thanks and a tip of the panama to the Happiness Engineers at WordPress and all of the tabs on the site work correctly…Latest is the latest article and Archive…well, the rest, as I add to it…some of you know that my long time publisher, the Examiner.com, pulled their plug recently…’have a nice life and thanks for all the fish’ I guess…so, this site is/was my reaction: why not publish here, both the old and the new(and there’s some great ‘new’ coming)?.

in the meantime, if you’re coming to Antigua, be sure to download a great travel app called http://tripscout.co/antigua-guatemala

and re:travel guides, you can sign up, pay $$ or buy a 2  yr old ‘latest edition’ which is why I publish my own monthly Antigua guide, known as Our Man in Antigua….Amazon/Kindle? of course..

it’s an IPhone app, I’ve been told but since my phone is a WTF model, I can’t confirm that..so? this is a pure travel site…if you’re looking for Antigua gossip, there’s http://www.michaelsherer.com, for all the dirt.


yes, this site (and the other)are still under construction but…day by day, a few bugs/kinks get worked out…hey, it’s the Internet, folks..and the ‘Happiness Engineers’ are being helpful….hmm, is it me? probably…’takes a while for the old dog to learn new licks, but i’m learning it, all over again..this site will be the depository/suppository for any new/old articles…the other, michaelsherer.com, with be the new blog site…if you’re out/about Friday 9, at 11am, check out the new park when its officially being inaugurated…and I see that the City workers, after 6 weeks, finally  got the NW fountain working again..sloth rules!


there’s been some external changes beyond my control…the old time Examiner.com site that I wrote for, over 7 years, is going under…Yahoo, probably next..so? there’s a new domain name, http://www.ourmaninantigua.com, which will be redirected here and any future articles published here. As regards the plethora(400+)articles written/published elsewhere, I don’t know…they’re saved but…I’d have to republish here, w/photos.

The blog? when this little period of turmoil, trouble and head-scratching is solved, I’ll use http://www.michaelsherer.com and carry forth in the best traditions of Antigua chisme/gossip/lies and such will have to suffice..in the meantime, one little bit: Spiros, of the Exit Inn, is said to have sold his slice and leaving Tuesday for the States… return? who knows?..go put your wienie on the BBQ…it’s the 4th of July and remember…RUM! Let’s Make America Great Again!

Glutton Free

yeah, I know  that it’s supposed to read ‘Gluten Free’…but having once dated a very neurotic blonde (SF)who insisted that everything we ate had to be ‘gluten free’ and now I read that it’s all horseshit…ah, too little, too late..’story of my life, etc..

a few changes in town….Miso, the once semi-Japanese and later even worse Korean restaurant on 5th Ave (in the Mono Loco block) closed and has moved into what was the old La Pena del Sol location on 5th calle, near Bodegona..if they couldn’t make in on 5th ave, a great location, how the hell do they expect to make it in a worse location? hey, do I care? I’ve got MuLan on 5th calle and it doesn’t get any better..

and some personal changes…after writing for the Examiner.com folks for 7 years, the last vestige of a once great publishing empire, they’re pulling the plug in a week….their history is/was great, but times change: the world is sliced up between Microsoft, Google and Facebook…change or go under…etc..so? I’m launching a new website in a few days…www.ourmaninantigua.com and will continue to write/travel/publish/lose money…so? so, what? I’m retired/often bored…

the new park gets officially inaugurated next week…Friday, 11am..yeah, im in…probably a followup article for the great things that Phillip Wilson of EcoFiltro is doing for this silly little town..maybe, even, the city workers will have the northwest fountain in the park repaired by then…hey..its only been down for 5 weeks…and the City’s new huge spiffy fire engine? it found a use! trimming tree branches in Joco! where the pavement is good, etc.. and sturdy…Richard H, checking in from Germany…thanks..nice to know that this page gets around..re the new site: I don’t know if the Ex.com will save/delete any of the 400 +/ articles + a few thousand photos..I’ve saved it all but replacing will be a chore, so if you have any special desires for republications or destinations, let me know..no promises but I’ ll try..

last but maybe least: Edwin and Frank riding together in Duane’s yet unpaid for pickup this morning..? dont think it’s another run to Mexico for illegal liquor but with those two, ‘could be another adventure on the ‘Sliver of Gold ‘ story…ah, the minions of Ponzi Bob…it never quits, one of the many reasons that I love this tow


Pandora’s Box

don’t go there…its bad enough here, in Antigua-stan…yes, our annual rains are back(good) and the streets are clean (good) and the park is looking better every day..’think we’re down to one last miscreant on the bench but don’t ask me..I keep my  distance.

Nelson is back! and playing in 4 different venues…two new…Nifa Nifu or is it Nifu Nifa? and the newer Biblioteca on 1st ave sur..plus Panza Verde and Casa Blanca…good to see him working full tilt..

Thursday night, 8 pm at Michos, is the return of my personal favorite pianist (no pianist envy here) Adan, the Cuban…he used to play at the old Caffe Opera on 6th ave norte, pounding out great music on a battered out of tune upright..sheet music, even..classic tunes…yeah, i’ll drag my weary self, torpor and all, just to go hear him…he mentioned playing in a hotel here also, but…I spaced it..typical..check out http://www.antiguaafterdark.com for details

I read that the Government (sic)is taking over the functions of El Correo, as of August 1st…the national postal service…wtf? no $$ and no expertise? well, that won’t stop them, once they figure out a way to extract bribes…hey! how about a work-release program for all the politicos in jail…what, some 50 or 60 now? get ’em outa the blue plastic tents and on the streets…Adolfo! our ex-mayor…love to see his departed daughter working..stamp this, baby

http://www.examiner.com/article/castro-wore-two  you may have to copy/paste this, as TIGO or Weirdpress is being strange..and I’m tired of messing with either of them…a little ditty about …oh, maybe 500 words, re my watch and Havana