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the town’s rockin’ and more so than i remember,  which ain’t saying much since i suffer from advanced CRS (can’t remember shit) and a lotta stuff i really don’t want to remember(anyway).. Kate of the Travel Menu back and seen in Ocelot…she’ll be at Travel Menu tomorrow night, 6-9, warming up festivities for the end of this year..whew..don’t know about you but I’m looking forward and not backward…

CAfe Ajamenejou/Adolph Menjou, on 5th calle, west of the Bagel Barn? looks like they’re throwing in the tablecloths..first inventory and now signs advertising special sales…parts, pieces, fixtures…down the block, the recently opened Los Cebollines doin’ a decent lunch crowd…seems kinda sterile but if the food is as good as the pictures on the menu…and the afternoon hostess? gorgeous…

huge kudos to Shaun of Ocelot for the 100 Best Things About Antigua..after all the negative stuff that’s come this way, it’s nice to find something to smile about: and if the crowds on lower 5th and a two block radius of the park are any clue, the merchants are/will be smiling..and speaking of radius, our own Plumb Bob aka Sr Wheat…took a elbow-crunching misstep at Cafe No Se last night…bandages.. anyone know a good personal injury lawyer?..oh..that’s right..we’re in Guatemala..silly me..

the local demand for Our Man in Antigua copies (paperback)has completely ‘whelmed me…there are shipments coming and more to follow..I seriously mis-read this(as I’m often prone to do about a lot of things)…google the title…scary shit..Amazon? yep…

‘saw some of the tastiest ‘Capitalinas’ strolling about today…serious clothes, attitude..my o my…good thing I’m trying to quit chasing women…now I just bark a bit..woof…’heard from a source that some 75000 people were estimated to visit A-Town today…it was as packed as any Semana Santa event that I’ve seen and I got in early…tomorrow should be highly amusing: looks like the fireworks start after 6pm per the Gallo postcard and a helluva lot of Quema de Toritas…love this town… Caffe Bourbon totally jammed early

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and maybe a long week ahead, judging from the crowds downtown…el parque central packed, coffee/ice cream stores jammed…por que, I asked  a long time ex-pat…don’t know…whatever, it’s just another ‘Antigua’ thing for which we love this place…no fireworks, at least so far…last night? I’ve come to be told that 4th avenida norte is #2 is the processions/parades and let ‘er rip’ in the pyrotechnic sense…after last night, I’m inclined to concur(agree)….’trying to get to my door at what was El Palacio de India, I was held up, mid block…yep, the statue of Mary, the band, the loudspeakers and the ‘Torito’…whiz bangs everywhere…the smell of gunpowder…no, the clouds of gunpowder…my landlady, next door, offered a cocktail or two…open bottle of run…well, hell..why not? 2 or 3 later, I thought why not bring out the flare pistol?…they’ve got rockets goin’ off left and right…what’s one more flare?….yes…the crowd at my front door now let me in/out as I reloaded…flares and rum…my kinda night…’love this town…the truck with the extension cord and the loudspeakers eventually went around the corner, to disturb another neighborhood.. 

Ocelot’s gonna be looking for more help…Ruslan and lady leaving soon..Pangea’s still advertising for a bartender…Plumb Bob!…hair raising stories of being held up in Dos Pilas…snakes, scorpions and bandidos with bandoliers…Nicky Z with new lady…looking over Franklin’s creation of the silver tee and silver divot tool…not going to a tournament but to his boss…..great gift idea..

my new Pin #../ not…dipshits at my boutique bank in sausalito haven’t done what i asked, two weeks ago..i’ll call ’em in the morning and chew sum butt..coulda been worse, as i was able to pull some q and cruise thru the week now…thank you very much..Plan B, the book cover for Our Man is done..assuming that one outa the  three graphics people I’ve outsourced this project don’t get their act together by the end of the week…in the meantime, more local people have asked me to display($)the paperback version in their tiendas/bars..and if you’re interested, go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/114724…. it’ll also be on a different outlet next week…Amazon.com, at twice the price(shipping, handling and printing $$), factors outa my control…as are a lotta things..jeez…is it really Monday night?

 

 

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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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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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bedlam, noise, crowds, dueling music, drums, xylophones, an amplified marimba band with a smoke machine? where did the extra marching bands come from? i was outa town last year for this blow-out….there’s now so many drummers that they need to keep on marching/pounding from 7 to 7? looks that way…my ears are ringing, my rings are….well, not quite…but i have never ever had my pants vibrate, even to amplified music..here’s the scene: standing on the sidewalk between Citbank and Alex’ (empty)JEH/CD walkby…one of the school bands(with delicious pop tarts shakin’ it)and three ranks of bass drum players, five across…15, okay? my levi’s vibrated…no, NOT from the pop tarts in short skirts, dammit…the drums, dummy…the drums..o, my ear drums? what did you say?

another WTF? scene…a black dude in white basketball attire with his white girlfriend dressed in hot pants, abbreviated top…hooker outfit…how, why, etc? “oh.let’ go to Antigua’…what guidebook did they read? …no, this isn’t a racist rant…it’s an observation of totally inappropriate clothing outside of some urban areas we know of…well, i do…where do they stay and where are they eating?  drinking? tres f….king strange, even for Antigua..and thanks, Shaun for the Bangkok flashbacks….70’s, 80’s and the last time..mid 90’s…great party town…food, dope, women and strangeness..AID’s killed it in the 80’s…or at least put a damper on what was risky behavior, not that i’d know anything about that…ask me about the ‘sandwich’ some time…

7pm…Flor, sis and the delightful Gina Cofino closing up Dasha…LM of DV next door…usual quiet night…i tried making a loop away from the park/noise…imposible…a four block radius didn’t work…drums..the drums…the horror, the horror..no, not whores…horror..

I like the way she holds the staff

 
‘could i get into the habit?….probably not as long as the Casa Escobar gang is there..

‘making another Bull Durham ‘sausage/pork chop buy’ tomorrow..really…not code words  for substance abuse…tis the best…the meat, you meat-head…the meat..

take your vitamins and getcher rest..tomorrow is the really big shew…show…

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a big tip  of the panama to Monja Blanca Travel…the aforesaid ‘bag,left in the (f….king shuttle) returned to my door this morning…the big camera, telefono #1, notebook, et al…intact..they might have gained a new customer, per their attitude and pricing…70q from the Hotel Delfin, Monterrico to your/my door..Voyageur hit me for slightly under a 100q…not a big deal but…an old face in town, for ‘a few days’…Thor Sheffield…Mary’s son, back from China, where they have a different slant on things…Lava Burger Central? doing an interesting mid-week promo…Foreign Exchange Night…Wednesday(manana)starting at 80m…mix/mash up of foreigners and guatemalteca babes..if any of the crowd from last weeks marathon event shows up, it’ll be a smorgasbord of senoritas..Steve Wintershaw on the terrace, sporting a new/recycled seersucker blazer, found at the Paca…’guess i gotta go and see what’s there..the Paca,not the terrace…Disco Ball sighted!…where? one of the last places you’d think of…Como Como…La Esquina joined the Burger Wars…very good burger, just right on the fat content(juicy)..take notes….also now open for lunch…Travel Agent Alive seen briefly, in passing..a most mysterioso lady who dresses well…Pablo A and client at el Cazadore Italiano…if I ever to recommend a real estate broker…it ‘d be him..Max at the helm tonight at el Muro…karoake night i think..you know, if he and John had taken over Dos Mil aka Reillys or ever get the chance to…that part of town would seriously rock..I personally think that they’re the old Reilly’s, reincarnated.. ‘kinda limping now…at least, i think so but what the hell do i know? they’re a two man machine of wild/crazy…Ignacio the Cube at Pangea’s corner tonight…solo…Adan? wtf? not at Caffe Opera…empty..passed Adolfo the Alcalde earlier..’gave him a fist pump and an ‘ole!’…if i could vote for him, i  would…o..State of Siege #2? oopsy…guess we didn’t quite root out all the bandidos in Peten..what do you want to bet that Otto Perez Molina, running for El Presidente de el Narco State of Guatemala wins? bet that he, ex-general,ex-Kaibile commandante, plays the Mano Duro card…Sandra/Portillo and the rest of the gang bail for the Dom Rep or some other safe haven..Sandra…get a new makeover…pleese..Tammy Faye Baker looked better..didn’t get to see the proposed new digs today…perhaps an error in translation or comprehension..rescheduled for Thursday…o well..Bill/
Mary of El Peno del Sol acknowleding that Lava’s fries are superior..and they are..no word on the call about the quality of the burger…i’m a definite Lava fan…better assortment(menu) a few words with Brendan B tonite, who reported getting ripped again by the ATM’s..BAC…outa florida..he’s got an interesting idea about money/bars…the Buddha Bar at the Lake and the Salty Beaver are already  on this…Pay Pal…crank the $$ at the point of sale..safe and quick..the establishment hands you the bucks..cash..no worries…and you’ll probably end up leaving more cash on the table..i like it..someone in A-town oughta do this, given all the bad publicity about ATM’s..great idea, BB…but then, you never quit thinking and that’s only one of the reasons why we like you..so what about SAT and any other Guate government org finding out…if and when? Chef Pierre’s bread is supposedly great..can’t comment..my bread is in my pocket…no, that’s not the Staff of Life..that’s cash, butthead..’left a cartridge at the door for you-know-who..no comments..’picked it up later…looking now for cohetes..firecrackers…do a little ‘show and tell’…splash on some fake blood…banzai!…coming soon, to a door near you..bill s, that devil..’suggested buying a little snake from the pet store..let it loose and then come to the rescue…beretta blazing…lotta ricochets…ooo..love it. ..hotel delfin? great place..perfect…

where’s Ed and the Escalade aka the Poosy Magnet? Robto deOro..digame, por favor..guess i could ask Lori..if/when I see her..is there something going on here(more than the usual?) that I should know about?

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a polymer used in baby diapers? nope, not a menu item…just another desperate move by the japanese..’dont’ think anyone’s gonna be fishing there for a while…a few miracles in A-town, though…Shaun of O’lot in a happy daze re the business numbers (unheard of)..usually a new biz is lucky to break even after 18 months..’start up costs, inventory, ad’s, pc’s (pouring costs)…tain’t the case here…i suspect that Alex Bell’s new Fusion is running a close 2nd (he was packed all weekend)…Sobremesa’s Ice cream store? out the gate and running..what is it exactly? luck, location, dedication and personality…think of whom you know that make it a pleasure to give them money (that’s the bottom line)..dos Reillys and their dart game workin’ on monday night, the bar is gone (gasp!) at Da Vinci..yep, they’re starting to take it apart and no, none of the fixtures/antiques are for sale (I asked) per Claudia #1, who finally got in to the mess known as the ex Rum Bar last week, it was ‘totalmente destruida’…the bum left 3000q in unpaid electric, 1900q phone, and 5000 q water…no idea/estimates on the repairs yet but she’s smiling again(and that ain’t bad)…actually that’s damned incandescent but that’s my opinion…Monica of the Jungle Party Hostel 99% completed with a complete makeover and she does her own art work (stencils)…xlnt work…i thought she’d hired someone and the new look/functions are superb..now, she’s asking…what happened to the March crowd? lotta other people asking the same question: is/was it the sum of all the bad news about Gautemala recently? throw in the all the bad press about the ATM’s in Antigua and you might have a connection…which is STILL going on, as of today, yesterday and so on…WTF? BAC isn’t/hasn’t and it doesn’t appear that they’re gonna do anything other than collect transaction fees and plead ignorance/nolo contendere…yet another ‘dog and pony show’ scheduled for tomorrow here…arranged by the US Embassy, with INGUAT/BAC jackasses to give us another Power Point demo of 5 year old technology and assure us that they’re all over it..per JR of a local Internet provider, the bank sends its data not over landlines(which are problematic in guatemalo)but over wireless networks…unencrypted wireless networks..the dumbest hacker with free shareware (google datamining, software, ATMs) …good gawd…dumb…no, they just don’t care, there’s no laws,no recourse and in the meantime Antigua’s tourist and resident population are being cyberfucked daily…and no kisses..do you know anyone who hasn’t been hacked? I can think of 2-3…bar owners all..google ATM’s, problems, guatemala for another dose of depressing events..no, I didnt make it to ‘manly men night’ at El Muro…low level of testosterone probably…passed Ignacio the Cuban earlier, dressed for work…where? the music venue/players in this town change weekly or so it seems..to me, anyway…went by Caffe Opera, hoping to listen to Adan the pianist..nope..the newly opened/stacked American Legion library, next to the Jardin Bavaria is open..11-3, 7 days a week..100q yearly dues, 30000+volumes of the damndest/greatest assortment of books you’ll ever see…no porn, though so if you have some to contribute..step up..ok..something good to say about Antigua…and the cobblestone streets: love the babes on their motos, bouncing along/around, up and down…great visual for the start of the day, mine anyway…contest? Miss Antigua!…nah, i’m sick but that’s no surprise..last minute grumble…nearby mortars goin’ off…are they testing their matches, the fuse or the pipe? keep it up and I’ll be testing the hammer/trigger on the Beretta..

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