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Everything posted by Bonnie

  1. Does anyone know what gave rise to the lengthy electricity outage this afternoon? (It sure ruined my plans for the day, which included laundry and preparing a crockpot meal!)
  2. This is one of my all-time favorite movies. I would gladly see it again were it not AdA clinic day this Sunday.
  3. A friend purchased a Wagan Power Dome NX-2 for me about a year and a half ago, I believe at Pricesmart. It has saved my life during extended power outages. I can keep my phone and iPad charged, use my hairdryer, etc. It also serves as an air compressor and battery jump starter for those other emergencies, plus other features as follows: Bluetooth Battery Jump starter Air Compressor and pressure gauge Power inverter 200W 12V DC power USB power port AM/FM radio 3.5mm audio input Worklight & Hazard flasher Storage compartment Voltmeter AC and DC rechargeable http://wagan.com/power-dome-nx2.html
  4. Dogs Available For Adoption At Dog Camp

    The Amigos de Animales venta de patio is not until September. There is a spay and neuter clinic this Sunday, but they're short of space as it is, both inside the facility and in the parking lot. For an official reply, contact the President, Alicia McGuigan, at akcleavenger@hotmail.com.
  5. Got it. I thought you meant Casa Solution signs all around town.
  6. I am interested in hearing from residents if they have flea and tick problems on their property and/or with their pets. I'm also interested in hearing reports of other pests, including scorpions, spiders, roaches, etc. If and when you report, please let us know the altitude and general area of your property. I am absolutely fascinated by how much these things differ from area to area, even within a short distance. For example, I have lived in my house for ten years and have never seen a scorpion while folks in the general area report them to be a problem. My pets have ticks and have fleas so sporadically and so minimally that I seldom have to treat them--maybe once every two years the 10 years I've been here. On the other hand, I have tons of spiders. I live in Palo Alto at 4050 feet altitude. I have never had an exterminator and have never sprayed the house. (My gardener occasionally sprays the plants, but not the entire property.) I would love to see reports from around the community. And I would love to hear from anyone who has a theory, preferably supported by facts, of why this is.
  7. Where is the pizza menu? The one time I went to Milan Italiano there was no pizza at lunch. Maybe a broken pizza oven or something; I don't know. None of us understood the waiter's explanation. One of the group ordered a rare steak and a got a well done steak, which she sent back and refused to pay for. Only the diner who ordered the chicken was really pleased. Maybe just a bad day.
  8. I believe they're referring to the polyclinica whose construction has been stalled for forever.
  9. I don’t understand what you mean. Why would a university’s coming generate the sale of houses rather tha the purchase of houses?
  10. Does anyone know the projected date of completion of the Panamonte Bridge? With the BJBF moving to the fairgrounds, it’s going to be hell on those of us northeast of town unless that bridge is finished. Anyone know why it’s no longer going to be at Valle Escondido?
  11. Why would a doughnut shop not open until noon?
  12. Yesterday I had three young men drain and pressure wash my cement fish pools and waterfall. They’re now algae-free and crystal clear, but I need more plants to keep it that way. I have water lilies but need some other, smaller plants like parrots feather and anacaris, but I’ve never seen them for sale here. Does anyone know of a source or have some water plants to share? Also, I have a lot of goldfish in the pond, some quite large. I need a more economical source for goldfish food than Melo or Mascotas. Does anyone know of a source for a larger, less expensive supply?
  13. Thanks, John. I will private message you.
  14. Pig Roast at Big Daddy's

  15. February 8, 2018 Message to U.S. Citizens Many U.S. citizens have contacted the U.S. Embassy in Panama City to request information on how to have their Social Security benefits reinstated after the benefits were suspended due to a lack of proof of life form submission. In order to address this question, the Federal Benefits Unit in San Jose, Costa Rica, which now handles all social security issues for Panama, provided the below link with instructions on how to have benefits reinstated. We have also pasted the information from the San Jose Federal Benefits website below for easy reference. https://cr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/not-get-february-2018-payment/ You Did Not Get Your February 2018 Social Security Payment? Your benefits have been suspended because we did not timely receive your Foreign Enforcement Questionnaire. In order to reinstate the benefits you must take the following actions: Complete the SSA-7162 form (Pdf-157Kb) if: you receive payments in your own name. Complete the SSA-7161 form (Pdf-484Kb) if: you receive payments through a representative payee. Please make sure to: include your social security number; sign; and date the form Where to send the completed form: Email a scanned pdf copy of the completed form to sjregion@ssa.gov using as subject: FEQ-country where you live-last name of the worker’s record under which you receive benefits (sample: FEQ-Colombia-Perez) OR FAX it to 506-2291-1032. Then, mail the original completed and signed form to: Social Security Administration Wilkes Barre Data Operations Center Attention: FEQ Analyst, FEQ Forms 7161-7162 1150 E. Mountain Dr. Room 341 Wilkes Barre, PA 18702-7997 Sincerely, American Citizens Services U.S. Embassy 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).
  16. Makes sense. I feel sorry from the residents across the side street from Sugar 'n' Space. Their driveway gate has a large No Estascionarse sign on it, but I seldom pass by when there isn't a car blocking it.
  17. The Joy of Pet Adoption

    Kudos to Darren and Anne and Roberto.
  18. I was at The Dog Spot this afternoon waiting to pick up one of my dogs when a gentleman came in. He waited patiently for his dog, and Roberto eventually emerged cradling a smallish dog that had been freshly bathed and groomed, announcing to me that and the dog was a recent rescue. He transferred the pup, about a year old, from his shoulder to that of the waiting man. The little dog’s tail started wagging so fast that it was quivering with excitement as the man held him close and began talking to him. It was such a heartwarming moment that I just had to pass it on. What a difference we can make in the life of a homeless animal.
  19. I see so much improper parking and obstruction of the roadway that I had concluded there was no law prohibiting either. Surely, they’re the most unenforced laws on the planet. On second thought, I remember the case of a gringa who was ticketed for parallel parking. She appealed, pointing out the law as well as the fact that parallel parking is a required skill to pass the Panama driver’s license test. The Judge conceded the point but, alternatively, convicted her of roadway obstruction. (It occurs to me that this isn’t as unreasonable as it may seem. Can anyone parallel park without obstructing traffic?)
  20. The Joy of Pet Adoption

    I think that’s him!
  21. Voting in 2018 US Elections

    The operative word is in #1 above: "ensure." You complete and mail this form to ensure that you are properly registered. If you have left the country since the last election, you definitely have to complete and mail the FPCA to establish where to send your absentee ballot. If you have already voted in a U.S. election while in Panama, chances are you are registered to receive absentee ballots in the future. You can check directly with your local U.S. Elections office to see if you are properly registered and, if so, it is not necessary to complete and mail this form. I did that online this morning and got an immediate, computer-generated response from my Elections office back in Florida.
  22. VOTING IN 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline. Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2018 U.S. elections: 1. Request Your Ballot: Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2018 to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2018 elections. The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted. The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. You can complete the FPCA online at www.FVAP.gov. The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. We encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website. FVAP.gov will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature. If you must return a paper version, please see below for mailing options. 2. Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online. 3. Return Your Completed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot by email or fax. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can use international mail, a courier service such as FedEx or DHL, or you may also drop off completed voting materials at U.S. Embassy Panama, Avenue Demetrio Basilio Lakas in Clayton, Panama City. Bring them to the Consular Section, American Citizen Services, from Monday to Thursday from 10a.m. – 12 p.m. The U.S. Embassy is closed on U.S. and Panamanian holidays. Place your materials in a postage paid return envelope (available under “Downloadable Election Materials” on the FVAP homepage) or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address it to the relevant local election officials. 4. New this year – email to fax service by FVAP! - the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) will provide an email-to-fax conversion service for voters who have difficulty sending election materials to States that do not accept emailed documents. Get more information here. Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources. Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain online. You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, or search the internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP's Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebookand Twitter. Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact Panama’s Voting Assistance Officer at VotePanama@state.gov Remember, your vote counts! Be absent but accounted for!
  23. I don't understand what's going on here. Was Sertracen one of the bidders? Might it be replaced--resulting in mass confusion and major bureaucratic upheaval in this vital function? I hate going to Sertracen, but I have to admit that they appear to be on top of the driver's license procedure.