Monthly Archives: March 2014

Sometimes a majority just means all the fools are on the same side.

How Many Gringos Does It Take To Screw in A Lightbulb

If you are from the US, I am sure you have heard a lot of lightbulb jokes.

How many Texas Aggies does it take to screw in a lightbulb? —- Three. One to hold the bulb and two to turn the stepladder.

While most of the lightbulb jokes are intended to be funny, and are to some people, I have a more serious question behind the one I posed as the title for this piece.

When I visited Boquete in 2002, it was still this sleepy quaint little town. I don’t remember a single business that wasn’t run by Panamanians. I do not remember a single restaurant, or business for that matter, that had employees that spoke any English. It was fun to walk around the town and be transported back in time to the fifties.

You could get a haircut for $2.00. You could get an ice cream cone for 25 cents. The best restaurant in town, and where you went for an elegant meal, was the Panamonte. The air was fresh, the people were friendly and the world was good. Continue reading How Many Gringos Does It Take To Screw in A Lightbulb

Hanging is the number one cause of death for stick figure people.

I’m not afraid to admit that I’m not the sharpest elevator in the sea.

I treat all email headlined ‘treat very urgently’ with the utmost urgency, deleting it as fast as I can.

Taxes Done For Another Year

This morning I mailed in My Oklahoma Taxes. I spent yesterday doing my Federal and Oklahoma state taxes. It wasn’t hard. It just takes a long time to get the 1099s in the mail from the US.

Even with that I had to call one company and have them email me a 1099 as a PDF. Thank goodness for the Internet.

I was able to e-file the federal taxes, but Oklahoma required printing and mailing. I mailed it at the David postoffice and sent it as registered mail. I have never had any problem doing this in the 10 years I have levied here. It cost $1.20 and I have the receipt showing I mailed it on time.

My Panama Mailing address did cause me one problem The Oklahoma site providers a PDF for doing taxes and it even does all the calculations. The only problem is that It assumes your address is in the United States and will not accept a foreign address. Bummer.

I had to use my Florida mail forwarding address to complete the form or I couldn’t print it. I added a short letter to Oklahoma telling them of their short sightedness. I am sure they will get right on that.

To celebrate, I took myself to McDonald’s for breakfast. Pancakes, sausage, muffin, etc. To McDonald’s credit, they now require a password in to use their WiFi. I was impressed.

All is right with the world. Now to see if I can get caught up on a few more lose ends.

Unlocator out of Beta

Unlocator has ended its beta environment and the free trial is over. I received an email the other day that I had it another 7 days and now was the time to pay the piper. I just did that. I went for the one year $49.95 option.

As I have written before, I have been using Unlocator since it began beta. I have been very happy with the service. It has been much faster than using my VPN because it does not encrypt the transmission both ways. It does not replace the need for a VPN, but if you use it to watch a service in the US such as Netflix, I have found it much better.

Another benefit over VPN is that it behaves much better with Gmail. I continually had problems with Gmail and the VPN because it saw me entering from different places and would make me sign in manually to verify it was me. Unilocator uses the local IP address.

While it is not free, it is reasonably priced. HERE is the link if you want to keep the service. Note also that they changed the DNS addresses, so if you are still using the old DNS, now is the time to change.