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Guatemala, where the strange is just another dose of the daily news and the weird is cannon fodder…no mudder, fodder…I published this last night and this morning in one local paper, the headline read that he’d already been deported, back to Belize…no other confirmation, anywhere…

http://www.examiner.com/article/lawyers-guns-and-john-mcafee?cid=db_articles&no_cache=1354933329

so…? so what? who the hell knows?  or cares, you ask…in a conversation this morning with a local business man, i made a heavy side-bet that…if he (McAfee)were back in Belize (or not) that his phone is ringing with offers from Hollyweird to ‘do’ the story…c’mon…think about it…lawyers, guns,drugs, money, hookers and bizarre behavior? is this not a description of half of Congress, Oprah, Phil Spector and so on? my bet was that within six months we’re looking at a made for TV movie, shot on location…oops..wrong word/connotation…’filmed on location’…and the Belizean sleazoids will sign on as ‘consultants’…oh…who to play the staring role? that whacked out person, likewise ‘eccentric and unstable’…Tom Cruise…life, as usual, defeats the efforts of comedy, art and insanity..pick your actress..Demi Moore, Pam Anderson, Seka…obscure reference #2

yep..missed it again…the ol burning of the Devil…(set for 5pm)..every f$#@! year i think, you know…you really ought to go see it/shoot photos..but as I said earlier to Nicole…i’ve seen the Devil already, in so many times/places/hallucinations, that once more really isn’t going to make a helluva difference..Nixon, for example…LBJ…Tom DeLay…peyote, DMT, mescaline..cha cha cha…Jimmy Swaggert..no, I never really liked acid..

the streets were somewhat empty, somewhat full..5th ave, first block north of the park, doing fine…Casbah/Studio 35 looking good, early..Red’s dead, that new place, La Velada on 1st Calle, with the Spor Bar sign? closed…oops..not good..4th calle,the golden gulch? Sobremesa slammed, Neils’ Michos the same, Tartines? Francois, at the door, looking lonely…Fusion/Mammas? slow…DaVinci? two..yes, 2 tables!…the road/highway screw up at the entrance to town is likewise screwing up a lot of city folks who don’t want to deal with even more of a traffic problem..perfect for Christmas, eh? 

speaking of Christmas, i’ve decided what i want…a real stocking stuffer…Santa, you bastard…come thru for me  this year, goddammit..I’ve been good…and i can produce signed statements, if you want…

is she hot or what?

James aka Santiago/Bull Durham? looking 110% better! color, gaining weight and walking(gingerly aka slowly)…great news…and the ‘pork chop/rib connection? back on, again..briefly…place your orders pronto…jamesdurham2@gmail.com for next week (I’m in for chops)

is she hot?…yeah…if I can find a really really big stocking..’got the fireplace…and if Santa(you stingy bastard) comes thru…

the impending road trip to Take a Lick Abaj? not quite set in stone…more like set in Silly Putty but we’re talking about a time/place for leaving next Wednesday…progress, Antigua style.. 

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another ‘only in Antigua’ moment or two…a funeral procession leaving La Merced about 5ish, with a mariachi band leading the way…and later, when they turned on the lights in the park, 5th ave, 5th and 6th calles went dark…

and the parking polizei? pissed about back wages/no wages…c’mon…get in the Christmas spirit and give a gift of time (as if)…I don’t know about you but watching the armed pairs of Army soldiers patrolling the streets with their machine guns at the ready….what happens if? is there a rule on pulling the trigger and is so, what is it? is it like they’ve gotta shout ‘halt three times’ before they let their fingers do the walking/talking?

Ocelot has a new manager…David H…and yes, it’s John A, not Don A…my hearing sucks, you know…

there is supposedly a new night club going in where the old theatre of La Sin Ventura was…Segafredo Zanetti…next week, possibly..the weekend…and it appears that Casbah is only open on the weekends..or it appears to me to be that way….

Jim aka Santiago Durham…outa the hell of San Felipe/Roosevelt Hospitals in the City and back home, recuperating from a broken hip…surgery, new ball and so on…and do whatever you need to do to avoid either of these places…grimness abounds, the price is right but…

John Heaton, our gad-fly of Antigua…always trying to bring back the good ol days and get Antigua moving again…just had a collection of his photos accepted by the Library of Congress (US)…that’s good PR…

the proposed road trip up the coast next week might be in jeopardy unless Plan B or C is put into play…the driver, Tom aka Richard Petty Martin, isn’t feeling well…nah, actually he’s sick (again)…get well, please..and Bob Wheat had his trusty Guatemala map/camera stolen…jeez, what’ s with people that they want a map of Guatemala? fortunately, I have one..and yes, that was an earthquake at 6:36 this morning.

and further more, one of the two largest emporiums for arts/crafts is reporting 25/35% decline in sales…perfect, eh? a fiscal cliff approaches, right here in Antigua and yes, the Pizza Mia place on 4th ave is gone…the Ixchel Spanish School at the north end of 4th is gone..
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holy freezin’ jesus…three weeks til the end of the world and a month til 2013? yep..check your calendars, people.

the ‘unindicted co-conspirators’ meeting in the patio at Ocelot…and where the f…..k is J.R?…no, not THAT J.R, he died early this week…the other guy, even more secretive than Howard Hughes/Frank Vesco/Sammy the Bull…

 

that pizza place on 4th avenida, across from Ocelot? a for rent sign in the window…next to the shuttered/closed dead as a doornail Riki’s…who’s gonna take over that space? with the impending closure of Ixcot, that block is gonna be lights out after the first of the year…DA Mayor’s big Jimmy SUV parked in front of City Hall..that poor…well, relatively poor bastard…cooped up in jail with Portillo, his assets seized…am I the only one who waves at his daughter? (and she’s well worth waving at, believe me)…

that newish restaurant, La Velanda or whatever..in the old Fusion location, corner of 1st calle and 6th avenida? that’s the place that missed the ‘T’ in Sport Bar…well, they’ve added a nice brass ‘T’ now…so? so what? spor bar, sport bar, sperm bar…take a look at Red’s and decide if you want to open up another sports bar in town…idiots..

Santa, aka Frank May of Nim P’ot, passing out gift baskets which included some of his fresh organic produce from the Farm…that’s a neat personal touch over the cellophane wrapped canastas from Bodegona…

Jim aka Santiago Durham returns home from the hospital/surgery/ball/hip thing tomorrow..yep, I’ve been drafted…and that vinos y licores place on 5th calle P, towards La Pena del Sol? someone just upped the ante/stakes and has added a lot of new brands of liquor(jack daniels etc)plus a walk-in humidor well stocked with Cuba’s finest…the stogies are a bit dry but that’ll change…a very good assortment, better than…well, maybe..no, on 2nd thought, I think the nod goes to them…if they had Montecristo #1’s…or San Cristobals…hmm…and thanks, Mike D, for the salacious gossip/scandalous babble about a mutual friend…whew…this town is incestuous, ‘n’est ce pas?…frenchy talk for ‘no shit’…

http://www.examiner.com/article/on-the-road-to-retalhuleu

it appears that there might be a ‘road trip’ coming up…the principals are nodding their heads..film at eleven..last but not least: is Alex Ferrar of Sobremesa the most talented chef in town? or creative? ..had some of his latest, mezcal ice cream…Don A, George S in there early, noshing away..(eating) and yes, I missed the performance of Nutcracker Suite, Handel’s Messiah and i gave away the ticket to the ballet for tomorrow night..after i get Bull Durham up the steps tomorrow to his f….king apartment and squared away, I’m taking the week off..yeah, you say…I’v been ‘off’ for a long time…no shit.

 

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Blooie! the mortar bombs at La Merced were great….the earlier aerial fireworks show at what might’ve been Capuchina…I try not to get to close to wedding ceremonies, as I break out in a cold sweat thinking about one.

‘the Perfesser, Mike Donley, is back in town…with a tale of two boats…ask him…it was a narrow escape and a….per he, Reid the Choate is due back, once his son graduates from the Police Academy..no, not the movie…

Alabama Bob, likewise back from El Salvador (and Evelyn)….rumors starting to build about another ‘road trip’, this time up the Pacific Coast towards Take a Lick Abaj…look out Reyo!

our loss…the delightful Miss M aka Marbel…left us for India…actually Nepal..yeah, she had her ‘issues’ but I liked her: we laughed well together. What the hell did she do with her drum set? in the living room of her apartment on 6th avenida, was a full on pro drum set…kinda makes sense, in that her ex-boyfriend of ten years was a drummer for Lenny Kravitz…god speed and vaya con dios. I suspect she’s in for a bit of culture shock.

der Henrik, back from an inspection tour of the new Reillys in Granada, Nicaragua…yeah…2 thumbs up…Granada, unlike this burg, likes to party and is officially encouraged to do so, fueled by Flor de Cana rum and Tono beer…it’s like Antigua, visually except they paved their cobblestone streets and its hot and humid…perfect for ordering another round of adult sports beverages.

4th Calle, the ‘golden gulch’ of A-Town…quiet…Micho’s doin’ a bit of biz, and El Cazadore Italiano packed with the glitzy city crowd..Caffe Bourbon doin’ well…Da Vinci a dead zone but the annual Christmas tree and decorations are xlnt, as usual…worth a look…Flor(escent)of Dasha open late, doing biz..Travel Menu doing two tables of 4, the bartenderess complaining….and where’s my book holder? 

dos Reilly’s filling up early…Ocelot/Lava quiet but it was early…Ixcot other known as the Cemetery, dead..stick a fork in ’em…Sangre? with a 25q cover charge and some kinda ‘all you can drink’ special? folks..wrong concept: pay people 25q to get in and then hit ’em with the ‘all you can swill’ idea…La Casbah lit up, music on and a full staff…welcome back!

the funeral? Figueroas on 6th avenida norte…a full crowd..business is dead concept in full play…and another ‘only in Guatemala’ adventure…

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-brakes-failed-on-the-way-to-thanksgiving

Ricardos’ Tabacos y Vinos, by the Arches? packed to capacity..!

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one of the iconic symbols of American snacks went outa bizness today….fired the workers, some 18000 and said…adios. If you were around San Francisco is the late 70’s, a disgruntled city supervisor who’d lost his job gunned down the Mayor and the first openly gay supervisor, Harvey Milk…and then his attorney used the famous “Twinkie Defense”, claiming that Dan White had overdosed on Twinkies, which caused his lapse in values, judgment and so on…yes, acquitted…only in SF..for my 50th birthday, some bizarre notion (that’s new, you ask?)and for a birthday cake I arranged 50 Twinkies (with candles)…yeah, ‘San Francisco values”

ah…the best breakfast in town! where? Micho’s…4th Calle Oriente, #10, where Neil Craig is working his ass off, 18 hours a day, threatening to fire at least one employee…are they skimming? probably…anyway..he’s got a simple ‘American’ breakfast…eggs, bacon, hashbrowns and toast..all done perfectly..35q…the best I’ve had since Kathy’s Waffle House in Granada, Nicaragua…he, as are many in town, is a talented chef and the rest of the menu reflects that…Alex F of Sobremesa gets high marks, as does Alex L  of Fusion…El Cazadore Italiano keeps on keepin on..this particular plate is simple…home cooking, diner style, you name it..I’ll be back..

La Casbah?  fresh exterior paint, the signs back over the front door but the electrical meter is missing?…’heard that Mateo is going to resurrect it…how? wait and see…No! Mateo is back! saw him in the street and at 8 pm the newly resurrected Casbah opens…the murals are gone and it’s totally new inside…will Djinn move back in to their previous space?

that vacant space on 5th Calle, near Organica et al…still vacant…hey, for $3000 bucks a month, why not?

Tourists! hordes…streams of white folks being hustled (one way or the other)from point to point…cruise shippers, most of them…what the hell…a few souvenirs from ‘trusted stores’ and some jade from specific stores, a few commissions here and there…it’s biz, folks..welcom to Antigua-Stan…leave the money, por favor…

and kind of a sad day on the finca where I hang the panama…one of the two older Dobies died this morning..12 and ailing, so it’s probably a good passing…she’ll get a plot (already dug) in the doggie cemetery corner…she was always hiding out in my bedroom and I’ll miss her..Godspeed, ol gal..doggone, damn.. 

and yes…more/further delays for the November version of Our Man…Frener the Printer…had the flashdrive for two weeks…said…”wednesday…then 10 am Thursday…then 10..no, make that 11am on Friday…no, I’ll bring it to your house by 1pm..(today)…aint’ got it…o well, it’s only money and promises, something that Guatemala is short on…good thing I’m not uptight or anal or Type A…

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