About Don Ray

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

Yesterday Outing

Yesterday’s outing took us to The Domain shopping area in Austin. I guess you would call it an open mall. All stores are entered from the street. Plenty of high end stores, but no covered in the event of inclement weather. It is a very high end shopping area, with upscaled shops and plenty of restaurants.

The reason for choosing The Domain was because it contained the Apple Store that was going to receive the Apple iPad Air 2 I had ordered. When I ordered it, the delivery date indicated that it might be delivered on the 31st, which was the day before our departure for Panama. Therefore, I put the delivery in my daughter’s name in case something happened and the delivery was delayed.

Last week I received an email updating the delivery to the 24th. Going on the 23rd was a day early, but I wanted to know where the store was and knew Lilliam would find a few stores to entertain her. The parking garage was close to the Apple Store (what luck), and Apple was our first stop (surprise).

Like all Apple stores I have been to, it was well laid out, was packed with people, and had an attendant at the door to assist you. He checked my order and it had not been checked into inventory. He assured me that if the delivery time said the 24th, then it should be here no later then the 24th. No problem. I would come back tomorrow. Continue reading

Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama
Message for U.S. Citizens
Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots
21 October 2014

Embassies and consulates are not polling places. The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 4. U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2014 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials. U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.

Never received your ballot? If you have registered to vote and requested your absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration and absentee ballot request deadlines but have not yet received your ballot, should immediately complete and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to ensure your vote reaches election officials by your state’s deadline. If your regular ballot arrives later, go ahead and complete and return it as well. Your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot will only be counted if your regular ballot does not reach local election officials by your state’s deadline. Your vote will not be counted twice. Continue reading