About Don Ray

US retiree living in David, Chiriquí Panama. David, Chiriquí Warden for the US Embassy in Panama City.

Happy Thanksgiving to all Chiriquí Chatter Followers

Today is Lilliam’s day for the maid to come, so that prevents any outing for a Thanksgiving feast. For just us few it is not worth the hassle to buy turkey and make the fixings so it will be Panamanian tipica for lunch.

I do plan on watching football today. There are just some things you can’t give up. Go Cowboys!

I hope all of my family in the U.S. are enjoying this holiday and want you to know that you are all on my mind today.

I have said it before that I no longer need a day to give thanks. I am thankful everyday when I get up healthy and can take Koki out to pee. In fact I am happy that I am to be able to pee easily also.

When you see others at my age struggling to just get by or unable to get out of bed, it helps you to focus on what the important things are in life.

Health ranks much higher than money. I have had more, but I have not been happier than I am now.

I find it funny that they even celebrate Black Friday in Panama. Malls will be busy from now until the end of the year. Black Friday is much less in the U.S. than it used to be. The internet has changed all of that.

Looking at the news of the weather in the NE of the U.S. is another reason for me to be thankful. I may even take a dip in the pool as another reminder of how lucky I am.

Lilliam and I wish all Chiriquí Chatter followers a wonderful day.

CharBroil Gas BBQ for sale

This BBQ was purchased a year ago in December. It comes with two refillable gas bottles which were purchased separate. The grill new was $450 in DoIt and the bottles were another $100.

I bought a second bottle because who wants to be BBQing and run out of gas. One bottle is empty and the second bottle has been used once.

Total value new was $550. Your price a mere $350. You pick it up. I don’t deliver.

If interested contact me at donraycc @ gmail.com (remover the spaces).


U.S. Embassy Outreach in David – December 10th

Here is the information on the December U.S. Embassy Outreach in David. You will already have received this message if you are registered on STEP.

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to inform U.S. citizens in Western Panama that we will be visiting David, Chiriqui on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 to provide consular services to U.S. citizens.

We will be at the Ciudad de David Hotel in David, Chiriqui from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. We will offer the following services:

– Applications for U.S. passports (these services will be processed in Panama)
– Passport Renewal (adults and minors)
– Adding Pages to Passports (requires surrendering passport)
– Lost or Stolen Passports
– Notarizations
– Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status (please bring from I-407 and Permanent Resident Card)
– Voting Registration (Please print and complete the form at: http://registertovote.org/index.html)

1. Please bring photocopies of all documents to be submitted.
2. Please bring the exact cash amount to pay for the service.
3. Please bring completed forms. Please access the following link for information on fees, and forms you need to download, complete and bring: http://panama.usembassy.gov/service.html

A representative from the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) will be offering the following services:
– Complete proof of life forms (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)
– Medicare enrollment/cancellation (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)
– Application for SS replacement cards (copy of current US Passport)
– Application for new SS card for children under age 12 (copy of US Passport for one of the parents, the child’s copia integra and passport)
– Change of address/residence (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)
– General inquiries

In addition, a representative from the Embassy’s security office will be providing a Presentation on Personal Security Practices on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 9:00am-10:00am in the Ciudad de David Hotel in David, Chiriqui. This event will be open to the public and all interested U.S. citizens are encouraged to attend.

Please note: No visa services will be provided. Services will be provided on first come – first serve basis.

Thank you for your assistance. We look forward to seeing you.


American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy Panama

Yamahas For Sale

TW200 Yamaha for sale. 12k miles. 3,000 dollars. Located in Volcan. Saddle bags and extras.
Contact Robert Rarliff — ROBERT.RATLIFF @ GMAIL.COM Remove spaces.

2007 Yamaha Grizzly 4×4 450cc for sale… 2550 miles , like new, trailer hitch, snorkel…Contact Guy 6887-6028

Buying and Selling in David, Chiriquí

I received the following for posting. As luck would have it, I also have a request from a person looking for an operational Stereo turntable. If you have a turntable you want to get rid of, drop me a note or post it on the following Facebook page.

Hello Don, I have been reading your Chiriquí Chatter blog for several years & enjoy it.
I have just started a Facebook group called “Buy Sell David Chiriquí” for people to sell their personal items or post requests for items they are searching for. It is completely free to use, I was surprised to learn there was not a group for people to buy/sell items in David area. I am trying to get the word out & was wondering if you could publicize it for me somehow on your blog. Below is the link as well as the description of the group. Use it as you see fit. Thanks in advance. Steve



Buy Sell David/Chiriquí Facebook group is meant for individuals in this area to sell their items or search for items they want. It is NOT designed for commercial advertising of any kind. Any items you have to sell or are searching for are permitted here including personal, household, appliances, furniture, equipment, vehicles for sale by OWNER, real estate for sale by OWNER etc. NO ANIMALS FOR SALE. I will IMMEDIATELY delete any spam or commercial posts and/or ban those responsible. Please be polite & respectful of others. DO NOT POST ANYTHING HERE OTHER THAN AS DESCRIBED ABOVE INCLUDING POLITICS, RELIGION ETC. Thanks & enjoy!