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so…the big ‘decriminalization’  get-together yesterday with the five heads of government of Central America? three…the narco-staters of Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador didn’t show up …well, I’m not sure about El Sal but the other two are ‘lay-downs’, which is an old used-car salesman’s word…

Nadoosh, the latest attempt to cash in on the failed ‘hookah’ concept?  been told  that they’re closing up shop soon…probably after Semen Santa..I still don’t get what the hell they were thinking, going up against Gaia..maybe if they’d had nude belly dancers or hash in the hookahs or hookers with hookahs…two of the three would’ve gotten my vote…gawd,hash…ah, the memories..thank you, Reed, for turning me on to Charles Bukowski…and i hear that the three of us left O’lot almost simultaneously last night before getting a blast of verbiage from a 4th party…semi-charming in the best of times..at best..

is it me or is the town more packed than last year? whatever, it’s  great for local merchants who’ve been counting the days if not also accounts payable..I am, now that I’m in this silly little business of print ’em/dump ’em and ask the musical question of ‘where’s the money?’

the ever delighful Miss M and i will be out this week, tripping over the cobblestones and looking for $$..the next 25..totally great/new/expanded/better than peanut butter will be out sometime soon and coming to a store near you..and I’ve lost my taste for the crowds of purple-gowned guys…virtual hordes…it’s like a bad movie about the Guatemalan version of the KKK…’good thing I didn’t take any acid(even if i had any to take)..i’m home on the range, the dogs are mellow, the fish still swim in aimless circles, cha cha cha..maybe more later, maybe not…this is sunday, after all and even god is s’posed to have taken the day off…probably had a good tee time and as i’ve often heard,only god can hit a 1 iron..

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in what may be a first, local PNC troops nabbed the shooters on 6th sur shortly after it happened this weekend…confirmed by the ever urbane Sr Cervantes and in El Diario today, the shooting was over a woman, a few rounds were fired into a pickup and the cops caught the doer’s a block or so away…a %$#@! miracle of the first degree and a giant tip of the panama to the PNC and Juan Mario who has been the driving force for keeping Antigua safe(er)…if I hadn’t read it and talked with el jefe, i wouldn’t have believed this was possible.. .

still limping a bit after the tumble off Bull’s bike…left knee complaining still, so if you see me with a cane, that’s why…stuff happens when you get old: the right knee goes, the left knee goes and then the weenie…fill in the blanks..and i’m gradually getting used to an extra 15 minute walk and living in a different area…it’s all good, just different, being around trees, grass and plants…’nature boy’ stuff..’having a kitchen the size of my old bathroom, etc..

had a different kind of question asked tonight…are there Rotarians in town? being a practicing sexagenerian, i had to stop and think(always difficult)…why, yes..i know of one..Gerald Leech of  Casa de Jade on 4th Calle…do I look like the Shell Answer Man? guess so..(old tv ad)…seemed to be a quiet night in town, just another slow monday night…walked..no, stumbled into DV for a word with the two Claudias’..incandescent is the adjective…plumb bob, aka robt wheat off to roatan shortly…west end…yeah, he’ll probably run into carla the berryhill, who last heard of was snorking by day and bartending barefoot by night…no, ‘snorkeling’…snorking? the last time i snorked involved two  railroad tracks of bolivian marching powder….’snork!’

and thank you, Rich Neel, for the idea about local publishing..i’ve disdained(poo-pooed it)but i may be changing what’s left of my mind..it solves some logistical problems (finding mules to smuggle it) and so on..good god, is this what i’ve been reduced to, smuggling booklets? from guns, drugs, jewelry and gems to a stinkin’ booklet that isn’t even pornographic? apparently so..

and yes, the smoke hasn’t cleared from the meltdown on 5th and the deal from hell…i’m sick of the gossip, frankly Scarlett..I like both of the players but if one of them isn’t in contact with reality, this brings further questions which would require massive amounts of medication…let’s see…is it Meykos or Ivori that delivers to your home? where’s the number? as Wendy Wever once said, call 1-800-Tequila…’hope she’s fine and learning to talk turkey..the PNC? got their perps the same night? a miracle of the first magnitude…

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‘been one of those days…and it’s early still..’passed ‘she of the smile/laugh’ earlier…no recognition…ok, fine…it was what it was, when it was..and i thank her for that.

Panza Verde? idiots…firing the one marketing/graphics person who’s done a helluva job? adios, ms A…too good, too talented, too gorgeous and too threatening to the tiny brains(sic)running the place..as always, money talks and bullshit walks…they’ll play hell finding a replacement…was it $$ or envy? pick B…too good for that operation..

Pangea’s Edy in tonight, with a small dinner crowd…please, make him an offer to buy the plaee and yes, they’re still advertising for a bartender..and thank you, Pat F..explaining that the real Emma is in England and not cavorting with Peter in Texass..i know..i take one plus two and it equals sic..sis..six

more kudos to Shaun of Ocelot for promoting the 100 reasons for liking Guatemala..alas, Ruslan and lady departing O’lot for San Francisco on the 9th of January…Marvel! this may be your shot at working there…show up, dammit…Iris doing a great job, btw..aka Lucy.. and yeah, the book is selling..https//www.createspace.com/3755222….have at it..or the ebook version…https//www.smashwords.com/books/view/114724

‘word is that Mark Francis aka Jeffrey whatever is doing fine in prison(per Pat F)…and no news on john Wilbur…Elle’s in India having a great time..Carla B’s in Roatan, West End and looking for a job..sailing doesns’t appear to have agreed with her..me, either.. 

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all too often all there is here is ‘night stuff’…who said what, who was seen hiding out with …etc..I’ve discovered that walking around town from 6am to 7 is perfect in so many ways..the light is clear, sharp and distinct, cuz the usual valley haze hasn’t begun, so the photo ops are perfect. The streets are clear of traffic, people and noise and yes, there’s the occasional pool of multicolored puke, a few mashed dog turds and a scattering of cigarette butts outside Gaia or #35…the croissants are fresh at El Viejo Cafe and the little butcher shop on 6th avenida has the red flag flyin’..

there’s a rare treat for shoppers but you probably need to be there today: in the park is an exhibition of arts/crafts and they’re good…seriously good. I’ve been thru most every arts/crafts from Panama to San Cristobal de las Casas…Costa Rica sucks, aside from the Panamanian molas brought up  by Manolo(in San Jose)Nicaragua? only the village of Masaya is worth seeing…Honduras? fuggedaboutit…they’re so laid back that Copan Ruinas doesn’t have shoe shine boys…the local Lions/Rotarians tried to get a project going there, bought new shoe shine kits and no one wanted to partake..El Salvador? as much as I like the place, Gautemala is ‘it’…and Antigua, expecially today. How many more shopping days til Christmas?  damfino..

looks like that Livingston Cafe on 5th calle has given up the ghost…they were next to the Bagel Barn…not any more..the ‘cuisine’ concept didn’t pan out….drum roll…today? 6pm, Neil the Craig’s last shift as a bartender at Ocelot..yeah, he’s got some other ideas cookin’…something to do with beer…I’m still shakin’ my head at Brielle’s gallery success at PV…sold 8 outa 14? some kind record..we walked past the morning congregation of AL outside El Portal yesterday…heads swiveled..’had to explain that she’s the daughter of friends…nope, nothing more…hell, i’m older than her folks.

I love the way that Lily the Newspaper Lady hoses down her corner in the mornings…broom, soap, water..smiles..”Prensa Libre!”  she quit selling the Bingo tickets, my last hope for fame and fortune…wonder why? 

had a long conversation with my 94 yr old mom in missouri earlier…8am, electric blanket set at 9(high)and asking’why Guatemala?”…well…the climate, the beauty, the cheapness of living here..medical, transport…yeah, this country is as corrupt as India and that’s a world wide standard. Yeah, paperwork takes a year or so…so? Comparison shopping? out the door of Bodegona with Bloody Mary kit…vodka, two limes, can of local V8 juice, pack of cigarettes…50q..top that, San Francisco..no listeria in the cantaloupes, no arsenic in the chicken, Bull Durham’s xlnt pork chops, 2 to a pound, 24q..La Rosa Cristal, 3rd calle..yep..’definitely made the right choice for a place in the sun and a great little town to live in: it ain’t perfect but it’s damn close.  

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no..it’s not another ‘gay’ joke…just got to thinkin’ about the usual cakes sent, delivered or passed around for Christmas…those heavy impossible to eat suckers with nuts, fruits…no, don’t go there…i guess that the inevitability of Christmas is sinking in but at least, sans TV…well i have one but it’s never on, that i don’t have to watch commercials nor count the remaining shopping days.

‘ran into Brielle duFlon early, on her way to work(she’s doing both the Galeria de Arte and dos Reillys’…asked about her show at Panza Verde last month…or was it two months ago? whatever…she sold 8…yep, 8 outa 14 paintings…major talent in town…and a note from John R (one of the original ‘unindicted co-conspirators’)reminding me of a name similarity to  John R. Wilbur and his presence (still)on the Interpol list…nope..no news from Roatan..’haven’t seen/spoke with Max in a while, nor have any of my island/Copan contacts answered any emails asking about details..’last i heard from Max is/was that the ‘case’ is slowly being dealt with..Reilly’s Guatemala City new location opens next Friday..16th..

neil c’s last night at ocelot is sunday…6pm start of the evening shift…go by..i’ ll do so..peter the hodge and LM checking out on sunday..back to the YouEss of A for a while…might end up in Puerto Vallarta for a spell. 

lethargy is still me this week…is it the full moon or the  lunar eclipse? ..no urge to go out at night…however…weird/good news re BAC and the ATM stuff…a local gringa had her account hacked a week or so ago…so, you say? the bank CALLED her to ask about any suspicious transactions and then…refunded her loss within a week…WTF! is it possible that BAC is finally…finally taking steps to stamp out this local problem?

the only thing that Guatemala is #1 these days is in credit/debit card fraud…’could be worse..Honduras has the #1 spot for murders…they’v just enacted a law providing for only one person on a motorbike…hmm..didn’t Guatemala have that law in place? right…lotta good that did…maybe the new US Naval base on Guanaja(Caribbean/Honduras)will choke off some of the drug activity passing by…kinda doubt it…Roatan being known as Coke Island won’t change, given the support of the locals/politicians..kinda like the Peten region..too much $$$ to change things…maybe, just maybe  Otto can make a difference: this country’s taking a beating in the press..La Prensa reporting that tourist $$ are down…wow..big news..ask any of the local proprietors(owners) I’m of the opinion that this country is too big to effectively get a handle on the drug traffic…not enough radar, cops or strike teams…too much graft…alas..again, ‘welcome to Chinatown, Jake’

ok…off the sap/soap box…smile, Polly Anna…

the evening stroll…fabulous full moon(the hair will start growing on the back of my hands shortly)..more personnel changes in the wind…one of our(well, mine)more popular duos not gonna be playin’ at a certain place. Why? who knows? the venue hasn’t changed, their music hasn’t changed but the crowds have…go figure…Neil C! ran a bar tab last night that’s historical…i counted 26 various cocktails…oughta frame the tab but it runs to both sides of the paper..Alex B of Fusion…also shakin’ his head at the inconsistency of the trade…up one day/week, down the next…ah..that ex-mex place next door, the shortly lived ‘709’? whatta tale of deception/ripoffs between the owner and his so-called partner…ask Alex..it’s so very very Antigueno chisme…however…come February that space will be hosting something new and different…with Sr Bell and a group of locals, there’ll be ‘Antigua by/for Antiguenos’..foods, crafts, cha cha…again, ask Alex..

the O’lot patio and space at Lava…f….king packed at 6..the new morena version of Flor wrapping up her shop, off to meet the sweet Gina C at El Portal…and Ms C is a grandmother? one of the better looking grandmother’s I’ve ever seen…ah, the Bistro Casola by night, Zoe’s clothing shop by day..5th calle..as a concept,  I like it…wonder where they put the clothes away?  ..lotta folks going thru major changes…Peter the G’s taking a position in a different kind of real estate market…once this financial f….up that’s worldwide gets resolved and once that Otto gets his hands on the reins of power in this country, who knows?  I think i’ve got it that the Pelicanos restuarant in Monterrico is for sale…these last few months have been brutal for that town…the floods, the ….fill in the blanks…and thanks for asking about the book release…next week it goes up into cyberspace and gets translated into various ‘languages/codes’ by the “Meatgrinder’…really…nope, don’t ask..I don’t get it but so what else is new? time to go howl at the moon.. 

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so, a few weeks later, into ‘the project’ and I discover that the publisher of ebooks doesn’t do hard copy, i.e., books as we know them…paper…screw..if i lived in LA or NYC, that might fly but in Gautemala?…Plan B is unfolding/or unrolling..

received an email from a new deli today, advertising Thanksgiving ‘specials’…desserts,mainly…no prices mentioned except that they gave you two account numbers(BAC and BI)to deposit 50% of the costs…weird…strange..dumb…

the English school on my block of 4th ave norte is closed…how long ago? no clue…guess there wasn’t the demand for kids learning the stuff..tuesday night? lotta closures: pangea, sobremesa, half of 5ta norte, in spite of a flock of turistas today, walkin’ the streets, taking photos..

ah…the mini-tempest of a few weeks ago about the poor Boy Scouts who didn’t have electricity? wrong, scotch-breath…they used to have electricity and water…but the consejo who’s redoing the old jail wants them(the scouts)outa their location, since that’s where the old entrance used to be…and the power and water have been turned off..the Scouts have been there for a long long time..BS to me..and that doesn’t mean Boy Scouts.

Lori and the girls oughta be back from Copan by now..one would hope, one would, that the wished for bottle of 7yr Flor made it back…given what i’ve heard about the antics of the river rats, that may be in doubt…don’t ask, don’t smell..Peter the H doing some kind of massive garage sale…lightening the load for some kinda transition(change)…says he’s going up north after the first of the year..for a while..

Karla H, yawning at Whisky Den…reports that Nelson is returning next Monday…has it really been 3 months since he left? yep..Ricardo’s Tabacos y Vinos doing another strong night. There used to be a yardstick of value based upon income per square foot(or meter, here)…his small place cranks $$, night after night…Gaia and 35 empty..the moon above, Jupiter below, a cool night, turists out, looking for action..or food, liquor or whatever…looked like Riki’s even had a few..

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or in my case, simply absent. That post-Renaissance multi-talented guy we know as Alex Ferrar put a bug in my ear a couple of weeks ago and the bastards hatched…no, not earwigs…tis a project that’s kept me up late nights/early mornings, tearing off Johnny Walker’s head in between…so, if i haven’t been seen or posting, blame it on him…jeez…he’s having an anniversary tonight!…Sobremesa, 4th calle, up from Citibank on the corner..

It finally sunk in(duh)that with the elections tomorrow, likker sales stop after noon today, hence my early morning trudge to Bodegon’…let her rip, cowboys…barring the unforeseen I suspect that lil Otto will be the next Prez…too bad they couldn’t just work it out, mano a mano…big stage, the ring, the smell of the crowd…satin shorts…arm wrestling? blindfolds and Berettas at 20 paces?

whatever, its a gorgeous day in this burg we call home…since I seem to be planning on going out tonight, maybe we’ll run into each other, and there’ll be more fodder for this grist mill…Lori Shea of Guate Medical Travel had to change plans for the ‘visa run’…originally scheduled for El Salvador but the bridge was out(still)took off instead, with a car ful of gal friends, for Copan…told her to check in with Don Udo and Twisted Tanya (and bring back a bottle of 7yr Flor de Cana)I coulda gone with ’em…four ladies in a car and me? jeez…work reared its ugly head…not complainin’…so far..

in from the ‘stroll”…our Mime, wowing the crowds, as always…i like this guy…if you remember Shields and Yarnell of Mime ‘fame’ from San Francisco, a long long time ago…he’s almost in their class..so…it’s Saturday night, the town’s packed and no booze? the most important profit center for restaurants? dos Reilly’s closed, as was/were Lava, Ocelot, Whisky Den, Cashbar and….Como Como set up for a party of 14!…Sobremesa doing a few tables, likewise Fusion and El Cazadore Woppo…even Tartines doin’ an early deuce…5a norte, block one just fine..even TackoContento..Cimino’s on the square trying out more ways/inducements to entice customers…no go..I’m not sure that  i ‘get’ the no likker concept: anyone with a brain and a few Q will stock up before…does this mean that tomorrow’s communion in the church won’t serve wine? cheese and crackers and no Chardonnay? Lori S checking in from Copan, at Twisted Tanya’s…having a great time…’told ya..’wish i was there…next time..tomorrow? who cares? if the scotch runs out, then i gotta problem..

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