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late night update….John McAfee,aka The Fugitive, arrested for illegal entry into Guatemala…oops..’is there some way we can work this out?’ yeah..back date his passport, take the $$ and say it was an administrative error…either that or the ‘authorities’ have decided to take his $$ or tie a can to his ass and get him outa town..if he’s been arrested, where do they take him? the same jail as Portillo and Adolfo(Da Mayor of Antigua)…this story never quits..

“Yep! But Antigua is far from being an ideal world, it is one saturated with same businesses, plagued by delusion and obstinate behavioral disorders. The typical has been… but what gorgeous views and climate!”

I told him I was gonna plagiarize him…ah…twilight time in town, one of my favorite Antigua moments…Sunrise is good, before the air gets hit with exhaust fumes but there’s a gorgeous sunset tonight…flaming orange cotton balls in the sky…gotta go outside and take another look…the light is suffused/diffused, there’s no breeze and the birds gather in the trees before winging home. The hot dog vendors in the l ittle park in Manchen push their carts away for the night. This place is paradise and the sunset is slowly fading…what was orange is now pink and gray.

Rich Neel and Marian, on the bike…a big bike and not one of those little dinky 125 cc motos…thanks, Korey D, for the analogy of McAfee and Phil Spector…so, is it  pronounced MAC a fee or mCAFEE? the trend seems to favor the first…o boy…welcome to Guatemala. His 20 yr old twist is the niece of his attorney…the change from gray to dark brown hair/beard? shoulda hired an image consultant..shoulda gone to Honduras/Roatan, where if you’re over 65 yo never go to jail, for anything..he’d be perfect for Roatan…Coke Island, guns, parties..

Josh the guy with the pop bottle creations…Antigua style kinda guy…the sunset is over, the sky faded to gray…walk the streets of 4th calle/5th ave at twilight, catch the aromas of various cafes and the little latina lolitas out for a stroll….Central Parque and the lovers in the corners.

Kudos to Shaun of Ocelot for capturing the  zeitgeist of the moment: ‘McAfee Antivirus’ shooters of some kinda pink drink…yeah, I had two.  My RAM disappeared and I guess I’m virus free…probably oughta defrag my hard drive next…what a perfect evening in Paradise! are we lucky or what?

one last thought or question: location is key for business and parking is at a premium here…its either on the street or in some outa the way hidden parking lot…there’s no valet parking either…does this explain some of El Cazadore Italiano’s ongoing success? parking on both sides of the street…and also Epicure? just wondering?

oh…The Green Door reference…not the Marilyn Chambers porno movie…shot in Sausalito/SF…my abode has massive green metal doors at the entrance..and…more TA stuff (and not tits/ass)

http://www.examiner.com/article/behind-the-scenes-of-takalik-abaj-part-one

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in what may be a first, local PNC troops nabbed the shooters on 6th sur shortly after it happened this weekend…confirmed by the ever urbane Sr Cervantes and in El Diario today, the shooting was over a woman, a few rounds were fired into a pickup and the cops caught the doer’s a block or so away…a %$#@! miracle of the first degree and a giant tip of the panama to the PNC and Juan Mario who has been the driving force for keeping Antigua safe(er)…if I hadn’t read it and talked with el jefe, i wouldn’t have believed this was possible.. .

still limping a bit after the tumble off Bull’s bike…left knee complaining still, so if you see me with a cane, that’s why…stuff happens when you get old: the right knee goes, the left knee goes and then the weenie…fill in the blanks..and i’m gradually getting used to an extra 15 minute walk and living in a different area…it’s all good, just different, being around trees, grass and plants…’nature boy’ stuff..’having a kitchen the size of my old bathroom, etc..

had a different kind of question asked tonight…are there Rotarians in town? being a practicing sexagenerian, i had to stop and think(always difficult)…why, yes..i know of one..Gerald Leech of  Casa de Jade on 4th Calle…do I look like the Shell Answer Man? guess so..(old tv ad)…seemed to be a quiet night in town, just another slow monday night…walked..no, stumbled into DV for a word with the two Claudias’..incandescent is the adjective…plumb bob, aka robt wheat off to roatan shortly…west end…yeah, he’ll probably run into carla the berryhill, who last heard of was snorking by day and bartending barefoot by night…no, ‘snorkeling’…snorking? the last time i snorked involved two  railroad tracks of bolivian marching powder….’snork!’

and thank you, Rich Neel, for the idea about local publishing..i’ve disdained(poo-pooed it)but i may be changing what’s left of my mind..it solves some logistical problems (finding mules to smuggle it) and so on..good god, is this what i’ve been reduced to, smuggling booklets? from guns, drugs, jewelry and gems to a stinkin’ booklet that isn’t even pornographic? apparently so..

and yes, the smoke hasn’t cleared from the meltdown on 5th and the deal from hell…i’m sick of the gossip, frankly Scarlett..I like both of the players but if one of them isn’t in contact with reality, this brings further questions which would require massive amounts of medication…let’s see…is it Meykos or Ivori that delivers to your home? where’s the number? as Wendy Wever once said, call 1-800-Tequila…’hope she’s fine and learning to talk turkey..the PNC? got their perps the same night? a miracle of the first magnitude…

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‘been one of those days…and it’s early still..’passed ‘she of the smile/laugh’ earlier…no recognition…ok, fine…it was what it was, when it was..and i thank her for that.

Panza Verde? idiots…firing the one marketing/graphics person who’s done a helluva job? adios, ms A…too good, too talented, too gorgeous and too threatening to the tiny brains(sic)running the place..as always, money talks and bullshit walks…they’ll play hell finding a replacement…was it $$ or envy? pick B…too good for that operation..

Pangea’s Edy in tonight, with a small dinner crowd…please, make him an offer to buy the plaee and yes, they’re still advertising for a bartender..and thank you, Pat F..explaining that the real Emma is in England and not cavorting with Peter in Texass..i know..i take one plus two and it equals sic..sis..six

more kudos to Shaun of Ocelot for promoting the 100 reasons for liking Guatemala..alas, Ruslan and lady departing O’lot for San Francisco on the 9th of January…Marvel! this may be your shot at working there…show up, dammit…Iris doing a great job, btw..aka Lucy.. and yeah, the book is selling..https//www.createspace.com/3755222….have at it..or the ebook version…https//www.smashwords.com/books/view/114724

‘word is that Mark Francis aka Jeffrey whatever is doing fine in prison(per Pat F)…and no news on john Wilbur…Elle’s in India having a great time..Carla B’s in Roatan, West End and looking for a job..sailing doesns’t appear to have agreed with her..me, either.. 

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so, a few weeks later, into ‘the project’ and I discover that the publisher of ebooks doesn’t do hard copy, i.e., books as we know them…paper…screw..if i lived in LA or NYC, that might fly but in Gautemala?…Plan B is unfolding/or unrolling..

received an email from a new deli today, advertising Thanksgiving ‘specials’…desserts,mainly…no prices mentioned except that they gave you two account numbers(BAC and BI)to deposit 50% of the costs…weird…strange..dumb…

the English school on my block of 4th ave norte is closed…how long ago? no clue…guess there wasn’t the demand for kids learning the stuff..tuesday night? lotta closures: pangea, sobremesa, half of 5ta norte, in spite of a flock of turistas today, walkin’ the streets, taking photos..

ah…the mini-tempest of a few weeks ago about the poor Boy Scouts who didn’t have electricity? wrong, scotch-breath…they used to have electricity and water…but the consejo who’s redoing the old jail wants them(the scouts)outa their location, since that’s where the old entrance used to be…and the power and water have been turned off..the Scouts have been there for a long long time..BS to me..and that doesn’t mean Boy Scouts.

Lori and the girls oughta be back from Copan by now..one would hope, one would, that the wished for bottle of 7yr Flor made it back…given what i’ve heard about the antics of the river rats, that may be in doubt…don’t ask, don’t smell..Peter the H doing some kind of massive garage sale…lightening the load for some kinda transition(change)…says he’s going up north after the first of the year..for a while..

Karla H, yawning at Whisky Den…reports that Nelson is returning next Monday…has it really been 3 months since he left? yep..Ricardo’s Tabacos y Vinos doing another strong night. There used to be a yardstick of value based upon income per square foot(or meter, here)…his small place cranks $$, night after night…Gaia and 35 empty..the moon above, Jupiter below, a cool night, turists out, looking for action..or food, liquor or whatever…looked like Riki’s even had a few..

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or in my case, simply absent. That post-Renaissance multi-talented guy we know as Alex Ferrar put a bug in my ear a couple of weeks ago and the bastards hatched…no, not earwigs…tis a project that’s kept me up late nights/early mornings, tearing off Johnny Walker’s head in between…so, if i haven’t been seen or posting, blame it on him…jeez…he’s having an anniversary tonight!…Sobremesa, 4th calle, up from Citibank on the corner..

It finally sunk in(duh)that with the elections tomorrow, likker sales stop after noon today, hence my early morning trudge to Bodegon’…let her rip, cowboys…barring the unforeseen I suspect that lil Otto will be the next Prez…too bad they couldn’t just work it out, mano a mano…big stage, the ring, the smell of the crowd…satin shorts…arm wrestling? blindfolds and Berettas at 20 paces?

whatever, its a gorgeous day in this burg we call home…since I seem to be planning on going out tonight, maybe we’ll run into each other, and there’ll be more fodder for this grist mill…Lori Shea of Guate Medical Travel had to change plans for the ‘visa run’…originally scheduled for El Salvador but the bridge was out(still)took off instead, with a car ful of gal friends, for Copan…told her to check in with Don Udo and Twisted Tanya (and bring back a bottle of 7yr Flor de Cana)I coulda gone with ’em…four ladies in a car and me? jeez…work reared its ugly head…not complainin’…so far..

in from the ‘stroll”…our Mime, wowing the crowds, as always…i like this guy…if you remember Shields and Yarnell of Mime ‘fame’ from San Francisco, a long long time ago…he’s almost in their class..so…it’s Saturday night, the town’s packed and no booze? the most important profit center for restaurants? dos Reilly’s closed, as was/were Lava, Ocelot, Whisky Den, Cashbar and….Como Como set up for a party of 14!…Sobremesa doing a few tables, likewise Fusion and El Cazadore Woppo…even Tartines doin’ an early deuce…5a norte, block one just fine..even TackoContento..Cimino’s on the square trying out more ways/inducements to entice customers…no go..I’m not sure that  i ‘get’ the no likker concept: anyone with a brain and a few Q will stock up before…does this mean that tomorrow’s communion in the church won’t serve wine? cheese and crackers and no Chardonnay? Lori S checking in from Copan, at Twisted Tanya’s…having a great time…’told ya..’wish i was there…next time..tomorrow? who cares? if the scotch runs out, then i gotta problem..

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me and a buncha bars/restaurants…hm…restau ‘rants…’could be a title for a review of such…what’s up or more exactly, not up with Ocelot and their trade? Lava’s still pulling ’em in but I’m not seeing the crowds of regulars/tourists that has been..bartenders? music? both? dos Reilly’s is pulling in both groups…hmm

ah…the Caffe Bourbon mess…’had a long chat with Sarah…whew…what a story…attorneys left and right, threats…’what we have here is a failure to communicate’ to quote Strother Martin from Cool Hand Luke..i’m amazed, having spent most of my life(sic)in/around real estate, contracts and so on..let’s just say that it ain’t over…ask Sarah for details but be prepared to spend fifteen minutes..

Junior Woodchucks! stand down…it appears that the giant fiery object in the sky as noted by Bull Durham is …Jupiter, making a very close approach to Earth…no..not Uranus…or mine…

Ricardo’s T&V doing just fine…packed around six and then the marvelous Marvel pulled up…a white outfit..yeah, i stopped in, had a scotch, talked about fiambre, kept my eyes mostly averted…mostly…

north 5ta deadzo…Sangre, Cashbar, Studio 35 closed..Gaia dreaming…Sobremesa closed, a few others ought to have…ah! Edy’s mention of the ‘7:30′ event? changed to 6:30…a party of 20! added to the existing party of 12 in the dining room…whoda thunk that Pangea was crankin’ 30+ dinners?

an interesting mix of turistas in town..lotta straight white people, mixed with some backpackers and some dreadlocks here and there..end of October? off season, Halloweeners? if nothing else, the %$#@! rains have stopped…some say its ‘over’ and some say two more weeks..at least we’re not in the path of the hurricane (so far) take that, Belize, you scum-sucking hellhole..

heard from an ex-pat just back from a few months in La Ceiba(Hondo)that the bridge in Copan, just past the Hedman-Alas terminal is gonzo..’making the transfer onweird hard and the buses from here only go as far as the station there..and return…’screwing up the schedule, obviously..if you’ve thought of going past Copan on the bus..the shuttles are doing the back route thru Copan, since they’re smaller..Copan…another problem, just what they needed..the border? a new larger immigration building but…only one window manned, making the in/out  process still glacial…the Venetian Ball’s domain name is coming up for renewal in November..’guess I need to check in to see if they want to renew it(implying another ‘Ball)…’didn’t do last years…during the time of the ATM thieves and i’d been tapped big time…hey, learning to be frugal isn’t all that bad…no, it sucks..and I’ve learned to shop at the Paca..o..good news about that place by Sipacate but i promised not to tell..

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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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