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Retired USAF officer, separated from wife, kids all grown - traveling the world.
Interests: Internet sales and marketing, Web Site Design and Optimization, Ebay Sales, NFL, golf, warm weather, fun people
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There’s No Bad Days For Ray I have spent considerable time this week with a guy that I wish you all could meet. I am certain that each of you would be blown away by Ray. If for no other reason you would be as amazed as I was to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at The View From Here
Are You Ready For The Seniors' Living Environment? I am now settled into my new home in a retirement development on the south side of Charlotte, North Carolina. Well actually even that gets confusing because my address is a Pineville, N.C. address. Pineville is an incorporated section of the city,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at The View From Here
What Is A Good Healthcare System? For openers let me assure you this is not a rant or critique about Obama Care, although parts of this discussion may raise some questions to the reader about certain provisions of that legislation.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Larry's Central American Travels
Welcome Home? My return to the U.S. after 6+ years in Panama has been a transition. Yeah, I had to be re-trained and re-programed in several areas. But one of the real shockers was the U.S. healthcare system. And my interest in the subject had nothing to do with ObamaCare.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at The View From Here
Live And Learn? I have learned a lot in the last few weeks! I am convinced that some of my discovery will be of benefit to many of you. For some time I have been making some serious errors in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2013 at Larry's Central American Travels
After six years living in Panama, I am returning to the United States with the gnawing feeling that I am entering a New World - and not necessarily a Brave New World. Let me emphasize for starters that I am... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2013 at Larry's Central American Travels
What's The Deal? They say that all good things must end. And although I have never really bought in to that theory, my run in Panama is coming to an end. After a great six years, on Friday May 31st... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2013 at Larry's Central American Travels
A Electrical Power Crises In Panama Panama had a very dry 'Dry Season' and the 'Wet Season' is late coming. So among other drought-related problems in agriculture and farming (in some provinces hundreds of cattle have died), the water levels... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2013 at Larry's Central American Travels
Electricity Rationing Possible The lack of rain has forced the National Dispatch Center to declare a state of alert due to the possibility of a need for electricity rationing. Their analysis indicates a deficit of more than 5% over the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at Larry's Central American Travels
I often hear the same question asked by many people, and have heard that same question in various form for years. Why do major problems that effect U.S. citizens often take years to correct? The current long-standing issues of healthcare, the economy and immigration have recently taken a backseat to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2013 at The View From Here
History Earlier this month I made a trip back to the U.S. for health problems. To take the mystery out of this situation, it turns out (I found out recently on the TV news) that Nelson Mandela and I share the same malady. We both had a bout with TB... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at The View From Here
Back In Panama I returned to Panama yesterday (Apr 2) after a couple of weeks in Wilmington, N.C. I had gone to N.C. for medical reasons and ended up in the hospital - The New Hanover Regional Medical Center in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at Larry's Central American Travels
Modernizing The Infrastructure Airport Expansion and Modernization Panama is updating two of its airports to accomodate direct flights from overseas. The New International Airport at Rio Hato is close to Panama City, but its proximity to Panama's Pacific beaches and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at Larry's Central American Travels
Panama As An International Retirement Haven The 22nd Annual Global Retirement Index was just published and Panama ranked at the #2 spot. In this study the editors assess a variety of factors such as the cost of groceries and average... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at Larry's Central American Travels
A fellow retired USAF officer (and old friend) sent me this discussion about the general issue of public safety and violence. I read it several times before I decided it needed wider distribution. A different perspective in viewing a problem often raises interesting (and often overlooked) insights. As always I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2013 at The View From Here
American Politics #101 For those that don't know their American political history ... Here is a condensed version: Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at The View From Here
A Medical Saga I recently spent a few days in the hospital here in David, Panama. This article over-views that experience and is intended to assist other ex-pats living in Panama sort through some of the options available when hospitalization... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2013 at Larry's Central American Travels
Sancocho: Do not disagree with your position at all. My basic thrust in the question I raised here is that this is a very personal decision, that many people are not really attuned to making a RATIONALE decision on. All too often it is more a 'By God, I need a gun!. No training, no experience and in a crunch probably could not hit a bull in the ass with a base fiddle. I also think it is very presumptuous to assume an intruder is going to run if a shaky trembling voice (particularly female) says in the darkness, "I have a gun." If the intruder is drunk, high, panicked, etc. It may be the homeowner's last words. There are too many home safety and security features available in this modern world for it to come down to a 'shoot out at the O.K. corral.' Police officials are convinced that there are many more near misses each year than intruders stymed. (near misses = daughter returening who snuck out, son driving all night from college to surprise parents, neighbor out side rounding up his 'escaped' dog, etc. Police say people call if they ran off intruder, NEVER if they almost drew down (or actually shot at) a 'friendly.' And I don't even want to think about the guy that comes home late at night drunk and is suddenly awaken by a noise?????
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2012 on You Sure You Want A Gun? at The View From Here
Introduction A few days ago I posted a rather lengthy article concerning the 'gun controversy' embroiling the America. As you might expect, with such an emotion laden issue, I got a lot of comments. What surpised me however, was that the subject that got the most comment was my recounting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2012 at The View From Here
America's Wake Up Call Obviously this is not the first time that the nation has been faced with such tragedy, in fact as recently as twice in the Obama's tenure alone. And in almost every case, there is a lot of talk from officials. "We need to fix this", they... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at The View From Here
New Breast Implants? Do you know what the objects are in this picture? Well brace yourself! A Panamanian female passenger who was traveling from Colombia to Spain was caught with two breast implants filled with 1.3 kilos of cocaine, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2012 at Larry's Central American Travels
Click on the Thumbnails to See Photos Full-Size Back In Miami Back in Miami I had some personal diversions and problems with my U.S. Cell phone that took some time and effort to resolve and distracted me. But I did... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at Larry's Central American Travels
Click on Photo Thumbs to View Full-Size Pics Cruise Ship Repositioning About 4 years ago Royal Caribbean started operating out of Colon, Panama. They operate for the six month 'cruise season' and then have what in the industry is called... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at Larry's Central American Travels
Crises Conditions in Panama The country of Panama has been in a turmoil for over a week over a controversial piece of legislation. And as the week went on, things only got worse- and worse. It hass become a national... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2012 at Larry's Central American Travels
Security in Panama One of the first things you notice when you arrive in David is that there are security people everywhere. The first thing you notice are the number federal police - seldom can you look out on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at Larry's Central American Travels