Penny

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  1. My guests have told me they picked up a brochure when entering Panama that says they have 90 days of free health and accident insurance. I thought that law had expired and had not been renewed by President Varela. Who knows anything about this?
  2. I frequently doze in front of the TV at night. One of my favorite channels for this activity is the Investigation Discover channel (67 on CableOnda) with all it's true crime programs. Last night I stumbled across an hour long story about Wild Bill in Bocas and how Don Winner, owner of the apparently now defunct Panama Guide, brought him to justice. The general theme was that Wild Bill killed lots of people in Bocas who were rootless and wouldn't be missed by either family or friends. He would kill them and then tell people they had sold him their property before leaving town. He got away with this for a long time but made a mistake when he killed a woman who owned a small private island. She was a party animal and her ex-husband still kept in contact with her. She was immediately missed and an investigation was begun. Her ex brought in investigative journalist Don Winter and Wild Bill now resides in the David Correctional Facility. It was a good show.
  3. Every year I search for this form and can't find it. I googled it and opened what I thought was the official IRS form. After spending several hours filling it out (I have 7 bank accounts to report) I got to the end and found out it was a private service and they wanted $185 to email it in. There was no way to save or print the form. I need to know the link to the official IRS form. Why do they make it so difficult????
  4. Of all the public infrastructure projects announced by the president and our own mayor, the one I'm most hopeful for is the rebuilding of the bridge over the Caldera River next to the Panamonte hotel. The history of this project is that the bridge originally washed out about 9-10 (I'm horrible on dates) years ago. The next year they rebuilt it as the one-lane bridge it had previously been. Now, I love the one way bridge. It gives you an opportunity to slow down, defer to the opposing car, and share a friendly wave with each other. This whole process didn't take more than 15-20 seconds out of your day. I guess I was in the minority because there was a growing outcry -- mostly from ex-pats I think -- to make the bridge a two laner. So the mayor had his crew go out and start excavating around the base of the bridge in order to put in a second lane. And then along came the next big flood. Now, my theory is that the bridge had been so weakened from the excavating that it was no match for the flood. Of course two floods in 2 years was demoralizing and it looked like the bridge would never be rebuilt. I'm so happy that they're reconsidering. I always think of the workers who live on my side of town (Jaramillo and Palo Alto) who have to walk twice as far to get to work in downtown Boquete. I also think it would be good for business for the Panamonte. There were many times I would stop by for a take out hamburger and fries on my way home and I expect other folks who live in my neck of the woods did also.
  5. Today is the big ceremony for the inauguration of the construction of the new Panamonte Bridge. They have multiple heavy machinery and a big canopy tent with chairs set up underneath. I believe President Varela will be there for the ceremony. They've laid down a cement pad for the approach to the bridge. I'm so happy !!!!!
  6. Personally, I like the one-lane bridges. Gives you a chance to yield and then wave to your neighbors. Who can't afford 20 seconds out of their day?
  7. The Boquete Chicas had made arrangements with chef/manager Craig for 20+ of us to dine at Seasons today at 12 noon. The organizers had several email communications with Craig and had sent in our menu selections well in advance of the luncheon. Imagine our surprise when the group arrived and we learned that Craig had abruptly quit, and nobody knew anything about the arrangements. That's the bad news. To their credit, the staff at Seasons rallied, had us email them a copy of the menu selections and went to work. Nelson, who used to be head waiter at both the Panamonte and The Rock got kitchen duty and turned out some fantastic meals. Enrique who used to be head waiter at Amigos did a masterful job of taking drink orders and soothing our ruffled feathers. It all ended well but you can put another notch in Craig's belt as leaving unexpectedly seems to be a pattern. The gossip is that he's going to a restaurant on Taboga Island. In my book, Taboga Island is the most boring place in Panama and you sit and count the hours until the ferry leaves to sail you back to civilization.
  8. Steven Many people care about your situation. Trish Daugherty is the UK Warden and her email is triciajdaugherty@hotmail.com. However, like Bonnie said about the U.S. embassy, there is very little they can do about Panamanian law. Good luck with this. If you decide to just walk back across the border, I will come and pick you up. Email me at pjbarrett@aol.com A little additional information -- apparently some border immigration people are telling folks they have to stay out of Panama for 30 days before being allowed to return.
  9. Tuesday talk for March 14 has been cancelled
  10. What would happen if you flew into Tocuman? I don't think they're looking for border hoppers there and also, how could they deny you entry when you're already standing on Panamanian soil. I think that's what I would do.
  11. until

    Everybody should witness this event at least once. We would always stake out a place near the end of the parade route. By that time most of the riders and some of the horses were drunk. There are beautiful horses in Panama -- high steppers which I think they call paso finos.
  12. In addition to incompetent and dishonest lawyers, there is also the problem that many older people no longer have fingerprints that can be taken with the old ink roller method. I even know some folks who have made multiple attempts at digital fingerprints only to have that method also not work. I know two of the attorneys that Twin Wolf entrusted to get him resident status and I can certify that they were both incompetent. It is true that this change seemed to be abrupt to many. However, those who follow the local news, the forums, and the yahoo groups have known for quite a while that Panama was about to tighten up the border hopping loophole.
  13. If we lose Dan Porter to Colombia because of this SNAFU, we will have lost a valuable member of our community.
  14. What a screwed up mess. I feel horrible for them. About six months ago there were a lot of signs that this was coming. At that time I urged my neighbor (and tenant) to apply for her pensionado visa. Luckily she followed the advise and now has her temporary card.
  15. I just read an old post on Ning written by Steve Walker. Steve said he had been doing the border crossing every 90 days for 10 years to reset his tourist visa and drivers license. It seems to me that this is the perfect example of what Panama is trying to prevent.
  16. I know Steven and Michelle but don't know what kind of visa they have. I think knowing this information might explain a lot about this situation.
  17. Too lazy to research this myself so am asking the community. How do I change my social security deposit from one US bank to another US bank?
  18. The memorial service held on Wednesday was memorable with lots of people sharing stories about Gary's wild adventures.
  19. Judy and John are correct. When you have a temporary visa waiting for your permanent visa, you need to buy a multiple entry visa for $100 from immigration. This is just a large stamp in your passport which allows you to exit and enter the country.
  20. Everybody (including Panamanians) have to renew their cedula every 10 years. This is a routine process and is in place because the government want's a current photo on your national identification card. It seems to me that Panama has every right to decide what qualities they want in their resident visa holders. Many permanent tourists don't get visa status because they can't meet the requirements set by the Panamanian government. These are quite often the folks who come here without sufficient resources to take care of themselves in case of a medical or other emergency. They run up huge bills at the local hospitals and then disappear into the night.leaving the Panamanian citizens to foot the bill. All sovereign nations have a right to control their immigration -- even the United States.
  21. Gene has an assistant who has done some plumbing work for me. His name is Lalo and his number is 6436-5850. Lalo speaks some English.
  22. Gene Bourque alfredb73@gmail.com 6575-2355
  23. Article 4 of Law 6 of 1987 states that the beneficiaries of this law will prove their entitlement to its benefits by showing: 1. Cedula of personal identity. 2. Jubilado or Pensionado card. 3. Resident visa. This means that you must be a legal resident of Panama and not a tourist or illegal.
  24. My former Spanish teacher was also a linguist who loved studying the root derivation of words. She said that the word "pendejo" literally means "pubic hair" but is used loosely to mean A**H***. I think the word came into the English vocabulary when the former president of Mexico called George Bush a "pendejo". My favorite Spanish translation service agrees with me: http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/pendejo