Monthly Archives: August 2014

Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall Meeting- Panama Province

Ambassador Jonathan Farrar invites interested U.S. Citizens in Panama Province to a Town Hall Meeting

When: Wednesday, September 17th

Where: Ambassador’s Residence

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please register:

NLT than September 12th. Space is limited to 150 guests.

IMPORTANT: After registering, you will receive a message confirming your participation. You must present this confirmation along with proof of citizenship to enter the Residence grounds. Thank you for your cooperation.

Parking Information:

• Parking at the Residence is on a first come, first serve basis and is very limited.

• We recommend that you carpool or take alternate methods of transportation, e.g., taxi, if possible.

Shuttle Service:

There is a shuttle available, but limited to 30 spaces, for those living in the Clayton area. You will need to park in the parking lot outside of the Embassy entrance. The shuttle departs at 2:30 p.m.

No Video Cameras or Video Recording Permitted

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. (Mark Twain)

Need a Special Dress – See Pia du Pradal

I have met a lot of wonderful people because of this blog and because of volunteering as a Warden for the U.S. Embassy in Panama. One is Pia du Pradal who lives in Brisbane, Australia.

She is the aunt of the young man whose father was murdered on his ship that was moored in Chiriquí. The young man was shot in the back and his Panamanian wife saved his life. I have stayed in touch with them and Lilliam and I plan on visiting Pia in Australia in the next couple of years.

A very close friend of the young man assisted Lilliam and I with all of our arrangements in UntitledLas Vegas. She took us to the marriage license office, gave is a tour of the city and attended our wedding and much more. It is amazing how small the world is and how many lives become interconnected.

Back to Pia. She is a world class fashion designer and has been chosen to provide apparel for many Australian dignitaries. She is an elegant lady and it has been my pleasure to get to know her.  I have been following her latest collection on FaceBook. Here is an example from that collection. You can see more at her website.


A postcard request

It has been a while since I received a request like this, but helping out a youngsters learning is at the top of my list. I thought a few other people might like to participate as well. Perhaps you need to learn where a post office is.

Our grandson started kindergarten this month and already they have a project.

They are collecting postcards from everywhere to practice reading skills, geography, etc.

If you have a chance, jot something about living in Panama and send it to

Mrs. Mehringer’s Kindergarten
c/o Benbrook Elementary
800 Mercedes
Benbrook TX 76126

Muy apreciada, gracias!

jim and nena

You can’t expect people to look eye to eye with you if you are looking down on them.

Panama This and Thats

IMG_0240Lovely Heather is here for a few days continuing her research for her doctoral thesis. She was supposed to get here in at 4:35 PM yesterday, but her flight from Panama was canceled because of rain.

Air Panama provided her luxurious accommodations in front of the airport. They locked the airport at 10PM, but about 6 people stayed all night in 4 chairs that were in front of the airport entrance. Night security checked on them periodically and they did get a free cup of coffee this morning.  Actually, Air Panama provided nothing except for a Panama Experience.

I ALWAYS warn people to only take morning flights from Panama City to David during the rainy season, but Heather wanted to try to get here in one day. When you are as young as Heather you can handle this type of inconvenience. It has added to her Panama memories. She is now crashing on our sofa.

Next item.

I received a call from the US Embassy this morning to get a PAW for another US Citizen that was in the emergency room at the Regional hospital. The new parking lot was full and I had to park on the side of the entrance and walk. Don’t forget to register with STEP and the Embassy will have the information and authorization to call someone in time of emergencies.

Next item.

A plumbing problem needs to be fixed in the kitchen. You would not believe the way the kitchen drain was plumbed. I am going to have to get it done right because I am tire of leaks returning.

Next item.

Our 2012 Samsung refrigerator has started to fail. Great timing with a guest here for the next several days.

When I called for service, I was told I needed to email them a copy of the purchase receipt to get it serviced under warranty. Of course the receipt is in hiding, and no where to be found.

I took another approach and went to AudioFoto and asked if they could print off a replacement receipt. A lovely young lady said it would be no problem and fetched it up on the computer and printed for me. Two thumbs up for AudioFoto today!!!

Just another day in paradise.