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Woody last won the day on January 23 2018

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    Woody Wooderson
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    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
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    In Chiriqui

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  1. After 6 years here, sadly we will be departing soon. So, I want to give a shout out about MBE. They provided us with great service during our entire time here, and they're a super nice bunch of people on top of that. For Mary, the Miami operation is simply a mail consolidation and distribution operation for the MBE offices in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Customer service on your account will come from the Boquete MBE office.
  2. Second that. The service at the Stihl store in David is top notch.
  3. The restrictions are only for the situation where Fidelity is managing the trading of stocks and bonds trading in your portfolio. In our case, this was applicable to 401K and IRA accounts where I had entrusted them with trading. If you manage your own trading it's not an issue except that Fidelity cannot "advise" you on potential trades.
  4. A couple of quick thoughts based on my own experiences. Legal residence may affect your Fidelity accounts. Fidelity will not provide any managed account services if you are living outside of the US (or if they suspect you are because you are using a mail forwarding address). You can maintain self-directed accounts with them. If you have intentions to divorce yourself from California state income taxes, you will need to have a really clean break on things like banking, investments, drivers license, and utilities. It will not be an amicable divorce. Good luck.
  5. Since we arrived here, News Boquete has been an invaluable source of daily information. I can't begin to imagine life without it. But, these posts have reminded me that this resource is a labor of love provided by someone who volunteers their time and energy to help us all. Please don't nitpick it.
  6. I don't think any of us believed that the checkpoint could last indefinitely, but there is no doubt in my mind that it has been a great deterrent.
  7. Like some others, I found the posed question to be quite pretentious. But, the discussion has evolved toward one very important reason why this village is so appealing to us. Chiriqui and Boquete, in particular, is very cosmopolitan for its size. It's a delight to constantly meet people who live here that came from so many different places around the globe.
  8. I’m going to chime in because every restaurant has its good days and its bad days. I had a bad meal at Fish House about a year ago and didn’t go back to it for the past year. Then about two weeks ago I said “what the heck” and gave it a try again. The amberjack that night may have been the best fish I have ever put in my mouth. It was so good in fact that I went back again last week --- and ate old, gray cole slaw and French fries that had been blanched many days before. Will I go back again? Probably – but not soon. In the meantime, I am just going to stay thankful that we have a lot of great choices here and I’m soooooo happy when Fish House is open and their food is fresh. It's a roll of the dice, but when it's good, it's really, really good.
  9. Yep, you're on the right track. If you are going to count on that, you need to explicitly describe your planned living circumstance to Blue Shield and then get an equally explicit response from them that they will cover you at Mae Lewis for any condition by any doctor. Otherwise, you are rolling the dice.
  10. On at least a dozen occasions since we have been here, repairmen have shown up at the house on unexpected days or times. They will use the gas to drive out here not knowing if I am at home or not, but they will not use their minutes to call first. Los minutos son preciosos. Now I anticipate a hundred replies telling me that I don't understand the culture. OK, I plead guilty.
  11. Good food, comfortable seating, pleasant atmosphere, soft music, outstanding service, and a very warm welcome from the owners when you arrive. That's a pretty good formula for success and it works because the place is usually full at 7 PM. The last time we were there, David said they planned on opening a grill-type restaurant in the spot previously occupied by Ingana. But, I haven't noticed any remodeling activity, so that plan may have changed. Whoever owns that vacant lot next to the church should turn it into an hourly parking lot.
  12. On the surface, it would seem like a reasonable explanation Keith. But, when your meds arrive with an invoice from a reputable pharmacy with Rx # and doctors name you would think it would be a good start in verification that the meds weren't knock off. But, that's not enough. So, the customs agent asks for a letter from you verifying your identity, cedula, and intent to be the sole user of the meds. You give it, and that's not enough. So, then the customs agent asks for the prescription to be verified by a Panamanian doctor. I don't know yet if that will be enough, but I do know b.s. when I see it.
  13. Whysky, most of us try to abide by the laws of Panama. But, the problem here is that these rules seem to be invented by a bureaucrat based on his daily whims. As near as I can tell, all of the mail forwarding services were surprised by these new requirements. On any given day, you may or may not be able to obtain needed pharmaceuticals in Panama. These bureaucratic "whims" have a callous disregard for the health of people who are receiving prescriptions by mail. Your premise of adapting to and accepting the culture is quite similar to some comments that were made in a discussion last month regarding driving safety. When something is clearly screwed up, the right thing to do is to try to fix it. Death or departure are two alternatives that I prefer to avoid.
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