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Uncle Doug

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    Doug Johnson
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  1. For reasons that are unclear to me, Panamanian corn is virtually inedible. It is not sweet, tender, tasty, or even chewable. I guess cows eat it which may also be why they are not sweet, tender, tasty, or even chewable, either. While so much other produce in Panama is superior in many regards, the locally grown corn can only be rated as EPIC FAIL.
  2. Well, it's been rumoured for 3 years now. Until someone sees a plot of land they have purchased, I'll remain skeptical.
  3. There is a species of bee here with no stinger. They are a bit of a nuisance around hummingbird feeders, but otherwise not really a problem. They are only about 50% of the size of the bees we need to wary of. I think it's probably wise to assume that any gathering of honeybees is potentially killer bees. I'm one of those guys who has built up increased sensitivity to stings over the years, and I have no doubt that it would take less than a couple hundred stings to outright kill me. I am far more worried about bee stings than snakebites living here in Boquete.
  4. I think the minor inconvenience was worth it. The discussions were important, and the more attention Boquete gets, the more likely it will continue to get infrastructure improvement funds.
  5. Leida Montero was my friend. I had difficulty in getting her to submit invoices for her work. She definitely was not motivated by greed. It just sickens me that her daughter saw her mom get shot in the face. I really have no words for those who took pleasure from her murder. It's really hard to comprehend. I don't know why she was murdered. She certainly didn't deserve it.
  6. I've read that, but why are fuel prices are often cheaper in Boquete than in David, at least for diesel?
  7. I really couldn't remember exactly when my last vaccination was, so I got another one on Saturday just to be safe. I was cautioned that there might be considerable soreness after the shot, but I didn't experience any. The vaccine typically is a combination vaccine for tetanus, and diphtheria, as well as whooping cough, so I safely swordfight with rusty nails if needed.
  8. I visited there, and while I love the store and supplies, the clerk told me the vet was no longer there. There was a language barrier, but I think she meant that on a permanent basis. I hope I'm wrong about that. Without the Vet there, I did call Dr. Janzel Gonzalez, who is listed in Maggie's List here. He does house calls, speaks excellent English and treated my two sick cats at my home. I am very satisfied with him.
  9. I hate it. It's bad enough that poor families give money to the church that they can't afford. At least arguably, it's voluntary. But when the government spends taxpayer resources on a stage for the Pope, that's money that could have been spent back on infrastructure. Anyone who has ever been to the Vatican can attest to the fact that the Church can pay for its own boondoggles. It's not even a close question. Panama is spending almost as much on this single trip as NATO countries are supposed to spend on defense.
  10. Call me cynical, but I don't see how this isn't really a giant fundraiser for the Vatican at the expense of Panama. Maybe they chipped in a lot of money toward the expenses, but I haven't seen any mention of that in the talk of the costs of this event.
  11. I have no idea why they removed the traffic light at the intersection of Calle F and the Pan Am highway. That made a bad situation worse, and I can't come up with even an implausible reason to remove it. It was the way I went to the airport, and now I don't know a better way than just winging it.
  12. Failed state is gross exaggeration. Libya is a failed state. Yemen is. Venezuela is closer, but even it isn't a failed state. Panama is not living up to its potential. That I firmly believe.
  13. You can also make the argument that as these operations become more efficient, they can undercut the competition with lower prices.
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