Archive for the ‘Granada’ Category

Saturday morning…thanks to the intervention of someone, in speaking with two PNC brass and the guy in the suit yesterday in the park, the decision to ban the three newspaper vendors is cancelled and in writing…nope, wuzn’t me..I was there but…

Lili, the ‘newspaper lady’ on the corner of 5th/4th? getting the bounce…outa there in a week, after 16 years in the same location..all the vendors around the park are getting the axe..are the shoeshine kids gonna be next? how about the taxis,  parked by the church? was told, by a 2nd hand source, that that ‘mayan’ vendors wil be allowed back in four months…altho judging/observing from a large gathering of same by La Merced this morning(and dispersed by PNC) that four months might not be long enough to put this fire out.

I’ve said and I’ll say it again…pick 5-10 of the top vendors with the best goods and license them to sell in/around the park. The ice cream vendors with their little carts don’t harm anyone…Sarita has a lock on the business..and what’s a few newspapers and how are people gonna find ’em anymore? I don’t get it but that’s true of a lot of things. Lets put people out of work? people with mouths to feed? the idea of only using “Antigua artists’ is absurd(to me)…who/where are they? the three cartoonists and Andy the Mime have a ‘show’?…dunno…it’s all too wierd…maybe have the latest perps caught raping/snatching/stealing brought into the park once a week for public floggings?..the park had color/vibrancy…

ok..off the box.. http://www.examiner.com/article/the-no-name-bomb-factory

Part One of an amazing discovery(to me)in the hills above town..’was told that the soccer stadium(near where I live)used to be the site for a gunpowder factory in the early days…El Polvero…again, unsubstantiated rumors so take it with a grain of #20 (the coarse grain)..

Ron Fortin, our wandering sax player, is back in town…look for him at Ocelot, early Friday night…no word from Nelson, up inna the States…somewhere…the music scene in town is at an all time low altho there’s some kinda happening at San Jose El Viejo Saturday night..8ish..60q per M Tallon..and I’m still blown away by the concept of a Reilly’s in Granada…next? San Jose, Costa Rica? perfecto…around the corner from the Del Rey?

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per Franklin Voorhees, mechanical genius and El Jefe of As Green as it Gets.org (one of my two favorite NGO’s) they are now selling ‘organically’decaffeinated Guatemalan coffee(thanks for the tip, Santiago that R. Dalton has been selling decaf for a while)…and the only ones/first/El Numero Uno to be doing so in this country…yeah, its a weird concept (to me)of coffee without the rush/jolt but there are tons of potential swillers who will now get a taste of one of Guatemalas’ premier products (other than chocolate or blow)…just kidding about the latter…it was the idea of the recently seized 17+ tons of paste that still rumbles around in my head…the difference being that one process (AGAIG’s) doesn’t use any chemicals to remove that pesky caffeine.

Ron Fortin’s back in town, playing his sax…catch him at Ocelot Friday night, in the patio..

3 of the prototype book holders are out/in various places…more tomorrow…more next week…yeah, I know, BFD..

‘ran into Walter Fischer and his big RED bus…the Antigua City Bus Tour!…3 more buses to to follow and I like the colors/graphics….let this work, please…the late lamented departure of the previous Antigua City Bus Tour was/is a great idea(and positive)for A-town…no word on if they’ll let the Mayan ladies board and sell trinkets but I kinda doubt it..  

  a Reillys in Granada?…as in, Nicaragua? fotos and a FaceHole ‘like’ button?..i like the idea, as Granada gets more tourists and it’s like Antigua in many ways…better horse carriages but they paved their cobblestones..weekend visitors from Managua, como Guatemala…it was on my personal ‘short list’ of places to move to, except for the heat/humidity…they’ve got decent Mexican food, my favorite breakfast place(Kathy’s Waffle House) and until the departure of Jimmy Three Fingers, the best bbq in Central America..and a better location than the once considered Livingston…a word about Kathy…it was a tragedy…tread quietly…

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‘look’s good ol WeirdPress is doing it again…weird alignments but that can be said of a lot of us, especially after a few bebidas…here, drink six of these and figure out how to get home.

‘speaking of home, we’re starting to lose a few of the seasonal irregulars, leaving A-Town for other climes, other reasons. Prof Mike Donley leaves tomorrow, headed for the Pacific Northwest…Plumb Bob’s thinking about it, Reeds’ probably counting the days, as is Robto de Oro..the latest rains on the Rio Motagua wrecked havoc on another operation and that may well be the clue to pull the plug until next year…Barb the K(sis)is doing much better after her surgery, I’v heard…ah…a major loss of a grande dame of the old school…Lucia of La Viniera Antigua finally faded away….what a laugh, what a smile…per Beppe he’s also sold LVA, and the new owner steps up/in it on May the First…which means that Beppe’s moving to the City and we(I)won’t get to gaze upon the delights of his long-time ladyfriend, Margarita…her twin sister, Michaela?  if you recall the events of a few years ago, when they switched roles/places on him? too funny…

restaurant roulette? ever notice how some places are empty one night and then jammed the next? WTF? a case in point(of scotch, I wish) last night Caffe Bourbon full, Chez Christophe the same, dos Reilly’s slammed, Sobremesa full, Fusion waiting and waiting…M and i dropped off a load of ‘the little book that could’ there last night…I don’t get it…Ricardo’s Tabacos y Vinos? quiet and jammed the night before..the fickle finger of fortune, antigua style…Alex of Sobremesa dashing in with an apron load of his own ice cream for desserts for the diners…I’m trying to get him to start doing an ‘American-style breakfast’ like that of Kathy’s Waffle House in Granada…lean on him for me, would ya..

Dan of Ay! Robot!  just delivered a two hour lecture on comic books, in spanish, no less! huge tip of the panama for that one…imagine talking about anything for that long….well,maybe a few of my ex-wives/and/or/girlfriends…if I start something like that, slap me, ok?  



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that’s what we call a ‘hook’…cuz you gotta wonder what/where…in this case, downtown A-Town and working the crowds, which were huge today…por que? the human chain climbing Volcan Agua, hordes of peoples flooding(driving) into town…the after climb concert still going on at the soccer stadium not far from my new digs…great…amplified bad music…events at the Palacio de Capitanes Generales…maya/2021 stuff and i missed it? yep..bongo fury a few blocks away as they work the crowd in the stadium…lotta eateries doing just fine tonight..walk up, walk down and…damn, i’m hungry..the guard on my place was walking perimeter with two dogs and one shotgun earlier..i’ve co-opted the dobie with two hot dogs today…we’re pals now…the Rott and i are already friends, cuz i bring her fresh tennis balls from the club next door..women: you gotta know their buttons.

‘hoping to see Fred the horseman in the park tomorrow..’been layin’ low lately..repeat after me: ‘she was only the stableman’s daughter but all the horsemen knew her’….’horsemen knew her”  fine…so much for culture..will the ‘music’ never end? Bull says they’re s’posed to quit at 9pm…please..it’s been goin’ all since noon…so much for ‘peaceful and quiet’ San Felipe…in some ways, I shoulda/woulda/coulda done the ‘climb’ today..had to be an epic event…but at my age, ‘epic events’ are getting outa bed and asleep by ten..maybe i could endow a chair at the roulette table at the Del Rey…little discreet brass plaque…’play the 34 split’..no..not ‘her’…the field..well, on 2nd th0ught….maybe the split..and yes…the ‘booklet’ is selling…local consumption is the ‘bottom line’…google Our Man in Antigua and send a copy to someone who’s inbound or wants to know just WTF is goin’ on here..

ack…bad news…Jimmy Three Fingers? the best BBQ in Central America, located(or was)in Granada, Nicaragua? gone…alas…same o Big Wave Dave’s in San Juan Del Sur…world economy claims victims, yet again…go Greece…suckers.. 

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phrase compliments of H.Ross Perot…and where the hell is he? this phrase is in reference to the new Prez Otto, who came out yesterday advocating decriminalizing…drum roll…drugs..since the YouEss of A is the world’s biggest Hoover of blow and meth, consumer of weed and other pharmacological wonders, you gotta wonder…imagine if stuff were legal and taxed? $$$erious dent in the deficit….add penalties like there are for DUI’s but not for possession…the speed freaks die sooner or later…imagine the ad campaigns! Coke: the Real Thing!..Classic Coke…stepped on ten times..is the Big O on board with Mexico(12000 dead in 2011)and Colombia? or is this just a cynical ploy to be coerced into fighting the War on Drugs with those DEA idiots and looking for toys/$$ to sign up? either way, a very bold statement…

the sunsets here are so very short…a flash of orange tinged clouds at 6, gonzo by 6:20…but, better than none at all…Santorini, Hawaii and Arizona…even Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica…the park, the park…the space next to Fusion on 4th calle is getting rehabbed…lotta roof damage and they’re hoping to be open before Easter/Semen Santa…perhaps a bit of a ‘cultural center’ in back..the newly opened Chocolate Museum across the street is getting traffic(foot)…

this Sunday: Finca Azeotea…Azotea…whatever…champagne brunch, 300q per, seth monfort on piano, for a brit ngo children’s foundation…three course lunch/brunch and no, i don’t know what time it starts cuz the embassy didn’t specify it…


for those who spaced/missed this, there were two…yep, 2!, five star reviews of Our Man in Antigua on Amazon.com…as mentioned, i learned to write for my audience a long time ago and this is perfect for eight grade level, two syllable words and the short attention span theatre..and yes, that could well describe me…as usual, the 5 o’clock Lush Hour at Ocelot attracts the evening crowd of assordid animals…’missed it tonight but last night? packed, up and downstairs…the ever delightful Ms E reminding me that I’ve promised to take her shooting…well, i had but the Antigua Shooting Range never quite made it, other than the back page of La Cuadra…’still gotta 100 rounds and a clean, well-lighted..no, well oiled little Beretta that needs to let the hammer fall a few times.. a long time ago, the elusive, seldom seem JR offered a trip to some ‘range’…he’s gotta be around, because the Pirate Radio Guy found him and now has an antenna for broadcasting locally…a whip antenna? sorry, san francisco humor…red light, green light, et cetera..

The new version  of the Venetian Masked Ball coming next month…Ms  A the Delightful and Mona Rose doing it…wonder if PV is missing Ms A? they should…they’ll never find anyone better…the usual crowd of gringos in the park returns from Nicaragua tomorrow…some kinda american legion whoop-te-doo in Granada involving commanders, salamanders and colanders….I passed this year: the 12 hour bus ride from San Salvador to that hell-hole Managua isn’t even tolerable with serious meds/rum/headphones…the on-board videos are crap and the….well, that’s just my opinion…i’d rather go to San Salvador, eat well, slurp some 7 year Flor de Cana and check out the new dancers at Lips (field research)…happy fin de semana…we made it thru another week, more or less. 

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