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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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for whatever reason I started flashing on the Partridge Family….’never watched it (very politically incorrect) but what’s her face, the mom, was hot…was…we all were…not we’re not so hot..except maybe for a local star that’s going on to bigger/better things…Lucy Luscious!

 

she’s doin’ the Circus Bar in Pana December 9th…their 28th anniversary wingding…way to go, Lucy!…her finder/founder, Peter The G..seen in the park at 6ish…Neil the C on the other side of the park…nope. theres no connection.

JB of the Revue and ‘Crash’ Harriss seen outside El Portal early, waiting for the golf foursome ride to the city..every damn tuesday/thursday..don’t these guys have a job? pick up a copy of the Revue Thursday, for Terry’s ATM/BAC editorial…those %$#@! bastards at BAC…thanks for giving Antigua/Gautemala even more bad press..and the wandering Pat Ferrell? back from Florida and off to Costa Rica next week…and no, i didn’t ask if he’s staying at the Del Rey..there are somethings gentlemen don’t discuss…god, how long has it been since i’ve been there? 18 months? a new world’s record..the roulette table, the #35 split, the babes…tie me down and no, i’m not telling Jason about this…welll, maybe..hmmm…Ocelot reporting a late/early morning visitation(drunken time)by some honcho from El Salvador..

damn..the Del Rey…i could crunch the frequent flyer miles…i got into ‘so much trouble’the last time..had to have friends wire me $$…would she even talk to me?

Whisky Den, closed on a Tuesday night? por que?

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per a couple of weather prognosticators, there’s more rain to come…how much? no ones sure but the numbers projected are fearsome…and i left my f….king umbrella again somewhere today, however the moon was up, a bright planet nearby and the evening was relatively dry, which is more than i can say for moi..re the gringo popped at Mickey D’s earlier this week…supposedly from San Fransicko(my old hometown)and carrying numerous packets of blow…why? buying or selling? the exact number of ‘packets’ varied, according to who did the counting before and after..where’s mine, for god’s sake? the only decent marching powder i’ve seen in this country was up north…a chunk the size of a golf ball for 300q…the rest has been stepped on and…adulterated, shall we say…my ex-lady friend, elena, who’s brother is a cop in San Jose, always had the best…

 

yep, i miss her…but dont’ miss the drama..

INGUAT!…Walter Fischer is actually doing stuff…projects, programs, events…go Walter…and we always thought that INGUAT was just sucking money and not doing anything…Walter’s doing stuff…

‘spent most of the evening in the Cargo Room, talking with Lex…damn, has he got a project underway…nope, no details(zipped the lips)but when it comes off, it’ll be spectacular, even for him..the rest of the town? muerto…dos Reilly’s and O’lot the only venues with customers…Edy of Pangea in person…smiling, laughing, asking what’s next..who knows? the rules have changed,the weather sucks and what was before….probably won’t be the next time…go with the flow(hate that phrase)a table of 8 at Sabor Tiempo, some at Peter Fonda Real and that’s all she wrote…I wouldn’t want to be in the position of hoping that ‘accounts receivable’ was gonna get any checks soon(hello local magazines)..i suspect that soon it’ll be COD and i don’t mean Call On Dad..Atitlan…those poor bastards..it just gets worse but at least in A-Town the water flows downhill and outa town…PNC in abundance tonight…two trucks loaded with troops, flashing lights and following each other? why?

yep…not quite as depressed as i was/were/have been…the walk in the winds/rains thi yesterday brought back fond memories of living on the coasts of northern californicate, hawaii, oregon and so on…i liked the wind in the face, the umbrella that i had to borrow totally f…king useless..but it wasn’t mine because I’d left umbrella #5 at ocelot the night before and it wouldn’t have lasted a new york minute per the velocity..

whew…the Panza Verde gallery thing for Brielle DuFlon!….i’ve never seen an ‘opening’ so packed with people..60/70?…take your pick..saw folks i’d never imagined seeing, got to meet Korey/the mom…finally…we’ve been FB buddies but…and the exceedingly divine Ms A…back from the Dom Rep with a neck brace(long story)…damn, she’s delicious…and the ‘usual suspects there…no need for names,cuz i’d run out of space…it was good…’hope that she sold something(the main concept) but at least she’s ‘launched’ as an artist and she is, all of that..who knew?  not me, obviously…tagged her as a bartender at El Muro…wondered why she was hanging with Carlos Thomas..duh…she has a brain…and skills..

part 2…travel menu…Allan at the bar and Carla B…Carla B is about to launch off into a very exciting turn in her life…off to Rio Dulce/Livingstoned this Friday and maybe…taking off on a big catamaran for Cuba, Florida, East Coast, Greece, cha cha cha…damn…be a part of the crew..cook, serve cocktails and just look good(no problem for that) totally wish her the best…if if i were…nah…but i get it…popped into the Cargo Room, chatted with  the Lex…finally, finally picked up the stones i’d left with him a month ago(our schedules don’t match) a few aquas, tourmalines, ruby cabochons..

past the Ocelot..quiet..Edy and friend at a table…Francois of Tartines hovering in the entrance..por que? a chat with Edy?..who knows, but it’s not his usual territory…Whisky Den closed…quiet night elsewhere…hey, the rain stopped for a while, giving our clothes/shoes a chance to dry out..

ok…my personal secret place to stop on the way home…’used to be Da Vinci and thence Hector’s…DVs moved…Ricardo’s Tabacos y Vinos is it…

miss delicious

anyway…night after night this is a small party…great wine,music, conversation and everything that Antigua Tobacco Co aspires to…his staff?…whata name..Marvel…and she is, in every sense of the word..I’m …umm…what’s the word? shall we say…attracted…

TLG on the street, off to play at No Se…i was packin’ rocks,otherwise i’d got in the truck and joined him..oh…you Blackberry folks?  one of you who shall remain nameless, sent me an email last night…50/60 copies of the same email later came over..o boy…technology rears its ugly head..’had one for two days and hated it…alas, Atitlan and the villages…cut off, roads down, bridges wiped, houses sucked downstream: looks like i’m not visiting anytime in the fear nuture, as planned…got a little adventure planned for the other direction in a week or so…probably won’t ‘do’ el salvador next month,as i usually do…Lips and the strippers will have to do without me(as they do)

my landlord, the horn dog(his wife is in the States for week or so)brought by this ‘lady who wanted to meet me’….ok, fine…we talked, exchanged phone numbers..nah, don’t think so but the concept was good..it’s either Lucy Luscious or the new Marvel…whew…Marvelous…i truly enjoy being a DOM…dirty old man…Lucy’s doing something this weekend at El Caminante..probably involves taking off clothing…

rumors?…hah…heard one this morning(tuk-tuk/gringo/knife)…the source was the one who asked me about it later…go figure..’need a rumor hotline..

I like it here…tis all that it could be but…from time to time I miss the rumble of a V-8….doin’ 80-90 mph…’miss the turbo charged Porsche, the five litre Mustang,the Cad  with the Northstar V8…the BMW 735-I…speed was me…no more..ah, the memory of seeing what 120 mph felt like..goin’n thru the gears, watching the tach wind up into the red zone…the clutch,the gear box,the surge..

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referring to the rains tonight, afternoon, cha cha…the umbrella was useless, the streams in the calles/avenidas deep enough to surf and so on…They pulled the rugs out from under Abassi, the Indian restaurant on 4th calle…the rug merchants gone, the retaurant moved up by El Caminante on 1st Avenida.  I sense some difficult times ahead for retailers, with some unusual closures noted…Da Vinci, lights out on a Tuesday evening(alas, Claudia’s 1,2 & 3)..Las Palmas closed? La Esquina, lights out still? Sobremesa on 4th dark? wtf? yeah, the rains dampened any spirits or ideas about going out, unless absolutely necessary(I’m drenched)..long chat with JEH about tourism and the future of same here…neither of us at all optimistic…Clinton doesn’t show up anymore, Paris and Mel only here for some kinda ‘save the kids’ or working off some ‘community service time’ and the big question…why would any ‘high roller’s, aka the ones who book the hotels at $300-$500 a night plus transport, air fare and so on…choose to come here? the food? the sights? the atmosphere? JEH has his perspective, I have mine…Sausalito, San Francisco, Carmel, Vegas, Hawaii…30 years of living in ‘tourist’ towns…I like it here but Idon’t see the draw…or the attempt to sweeten the pot(hello, INGUAT)Honduras has a better tourist bureau, El Salvador’s kicks serious butt, Costa Rica is a known quantity and even that Commie paradise known as Nicaragua is stealing business…and i’m not even mentioning Cuba…and as screwed up as they are, even ‘they’ are sucking in the tourist $$$’s…maybe it’s time to roll over and let the narco $$$ flow…we know that gambling is illegal in the City but casinos are there…open a few casinos in Antigua, let the ‘escort’ business thrive and open/change a few hotels along the model of the infamous Del Rey in San Jose, Costa Rica…allow some light prostitution, light gambling and light drugs..Laissez Le Bon Temps Roulez! let the International Gaming Technolgy group owned lock, stock and barrel by Sig Rogich of Vegas come in…Reagan’s Ambassador to Iceland..the 80’s..they’re in South America, Central America and all over…sell out to  the hucksters,the pimps and the narcos…$$$ talks and bull shit walks…Guatemala is walking..no, limping..legalize blow, let the drug subs land in Puerto Quetzal, refuel and off load a few tons  of Bolivian ‘marching powder’ and see how soon tourism picks up…it could be a ‘white Christmas’ ….beef up the cops as does Vegas and the boys from Metro…they don’t take shit from anyone..do some kinda ‘zone’ like Amsterdam..hash, blow, weed and hookers..the only thing missing from this equation is hash…with a phone call, the other three are ‘here’…get over it..you want some phone numbers?

welcome to Guatemala! pass the straw..

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where to start? the hardest working woman in town, MDC of Salon Creativo (2nd calle oriente) starting construction on her new house…already working 6 days a week…now signed up for more work…Angie Angies tomorrow and Saturday, thence Gaia (cashier) Friday/Saturday nights (til 3am)..whew…for the best foot massage(with a pedicure)…that’s where and i swear by her…if i were ten or 20 years younger, i’d be chasing her..hell, I might anyway…she is one of my favorite people.

Pangea? lights back on,Neil at the helm…and the bugger at Ixnay, body-checking/trying to corral any and all walk-ins? access blocked to P’gea, visually and otherwise..Neils’ got the responsibility without authority, a deadly combination: he’ll land on his feet,whatever happens but there’s a time limit imposed to turning it around…no more of this lounge stuff, eh?

Alex Bell and wife at ocelot…’reporting outrageous numbers for the new Fusion…plus doing a shrimp biz on the side…got the little buggers upstairs in tanks, growing at an accelerated pace while being bombarded with music of Enya and Kenny G…go figure..also at O’lot…Guitar Mike aka Piano Mike, solo tonight,doing old R&R standards on guitar…Moriahs’ in El Salvador and Caffe Bourbon,despite their wine promotion…totally empty-o…hint..bring back PM and Moriah…the only joint on 5tha avenida not doing tables..the only…even folks at Taco uncontento and Polio Compero.. and Loss Arcos..with a dread-locked gringo flamenco guitarist tonight..

‘walked by Cafe Flor..packed and Victoria! belting out ‘besame mucho’…welcome back and the best of luck in the new incarnation…nope…a reincarnation is when you come back as a flower…go by, eat and enjoy their music..i will…that scoundrel ol pal of mine, ignacio, in the back..dark glasses at 8pm..and no good words for JP…let him rot, where ever he is…note to Claudia #1…drop the rent on the old Rum Bar..that number is from the good ol days…it’s a different world and $2000 a month ain’t it now..half, maybe? Seriously…the old bar is the size of my new kitchen, the place has been mildly trashed and the location sucks..drop the rent to 400oq or less, let the new idiot try to build up a biz/take a slice of the profits if/when…some $$ is better than no $$(in my world)…obviously didn’t make it to El Muro’s Thursday night ‘free booze til 11pm’ thing..it’s working, oddly enough..trap the crowd, get ’em hammered and then start charging $$ at 11…duh…

‘walked by Alex’ ice cream outlet…complaining in a nice way that he’s been selling out of all of his food at Sobremesa recently..nightly..nice problem to have..’tried his latest ice cream recipe of tequila/pomegranit..pomegrenite..pomegranete? yep, plunked down the 20q rather than just a spoonful…where the hell does he find time for all this stuff? he, Alex, Shaun…hardworking and dedicated…throw in Neil and Marcel also..dos Reilly’s doing a nice crowd…Chez Chris a few tables…DV dead..what’s up with the Cargo Room? haven’t seen any promotions, notes or anything…is Lex’ fading? location, location,location…

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says the weather gurus for us in the valley they call Panchoy…the clouds hang low, the sky isn’t visible and if it were 20 degrees colder I could imagine being on the houseboat in Sausalito…same fog/cloud cover over the mountains, perhaps a breeze and the squawking seagulls waiting for food on the deck outside.

Shaun/Jason of Lava Burger Central! in a time when people are being let go, places are closing and prayers are being said for $$ to come thru the door…what are they doing? adding more ranges for cooking more burgers…and adding at least two more specials: one, a 100% buffalo burger, the other a ‘bacon explosion’…wrapped in/around, smothering the burger in bacon…’works for me…plan on this weekend for the intro to those two.

Ungood news re the Bar/Staff Salty Beaver Bus tour today…cancelled, for various reasons…some i’d heard but choose not to go into..whatever, not a good sign…

another ‘sign of the times’…Taco Uncontento now going the 2X1 route…Karla, Nelson y famille seen exiting La Cencienta, as I dipped in to try their cheesecake…both of ’em said it was good..also reporting a good night at Abassi, where Nelson somehow fits N’lawns style music into an indian restaurant atmosphere.

Wonder how the clothing boutiques are doing selling bikinis and sun dresses with this weather? Pat the S and Matt B with family in O’lot…and who walks in? the ever delicious Miss Emma…back from two weeks in England or wherever..another ray of sunshine back from the beaches of El Salvador, Camilla the Thrilla..and thaaat’s all, folks…early in/early out…i wrote, i napped and that’s it for moi..nuke a pizza, crank up the flatscreen and ‘veg out..maybe tomorrow will be more exciting, cuz i’m certainly not…hey! there’s a little sample of Lori S’ ‘medicinal’ herb that i haven’t road-tested…science marches on! i’ll lurch later, no doubt. I may be diagonally parked in a parallel universe but watching vintage Bonanza dubbed in espanol is….bizarro…some of my gay friends in SF have suggested that Bonanza really is homo-erotic: ‘Big Ben’…Little Joe? Hoss?…Adam, of course the prototype ‘sensitive guy’ who leaves home…flip a coin…hasta manana

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and you ‘Mecca me so hot’…two gay nightclubs proposed for next to the proposed mosque near the gone-zo Twin Towers in NYC..across the street an adult toy store called Koranal Knowledge, with a liquor store called Morehammered…thanks to silviaanne of Vegas…about the only sane woman i ever knew there..the return of the ‘lost bolsa’?…yep, monja blanca confirmed that the driver has it and wuz gonna bring it to my house tonight…nope…hopefully tomorrow…’got a email warning from the Us Embassy today, warning us gringos to stay away from Peten…thanks…how about a warninig BEFORE the heads roll?…my neighbor aka the Warthog..goes to a local guy on Saturday, concerned that A. i have a gun. B. i come home late/sometimes a bit tipsy. C. I might shoot her…D. she’s seen the old Beretta, a .380 a year ago, when she came to the open door, walked in and saw me jacking a round in the chamber before heading out to the Rio Motagua…and now she’s worried? oooh…wait til midnight when i put on the headscarf with the japanese kanji script that reads “Banzai!’ and go screaming nude down the steps waving the sword cane…the plane! the plane!…no, the bus! the Bus!…john wilbur’s VW project lives/runs! he and Max(who was driving)plus a few in the back passed me on calle 4th this morning…looked great..go john! road trip! Pat Sweeney, back from a trip to Denmark with Henrik of dos Reilly’s..great talks with Rich N, who’s just back from a sojourn in el Salvador with Marian..one of those all-inclusive beach resorts..food? oddly off/weird two nights running..aside from that, a great time..Lava the Burger Bar? over a 100 sold in three days…the Guate version of McD’s?…no golden arches, but…more orange car-mounted flags advertising Adolfo’s search for another term as mayor…as mentioned, if you’re a gringo business owner, contribute often and the sooner the better..those licenses and such need watering and refreshing..Caffe Bourbon doing a nice evening..some chick singer on guitar..Peter Fonda de la Calle Real doing the  group dinners..Da Vinci picking up dinner-wise..yes, the ever incandescent Ms C there…why else would i pop in? and where the hell is Murray the W?…Texass? all hat, no cattle, as they say…except i’ve never seen him wear a hat, so maybe that doesn’t apply…still upbeat about the Hotel Delfin in Monterrico…when/if i get my main camera/notebook back, I’ll crank a few articles praising their operation…it’s great..i’ll go back..when the weather moderates. I came to the conclusion that my recently stated concept of living on the beach for a month was hogwash…it’s too hot/humid/small and otherwise would bore the shit outa me in three days..Antigua is my home/base/mecca..no, not THAT kinda Mecca..off to El Salvador next month…probably back to Suchitoto..probably check in at Lips…hey..it’s business…’might have found new digs..i’ll know more tomorrow..nope, no can tell…but either the warthog goes or i do…Banzai!…report of my lady friend the opera singer..flew back from Germany via the Getty private jet to my pal Jerry’s birthday on Saturday..ah, Diana, the most sweetest mezzo-soprano i’ve ever known(and the only one) thank you for the intro to Pavarotti et al..the memories of martinis, blow and barbequed lamb will be with me forever..rack of lamb, marinated in olive oil, rosemary and garlic for a day..greasy fingers…strong red wine..the house-boat days were fun..yep, a bit cold at times..noisy, parties..rolling the kayak in the bay..me, in a kayak? yep..would i go back? nada, nunca and never…the week unfolds, as do the weak…el muro’s thursday night wipe out, el caminante’s second cabaret on friday..rest up and take your drugs..no, vitamins…hey, close enough..banzai!  

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