Archive | July 2018

Traffic Fines in Panama

The traffic fines here were recently updated.  It’s interesting to know where they put the priorities.

  • Driving while intoxicated – Loss of driver’s license
  • Driving with alcohol on the breath – $150
  • Running a red light – $100  (Interesting note:  Volcan has no traffic lights, neither does Boquete or Concepcion.  David, second largest city in the country, has 4, possibly 5.)
  • Driving while talking on phone – $75
  • Driving w/o seatbelt fastened – $75
  • Driving on shoulder – $50
  • Speeding – $50 (Interesting note:  Everyone, but everyone, speeds here yet I’ve never seen nor heard of anyone getting a ticket.)


Illegal Aliens

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A friend on mine from high school forwarded this to me, and I in turn forwarded it to people on my own mailing list.

I usually verify things like this before passing them on but didn’t this time.    I needn’t have worried.  There are plenty of websites devoted to the subject.  And they reveal more heinous details than the photos and captions can possibly convey.

A neighbor of ours here made this comment via e-mail, and I think it says it so well…

When Panama finds a person without permission to be in the country they will put him in prison for a couple of weeks while they process the paperwork to drive him to the closest boarder and kick him out.  No one complains about that.  Most countries do the same.  What make the Democrates think it should be different in the USA?


Dealing with Bureaucrats

We’re building a new house here and it’s proving to be quite an experience.  If we’d known what we were getting into we probably would have never started the project.  Paper work and bureaucrats seem to be required at every turn.  And nothing moves fast.

We got up at 5:30 today so we could meet our architect and take him to our property for the long-awaited septic system perc test.  It should be the last bit of approval we need before applying for construction electricity.    We had loaded the car to 3-passenger capacity,  mostly with plants that needed to be transported to the land.  We somehow didn’t realize a fourth person would be joining us; perhaps we should have.   Arriving at the architect’s office we learned of the additional person.  So we had to download some plants and such at his place in order to make room for a dept of health inspector.

Then we’re off to pick him up. On the other side of town, his office had the appearance of being way down the list on funding priorities.  Wonder if that means anything?  He was in the car only a matter of seconds when he got out, complaining of the smell of dogs.  Well!  I never pick up the dog smell in our car but we certainly haul dogs regularly. Three of them actually.

Rather indignantly he said he’d take other transportation and come to the property next week. Why he couldn’t take other transportation and come today he didn’t say.   Guess he just needed to flex some muscle.