Monthly Archives: September 2013

Life Is A Beach

I just received the last photo of Koki’s outing with her friend Antonella. Koki has gone with Antonella to the beach several times, but this photo shows how much Koki enjoys it.

If we could all enjoy life 1/2 as much as Koki, what a great time we would have!

Thanks to Juliana for providing the memories.

US Government Shutdown on October 1st?

Will the government shutdown on October 1? Your guess is as good as mine. Having negotiated contracts with the US Government at this time of year, I know that there is a lot of stress even under normal circumstances with government agencies.

I wrote the ACS unit of the U.S. Embassy in Panama City and what their status would be if funding was not approved.

The answer I got was that Consular operations would continue.

Enjoy your weekend. I am getting ready to start doing that very thing.

Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.

A PriceSmart Experience – Part One

IMG_0530Today was our day to go to PriceSmart. We ate, shopped, and then went to the car with our purchases. There I found that I had been left the gift in the photo to the right.

I looked to see if anyone had left a note or business card telling me who was responsible and how to contact them. I found nothing.

Then I saw one of the parking area guards. I was surprised that a PriceSmart employee (Edgar) had witnessed the accident and recorded the tag number, vehicle description and had given them to the parking guard. The parking guard had written the number on the palm of his hand.

The guard said he would look for the vehicle in the other end of the parking lot. He came back and told me where it was located.

We drove to the other end of the lot to wait for the owner to return. While I waited, I took photos of the vehicle, tag number, and the area of the vehicle that hit mine.

After about 40 minutes, the driver returned to his vehicle. Two guards stayed around to make sure that an agreement was reached.

The driver agreed to pay for having the damage repaired. I assume it will be handled. He did provide me a business card. I am assuming this event is going to have a satisfactory ending. That will make Part Two of this post very short.

I would like to compliment PriceSmart for having vigilant employees and guards. Because of them, I feel this will have a happy ending.

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the team I work in.

Two For Two

Carlos Arauz has done it again. I don’t know if my iPhone had been hit, but about a 1/4 inch of the screen has been dead for several months. This problem prevented me from changing to numeric or changing languages.

I took it to Carlos and had him replace the front screen. Now I have a brand new (hardware wise) iPhone 4S. It is working perfect. I am super happy!

I dropped off an original Apple Mac Mini to be diagnosed when I picked up my iPhone. I also have another friend that has an iPad with a busted screen that I think Carlos will get the opportunity to work to work on.

I am very pleased with the work Carlos did. He is a very professional young man and very experienced with Apple, having worked for Apple in Panama City for five years.

If you are in need of Apple service and don’t want to wait for the item to be sent to and from Panama City, drop me a note and I will provide you with Carlos’s contact information.