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    Woody Wooderson
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. One Tuesday market vendor sells frozen chicken pot pies. But, they're super simple to make, except for the pie crust which is easy, but messy. Shred one of the roasted chickens that you can buy in any market and the rest is just up to your particular taste. You can make 5-6 nice sized pies with one chicken. Saute veggies of your choice, add seasonings of your choice, and use a can of cream of mushroom soup to help make the sauce which is nothing more than a simple béchamel of butter, flour, and milk. Voila, about 5 or 6 chicken pies in an hour of prep time and about $15 total.
  9. The pricing at Gago is really interesting. Some things are priced in the ozone and other things are low compared to anywhere else in Chiriqui. There is one item that we buy there regularly that is half the price of any other stores selling it. I won't tell what it is because they would jack the price if they read CL.
  10. Taiwan has been generous to those countries that have recognized their sovereignty, but they can't match what China is offering in foreign assistance and trade. It's admirable that Panama stuck to its principles for as long as it did, but selling out was inevitable.
  11. Wow! This is going to become a pet peeve topic real quick. It's not just erratic and unsafe driving. It's also automobile condition. How many cars do you see driving around with bald tires, wobbly rims, cracked windshields, and broken turn signals and headlights? The owners of those vehicles don't repair anything important for safety, but somehow they find the money to put in some flashy blue LED lights and 3000 watt woofers. Bolotin needs to add this to his "negatives" list.
  12. I enjoyed the article. Far too many people were enticed to move to Panama because they were led to believe they could live above their means here. Those people have been gravely disappointed. Other people didn't do enough due diligence about what you should expect from roads, utilities, and emergency services here. They have been gravely disappointed. Other people didn't understand the bureaucratic complexities for all things from immigration to car registration. They have been gravely disappointed. But, the people who come here and can go with the flow and adjust their expectations will find a beautiful country with some wonderful people. There is an old saying that one man's trash is another man's treasure. Our decision to move here was a good one.
  13. Tre Scalini Bistro Coming Soon!!

    "Reasonably priced" is a relative term. Every time I return from a visit to the States, I feel like every restaurant in Boquete is reasonably priced. Of course, some are more reasonable than others.