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3/26 - Panama City, Panama

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Uneventful flights, despite only 40 minutes between flights in Miami - luckily the two gates weren't very far apart.

Met DH's niece at the airport here, she took us to our hotel, which is modest but nice and cheap! And owned by Israelis! So DH and I chatted with them in Hebrew, and we're already like family, LOL!

We just got back from an hour or so walk through the pedestrian market street - lots to see, lotsa photo opps for me - fun!

OK, we're meeeting up for dinner shortly, gotta go! Manana!

  
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SAPNA. 3/28/2010 10:58AM

    I dont think there is any place in the world without a smattering of Israeli's. They do love to travel. Must have got used to it after spending 40 years in the wilderness. lol.

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JLPNURSE 3/28/2010 8:24AM

    Sounds great so far.

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/28/2010 5:32AM

    Enjoy!

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SECRETFUN 3/27/2010 9:06PM

  excellent!

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MILLISMA 3/27/2010 8:18PM

    Sounds great....please post some photos if you get a chance! And just have a wonderful time.

Mary Anne
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Almost had a panic at the wall today!

Friday, March 26, 2010

I took my first class up to the wall for our new mural today - it's on the outside of the music building, right by the auditorium, and visible across the school.

Armed with yardsticks, tape measure, a ladder, and markers, we trudged across campus and over to music. We got there, stopped and looked at our wall - and there, near the right end, about 2 feet above ground, there we saw it - a great big double hose connection, metal and sticking out about 6", round, huge, ugly.

We looked. We walked around and looked at other walls. We looked again. This was my advanced class, so we talked about what we'd have to do to cut our mosaic squares and fit the picture around the hose connector. We tried to figure out what part of our picture would be impacted. We talked to the music department chair, who said "whatever wall you want." We talked to Mr Band Leader teacher, who agreed that the wall we originally wanted was the best, since it was visible across school and from the driveway on your way out. Plus from that wall, you look across to our other mural, so they're almost like companion pieces.

So the students and I started measuring. And JOY we found that from the left end of the wall, 27 feet across to the end of our design, ended just 2 or 3 inches short of the hose connector. YAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Our mural won't be nicely centered on the wall, as we did with our other mural. And it will be right up to the corner of the building, which makes it a little vulnerable to student and storm damage. But it's the best solution to the problem of working on that particular wall, and that wall is the best place for our mural. (The design includes images of students graduating, getting trophies - I'm calling it our "Success and Achievement" mural, since it's aimed at inspiring the students to always aim for success.)

So - panic averted! The students and I measured out our 9 x 27 ft space, marked it, labelled it for the maintenance man, and I hope he can strip the paint off during the next few weeks. Then we can tile.

  
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PHEBESS 3/26/2010 11:28PM

    Trust me, on this one I just directed the students - I try to avoid ladders, LOL!

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WATERMELLEN 3/26/2010 10:04PM

    Great luck that you can make it fit. What an amazing project. Your students will always remember you!!

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MILLISMA 3/26/2010 8:17PM

    You did it. How's your shoulder? Don't work too hard.

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pictures please when it's done!

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PHEBESS 3/26/2010 1:36PM

    We've been tiling all year - I'm hoping it takes less than a month to put it up and grout, we still need to finish last year's. But we learned from our mistakes last year, and this year's method (working on tile mesh in the classroom) should make putting it up much easier.

I have about 50 or 60 students all together, in 3 classes - ages 11 to 15 or so - middle school level. Craziest age. But fun. They're very enthusiastic about everything, even when bored, LOL!

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SAPNA. 3/26/2010 12:32PM

    How many children will be making it? What ages are they? How long will it take?

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MEGANC1988 3/26/2010 12:27PM

    Awesome!

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Grrrrrr to credit card thieves!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I received an email today from our credit card bank - there was fraudulent activity on our card. Someone tried purchasing train tickets in Spain with our card number!!!!!!

So - we said that this was not our charge, it was fraudulent. Now they're closing that account, and they'll send us new cards.

BUT - we leave on Saturday, for Panama. For ten days. And because we don't live in the mainland US, they can't get us a new card before we leave. So we're going to be forced to travel using ONLY the credit cards that are attached to our checking accounts. Which means it isn't really a credit card, it's a debit card. Which means we need to move money out of the travel account into our checking accounts to pay for the trip as we go, rather than pay one lump sum on our return.

PLUS we won't get the points on the card that we use for free airline tickets.

So, you credit card thieves, may you suffer a horrible and painful life, may your names be erased, and may you disappear from the earth.

  
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ROCKYCPA 3/26/2010 7:14PM

    I didn't realize you were going away but I hope you have a great trip. It is a shame that someone stole your card number, certainly makes for a lot of trouble. By the way when is your trip to Baltimore? Let me know your schedule.

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PHEBESS 3/25/2010 9:01PM

    The problem was that we didn't have any physical address in Panama - DH's niece's DH works for a school who uses a FL address - and we didn't want to send the cards to our hotel, which is just a cheapo little place. And the resort is later in the trip. I don't think the bank has a branch there - and I know they don't here, which is part of the problem.

We'll manage. It'll be a little strange, but we're working it out.

Just frustrating.

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ILOVEROSES 3/25/2010 8:50PM

    That really came at a very inopportune time, just before leaving on holidays. Never mind, just make sure you have enough money in your checking account to pay for all the goodies you're going to come home with.
I agree with you what should happen to those thieves!

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SECRETFUN 3/25/2010 8:49PM

  Can your credit card company have the cards waiting for you in a city office in Panama? I set that up for my dad once.

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PHEBESS 3/25/2010 8:40PM

    The credit card was at a bank we don't have off island - I have my IRAs there too. Then we have a local bank where we have our checking/saving accounts - the credit card with them is essentially a debit card since it comes straight out of the checking.

We're trying to figure out how much $ to move into our checking accounts to be able to cover trip expenses. Oy!

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SECRETFUN 3/25/2010 8:14PM

  Make sure your debit cards are not listed to other accounts. Talk to your bank to make sure those do not easily get wiped out too while traveling.

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/25/2010 5:17PM

    So sorry you are having to go through this. The same thing happened to us two different times, it is such a hassle.
Hopefully you will get things straightened out and have a good time.

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MILLISMA 3/25/2010 4:53PM

    Make sure you keep all the info on what has happened. I have a folder for when I went through it - just in case someone questions all the disputes that went on at that time. In my case, they were catalog orders. Long story!

Don't let this dampen your trip. You deserve this vacation! Enjoy.

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JLPNURSE 3/25/2010 4:37PM

    Bummer! What a pain!

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SAPNA. 3/25/2010 1:54PM

    I know exactly how you feel. This seems to happen to me every few months. Did I know you were going away? Did I have a senior moment and forgot? I will really miss you.

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DH was being a Fashionista this morning!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

DH is a gov't attorney. He's arguing a case (an appeal) before our Supreme Court this morning. And today is the first day that the cases will be filmed and simul-cast on the internet, and then everything will be kept in a law library (sort of like a digital version of cases and suits and stuff).

Since so many colleagues said they'd watch him, DH was VERY careful in selecting his ensemble. He always wears a button-down shirt and tie, either dark chinos or khakis, and a jacket - they need to be ready to go to court at any moment.

So today, he was taking out shirts and ties and looking at every combo with his pants and the blue blazer and back and forth, and oh what belt and shoes if he's with khakis it's gotta be brown and on and on.

He has some film experience, so he settled on a robin's egg blue shirt, matching tie (silver and blue and pale green), khakis, blue jacket.

But he was just SO funny!!!!!! This is the man who usually wears what he calls "pre-stained" clothing, who looks like he took a nap in his clothes, who is just the other side of the line between neat and sloppy. So to watch him race around and try to look his best just tickled me.

  
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PHEBESS 3/24/2010 7:27PM

    I checked, it doesn't look like they have the video in the archives yet. I tried (just now) and couldn't get into the archives.

I'll let you know next time this happens.

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SAPNA. 3/24/2010 3:24PM

    Will we be able to see it?

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MILLISMA 3/24/2010 3:07PM

    This is so cute.....see, it's not just women who like to be coordinated! Tell him he has good taste - love the robin's egg blue!

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MEGANC1988 3/24/2010 12:31PM

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MRE1956 3/24/2010 11:41AM

    Funny, isn't it, to see guys struggle with clothing/fashion issues for a change?

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PHEBESS 3/24/2010 11:30AM

    LOL - that was the day he insisted he didn't have work, went in, and found that he was supposed to work for half a day (New Year's Eve or something). Most of the time, he looks like what in Yiddish we call a zhlub - which is pretty much a slob. The man dresses up well - he just prefers cultivating this messy, slobby look. I have no idea why.

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JLPNURSE 3/24/2010 11:01AM

    That is funny. I recall that you may have said sometimes he works in shorts and flip flops?

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Boo - none of my kids' art was selected for the ketchup contest

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My students were so disappointed when I told them - none of the top 3 to be voted on were from our school. (None of them were from the USVI - all from the mainland.)

I gave them my little pep talk about trying, entering, and having fun with the project - that winning isn't everything - that I've never won in an art show, but I usually sell. The kids didn't care, they just wanted the money.

Here's the link, if you want to see the artwork and vote:
www.ketchupcreativity.com/Vote.aspx

  
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ROCKYCPA 3/25/2010 10:31AM

    I am so sorry it didn't work out for your kids - they really did a wonderful job. Disappointment is always hard to take.

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PHEBESS 3/24/2010 9:21AM

    We sent in the work and don't have copies. If I had a scanner, I could have sent them electronically and the kids would have their originals.
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SAPNA. 3/24/2010 5:10AM

    Those poor kids. I thought their work was so brilliant. I have a long way to go to reach their standard. maybe they could frame and try to sell their efforts for school funds next open day. Is that a good idea?

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PHEBESS 3/23/2010 2:41PM

    Regionals would have been a good idea - though I doubt if they've ever received entries from the VI previously. We tend to get overlooked a lot.

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JLPNURSE 3/23/2010 2:28PM

    They should have done regionals and then work their way up.

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LSCHULER72 3/23/2010 1:13PM

    Awww! That's too bad. Good for them for trying, though!!

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PHEBESS 3/23/2010 12:25PM

    Yeah, we also talked a little about probability and chances and all - though I'm weak on that area of math, LOL.

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RDEEEEEEEEE 3/23/2010 12:15PM

    Top three is a pretty narrow window. Hope they had fun doing it : )

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AIDELADE27 3/23/2010 11:29AM

    That's a shame. Their pictures were so cute.

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