Happy Birthday Lilliam

Today is Lilliam’s birthday. She is the one thing that makes me happy to get up each day. Always smiling. Always wanting to help someone else. Always putting others first.

A beauty to look at and an inspiration to be around.

Happy birthday Lilliam. Thank you for sharing your life with me.

My Daughter’s Cause

I am very proud of my daughter. She has taken up the cause of two abused children that live in her community.

She finally got tired of the misinformation that was being spread by another site that was trying to overturn the conviction of a child molester.

She started a fund to help the molested boys have a good Christmas and offset the expenses that the families have gone through during the trial and the continued harassment caused the other website.

She also presented more information on her blog related to the case. She has several case related posts and THIS THE FIRST.

IDrive First Impressions.

Yesterday, I posted that I was taking advantage of an IDrive Promotion. Well my initial impressions are not good.

This is strictly based on the amount of time it is taking to upload data. At the current rate, to upload 180GB of data is going to take months.

I have not determined why the upload rate is so slow, but if I can’t get the rate to increase, then the experiment has failed.

My experience with DropBox has been much different, which is why I thought this was worth a try, but until I find a reason for the extremely low upload speed, my recommendation is forget it, at least if you are living in Panama.

UPDATE: I have been testing my Cable Onda Speed and it is far below what it should be. That being the case, until I resolve that issue, I need to hold off on the IDrive evaluation. I should have 5Mb’s down and 1 Mb/s up.

UPDATE:The down load speed is close to normal now. The upload speed is better, but not satisfactory.

My 5:45 PM speed test. Cable Onda is definitely causing me problems.

Another Living in Panama Experience

I thought I would tell you about an experience a friend of mine has recently had buying a car in David.

After shopping for several months she found a car meeting her needs and started the process. It was priced at $8,000.

She spent a week trying to get the money transferred from her account in the U.S. to the Panamanian account. When the U.S. bank realized it was an internet request from Panama to the U.S. bank to transfer money to a Panama account the bank froze the account as a fraud case.

When she called, she was told she needed to appear at the bank with two IDs to reactivate the account. Obviously that was not possible. Her son lived in the U.S. and was finally able to convince the bank it was a valid transfer and reactivate the account.

He tried a couple times to make the transfer and each time the transfer didn’t take. The bank would not disclose why the transfer did not go through. After a week, it was determined that either the name on the receiving account or account number might not be exactly correct.

She decided to take a different approach. She had friends in Panama that were willing to give her a cashers check on their Panama account made out to the seller. She gave them a personal check on her U.S. bank for the same amount. They were willing to wait the 20 days for the deposit to clear.

However, when they tried to deposit the check, they learned that their Panama bank would not take a U.S. check for larger than $3,000.

It is becoming extremely clear that banks in Panama really don’t want to have anything to do with U.S. clients or even transactions from the U.S.

Post from Boquete Hospice

I received a request to post the following.

Hello Everyone,
We have a woman in Mae Lewis Hospital who is waiting on surgery.
She needs 1 pint of A Positive Blood.

Half of our list is disqualified because they have been out of the country in the last 6 months.
If you would like to help, go to the Boquete Hospice website www.boquetehospice.com/blooddonors
Pre-qualify yourself by reading over the Donor Criteria.

Then call Andrea or Charlotte for further instructions.

Thank You,
Andrea 6665-5398
Charlotte 6693-5005
Boquete Hospice Blood Donor Volunteers

Tengo Mi E-Cedula

This morning I went down to Tribunal Electoral in David and picked up my new E-Cedula. My Pensionado Card was getting old, ragged, no longer had the correct passport number on it and needed to be replaced.

I decided that rather than getting a new Pensionado Card with a correct passport number, I would just apply for a Panama E-Cedula. I think updating my Pensionado card would have cost $100+ and the E-Cedula was only $65.

While I was in Panama City last month, I went by and paid the fees and had my photo taken. They told me the card would be ready in about three days. I had them send it to the Tribunal Electoral in David so I would not have to stay another three days in Panama City.

E-Cedulas have to be renewed every 10 years. However, the next time, I can do it in David.

Some Signs of Damage

I haven’t walked the entire house and am sure there are more fractures than this. This is typical with concrete block construction following the shaking that has been going on recently.

It is time to paint the entire house and all of these will be patched and painted over.

For some reason last night I dreamed Lilliam had to get out of the house because it was collapsing.