It is interesting to see how some things play out in this life journey we undertake. I have met a lot of amazing people through this blog. I have met many through the Embassy. I have also met some that were a little shady and not the type I want to have a real association with. An example is Dr. James, who was a Chiriquí Chatter reader who has become silent.
My first encounter with Dr. james was when he sent me a writeup for a new restaurant in David called Ali Baba. I thought it was well written and might help the restaurant get going, so I posted it. He even sent me his photo to include in his writeup.
However, my posting his writeup must have bolstered his need for fame so he decided to take on several blogs with more verbose comments. His series of comments on Gallardos Steak Restaurant turned into too much confrontation for me.
I finally told him that if he wanted to be a commenter on the blog, he needed to change his ID and style of comments, because I didn’t want any more disruption. He tried several more comments, which I never posted, because he would always refer back to his old ID and was not willing to start clean.
The other day, Lucy commented that the good Dr. had been arrested in Texas.
This morning Joe did more research on the good doctor’s activities after reading lucy’s comment.
What Joe said at the end of his comment, has merit to discuss a little. He wrote
I have heard up to 40% of North Americans in Panama are running from something.
I am not sure where Joe got that number, but I don’t doubt it. That puts a much larger responsibility on the other 60% of the Americans that come to Panama in hopes of living a tranquil life.
I think it always takes some time for a foreigner to be accepted in a new area. There are so many negatives that come from the changes which occur due to population growth, such as price increases, that individual behavior reflects on all of us.
I personally take that responsibility seriously. That is why I try to greet all cashers at the super markets and tell them to have a nice day (Que tenga un buen dia) when I leave. I try to tip all of the bagboys (they work only for tips and are not paid by PriceSmart of the supermarkets).
The baggage we carry because of the U.S. Panama Invasion, Wild Bill, and types like Dr. James, will require thought and effort to over come.
Thank goodness for the Tom McCormacks that help to give a little good press.