Monthly Archives: December 2014

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local Bus Robbed December 25

The young man that takes care of our pool has started working in Hospital Regional. Last night he was taking a local bus from Divala and three young men got on the bus on the Interamerican Highway. One had a gun and the others had Machetes.

I don’t know how long they rode the bus, but around 7:45 PM at La Estralla, before Concepcion, they took control of the bus.

They took everything of value from the driver and passengers. He said he is now only going to travel with his cedula.

I don’t know if it is strictly the time of year or if crime is on the uptake.

If I have to make a run to El Rey at night I always get multiple warnings from Lilliam.

Be careful out there.

My neighbor just cracks me up. He just said the following to me “My wife has PMS and a GPS. Which means she’s crazy right now and she WILL find me.”

So Much To Be Thankful For

While Lilliam, Natalie, Koki and I enjoyed Christmas morning, I had the Apple TV playing Christmas Music. Apple TV began scrolling my photos as the music played as a screen saver and it reminded me that this has been an exceptional year.

As the photos appeared, I remembered each event.

IMG_1159 This year we were fortunate to get to go to the U.S. twice. The first trip was a fabulous trip. Lilliam and I took a one way cruise from Colon, Panama to Florida. It was only three days, but it started off this trip in fine fashion. From Florida we headed for Austin, Texas.


Arriving in Austin, we rented a car and took off for Oklahoma. We spent the night in Fort Worth and went out to eat with our good friends, Jim and Nena. We had a fabulous time talking, reminiscing and even took in one of Fort Worth’s best Mexican restaurants.

Me, Lilliam nd Nena.

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Two tips for Christmas:
1) Forget the past, you can’t change it.
2) Forget the present, I forgot to get you one.

Christmas is for Children

Christmas is for children. When my daughter learned of two young boys, who were victims of a “super aggravated sex assault”, she decided to try to fill their Christmas with more joy than would otherwise have been possible.

I mentioned in a previous post that she has started a fund for her new cause.

Apparently her hard work on the boy’s behalf didn’t go unnoticed and she was interviewed by Fox News today.

Good job Kimberly. I am really proud of you.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Water Contamination in Tole, Chiriqui

Here is the latest ACS message from the U.S. Embassy in Panama City.

The American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to alert U.S. citizens traveling to and/or living in Panama to the message below from IDAAN, Panama’s Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers:


Panama, December 23, 2014

The Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN for its acronym in Spanish) announces to its customers residing in Veladero, Pueblo Viejo, Portugal, El Matadero, La Mesa, part of Llano Limón and Tolé Cabecera, Chiriqui that as a preventive measure, the Tolé treatment plant is out of operation after the discovery of dead fish in the raw water intake, as recorded on Tuesday, December 23.

Specialized staff from the IDAAN Water Quality Department in Chiriqui are conducting surveys of the raw water intake, the distribution network and in the plant to ensure that they meet the quality standards required by law.

IDAAN seeks the understanding of all affected persons and urges them to take the necessary measures; IDAAN also reminds residents that they are supplying drinkable water by tanker trucks until the relevant entities determine the causes of the situation.

The original message can be found on IDAAN’s website at:

Please access the following links from the Panamanian Ministry of Health and IDAAN for updates on this situation: and