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Penny

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  1. I spoke to Bethany Strong (bethany@fuertec.com) at the Tuesday market yesterday. I have measures my guest bedroom windows and have asked her for an estimate. I will keep you guys posted on what I learn back.
  2. In my other persona as "Newslady" it is considerable extra work for me to post each news.boquete email in the special reserved section of C.L. Having said that, there is a couple of advantages to the community that most people wouldn't be aware of: 1. Quite often I get asked to dig out an old news.boquete email and send it to someone who vaguely remembers it, didn't save it, can't find it, and now wants the information. This is an extra effort on my part to dig through the archives and send a personal email to someone . . . however I do it. Under the new system I can just tell them to do a search on C.L. 2. I notice the number of views on the News.Boquete topics. I think the folks who get them in their email in-box probably wouldn't be viewing them. This means they are hitting a wider audience than our current 1810 subscribers. 3. I also notice that sometimes people reply or start a discussion concerning a particular News.Boquete email. This is something they can't do under the email system and is, I think, a valuable contribution to the dialogue in our community. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
  3. I don't believe the much quoted statement that the U.S. government would save money by paying our medicare expenses here. Right now they pay 0% of 90% our our expenses. It's only occasionally someone returns to the U.S. to take advantage of medicare payments. The U.S. government is saving a ton. Probably the only thing in the history of the world the government has managed to save money on.
  4. I believe the new garbage cans are a result of the "Beautify Boquete" committee headed by Teracita Pretelt and Michelle Brewer, both Panamanians. Of course the new alcalde has been very supportive of their work. An interesting thing -- right now one of the biggest eyesores in Boquete is the bridge. The lights are broken or missing. The plants are missing and the planters full of weeds. The committee would like to make the bridge beautiful but everything put there (including the light fixtures) gets stolen. They're hoping the new garbage cans don't get stolen.
  5. What would possess a person to host a yard sale on a day where it's impossible to drive through town? Maybe a newbie who knows nothing about Panamanian holidays. In any case, I would suggest the yard sale person extend their sale until next week (or at least until Monday).
  6. I also add my congratulations to the newly married couple. Drink a copa de vino for me guys.
  7. It seems to me that Lynnie is starting to edge closer and closer to the behavior that got her banned from NING about 20 times. She's been pretty good for quite awhile but obviously can't keep it going.
  8. There are 5 of these new, in-the-box large recessed lighting fixtures. They each can accomodate two bulbs. I think the retail price on these was more than $20 each. I'm selling them for $8 each or all 5 for $35. And, the best part, all of the proceeds will go to the Amigos de Animales spay/neuter clinic. Email me at pjbarrett@aol.com
  9. The other very irritating thing was that folks left their garbage scattered about in the theater. Empty coffee cups, food wrappers, etc. I don't think most people realize that BCP doesn't own the facility and has to pay rent plus utilities plus maintenance (including cleaning). These expenses are substantial. Believe me BCP isn't getting rich on the $1 per person charged for the Tuesday talks. It seems that the early residents established all of the wonderful community support systems and the new residents just take them for granted and expect them as a right.
  10. Today’s presentation at the BCP Tuesday talks was the culmination of much planning and work by Penny Ripple and her team. The speakers came from all over Panama; two of them rode the bus all night from Portebello arriving in Boquete (3 buses later) at 6 AM. It took a lot of work to put together the excellent slide show. What in the world motivates you people to stand up and start talking and heading to the exits about 10 minutes before the presentation is over. Did you not know the speaker was still trying to speak? This is unbelievable rudeness and I’m ashamed of all of you. I am the person responsible for getting great programs and great speakers into the BCP meetings and it’s no easy task. In the future, if you can’t stay to the end and give the presenters some respect, please don’t come. And, if you’re going to stand in the doorway blocking it while you argue about the $1 admission fee, please also don’t come. Penny Barrett
  11. Today’s presentation at the BCP Tuesday talks was the culmination of much planning and work by Penny Ripple and her team. The speakers came from all over Panama; two of them rode the bus all night from Portebello arriving in Boquete (3 buses later) at 6 AM. It took a lot of work to put together the excellent slide show. What in the world motivates you people to stand up and start talking and heading to the exits about 10 minutes before the presentation is over. Did you not know the speaker was still trying to speak? This is unbelievable rudeness and I’m ashamed of all of you. I am the person responsible for getting great programs and great speakers into the BCP meetings and it’s no easy task. In the future, if you can’t stay to the end and give the presenters some respect, please don’t come. And, if you’re going to stand in the doorway blocking it while you argue about the $1 admission fee, please also don’t come. Penny Barrett
  12. The streets in Boquete are elevated because they've put layer after layer of asphalt on them to repair the pot holes. Also, they like the gutters for rain run off.
  13. There are several places. One is on main street more or less across the road from the Fundadores Hotel. There's another back past the Cason del Cuzco restaurant and another down by the library on a side street. Standard fee for an inside and outside wash is $4 - $5
  14. I don't know about CRAVE but today they had a conference for women at Chiriqui Farms. My guess is that it was for women who wanted to complain about their husbands . . . but that is only a guess.
  15. Pat Nothing in my post about left turns. In fact I've had two tickets for illegal left turns and the fine increases every time. $50 the first time and $75 the 2nd time. A funny story . . . I protested my first illegal left turn stop to the policeman by saying there wasn't any sign that said I could not turn left. He quickly replied that there's no sign that said I could turn left.
  16. Lots of funny answers in this topic. The real answer is that you can turn right on red in Panama. But not if you're turning into a one-way street going the opposite direction. Here's another couple of little driving tip for David. We all know that the one-way streets aren't well marked and that not all intersections where you are supposed to stop have stop signs. So here's some tips: 1. One way streets -- if the center line is yellow, it is a two way street and you have to stay on your side of the yellow line. If it's a one way street, the center line is white. The majority (not all) of parked cars will tell you which way the one way is going. 2. Stop signs -- if there isn't one on your side of the intersection always look diagonally across the intersection for the backside of a stop sign. Also know that streets parallel to the Pan American are through-fares (i.e., no stops) and streets perpendicular to the Pan American are stop streets. Sometimes difficult to figure out as the Pan American takes a big curve in David. Also, the Via Rapida is an exception. The Via Rapida is the one way street that runs from one side of David to the Pan American next to Cochez.
  17. Gloria can sell you any kind of insurance as she is an independent agent. I buy my homeowner's and contents insurance from her. She can also sell health insurance. She and Pedro are the best. They've rescued me from car trouble on more than one occasion.
  18. I looked at the big plaque in the BCP lobby a couple of weeks ago. It has the names of 60 or so expats who started the BCP theater 10+ years ago. These were all people who were deeply involved in the community here and we thought we'd all be here until they carried us out. The truth is that at least 60% or more of those folks who were entrenched in our community are no longer here. Most left voluntarily for health or family reasons. A few died. But the percentage of folks no longer here is staggering. As for me, I came in 2003 and can't think of any reason I would leave . . . as well as having no other place to go. Every time I come down the hill from Alto Boquete and see the beautiful little village of Boquete below, it truly is a magical moment. Those of us still here are just hoping the new people will adopt this community as their own and take over some of the ex-pat institutions like BCP, the spay-neuter clinic, etc as we're all getting old and tired.
  19. Have been looking all over for these boots for my gardener. I've tried all the big hardware stores in David (Do It, Novey, Cochez, Franklin Jurado) and the Melo in Boquete. Any suggestions out there? Thanks
  20. Doug Tyler Since you're "a little gun shy of the Tuesday market" and haven't been for ages I suggest you take a good look tomorrow. The market is booming with lots of great vendors. All of your friends and neighbors are there. Then at 10:30 about 90 of us adjourn to the theater for a great informational meeting with a speaker and lots of Q & A. I guarantee your safety. And this particular meeting with Rodny and Mark speaking is free admission for everybody . . . except we might charge you $1 as you've been absent for so long.
  21. Lee donated a one year advertisement on NING to Bid 4 Boquete who sold that advertisement and a full (and not insignificant) price. The money received from the sale of that ad was distributed by Bid 4 Boquete to Boquete charities. The fact that NING deleted the ad with still one and a half months left on the contract shows their disregard for the sanctity of contracts, common ethics, and Boquete charities.
  22. I get a notice every day saying I can upgrade to windows 10 for free. I currently have windows 7 and don't want any of the problems that people had with windows 8. I'm happy with windows 7. I'm inclined to think "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". What do the techies say?
  23. Let's all pray that Walter doesn't get bounced and decide to wander over this way. I can actually deal better with meanness than the eternal drivel of Walter.
  24. Contact Mary Ellen Watts who runs the art program for the children at the library: gmamamey@gmail.com
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