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  1. Initial reaction: Bad news for the community about an important utility. Second reaction: Glad that we are not on the Boquete water system. Third reaction: Public notices such as this without dates, areas affected, and more specific details about the contamination are, IMO, not good communications procedure.
  2. Yes, go to the bank where you filed the beneficiary statement, and ask that they confirm the filing and names(s) shown thereon. As Marcelyn wrote, you can imagine the surprise (alarm) expression that we experienced when learning that someone we did not even know was listed as a beneficiary on our account. And we do keep the written documentation that was signed by the branch manager, just in case of another mess up. I/we would like to believe that this was an honest mistake.
  3. I wish I had posted this earlier. White taking our housekeeper into town last Thursday afternoon about 4:00PM, I had to come to a complete stop on the road just below the castle (we live in the El Santuario area) because of a large group of young persons walking up the hill into our residential area. Have no idea where they were destined as there are no churches, restaurants, or venues of significant interest (to the best of my knowledge). Perhaps someone was having a reception for the group at their home??? The lead people in this processional were carrying a fairly large wooden cross. I saw no adults; the majority of the group, estimated to number about 150 to 175, were probably mid-teens to very early 20s. They were smiling, some carrying cell phones and a few had cameras, but none of them were talking or texting while in this processional (that was a refreshing thing to see so many young people NOT consumed by their electronics). I waved to several of them, and got smiles and waves in return. Rosmery (our housekeeper) immediately recognized the group as "peregrinos" (pilgrims). I wish I had had my camera so that you could see this group. All well groomed, smiling, and enthusiastically involved. (I believe there is hope for the future.)
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    Drivers License Renewal

    No on the blood tests for license renewal. Given that we needed to see our doctor for Marcelyn's license renewal, I decided to turn that visit into a general physical exam/review for both of us. Thus the blood work was done. BTW, we use Dra Diaz here in Boquete (she is the only doctor we are aware of in Boquete that can certify for driver license renewal), and it was a very thorough health checkup for both of us. Glad that we did that. We also use Dr Gomez across from Melo when we want a consult quickly without an appointment. Both are great doctors.
  5. Bud

    Hear 4U Hospital Chiriquí

    Good news to see this reply. I definitely am interested in hearing more (pardon the pun) about your services for vets. The VA had me go to Panama City about a month ago. Having something local (well, David is almost local for me) would be a tremendous plus. Please post details of your upcoming open house event during January 2019 here on CL.
  6. Bud

    Yes or No

    An interesting topic, and some of the replies have caused me to think about things previously not considered.
  7. I've always been fascinated by rainbows (and then upon arriving in Boquete long ago, also with moonbows). Here is a shot taken with a low quality cell phone late afternoon last Thursday, December 6th, on the street where the eShop and Multibank are located. Subjective opinion is that the image does not do justice to what we saw that afternoon. It was much more vivid than depicted here. The rainbow season has started in Boquete. Isn't it wonderful!
  8. We wanted to check the status of our car battery, given that it is several years old, but did not want to go through the car dealer in David because of the hassles and time involved. And so we went to La Casa de Las Baterias in David yesterday to inquire if they could perform such a diagnostic. They smiled and said yes. It took only about two minutes for the diagnostic procedure, and they provided me with a printout from their diagnostic equipment. Fortunately for us the battery tested good. Below is the printout. No English spoken (that I could determine), but my Spanglish worked fine. We went to the store that is on the one-way street across from filling station in the center of town. Total time involved at the store was about ten minutes. No cost. Smiles and good service. The time delay (if one could call it that) was that I was second in line for the customer queue. No big deal as I sat down and waited my turn. Really good service, and good news for us.
  9. Alison, your comments about the "drop offs" is another main concern. I didn't mention it in my posting because I get taken to task for being "too negative". Not only can vehicles become a victim of the sharp and deep drop offs, but pedestrians can as well. Try walking from across the street into any of several of the businesses on Avenida Princpal here in Boquete. Not only scary, but down right dangerous.
  10. I agree upfront that the roadways in Boquete are [slowly] getting better. However, I have concerns about the long term viability of some of the repaved roads. For instance, here are two pictures taken yesterday showing an edge of a street (behind the car lot that is behind where Banisto used to be located), and the edge of the pavement is already eroding from rain activity. Toward the top center of the first picture where there is a faint image of a car there is a section of the roadway itself (not the edge) that has literally disintegrated. I estimate that missing pavement area conservatively to be about 40 to 50 square feet in size. Are we getting quality road work?
  11. In general I agree with Doug’s assessments. This article makes me wonder what the real agenda is for the Chamber of Commerce. Are they positioning for next year’s elections? Something else?
  12. Any chance that the Millicom takeover of CableOnda has something to do with these outages? See http://www.chiriqui.life/topic/10681-millicom-buying-majority-shareholding-in-cableonda/ Just a thought.
  13. This is a relatively important discussion topic that applies not only to Panama, but to many countries around the world. Not taking sides here, but we see the end result of Chinese influence/expansion as we travel around various parts of this wonderful world we live in. Recommendation: remain alert and inquisitive. Insist on transparency of governmental agencies and elected officials.
  14. Marcelyn and I recently had dinner at the Papa Rico's place across the street from the Feria here in Boquete. While there we had an interesting conversation with Yaissel Carracedo, who used to work at Mail Boxes, Etc., here in Boquete. Yaissel decided to go out on her own, and now operates a custom tour service providing 4x4 tours primarily to Volcan Baru area. We thought we would post this information to help get the word out about her tour services. She markets her services via the Internet, principally Facebook and Instagram. Here is her Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/ycarracedo. You may contact her via cel to 6981-1339.
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