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Server Crashed Yesterday, Should Be Fine Now

What is PG?By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - My server crashed yesterday afternoon, and when it came back up it worked for awhile, but then a couple of the tables in the database got corrupted in the crossfire. When I came in this morning the website was not resolving. I checked the error log, repaired the tables in the database, and now it seems to be resolving properly. Just wanted to let you know what was going on. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Buried in Email - Digging Out

What is PG?By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - There were 2,813 emails waiting for me on the server when I got back after two weeks. It's going to take awhile to dig out from under the pile. If you sent me anything critically important during the last couple of weeks and didn't receive a response, please me patient. As usual, don't be afraid to "pester" via email to make sure I see something. Just a gentle reminder or what have you, so hopefully I won't miss anything.

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Approaching 5 Million Visits to Panama-Guide.com

What is PG? By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I still remember the day I put this counter on the website. It was 11 April 2005 and I was just starting seriously consider making www.panama-guide.com my primary job. I had actually created the website on 27 August 2004 but didn't put the counter up until April of the following year. I meticulously and manually counted each visit before activating the automatic counter and added them all to the total. Between the website's creation date and 11 April 2005 I had a total of (just) 16,137 visitors. And now, almost exactly seven years later, I'm approaching 5 million visitors. That's an average of 1,974 visits per day over the entire life of the website. However now that Panama-Guide.com is the #1 source of English language news in the Republic of Panama, this year I've been averaging about 3,271 visits per day, and more than 100,000 per month. The longer I do this, the less time I spend looking at stats and traffic figures because I know there are ebbs and flows. I see more people in the dry season, for example. And of course there are news events which prompt spikes in traffic, such as the whole "Wild Bill" thing. I can't discuss the details in public yet, but that's going to happen again in the fall of this year. Anyway, I noticed that the counter is about to hit the 5 million total visitors mark, which is just a number but at the same time a significant accomplishment. If I can figure out who it is, I'll buy visitor #5,000,000 a cold beer. Thanks to each and every one of my regular readers who visit this website every day. You guys are the best. And remember those 16,137 initial visitors? Back in 2004 to 2005 it took eight months to get that traffic. I now see that in about five days. Rockin', like Janet Reno... - and now, to celebrate, our theme song... (crank it up)

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Advertise With Banner Ads on Panama-Guide.com

What is PG?By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I'm starting a new campaign to promote the banner ad spaces available on the website. Prices are reasonable, the traffic to the website remains strong and continues to grow, and you can expect a considerable return on your investment. If you're interested, please contact me directly via cell phone in Panama 6614-0451, via my Magic Jack number (845) 514-9893, or via email to don@panama-guide.com. And, thanks for your interest in advertising on Panama-Guide.com.

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Mom's Leaving The Hospital Today

What is PG? By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Great news! My mother is leaving the hospital today. As you might remember, my 79 year-old mother Daphne Winner fell down the stairs in her home on Wednesday night, 16 March 2011. Late that night she was going upstairs to go to bed and when she got to the top of the stairs she apparently reached for and simply missed the handrail. She thought she had a grip but then she fell face-up and backwards, all the way to the bottom of the stairs. She took the brunt of the initial fall across the back of her shoulders at the neck level, and that's when she apparently broke her neck. She broke a vertebra in her neck (hairline fracture of C6) but thankfully her spine is fine and she has full mobility. She also took one hell of a shot to the head when (after bouncing once) she crashed head-first into a bookshelf at the bottom of the stairs. This opened up an 8" long gash on the top-left side of her head, and caused a subdural hematoma, the result of her brain bouncing off of the inside of her skull. She also suffered multiple cuts, abrasions, and bruises all over her body - back, arms, legs, and shoulders - from the fall and she also apparently reached out with both hands and tried to grab something, anything, to stop her fall as she was going down. My dad heard her fall and rushed to her side. She was taken by ambulance to the Emergency Room that night and has spent 21 days in the hospital. Today she is being released, and will now go to the The Valley View Center For Nursing Care & Rehab in Goshen, New York. She will be there for at least a few days, maybe a couple of weeks, to continue with physical therapy as she continues to get better and recover from her injuries. I received dozens of notes from readers wishing her a speedy recovery, which I read to her in the hospital. Thank you all for your concern and support. The bottom line is, she's getting better, Thank God. It could have been a lot worse. Mom's tough.

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Back In The Saddle After Trip to New York

What is PG?By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Today is my first day back in the office after a two week trip to New York. My mom is still in the hospital, slowly recovering from her fall. It looks like she will recover completely Thank God, but she's still hurting. The soft tissue injuries are getting better, the cuts and bruises are fading and healing, and it will take another month at least before she can stop using the neck brace. Anyway, I'm back in the saddle and just starting to get caught up - there were more than 2,200 emails waiting for me in my inbox that I'm starting to sort through. If you were trying to get my attention about something and if I don't get back to you in the next couple of days then please resend (pester) because I'm going to just blow right by a bunch of stuff. So, what'd I miss?

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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An Update on Mom's Fall - Still in New York

What is PG?By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Daphne Winner, my 79 year-old mother who took a terrible fall down the stairs in her house eleven days ago, remains in the hospital recovering from her injuries. Late Wednesday night, on Thursday, 17 March 2011, mom was downstairs watching television. My dad had already gone upstairs to bed and he was asleep. At about 11:30 or so mom decided it was time to go to bed so she went about her normal routine of shutting things down, turning off the lights, setting the downstairs thermostat lower during the night to conserve money and energy, and she started up the stairs to go to bed. She had her sneakers in her hand, carrying them as she went. Apparently, as she neared the top of the stairs, she reached for the handrail and apparently missed. She fell backwards, all the way down the stairs to the bottom. We know that she made it to the top of the staircase because she dropped the sneakers there when she fell. Dad heard the crash and fall which woke him up, and he rushed to her aid. (more)
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And On A Personal Note...

What is PG? By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - My 79 year-old mother fell down a flight of stairs at home last night. Apparently she was about to go to bed. She turned off the television and went up the stairs. My father was already in bed, but not yet asleep. He heard a loud noise and went to see what had happened. He found my mother laying at the base of the stairs, with her feet up on the staircase, and her head against a bookcase. She apparently fell the full flight of stairs, because she was carrying her tennis shoes which she dropped when she fell, and my father found them at the top of the staircase. It looks like she fell backward down the full height of the staircase and crashed into the bookcase at the bottom. My father rushed to her side and found her obviously injured and semi-conscious, with a big cut on the left side of her head. He called an ambulance and she was taken to the emergence room.

Subdural Hematoma: At the emergency room they checked her over. She has a very large cut to the left side of her head, from the forehead all the way to the back, where she crashed into the bookcase at the bottom of the stairs. Because of the head injury they did a CAT scan and discovered a subdural hematoma caused by the impact. They also found that she had a fracture in the cervical vertebrae (C6), but the fractured part is one of the "wings" on the side and not the structure of the vertebrae itself. She has movement in her feet and hands, she can move everything, she knows where she is, etc. She was taking blood thinners for a heart condition and now they are giving her medicines to counteract those medicines, in order to prevent the bleeding in her brain from continuing or getting worse. They stitched up the severe cut on her head and will repeat the CAT scan in 24 hours to see how the subdural hematoma is progressing.

I'm Flying Up: I'll be flying up to New York tomorrow and will be there for a little more than a week, depending on how things go. Please include my mother Daphne Winner in your prayers.

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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8.8% Growth in Traffic in February 2011 - Year on Year

What is PG?By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - In February 2011 we saw 113,218 unique visitors compared to about 104,000 during February 2010, for an growth rate of 8.8% year on year. I like to look at the website traffic in stats in this manner because there are seasonal ebbs and flows and I think it's more accurate to compare the numbers in this manner. What's more, this month's traffic was slightly hampered by the fact that the server dropped offline for two days while I was up in El Porvenir and I didn't know about it and couldn't get it fixed until I got back into cell phone coverage. Anyway, the longer I do this job, the less time I spend staring at traffic stats and numbers. I just like to put out a "quickie" at the end of the month, out of more habit than anything else. Slow, steady, and sustainable growth - just the way I like it.

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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I'm Fine, Back In Town Now...

What is PG?By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Thanks for all the concern. I left for the San Blas at 5:00 am yesterday morning and apparently the website went down sometime shortly thereafter. I was out of cell phone coverage so I had no cell, email, or blackberry. As soon as I got back over the hill on the road between El Llano and Carti this afternoon, and dropped down into Pacora and cell phone coverage, I received a bunch of calls and messages, everyone worried that something had happened, and letting me know that the site was down. I called my web hosts and instructed them to reboot the server and that apparently fixed the problem. Once I get a chance to breathe I'll look at the error logs and figure out what went wrong. But first, want to know what we found in Kuna Yala land? Enough evidence to send that rat bastard Javier Martin to prison for the rest of his stinking life, that's what. I'm going to write up something quick now but in reality my brain is fried from too much San Blas sun and back country driving. I'll do the full deal tomorrow when I can think.

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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