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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!

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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

 

 

last week’s back to back bus trips to El Salvador were gruelling…’should’ve eaten more gruel, I guess (or less). The famed interamerican highway also known as CA-1, is a mess. One would think that Guatemala might have an interest in keeping  that route in decent shape….wrong, bus-breath…once over the border in El Salvador, its obvious that ES takes care of their roads…o, well, ‘things’ got accomplished.

I see where Mr Ecofiltro, aka Phillip Wilson, has made another donation, this time to the public hospital in San Felipe…I was a reluctant guess there a year ago and it sucks…his park project goes on, with only a few more beds to fence and plant..the thing I notice mainly, is  where on Monday mornings there used to be mounds of weekend trash left over…no more..the new trash cans are actually being used…whoop tee do!

congrats to to the Exit Inn, host of the new darts league! everyone in this town needs a niche and it looks like Alabama Bob and Spiros found theirs…

incoming? Ponzi Bob and Michael Rayment…outgoing? Mike D in  aweek or so..I forget, yunno..Mike aka Piano Chrisman is in Spain/Barcelona(dog)and having a great time…Jackson should be back in a few weeks, raising the IQ level at the park bench (overdue) and the rest of us are looking at the skies, wondering if its umbrella time….probably..I have a little Havaba/Rolex piece to write and then it’ll be off/back to Salama with Hentry Elam for a little jaunt up into some places where they kicked me out a few years ago…another JR and the ‘Captain’ story..and a belated Father’s Day…I was spayed a few years ago, so I didn’t celebrate.

Yellow Fever?

so reads today’s version of Prensa Libre…great,eh? there was malaria, dengue, chunky monkey, zika and now yellow fever?  what’s the cure?  wasn’t it quinine? remind me to buy some Swepsche’s tonic water in the morning (as if there is any in Antigua)so, spel-chuck isn’t working, ok?

Nelson Lundings’ back in town, doing weekenders at Casa Blanca, lower-5th ave south…Tanya Hughes, whom I think is still in Canada, is adding oomph to the Antigua2night.site…goood stuff..

the old La Pena de Sol, Bill H’ long time restaurant on other 5th calle..has a new electric meter, padlocks, city stickers off the doors and it looks like someone’s gonna re-open it…rotsa ruck…Bill was the only one who made it work..and that was because he worked it 7 days a week.

returning this month? Ponzi Bob and Jackson, hipper than ever (thanks to a new hip) and the new park improvements? here’s the story  http://www.examiner.com/article/purple-mauve-or-fuchsia  a giant tip of the panama to Phillip Wilson, Mr Ecofiltro, for organizing this project…only he, I think, could’ve done it..you might have to click on this twice…weirdpress, you know

Reilly’s (#3) on 5th calle finally has a sign outside..he’s decided to stay? and can anyone explain to me what it is about the ‘no smoking’ laws? Guatemala City has seriously bad air pollution, we’ve got the burning cane fields, exhaust smoke from unregulated chicken buses and the occasional outburst of volcanic smoke/dust…what’s the deal about a cigarette?

The ever marvelous Marbel staged her 2nd ‘Singles Night’ last week…nope, didn’t go…I’m just not a ‘singles kinda guy’..but if you want to see her, she’s pulling a couple of shifts in the back room at La Sala..and I don’t know her schedule…you gotta wing it..and one last observation: the venerable tradition of pub quiz’ in Antigua….Reilly’s north, south, Ocelot and now the Londoner?  is there a draw/crowd for this anymore? just asking, you know..personally, for me..no? I don’t go to think, I go to drink..Frankly, Scarlett..

 

Memorial Day

thank you, Antigua, for a host of reasons and things to ponder about, on this day of remembrance (at least in the USA)…thank you for the memories of people that I’ve lost this year…George Morgan, Michael Banfield and James Santiago Durham, to name a few..

thank you for some amazing women in my life: Flor, Carmen, Ligia, Maite and MED…thank you for all the girls in the various stores who put up with my dumb gringo act..thank you, for all of your smiles..and the people where I live…the ever special Raquel, etc and Ana.

this town, at least on the bar scene,runs on gossip…no, it was’t me..etc…thanks, Hogan, for the nickname of the Klavern Tavern…yep, you nailed it, as usual…come back and we’ll travel again, anywhere, anytime..my personal standard of who i’ll hang out with…thanks, JR, for all the background information about how this country and the town really operates..there’s so much bullshit here that you need tall boots. Thanks, Phillip Willson. for the great story on the park and its renovation, with back stories..

I’m lucky to live here and I miss some people who have left..they added color/content..thanks to Alabama Bob, Spiros and HBT…true characters, in every sense of the word…and Shawn of Ocelot, Alex Ferrar, two great people in this tiny little world..of course, Michael Tallon and Mike Chrisman..other shining lights in this murky burg…the list goes on, of course..

in this case, hula hoops with a nail…if you’re looking, only Bodegona actually has hula hoops…whoopee, eh!

so? James Mullen, our heavy metal occasional visitor, is back for a few days/weeks (cheap air ticket) and was in the park with his lady from El Salvador…small world? she and I know Dan, of Lips, the biggest/best strip club in San Salvador (it was research, dammit) and I’ll be there in two weeks (research)…Personajes, next to the  Londoner, folded as the London Bridges whatever and is back to being Personajes…jeez, open an English themed bar next to an real English bar? only in antigua, I guess..

and yes, finally found/went by Da Vinci’s new location, up the street/north of El Cazadore Italiano…looks great but Luis Miguel has an eye for  style..

the govt post office, El Correo? opened again but for a few months..the Canadians want out of their unpaid contract, the govt says they’re ‘step in’, the international postal union requires that this silly little  country actually have a postal service..my suggestion? have the govt mail the paychecks of the congress bozos via the post office and see just how fast this mess gets fixed.

and if you’re lucky/early, go by El Sol and have the very lovely Maite personally make you an espresso…works for me..and the park project? moving along, an interview and more photos this morning, film at 11 and a great ‘only in Antigua’ article, coming soon, to a  drive-in, near you..