Monthly Archives: February 2016

Many Retirement Plans today hinge on having at least one successful kid.

Time of Year for a Panama Blow Job

Sorry to disappoint you, but I am talking about the climate and its effect on the winds.

If you visit Panama this time of year you have to be prepared for unbelievable winds. Here is a current article from NewsRoom Panama.

Lilliam and I heard this loud noise yesterday and when we went out to see what it was, we found our house being blown apart. Luckily our home repairman was available and came over and did repairs before this loose piece went flying and cut off somebody’s head.

We also had to fish a couple chairs out of the pool and moved all deck furniture to more secure areas.

And if you are up in the area of Volcan and Boquete, I bet you are really getting blown around. WOW. These winds are the strongest I remember in a long time.

I understand that the high winds are causing a lot of power outages.

Who cares how I got inside your house. What matters is that we’re together now.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika Virus Update

Following is the latest ACS message.

The U.S. Embassy in Panama informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for Panama regarding the Zika virus. There is evidence that suggests Zika is linked to birth defects in the fetuses of infected pregnant women and Guillain-Barré syndrome in infected individuals of any age or gender. Zika is typically a mosquito-borne illness, but there are reports that the virus has been transmitted through sexual contact and blood transfusion. For general information about Zika, please visit the CDC website. For information about CDC travel notices, call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas or visit the CDC website.

You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

Great Grand Baby Nealon has come a long way. He comes from good stock and I expect him to do great things during his life. He has finally achieved 3 pounds 5 ounces. That is great considering that he was 2 pounds and 5 ounces at birth and dropped to 2 pounds 2 ounces shortly after.

See him cracking a smile as if to say, “Look at me world”.

I am extremely proud of my granddaughter, Nealon’s mother, for keeping such a positive attitude and retaining her sense of humor through these stressful days

She is a natural writer and has returned to blogging to vent some of the stress she has been living under since Nealon’s birth. She has a great sense of humor and I think you might like to read her latest post, which will give you a little understanding of the reason for his early delivery and what an exceptional family he has become part of.

Her new Blog is called DreamScape and it’s first post is Two Different Worlds Collide.

Drop in and congratulate Lindsay on entering the challenging world of parenthood. If she thinks the last weeks have been stressful, I can tell her it is only the beginning.

Nealon, Get ready to meet your great grandpa. he will be heading to Texas soon.

Meeting Julio

I dropped into Plaza Terronal’s MStore and met Julio Quintero, who has assumed the Apple service position that I mentioned in a previous post.

While I was there I inquired in what they could and could not do, as far as service.

Here is what I learned. Apple does not allow any Apple service center in Panama to replace a broken screen in an IOS device. It must be replaced by Apple in the U.S.

I have learned this in the past, having tried to repair an iPhone whose screen had been replaced in David and Apple in the U.S. would not look at it.

With the exception of a broken IOS device screen, they can service all other problems. To be clear, if you have an IOS device and the screen is not broken, but is not recognizing the touch, they can replace the screen and all internals.

They can replace a broken screen on a laptop or iMac. It is strictly the broken IOS device screens where Apple is more restrictive.

I spoke to Julio and asked how he was with English. He said if people spoke slowly and clearly he could understand them. I understand how he feels because, after 13 years living in Panama, I still run into Panamanians that I have a hard time understanding in Spanish and have a hard time understanding my Spanish.

Lucky for me, Lilliam understands me the majority of the time.

Julio is a Chiricano and lives in David. I enjoyed meeting Julio and will introduce him to you via the following photo.


If you are near MStore, drop in and tell Julio you saw him on Chiriquí Chatter. It is good to have authorized Apple service in David!

I may not be rich, I may not be smart, I may not be a good singer, I may not be a good dancer,…. I forgot where I was going with that.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure-February 23, 2016

Following is the latest ACS message


The entire Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Panama will be closed to the public on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. No routine services will be available in the Visas, American Citizen Services, or Federal Benefits Units. If you are an American Citizen and have an emergency, please contact the Embassy at 317-5000 and they will put you in contact with the appropriate officer.

On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, the Consular Section will resume full operations with its regular schedule (please see