Rhapsody in Yellow

Snapshot of a Guayacán yellow tree in the neighborhood of Hato Pintado in Panama City, Panama. Photo by Omar Upegui R.

There was a man in love with trees in Panama City.  Unfortunately he passed away several years ago.  He was remembered as a man with a large straw hat collecting Guayacán tree seeds.  During the weekends he would roam the city followed by group of young children collecting seeds.  The kids would wear the same type of hat. Then he would plant these seeds and decorate the city with this gorgeous tree.

After an automobile accident, he lost his car, so he made his usual sojourns in a  battered old bicycle.  His love for the Guayacán trees is legendary in this country.  His name is Jorge Fujimori, of Japanese descent.  He definitely left a legacy in this city painting it with yellow, white, purple and pink.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Thinking about it, Jorge Fujimori was very much like Johnny Appleseed.  The latter was enamored with apples while Jorge was captivated by Guayacanes.  Thank you Jorge and Johnny for your contribution in making our planet a better place to live.

Yep, a person can make a difference; all it takes is love and a good cause.  Good Day.

On Sunday, September 13, 2014 about three o’clock in the morning, we heard a loud explosion and then all the lights in the neighborhood went out.  We learned the next day that a transformer had exploded and they were working to replace it.  Power came back about two o’clock in the afternoon the next day.  When it did, I diligently went to connect my computer system, and to my disbelief, there was no Internet connection.  I tried everything but the Internet was dead.  My next move was to contact, Cable Onda, my Internet provider.  They checked the zone and advised that from their end there was no problem with the signal, however they would send a technician over to take a look.

Two days later, a technician came and told me that their modem was working properly and connected it directly to my Sony Vaio laptop.  Indeed I could surf the web, but not on my HP desktop.  In addition, the router was not working.  He advised that I had to send both items to a computer repair shop to check them out.  I did.  The bottom line is that both electronic devices had been fried up by the transformer’s explosion.  There was nothing they could do to make them work.  They were just two pieces of dead weight.

I’m still using my cumbersome and irritating laptop’s keyboard which is a real pain in the neck to work with, but a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.  Need a new full-sized computer keyboard ASAP and a new router to get back in shape.

So far, after scanning the Web, my best option is a Logitec wireless keyboard model K270 with a price tag of $31.70 which can be purchased locally at a place called Yoytec.  Plan to buy it Monday, October 6, 2014.  The router will probably be the TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 which can be had for $61.90 at same computer store.  Don’t have the money yet, so that will have to wait a little longer.  No problem, I’m a patient man.  At 67 you learn to be patient.

So, in a nutshell, I’ve survived the crisis and slowly, but surely I’m doing my thing making the necessary corrective actions.  Below  are a couple of pictures depicting the connecting wires on my Vaio laptop, the surviving LG monitor, and the surviving HP Deskjet printer.  Longing for a better keyboard and router for the time being, until the greenbacks visit me again.

Snapshot depicting several cables connecting my Sony Vaio laptop to a cable modem (yellow wire), to a printer (white cable) and to a monitor (blue cable). It’s not a pretty sight, but it’s the best I could do considering the circumstances. Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Snapshot of my surviving equipment after the recent blackout. I’ve had this excellent monitor for over five years now. The resolution is amazing. Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Snapshot of another survivor of the blackout. This warrior has been with me since 1997. I printed my college graduation thesis using this printer. It means a lot to me and I’m glad it survived the crisis. Photo by Omar Upegui R.

And that’s what happened guys.  When a door closes, another opens up.  Good Day.

In the early stages of man on Earth, animals have been used as a source of transportation.  Horses, camels, donkeys, elephants, and even zebras have been used to travel from one spot to another.  The feat of Hannibal crossing the Alps in 218 BC, was one of the major achievements of the Second Punic War, and one of the most celebrated achievements of any military force in ancient warfare.

Then along came Henry Ford and mass-produced the Model T Ford and the rest is history.  The automobile took the world by storm and today we don’t know where to put them.  Our roads and highways are always jammed and there are no parking lots to store them when we go to downtown to do some sporadic shopping.  But that’s another story for another day.  Today is about cars and how they look.

Recently I drove over to McDonald’s to buy some  junk food and bumped into this awesome pickup with a sign of “Se Vende” (For Sale) on the windshield.  With my P&S camera tucked in my belt, I shot several pictures of the sturdy piece of machinery to share with you guys.  I think it would be an amazing vehicle to drive out to the open ranges with gravel roads, or maybe not even roads at all.  This vehicle will handle the job and then some.  Take a look at the beast.

An awesome piece of equipment on sale next to a McDonald’s restaurant near our home in Panama City, Panama. Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

I wonder what those chains are doing there? Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.

I wonder what Hannibal would have accomplished in the battlefield with this mechanical beast as part of his military resources.  Perhaps Rome would not have grown into a massive empire if Hannibal have had in his possession such an efficient means of transportation replacing its slow elephants.  Who knows?  But it is what it is.  Good Day.

Aurora in the Tropics

Snapshot of the first lights of a new day in Panama City, Panama. This picture was shot with a P&S PowerShot A720 IS compact camera from the back terrace of our house in Residencial El Bosque. Photo by Omar Upegui R.


If you are a regular follower of Lingua Franca, you already know that I’m infatuated with the English language.  I’ve had my ups and downs with the language, but I keep hanging in there until one day it will sink in.  When will that be?  Who knows?

Anyway, one of my favorite sections of the language is the study of idioms or idiomatic expressions.  For those of you who are studying English as your second language, idioms are very difficult to understand because their meaning has nothing to do with the words.  The meaning of an idiom is associated with local customs or traditions that sometimes go back in time a long way, often to Great Britain or other European countries.

Idioms can be defined as an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up or the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people.  Over the years I’ve collected a large list of idioms which have helped me tremendously in understanding English content.  Yesterday, while reading a blog post, I found a new idiom–-“out of their hair”.  The blogger wrote, “I have a feeling they were looking for a way to keep me busy and out of their hair.” 

I noticed the idiom immediately.  “out of their hair” had nothing to do with a person’s hair.  I researched the expression and found the following information about the new idiom:

1.  Get someone out of one’s hair:  to cause someone to stop annoying oneself. Example:  What do I have to do to get this guy out of my hair.

2.  Get out of someone’s hair:  to stop annoying someone. Example:  Will you get out of my hair! You are a real pain!

Omar is happy.  He has added a new idiom to his large collection of English idiomatic expressions.  Good Day.

Aloe Vera

Snapshot of two Aloe Vera plants on the front lawn of our home in Panama City, Panama. In this country it is considered “la planta milagrosa” (the miraculous plant). Photo by Omar Upegui R.

I love the soft creamy bokeh of the Canon “nifty-fifty” fixed focal prime lens.  Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Aloe Vera is frequently cited as being used in herbal medicine since the beginning of the first century A.D. Extracts from Aloe Vera are widely used in the cosmetics and alternative medicine industries, being marketed as variously having rejuvenating, healing, or soothing properties.

We have this atttractive plant  in our home merely as an ornamental plant.  It’s been with us for about twenty years.  Good Day.

Hey, Kitty Kitty

While I was waiting for my car to be washed a couple of blocks from my house, a playful little cat jumped from the ground and landed on a chair next to where I was.  He started playing with himself and  sharpening his claws with the cushion of the chair.  His actions caught my attention.   I had my P&S camera, so I fetched it and took a snapshot.

This is the kitty by my side last Sunday morning.

Photo by Omar Upegui R.



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