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I don’t remember a night like this in Antigua….disco balls/strobe lights(some kinda party i passed), people in  suits wearing Venetian Ball type masks,  after being accosted earlier by city women…well, only one…we talked, i gave her my real phone number…’did the puppet show on Calle de los Nazarenos early on…Cafe Bourbon, with PM and Moriah setting up for the evening’s show(and packed at ten, later..folks in the street, hanging on the window bars..) Ocelot early..La Esquina doing just fine…La Sala cranking up…Cargo Room dead..El Shaman for Lisa’s going away party..’havent’ been there in a year and they’ve added lights on the ruins next door..one of the better patio views(if you like ruins and i do..i gotta look in the mirror every morning)…Karla H working there too..besides Fusion 2…alex’ wife workin’ F2 tonight, Robto de Oro, Ed and the visitor at F2…Ed perked up when I mentioned two babes..Robto offered his house..Barb’s away for the night..hey..i gotta house..gotta deranged javelina in front but i gotta house..Angie Angies! fabulous duo…12 string and Gautemala’s most famous entomologist..stay with me here..a violin whiz…no, wiz but tonight on the electric mandolin? incredible picking…Concierto del Mister Jueves and i’ll go back to hear them any time…xlnt…Desiree and husband there, place moderately packed..Emma and friend on the sidewalk at Cafe No Se..Max and Yo Yo on the street at El Muro..quietest night all week, per Max..Yo yo and plumb bob leave wednesday..back to the US…alas..Pangea’s lounge? yeah, stopped for a pop…Whiskey Den packed..IxNay dead, Red’s dead..Mercedes singing/playing at o’lot…Sobremesa doing fine..where was I? Cafe Opera for a listen to the most xlnt Adan pounding the keys of the upright..whew..damn good..the masked people? a birthday party at a hotel on 1st calle…new restaurant on 4th calle, uphill from Weltan..motorcycle themes..El Escape…beer only..at least tonight..big/huge property, many rooms of empty tables..rotsa luck..two or three Harleys on display, one with ape-hangers…walls festooned with motorcyle parts/accessories…dont’ know if this is gonna work…ape hangers? the handle bars extended and turned upwards…work with me…ATM problems continue via BAC…walked by early morning and a gringa tourist popped..recently moved AL member popped..Kelly C popped..’sent a note upstream to the country manager of BAC, saying ‘do something”…anything..thank you, MDC, for a superb foot massage today: I knew this evening was gonna be pounding the cobblestones…DV taking down/moving more fixtures..too late for Hectors..Ron F sittin’ across the street by la merced,upper 5th packed..folks heading for church or for Cashbar…I’d pick ‘B’…’been to church…the babes dress better at Cashbar..ah..the thousand year old dancer? working at  D’Jinn…damn..forget to go back..told her I would…beat me, whip me..well, just a little bit..you know..’green light, red light?’ obscure san francisco reference..whew…good thing i’m retired and don’t have to hold down a real job…o..and the ‘danish bank’ rumor? at this point, it’s only one bank..details to be confirmed in a week or so…maybe..hasta la pasta..

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Afghanistan

i couldn’t resist this, which came via my spam filter today…real? who knows? f…..king amusing, if nothing else…the Embassy sponsored citizens meeting of those ripped by BAC or other ATM machines in Gautemalo? an overflow crowd, totallly unlike the February version where three gringos(myself included)listened to lame excuses and Power Point presentations…lame doesn’t begin to describe either event…the 5B lady made her presentation first, showing photos of how they’ve installed metal shields over the keypads, to foil the minicameras…my ass..she almost cried after receiving a ton of verbal abuse..#2 up..Credomatic’s General Manager for Guatemala..dressed in starched/pressed Polo/Dockers/expensive leather jacket..not your typical banker..weird..’send us proof”…your credit card/debit card info, your losses..cha cha horse shit..as if..i gave him proof..Moon Travel’s article, my article..let’s consider a logical question: the BAC branch in Antigua has been the subject, the locus/focus of hundreds of fraudulent transactions, leading straight back to Bogota(which I said to him..a ‘river of transactions)…either he is in denial, hasn’t been told or he knows of this…any way you cut it…as Eldridge Cleaver once said, ‘if you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem.” If he doesn’t know, he deserves to be fired..If he does know, he deserves to be fired..the branch manager of the BAC branch in Antigua? lo mismo..dead meat or criminal..these bogus transactions have not stopped, despite numerous meetings, articles and international press..Antigua is taking it in the shorts..and where the hell is Adolfo, our o so press conscious alcalde/mayor? is he or his staff taking part in any of these meetings? No…por que? is he concerned about tourism in Antigua? show up, dude and pound the table…a donde esta? it’s fucking ridiculous..a world heritage city, a prime international tourist destination, being smeared by Colombians and lackadaisical Guatemalan bankers…why? the ‘how’ is obvious…the solutions are not that expensive or high tech..in answer to my question..’is the data encrypted?” yes…but to what level? 128bit? he didn’t know..that is old technology and easily hacked..your average 12 yr old can hack these atms..back door, open sesame via Windows XP…buy the key on the web for 10 bucks..its transmitted via wireless…o..perfect..even easier to crack..hey, its only a million bucks or so..to this point..peanuts…I’ve had to downgrade my peanut butter from JIF to a generic brand…screw you…..ok..change of subject.. Ay Robot, new comic book store on 6th avenida, uphill from Davinci…great! the best in Guatemala…Da Vinci? moving stuff to the new location…El Muro’s ‘karaoke night?…at 7, no John, no Max, no Chicago dogs and no karoake…only ..well, not only…Emma and Michael..who told me that is ‘British Week’ in Guatemala..WTF? who knew? do we banger in the mash? ah, those wacky Brits…there was a ‘dog and pony show’ put on by the Brit Embassy about the ATM problems this week..more bushwa, horseshit..Pangea having a ‘grand opening’ for their new lounge on Thursday night..the first level, behind the kitchen…a place for customers(what customers?)to hang while a table is ready…oops..what about the existing bar?..well,they’re gonna move it…make room for the already ‘under utilized’ dining room…go figure..quiet night at Ocelot..Matt B, Brendan B, Plumb Bob, Pat Sweeney…Camilla the gorgeous pouring..Whiskey Den doing just fine..making their nightly nut on a few swillers and making $$..Cafe Opera? Adan at the piano, pricey drinks but a haven/heaven for music/atmosphere..I’ll miss the final/final at Da Vinci and a passing glimpse of the divine Claudia..news of a recent mugging by La Merced..gringa taken for everything, at gun point..swell..more great press for Antigua..go by Ay Robot..they’ve gotta great Godzilla action figure…japan’s next export, glows in the dark and makes your sushi even tastier..is that blowfish? no, that’s glowfish..what next? for me, another round of mind-numbing vodka..it’s been a helluva day and it’s only Tuesday..BAC? ‘Bag All Cash’..bastards..

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Yul Brynner as Pharoah, talking to Charlton NRA Heston aka Moses…too bad Yul’s gone…’be a great Egyptian president, altho Omar Sharif might be a more authentic choice…what’s up with the ‘Net’ and the phones today? slower than the Second Coming…referring to Christ, of course…John W and a new popsie strolling along 5ta norte early, looking for a place for breakfast..’wonder how El Muro is doing without his input/energy? slower probably…dos Reillys is getting their groove back: bar packed, tables full on a Sunday night…good for Henrik…’been a few anxious moments, i suspect..Chez Chris empty…alas..WTF? how much longer, how deep are the pockets? same-o same-o Sangre…actually an apt name, given how long they’ve been bleeding.  Murray! back from Tejas!…told him about the Steve James gig at Ocelot upcoming…Austin folks, gotta go, etc..no, didn’t do the bub quiz: I go to bars not to sharpen my wits but to dull them…and Brendan is  a ferocious wit/brain…in any battle of the wits with him, I’m the unarmed guy..The Mime Index? normal crowd…town emptied out early, car-wise..are H/E and ‘item’?…she’s sounding very giddy these days, not around and neither is he..much..hey, good for them..lotta flowers/candy being passed around today..ephemeral promises but…gotta have faith in the species…Luna Miel? packed..Ixcot the opposite…when are the owners going to count up the losses and pull the plug?..ElCaz italiano’s x-mas lights are still up and i like ’em…a pretty beacon in the night..the clouds came in, the winds blew the dust around and the purple blossoms of the jacaranda trees in the park are perfectomundo..there were some exceedinly tasty latina lolitas strolling around today: my merit badge for the DOM medal probably got a few…what?..Dirty Old Man medal..inspirations..hash marks..the ATM scam continues…BAC, the center of the problem, doesn’t/hasn’t done shit…no signs, no warnings..well, they are owned by Colombians but even so..give the tourists a break(right)an acquaintance was popped today on the right hand side machine(the safe one)..$1000…three charges of $wierd amouts..just like i was…what next? vodka break..there oughta be a Breathalyzer on keyboards/mobile phones, that’s whats next..write an app, please. I may have written something with my fingers that my body can’t cash but I’ll know more tomorrow just how deep the hole is that i may have dug..’it wasn’t me…it was my evil twin brother, Skippy’…Ignacio the Cuban, looking forlorn outside the Condesa..after seven marriages and a recently broken arrangement to play music, I’d feel the same way…maybe the reason the ‘net’ is slow today because of all the re-routed funds being sent to Bogota…not mine..they ‘got me’…

 

 

 

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