Monthly Archives: November 2011

Is It A Scissor Tail?

This morning, while eating breakfast, I saw a bird I had never seen in Panama. When I lived on a farm in Oklahoma, I would occasionally see a bird with a long tail it was called a Scissor Tail Flycatcher.  I think this has to be the bird i saw this morning.

I ran for my camera and took several photos, but many didn’t produce the results I wanted. The bird was a long way off and I could not get the right depth of field. Here are a couple photos i did get.



Tis The Season

This is the time of year for more robberies and thefts of opportunity. I decided that it might be appropriate to remind all Chiriqui Chatter readers that there is a site that is set up to report and record instances of his nature for Chiriqui.

The site is Chiriqui Watch. My original post can be seen HERE.

This site is community driven. Anyone can enter an incident. Google Maps provide a visual record. It is possible to upload a photo or a video related to the report.

There is a sister site that has been set up for Bocas and it is Bocas Watch.

Tomorrow Will Be An Important Day

I understand that beginning on November 30 you are supposed to be able to change your cell phone provider and keep your existing cell number. Many people stay with the same company simply because it is such a hassle to go through the change process.

I am anxious to see how well this will be accomplished in Panama. The concept is good and it should help competition, but if the implementation is flawed then there will only be more disgruntled consumers.

I think I will hold off for a while, but I have been considering a change for some time.

Problems with Magic Jack Service

One of the tools I use a lot in Panama to talk to family, friends, and businesses, in the U.S., is Magic Jack. It is a slick little device that connects to the USB port on your PC and allows you to talk VOIP using a real telephone.

All calls to the U.S. and Canada are covered by their annual fee of $20. We also use it to call Costa Rica and it is cheaper than buying phone cards. When Natalie was in China, we called her for just 2 cents a minute. To call other than the U.S. and Canada just required buying time using a credit card.

I have used it for several years with no real problem until about three weeks ago. I had called Lilliam in Costa Rica and used all of my purchased time. I tried to purchase more time, which had always been simple, only to find that my credit card was not being accepted.

Contacting Magic Jack about problems took some time. Finally I was able to talk to a “Live Person” in a chat session. Everything was cordial but nothing was resolved. The attendant submitted my case for review.

Most companies will send you email conformations related to problem calls. Not Magic Jack. Over the last three weeks, I have contacted them several times. Each time I am told my problem is under review. Now I understand that problems such as this can take a couple days to resolve, but several weeks is too much. I still have receive no email about the problem.

You cannot talk to a real person on the phone to discuss your problem, You can only chat on the Internet. Since the problem has gone on this long, I thought it might be worth posting. Luckily, now that Natalie is no longer in China and Lilliam has returned from Costa Rica, all calls are to the U.S. and Canada. Those still work fine, but if my current contract expires, purchasing a renewal wont work as it used the same mechanism as buying International time.

Panama Independence from Spain

November 28 will be your last opportunity to see a parade for a while. Around 1 A.M. this morning, I was awakened to a Diana serenade a block away. The serenades are a part of the Independence from Spain celebration.

HERE is a post I did in 2006 that includes a couple videos to give you an idea what I heard early this morning.

My neighbor, Alison, has been marching in all of the parades this year. I took her photo before her first parade. She is a lovely young lady!

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Let It Snow

I woke up to a beautiful morning with the sun shining and the birds providing a concert. As I was going through my morning blogs, I can upon my friend Leena’s photoblog. Leena and I have corresponded since 2005 and her photos have always been some of the best I have ever seen.

This mornings photos are of the first Christmas season snow. I should mention that Leena lives in Finland.

The photo above is one from her post today. Give her blog a visit and see a part of the world that is the complete opposite of Panama in the Winter.