Monthly Archives: June 2015

I wonder how thin I’d be if I had to pedal to keep the computer powered up.

What Will I Do in Panama

This is an important question anyone wanting to move here should ask. Fellow bloggers Joel and Kris have done a good job of integrating themselves into the community they live in. Because of that, they recently were asked to be judges at a local bilingual school.

This appears to be one of the few bilingual schools I haven’t been in. It is always rewarding to interact with the young people in Panama.

Kris and Joel, I applaud you.

Here is Kris’s post of their day behind the judging tables. Kris also has several YouTube videos that are worth watching as well as a performance of Joel singing Love Potion #9 for the students.

Time to turn over a new leaf. With my luck it’ll be poison ivy.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Protest Near the U.S. Embassy

Here is the latest ACS message.


The U.S. Embassy in Panama City informs U.S. citizens that it has received an unconfirmed report of a possible protest this morning, June 23, 2015, at or near the U.S. Embassy. All U.S. citizens are reminded to remain diligent in your personal security.

U.S. Citizens should plan their travel accordingly and avoid all confrontations. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

For up-to-date information on security, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at Further information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Panama enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is 317-5000.

Nothing cures insomnia quite like realizing it’s time to get up.

No Longer Shaggy

Saturday, Lilliam helped me decide that I needed to remove a little hair. We all went to see Yani. She always brightens my day, I don’t think I have ever seen her without a smile.

I told her I needed to take her photo because it had been a while since I had written about her and many might not know her new location. Here is a Google Map.

Here is the photo that Lilliam took of me, Yani and my $3.00 haircut.

Remember, if you stop in, tell Yani you saw her on Chiriquí Chatter.

Yesterday Was A Great Day

We got up and had a morning swim. Lilliam brought coffee to the pool and we commented what a beautiful day it was with the sun coming up.

I answered emails and around 9:45 AM we headed out for what I thought was our run to Costa Rica.

As we got to McDonald’s Lillim told me to slowdown because she had forgotten something. I pulled into McDonald’s and she informed me that she had forgotten to tell me she was taking me out for a breakfast of sausage, eggs, muffin, potato cake and Pancakes all topped off with a cappuccino.

When she had brought the coffee to the pool, I completely forgot about having breakfast. We enjoy going to McDs for breakfast, now and then. We returned home again where I was lavished with a couple nice gifts and then we left for Costa Rica for real.

It had been some time since we went to visit with Lilliam’s uncle and his family. They live just inside Costa Rica and we slip in the back way to avoid having to go through the passport checkpoints at Paso Canoas.

I always have a great time. They are the friendliest people one could ever imagine. At the present they have four generations living in their home. Family is important in latin America.

They had a new puppy that spent most of the day on Natalie’s lap. I had to check the car twice before we left for home to make sure Natalie wasn’t hiding her somewhere.

It started raining about 2:30PM and rained until we left around 7:00 PM. We drove home in a very hard rain. My least favorite part of the day.

We made it home with no mishaps so it was a very good day. Lilliam returned with a couple new plants for her garden. Koki checked Natalie out when we got home and realized she had not been faithful and then ignored her for the rest of the evening.

I watched the last hour of Dr. Zhivago, which I has started to watch on Saturday. When I turned it, I reminded myself how lucky I am. It just doesn’t get better than this.

My iPhone just fell down a flight of stairs, but it’s ok, it was in my pocket.