Monthly Archives: December 2015

Another Mail Forwarding Experience

Several months ago I started using E-Shop in Boquete for items I ordered from the U.S.

I recently ordered an Amazon Fire TV to replace one of my Amazon Fire Sticks. I was too quick on the trigger and didn’t choose E-Shop and used my Multi Servicios address.

It turned out to be a good test of the different services. The package came into the David Multi Servicios location in about the same about of time as E-Shop. It cost right at $20. I have received larger packages at E-Shop and never paid over $!2. Several times it has been around $7.

No question in my mind that for packages, E-Shop is one of the best values around. Besides, it also gives me an opportunity to have some donuts and ice-cream.

UPDATE: I was sent E-Shop’s fee schedule.


Aging gracefully is like the nice way of saying you’re slowly looking worse.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Anniversary of Operation Just Cause

Here is the latest ACS Message.

The U.S. Embassy in Panama City informs U.S. citizens that it has received a report of planned demonstrations in Panama City related to the anniversary of Operation Just Cause on December 20, 2015.  One demonstration is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. in the traffic circle between Clayton and Albrook and continue to the U.S. Embassy.  A second demonstration is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. on the Cinta Costera.  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.


I received the following for posting:

Dear Mr. Ray,

Our American football club is looking for individuals with “American football refereeing” experience, in other words individuals that can officiate American tackle and flag football games in the David City, Chiriqui area, or other surrounding cities (Bugaba, Volcan, Boquete), if the need arises. 99% of the time, our games are within the David City County Limits. Games are usually held on weekends, favoring Saturday and Sunday (50/50) split and maybe some Friday nights.

Financial compensation is available.

Any interested party please write to:

Sincerely yours I remain,

Angel Quintero
Panama Patriots American Tackle & Flag Football Team
Formerly known as The Bulls Football Team
President Premium Sports League

When they start getting the 5-day forecast right then maybe I’ll listen to their climate change theories.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

Following is the latest ACS Message.

U.S. Department of State

Invites you to take action…

Your career starts by visiting our website at where you can explore who we are, what we’re about, and more.  It’s also where you can register for the next Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT).

All registrations for the Foreign Service Officer Test must be completed online.  The link to online registration will be available at our website and the registration package must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the opening of the window.  The test will be offered quarterly, each year, and registration for the FSOT will be open on a continuous basis. 

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • Applicants must be at least 20 years old.
  • Applicants must be available for worldwide assignment.
  • No specific level in a foreign language is required for applicants.

      Next test at US Embassy Panama will be on February 2nd, 2016 at 9:00 am.

Moving From or To the Dark Side

I guess it all started when I bought the Premier Smart TV Box. That was really my first Android experience. I have never been a Google fan and therefore not an Android fan.

However, I am a fan of Linux and even though Android is Google’s version of Linux, I wanted to learn more.

My primary reason for buying the Premier Smart TV box was to play with KODI and experiment with Android. When I saw KODI’s benefits, I started looking for other devices to run KODI and that took me to the Amazon Fire Stick along with other manufacturer’s Android boxes.

The Amazon Fire Stick runs Android with Amazon’s user interface on it. For $39 a pop, I was hooked on an another Android product. It was as fast as an Apple TV and could run everything the Apple TV could plus Amazon Prime too. In addition, I could install KODI on it.

I have never considered buying an Android cell phone, but I had a friend come over with a new Nexus phone he had purchased. It was a beautiful phone. I decided to update myself on the current Android cell phones, just for fun. You know, just an academic exercise, no intention to do anything except learn something new. Continue reading Moving From or To the Dark Side

A straight face and a sincere-sounding “Huh?” have gotten me out of more trouble than I can remember.

I just want to live in a world where people come with on/off switches.