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and not the airport….Personajes, on 6th Avenida for the Flor Show…her ‘summer fashion’ show…swim suits!  She and the marvelous Marbel were the stars and knew their steps…and the usual collection of Flor’s models were there,plus four guys who were ‘stiff’…what’s with the Pizza Christophe sign outside? I guess he could take orders and schlepp pizza from his place around the corner…that block of 5th called already has 2 other pizza outlets, so what’s another? the Studio, across the street advertises pizza…jeez, is that what this town is famous for? Los Cebollines left/pulled the plug after two years or so (smart).

so, yesterday a partial lunar eclipse, partial solar eclipse and the Spring Equinox? yep…plus a little rain, at least in San Felipe in the night…and this is ‘E’ Verano?’…hey, anything that settles the dust, ash and smoke in the air is good.

I popped in earlier to have another look at the Osteria Di Francesco, behind La Taberna and who was there? Wendy Wever! back from Turkey,looking great, tanned and with Angie Del Rio..she’s here til July when she goes on to Colombia, teaching more ‘englis’ I assume. Osteria is and has expanded and looks great..’passed my doctor headed in, with another couple..Osteria may be taking biz away from El Cazadore…same kinda City/$ crowd.

Wendy’s, on the park, appears to   have finally opened…signs up..a family of fouor the only occupants at 7pm…Dunkin’ Donuts appears to  be a hit…if nothing else, its the sugar. 

and the town is fulla young white kids…running in packs, doing good works (I assume)…John Adams leaves for the States on Tuesday, Cindy is held over til April the 3rd or 4th..I forget…waiting for more medical reports…and the local print run of Ponzi Bob etc is now due out on Monday…Copia Fiel! professional in every way…email updates, cha cha…

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of the St. Patricks Day festivus that hit Antigua yesterday….capped with the arrest/incarceration of one of our more notable bar owners….D&D and I don’t mean Dungeons and Dragons…imagine how much it takes to get arrested here..

ok…rant’s and raves time: where in the hell is the Municipal water wagon and why can’t the sidewalks (filthy)get hosed down? why do tuk-tuks travel in packs of 2 and 3?…if they spread out, might they find more business? and where is the ‘wheel crampers, aka el cepo? the town is packed with people parking their vehicles willy-nilly, blocking traffic..even if the City cut the price of  the fine from 300q to 100q, they could be racking up a thousand quetzals in an hour or so…dunno..jest asking, y’ know. And don’t even ask me about the water pipe installation mess on 5th Calle..unbelievably dumb.

Marbel’s coupon book for local discounts? great idea…for 50q and 40 tickets? if anyone who was at Hap’s going-away party last night at Mamma’s had one…bingo! big discount,…and no, myself and Tono refrained from the antics of St. Patricks Day in town…we’re gentlemen drinkers…

This Friday night? 7pm,Personajes on 6th avenida..the ever fabulous Flor of Dasha is doing another fashion show, …swim suits! yeah, I’m in..

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dunno, one way or the other….been up early, writing the Chocolate Bob article…but there’s some changes in town…people looking at the Sangre space on upper 5th Avenida, where the signs (Sangre, Estrella, etc) haven’t been taken down or changed since ’08…in what was the Tacocontento space, also on 5th, across from Polio Compero, they’re putting in 4 electrical meters, assuming that a smaller couple of spaces is easier to rent then one big one..

Speaking of big ones, James the Mullen is back in town…wreaking havoc where ever he goes (but in a good way, ok?) guest bartending at the Exit Inn last night, after the o-so-serious dart game  ended (Spiros was observed practicing earlier)a and the site of Gin King’s penultimate birthday party..complete with a pinata..and also being the master/baiter of ceremonies at the Standup Comedy Night at the Snug…Sunday, 7pm…there WILL be laughter, one way or the other..see our local talent in action..

is Habibi’s bar for rent or sale? that semi-Arabic place on 4th Ave, up the street from Ocelot? next to the other jade store? how the hell can one block support 2 jade stores? and the other,Imperial Maya Jade, is already sucking(no traffic, no $$)…Petit San Malo, per Jackson, was moving from outer 4th calle to 6th calle…wrong, beer breath…5th calle, half a block south of the park, and yet..another Djinn store on that block? yep…

John Adams leaves next week, back to the Sierras…why? dunno..guess that he’s got stuff to bring here…ah, the merry-go-round of our temporary visitors…in/out/in out…no, don’t ‘got there.’

and a giant tip of the panama to Bob Chocolate, for the ‘tour’ yesterday…fascinating stuff..

and now, for the not-so-good news…Michael Tallon, our iconic gentleman/scholar/wordsmith, is in the hospital in New York…if you read his long letter on FB this week, you’ll understand. It was and is gut-wrenching and his valor and courage are high water marks for any of us. …stunning and shocking come to mine…nuff said…sent him your prayers, as I am doing…this isn’t a pretty picture.

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that big volcanic explosion of Fuego this morning? the ash/dust blew northwest and now the skies are a bit hazy…get out your masks!…Halloween, Masked Ball, whatever works.

Peter has left the partnership threesome of the Exit Inn…not sure what this means just yet but it puts a bit more of the burden on Spiros and Alabama Bob and yes, I was totally wrong (yet again)about the Le Mercadito becoming a ‘franchise outlet.’….you know, i think the  ‘wits’ in the park were playing with me.  Today, a fabulous three day, two night stay at Camp Motagua, with Ponzi Bob, Duane, the ‘Perfesser’ and Nazi John…and Frank as maitre ‘d…’should be good for some combat stories later this week.

Marbel the Marvelous has a great new idea! tickets for discounts on places all over town: Sobremesa, Chez Christophe, Mamma’s, Metiz and so on….for 50q you get 40 tickets…10% off in most places…use two tickets and the rest is paid for..descuentosantigua@gmail.com  and more merchants are signing up…Casa de Jade! there’s a discount!

and, thursday, a little excursion to Chocolate Bob’s factory….take some notes, shoot some photos..might try the video thing again, as I seem to be getting better at it..

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you know, that month or so between now and the start of the rainy season? kinda feels like, as my firewood sits unused (like me, in many ways).

This just in, compliments of Nelson Lunding! besides all of his regular gigs, today he’s playing up on the hill, at Franks Place (El Cerro etc) he and Zeduardo, plus..drum roll…Hector Castro! the Hector? 1::30-5pm….this I gotta go see/hear.

Last night, at the Spanish Cultural Center? GG Foto’s exhibit of great fotos…was s’posed to start at 7pm but it got pushed back until the arrival of the ‘ambassador.’….which ‘ambassador’ I didn’t wait for, so i slipped under the rope and had my own viewing…damn, what an eye she has…Linnitt and Korey there, early, like me.

Our own inimitable Tono, having fun at La Taverna with a nice lady, who was having fun also. Mayra and Marbel at Mayra’s Mamma’s…two very hot mamas, indeed…and the old Avesa Spa, on 6th ave sur, the ozone/aroma spa? now advertising laser surgery for liposuction…is there any kind of training required? this being Guatemala, they won’t have to worry about lawsuits when they suck out too much fat…hey…let’s open up a little slit here and turn on the laser? oops!

Picante, that motorcycle themed place on 6th calle, by Travel Menu? gonzo…probably a smart decision…Hogan/Hap, back today from a trip up north, tubing the Candelaria Caves…monday, ponzi bob, duane and nazi john going out to the mighty Motagua…why? adventure lurks, I s’pose. 

and yes, 5th calle westward? if it’s not dusty, it’s damn damp…’guess they’ll wait and see if any more leaks start leaking..fUBAR, in other words..or train another crew in ditch-digging and connecting PVC pipe…even for Antigua, this is a claim to shame.

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