About Al

I am a human being. This I know for sure. Everything else is suspect 🙂 Seriously, though. I’m not that complicated. I’m a middle-aged man living in the Republic of Panama. I currently have a couple promising projects in the wings here in Panama that keep me busy. I am married, have kids and grandkids. The kids and grandkids live in the states and one or both my wife and I see them about once a year. I live in a nice three-bedroom house in Boquete, I drive a Honda CRV. I know. Exciting, huh?

I enjoy playing music. A lot. I’ve been a musician for over fifty years. I cannot play as well as I used to due to health problems, but that doesn’t stop me from occasionally playing in bands, or dropping in on a local open mic jam session. I play piano, harmonicas, and drums. I own one electric piano, one really nice digital drum set, and roughly four thousand harmonicas. There’s a kazoo in there, but I only use that to discipline our dogs.

Now, my past? That’s a whole other story. Among other things, I’ve had five separate and successful careers, have owned several businesses, and lived and traveled in a handful of states and countries. That’s all I want to say about that right now. Why? Because it’s not important with respect to who I am now. We all have a past, and we all have part of that past that we’d just as soon forget. If you know me, you undoubtedly have more information, and I’m fine with that.

The only thing that makes things complicated for me is my health. I have Parkinson’s Disease, a nasty case of Type 2 Diabetes, a hereditary form of Peripheral Neuropathy, and skin cancer. Sounds like a lot, and I guess it is, but I try to keep a positive attitude and not let my disabilities effect my general outlook on life. Thus, I manage to enjoy myself here in this beautiful country. Hey, nobody gets out alive, right?

So, while I am on these parallel journeys I remind myself constantly that i have people in my life who love and care about me. And this is absolutely wonderful!

Life is generally good, and that’s all anyone can really ask for.

A Cranky Ol' Gringo Living in Panama

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