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Introducing the new "I Know A Guy" Category

I Know A Guy...

By DON WINNER for - In Panama one of the most important things you accumulate over time are contacts, especially for people to do "stuff." Usually it's little things that are both incredibly handy and indispensable - like a guy with a pickup truck and a helper to move some furniture. Or even a better example would be all of the postings I've put up for the world's best car mechanic, Alvaro. I would like to see this category used by everyone for both recommendations and warnings, but if we're going to get into that territory there has to be some minor rules... (more)

Registered Users: In order to post to this category you will have to please first register as a user. It's easy to do - just create an account and log on. That way at the very least your recommendations will show up as "Contributed by PapaJohn" (or, whatever you choose as your user name, which can be anything.) This protects me somewhat legally, because if there's some electrician out there that someone wants to complain heartily about, it's not me doing it but rather the person that the electrician ripped off. So, if he finds out about it he can go complain to them (and not me.)

A Valid Email Address: In order to register there is a "real person filter" mostly to keep the spammers at bay. You have to create a user account using a "Captcha" filter, meaning one of those things where you have to type in the letters and numbers that appear in a box. Then, your login and password information are sent to your email address. This loop allows me to make sure that the person who is registering and logging in is a real person and not just a machine.

Recommendations: Remember the saying "if you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all." I would rather this section be used more for favorable recommendations than random bitch sessions. Like, try to keep it positive unless you had a really terrible experience from hell. For example, once I made the mistake of asking a guy to install some floor tiles for me. He did the job, but it looked like crap. It was not really his fault, and it was only a few tiles, but the mistake was more mine than his. No need for that kind of thing...

Echo With Comments: Say I post an article about an electrician, and then based on my recommendation you use the guy and it turns out great. The best way to "echo" or add your two bits would be to just add a comment to my base article, something that says "yeah, I used this guy too and it worked out fine..." You can also use the rating system (five is better) to rank or rate the articles with a single mouse click.

Help Your Local Panamanian: This can be your opportunity to help direct work toward people who have done a good job and who should be getting a little extra work. If we all use this, then we can (over time) create a kind of directory or bulletin board of general workers that we all need at one time or another.

Information To Include: At a minimum please include the person's name, cell phone number, what he did for you (type of work) and how it turned out. Also please include what you paid so the newbies know what's a fair price or at least a ballpark figure to start negotiations. Also, please indicate level of English language capability, which is an issue for a lot of people. If you're really a happy camper, please include (or send to via email) a photo of the person so that people know who to expect when the guy knocks on the door. Safety and security, crosscheck, verify, etc.

Post Your "Want Ads" Here: You can also use this category to ask others for recommendations. Like "I need someone to install an air conditioner..." Again, the responses will pile up into a resource that's useful to everyone.

It Will Be What You Make It: I will be posting things here, but this category in particular will rely on the participation of a lot of people in order to make it useful and valuable. So, dig through your cell phone and find that guy who did that thing back then, because he did a good job and Christmas is coming. Santa will be watching for that "one good turn deserves another" kind of stuff, or else it might be coal in the stocking for you, fat man...

Copyright 2007 by Don Winner for Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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"fixer" in paso canoas
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, December 19 2007 @ 01:45 PM UTC

if you need to take your panamaian regestered car out of panama to costa rica and its you cars first time you need to have a number of documents. depending on the age of your car (you probably already have them if its a newer model, mine is a 2006) some of these documents can only be optained in p.c.
there is a gentman who works the frontera named joel, he lives in volcan. he speaks good english. joel can tell you if have all the requied paperwork over the phone. i met joel around 8:00am and after about an hour and a half my truck and passport had all the exits stamps for panama and all the entry stamps and insurance for costa rica. there were no bribes, everything went as it was suppose to. when i inquired about his fees (on my first phone call) he said something like "what ever you think is fair", he knows expats are generous. i gave him $20.
i was moving my household goods from nicaragua to panama and on my return i used joel again, this time it took a $10 bribe not to have every bag/box opened and inspected. joel suggested that i have the contents of every bag/box itemized in spanish (use google translation program, its free) this does get you through faster and is probably required.
joel's cell number is 6609-8103, is home number is 771-4810
good luck and tell him bob say hi.

Introducing the new "I Know A Guy" - pet relocation
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, December 22 2007 @ 05:31 PM UTC

When moving to Panama, we used the services of Mario Vilar from "Move to Panama" to bring our dog. The information he provided was correct, while the Panamanian embassy suggested more documents than needed.
Mario's English is excellent, both writing and speaking, and he is very friendly and helpful. You can see their website for more information
I paid $300 plus expenses. Overall, I was very satisfied with the process.

Upon arrival I discussed his services with other pet owners, they were equally satisfied. I have heard of one more person providing this service, and apparently he would charge $150, I am afraid I do not know his name.

Introducing the new "I Know A Guy" Category
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, January 06 2008 @ 09:50 PM UTC

We have bought a condo in Coronado, and will be coming to Panama in March to get it ready to move into. We will need an English / Spanish speaking person to act as a guide and translator for us when we go shopping. This person will come with us in our rental can and help us navigate though Panama City to the various stores, and act as a translator for us when we are making our purchases if necessary. This person needs to be familiar with stores that sell appliances, lighting, air conditioners, tankless on-demand electric or gas hot water systems, and furniture.

Thanks for your help!