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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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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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music! Nelson is playing multiple gigs..Panza Verde, Frank’s Place, Angie Angie’s…whew…Dr J and Piano Mike, an unlikely duo, at the Exit Inn tomorrow at 8pm…Alex’ latest creation/restaurant about to open in the rear of Nido Antigua.
and the mess they call 5th calle poniente(west)..workers working at 7pm, trying to finish the screw-up…Christophe says it’s been five weeks of hell and with the first of the big-time processions/with crowds beginning tonight…ah, Antigua..you really know how to screw things up. And no usual Friday night municipal band concert at the Palacio? why?…street under repair, that’s why..the Marimbas under City Hall had a crowd, some dancing.

changes? o where to start? the lower level bar at Casbah is gone…reverted to Djinn, one of the last shops..which means that Marvelous Marbel is out of a job, at least for now…heard that four bars have recently been raided/shut down for various infractions, with Las Vibras being one…the other three? dunno…unconfirmed info, as usual with A-Town..

and the traffic cops were actually directing traffic! as in working! the trail of cars leaving town was bummer to bummer..oops..bumper..
und zo..it’s a starry night, meaning a cold one..wrap up with someone, is my advice.
and tomorrow? the outflow of the latest public printing of Our Man in Antigua, hither, thither and yon..and it’s being included in the 2015 edition of the Moon/Guatemala Travel Guide (the best)..whoopee, I say..go to the Amazon site (they just sent me $$)at http://www.amazon.com/author/michaelsherer for the latest specials, some free.
so, it’s a choice between starting the fire or sending out for two fat women…eskimo stuff, you know…it’s the ‘fire’…cheaper/easier/less hassle and I figured out why there’s the occasional crease in my right knee…propped against the tuk-tuk frame to avoid the bumps…hah, he said…I came back in tuk-tuk #3, who is starting a hamburger business across the street from an existing hamburger place, Hamburguesa Gigante…neither will survive..the new Dunkin’ Donuts, across from Burger King on 3rd calle pon/west?…lines of people and they MIGHT make it..go out and make it a great weekend, somewhere, somehow..la vida es corte/life is short, we know.

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So….’coming back from the coast with HBT and there’s a vacant commercial building by the highway….the seat belts are off, the beers are open and the latest ‘agricultural product’ is circulating, altho the Canadians in back aren’t participating. What the hell! they’re riding with the Legendary HBT at 80 mph and they’re scared?  please…anyway, there’s this could be spiffy drive up/thru place…mirrors, bright yellow, fresh paint and I’m thinking: Guatemalans eat corn every %$#@! day, right? in one way, shape form or whatever…and they also eat a ton/shit-load of hot dogs…so? stay with me, here…in PriceSmart, in the City, are packaged/frozen corn dogs…why not a corn dog outlet? Hire a few of the Gallo/Bud Babes (and where in the hell have they been recently?)to pose in their very spiffy outfits, slurping on a corn dog or two?  I tell ‘ya, it’s a ‘biz op’ waiting to happen..

so…full moon tonight? yep…the ‘Harvest moon’ altho what crop to be harvested now remains to be seen…and Lava’s 2 year anniversary is next Tuesday….free booze!…..another ‘start up success’ in this town, of which many are few and far between. 

the ever marvelous Marbel and ‘action’ Jackson are attempting to start a band…she on drums, he on guitar…let’s hope,eh? Travel Menu reports that this Saturday, Capt Gerry et al will be doing a 6pm show…for the Geritol/Depends crowd, I guess..

Ay Robot!…Dan’s great comic book/record outlet…looking for a new space/rental, something long term…Angie…well, ask Dan…’Soy Milk’…does that translate into spanish as ?

yeah, the wacked out Czech guy….goes from crazy to crazier, every day…wft? and big Mac is back….89 days til the visa rolls over.. Jim H, from somewhere up north, thinking of moving back here…xlnt! road trips! one of these days, Mike D and Reid C should be rolling in….and the ‘season’ begins again….’chemo!’ that’s a joke, which only Reid could answer. And no, I haven’t seen Cindy around…’lost her other job, last i heard…lookin’ for another…and yes, I’m as sick of this gray/drizzly weather as you are…feels like oregoon/oregon…go Corn Dogs!

Harvest Moon!

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and how perfect that it segues into the Day of the Dead. Judging from this mornings debris, the broken beer bottles, puddles of puke and discarded ‘go-cups’ hither, thither and yon, the night was a howling success..was I there? nope…’been dealing with a local pal in the hospital and my 94 yr old mom(likewise) so my thoughts have been elsewhere.

But…drum roll! tonight 8pm!~ Wayne Hooper, jazz musician extraordinary…Angie Angies…and tomorrow is his last gig here (same place, same time)….and it appears that one of our local wits has/is taken up exile in San Pedro..whither thou? and for how long?

Michos? Neil’s new venue…taking away some clients who usually go elsewhere for their cocktails…why? newness and the fact that smoking on the patio is…so far..okay..the existing pool of barflies..no, ‘clients’ is a finite number these days and yes, he has plans for changes come January…El Cazadore Italiano? ‘feels very funny(weird)to walk by and not see Marcel at the helm. To me, he was an integral part of the ‘experience’ and only time will tell as to what happens there…or not…

the latest(november)version of Our Man in Antigua is up on http://www.Createspace.com..in a few days Amazon.com will be offering it…monday the handy little flashdrive goes to the local printer for the local print version…there’s been a lotta changes in the last month around here…new places, old places gone and so on..and yes…the rainy season is almost over…please…

will the Mayor be having fiambre in his cell tonight?..poor devil…lost it all, just like that…why he didn’t skip town after he lost his immunity I’ll never know..Adolfo! Disney World, dude! 

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there’s only two more nights to catch the very urbane Mr Wayne Hooper…next thurday/friday at Angie Angies…7-9…there is tonight of course, assuming…Panza Verde, 8-10. Yet another musical hole in the soul of Antigua. But, hey…we’ve got the Friday night brass band at the Palacio, plus the ever swingin’ occasional marimba group on the steps of  City Hall. Yeah, City Hall….is the council or whoever’s in charge(sic)have meetings with the Mayor in his cell? web cam and skype?

Bull aka Santiago (James) Durham, long time Antigueno, 3rd place winner in the famed Terlingua Chili Cookoff…think 5 stars in Michelin…slipped, broke a hip bone(connected to the thigh bone, which is…)and now in the Betancourt Hospital in San Felipe…4th floor, rm #7…3 weeks, he says the docs said…the room is, shall we say, ‘spartan’….if know of any hot 20 yr olds that look great in a nurses outfit…call me…gawd..the birthday party in Vegas….Brenda in a nurses costume…wonder if I saved any photos?

Jason aka Goldfinger, back from the frozen wastes of Magadan(Siberia)….made me roadtest a ‘sample’ of the mezcal in the wood kegs behind the bar at Lava…

And I’m saddened by the implosion of what was, is and might still be La Casbah..I heard number$$s but since I never verify/fact check here, I’m not ‘goin’ there…significant though…Angel, across the street at the  new location of Djinn? sloooow….very sloooow…funny how, on that block at least, a move across the street can seem like the kiss of dearth…or death…Ricardo’s Tabacos y Vinos thrived after moving across the steet…por que/why? feng shui, dumb ass luck?

I thought i was in a time warp last night…no, not THAT bar….the lobby of Nido Antigua, Fushions’ complex? in the corner is a selection of crystals, crystals on chains and even a couple of Tibeten singing bowls…rum the inner rim with a stick, wand, whatever and the bowl starts to reverberate….kinda cool, especially with incense, an indian bedspread and some bean bags…maybe jefferson airplane.

Races in the morning..Pedro Cofino track, half way to Esquintla…9am…if you’re taking heart medications, bring double: trust me.

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Antigua….safe, sane and sedate. Maybe INGUAT can use this in their literature but for those bars/restaurant owners counting on foot traffic ($$) it’s a deadly trap…but there are bright spots…Wayne Hooper, Mr Smooth Jazz himself, is back…playing at Panza Verde and no, i didn’t take notes(no pen) and my memory(sic) is like a sieve…Piano Mike mentioned something about he and Moriah doing a gig(ask him)…

Hillbilly Tom, back from being unwell…goin’ to the races on Sunday…what good ‘ol boy could resist the roar of V8’s?…Plumb Bob wanted to go but he’s on a bus to Tapachula to renew his visa.

Angies’s birthday? not….the FB posting was bogus but I got to see her and the improvements at AA’s…art on the walls(and good)plus Ay! Robot is in the front portion…yay…they’ve survived…good move, Dan…probably a better location.

check out Sobremesa’s new art and Fusion’s new look…very very ‘bistro’ now..well, I like it..fine.

per Henrik of dos Reillys, the new location in Granada opens in December…and that town knows how to party(unlike the new Antigua)…some folks starting to get the concept that Zone 1 is/has sucked a lot of bar biz from A-Town…and why not? looser, closer and a lot more exciting…walk up 5th avenida norte and fall asleep, for example.  La Sala? great art/walls and rockin’ music…unlike the Sunshine Grill: I stopped for a slice of pizza to go and on the TV was vintage Prince, ’80’s, doin’ Purple Rain…the owner had the sound off: WTF?  the sound  off? ah…some folks just  don’t get the concept…I’da stayed and bought a beer just to hear Purple Rain and watch Prince do his moves..

Bull Durham,aka Santiago, out of action for a week…getting new fangs…which means no pork orders this week…fine…didnt’ wanta bbq anyway…oops, wrong…’grill’ is the proper word..  

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