Lunar Eclipse

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I set my alarm to get up at 2AM and see the eclipse. It was a little overcast here, but I did see it in progress. I only had my iPhone and the photo is poor, but shows some of the moon.

Since what I read said that it would take an hour, I declared victory and went back to bed.

The Countdown Begins

I had mentioned that I was planning on getting away at the end of the month. This may account for a lack of enthusiasm in my posts of late. I have had other things on my mind and am ready for a vacation.

All of Lilliam’s contractors will have completed their work in the next few days. I have spent my time planning the trip and will try to update you on various aspects as they occur, if I think they may be of interest. I have a small number of tasks to complete, prior to leaving, but they are under control.

I have activated some new apps and updated an old one to assist me in planning and and tracking the trip and expenses. I tell you, new technology really simplifies traveling, especially when combined with SmartPhones..

I thought I would tell you what I am using in case these apps might be of interest to you. Continue reading

Nice Afternoon Shower

It wasn’t much, but maybe the end of the dry season is approaching. I am ready.

I am working off my projects and making plans for taking off for a bit at the end of the month. Construction projects should be finished in a maximum of two weeks. Hopefully less.

Koki gets a haircut tomorrow. Taxes are paid. Refund is in. I have some books queued to be read.

Life is good.

Japan 2020 Olympics Canceled

No, the Olympics have not been canceled yet, however, after watching the following YouTube videos, I can’t even understand why Japan was chosen to host the Olympics in the first place. When they are cancelled, remember you heard it prophesied here first.

Fukushima continues to dump thousands of gallons of radioactive material into the Pacific Ocean and it has already started to affect fishing of the Pacific coast in the US.

In the past, expensive restaurants advertised Japanese tuna as a specialty. Now if you eat Japanese tuna you may start glowing in the dark.

I also walked away thinking that a lot of the world’s problems are minuscule when compared to the risk of the growing nuclear waste that is expanding. The two largest contributors to this problem are Russia and the United States of America.

The world’s demise may not come from a nuclear attack, but from the carelessness of disposing of the waste accumulating from all the nuclear power plants around the world.

To see if my statements are really outlandish, have a look at the following YouTube videos. I think more of the world population need to become better informed before we wipe ourselves out. There are many videos on the Internet related to Fukushima and atomic waste disposal. Here are only a few.

PANACHIF S.A. – David

IMG_1069Lilliam had to go to Panama City this morning and she went on PANACHIF. She likes this terminal better than the main terminal (less people) and likes the fact that the buses are not double decker, I would rather she fly, but a wise man never argues with a woman that has her mind made up.

I am happy to see that they are running an entirely new fleet of buses.

I imagine that many people don’t even know that there are two bus terminals in David. I assume these numbers are still correct for reservations. 775-8853/774-9205

Here is Google Map to the terminal in David.

CC Outage Today

This afternoon CC was down for a little over 3 hours. My WebHost sets a Bandwidth threshold to prevent a hacked website from running wild. Since last December, this site’s traffic has grown at a very high rate. Linear, but still faster than in past months.

So far in March, CC has 2 1/2 times as much traffic as in December. I guess that is good news. I have no problem with my Host setting limits that are reasonable. I have been hacked before and it is better to catch it early.

In this case it appears it is just growth pure and simple. As soon as I contacted my host they upped the limit.

Thanks to those of you that took the time to send me an email. I normally know when the site is down, but I was away from the house when it went down.

In case you are interested, I do keep a status site where I record known problems. The first entry in the site shows the activity for the last 24 hours.

Festival De Bellas Artes De Tierras Altas – Volcan

Posted by request.

Bekkas Artes
There is a very special event scheduled here in our area and it is coming soon!

The dates are April 4th, 5th and 6th and I have attached the poster but the program is below, at the end of my note to you. Please take a look! Months of careful planning and hard work have been donated, so that this event will be spectacular!

Please, if you can set aside some time, do come out and support the many various artists that will be participating in this most awesome event!

If you are curious about the art of Mukimono, take a look! http://www.mukimono.com/

The Barismo Workshop will be fun and you’ll love the coffee!

We are so very fortunate to have this opportunity to share and experience something as wonderful, as the events scheduled for this most fantastic weekend!

There will be something for everyone I promise! Do come and enjoy! Bring a friend! Continue reading

How Many Gringos Does It Take To Screw in A Lightbulb

If you are from the US, I am sure you have heard a lot of lightbulb jokes.

How many Texas Aggies does it take to screw in a lightbulb? —- Three. One to hold the bulb and two to turn the stepladder.

While most of the lightbulb jokes are intended to be funny, and are to some people, I have a more serious question behind the one I posed as the title for this piece.

When I visited Boquete in 2002, it was still this sleepy quaint little town. I don’t remember a single business that wasn’t run by Panamanians. I do not remember a single restaurant, or business for that matter, that had employees that spoke any English. It was fun to walk around the town and be transported back in time to the fifties.

You could get a haircut for $2.00. You could get an ice cream cone for 25 cents. The best restaurant in town, and where you went for an elegant meal, was the Panamonte. The air was fresh, the people were friendly and the world was good. Continue reading