Marcelyn

Hope for the New Year

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Yesterday I attended a meeting where topics of conversation centered on what improvements or changes would benefit those living here in Boquete, or that are barriers to a satisfactory lifestyle. Here are some of the mentioned items:

  • Lack of or insufficient parking. Three people said they prefer driving to David (even once or twice a week) instead of trying to park at Romero's. The new Super Baru market place in Boquete will have limited parking also.
  • Minimum computer skills. Several people indicated they have very little computer ability....can do simple e-mail work, but with difficulty. Have no plan for improvement.
  • No Spanish. No wish to learn a new language. Don't want to try anything new. No wish to assilimate into local culture.
  • Limited recreation facilities like a movie theatre.
  • Some of the local eatery places are good for drinking and hearing local gossip. Local groups are cliquish. Difficult to make friends.
  • Boquete no longer cheap. Prices are increasing. Expensive to live here now.

i would be interested in hearing what others think about these barriers (or other barriers not already mentioned), and what likelihood there is that things might improve.       

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Sounds like you attended a meeting of a Stitch and Bitch club.

People who aren't interested in trying to learn anything new or attempting assimilation into the culture simply don't belong here, imo.

Edited by Keith Woolford
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Agree with Keith. Marcelyn, hope you don't have too many meetings with those folks. Would rather be around positive people. No place is perfect!

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I don't understand people NOT WANTING to assimilated with these people and their culture. What were they thinking when they moved here? Parking isn't a problem for the Panamanians nor for me-----I adjusted for the parking and find a place and walk if necessary that way my lazy A$$ can get some exercise. Just look at how the panamanians use space in a house, store, or hotel. And, yes the parking spaces are smaller and limited. Solution, get a smaller car. What would be a nightmare is; if the majority of Panamanians were driving. Luckily only about 50% of the adults drive. Happiness comes from a roof, warm bed, food, clothing, a couple of dollars, and understanding YOU are happy whereever you take yourself.

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I would offer the following in response to the complaints:

1) I've never noticed that the parking in David is abundant. There are quite a few among us who have physical limitations that prevent walking long distances, particularly over the imperfect sidewalks and streets. I find myself bitching about this, too. But I've noticed that only prolongs the aggravation.

2) As to computer skills, there's no one who can help them if they won't help themselves.

3) Same with language and assimilation. Why did they even bother to move here?

4) Boquete is too small to support a movie theater.

5) The best way to meet like-minded friends is not in the local bar. Most of my friendships developed, and developed quickly, by joining charity groups. People everywhere are cliquish. All of us choose to be with those with whom we're most comfortable. That is different, of course, from downright prejudice, but I've run into very few people here who exhibit prejudice toward others without even knowing them.

6) Prices rise over time everywhere. It sounds like at least some of these folks moved here strictly for financial reasons. Poor planning and poor decision.

The bottom line is that there is little to nothing we, as extranjeros, can do to change any of these things. (Of course, short term bitching sometimes is cathartic.)

I saw this on Facebook today: "When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what's happening. That's where your power is."

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Hope for the New Year?

Another one like the last 10 which were best ever !

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On 1/4/2017 at 4:41 PM, Bonnie said:

saw this on Facebook today: "When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what's happening. That's where your power is."

Well said Bonnie! You go girl! :D

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I'm glad I wasn't invited to this "stitch and bitch" meeting.

Those folks need a kick in the ass.

Why don't they get off their collective asses and do something about their complaints?

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Well Penny....I think you just about summed it up for most of us!

 

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On 1/4/2017 at 0:45 PM, Marcelyn said:

Yesterday I attended a meeting where topics of conversation centered on what improvements or changes would benefit those living here in Boquete, or that are barriers to a satisfactory lifestyle. Here are some of the mentioned items:

  • Lack of or insufficient parking. Three people said they prefer driving to David (even once or twice a week) instead of trying to park at Romero's. The new Super Baru market place in Boquete will have limited parking also.
  • Minimum computer skills. Several people indicated they have very little computer ability....can do simple e-mail work, but with difficulty. Have no plan for improvement.
  • No Spanish. No wish to learn a new language. Don't want to try anything new. No wish to assilimate into local culture.
  • Limited recreation facilities like a movie theatre.
  • Some of the local eatery places are good for drinking and hearing local gossip. Local groups are cliquish. Difficult to make friends.
  • Boquete no longer cheap. Prices are increasing. Expensive to live here now.

i would be interested in hearing what others think about these barriers (or other barriers not already mentioned), and what likelihood there is that things might improve.       

I don't know who the people were at this meeting, but it sounds like they are more interested in changing Boquete than in changing themselves to adapt to their new community.  I predict most of them won't be here very long.

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On 1/6/2017 at 9:16 AM, Penny said:

I'm glad I wasn't invited to this "stitch and bitch" meeting.

Those folks need a kick in the ass.

Why don't they get off their collective asses and do something about their complaints?

Folks,    Many thanks

I had such a headache during this meeting. Had hoped for helpful information (was prepared to ask for suggestions on how to improve the CL program, maybe gain data for assisting someone in need, etc.). Nothing but selfish and personal complaints. I said to several people sitting near me "why are you even here (in Boquete)"? No answer, but maybe they didn't have one.

Sure sad to realize there are those who go aimlessly through life, and especially with such a negative and selfish mindset. They can't be happy.

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They took you away from cocktails!!! Shame on them!

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