Remember watching the old spaghetti westerns and hearing then use the term John Law. Well yesterday I ate lunch with John Law. John is the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Panama City. He is the person in charge when the Ambassador is not in Panama (Second in command if you will). I met John last year at the Warden’s appreciation meeting in Panama City.
Yesterday a few of the Chiriquí wardens ate with John at the Panamonte in Boquete following the Boquete Outreach and town hall meeting.
During our lunch, John asked the warden’s opinions on what would benefit the US residents in Chiriquí. Obviously having an office in David would help, but with budget cutbacks around the world, that is not likely. The good news is that quarterly visits have been budgeted. The first of those meeting happened in David, Boquete and Bocas. this week
I requested that one of the future Outreach meetings include a presentation by the FBU on Proof of Life. Of all the topics I posted last year, on this blog and other sites, that topic generated the most comments.
If you would like to have them address that topic or another topic in an upcoming Outreach, it would help if you dropped the Embassy an email with your request. Panama-ACS@state.gov
Having watched what the U.S. Embassy does in Panama City, over my 11 years living here, I am very appreciative of all of their efforts. They have always been very responsive to all requests for help or answering questions I have sent them.
John is winding down his tour of duty in Panama. His next duty location is in Poland. I told him that I had a couple Polish jokes to assist him breaking the ice, but he said he would pass. I was just trying to help. I should have given him my favorite Aggie joke.
There were only four of the wardens that were able to make the lunch yesterday. Sharon Sample from La Barqueta, Jim Gaffery from Potrerillos, Price Peterson from Boquete and myself.
Yesterday was a great day and a milestone for me. It is the first time since I left Boquete, in 2005, that I have been to Boquete twice in one week. In fact, I bet I haven’t been there more than three times a year. Now that the road is complete, I may have to change that.