Cameo Wines

I received a comment today and noticed it had a website associated with it. Maybe you hadn’t noticed, but if people comment and have a website, their name can be clicked on to go to their site.

This one was Cameo Wines and I thought it might be of interest to others.

Portrerillos Water Situation Update

I received the following update along with referenced photos on the Potrerillos Water situation from Diane.

Well, another week has gone by and another visit, my third, to the office of Idaan in David. During this visit it was revealed that 10 more towns in Chiriqui Province have reported drastic problems within their water systems. David and Algarobas (sp) were added last week. This weekend Bugaba and Alane developed similar problems.

The town of Potrerillos has some serious problems but I feel because we are just a bedroom community and so many areas with financial influence have been affected, we are put to the end of the list again. Continue reading

Retire in Panama? Yes or No?

I can tell by the increased number of emails I receive each week from people considering Panama as a retirement home that it is time to address some of my thoughts again.

I have written several pieces throughout the years on this subject, but I think it is too difficult for many people to find them. With the financial stress being placed on people around the world and Panama continually being ranked high on some survey about retirement places, it has to happen.

People want a quick answer and they only want reasons why Panama would be the perfect place for them. Many start as I did and search for every Yahoo group that is Panama related. After living here for over 9 years, I avoid the Yahoo groups almost as much as I would like to avoid watching U.S. news broadcasts.

That is not to say that there isn’t any worthwhile information on these sources, but sometimes I don’t need to be depressed and often those sources depress me. Continue reading

Every Leg Has A Story

DSC00703I got a call from Tom McCormack this morning. He said, if I got a chance, to drop by where he was fitting legs. He had a room in Casa de Jubilados, which is to the left off Brenes at the stop light by the police station. I am sure you remember Tom from the posts I have done about the containers he has brought to Panama.

I took Tom up on his invitation. He said he is there 4 days a week and people just show up. He said he has six to eight people waiting every day and never is able to see all that come.

Tom gave me his statistics, of the people he had seen, and if I remember correct, the reason for the loss of legs were almost equal between accidents and diabetes. In many cases, a person has a better chance of utilizing a prosthesis if the loss is because of an accident rather than diabetes.

I was there while he saw three people. Two men had lost their legs because of accidents and the lady had lost her leg 10 months ago because of diabetes. Continue reading

1961 Karman Ghia

IMG_0009The other day, after visiting with Melissa, I noticed this 1962 Karman Ghia parked in front of the July Sports Center.

I was in college in 1961 and this was one of the cars I would have loved to have had. I always thought it was neat looking.

This one was driven here from Costa Rica. Inside the seats looked just like new as did the rest of the interior.