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    Penelope Barrett
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    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
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  1. The emergency battery powered lights in the BCP theater were recently replaced by our great electronics guy Phil Bennett. I can ask Phil where he bought them. As I remember they were relatively inexpensive (maybe $30???)
  2. Hard to believe there wasn't enough demand for pepper jack cheese. Everybody I know is wishing it would come back.
  3. Major General Albert Stubblebine died a few days ago. For several years he and his wife Dr. Rima Laibow were controversial residents of Volcan. They were both extreme conspiracy theorists and felt they were hiding out in the mountains of Panama but in reality they were developing a commune or cult like development on the outskirts of Volcan. General Stubblebine was known for his work in the intelligence division of the army and was in charge of conducting psychic experiments, the most famous of which was training soldiers to stare at goats until their heads exploded. A character ("General Hopgood") in the 2009 film The Men Who Stare at Goats is loosely based on General Stubblebine as head of the project to walk through walls. TRU TV once did a show with Jesse Ventura (ex governor of Minnesota and ex professional wrestler) interviewing Dr. Laibow. The theme was she flew in from her secret hideout in the mountains of Panama to a small undisclosed landing strip in the U.S. where Jesse interviewed her about her plans to develop a utopian community of followers in Panama. The truth is that the residents of Volcan gave the group so much grief they eventually picked up and moved to Peru.
  4. I second (or third) the recommendation for Dra. Zapata. 3rd floor to the right when you get off the Hospital Chiriqui elevator. She's very thorough and explains everything in English. I have heard nothing but good reports about her services.
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    This is an amazing project. I've been talking with Robert and Jeff and they are so dedicated to this labor of love. They are building a 4 story "castle" made from 40,000 bottles. You and your guests can stay in the castle next time you're in Bocas. Come by to the BCP theater today at 10:30 to learn more. The video is wonderful -- spend 6 minutes watching it:
  6. Furnished 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment. Lower level of house in Jaramillo Arriba. 20 minute walk to town. Private patio and shared garden area. Washer and dryer shared with upper tenant. Totally fenced with secure under-cover parking. Electricity, wifi, and cable tv included. Must love dogs.Available March 1. $500/month plus deposit.Contact Leslie:
  7. I traveled the Pan American about 12 noon.
  8. I just traveled the Pan American highway from Price Smart to Novey and there is no visible protest action and no part of the highway was closed.
  9. This is the most amazing project. Robert expects to have almost 300 houses in his development. The houses cannot be differentiated visually from a regular cement block house but they're better insulated, more flexible (for earthquakes) and cheaper. What a vision this guy has!!! The website is very informative:
  10. Bud The recycling place across from La Posada restaurant will take your appliance. They will even pay you the scrap value for it. Get a Panamanian with a pickup and give him $10 and he'll probably get another $10 from the salvage place. It's good to know about La Reina. I find their prices to be quite reasonable on most things. My dishwasher went electronic/circuit board crazy after only 7 months. Am going to try to get it fixed under warranty (ja, ja, yes, I know this is Panama and it's a long shot). Actually, in my neighborhood I just set stuff out on the curb. Don't even have to put a "gratis" sign on it. It's usually gone within an hour or two.
  11. During "Just Cause" the US Military went to the house and opened the secret room. There is no written report of what they found but they apparently took whatever they found.
  12. My car is going to the body shop next week because of that damned pole.
  13. Tomorrow's Tuesday Talk is a very special one. We've been working on putting it together for many months. TV Chiriqui is going to film the presentation. This is one you should not miss.
  14. I wonder if this is the daughter who is married to the son of my neighbor Julie Fogarty.