Panama's Election Prohibition

This country takes their elections seriously!!!  Almost everyone goes to vote, largely because if they are govenment employees, or have family members employed by the government, their jobs are at stake.  So, not terribly suprisingly, alcohol sales become illegal for 2 or 3 days. 


Normally, on any given weekend in my Pueblo Nuevo neighborhood, I can hear the music from various shakers blasting up and down the streets, bouncing off the neighboring highrises, and can even watch a few drunken rowdies mosying up and down the streets, or smoking with beer in hand on the balcony.  It's kind of nice actually.  The latin tunes, the sound of people having a good time.  It's refreshing, coming from a society where we have the right to ask a person to turn the music down at 11, and usually do.  Here, the music thumps all night long.  The party really is only beginning at 11.  There are many Sunday mornings that I am crawling out of bed to make my coffee, and can watch the partiers still having a nice time, watching the sun come up.  Well not this weekend!!


I sure hope the needy remembered to stock up!!  


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