if you should call.”

Anti Virus Side-note

I have refused to buy an anti virus for the one PC that has Microsoft Vista . I have always kept it covered by a Microsoft endorsed product.

There are so many products out there, that I am convinced that you can use the commercial products and not have to use the freebies that are OK but not quite as good in my estimation. Most of the products provide a 30 to 90 day trial. A day before the trial period is over I remove the current product and install the next.

It also gives me a good test of the different products and if I like one well enough, I could decide to buy it.

That brings me to the reason for this post. I have never really had any problems with Microsoft Vista. I run it on a powerful PC and that may make the difference. However, over the last month, I started having some problems. When I would plug in a USB device, I would not get a notification. Sometimes I would have to reboot to have the device recognized.

This was irritating me. I was to the point that I have been considering upgrading to Windows 7. The current AV I was using was G Data, which had pretty good reviews. I had noticed that my PC would slow down at times and when this was going on, the AV indicated that it was updating and running a scan at the same time.

I had about a week to go on the trial, but I decided to switch it out and removed it and installed Rising.  With that change all of my Vista problems left. All USB devices are recognized when they are plugged in or removed. The PC has sped up and all is right with in my PC world.

As you can see from the THIS PAGE, there are enough trial versions to allow you to test for over a year. By the time you get to the end of the list the next version will be available and you can start the process over again. Yes it does cause a little work, but when you live in Panama all you have is time and using 15 minutes a month to change software is almost entertainment.

To this point G Data is the only product that has caused me a problem. If I try it next year, I will not wait as long to replace it if problems arise.

Never A Need To Close

Panama is able to keep businesses open when they would be closed in the US. The first time I noticed this was when the KFC was remodeled. They built temporary partitions to allow customers while the external modifications were going on. Finally when the interior changed started affecting the serving area it closed for a couple of weeks.

The same thing is going on now with McDonald’s While the interior is now closed and remodeling is going on, the drive-through window and kitchen are still functioning.