Monthly Archives: June 2014

Message for U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message

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July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections!
In order to vote in the November 2014 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2014. Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter.

At the U.S Embassy in Panama City you can always get voting assistance or drop off there your completed voting forms and ballots during. Our hours of operation for voting assistance matters are: no appointment is required

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 12:00 noon
Friday: 8:00 am – 10:00 am

(No appointment is required. The section is closed on Panamanian and U.S. holidays.)

For more information, please visit the Embassy’s Voting Assistance page or the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website.

All power corrupts. Absolute power is pretty neat, though.

Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how popular it remains?

Another Update

Yesterday, Lilliam, I and Natalie visited the stroke victim. I felt that he showed some improvement over the previous visit. I think things will improve more beginning next week as Tom McCormack contacted me and has a hospital bed ready for delivery on Monday. He also has a replacement wheelchair.

While we were there Lilliam checked the patient’s medicine. He was in need of refills and I purchased them at a nearby Romero’s. That was $38.

On a previous visit, I was able to reimburse his landlady for his hospital bill and wheelchair that she had paid. Her expenses were $1,324.32. To this point, I have purchased supplies, medicine and groceries in the amount of $489.

I talked to the stroke victim’s sister last night and she is trying to work through the VA to check on possible benefits. The outcome of that search is still undetermined.

The conversation I had with her last night was interesting. She said she had a conversation with the stroke victim when he lived in Costa Rica and told him he needed to take some action in case of emergency. She told him he needed to make a will and possibly give her a power of attorney in case something happened to him.

He obviously didn’t take her advice. She had reminded him that none of his family would be able to come to Latin America and take care of his final wishes if he were to die.

Maybe her insight will be a good reminder for others reading this post to consider if they are prepared for an unplanned event and what they have or haven’t done.

I would like to say thank you again for all that donated to this stroke victim’s care while he is recovering. At the present, I still have approximately $500 to cover future medicine, physical therapy and doctor visits.

I also would like to thank Tom McCormack for his help. I think the hospital bed will be a big improvement in taking care of the stroke victim.

I want to recognize another blogging friend that donated money. When I first started blogging back in 2003, I met Marie who writes a blog called Disarranging Mine. Her blog is sort of a photo blog, but she sometimes has some commentary on what is going on in her world. Her photos have always interested me as she sees things that many would never see.

It still amazes me how the technological world has made our physical world much smaller. Chirquí Chatter has introduced me to so many friends around the world and it has made my world all that more special.

Thanks to the readers of Chiriquí Chatter

Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun.

The problem with sex in the movies is, that the popcorn usually spills.

DRS. CLEAN – in David

There is a new car cleaning company in town. I had my car washed this morning and have to say that the job was much better than any car wash I have had in David or Boquete.

I found this business by accident when Lilliam and I went on our morning walk. A neighbor was having her car washed.

The best thing about this car wash is that they come to your house or office and do the job onsite. How great is that.

They have all of their cleaning equipment in a small SUV and pressure wash your car and vacuum the inside. The solutions used are environment friendly.

They can also wash the engine if needed. Currently they have a promotion and my Suzuki SX4 was $7.00. They will also have a package rate if you get four washes a month. I plan on being a regular customer.

If you have two or more cars, the package rate can be used on multiple cars. In other words, if you have two cars, you might alternate cars being washed each week.

I had met the owner (Alejandro Marricco) several years ago when he owned Mrs. Mendoza’s. I liked him then and it is good to know there is a trustworthy person who is cleaning your car.

He and his son have big plans. They are starting out in David, but hope to expand throughout Chiriquí.

I am including a business card and flier. The son speaks good English.

Give them a try. I think you will be pleased. If you do call them, tell them you heard about them on Chiriquí Chatter. They are on Facebook.
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