About Don Ray

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

Follow Your Arrow

As the song says, you only get so many trips around the sun. Yeah, you only live once. This song will probably register differently to everyone that listens to it. To me it says you have to be true to yourself no matter what others are saying.

Tomorrow I have an important meeting and the good news is I will know quickly if it was a smart thing to do or not. Either way, I am following my arrow and I am not going to hindsight myself if it doesn’t go as planned.

I hope you enjoy the video. Tell me how it registers with you

How to Pay Bills After a Stroke in Panama

I received the following email and it is worth posting as it is relevant to the current situation I am dealing with. It also reveals another type of problem that should be planned for if you are living in a foreign country without a family support system.

I am dealing with the problem he is talking about and I must say, I have not solved the problem. Maybe tomorrow. Obviously it is better to have provided a solution before the problem than having to deal with the problem after it has occurred.

The email follows:

Subject:
How to pay bills after a stroke
Date:
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:01:18 -0500
From: (Email deleted)
To: donraycc@

Hi Don

I love reading and following ,and enjoying your posts and articles. Thanks for sharing.

Two weeks ago I was mowed down by a speeding car on the cinta costera that lost control, ran off the road, and scored a direct hit on me.

God was instantly on the job, and I did not get killed, just several cracked ribs, lots of lumps, bruises and abrasions. Sadly, 2 weeks later I am in a ton of pain and have some serious complications, but the mind is as sound ( some would argue otherwise ) as it was before, and I am able to move around the apartment albeit slowly.

But this close shave did again raise the recurring thoughts I often have, as a single person here in Panama, with no family, what happens, God forbid, if I become incapacitated. How would accounts such as hospital etc etc get paid.

I have provided two credit cards to trusted and dear friends that are linked to bank accounts they have signing authority over, but that has only certain limits.

Have you or your readers discovered how to deal with banks or any person here on behalf of someone who is incapacitated and can not sign anything or even get around?

thanks Don, love washing dishes too , and the Toyota SUV, came in second best with a very large dent in its hood

cheers
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Apple Yosemite Beta Testing

The last couple of weeks have not been much fun for me. Lilliam has been in Panama City and it has just been Koki and I looking after each other.

All of my time has been making trips to and from the stroke victims house, to the bank finding options for paying the stroke victims bills, or getting some carry out food. I told Lilliam, on one of my phone calls, that we needed to buy some new dishes. When she asked why, I told her because all of the ones we have are dirty and in the sink.

I am not sure she appreciated my humor. She comes home today and the sink will be empty and all dishes in their proper place.

As I said, I have not been doing anything I enjoy, so yesterday evening, I decided to begin another technology project. Getting involved in studying technology and solving those types of problems, rather than other people’s health problems, relax me and get my mind thinking about something that is fun. Continue reading

Planet Telecom Announces Expanded Coverage from Volcan Baru

I received a request to post the following:

DAVID, Chiriqui, Panama: July 26, 2014: Planet Telecom is pleased to announce the commissioning of our new internet broadcast site on the peak of Volcan Baru.

This new site will help us provide enhanced coverage to many areas where signal was previously weak or unavailable.
As Panama’s highest peak, Volcan Baru is an ideal site for internet transmission, it has the few obstructions, allowing us to provide clients with fast, reliable service.
The areas that will benefit most from this enhanced coverage include: Boquete, Caldera, Palmira, Poterillos, Cuesta de Piedra, Volcan, Cerro Punta, Boca Chica, and Puerto Armuelles.
By adding this site to our network of tower sites across Chiriqui, we will be able to serve more clients in “hard to reach” areas.

About Planet Telecom: Since 2009 Planet Telecom has been providing reliable, high quality, high speed internet service in the province of Chiriqui, Panama. In addition, Planet Telecom provides networking services, security and video surveillance systems as well as cell phone signal boosters.

For additional information, please check out our website: www.ptpanama.com, email at sales@ptpanama.com or call us at 777-9200