Two days after we got married on July 12, 1980, we moved to our present home in the neighborhood of El Bosque.  I recall we heard somebody knocking at the door the next day.  “Who can that be?”, my wife asked.  “Nobody knows us around here.”

We opened the door slowly, fearing it could be somebody wanting to do us harm.  Nope, it was a strong man in his early forties, red-faced, and a bright smile.  He said, “Buenas, mi nombre es Feliciano.  Soy jardinero y puedo cortarles la hierba por $12.00 por corte.”  (Hi, my name is Feliciano.  I’m a gardener and I can trim your lawn for $12.00 a visit.)  We thanked him and paid his services for many years.  Now we have another gardener, but Feliciano is still around visiting the neighborhood and cutting the grass with his bright smile and his strong arms.

Feliciano is now 70, but still strong and with his friendly smile burned on his red face.  He’s original of a place called La Pintada in the countryside.  At day break you can see him walking down the neighborhood with his long weed cutter on his back.  It doesn’t matter if it rains or shines, if it’s a Sunday or a National Holiday, if he’s sick or healthy.  Like a Swiss clock, he walks down the streets of the neighborhood cutting grass and trimming lawns with his bright smile on his face.

Recently we had a friendly chat with him while he was trimming the lawn of our neighbor.  He commented that he was recuperating from a sickness of high blood pressure and diabetes.  I noticed he looked rather thin.  Feliciano commented he has lost twenty pounds but was recovering and had gained three pounds during the last month.

While chatting, I excused myself, and darted to my home office to fetch my Birthday camera.  Once again I wanted to capture this iconic character of El Bosque who has worked here for over thirty-nine years.  That’s a long, long  time.

This is the way he looked framed by the window of our house.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Last week my wife made a trip to Aguadulce to visit her relatives; one of them has cancer and requires close attention.  While she was gone I had to make my own breakfast.  Lunch and dinner were prepared beforehand and kept in the fridge to avoid spoiling.

For these circumstances we purchased a small percolator.  Only for five cups of coffee, which is more than enough, since my wife and I drink little coffee due to our reflux problems.

When I woke up early in the morning (5:30 a.m.) for breakfast, I opened the top of the percolator to pour in the water and the two tablespoonfuls of ground coffee, I was surprised to find a reminder of the Star War legendary films.  Take a look of what I saw.

Snapshot of the top of our small coffee percolator which has the shape of Darth Vader of the Star Wars films. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.


Snapshot of two young girls texting with their smartphones at McDonald’s. There are next to each other, but their minds are in two different worlds, far apart. Thus the results of the ubiquitous cellphones in today’s technological environment. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Stormy Clouds

Two days ago at about ten o’clock in the morning, Mother Nature played a mischievous trick on us.  Suddenly, everything was quiet and still.  The temperature started to fall drastically and the sun disappeared, originating an unusual darkness at that time of day.  The birds stopped their chirping and the dogs scurried into their remote corners. Something was about to happen.

We heard a loud roar, like a speeding train and gusts of strong winds blew in from the east.  The sky was stained with thick dark gray and black clouds.  The winds whistled as it passed through the limbs of the trees.  Bright streaks of light pierced the sky followed by loud thunder causing the windows to vibrate.

My wife and I thought our house would be raised into the air and tossed to the nearby sea.  This strange weather phenomenon was taking place from Chorrera to Arraijan and from Chepo to Panama City.  Trees were tossed around like toys and roof tops were disrupted and launched into the turbulent air.

Afraid as I was, I darted to our backyard with camera in tow, and took several pictures of the menacing dark cobalt skies.  This is how the sky was painted by Mother Nature.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

It rained sparsely for a brief moment.  Then the wind stopped, the sky cleared, the birds were out with their usual symphonies, the dogs barked their way out of their holes and the sun made its regal entrance.  Normalcy had returned to El Bosque and it was once again business as usual.  As far as I know, no damages occurred in the neighborhood.  It was a naughty act of Nature having fun.  Good Day.

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Snapshot of a trio of warm-hearted employees at a McDonald’s restaurant near our house. My wife went to visit her relatives on the countryside and I badly needed a waterhole to calm my thirst and hunger. McDonald’s was the nearest oasis and these were the guys who assisted my survival needs. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

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