It has been a while since I have posted anything. I have not been very good at recording what is going on and probably won’t be much better until some time in November.
Heather was with us from August 28th and left on September the First. She was here because Bugabita scheduled a special Danza del Moros y Christianos to complete her research. I have some videos that I took and will post when I get the time to edit them.
The dance came off without a hitch even though there were a few tense moments. Around 5PM on Saturday August 30, we were having a tremendous electrical rain storm. I didn’t know if the event would be canceled or not.
When we left for Bugabita, it was still sprinkling, however it stopped before we arrived at the presentation area.
Between 7:30 PM and 8:00 PM, the dancers were getting ready with makeup and putting on their outfits. All of a sudden the electricity went out and we were in solid darkness. You never know what to expect when a Panamanian electrical outage occurs. It could be minutes, to hours to days.
Luckily, within 5 minutes, the electricity came back and everything went smoothly from then.
Chris Smoot attended to help with photo taking and Heather has promised a series of guest posts on her experience researching and completing this Doctoral project. With her posts, she will include a lot of Chris’s photos. Her documentation will be filling in a real void because not much has been recorded to the level she has gone into. This is an important historical event that has gone on for a long time and many in Panama and more outside Panama have never heard of it.
I am also working on a post related to Tom McCormack’s work and plan to have it posted before I leave for the U.S. in October. He has his next container arriving in David the middle of October. I will try to post more information when I receive it.
I spent three days working with the stroke victim last week and will return tomorrow to access this week’s needs. He has been without telephone for over three weeks. I have made two trips to Cable & Wireless and still have not resolved the problem. Tomorrow will require another trip to raise the level of criticality. This is also the time of month that I have to pay all of his bills.
His care taker is scheduled to go to Panama City for one day in October. I am not sure how her absence will be covered. All I know, is it wont be me, because I will not be in the country.
On another note, I will mention that I have a friend a few blocks off who is realizing the lack of building codes or noise regulation in Panama. Next to her, in a residential area, a house has been remodeled over the last year and is now holding religious ceremonies two three nights a week. It involves loud music, chanting and begins around 9PM and has gone until early in the morning.
The police have said they are not responsible for noise and many neighbors have complained to authorities. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Once again, this is not one of those once in a while parties that happen everywhere in Panama; this is a religious group who designed the remodeling for this specific purpose. Luckily, the noise doesn’t carry all the way to my house.