Lynda laughed at my bare refrigerator story and said that part of a maid's "payment" is to take leftover stuff out of the houses she cleans. In my case, this included all of the food in the fridge and every scrap of toilet paper in the house. I either had to do my own cleaning (not likely) or keep the toilet paper under lock and key. Good to know. If only I'd known sooner.
We had tickets to the British Ball that night in Panama City, and nothing was going to ruin my day. I'm a girly-girl who likes nothing more than dressing up, drinking free-flowing champagne and schmoozing. We stopped for a late breakfast of empanadas on the drive from Coronado to Panama City. Three people ate well for $5. I'm sure the nutritional value is negligible, but they sure taste good, and you can't beat breakfast for under two bucks a head.
Nothing says civilization that a glittering event, and no one does glitter quite like the Brits. We had an easy day to save our energy for a long night of partying. My girlfriend Denise and I both brought 2 differerent dresses. What you can't see from this photo is that we changed dressed mid-party. The fun thing is that people noticed. I went from a short asymmetrical black dress to a long red dress. Denise went from a classy black long dress to a va-va-voom long black dress.
I met my attorney for the first time in person, an extremely lovely Beth Anne Gray and her suave Panamanian husband. She was instrumental in getting me to Panama in one piece with both dogs, and I recommend her with every fiber in my being. You can reach her through her website at http://www.lawyers-abogados.net. Tell her I sent you, and she'll be extra nice.
After a lengthy cocktail more-than-an-hour and a multi-course seated dinner, the band kicked it up a notch. Being Type-A Westerners, we made it a point to be the first ones on the dance floor. From the second dance to my last (somewhere about 2:30 in the morning), the dance floor was full of glittering people of all ages and ethnicities. My first big party living in Panama was a wild success.