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Of all things, coffee filters, who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Store for almost nothing.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows and mirrors. Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China. Separate your good dishes by putting a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters.

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc. on them. Soaks out all the grease.

14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great “razor nick fixers.”

Oh yeah, they’re also great to use in your coffee makers too.  Good Day.  :-)

Source:  Bits & Pieces

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Credit:  Pizdaus, The House of Pics We Like

Credit: Pizdaus, The House of Pics We Like

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For many decades el Club Union was the most exclusive and elegant social club in Panama City.  It was the place where the well off used to meet and have fun. It was the preferred spot of Panama crème de la crème .

Their banquets, lavish formal balls and other entertainment activities were envied by those who were  not invited.  It was a members club only, and being admitted was a complicated process.  One of the pre-requisites was to have money and lots of social and political influence.

As the Casco Viejo decayed, the affluent families initiated a migration to other parts of the city such as Marbella, El Cangrejo, Paitilla and Costa del Este.  El Club Union was not longer the center of attention of the Panama upper class society.  The Club Union was then turned over to the the military regime and its name was changed to Club de Clases y Tropas.

On December 20, 1989, Noriega’s regime was toppled by the U.S. military forces, and the Club de Clases y Tropas was abandoned to this date.  The walls are falling down and vegetation has grown through the cracks of the building.  The once proud building of Casco Viejo is dying a slow death as abandoned old building usually do until they are finally demolished.  However, there is still an air of nostalgia hovering over its white washed walls.

Once the revered Club Union, this waterfront property is one of Casco Viejo’s most memorable and scenic landmarks. It’s full of history, considering the strongman Manuel Noriega once used the club to throw parties for generals and friends alike.

The building is now under plans to become a new high-end hotel, perhaps the opportunity for tourists and investors to experience old-world Casco Viejo in all its glory. The Old Club Union is also a current favorite spot for skateboarders to hang out on weekends, for the time being at least, until construction begins.

When I last visited Casco Viejo on February 13, 2009; I witnessed the nostalgia of the old Club Union and took some photos to capture its dilapidated conditions before it’s destroyed.

This is what I saw through the lens of my camera.  Here we go.

The front section of the old Club Union located at Casco Viejo in Panama City, Panama.

The front section of the old Club Union located at Casco Viejo in Panama City, Panama.

An artistic approach to the previous photograph of the old Club Union  performed by Michael Moore.

An artistic approach to the previous photograph of the old Club Union performed by Michael Moore.

The dilapidated condition of the historic building.  Notice the vegetation growing on top of the structure.

The dilapidated condition of the historic building. Notice the vegetation growing on top of the structure.

An artistic view of the Club Union created by professional photographer Michael Moore.

An artistic picture of the Club Union created by professional photographer Michael Moore.

As you can see through these pictures, Panama is more than a canal.  It’s a land rich with tradition and history.  Good Day.

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