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  1. I just clicked on the link, and it revealed a number of battery-powered lights. Try again, John.
  2. I bought some today for the first time. The savings is significant.
  3. Thanks, John. Actually, I had already thought of that. I have a covered porch and two plugs out there. Do you know what these lights are actually called so when I go to Ivan's or wherever I don't flounder around all day? Jim, you have expressed my sentiments exactly. Every minute that the power is off seems like 30 minutes to me. I guess I'm a wuss.
  4. I had never seen or heard of the battery powered plug in lights. They sound like just the ticket. I'm off to David to get a couple as soon as I recover from having made two trips there in two days. Thanks, John. I have a heavy duty refrigerator grade plug for my washer and am waiting for the electrician to come install it. I suppose I also could put a light of some sort on the UPS I have for the computer. I do have a generator for really seriously long outrages. (But I still think Fenosa stinks.)
  5. Everyone's points are valid. But we pay for electricity (some of us more dearly than others), and it is simply factual that we have come to rely on electricity. I have multiple flashlights within easy reach all over the house, but there are still times when I have to grope about in the absolute dark. This is dangerous, particularly for those of us who are elderly and for whom a fall could be devastating. This danger is multiplied when the lights go out repeatedly. When I arrived home from David about 7:00 last night, the electricity went out just as I was approaching my front door. Were it not for the light in my iPhone, I would not have been able to see to put the key in the lock as there are no streetlights here. Add to this the wear and tear on electrical appliances and light fixtures. Before I got my expensive LED light bulbs, which must be more resistant to surges, I was replacing two or three light bulbs a week during times of electricity unreliability. And, like Bud and Marcelyn, I suspect the recent death of my washing machine to be attributable to surges. I keep my new one unplugged when not in use, as a repairman recommended. I remain of the view that we have a right to expect better service. I intend to file a complaint, and I hope others will too. Panamanians will not because, as some have pointed, they have come to expect poor service.
  6. The older I get, the less resilient I've become. What was once annoying is now exasperating. If and when I decide to leave, electrical service will be at the top of my list of reasons, too. I find it peculiar that Panamanians will strike and will block roads over all sorts of issues, but, as far as I know, poor electrical service isn't one of them. The people and the government should demand better from Fenosa. Fenosa's inattention to issues can be extremely dangerous.There's the infamous pole next to the municipal mercado, for example, that is/was within reach of both pedestrians and vehicles and even bore a sign that said it was dangerous. I also remember a year or so ago when a tall metal pole on the side of my street (which served absolutely no purpose) was sparking and popping loudly whenever it was windy and the electrical lines blew into it. Children walk up and down this road every day, children who could have been killed had they touched the pole at the wrong time. But it took three trips to the Fenosa office and innumerable phone calls to have someone come to look at it. Then, all they did was bend the pole back a little.
  7. It didn't start "within the next few hours" on the Boquete/David road. I returned from a doctor's appointment in David about 6:00, in the semi-dark and off and-on-rain, and plenty of cars passed me doing at least 100 kph. I observed no police presence whatsoever. But I suppose it'll take them a day or two--IF they're serious. It occurred to me the other day that, given the state of many vehicles here, the government would be wise to combine vehicle inspection with the annual registrado process. I feel sure that bald tires, poor brakes, etc. contribute to the traffic fatalities.
  8. I understand that a popular vet in David routinely does this so that the animals "can still have fun." Appalling. Most scientists agree that animal copulation is in response to the procreation urge rather than the pursuit of pleasure.
  9. Dottie, I don't disagree with you. But there are special cases. Two life-changing events of which I'm aware are returning to live with family one or more member of which is allergic to dogs/cats, and relocating to an assisted living facility that doesn't accept pets. Sometimes heart-wrenching decisions have to be made.
  10. Does anyone understand what kind of discrimination and corruption they are alleging? Like many of the Newsroom Panama blurbs, this raises more questions than answers for me.
  11. An earthquake of 5.0 magnitude, located 95 km. south of Panama City in the Pacific, has been reported on the U.S. Wardens' WhatsApp. The city got a good shaking; buildings were evacuated. There now is concern about a possible tsunami.
  12. The optical shop in Boquete, near eShop and Union Fenosa/Western Union, is Vega Optical. They also have offices in David.
  13. In an earlier forum on the subject of electrical service, I joined Bud and Marcelyn in complaining about the cost of electricity. My utility bills started out being in the $125 to $140per month range. Being used to electricity bills in the States, and having plenty of other things to attend to associated with settling in, it took me a while to realize that this was much higher than that of others. Over the years I sought the services of three different electricians, none of whom offered suggestions that solved the problem. Then, about a year ago, my bill went to between $160 and $180 dollars a month. Exasperated but determined to get to the bottom of this, I asked Juan Arauz for help. He came and recommended five things: change to LED light bulbs; replace my fish pond pump with a more efficient one; put a timer on my one electric hot water heate;, do some rewiring in the electric box; and replace my refrigerator/freezer with a more energy efficient model. At significant expense, I did all of this with the exception of replacing the refrigerator (having just had to replace my washer and dryer, which was an expensive and unpleasant experience in and of itself). I sat back and waited for my next utility bill. It had gone up to $190!!! I went to Juan's office with the bill, and he concluded that something had to be wrong on Fenosa's end. He came to the house once again and, in ways I don't understand, measured the electricity coming from the pole to my house compared to actual usage. It was a job that took a couple of hours. He recorded his findings and found that there was a problem with Fenosa's transformer outside my house. He told me he had encountered the same issue with another client and successfully had Fenosa rectify it and reimburse the client for past overcharges, although it took several months. So, armed with his findings, he went directly to Fenosa. Miraculously, they met him here that very afternoon and, after some testing of their own, agreed with his findings and made some repairs/changes. The bill I received about three weeks ago was $16.74! I assume a substantial portion of that is reimbursement, but I finally have hope that I've gotten to the bottom of the problem, although it will take me a long time to recover what I've paid over the years.
  14. What kind of help is available? I don't believe I have encountered any mental health services in my ten years here.
  15. You can donate and/or volunteer here: Just click on the appropriate button. Credit cards and Paypal accepted.
  16. Have the cats been rescued or, at the very least, untied? My cat came to my house after having been tied up elsewhere. She was missing the fur all around her neck where she had struggled to free herself.
  17. Not everyone lives on the south side of town.
  18. Today at 12:01 PM Message body U.S. Embassy in Panama Security Message for U.S. Citizens February 10, 2017 Today, February 10, 2017, the SUNTRACS (Sindicato Unico Nacional de Trabajadores de la Construccion y Similares) union (and others) have threatened protests and road closures “across the country”. It is the Embassy’s understanding that the protest leaders are meeting this morning to determine what they are going to do and where. Subsequently, the Embassy does not have a good read-out of the scope or location of possible protests and road closures. We have seen unconfirmed media reports of protests planned on Calle 50 at McDonalds, line 2 of the metro, in Costa del Este, near Ciudad Hospitalaria, and on Avenida Peru. Some schools are closed for the day, while others remain open. The main concern seems to be the unpredictability of the impact of possible road closures on bus routes this afternoon. All U.S. citizens are reminded to remain diligent in your personal security. U.S. Citizens should plan their travel accordingly and avoid all confrontations. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security. For further information about security in Panama: · See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Panama Country Specific Information. · Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. · Contact the U.S. Embassy in Panama, located at Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue Clayton, Panama, at +507-317-5030, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +507-317-5000. · Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  19. Dra. Zapata's office can be reached at 774-0128, ext. 3225.
  20. Of course you're right about the necessity to conduct research before getting involved with anything like this. I was not clear. I object to any ad that does not reveal the name of the sender of that ad, not just this particular one. We've gone through this before with some other posts. Like you, I would not have been interested in any event, but I still would like to know who posted. Maybe that's asking too much.
  21. I don't know about you, but I really would like to see a name associated with this type of announcement/ad. I always like to know with whom I'm dealing before making contact. And, yes, I went to the noted website and, after a few clicks, learned who the founder is. But I don't think the customer should be required to do research. (In case you're wondering, I have no personal interest whatsoever in this.)
  22. I overlooked that, as well as the fact that this an old forum topic. In fact, I had forgotten about the whole thing. in general.