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I may need one, sooner or later. The added 4 or 5 blocks to town and the extra tuk-tuk trips seem to have caused a PITA…pain in the ass..yeah, i know…so what else is new? not much…nostalgia just isn’t what it used to be, as I’m reflecting on the quietness of Antigua these days.

When I moved here, there was opera, faires, festivals…the Gallo Girls, the Brahva Babes and a host of other spandex-encased models for this and that…yeah, there was more broken beer bottles and puke on the sidewalks..it was all part of the charm(to me, anyway)..one by one, the lights are going out,places are closing, the music scene isn’t happening….did the Antiguenos get what they wanted? a slow, sleepy and antiseptic town? hey, you Salvadoreanos! Come back to Antigua…no shootings, stabbings or…watch TV in your room and….

 

Walter Fischer (ex-INGUAT)says that they(he and his 3 partners)are going to have a ‘grand opening thing in 10 days (or so)…cocktails at the Palacio and a Press trip to check out the new route…they’re adding Finca Filadelfia to Juan Carlos’ old/original route..talking of 4 buses eventually but if the shuttles to Finca Azotea and the Finca Filadelfia are any clue (mostly empty) that may be premanure…no, premature..

thank you, KDP, for sharing memories of what Antigua used to be..alas, Riki’s…a franchise? Ixcot shoud be so lucky, they’re so dead…again, how/why could owners with 16 years in the Tex-Mex biz not see the advantage and take the ‘crepe’ route? and where’s Adan, the great Cuban pianist? aside from he and Ron Fortin…Nelson’s in San Francisco, recording stuff..Cadillac Hotel/Eddy Street/Tenderloin…scruffy…

per La Prensa, Da Mayor is sharing space in the same facility as Alfonso Portillo and other illustrious captives…’wonder if they get to talk with each other…gotta be some great conversations, eh? has Adolfo been given a change of clothes since last week?..a Colom sighting on a plane from Honduras this week: I didnt know that there were contracts out on him for past dirty deeds…Colom? that mild-mannered dude? something about Black Thursday..I can see putting out a contract on Sandra, if only for being ugly, stupid and so on..oh, and power hungry…ever think about what she looks like without makeup?

have a great weekend…i’m having a weak end(PITA) bring me a whoopee cushion, Santa..

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thanks to some long time Antiguenos and today’s La Prensa coverage of Adolfo’s Big Fuck-Up, I have a clearer picture of the whole/hole…’blame it on the toluene I might’ve sucked yesterday, spraying the latest batch of book holders or the frenzy of chisme that swirls around this town. The consensus appears that ‘he’ was more than the usual ‘skim the funds’ kinda mayor…it was the size of the skim-job, setting new standards in being rapacious, new levels in being audacious…hey, he dressed well, even in handcuffs. As mentioned, he’s in the can for a long holiday weekend, one way or the other. Of course, he blamed it on ‘politics’ and says there’s no proof…but since they removed him from the Patriot Party (Manos Limpia), took away his immunity, found several accomplices (wanna bet it’s gonna be ‘make a deal and walk’ time?) Maybe Gautemala is really thinking seriously about cleaning up the politicians and/or this case was too big to ignore (B)..

a note from one of my two favorite NGO’s, From Houses to Homes…Joe Collins, founder, is in the States for treatment of a return of a dreaded illness…you wouldn’t want it, believe me, but he says he’s getting better and plans on returning to Antigua whence he’s cured.

If you were in the Mercado early, even  the back parking areas were packed with buses…there can’t be anyone left anywhere, in any of the aldeas/villages because they’re all here today, milling around downtown(I left), thinking that peace/quiet/tranquillity might be achieved at the finca…almost…the Stadium, west of me and downhill, is ground zero for marching bands(drums/noise) you know, back when I was a boy (Eisenhower)band ‘people’ were nerds…here, if you can play the drum, xylophone or some kinda noise making device, you’re kinda like the jocks used to be…work, job, career? drum 101, A+…right, take a seat, we’ll call you. 

count our blessings, I s’pose…per La Prensa, another van of tourists was hijacked…10 this time and 20 last month, on their way to Tikal…fabulous, great…another poke in the eye for Guatemalan tourism: come see the Mayan ruins and get robbed..o boy, this’ll play well in Keokuk or Bakersfield.

Maybe the $alvadoreanos will come back to Antigua this weekend, since the coast is clear…well, now it is, now that the giant ash clouds from Fuego have drifted off…maybe City Hall needs a new song…”Pop Goes the Weasel”…the drums, the drums…may go out again, may not…so? so what?  have a great weekend, avoid the crowds(some might picka you pocket)

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the rain…drizzle drizzle…kept me in(and probably just as well, you say)..however the Bacardi Anejo and espresso kinda make up for it.

 

Walter Fischer and his partners, who picked up Juan Carlos’ defunct Antigua Bus Tour, have repainted the bus(his says they’re adding another 3) and…so on and so on..the bus is being seen driven around town, which is a start.

And you thought that times are hard? my favorite newspaper vendor is selling off her personal jewelry…lotta silver, some gold

 

So? the 2nd or 3rd Festival de Maiz (Corn Fest) that I’ve been to…I ran into an ex-INGUAT official who didn’t know anything about it…I asked an Antigua-born guide about it..zip, nada..for people who are in the tourism business, one would assume, etc.

news from our wandering troubador, Nelson Lunding..he’s way up on the northern california coast, in places that few of us have ever been to, much less heard of..#1..point Arena? #2 Gualala?..I know ’em both..big deal, right? WTF in either case..too far south to pick up any of the Emerald Triangle aka dope biz from Humboldt..who knows?

the ‘Perfessor aka Mike Donley, checking in from the Pacific northwest…says he’s ‘sold’ his boat’…o please, God…the two happiest days for a boat owner are the day they buy it and the day they sell it..s’posed to be back in A-Town around the end of October and a good thing…at least two ‘professional women’ have confused the two of us…as being the one and same…since my hands are clean, my conscience clear, it’s gotta be him..

final thoughts on a rainy Friday night and a conversation with a pub owner re: nightlife..the Three Aces in Hyderabad, Athens/Mykonos, the Bulldog/Amsterdam, El Gato Tueto/Havana, Lips/San Salvador, Hotel Del Rey/San Jose, Club Exotic/Reykejvik, The Library, ‘Vegas, (fuggedabout Crazyhorse II), Patpong Street, Bangkok, Copa de Oro, Juarez and for local color, Club Exceso in Xela..Antigua well never catch up or come back to what it might once have been: get over it. The Beige Patrol runs it. 

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In the morning the Mayan ladies gathered in the park…being interviewed, tape-recorded and photographed from afar…surly PNC troops lurked a few blocks away: were they concerned that the ladies would riot and flog them with necklaces and fabrics?..a later gathering around 5ish…I’m expecting a march this week. The FNL could/would use this as another excuse to gather in front of City Hall and demand justice(or media coverage).Why are they being punished for making a little money and feeding their children?

A sad event on upper 6th avenida..the wake/funeral for four young Antiguenos, snuffed out on their way home from the beach yesterday…supposedly a chicken bus driver, on his phone, etc…street packed with mourners…packed, all in black..

thanks, Sunshine Grill, for the slice of pizza wrapped in plastic..taking a clue from the ladies who walk with stuff on their heads, I made it home in Drizzle #2 with at least my head(bald)dry…wtf? at 5:30, Ocelot gets slammed with 20 gringos? Dan at the bar, totally ‘whelmed..

and yes, thanks for recommending that I go by La Canoa and have a further look at the art..know that I proudly have an original watercolor, limited edition, hanging over my bed and that I’ve collected serious art for several decades. I also think that we all have our strengths and weaknesses..mine is, for example..I can’t write dialogue…fiction yes..dialogue nunca..if its any consolation I also think that the Barfly Hall of Fame in a certain saloon coulda been done by a better cartoonist/artist than as it was…but again..it’s all just my opinion…if I’ve offended, it wasn’t personal but…well, i apologize for any hurt feelings…this town? instant chisme..and my opinion of the changes at what was a classy joint called Casbah? the pool tables are nice..purple cloth..cues gleaming, balls racked just so..I don’t get the concept…how do three pool tables crank $$ and go head to  head with Red’s, around the corner? but…know that when ‘sports bars’ came into being during the 80’s/90’s, they were hot..I find them lame…hey! Lance Armstrong!…NASCAR! whoa! being in a country where the only sport is futbol…and badmitten/speed walking?

‘sorry about the 4 kids who got wiped out yesterday…judging from the crowd it was a major impact..
The ‘El-Mo Show’?…went to Costa Rica on Sunday…i think they were in the airport in El Salvador today, moaning about TACA(take another chance  airlines)…are they going back to Toronto?  yeah..sometime…if john wasn’t in Malta, I’d put them together(he’s from Toronto also)…I can only imagine Elle’s expression being in Dan’s most xlnt strip club, Lips…I like Mo…they’re an excellent match.

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usually in a .22 or .32 caliber…not here…gotta have a 9mm or an AK-47….a murder this morning at 4am or such in San Felipe…and those pesky Mayan ladies banned from the park for selling their goods? even though they’ve been paying 300q a month for the privilege?   get this town cleaned up!….’heard that the Arms Museum is going into the Palacio…also heard an earful or two about Da Mayor’s track record/baggage/history….7 farmacias, a finger in the tuc-tuc biz and exactly how much is 27 million quetzals in $USD? my calculator gagged on the numbers..I’d been thinking(sic) that it was around $300-$400k but Taz/Plumb Bob said it was in the ‘millions of dollars.’..

likewise assumed that…’assume equals ass-u-me’…perfect’ that Jason was back per his green Triumph Bonneville parked in fromt of O’lot…wrong, scotch-breath…Taz riding/using it..the ever delightful Miss E providing biting social comments…observations..

an observer/reader of this raggedy ass excuse complained/observed that it’s lame/puerile/dumb and not much…right! of course!..never was, never will be and not intended to shine any light or provide anything more than a dim light into the corners of what used to be my mind and my daily experiences in town…like walking into Elle and Mo in the park earlier…they leave tomorrow and back to Canada/Toronto…it was a great week for them and now…married? the real adventure begins! jeez..’gives me the chills thinking about starting a new relationship, much less a legal deal like marriage..but hey, they’re young and in love: me, I’m just jaundiced/cynical. And one of our local bar owners asked why I’m never around about midnight, to see a different part of Antigua’s nightlife..

dude..think about it: Antigua’s night life is lame, slow and the highpoint is either dancing on the bar or getting your ass thrown out, into the street. At 68, I’ve done twice this shit, from Bangkok to Amsterdam, San Salvador to Costa Rica..where the drugs are better, the clubs are better and the women more beautiful…don’t get me wrong: this is my home and I like it, just the way it is…lame, slow and charming…two of which words describe me(A and B)..tomorrow? the Box Dudes provided reasonable facsimiles! progress, Guatemalan style..a map of Antigua is in the next print version and I’ll stick it in the next Amazon version..whoopee, right?..

it’ll be semi-amusing to see who shows up for the Pub Quiz at Ocelot tomorrow night..

 

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