Wed-Fri, Aug 6-8th - MORE Boat Chores
So-o-o, this Wednesday morning I started taking care of the new ATM card issue.
Another issue that was bothering me was getting a new replacement ATM
card. I had lost mine nearly 3 months earlier in Liberia, Costa Rica, and
had gotten a replacement, after much time and effort, sent to me at Los Suenos Resort.
However, the one I received at Los Suenos/Bahia Herradura never did
work; apparently I had the wrong PIN number.
Finally, here in Panama City, where I have an internet connection and can use Skype
for inexpensive phone calls, I got on the phone with my bank back in
the U.S. and tried to have them send me a new PIN number for my ATM card.
They would not do that. They said they could only cancel that card and
send me a new one, no matter how hard I told them the difficulty that
presented to me. In the end, in the absence of any better
strategy, I just went ahead and told them to cancel my old card and send
me a new one. Of course, they will only send it to my P.O. box in San Diego,
and even that would take a week. THEN it would have to be FedExed to
Panama City! So we'd have to wait out some more time in P.C....
I spent the rest of the day Wednesday changing the oil
and filters in the main engine and the generator, another
messy, but necessary job. To wrap up Wednesday, just
before suppertime, I had the most unpleasant
task of fixing a leaking black water holding tank by disassembling it,
cleaning it, and re-gluing all of the pipes into it. Yech!
I was glad to take a shower and crash that night.
On Thursday morning, we took RHAPSODY into the marina to
fill her with diesel fuel. It was another 1/2 day task as we had to put away
the rain tarps, weigh anchor, drive into the marina, tie up,
get fuel, pay for it, go back out to the anchorage, drop anchor
(took us three tries this time), and replace the rain tarps
before we could call the job done.
On Friday I went into the chandlery at the marina and bought
a spare macerator for the heads. I was having problems with ours and, if
we are going out to the islands, that's one thing I didn't want
to have fail. So by Friday afternoon we were mostly
ready to go back out to the Perlas Islands.
However, that afternoon I got an email from my buddy Pat Kingsland
in San Diego. He had gone to the mailbox and the ATM card had arrived!
we discussed for a couple of hours what to do: Should we stay
in Panama City until we could get the ATM card FedExed down here, or
should we go to the Perlas Islands and try to arrange to have the card
waiting for us here upon our return? The question was complicated by
the fact that the weather for the next few days did not look stellar
for a passage out to the islands.
In the end we decided to stay yet another week in Panama City and
have the ATM card sent right away. We had messed around with it for
too many months to leave it up to chance anymore. So, right away
on Friday afternoon, I took the dinghy into the Marina to get their
address for the FedEx package. When I got to the office, I was told that
the Marina would not receive packages for boats that were not staying
in the Marina. We were staying in the anchorage, which is free,
and had decided not to pay the $100/night for a slip in the marina,
so there was nothing to argue about. The marina office person told
me the whereabouts of a Mail Boxes Etc close by, so I walked over there.
When I got to the Mail Boxes Etc, there was a sign on the window saying
that they were "open", but out of the office, along with some contact numbers
and an email address. I wrote down their address and all of the contact
information and went back to the boat and tried to call them to confirm
the address. The last thing we wanted to do was have the ATM card sent to
an incorrect address, so I needed to get this critical piece of information
down. When I called the MBE, there was no answer, so I ended up sending
an them an email. Hopefully I would get a response soon so that we could
have the ATM card sent to us.
That afternoon I also received an email from our friends Max and Vittoria,
that we had met when anchored at
Isla Ventana and Boca Chica,
Panama. They said that they were going to be in Panama City over the weekend
and would like to get together with us, and that we should call
them to set something up.