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  1. I was prepared for the worst when told it was a nationwide outage, but even with two separate outages, my power was restored in, I believe, less than three hours. Remarkable. It will be interesting to learn the cause.
  2. That’s great news. Good place to pick up something healthy for dinner when there’s no time or inclination to cook. Thanks, Marcelyn.
  3. I came across this article today in an online newsletter called Gardenista. It doesn't bode well for the highlands of Panama and many other areas of the world. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46845461
  4. I tend to admire youth groups such as One Youth Ambassadors, Volunteer Services Overseas, Global Citizen, and many others who have organized together to fight world poverty and promote human dignity. Even smaller organizations like Never Again (founded by the Parkland shooting survivors) seem to me to promise more hope for the future then religious pilgrimages of this sort. But I'm the first to agree that it's satisfying to see youth engaged in something other than their cell phones!
  5. Did you happen to learn what days and hours she is open? This looks like a great place for healthy take-out.
  6. Bonnie

    Boquete ning?

    There's a link for contacting the owner at the top of the page, and I have contacted him twice. He is aware of the problem and says his computer team is working to fix it.
  7. Bonnie

    Drivers License Renewal

    When Dra. Diaz did my old age exam, she definitely was interested in my blood pressure. Maybe she was in a hurry when you had your exam, Penny.
  8. U.S. Embassy Panama’s Consular Section will be closed for routine services January 22 through January 25, 2019. Due to operational concerns related to World Youth Day and the Pope’s visit, such as unusually congested traffic and road closures in the vicinity of the Embassy and throughout Panama City, the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Panama City will temporarily close for routine services starting Tuesday, January 22 and will re-open on Monday, January 28, 2019. Please also note that the Consular Section will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal holiday. Consular Staff will be available for emergencies throughout World Youth Day. The following U.S. citizen emergency services will be available: replacing lost/stolen passports, providing lists of medical resources, assisting victims of crime, visiting arrested or detained U.S. citizens, aiding in the location of missing U.S. citizens, and supporting relatives after the death of a U.S. citizen. In an emergency, the Consular Section can be reached via phone at 317-5000 (011-507-317-5000 if dialing from the United States). For general information on activities related to World Youth Day, please visit the official international website, https://www.panama2019.pa/en/home/. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 507-317-5000 Panama-ACS@state.gov https://pa.usembassy.gov/ State Department - Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 Panama Country Information Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
  9. Martyr's Day is Wednesday, but my Animales calendar indicates that it will be observed tomorrow. However, I contacted Retrogusto about reservations on Wednesday and was told that they would be closed for Martyr's Day. My question is: is everything closed tomorrow or Wednesday (or both)? I ask because I have a dog that needs to see a vet and am wondering if I can take him tomorrow or if he'll have to wait until Tuesday.
  10. The following article, from this morning's New York Times, is a long but interesting read. I found it instructive insofar as understanding the curious driving habits of Panamanians. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/03/magazine/driving-living-reality.html?emc=edit_th_190106&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=528124880106
  11. Although it isn't stated, I assume that these "sessions" provide photo ops. But are they provided, or must participants bring their own photographer?
  12. For the third time in two days I witnessed drivers, most likely tourists, turning the wrong way down one-way streets. In one case, an accident barely was avoided. Another snarled up traffic pretty badly. Because there are no one-way signs, we all need to be extra vigilant at these intersections during tourist season. I find it interesting that Panama has adopted strict seat belt enforcement, signs (some) indicating curves, and even speed bumps, but somehow has overlooked one-way traffic signs. And in David particularly stop signs are a rarity or are obscured by foliage. I think this lack of signage poses significant hazards on the roads here.
  13. Bonnie

    VIDEO: Children's Christmas Party

    What a great video, John! Thank you for recording this, for doing such a beautiful job, and for sharing with the rest of us. To me, this is one of the most special events in Boquete.
  14. I was stopped in town while negotiating the traffic this afternoon and had time to notice that there's a big sign out front of Retrogusto announcing that they now are open for lunch. I was looking and hoping to see the same for A Pizza, but traffic picked up and had to move before getting a good look. In any case, Retrogusto's being available midday is good news for those of us who resist driving at night because of our age and failing eyesight but who every now and then like to have a special lunch.
  15. I had one of the best steaks I've ever had in my life at Butcher Thursday night. And the sides were to die for--particularly the broccoli, which generally is not one of my favorites. It was flavored with garlic and a hint of anchovies.Just an excellent meal for the holidays.
  16. Bonnie

    New photos

    I agree with Keith and John. I personally don't like this effect. It looks more like painting than photography.
  17. Well, the winds have started somewhat early this year and started off with a bang. My property is shielded by topography from the very worst of the winds, but I awoke to two heavy flower pots blown over and broken on the terrace and had to chase down chair pillows in the yard. You folks in El Alto must really have gotten it (unless my microclimate was unusually hard hit)!
  18. Bonnie

    Merry Christmas from Alison, Bill and Flossy

    Wonderful Christmas photo. That Flossy sure is one lucky dog!
  19. That’s a surprise. I generally find Google translation to border on gibberish. In fact, I had Google in mind when I wrote my post. I have to wonder if they’ve upgraded their program.
  20. Here is an unedited machine translation of the referenced news release by ACODECO: This is a markedly better translation than most, Bud. What translation program is it?
  21. I went to Super Baru shortly before 10:00 this morning. The very able parking lot attendant apparently took the day off. The parking spaces out front were full, so I went to the lot across the street. As I turned in, I was confronted with a beige SUV bearing a plate that read "The Citadel South Carolina." He was parked straight in rather than diagonally, occupying two spaces and creating a domino effect of bad parking for those following. Moreover, he hadn't pulled forward enough and was sticking out in the lane, obstructing the coming and going. Getting in and out of the lot was a real chore--lots of pulling backyard, turning, pulling forward, pulling back again, etc. etc. People were furious. I hope Mr. Citadel reads this and recognizes how rude and inconsiderate he is. And I hope the parking attendant returns soon.
  22. No, I didn't have any writing paper with me. Two Panamanians, however, said they were going to wait a little longer to see if he appeared, so I hope they had the opportunity to dress him down.
  23. Kudos to you, Brandy, for the phenomenal weight loss! You look great!
  24. Demonstration Alert - U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama Location: Panama City, Panama Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on December 20, 2018, beginning at 8:00am. The group intends to protest on the anniversary of Operation Just Cause. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy will be closed to the public on December 20. Actions to Take: · Avoid Demetrio Lakas Ave. in Clayton in front of the embassy. · Monitor local media for updates. · Avoid demonstrations. · Be aware of your surroundings. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 507-317-5000 Panama-ACS@state.gov https://pa.usembassy.gov/ State Department - Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444