Monthly Archives: February 2013


I just received an email from Tom McCormack. He will head back to the US in about two weeks.

He said that his current counts were 48 legs and 36 hands fitted at the cost to the individuals of $0.00.

When I lived and worked in the Washington D.C area, I remember one of my team members coming in one morning and telling of his previous evening’s trip home from work. If you have ever driven on the beltway in Washington DC, you know what a stressful place that is.

This was his story. He said on his way home his car overheated and died in the middle of traffic. He got out and was trying to push and maneuver his car to the right side of the road and out of traffic. Continue reading Amazing!

Being Cautious

I just got a email from a friend that had not replied to several of my recent emails. I had titled the last one “??”.

He replied to this email saying that he hadn’t opened my others because they came in different than normal and he was afraid it might be phishing or contain a virus. I can’t fault him for being cautious.

That was enough to make me think it is time to post another of my PC security advisories. In the day of the Internet, everyone is vulnerable. Here goes. Continue reading Being Cautious

Meeting Jane – Her Perspective

This post contains an email response I received as a reply to my thanking Jane for a most enjoyable meeting the other day. I thought her reply amplified the breadth of subjects we covered in the brief time she, I and Malcolm spent together.

I have to tell you that my chest expanded a little by her including me in her description of “a group of writers”, even if it may have been accidental or overly polite.

She also gives a brief discussion of the tool she uses and her methodology in writing responding to a question I had raised with her. That was very interesting to me and I thought might be of interest to others.

I did ask Jane for her permission to print portions of her email. It follows: Continue reading Meeting Jane – Her Perspective

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Closings

Here is the latest message from the US Embassy in Panama City.

dos_imageAmerican Citizen Services Unit

Consular Section
U.S. Embassy, Panama
The entire Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Panama will be closed to the public on Wednesday, February 27 and on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.  No routine service will be available those days in the Visas, American Citizen Services, or Federal Benefits Units.  If you are an American Citizen and have an emergency, please contact the Embassy at 317-5000 and they will put you in contact with the appropriate officer.
On Thursday, February 28, 2013, the Consular Section will resume full operations with its regular schedule (please see

For updated information on the security situation in Panama, please contact the American Citizen Services Unit of the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy at (011)-507-317-5030.  The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in Clayton, Building 783, in the Clayton section of Panama.  The Embassy web site is and e-mails should be addressed to  The after-hours and emergency phone number is (011)-507-317-5000.

For up-to-date information on security, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at  Further information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Panama are encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in case of an emergency.


Danny Rivera Concert Saturday, February 23rd

I received a request to post the following:

DRHear this wonderful voice:

Tickets are available at Oteima University in David


The Mayors office in

Boquete Baru Realty in Volcan

           General admission ticket prices are: $20.00 or $15.00 each if purchasing two or more.
           VIP ticket prices are: $50.00 each or $40.00 each if purchasing two or more.
            Host- Isaac Calidonio & Mary Binder will open the show. There will be other guest performers as well.
            Guest performers are:
Singer Roger Bares, winner of the OTI Festivel-Panama     (for curious readers:)

Singer Andy Alvarez, a well known Chiricano

Singer of Mariachi and Romantic music, Emilio Herrera

A young singer and local talent, Eliezer Berroa.


Location of event: Los Naranjos Gym, Boquete
            Event starts at: 7:00PM


Meeting Jane

Yesterday afternoon, I had the opportunity to spend a couple hours in the company of two very interesting people. My good friend Malcolm Henderson, a local author from David, had invited me to meet with him and Jane Vasarhelyi, a local author from Boquete.

There was no real purpose for the meeting. Malcolm had just thought Jane and I should meet, since I had recently written about her book.

Jane is a delightful southern belle from Georgia and it was two hours that covered many topics, at least in my mind, and left me very energized. I always enjoy meeting people that have entered my life because of CC.

We discussed writing and for me, being the hack at the table, it was most informative. I would love to be able to spend some more time in a similar discussion understanding how a good author develops his/her story. Continue reading Meeting Jane

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