Posts Tagged ‘atms’

no, not ‘that’ kind of fairy land…and no snide remarks about singing ‘don we now our gay apparel’ either…it was the night…Agua at sunset, wreathed in white cotton candy, the park lit up…the Cathedral…El Cazadore Italiano’s great Christmas lights blazing away, as a beacon in the night to hungry diners…of which there was a dearth(shortage)….where the hell are tourists/locals eating out tonight?  don’t go there, either…the places that were closed added up to about the same that were open..closing on a Tuesday night is a good decision, given the season..alas, Pangea didn’t even have their lights on, except for the kitchen..looks like they’re throwing in the napkins on that deal…odd, how fate dealt such bad cards to that location/business…

I, however, have had embraces(hugs)from two of the most beautiful women in town today,  so on my planet, all is exceedingly well..John K, massive truck seen on 5ta norte and tracked down to the bar at Dona Leonor’s…back from a shortened trip to Argentina…medical problems with a family member…fixed and he’s leaving in a few days…talking about our Top Five Faves for restaurants in this burg..he mentioned Epicure for dinner…hmm..haven’t done them…Alex of Sobremesa now up to 50 different flavors of ice cream…is this some kinda Guiness record thing? who cares?…they’re all dynamite…wait a minute! that could be a new flavor! pow! goes off in your mouth…(dont’ go there)

JM Cervantes con familia plus Gina C at El Portal..he’s one of the more interesting people (to me, anyway)in this town…cop, yes…mind, yes…thinking, yes…and where the hell is Fred of Ravenscroft? two Sundays in a row a no-show at the park…yeah,he’s 83 and biz is ‘slow’…i worry about him…another great intellect with an amazing  past…a true Antigua ‘character”

ah..the demonstrations in front of the Palacio de Capitanes General? all day…great and good for them…renting out the place is atrocious and a slam  in the face for the city, the consejo and whatever…where’s Da Mayor in this? Adolfo…you’re great and you’ve done wonderful things for the city…step up, dude…get on the picket line, dammit. You’ve got another term in office(which pays 8 grand a month..USD)so what’s the problem?

yeah..i stopped off at Ricardo’s T&V…no ice for the vokda…vodka…alas..the marvelous Marvel of Hug#2 there, looking smashing in black…tight black..use your imagination..I did.

no news on the ATM ‘workaround’ with the new PIN# trick…the old number worked again this morning: i’m not sure whether to be happy with more $$ in the pocket or disturbed that I’m still at risk from the ‘Boys from Bogota’

Allan of Travel Menu on top of things..a few plates, a few imbibers..one of my favorite places these days and yes…i’m still thinking about Peter and LM checking out in a few days..seems to have been a year of people leaving…some well-deserved, others missed…Mark Francis, JP..Category #1…Carla Berryhill and now these folks..as they said…’hey Jake, it’s Chinatown’..o well..and I miss that pirate aka John Wilbur.

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it ‘s slowly occurring to me that Peter the H and Lisa really are leaving in a few days…i’ve followed the saga of the ‘Beav and the trials/tribulations for nigh on two years…damn…that said, having been in similar situations where the times, the gods and the fates weren’t aligned, there’s a time to raise and a time to fold…it’s never easy and only time can heal any thoughts of what might’ve been or coulda/woulda/shoulda…ask me about the dot.com days in the 90’s, por ejemplo…a killer idea(but you can’t patent ideas)perfect timing, etc etc..written up in the Wall Street Journal, newspapers and that…just that close…

how ’bout a little whining? why isn’t there a bocce ball court in this town? why haven’t the faux mexican joint known as frida’s hired the mariachi band? why isnt’ there a decent bbq joint in town? or chinese? i know…this is Antigua and this is Guatemala…shut the f…k up and suck it up…if i really felt that strongly, i’d be living in San Jose, Costa Rica or even San Salvador..it’s all a trade-off…fewer gringos here, the architecture and the climate..yeah, i know that Granada has more bells and whistles…breakfast at Kathie’s Waffle House? I’m dreamin’ of #3…but it’s still Nicaragua and it’s small town Granada…but even they have decent mexican food…why not here?

Ixcot!..that black hole of despair? packed with a crowd..family deal…their biggest night ever!    Granada? Nicaragua? why is their beef so superior? Brendan B…what happened to the promise of rib eyes to die for? …hey, another couple of days and it’s Burn Satin..no, Satan Day…i think i’m gonna do the thing at the gas station this year…wednesday, 7 ish, no?

the ATM experiment hasn’t backfired…so far…screw…thanks a ton to BAC for giving Antigua a giant black eye for tourism…bastards all and no remorse…no warnings, no nothing…the dumb signs in the lobby…hey, it’s a crime without penalties, no recourse and no remorse..bastards..it’s not enough that they have more money than god…it’s the concept of ripoff..the unecessary ripoff of tourists and locals..tis been said that it’s an inside job, which make sense…i love this town and to see it’s reputation be smeared by the boys from bogota aggravates the hellouta me..fine..i’m going to my room…see you at the gas station…bring matches. 

lastly…thanks to those of you who’ve commented on the rough draft of the ‘travel guide’…it’s different but it’s ‘meat n pototoes’…seen from the perspective of someone who lives here, travels/writes and it’s stuff that i’d want to know before i hit town…the good, the bad and yes..the ugly..thanks..’should be out as an ebook in two weeks, print version in january..

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it’s December the 3rd, we’re at almost a mile in altitude and we’re walking around in shirtsleeves at 7pm?…the stars/planets are out, the moon’s hangin’ overhead, globos are being launched in the park..fireworks, marimba bands playin’…how much better than all of that?

La Fonda Peter Real on 5ta has a street display…a floppy eared burro and two guys dressed up as shepherds…no, not the germanic type…arabic types…passed by Ricardo’s T&V and who’s working there now?

hint#1...she also works at another bar in town

Peter the Hodge’s going away party tomorrow…Santa Ana, with a 4pm start time but i don’t know if this is on G.S.T time or not..passed Da Mayor, getting into a compact japanese kinda car…we waved…no more big Jimmie Suburban? or is this some kinda incognito thing?
no, it wasn’t a Henway….what’s a Henway, you ask? oh, about a couple of pounds…
upper 5th waiting for the crowd of imbibers…and waiting..and waiting…a new bistro on 5th calle, by the Moviestar office…Casola Bistro, i think..and a new jewelry store also going in , next door….look..i didn’t have a pen or my camera…i’ll try to shape up tomorrow but i’m not promising anything.
‘thought I’d flirt with the ATM’s today…haven’t used one since last February/March’ debacle of the the Boys from Bogota episode…called my boutique bank in Sausalito and asked the question about remote changes on the PIN….nope..no can do but we can mail you a new PIN #…fine…does the old-previous PIN # expire? yep, in about 2 business days…this may be a good Plan B for traveling, especially after the recent brouhaha with those scumbags at BAC..I’ll know by Monday if the account was hacked…
ran into Alex of Sobremesa early, opening the ice cream shop…has yet another new flavor…Sweet Potato Pie…damned fine stuff…he’s outa the new flavor, Gingerbread…kudos to Alex for the travel guide idea, btw…the ebook will be out by the 14th..the cover art is done..
re the closing of El Caminante…there’s some skulduggery(love that word) but all will be made queer….no, clear…soon..nope, my lips are ripped…no, zipped…it’s all just another Antigua ‘story’…kinda like the Cafe Flor saga with JP…ran into the very tasty Victoria this morning..whew, that woman dresses to kill/thrill and it works. Plus she sings like an angel..
one of the El Muro babes
 yep, that’s her…Ricardo snagged another of Antigua’s finest…she’s still working at El Muro but I don’t know when…’not my problem, hey?
the ceviche thing at Lava/Ocelot is working…’seems that folks like the stuff on Sundays…a few brewskies to wash it down with and….fine…after watching ‘she of the infectious laugh’ get sick at Dos Mundos and then the wife of a friend have her lip paralyzed for a few weeks, i’m not doing the stuff…go ahead on it..Spiros’ stuff looks great…Nadoush? Nadooosh? the new place on 6th ave norte, now open..’wish ’em well…that’s a dead zone. With the coming of Las Cebollinas on 5th calle, that region might now take off…funny how the center of gravity changes here but then again, i haven’t been here long enough to really have a clue(about much of anything, i admit). As with Valentine what’s his name from the sci-fi novel, i’m just a stranger in a strange land(but i love it)..have a great weak end..

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which has nothing to do with anything unless it applies to something I’ve missed…whew…the young beauty queens in red dresses  and high heels…posing in front of the Cathedral and then trooping out of City Hall later…guess that Da Mayor needed to give them his stamp of…approval? Miss Guatemala got my vote…tall, skirt up to here, legs to there…Luis the Guide was watching me trip over my tongue.

Jason of Lava entertaining the bar with tales of outback kangaroo hunts(for food)..while he mixed up the evening’s bbq sauce for the chicken…some kinda big pork cookoff there in the afternoon of Thursday..the Lounge taking one of dos Reilly’s slogans…Come as Strangers, Leave as Friends…a sign over the door…lame, if not also tacky..

just missed the marvelouos Marvel at Ricardo’s…found out from mr Adams that she reads..a mind and a body?  Ocelot’s latest ‘happy hour’ concept of cheapo drinks from 5-6? drawing in a room-size crowd at 5pm…don’t stand in the doorway, my advice..can you spell ‘trample’…

the town? more and more christmas lights/decorations, tourists w/cameras…’mighta turned an economic corner, as long as those bloodsucking ATM’s at  BAC  leave any money in the account..Revue’s coming out tomorrow with an article about same…personal…ouch..BTDT, alas..ran into Cath D in the mercado this morning…she shopping at the flower section, me confessing to shopping for shoes…yeah, a real ‘guy’ thing, window shopping for shoes….ok, just a little gay joke: in San Francisco they define a homosexual experience as shopping for shoes with a matching belt…drum roll…’passed  Moriah of Piano Mike fame…Ignacio in the park earlier, dressed to play somewhere later…nope, didn’t ask…and yes, looking for other quarters, after the first of the year…’think my sanity(hah)will last til then…noise, buses, tuk-tuks..no can do..oddly busy in town tonight…a good thing..

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‘apropos of nothing..got to remembering the John Candy/Steve Martin goin’ home for the holidays movie..jeez, the town is FULL of White Folks…cameras, water bottles…i don’t recall it being this busy last Thanksgiving…but then, my RAM is full if not corroded..

looks like there’s gonna be some more vacancies hither, thither and yon…El Pintor aka the Circus Bar is about that far from tossing in the towel, pizza or ravioli…and the coffee bar in back? wtf were they thinking (or smoking)when they signed the lease? beats me…Metiz? i love their email ads/images…class…alas…location’s gonna kill ’em…had they taken over the old Deliciosa location, maybe they woulda  had a fighting chance..just by picking up the old clients used to stopping there.

that little bar inside the Galeria Merced? gonzo…empty…another great hide-out faded…like the little bar waaay in the back of Riki’s? or the Salvadoreano bar on 2nd calle, next to MDC’s Salon Creativo? places to hang when you don’t want to be seen..for whatever reason…

goldfinger aka Jason Lever back in town til mid December…or until the numerous paternity suit/drug charges catch up with him…I’m kidding…he and Shaun are thinking up some kind of Aussie ‘thing’ for Sundays there(Lava)…no, i don’t have a clue but what’s new? Luke Armstrong doing a benefit at Reilly’s and then  later at Sobremesa for a video clip for YouTube…

the shop people are watchin’ the doors…this is ‘make or break’ time for some…the Pangea’s Lounge adding more memorabilia to the outside…too little, too late…’wonder if the new bartender knows that the plugs probably gonna be pulled by the end of the year?  so? will they find a buyer? if so, for what? the remaining lease, the fixtures and the contents? ‘goodwill’, that elusive element? damn glad i don’t do ‘business appraisals’ anymore..i’d have to decline a lot of assignments, insist on being paid in cash and so on..

ah…the start of the gringo holiday season…and you know better than use the ATM’s at BAC, right? it’s a reverse Colombian version of the Christmas Plan. May your wishes be granted, the plate full and enjoy the moments…

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I’m not..lotsa turistas y guatemaltecos in the streets… and some very tasty Capitalinas walkin’ around…maybe the ‘season’ has kicked in and $$ will flow into the various cash boxes of local merchants, saving some from the ignomious end of ….oops, can’t pay the rent, the electric bill….cha cha..

Tono Pullin’s back! passed him in the avenida early..how great to see him…i’ve missed his presence…the all time renaissance man..horses, passion, wine..thanks for the thanksgiving invites..and thank all of you who have extended an invitation to make the choice..’breast or thigh?’….it’s been a life long struggle, which isn’t over.

Piano Mike at O’lot early…Moriah’s  at the beach today/tonight…which means that tonight’s gig will be A or B…PM solo or PM not…I suggested an alternative…Lucy Luscious!

wordpress, aka the net is weird tonight…not my problem..hasta manana..

fine…problem solved with a different photo…what I’d been thinking of (so to speak)was that PM,if he’s short of an entertainer sometimes, break in a new one..aka LL…she has stage presence, charisma and cha cha’s…worse case scenario is that she lip syncs…aka Britney Spears…hell, i’d go watch ’em play..ack! ants in my sugar bowl!…what has four legs and eats ants?  both of my uncles…drum roll…

i’m still trying to figure out the strategy of being the 4th bar in a certain patio..numbers 1 and 2 are nailing the customers, #3 picks up the stragglers, leaving who/what for any leftovers?  kind of similar to Sangre’s most recent ploy…drop in and sign up for free Spanish lessons…wtf? i asked ’em about it and the ‘student’ gets to go to some other location for the lessons..where? the brothels in Joco or Chimaltenango? it certainly is a different ploy/play..if it were me, i’d bring the ‘spanish teachers’ into the bar, let ’em liquor up the customers and adjoin to a nearby cubicle for indepth lessons.  Sangre could then use a new slogan, good for T/shirts…’Liquor in the front, poker in the rear’…jeez, i’m sick..thank god its a sunday and i’m taking the day off…


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I’d received the e-mail cum chain letter last night about BAC’s latest rampage in town but it wasn’t until this morning that i was able to verify what I’d read (and the source)…in a word, those bastards…no, make that scum-sucking thieves not only stripping the life blood of Antigua aka tourists/visitors but now also hitting Guatemaltecos with local bank cards…Revue’s editor has written a powerful piece on this, coming out in the December issue: thanks, JB, for sharing the content. Later, in a long conversation with a local ‘law enforcement official’ who shall remain nameless (and the only cop I’ve run into here that seems to give a damn) the thread or trail seems to be logical to both of us. And this is a guy who has an old (80’s)degree in Computer Science..given that the ‘incidents’ began with the original negotiation and eventual purchase of BAC by the Bank of Bogota…the fall of 2010, around September, Lonely Planets disclosure later, December and then early this year and the electronic ‘trail’ leading back to Bogota, the conclusion shared is that this is an ‘inside job’…emanating from ‘down there’, an internal mole/rat/weasel knowledgable in the IT world, capable of covering their tracks eventually…later, last spring, the trail let elsewhere…Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico..it sucks, they suck and now they’ve sucked money from more people…local Antiguenos of the native persuasion..bastards. 

God, what a beautiful day otherwise…perfect blue skies, air, light and music in the park…that other ‘Peruvian’ band, the usual 4-some with the truly big guy? doing a duet in the park this morning, of old Beatle standards…got my attention and i stopped to listen, something I never do..the very sweet Dona Gavi also mesmerized by them…she’s a grandmother? looking that good? must be something she sells in her little shop on 4th, near El Cazador Italiano…hmm, is it too late for me to try some?

I hear fireworks..bombs, mortars…probably another wedding…what else would it be? ‘ran into Carla B and her sometimes visitor, Richard earlier…she looks/looked radiant…’never seen her looking so vibrant..we missed each other at Travel Menu last night..which was crowded. So much that they ran out of stuff on the menu,like the beef or chicken dishes…christ, that’s a problem any restaurant in town would love to have..Peter the H, LM and Plumb Bob were saddled up at the bar…heard that Alex’ Sobremesa is booked out tonight for two hours(yay)’ran into Rita Maria last night at the Xian opening bash…whew..and then the girl who’s photo I shot with Nick?..this morning at Epicure…she’s got three kids?  yep..count ’em..right there…must’ve been a child bride kinda thing.

remember that story that a long time bar was opening another branch in the City? supposedly one of the key employees is already there…doing what exactly, i have no idea(typical, you say)if so and true, this makes some kind of sense…Zone 1 is Ground Zero, they do have a loyal following from the City…und, ‘zo on…if they had a Guate partner with bucks/juice…hmm..’been told that newcomers in that part of town get their asses kicked for dipping into the trough..maybe it’s all just chisme: the lubricating oil of Antigua business…and I’m still smiling over watching that sweet girl that we all know, last night, chugging jack daniels and coke…i’da never imagined that/her…you never can tell, is the motto…’have a great weak end..’see ya around later.

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