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south 5th calle, from the park to Santa Lucia? they’re adding a second trench now…why? the merchants are a bit peeved, the dust flies and traffic? o yeah…what traffic? this may be one of the more monumental f….screw ups in recent Antigua history, with the processions starting soon,. followed by Holy What the Hell Week…
ah yes, the volcanic stuff…the dust, the grit and the mess…that’s gonna be with us for a while, unless we get an early rain or two…the accumulation on my covered patio is significant…Jackson, recently over a bronchial infection, is hacking..he and Piano Mike are doing a rare duet at the Exit inn this Saturday, assuming that we’re all still breathing then…here’s a little vignette..
http://www.examiner.com/article/the-volcano-they-call-fuego and yes…what next? earthquakes, locusts, credit cards denied?
Has the Green Belly aka the Segway biz finally bit the dust? no more roving ambassadors of ‘look, see how easy it is’ and there’s a lone model on 5th ave, norte, in the Solis Photo shop..even Freddy’s Scooters, which might have had a shot at working? ain’t…one look at the cobblestones and even the most daring tourist is going…’not me, dude.’
so? yeah, about and out for a while…it’s not, for me, anyway, about who to see but who to avoid these days. Not that I’m hiding, it’s just that some of the current crop of visitors don’t bring anything to the table except inane conversations, if you could call them that..Ponzi Bob is back from a week at the Lake, San Pedro La Laguna, where he has a condo for the season…yeah, I’ve got an invite…between that and San Marcos, it’s a little too New Agey for me…Om!
and, as I observed to Jackson earlier, how the hell that the Choco Museo is still going strong, drawing nightly crowds, is beyond me, as are a lot of other things.
so, it’s ashes to ashes, dust to dust..but I did get one thing accomplished today…honey-mustard salad dressing! hey, it’s my life, ok? Wednesday, off to Copia Fiel with the updated Our Man manuscript, for another 25 copies around town, the week after..yeah, I know…a dime here, a dime there and pretty soon I’ve accumulated 50c…coming this weekend, starting Friday, is the opening play of ‘the Good Doctor’, as presented by a our resident empresario, Robert the Prince of a Good Guy…no, I don’t have the start times but there are posters all over town…what am I, The Shell Answer Man? I’m in, for one of the nights, so maybe we’ll see you there…and don’t fall in the f……king trench, ok?

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so, the new water pipe project? its funny how the Palacio de Capitanes General got their new PVC installed, filled in…and along 5th calle, one block away, the diggers are now expanding the size of the trench…the local shop owners are somewhat…er, pissed..the dust, et al..and this project is supposed to be done in another 3 months?
ah, Antigua/Guatemala…read in the Prensa Libre a few days ago how murders are ‘up’ this year..one excuse? The cops aka the PNC didn’t have enough gasoline.
thank you, Shaun Griffiths, for turning me on to Spotify…! music! I was rocking out, so to speak,to the Easy Rider soundtrack earlier..damn, where did the time go?
an interesting conversation with a bar/restaurant person this morning, in the park (no names)about how certain bars (no names)have changes in their atmosphere, depending on the time of day and the folks at the bar..what may be a pleasant place in the early afternoon/evening changes to an unpleasant experience later and that’s why some of us don’t hang around. Yeah, Dos Mil/aka Reillys is gonzo…La Esquina? who knows? busy on the weekends, but..
anyone had any pizza from the new Little Caesars on 3rd Calle? is it any better than…A,B or C? Alex of Fusion sticking in a new restaurant in the back of Nido Antigua, where the…what was their name, Backyard Grill? had a short run…and yes, I’m learning to shoot videos/voice overs/titles/credits/cha cha cha…back to the Freedom Beach House Hotel next week for a video…either with Model #1 or Model #2…wimmen, you know? and its great to see Frank’s Place doin’ a steady stream of business..it’s such a totally new idea, with music, no less…so, anyone want to bet that the water project will be done in time for Semana Santa? sidebets?

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describes the current city project of replacing the old water pipes with new PVC….5th and 6th Calle west are ripped up, and some of 5th calles trenches are being filled in…next? re-installing the cobble stones. This project is scheduled for a four month completion date, optimistic at best and with the processions starting in about four weeks and Semana Santa coming in the first week of April? do the math..it’s gonna be hellish. And to add to that circus, there’s uncertainty about who’s gonna pay for the PVC…the City, the Water Department? one would’ve thought that they might have nailed these things down, eh?
One of Antigua’s oldest disco/bars is having ‘payroll’ problems…employees getting shorted and also having to wait a month to get paid…not right, is it? they’re on 5th Ave, if that’s a clue.
Kind of like the problems with Caniz, our private mail service..saying now that they’re cutting back to one day a week service (outgoing)and other cuts…I have the email addresses if you want to gripe and complain (I already have)
many thanks to the Guatemala ExPats forum on Facebush, for their recent plugs for my silly little book, Our Man in Antigua…
and yes, after several weeks of dithering, I’m getting to know how to do video…first it was hardware then software…now’s it’s down to me to figure it all out, Alfie.
Und zo, it’s the weekend, end of the month and Stupor Bowl on Sunday…
I’ll probably wander down about half-time, somewhere yet to be decided but I’ve narrowed it down to two choices. Hell, I can’t even tell you who’s playing. Wait! the ‘underinflated balls’ mean the Patriots, right? my mind..it takes a licking and keeps on ticking..and seeing as it’s after 5, I think a libation is in order..fine! and don’t forget….www.amazon.com/author/michaelsherer for all the right reasons…an interesting look-back to this time last year…who would’ve thought that Alabama Bob and Mike D would be in the bar business? not me..

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Antigua is chock-full of tourists! groups here, there and everywhere, even some Christians in their matching t-shirts/caps..so why do we have the Army squads walking around, mid-day, in the park and on the streets, fingers on the triggers of their M-16s? I don’t get their mission or the concept…this country already has a perceptual problem of violence and the boys in camouflage don’t detract from that.

Some long faces at a newer bar last night…a stack of unpaid bar tabs will do that. It’s one thing to want to be popular/easy going but the concept is making money, not old friends skating on your dime.

Sara’s back in town…aka Pinky and looking slinky, at La Taverna.
yeah….great talks with Ponzi Bob last night…said that his wife read the book and was glad to know that he hadn’t been screwing off all these years…’told him that now he’s famous, in his own time.

‘heard that the new Wendy’s, on the park, dammit, doesn’t have their permits…how could that be, given their obviously public location? ‘it’s Chinatown, Jake’ and the new trenches, along 5th calle? what kind of impact are those having on businesses up/down that busy street? not good, I suspect…and this is only the beginning, of 4 months of such, 4 being the quoted time to finish the job..
Segue-Way sticking their machines in other places now, trying to find customers…fuggedaboutit…even Freddy’s Scooters isn’t/hasn’t worked.

Frank’s Place, on the hill…well, the mountain, doing a steady stream of business, thanks to music, good food and the free shuttles…the great view doesn’t hurt either…and yes, Jerome is back, creating a sports bar in an under-utilized part of Reilly’s/La Esquina. Retirement wasn’t his thing.

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every %$#@! morning! why/who? one of the benefits of living on the edge of San Felipe…that said, I don’t hear/see/feel the daily and nightly rumbles of Volcan Fuego so I guess that’s a reasonable exchange.
Mike D aka the ‘Perfesser’ celebrating his first night as a co-partner/owner of La Taverna, with a table full of the unusual suspects..congrats!
want a free Jeep? HBT in town, to pick up the booger Cougar and said that he’s tired of paying Murray’s storage charges (2 years worth) and if you want the Jeep, talk to him…papers? aint got no stinkin’ papers, unless Murray does something (highly unlikely)since he’s not answering phone calls. He, for free, wtf?
Dave H, at the Exit inn, along side Jackson…first day working at Frank’s Place…and happy..
so, the Freedom Beach House Hotel? turn left in the middle of ‘downtown’ Monterrico…there’s a paved road and a Banrural branch in sight (the only ATM around)go 8.5 kms…phone #? 5716-6988, and tell ’em i sent you…and a lot of local interest in this place, and rightfully so..new, clean, cheap..250q a night, beachside..great rooms, perfect for a night in paradise with your insignificant other..
there was a guy there last week…first date..he’s fat and wearing a Speedo (wrong)and by the time they left, they weren’t speaking
and yes, the trenches on 5th Calle…good for business? don’t think so and it’s only gonna get worse…4 months of this to look forward to…Alex of Sobremesa, on a usually closed Tuesday night, putting the finishing touches on his latest masterpiece..

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