Monthly Archives: July 2012

H1N1 Flu Warning

A good friend’s nephew just died in David of the H1N1 Flu. The symptoms were severe headache and fever. If you have these symptoms, get yourself to the doctor.

Sofia had it when she left Panama to return home. The rest of the family also got it. They were treated quickly by a doctor in Costa Rica.

Be careful out there. I don’t want to lose any of you!

Boquete Hospice – Blood Donors

I received the following request to post.

Hi Don:

Would you please post this for all of us?

Read all about it! Register your blood type.
http:// boquetehospice. com/ blooddonors.html

We are not asking you to donate blood on a regular basis.

We are asking that you register your blood type for future use.
Blood donations are needed for persons who need blood on hand for surgery or in case of an accident.

Rarer blood types are hard to find and it is especially important that you register if you have a rare blood type.

Register your blood type or if you need blood contact:
Mary Lynah, 6533-0967, mhlynah @, or Clair Edmonds 6887-6083.

The registry is confidential, kept by Mary and Clair who are both retired RN’s living in Boquete.
We have 90 persons registered and need another 110 persons to register, bringing the total to 200.
We added 8 people last month.

You will be asked to provide your name, telephone number, age, blood type, medications, medical conditions.

See complete qualifications at: boquete Click on blood donation.

Hospital Chiriqui and Hospital Mae Lewis do not have blood blanks. If you go in for surgery they will ask you, with very short notice, to provide two pints of blood of the same type as your own.

July Sport Center in David

A new sports center has opened on the InterAmerican Highway. It is located in the same center as the Power Club Gym and Galería Porto Fino. As you are driving west on the InterAmerican Highway, currently you will see their opening sign.

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This is the store front.

From what I have seen, this is the most complete sport center in David. July Sport Center has nine stores in Panama City, one in Chitré and this new store in David.

I took several photos around the store.

There is a good selection of sports clothing. Continue reading July Sport Center in David

My bed is way more comfortable in the mornings than during the night.

Santa Clara

When I was talking to Joe Morales in his disfrutas Panama, he said there was a new Colombian Bakery a couple doors to the right that I should try.

That is what we did. This is a photo of the store front.

We picked up a variety of different sample. They have many sweets, some snacking pizzas, and other good eats there. Everything we tried was very good.i want to go back when I have more time. Following are a few photos of the offerings that were there and a scanned coup of the business card I case you want to call in for an order.

Here is the business card if you want to verify your favorite item is there.

Live Music in Boquete

Posted by request

Hi Don,
Could you please put up an announcement about Live music and open mic night at Mikes Global Grill in Boquete from 730-10 pm on Saturdays. We have drums, guitars, harmonica and vocals. Currently I think it is about the only place in Boquete and maybe chiriqui where you can listen to some live rock and roll music in English. Last Saturday we had a good crowd and it was a good time had by all.
Bill McGraw

Common sense is so rare these days, it should be classified as a superpower.

Dead End Road or Dry Canal

Yesterday we went up to Boquete to listen to a presentation by Ruben Lachman Varela. I had met Ruben in 2003, when I lived in Boquete. At that time, he was doing consulting on the expansion of the Panama Canal. His consulting firm, INTRACORP, is currently responsible for the city planning of Boquete and I understand they are bidding to do the city planning for David.

I met him again when he assisted Natalie when she was writing her thesis on Tourism.

In 2003, Ruben had given me a tour of a hydroponics project he was experimenting with. I was extremely impressed and the photos in that post are worth seeing.

There was a good turnout for the presentation. I took this photo before all had arrived.

Continue reading Dead End Road or Dry Canal

1, 2, 3, 4… Does anyone even remember what started the thumb war?

Technology and the Olympics

If you want to keep up with the Olympic standings and info on all the competitors, there is an app for that. Samsung has done a great job with their app.

For a non Spanish speaker, one of the annoyances is having to watch the Olympics with Spanish commentators.

I decided to see what I could find on the Internet. NBC has streaming in the U.S., but you have to have U.S. cable to see it. Bummer.

Then I found that BBC was streaming the live events. BBC doesn’t have their streaming requiring cable, but you do have to be in England.

I decided to configure my router VPN location to London. Bingo! I now can select the live event I want to watch and am getting the broadcast in English. Granted, it is the British form of English, but better for my ears than Spanish.

It is not perfect. I am getting some spooling, but it is still watchable. The benefits are English, and I can select the live event I want to watch.

I do live in David and have Cable Onda for my Internet. My contract is for 4MB and I get pretty close. Under VPN I get less, and I am getting less with the London server, than the San Francisco server I usually use.

This is the first time I have found a need to use a server outside the U.S. and it has been a good test.