Halloween in Panama compared to the US, depends on where you live. Before we moved, I never saw any sign of Trick of Treaters. In our new neighborhood, there is always something going on and all holidays call for a fiesta.
I really like this neighborhood. Friendly people, always planning on the next get together and a fun place to live. Life doesn’t get better than this.
HERE is a new article about the man I worked for, for the majority of my professional career. Another thing for which I feel very fortunate.
All of us continually get reminders of how lucky we are with the weather we have in Panama. I have been watching CNN and the devastation in the Philippines. In Panama we get rain eight to nine months a year, but never have the winds of a typhoon, hurricane, tornado, etc.
We never have to put up with snow or sleet. Normally our biggest question, that is weather related, is whether to carry an umbrella or not.
I have a Colombian neighbor whose daughter has been studying in the Philippines. I just called to see if they had been able to make contact with her.
They were able to chat with her yesterday by WhatsApp. She said her area was safe. CNN shows that she was lucky.
As you go out today, think about how lucky you are. I do that everyday I get up.
I received the following for posting.
Hola, Don! I should’ve thought of emailing you sooner about this, but it just dawned on me after my daily check of your site. The Sound of the Spade eBook is still available for free until midnight tonight.
If you see this in time, please consider posting the following for your readers:
Writer R. Allen Larsen and illustrator Nik Geiger-Duran, both residents of Boquete, have collaborated to produce Sound of the Spade. This eBook comprises four haunting stories, including 2012 Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction winner “Fireflies,” a stark, graphic tale of a paroled killer working in a nursing home; “Postal Blue,” a flash fiction piece about a postal worker on the verge of psychological disintegration; “Ant God,” a story depicting the short- and long-term effects of a boy’s brutal upbringing; and “Weeping Water,” an experimental, alternating points-of-view work detailing a woman’s visit to her grandmother’s deathbed. [Be forewarned: These stories are not for the faint of heart or those who swoon at a stray profanity or three.]
For this weekend only (11/9 – 11/10), you may download Sound of the Spade for free at
Thank you, Don! I’ve enjoyed “lurking” on you site for years. And thanks for all you do for the community, both expat and Panamanian.
I received a request to post the following.
The Volcan Town Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at our new location — the Burricos Restaurant in the Don Tavo Hotel. Our Meeting will start at 10 AM. Our host and hostess, Jaime Guerra and Mirtha Ortega have extended us some wonderful breakfast/lunch at group discount prices!! Please come hungry!! Their wonderful omelets are priced at $4.50 just for us. They are also featuring pancakes and eggs combo at a discount as well!!! Lunch menu will feature items too! Will add those in our next announcement.
Our first speaker will be Mr. Mark Evans.
Mark is a financial expert that will explain the difference between
hard default and soft default with respect to pensions and debt. In the last two years many greedy and insolvent governments have stolen pension dollars from your families pockets and spent them on government operating expenses. This is not very well understood and people get very panicky and shrill when a country seizes pensions. Might your pension or IRA be in jeopardy?? Will this affect Social Security in any way? Continue reading
Chewbacca just did something wrong, total Wookie mistake.
I received the following for posting. I know nothing of the services possibly offered and have not read the ebook.
As a reader of your blog Chiriqui Chatter, I wanted to share this new Panama Business ebook I’ve been working on for Panama Offshore Legal Services, a Panama law firm. It’s based on listening to the experiences of expats in Panama, and answers many questions expats have when establishing a business in Panama. I thought you and your readers might enjoy it and help keep themselves further informed.
I’m trying to get the word out about it because I think people are always looking for more detailed information on how to succeed in business in Panama. Panama business practices can certainly seem unique and our ebook provides answers to everyday concerns in a straightforward manner.
I was wondering if you’d be willing to share the ebook with your readers or fanbase. I enjoy your blogs detailing life in Chiriqui, especially the ones highlighting local businesses. With all the detailed information you provide to those making their first steps on the Panama journey, I think this technical guide will be useful to your readers.
We put it up on our website here http://www.panama-offshore-services.com/free_panama_ebooks/panama_business_handbook.htm and your readers can easily download it for free.
Thanks and let us know if you have any questions!
Not much to report here. I passed going to the most recent Panama celebrations. My excuse is not wanting to be on my feet too much until I get the knots in my leg to completely dissolve. It is more likely that I just was too lazy. So lazy that my only accomplishments worth noting are in technology.
Dolly has been the best accomplishment. Saying that Dolly was a smart buy would be a gross understatement. She has provided a small glimpse into the future. In Panama, about 99% of floors in houses are tile or some other hard polished surface. I have no scientific basis for that number other than general observation.
Everyday, I watch (with tremendous guilt) as Lilliam sweeps and mops the floor in the house. I have researched robot cleaners for several years, but most seem to be more automated vacuums rather than designed for hard floors. However, my last search came up with iRobot Braava, which uses a completely different system. Continue reading