Posts Tagged ‘BAC’

fire flies! flitting around the patio…hey, it doesn’t take much for me to get excited…Sierra Harding’s birthday today…yeah, she worked the evening shift at O’lot but was surrounded by well wishers…even a few gifts here and there…she is, after all, very sweet..as is Tracy and Beverly..

ah, more ATM stuff…’been told that if one uses a Citibank card at the BAC ATM’s, Citi automatically shuts it off…the 5B machine down the street at Banco Whatever has gone wierd on me since Sunday…today they ripped the guts out of it..my card was put on hold but I sweet-talked my bank in the Us into a release…whew…amazing how a few Q in the pocket makes life a bit better…so, the volcano? nope, didn’t do anything to the golf course at La Re Union…Nicky Z and latest girl friend at O’lot…hey, he’s got it…Rich Neel reporting that the races at the Pedro Cofino track out by Esquintla are worth seeing..yep, put me down…june 17th, assuming that the proposed road trip to Take a Lik Abaj isn’t happening  at that time.

so..a quiet semi-rainy night…Flor was florescent..Dasha, of course..the ever delightful Ms M getting off her shift at dos Reillys…town fulla gringas..why? volunteers/spanish schools? they’re young, they’re mostly blond and they’re….built really well..hey, i just call it like i see it, ok?

Tuesday night and Cashbar is closed? Monday nights i understand..but Tuesday?…a sign of the times, i s’pose..the old Reilly’s location is still getting work done: what it’s gonna be is anyone’s guess…kinda like La Estancia, which burnt down a year ago and only now is/are the roof joists going up..and again, as I said to Nick Z, I’m amazed at how thin the cash layer is in town…some folks can’t cash a 100q note, some don’t have a 100q…and i’m talking about established business’…


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fried my brain…uh, right..vodka-breath..go by Fusion on 4th calle and ask Alex for a tour of the massive re-mod job next door, where the ill-fated 709 restaurant used to be…this is HUGE and will be a very interesting place whence(done)completed, scheduled to open two week before Easter with a ‘soft opening’ in February…only two rental spaces left, if that’s a clue..

Bill Ipsan, the very talented Cuban painter that i wrote about last month…or so…being kicked out of his space on 2nd calle, around the corner from Epicure…owner wants to put in a liquor store…a few churches within the designated ‘no booze zone’..he was relating the final final melt-down with the ‘person’ of PV and the delectable Ms A…yeah, o so typical of a plain pain in the …. vs a tasty and talented lady…sign up for tickets for the 3rd Venetian Masked Ball…yeah, I’m ‘in’…signed off on being the ‘moderator’ whatever that means…moderate isn’t exactly a word often used in my life(as you know)..if a little is good, more is better…etc..february the 17th, a friday…

El Muro!…kicked out some walls, decorated the place..what was a ‘dive bar’ is now a semi-classy joint…no biz but tasty barmaids..what happened to the ‘free drinks’ til 11 pm? round up the Gallo Girls, bring on the Brahva Babes and have some kinda nude/jello/wrestling event..’it’s a full nelson and she’s pinned!..i could ‘moderate’ this…

and thanks, one and all for the very kind words about the Amazon.com reviews of the booklet…tis selling, and a major tip of the panama to Frener Printers!…50 more copies ordered today…should one wish(and i wish you would)google our man in antigua for the various outlets..i’d love to upgrade the vodka brand..woof!

El Caminante’s open…Angie Angies is doin’ great..go by and see(before its gone)the carving of St Michael redone as Ronald McDonald…major joke/goof and sold…and as mr vonnegut once wrote, and so it goes..rip, mr v..it’s a quiet night in A-Town…avoided (2X)angel of djinn..last seen at ricardo’s t&v slurping wine..she’s a bit too peligroso por moi..but i like looking at her.. 

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the town at mid-day very quiet…what few shops were open you had to wonder why…very last minute presents?….very strange, unless it was better than staying home. Even the street artists were late setting up and the streets? covered with more firework remnants than ever: the only better remains i’ve seen were in Amsterdam, on New Year’s Day…an inch of slush and the streets were pink with paper..yeah, the Dutch…go figure…Maggie M at the counter of el Portal…she’s such an elegant lady.

so…Mexico…spending 52 million dollars on tourist promotion for 2012…plugging all their ‘end of the world’ spots…and how much is INGUAT spending? let’s see, after salaries and perks…52q?  the exception may come next year with a new head guy and Walther F, the local el jefe…if their email announcements of things, happenings and events are any clue, they’re tryin’..what kind of tourist slogan could they come up with? Come to Antigua for the end of the world, after you use the ATM’s at BAC?  gotta give the PNC a tip of the panama, at least for today…they’re patrolling the hellouta the streets…’visibility’..

ever wonder if the street guys who sell the flutes would do better if they learned the theme song from a Fistful of Dollars? or if the guy who’s schlepping the brown Maya figurines would do better if he spray painted them gold? I did all of mine that way and they look great..and no, I didn’t stay up for the midnight orgy of fireworks…earlier there was a parade on 4th norte…that was enough..I’m getting jaded, it looks like.

Sarah G’s back from Hell A…Caffe Bourbon open for the breakfast semi-crowd and even Lili La Prensa took the day off…I  kinda am, still twitching with the graphics for the book cover and blurbs for the back…you think writings’ easy? get it down and then get it edited and then do the publishing route plus graphics? and then marketing? helllooo…watch the pennies roll in, one at a time..hey, I’m retired…what else would I be doing? no, not the Del Rey…Christmas sucks there…oops, wrong adjective…

its beginniing to look a lot like Christmas

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no..it’s not another ‘gay’ joke…just got to thinkin’ about the usual cakes sent, delivered or passed around for Christmas…those heavy impossible to eat suckers with nuts, fruits…no, don’t go there…i guess that the inevitability of Christmas is sinking in but at least, sans TV…well i have one but it’s never on, that i don’t have to watch commercials nor count the remaining shopping days.

‘ran into Brielle duFlon early, on her way to work(she’s doing both the Galeria de Arte and dos Reillys’…asked about her show at Panza Verde last month…or was it two months ago? whatever…she sold 8…yep, 8 outa 14 paintings…major talent in town…and a note from John R (one of the original ‘unindicted co-conspirators’)reminding me of a name similarity to  John R. Wilbur and his presence (still)on the Interpol list…nope..no news from Roatan..’haven’t seen/spoke with Max in a while, nor have any of my island/Copan contacts answered any emails asking about details..’last i heard from Max is/was that the ‘case’ is slowly being dealt with..Reilly’s Guatemala City new location opens next Friday..16th..

neil c’s last night at ocelot is sunday…6pm start of the evening shift…go by..i’ ll do so..peter the hodge and LM checking out on sunday..back to the YouEss of A for a while…might end up in Puerto Vallarta for a spell. 

lethargy is still me this week…is it the full moon or the  lunar eclipse? ..no urge to go out at night…however…weird/good news re BAC and the ATM stuff…a local gringa had her account hacked a week or so ago…so, you say? the bank CALLED her to ask about any suspicious transactions and then…refunded her loss within a week…WTF! is it possible that BAC is finally…finally taking steps to stamp out this local problem?

the only thing that Guatemala is #1 these days is in credit/debit card fraud…’could be worse..Honduras has the #1 spot for murders…they’v just enacted a law providing for only one person on a motorbike…hmm..didn’t Guatemala have that law in place? right…lotta good that did…maybe the new US Naval base on Guanaja(Caribbean/Honduras)will choke off some of the drug activity passing by…kinda doubt it…Roatan being known as Coke Island won’t change, given the support of the locals/politicians..kinda like the Peten region..too much $$$ to change things…maybe, just maybe  Otto can make a difference: this country’s taking a beating in the press..La Prensa reporting that tourist $$ are down…wow..big news..ask any of the local proprietors(owners) I’m of the opinion that this country is too big to effectively get a handle on the drug traffic…not enough radar, cops or strike teams…too much graft…alas..again, ‘welcome to Chinatown, Jake’

ok…off the sap/soap box…smile, Polly Anna…

the evening stroll…fabulous full moon(the hair will start growing on the back of my hands shortly)..more personnel changes in the wind…one of our(well, mine)more popular duos not gonna be playin’ at a certain place. Why? who knows? the venue hasn’t changed, their music hasn’t changed but the crowds have…go figure…Neil C! ran a bar tab last night that’s historical…i counted 26 various cocktails…oughta frame the tab but it runs to both sides of the paper..Alex B of Fusion…also shakin’ his head at the inconsistency of the trade…up one day/week, down the next…ah..that ex-mex place next door, the shortly lived ‘709’? whatta tale of deception/ripoffs between the owner and his so-called partner…ask Alex..it’s so very very Antigueno chisme…however…come February that space will be hosting something new and different…with Sr Bell and a group of locals, there’ll be ‘Antigua by/for Antiguenos’..foods, crafts, cha cha…again, ask Alex..

the O’lot patio and space at Lava…f….king packed at 6..the new morena version of Flor wrapping up her shop, off to meet the sweet Gina C at El Portal…and Ms C is a grandmother? one of the better looking grandmother’s I’ve ever seen…ah, the Bistro Casola by night, Zoe’s clothing shop by day..5th calle..as a concept,  I like it…wonder where they put the clothes away?  ..lotta folks going thru major changes…Peter the G’s taking a position in a different kind of real estate market…once this financial f….up that’s worldwide gets resolved and once that Otto gets his hands on the reins of power in this country, who knows?  I think i’ve got it that the Pelicanos restuarant in Monterrico is for sale…these last few months have been brutal for that town…the floods, the ….fill in the blanks…and thanks for asking about the book release…next week it goes up into cyberspace and gets translated into various ‘languages/codes’ by the “Meatgrinder’…really…nope, don’t ask..I don’t get it but so what else is new? time to go howl at the moon.. 

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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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