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  1. This is why I grab a big handful of forms whenever I'm in the tax office in David. For those of you who need one (Alan and Bud) I have one for you.
  2. Today, Sunday, May 24, my gardener appeared at my gate. He hasn't been here for about 3 months so lots of work for him to do. I don't know if he got special permission or if the government has just loosened up the restrictions for gardeners. In any case, I'm happy.
  3. Well, back in February my license plate expired. Having lived here long enough to know not to wait until the end of the month, I went to Dolega to renew sometime in the middle of February. Because this is Panama, they don't just issue stickers to designate the year of your license plate, you have to buy an entirely new metal plate. Yes, somebody's cousin owns the placa company obviously. Also being Panama they sometimes forget to order the new metal placas. This was the case with me. After paying they explained that the February plates would hopefully be in at the beginning of March and in the meantime they gave me a letter saying I was allowed to "circulate" with an outdated plate. Okay, I didn't go back the first week in March and then we were locked down and the Dolega Municipio closed up. This morning I received insider information from my friend Lynda Rogers that it was possible to go and pick up my long overdue plate but I had to go during my designated release time. When I arrived at the Municipio I discovered that the building was indeed locked up but they had partially opened up an exterior window and were doing business through the window. Of course, there was a line and for some reasons the locals kept cutting in front of me. I waited patiently and finally got my new plate and window sticker. Now to get back to Boquete before my time expired. The whole procedure at the Caldera checkpoint has changed. Now you go through 3 distinct stations. At the first they spray the sides, tires and back of your car with some kind of anti-viral spray. At the 2nd stop they take your temperature and have an ambulance standing by in case your temp is out of acceptable range. At the 3rd stop they check your ID and wave you through. And that's how I navigated two bureaucratic governmental processes in one 2-hour outing. Ain't this pandemic thing great ???🤯
  4. I'm hoping somebody will go to Price Smart or any other store in David today and report back whether they were able to buy their one bottle of vino tinto in David.
  5. So, I announced to my friends last week that I was planning on getting a flu shot on Monday during my two hour old-folks window. Wow, I'm astounded by how many of the seemingly rational people I hang out with don't believe in the shot and (even worse) believe it is a Bill Gates plot to kill off half of the world's population. Amazing !!!! Okay, for those who are still in your right minds, here's how to do it. I arrived at the Social Security Clinic across from the Bomberos about 10:45. There is a desk set up outside and to the right of the front door. I was the only one there at the time for the shot. The technician checks your cedula and updates your yellow card (if you have one). He asks you how old you are and what neighborhood you live in. Then we waited for the nurse who finally came at 11. The technician had told me I could also get a pneumonia shot but the nurse told me that the pneumonia vaccine wouldn't be available until May. The shot was given quickly and painlessly and I was on my way. It was free. There was only one other person waiting behind me.
  6. I think when you see the men out on ladies day (and vice-versa) you are forgetting all the people who have passes. For example, all agricultural workers, bank workers, grocery store workers, pharmacy workers, gas station workers, medical personnel, etc, etc. In general I would say that this draconian lockdown is working. And I agree with Allison that there's going to be a lot of general unrest if things aren't loosened up by May 1.
  7. A better long term solution and one that works right now -- go to Mandarin and buy a Panagas regulator for about $12. Then buy a tank of Panagas for about $75. You can swap out an empty Panagas tank for a full one for $5.37. Who knows when Novey will reopen.
  8. Today (April 7) News.Boquete sent out a translation of the official government policy concerning both drivers licenses and car plates that could not be renewed because of the shutdown.. You can subscribe to these news releases coming directly into your email inbox by sending your complete name to news.boquete@gmail.com. See the topic here:
  9. This is a google translation of the notice the mayor has posted on his facebook page: As of the date, the safe-conducts and circulation permits granted in the Boquete district that do not specify the date, time and reason for their circulation, are suspended. In the same way, as of the date, new safe-conduct requests will not be accepted both in the Mayor's department and in the Houses of Community Justice and Peace. Only those given by MIDA and municipal officials may circulate.
  10. It with sadness and total shock that we learn of the death of Pat Carter from corona virus while she was in the U.S. Pat was a resident of Jaramillo Centro and lived near her son Scott and daughter in law Holly. Pat was a great friend of the homeless dogs and also a member of the Boquete Chicas club. RIP in Pat Carter. This is a photo of her toasting one of her adopted street dogs.
  11. My handyman and I just went to Ivan's to buy some plumbing parts and were surprised to find both the grocery store and the hardware store closed before 3 PM today (Tuesday). My handyman just called Ivan who told them he closed today and doesn't know when he will re-open because people were saying they got the virus in his store. This is ironic because the employees of Ivan were the first ones to put on gloves and masks and wall off the cashier with heavy plastic.
  12. Gago in Alto Boquete has become a partial substitute for Price Smart for me. Their fresh vegetables are priced equivalent or even lower than Price Smart and I've even found decent boxes of red wine cheaper than the Clos 3-pack. Also, City Mall next door to Price Smart has cleaning products priced well below Price Smart. I'm talking about bleach, laundry detergent, lquid for cleaning floors, etc. Right now, if it wasn't for dog food, I wouldn't be going to Price Smart.
  13. Like new small refrigerator. Barely used. Owner is moving and must sell. $50 Height. 18 in Width. 20 in Depth. 17 in. Email beverleym@aol.com or WhatsAp text her at 6449-6215
  14. Toshiba flat screen TV. 27 inch diagonal measurement. 2 HDMI inputs. Used less than 2 years and only occasionally.... Always on surge protector.. Comes with remote control 100.00 Beverley is moving and must sell. Email her at beverleym@aol.com or WhatsAp text to 6449-6215.
  15. I was surprised to find Cascade dishwasher liquid at Ivan's grocery store. Also, I wish Price Smart would start selling the big blocks of pepper jack cheese again. it's been about 8 years now. I also miss the lasagna which was called Michaelangelo 🤢
  16. This microwave is only 18 months old and used very little. Width. 17 in Height 11 in Depth. 9 1/2 in Owner is moving back to the states and needs to sell quickly for only $50. Email Beverley at beverleym@aol.com or WhatsAp her at 6449-6215
  17. My friend Beverley is moving back to the states and needs to sell some of her very nice antique furniture at very good prices. The top drawer becomes a desk. Height. 34 in Length. 4 ft, 11 in. Depth 17 in Priced to sell quickly for $100. Email Beverleym@aol.com or WhatsAp text her at 6449-6215
  18. My friend Beverley is moving and must sell this beautiful custom made queen size bed and orthopedic mattress. The set is only 1.5 years old and was only used occasionally by Beverley's guests. The bed was specially designed with a sloping headboard for back support. Beverley has almost $2000 invested in this set. We've priced this set to sell quickly -- $450 Email Beverley at beverleym@aol.com or WhatsAp text her at 6449-6215.
  19. There is a Chicago based 501c3 that was created just to funnel funds into Panama to assist local Boquete charities. The cost of filing the annual IRS return has become so much the charity is in danger of shutting down. It does a lot of good for Boquete charities and it would be a shame if it shut down. It would be wonderful if someone who knew how (or could learn how) would step up and volunteer to do the annual return. If this is you or you know somebody, please send an email to me, Penny Barrett at pjbarrett@aol.com or WhatsAp me at 6510-8934. Thank you very much.
  20. Lots of Boqueteños don't know that a major tourist attraction takes place twice a day at CEFATI (The tourist center) at the intersection of the David Highway and the Volcancito Road. Every day about 4 Camille Gathercoite takes dog kibble and compost from a local restaurant up to CEFATI. The coati families that live in the ravine know the sound of her car and come running up out of the ravine. Here's some photos:
  21. I don't read the notice as saying we can get our packages that were en-route to CVT at the new facility in David. In fact, I've heard that the owner of Senderos Plaza is holding the packages because CVT never paid the rent. It would be great if someone who successfully retrieved their package could post here and tell us how they managed to do it.
  22. Hola Sorry but the apartment was rented shortly after it was posted (September 2018) and the tenant says she will live there until we have to carry her out in a box.
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