Monthly Archives: November 2011

Monday Sunrise

A little more color today. Perhaps because the Patriots, the team of my childhood handed the evil Jets their asses last night. Or it might have been my loved Saints pulling it out in OT to beat the Falcons, or perhaps, even, for the formerly 0-7 Dolphins beating the Redskins for a two-game winning streak. Who knows?

Only four more to go.

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Sunday Sunrise

Heavily overcast and certainly no drama today.

Recently I’ve been wondering whatever happened to the parrots. Last year they would be flying and squawking as they flew off in the mornings towards the rising sun, but this year it has been silent…until this morning. Where do parrots go for their vacations?

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Saturday’s Sunrise in Potrerillos Arriba

Some sunrises are spectacular. Full of color and wonder. Other mornings the only thing spectacular about the sunrise is that you were able to see it at all.

Six more sunrises to go.

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Winning Words

The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the winners:

1.Cashtration(n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2.Ignoranus : A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

3.Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

4.Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5.Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

6.Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

7. Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high

8.Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

9.Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10.Osteopornosis : A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11.Karmageddon : It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

12.Decafalon (n.): The gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13.Glibido : All talk and no action.

14.Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15.Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve
accidentally walked through a spider web.

16.Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your
bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast

17.Caterpallor ( n.): The colour you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

My favorites are 2, 5 and 14.


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A Week To Go In Potrerillos Arriba

I’ve got one week left up here on the side of the mountain in Potrerillos Arriba. The owners return next Thursday. The travel from Taos, New Mexico, and are exhausted by the time they get here, so like I did last year I’ll have a dinner prepared for them. Last year I made a nice Cuban Picadillo like I used to eat in Florida. This year I’ve decided to do chicken ala king. Since the buses stop running early, here, I’ll stay over night and go over to Boqueron in the morning.

This may bore you over the next week, but I’m going to be posting a shot of the sunrises I have left in this beautiful setting. I’ve been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to live in this house. I’ll definitely miss sitting out on the front porch with my morning cup of coffee made from beans grown just over the valley to the east.

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Little Things Mean A Lot

Most of us live in a “wired” world with our cell phones, computers, Kindles, iPads and the like. Lots, if not most, expats here in Panama have access to a computer so they can stay in touch with family and friends back “home.”  Panamanians are hugely into the wired world. Every day I ride the bus there are several sitting through the ride texting away like crazy on their “smart” phones. Or they’re showing each other next the photos they’ve taken with their phones.

Facebook, of course, is huge all over the world for those who can log on to a computer, down here in Panama, too. And for those who can’t afford their own computers there are cyber-cafes all over in Panama City and the wonderful Info Plazas that I’ve written about before. Every time I go to the Plaza in Boquerón there are kids working away on their Facebook pages. One of the young girls who translated my book into Spanish has a Facebook page. She has 533 “friends” and, get this, 1,517 photos.

But we forget there’s a whole other world out there that isn’t plugged into the matrix. There are a lot of people here in Panama who don’t “log on” to a computer and there are a lot of people who don’t have even a single photo of themselves or their loved ones.

There’s a young gringo living in David by the name of Ryan Grassley who goes by the moniker Halfthrottle.

Ryan rides his motorcycle around Panama with his cameras (video and still) making some wonderful short films. Recently he went into the Ngabe-Bugle “Comarca” with his cameras and a battery-powered photo-printer. The following Halfthrottle film shows that while a picture is worth a thousand words a little thing like a photo given away can mean a lot to people who have probably never seen a picture of themselves in their life.



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Fourteen Days And A Wakeup

The countdown has begun. The owners of the house in Potrerillos Arriba arrive on the 17th and I’ll be moving out to Boqueron on the 18th. Since the owners travel all day long and get to the house late in the afternoon and are naturally tired I’ll be cooking a dinner for them and since by the time the meal is over the buses don’t run any longer I’ll stay the night and move the last of my stuff in the morning. Last year I made Cuban Picadillo, This year I’m planning on making chicken ala king. That’s always been one of my favorites. When my dad had his catering business chicken ala king was a big favorite at banquets and, of course, he’d bring whatever was left over home and we’d have it for breakfast. THAT to me was what a breakfast SHOULD be. Chicken ala king on toast, not cold cereal or bacon and eggs.


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Cooking Tip Of The Day

Do NOT try and make a tuna fish or grilled cheese sandwich with banana bread.


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