Housekeeping – While I Am Away

I will be away for the rest of the month, I will try to respond to emails and blog comments, but it may be on a sporadic basis.

I hope to complete the sale of the Paul Nunes pickup when I return. To see the pickup and to make an offer while I am out, contact Jorge Cedeño 6461-2970 or send me an email with your offer to

Take care and enjoy yourself. I can assure you that I will do the same.

26 thoughts on “Housekeeping – While I Am Away

  1. Don Ray:
    Have a great trip and enjoy yourself wiht your family. I wish you can bring some air and dirt frrm Chirqui with you…

  2. Lucky you, Don Ray. You got back just in time for the worst heatwave so far this season! haha

    David will feel great when you return, I just wish we had a Boquete nearby to escape to.

    Have a great trip and hug all the kids/gkids for us.

    jim and nena
    fort worth, tx
    (just another 105° day)

  3. Have a happy and safe trip! We’ll be here eagerly waiting for your postings and pictures. Enjoy the tex-mex cuisine, family and drink lots of water and don’t forget the sunblock lotion!!
    Lilia and Mama Rosa

  4. Have a great time with your family in Texas!!! I read temperatures will be reaching
    3 digits … enjoy it! 🙂
    Eventhough I know you are gone, somehow automatically I open your blog everyday ..

  5. Hi all,

    I’m wondering if Don Ray is going to post photos of his Tex-Mex meals while he is here?
    jim and nena
    fort worth, tx

  6. Hi Don Ray. We had a short communication a couple of months back regarding suggestions on where to stay and real estate agents that you might be willing to suggest we contact. We are on track not to return to the area on Tuesday, September 28th on a late afternoon flight (Good Lord willing!) and stay thru the day on Friday the 1st. From David, we are headed to Boquete for a 3-4 day stay. I lost your initial reply so am bugging you, or anyone else who may wish to respond, again to see if you can refresh. There are 2 couples, both nearing retirement, on the search for the final move. Not overly interested in living in an “American compound” but certainly respect our heritage and roots with an eye on embracing the culture/language/customs of the new home. I’ll even spring for lunch or dinner on day/night!

    No problem if anyone wants to contact direct at . Thanks in advance.

    ps – DFW area is hotter than Las Vegas for your visit back! One of my sons/family live in The Colony and they keep asking me if I want to feel the heat, come there instead of here in Central Florida where we live!


  7. DonRay… this is Corbin in Wichita, KS. I want to send a laptop to a friend in David that is starting college as a gift. If I do that will they have to pay duty on the Panama end and if so about how much do you think it would be for a 500.00 laptop? Thanks, Corbin.

  8. Corbin

    I am in Topeka right now visiting family and am leaving Tuesday for Panama. I will be stopping in David on my way to Puerto Armuelles. If you want I can hand carry it for you. If you can get it to me before I leave. I am as honest as the day is long, you can call me at 785 233 2439 tonight or all day tomorrow.


  9. @ Corbin: Assuming your friend has a mail forwarding address in Miami (like with Airbox Express –>, the costs will be approximately 29.6% of the cost of the laptop…that was my recent experience with a $500 laptop sent to a location in Chiriqui near David. This included $31 (USPS to Miami) for postage, a confirmation of receipt in Miami with tracking #, and insurance. Then, about $117 paid to Airbox for customs, transportation and related fees billed to a credit card. If a mail forwarding service is used, your friend would need to “first” set up an account with them and then provide you the address for packages. You would likely need to provide the mail forwarding service a “pre-alert” –> a digital copy of the invoice (scanned and then uploaded). Make sure the recipient’s address is reflected somewhere on this digital copy so the invoice can be matched up to the package in Miami (and your friend in Panama). Turn around time was about 7 to 8 days from the day my package was mailed until the day it was available for pickup at the destination. If you don’t provide the “pre-alert” invoice to the mail-forwarding service, then your friend may have a longer wait for the package to clear customs.

  10. I have a friend in Oregon that “experimented” with mail forwarding. The mail never got to Panama. I would suggest that, if possible, get this Gov’t to get the mail system on track. I had mail sent to me from Harrisburg, PA., and it took months to get here. It went through SWEDEN before coming to Panama with an expiration date on applying for insurance. We are at a loss because of the inept. We were hurt.

  11. People:
    To remind all of you moving to Panama, the Country is not US, is a Third World country, govt employees are paid low, systems mostly outdated. Do not forget where you are living now. Do not expect the Country to change for you, you need to adapt to your new surroundings, to paraphrase Don Ray (sorry Don Ray, not even close to wht you said)

  12. Thank you Joe for taking the computer to David. Gracie will use it in school. When I come down maybe we can go out and have diner. Corbin

  13. And a thank you Don for taking the time from your vacation to help. I read your blog most of the time. It keeps me in touch with Panama. Thank you Don Corbin

  14. We were in David for most of the time you have been away. Now that we’re back in the States, we realize how much we depend on you when we are not there. Thanks for all you do. We hope you had a great trip and selfishly look forward to your return.

  15. We have put the utmost into the 3rd World Country and not expecting what the US had to offer but I would like to know where the mail ends up when it is lost and if there is any over-sight. The roads are flooded with torrential rains, our friends in David had their house flooded, now, no water 2X in 2 weeks, another friend, no water for a week. I think it would be better for the Gov’t to look into immediate problems rather than trying to build roads and increase taxes. Start from the ground up, not from the top down. For some reason, it is the building, not the correction of the problems for Gov’t intervention..

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