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Dennis Philpot

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    Dennis Philpot
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    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
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  1. Judy, you might try asking your local doctor to write such a prescription anyway. He or she might do it.
  2. Thanks to all for the reference and tips. I'll post what I learn, if anything.
  3. In a casual street conversation with some friends earlier today, they mentioned to me that there was a new Boquete to PC and return shuttle service for $25 one way. But they couldn't tell me how to get more information. Since I make this trip twice monthly, I wonder if someone can help me with contact information about this service. Thanks in advance. Dennis
  4. ATM charges

    Not sure, but it could be two charges -- one from Banco Nacional and another from account holding bank. Just fyi, I do all my ATM withdrawals at Scotia Bank. The charge is $2.50 regardless of the amount withdrawn (from Wells Fargo in the U.S.).
  5. Thanks, Keith. I never noticed and am guilty as charged. Will now take another approach as needed. Dennis
  6. Thanks again for the help, Keith. i tried yesterday, but there was a little twist that I thought I'd share. My car was purchased (from you) before I got my cedula and was linked with my U.S. Passport number. When I tried to renew the driver's license yesterday, I was told I needed to go the the Municipio and have my records changed so that the Passport reference number would be replaced by the cedula number (I got my cedula in December and got the new license plate in January, so that's when the cedula number got into the system). So I got the records changed and will go back to Sertracen tomorrow (30 minutes before they open). I hope this info helps save others an extra trip. Dennis
  7. I just realized that I will need to renew my Panama Driver's license in a few days and it might be a little challenging to get it done on time. So I have two questions I hope will be answered. Is there some kind of penalty if I am a few days late with the renewal? What documents do I need to bring other than current license? I remember that getting the original license one year ago was smooth and fast at the David office, but all the documents I had to gather in advance was very time consuming and I hope that was a one time effort. Thanks in advance for the help. Dennis.
  8. My experience is similar to Uncle Doug's, but I'll add a few details that might help. I maintain my U.S. Medicare coverage through an HMO in California, since I maintained a residence address in the locale where that HMO provides coverage. My primary care doctor in the U.S. provides the prescription updates about once a year and this information is on file with Walgreen's. Whenever the 90 day provision period arrives, Walgreen's automatically ships the two Rxs to the California address and charges a few dollars to my Visa. The person who lives full time at that address then forwards the package (special delivery with a tracking number and signature required) to my Florida Eshop address (Mail Boxes Etc. would also work). They then forward the package to Eshop in Boquete. This works quite smoothly and maybe it takes 2-3 weeks from the time Walgreen's ships to the time I make the pickup. When I first arrived in Boquete I got a few quotes from local pharmacies on these two generic drugs and the prices were very high compared to what I pay to get them from the U.S. Hope this helps. Dennis
  9. Just to add my two cents here, I can say this was a major concern before moving to Boquete. But without an answer to the question of medical coverage I moved here anyway. So now that a year has passed I can say that I've explored all options and have concluded that for people my age (71 now 72 soon) there is no good coverage option in Panama other than self insured for emergencies (up to $20,000 in my case from US plan, though car insurance does cover some part of this) and Medicare coverage back in the states for more serious situations. I realize there is still a gap in what i might need, but have decided to accept the risk, take really good care of my health and see what the future brings. Not a great solution for everyone, but it's all I can do for me. Best wishes for great solutions. Dennis
  10. My rant against the library

    Personally I find that open space adds to the tranquility of the library inside and to those who choose to sit outside to enjoy the relative quiet. I'm happy to take a little longer ride down the side road to gain access to the main road. But I can understand one's frustration if one doesn't experience what the library space offers.
  11. I'm going to Panama City this weekend (and will do so often for some time) and plan to take the bus this time (first time for me). One option I'm considering is to drive to David, park at the bus terminal, then take one of the daytime buses to Albrook. My question for the Boquete longtimers is if parking at the David bus terminal for a Friday - Monday trip is OK? I do so regularly at the airport, and wondered if the same is true for the bus terminal? As always, thanks in advance for your help. Dennis
  12. I'm moving closer to town on March 31 and have a Frigidaire Mini Refrigerator / Freezer unit for sale. Bought it new last July at Pricesmart for $130. Fits under the counter and is 33” H x 19” W x 20” D. All offers over $65 considered. I move on March 31, so it could be available that day or a day or two earlier. dennisjphilpot@gmail.com and 6889-4181.
  13. I am interested in learning if any technology experts here in the CL group know about the latest verbal Spanish / English translation devices or technologies? I know about and use various online apps and services like Google Translate on my smart phone and computer, and others. But since I haven't yet activated my speech on Google, I'm not sure if I can do what I want there. My need is more with conversations than just words or phrases. I'd like to talk in English at lengths of paragraphs (not sure how many words or characters) and have the translation to Spanish be voice transmitted, and then have the response in Spanish voice into the device be translated into English with a voice transmission. And it would be great if the voice responses could have corresponding written responses. I've seen Phrasebook's iTranslate Voice app, handheld or tablet devices like Ectaco has. But before going too deep on my own research I just wondered if any of you have some advice? And just so you know, I continue to improve my Spanish skills the old fashioned way and may now be at a 10 year old level :-). Thank you.
  14. Eye Glasses

    The lab doesn't necessarily need to be in Chiriqui. And ask if they can do High Index lenses (higher index of refraction so the lenses are thinner and lighter). -1.5 should be quite light and thin and work with almost all frames. Good luck.
  15. Eye Glasses

    I spent my career with Carl Zeiss Meditec, selling / marketing various diagnostic and surgical equipment and devices to the global ophthalmology community. But Zeiss also has the Zeiss Optical division that makes various optical lenses of different materials, including glass -- high index and otherwise. You may have been recommended plastic lenses earlier if your prescription is high -- meaning lots of base material needed to make the corrections. If that's not the case, and if you've worn glass lenses in the past (also need to consider frame size and weight along with style), then maybe you can get them again. Before going to David I'd check the optician shop next to eShop just to see if they can give you options.. Not sure if that's Lopez Optical or some other place. Wish I could be more help. Good luck.