we will be in Panama City. If American Airlines is on time (doubtful) and Jose from GoldenFrog has gotten our cats through customs (probably) we will be winding our way through the streets of Panama City with our cab driver, Gabriel, and beginning our new life in Panama.
We have completed our last doctor visits. Not because we think that US doctors are so much superior than those in Panama but I don’t want doctor visits to be a priority in our first few months. Both of us are in great shape. Doctor visits – check
We took our cats to the vet for their International Medical Certificate. It’s funny that our pets have more health requirements than us. So they got their updated rabies vaccine and we can pick up their certificate on June 3, just before our Miami appointments at the Panamanian Consulate and the USDA. Cat Requirements – check
We moved what is left of our possessions to a large storage facility. Just last week, we put our bicycles in there as well. It is 10×12 and packed. Some of it will be coming with us on the relocation cruise in Nov. The rest will stay until we find something permanent. Then came the problem. We had been so lucky that everything had been so smooth, this should not have been a surprise. Our mail goes to my daughter in Tampa. She called last Saturday saying that we got a certified letter stating that our storage facility is being renovated and we have to move. That means movers, truck rental, and finding a new storage unit when hundreds of others are looking too. We found one and this weekend everything will be moved – again. Storage – check and almost re-check.
My car has not sold. CarMax told us that we should expect that since most people have terrible credit and can’t get a bank loan. So my Mini Cooper is our single mode of transportation until the first weekend in June. Then my cute little car will go to CarMax and they will find a way to get a buyer. Car sold – nearly check
Closets are getting thinned. As we wear our “work clothes”, they go directly to the charity pile, never to be seen again. David sold over 200 ties for charity. He kept a couple and gave away a few but most were sold to help our school’s food bank. Yes, we have hungry children in Coral Springs. Clothing organized – check
A week from Friday is our Goodbye Party. We can’t have it at our (sold) home and our rental condo is ridiculously small so we have made arrangements with a local restaurant. It will be fun and probably emotional. Our friends that say they are going to visit had better. Our Boquete house has plenty of room. Our official Retirement Party is June 4. My principal will have the duty of saying nice things about me (that he doesn’t mean) but everyone from school will be there so it will be fun too. Farewells arranged – check
Hotel, car rentals, tickets, B&B – check, check, check, check
Ready to begin – Big Fat CHECK!