Monthly Archives: October 2011

Rain Just Part Of Life In Panama

It should be no surprise to anyone if I told you its been raining all morning here. But if you’ve been following this blog you already know that its the rainy season in Panama for nearly two-thirds of the year.

Rain is just a part of life here in Panama. Unless it’s coming down at a rate of six inches an hour and wiping out bridges and causing landslides that devour houses people just get on with their lives. After all, what are the alternatives?

I first noticed this behavior when I was living over in Boqueron. One of my neighbors has a very large yard and the kids from all over would come there to play. One of their favorite games was a form of baseball. One day it started to pour but it didn’t interrupt the game for a moment. I used to laugh at gringo behavior I’d see when working at the family restaurant at the beach back home in the summers. People would come down to the beach and frolic in the water all day long. But let three or four drops of rain fall out of the sky and everyone would high-tail it to their cars. Not here.

Yesterday I went up to Boquete with a nearby gringo couple and Magalys, the maid we share. Magalys’s son’s band was supposed to be playing at an event sponsored by the local Lion’s Club. Shortly after we arrived it started raining, of course. But unlike in the States where things would probably have been postponed until another day, the show just went on.

Kids from a local school stood in the rain and played their instruments completely oblivious to the steady rain.

Adults had their moments, too, performing in the wet.

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The Survivors

Just a few weeks “Columbus Day” was celebrated in the United States by almost everyone except the Native Americans. The coming of the white man nearly destroyed the native population. The Europeans brought dreadful diseases with them that wiped out entire populations of the people who were already living here. A simple case of the sniffles would rampage through villages leaving a wake of destruction which was to the indigenous people what the Black Death was to the Europeans.

It occurred to me recently riding on the bus with half a dozen Ngäbe Indians that these were the descendants of the strong. The survivors.

Sunday I went with some gringo and Panamanian friends up to Boquete for a special program being put on by the Lions Club. I caught these photos of some of the survivors.

Since it’s the rainy season here we weren’t disappointed and I caught this snap of a young girl who was hiding out from the showers under a tree.

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Where Do You Fit In?

Every morning as I sip through my first cup of Chiriqui Province’s finest coffee I have a list of blogs and news sources I read. Then there are some others that I’ve bookmarked that I read less frequently. Today I went to written by Emma, a young Canadian girl who lives in PenonomĂ©, Panama. Yesterday’s post gave a link to a cool BBC article called “The World At 7 Billion.”

“The world’s population is expected to hit seven billion in the next few weeks. After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years. Where do you fit into this story of human life?”

The result I got when I typed in my birthday was:

I was the 2,345,139,400th person alive on earth at that time and 74,972,711,208th to have lived since history began. Cool, huh? Try it yourself and then I’m sure you’ll email the link to everyone on your email list.

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I’ve Started A Third Blog

I don’t know why I do this to myself, but I’ve started a third blog. The second blog I created is:

Since I bought my Kindle I’ve been reading a LOT! And most of what I’ve downloaded to my reader are either FREE books or books costing less than $3.00. A lot of the authors are self-published like myself or are offering their books at drastically discounted prices or absolutely free in hopes of attracting an audience that will shell out some cash to read their other work.

I’ve run across some really good stuff and, of course, some real trash. So I thought I’d start a blog giving my opinions on what I’ve found on line.

I call the blog Cheap Reads On Your Kindle.

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The Ultimate Slacker’s Boat!!!

Murray Stevens instantly became my hero when he designed and built this —

Once again, another fine find from reading:


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Your Town On Penny Postcards

Here’s a great site worth checking out…

Here’s a picture of the town on Cape Cod where I grew up. Despite the age of the cars in the photo not much has really changed. The last time I was there a couple of years ago that building on the right with the cupola was still there. Right across the street, where the photographer stood to take the picture, is probably the first cemetery in the town. The grave markers are leaning over at odd angles and the dates on them go back to the early 1700s.

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Every Movement Needs A Song

Every great movement in America’s history had a song behind it. It was Yankee Doodle when we were fighting for Independence. The Battle Hymn of the Republic and John Brown’s Body Lies A Mouldering In The Grave in the north during the Civil War and Dixie during the War of Northern Aggression in the south.

It was a Long Way to Tipperary in WWI, and the Andrews Sisters in WWII

The Union movement produced many great and memorable songs…

The 1960s saw two huge movements, Civil Rights which resurrected many old black spiritual songs…

Within recent days we’ve seen the rise of the 99% in the Occupy Wall Street movement and why shouldn’t it have a song, too. Ry Cooder’s provided that for us…


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