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a ‘Bushism’….if only for his mangled words/phrases, he’ll be remembered…that and the trashing of the economy…A-Town!….packed, no parking spaces except on upper 4th ave..my barrio…Don Martin with the lights on…no takers…gotta be a bit discouraging when every other…and i mean ‘every’ eatery had biz today/tonight…even Nokiate…except for 709 the mexican food/gallery next to Fusion? padlocked on a Saturday night? bad juju…Sobremesa(packed tonight)moving August the fust around the corner to 4th calle, next to the yogurt joint, up from Citibank..in his spare time?…

went by Panza Verde, passing Franklin V of As Green As it Gets…my personal fave NGO…they actually do what they say they’re gonna do…no bloated staff, overhead, fancy SUV’s..hand’s on..listened to Montfort, the classical pianist from San Francisco for a while…John R and Brendan B there…who knew they were aficionados? you kinda suspect that they have hidden tastes…great music, from the black baby grand…technically brilliant and a ‘virtuouso’ in every sense of the word, crisp, clean, cha cha cha…and here come’s the ‘but’…as i wandered home-weird i went by Caffe Opera and Adan the Cuban was pounding away at the old upright(not me, the piano) and working up a sweat…for me, given a choice between the two pianists, Adan is the MAN…and yeah, the drinks at C-O ain’t cheap but that’s the ‘cover charge’..worth every quetzal.

Angie A’s just setting up as i passed thru…El Cam oddly quieter than usual on a Saturdaynight…El Muro filling up…Abassi doin’ fine, F2 los mismo, even Tartines packed…La Posada del Pintor, the Circus Bar spin-off? jammed…however, in the back of the upper level, a new coffee bar? why? who?..more money than sense, as usual, kinda like the ‘Lounge’, Pangea’s last gasp…pumpin’ loud music again, audible inside Ocelot/the Frisky Den…Neil Craig, who wisely bailed, last heard of in Copan, on his way to Roatan..time out/off…

Cashbar! jumpin’! Wendy at the door, rope and the helm…thanks for the cocktail, btw…reports that Sangre, probably per their all you can suck for 75q specials is now offering late night fights in the street.o boy…’heard that the famed hotel Santo Domingo, who laid off 75 staff a while back is now offering a half-price deal on a second night stay…bring back Paris Hilton and I’m in..don’t know why but i confess to a liking for her(it’s more than that,trust me)kinda like my semi-lust for Sarah Palin in her ‘nasty librarian’ mode..visually speaking, of course.

how can you not like a country that always has fresh limes and avocados?…of course, a lotta political chicanery, lawyers, guns, dope and scandals…wait a minute! wasn’t that a song? guatemalo..my home…ran into Jason of Lava earlier, still chuckleing about the mix-up between ordering a round of 25 shots of tequila and the barmaid pours 25 shots of gin…is she still working? nope, no names…and no excuses..the onslaught of the recent rains and lack of signage from the street have them slightly befuddled, but the burger train still keeps movin’, downstairs to O’lot..the entrance, with IxNay blocking everything, no access to Pangea other than crawling over bushes…Frisky Den’s biz seems to have slacked off…if this because of Allen’s absence or the pounding of the dumb disco music from the Lounge? close the restaurant and go full disco…buy Como Como’s disco ball, install it and it’s Saturday Night Finger…no, Fever…white suits, fancy moves…bring back the Red Bull display..got the every 3 month haircut from Carmen the delicious..just a little off the top, please..Creativo the Spa…2nd calle/4th avenida..best pedicure/foot massage in town and half the price…no, less than half…check Minoshka’s prices..foot the bill..sicko..toe the line? hey, it’s Saturday Night and …so what? dodge the dog-shit and the puke puddles in the morning…one’s brown and the other will be multi-colored, if that’s a clue…ah,, Antigua…full moon swoon tonight…crowds at La Merced(the church)will they be offering 2X1 specials on the wine? a little brie with the wafers?  as Marjoe once said, ‘holy jeez to bezuz’ as he was counting out the evening’s take..and tax free…buenas nostrils to you..

 

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which seemed to be the motto of the night….an espresso at Whiskey Den…packed..A Bell/wife of F2 holding up their enda of the bar…no, I won’t tell you how long they were there…Matt B, buncha others..Peter the Hodge and Shaun talking biz…yes on the buffalo cheese…might be some changes coming to a certain restaurant nearby: owners getting skittish($$)…small wonder…Lava sucks up a lotta the food trade in that place…

 

Angie, Lou and the girls goofin’ on the sidewalk while the band sets up…el Muro? Max back from Roatan(West End, my fave)remarking on the prices for beer/booze…hey, it’s an island…like Hawaii, everything comes in by boat and there’s a ‘surcharge’…get over it…that said, El Muro is hosting a private party on Sunday, usually their ‘closed day’…if it works, they’ll cater to  the same group…and no, i’m not disclosing..ask Max.

 

Los Arcos! rockin’ to the sound of a Cuban/Mexican beat…the violinist, whom i think(always a question)played with Ignacio for a while…this guy is killer…reminds me of Willie Royal of Willie and Lobo…cranks stuff from the strings that almost makes one…well, he’s great..the pianist, on a Korg, made it sound like an accordian..Piano M and Moriah playing to a packed house at Caffe Bourbon…Henrik of dos Reilly’s watching the door, with a decent crowd..Chez Christophe doing a room full, Las Palmas empty…DV(and the ever delicious Claudia there)doing a few tables..and the wireless just kicked in…’was rnnning moviestar as backup..who figured?…

El Cam? no for tonight for the ‘luscious lucy’ or whatever she’s called…tomorrow, per Peter the G..hey, i was ready..caffeinated, except for a shot of Tres Robles at Whiskey Den..bourbon…DV? no whiskey…shot of vodka…Los Arcos? cuba libre…two out of three were brown..hence the lead in..or out…and a damn shame about Deliciosa closing…thanks to John M of epicure for giving me the last of his home-made chili as a consolation prize..Los Arcos? the music was xlnt!  this town has some great musicians…and i’ll hear these guys play anytime…Tabacos y Vinos, Ricardos’ hole in the wall miracle? packed…Fridas doing a crowd…even Don Martin, down the street…doing an almost full house…the new Mayan Moon cafe cum bar on the corner of 4th/1st? closed on a Friday night? stick a fork in ’em..they’re done..I’m done…where’s the fork? go ‘do’ Father’s Day…i would but I’ve been spayed..

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or in Antigua, the totally dead night…no action anywhere..wait…Da Vinci! go figure….12 people, the delicious Claudia and Lex Cargo, huddled over a table by the bar..i didn’t know they knew each other…’hope he doesn’t mention any of my past indescretions…the Rio Suerte.com company truck parked on upper 5ta…por que? Red’s dead, Cashbar empty, Studio 35 closed, Sangre closed…Hector’s closed…Murray of Texas, seen 2X tonight…ok, let’s jump shift to bbq…Angie Angie is now doing a Sunday Texas-style BBQ…and it’s nothing like Murray’s description of what he considers to be ‘texas style bbq’….fine…definitions…Lisa-Marie and the very fine Alison at Ocelot..per L-M, the Salty Beaver’s new overnight rooms will be ready in the ‘first part of March’…eddy of Pangea checking in to work now, play later(as usual)…O’lot’s new windows on the street side, since it’s cold at night…where’s Wendy f…….g Wever? said she was managing Cashbar…did she mean working as a manager or just putting up with it?…here’s a rumor…John W bringing some kind of girl troup from Honduras…why or what..where? making pancakes at el Cofre?  John Heaton’s infamous shot of the shouting and pissing across from his Quinta Maconda went around the world, stirring up a few people…seen here first last week or so…typical night action on 5ta..

is it better to be pissed off or pissed on?

They were to have left early today, for the Yucatan, to meet his S.O’s parents…significant other…they’re a very interesting couple…I like ’em both…alas, some ‘shoot out in the City and then the screw-up at the airport…a big ‘No-Go’…the Whiskey Den has a half price deal on coffee during the day…no, even the night…ask for or present their business card and on the back..50% off…coffee drinks, not the hard liquor…you wish..a nagging question…can anyone explain the fascination with Hollister? seen from here to Nicaragua on t-shirts, any surface…i know the town…northern california, scene of the infamous take-over by the original Hell’s Angels in 1949 and later the setting for the Wild Ones..Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin..I don’t get the connection or the link…typical, you say…

one thing I do know

sensitive subject to some…the “Pub Quiz’…’heard from some that it’s a Reilly’s thing….but…people vote with their feet and hearts…and may the best quiz master win…Rico back at Ixcot…El Caminante lost a good one but the deal didn’t work out…its the restaurant biz..how often does Hector ‘go’ thru employees? monthly, bi-monthly? where the hell are the Gallo Girls?

Spring Break or training?

 

For those who care, these are Brahva Girls…tastier than Gallo, no?

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‘rare sprinkling of rain this afternoon…just enough to settle some of the dust in the streets…my kitchen table? fuggedaboutit…’wonder if the volcanic dust ever gets into the PC or my lungs…lotsa luck on the lungs, cuz you’re competing with the Honduran-made Pall Malls…can’t buy em’ there but hey…that’s Honduras…and no survivors on the prop plane from San Pedro Sula last week, coming in (so to speak)to that hell hole known as Tegucigalpa..if you’re gonna fly these things, take the last seat in the rear, since planes go in head first…usually…don’t bitch at me if it doesn’t work that way…use the ouija board, por favor…sober..no sobremesa’s ice creamery scheduled to open..”soon” per Alex..gonzo restauranteur of the year!…Neil of Pangea…gets involved in a car wreck last week, comes home with a cast…’has the doc cut it off that same day cuz he’s gotta go to work…top that!…reports of a party of 19-20 christian missionaries dining on filet mignon for all and thanking jesus for the opportunity to come to Gautemala and save…save who/what? WTF? quiet night for restaurants except for Hector’s and Caffe Bourbon…Nelson at the keyboard..thought i saw ‘her’ at CB…’kept on going…I must be getting better…maybe another year..did the PV gallery wednesday night art thing…the ultra delicious Ms A back from the DR..tanned and o so…fill in the blanks…yep, she too has been hit by the latest ATM scam…the boys from Bogota…we’re wondering how t o work around this…after we receive our new ATM cards and the charges…or some of them have been made good/reversed..there’s a case for a class action suit for some hungry attorney, somewhere…nah, probably not…BAC is owned by Colombians…narco backed? probably…would you like plata o plomo? silver or lead, to you gringos…as in take the money or take a bullet..your choice..or as Jack Benny once joked about being robbed..asked for his money or his life..he answered..’take my life, I need my money.” long chat with one of the few NGO’s around that actually make a difference…Franklin Voorhees of ‘As Green As itGets’…NGO’s in this country are mostly scams..in my opinion…a fund-raiser here, an event there…’overhead’ eats the money…my ass…minor arm-twisting by an upcoming event next month, same story…NGO profit…my asss..’think I’ll start my own, dedicated to the best espresso and rum…espresso! Raul and Christina of Finca Los Nietos at the PV thing…still looking for someone to run the operation for a few months…their operation is a boutique in the best sense of the word…their coffee superb…if i weren’t…nah..six months?..alas..if you know anyone responsible(and that’s the tricky part) pass this along…god, was it really ‘her’? …will i ever get over this? lock the door, hide the keys…Murray surfacing at Ocelot earlier…i was gonna check out the Gypsy Reelers…found out that they’re from Vermont…good excuse not to go out again and cruise by Caffe Bourbon..where’ s the Stoli?  went by El Muro and I love the new interior look…big mirror at the entrance and some gringo taking salsa lessons…and why not? Elle back from another assault on the fuming slopes of Volcan Fuego..safe and over the flu..Lex and Flor, schlepping pizzas in front of La Merced…nope, wouldn’t share, not even the pizza..the almost full moon, lighting the clouds…pass the Stoli…tomorrow is Singles Night at Peter G’s Mirador…go and take a look…’can’t hurt, can it? ‘spoke with Paolo of La Vineria re cooking for Peter…nope..he’ll refer friends..fine..my duty is done..Rico’s back at Ixcot..and happy…Bistro Cinq? upping the ante by offering rack of lamb and lobster tails…dinner…dinner..damn…bring on the Christians with $$..

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will ask the same question…why is it that Guatemaltecos greet you with a “buenas dia” and not ‘buenas dias’ as all other latin countries? is it pessimism about tomorrow, aka ‘one day at a time?’ on the political trail(segue way), shooting photos of next years candidates for office..

vote for me...I'm all about change

 

 seriously…folks in Granada(nicaragua) when asked about the horseshit in the streets..they have the same kinda coaches..horse-drawn but they can’t figure out how to diaper the beasts…so..publicly spirited as i am…or is it pubic spirited? i shot a bunch of horse’s asses today and forwarded same to people in Granada..my, the work and the stuff I do…Yahoo is eating up my series on Nicaragua…3 or 4 so far and two more in the can…no, in the brain..’can’t FB ’em because of some new feature/bug with FB…’spammy’ is their word for the submissions…yeah and f….k you and the horse you rode in on..Pangea!…killer night…Edy and i don’t know how he did it…somehow got the membership dinner meeting of the venerable Antigua Curry Club to grace the premises…party of some 14 plus..who knew that Pangea did indian food? who cares? as in the case of the Hindu wedding night, when the bride and groom retire to their bedroom…the bride wears the red dot on her forehead (tikka spot)…the groom gets to scratch it off..and see if he’s won anything, like a liquor store or motel…drum roll…Nelson on the patio, playing sweet jazz…Karla doing Sun/Monday at El Mirador..2-10 pm..great choice/idea..Peter the G’s spot is working! no, not the tikka spot..idiot..’went by the Antigua Tobacco Co(Uwe/\lynn’s)…great interior changes..what a sweet, comfortable place to hang out..’might do a run to Honduras with them for a cigar thing in Teguci next month..and I truly hate Tegucigalpa..did it sprinkle in the early morning hours? looked that way..half the town is ripped up with street/water main repairs..Hector at the helm, place packed..so what else is new? are/is he and the delectable miss E a new item? she does fit his usual taste for body types..just asking..

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