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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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‘obscure reference #45….I’m doin’  a story/article on hats…inside Casa Fuentes(4th Calle) is a western-oriented store…boots, buckles and hats…I’m shootin’ photos of the boots and notice a pair with a name stitched…MEL…WTF? right…a pair ordered by Mel Zelaya, ex-presidente of Honduras…yours for $3750q  or $450 more or less…gotta love this town..weird shit abounds…lights on! the electric bill at Whiskey Bar, all of 150q, bill not delivered but paid today…Monday night, 8pm or so..grand opening…assorted varieties of single malt/blends…Franklin will be there, Craigs in Scotland…Ignacio and a pianist…the guy who’s girlfriend carefully wraps his scarf, ruffles his hair…hey, being a musician ain’t easy..

 

are you man enough for these?

 

 Alex of Sobremesa…sold six of his paintings yesterday…shop closed tonight…Alex Bell’s Fusion 2 (F2)doing such good business that he had to run out for supplies tonight…el Cazadore Italiano attracting the Cadillac SUV crowd..betcherass their credit cards clear…Hector and the ever delightful Miss E seen, driving around today…his place packed…no idea where/what they’re up to but we can assume the worst…liverworst? sorry..flights of ideation, we used to call it…or loose associations…pick #2..Crazy Idea #4…Ocelot needs…or could use..a mascot…who/whom?

the cat's meow

hey…it’s an idea..could work both ways..Ricardo’s Tabacos y Vinos offering a 2X1 Ladies Night special…hell, could i handle just one? handel/messiah/loose association…Minoshka’s Spas? taking over the town…she’s got half of 7th Ave sur, between 5tha nd 4th nailed, plus 4th calle..Mayan Spa on 5th norte doing steady biz…whooda thought this was the new wave?…nailed equals another loose association…final final at DV..minimal change…30q drink, 20q tip…what the hell…it was entertainment..if you’re into hats and good hats…there’s a 4X beaver Stetson at Piel Portela..$200…cheap…and in my size…damn..if only I had a horse, boots and spurs…throw in a bolo tie and a big belt buckle…what do cowgirls put behind their ears to attract boyfriends? their ankles…drum roll…i coulda said Corral #5…happy birthday, MC…segueway…one last kink…what do they call pallbearers in Oklahoma? Karaoke..repeat…karaoke…duh

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bread alone…

 

the three basic food groups

 

 in this case, it’s Flor de Cana, bread and a pound of the most excellent Grano Cubano coffee hand-delivered by Raul of Finca Los Nietos….espresso roast, whole bean goodness…my Christmas wish delivered….better than Cuba’s Cubita..as is Flor better than Havana Club….Raul mentioned that he’s gonna be playing somewhere in town…music…soon..Brendan…i went by Almacen Troccoli/Broccoli after you said they carried Flor…empty shelves…no problem, at least in the fear nuture…no, near future…i’ve been plied with drink…per B, ‘The’ Pub Quiz remains at Ocelot and dos Reilly’s will attempt to have a similar event…same time, same day. I suggested that they hire the Gallo Girls to do the event, with the answers hidden somewhere under the spandex, to be removed without using one’s hands…hmm..I’d go watch that.

 

look ma, no hands

Casa de la Cultura, on the corner of 4th/4th, across from the park…a cultural event with the gang from Escobar in costume and a girl who whipped you with aromatic branches…kinda smelled like weed, but I double-checked…nope, not dope…Alex of F2 doing great business…’knows his wines like no one else in town and i watched something I haven’t seen in awhile…customers bringing in their own wine(no corkage fee)…in my world, that implies one of several things: either they know their food, their wine or they’re

just trying to impress the women…I’d pick #1 or #2…i saw their women..
Chef Rico at El Caminante, serving up nachos that resembled volcanos..on purpose..mound of this, guacamole and a rim of chile on top to resemble an eruption..beyond that, the good news is that his mom, the very lovely Ms A is NOT moving to the Dominican Republic, as feared..’just going away for a couple of weeks. Max of El Muro, recently redecorated/painted…the bar, not Max…going full steam on being the #1 site of Jagermeister in Antigua and suggesting that Jagermeister create a team of J-Girls…he’d do the costumes (I offered to referee/judge)..i dated a J-Girl in ‘Vegas for awhile, until she lost the battle of the bulge (visualize this) John will probably want to stick his oar in the water…’the winner! three days in Monte Rico with…”

Lisa-Marie, half of the Salty Beaver Beach Lodge team, bringing in fresh seafood and reporting that the project of adding overnight rooms is close…too much business in the last few weeks, took away from the finishing touches…’soon…soon’ she says…i’m hoping, that post next weeks jaunt into El Sal, Hondo and Nicaragua that by the time I’m back,they’re be ready for overnight occupancy(me) hey…maybe a consolation prize for a runner up in the Miss Jagermeister contest at El Muro…me? right…maybe if the spandex was just right/tight and I was also…hey, a man can dream…at my age, that’s about all that’s left….field testing needed…if Hugh Hefner can marry a 25 yr old…etc..a brief sighting in the park this morning of the delicious  Ms. C…dream on, old man…hey, i doffed my panama and waved…about all i can summon up these days..

Calle 4th quiet…folks wandering up/down 5ta norte..Alex of Sobremesa counting receipts, Ocelot doing steady business…expats/gaute’s..Carla waiting to hear if/when she’s a grandmom…new staff person, Kate..and so it goes…thank you, Mr Vonnegut…

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leads to the Palace of Wisdom” William H. Blake, famed English doper….I was wrong about the demise of the Venetian Masked Ball…tis returning March 8 as the Antigua Masquerade Ball (Mardi Gras day)…500q a pop, which’ll keep the riff-raff out and probably at the same church as last year…go by the Antigua Tobacco Co on 3rd Calle and get the details…obvisuosly they’re in short supply here, kinda like a lot of other things.  Total wipe out on Alex Ferrar’s 40th Ice Cream Festival…’ran out 3X, made more, sold it all…is there a message here? yeah, they were screamin’ for ice cream…40 flavors? he paints, serves, runs a biz and has time for creating more stuff?

‘been told that Craig the Scot has left for Scotland…’how long?  The Whiskey Bar project lurches…’power turned off per a neighbor and I watched several cases of tasty Scotch being brought in…the handmade wooden bar is art…

Bus Bomb in Zone 7 yesterday….woman gets on, places a package in the overhead rack, slips out the back a few blocks later and Kablooie!…4 people dead….MS-13, Zetas, Betas or WTF? one more reason not to ride chicken buses in the City…Piano Mike and Moriah at the Pangea patio last night, sounded great: i bailed early, ATM done, pocket empty…almost, but the ATM’s still aren’t up a day later…great, first the card reader on the middle machine (BAC) and now this? The lovely MC gave me a haircut, on the tab, for which I had just enough change to buy her a chocolate croissant (thanks)….again, more confusion on my part…where does the Sunday Pub Quiz actually take place?  not that i go, but even a little less confusion would make me feel better..I think…Robt of Chicago due in today…another chapter in the ongoing gold mine story? I’ve lost track of the players, especially after Don Marco ‘went away’…that in itself deserves a paragraph or two..the Company truck is up for sale…or was…passes everthing but gas stations: huge supercharged gas V8 pushing massive tires and a GMC Suburban…in a little over a week I’m outa here for ten days or so…El Sal, Hondo and parts of Nicaragua that i haven’t seen(yes, they’re paying me)..who knows? maybe the ATM is ‘up’…film at eleven

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where else in the world can you walk around the corner and run into a block of cartoon characters? (outside of the White House and City Hall)…Goofy, Donald Duck, Baby Huey….good thing I wasn’t whacked out on psychedelics…the fireworks have started, the purple-gowned cofradias are lining up and the transport of some relic(not me)from Point A to Point B will resume shortly…

I'm dreamin' of a White Christmas

can you say “State of Siege?”…the Pres, ol macho man Colom, has declared a ‘state of siege’ from Dec 18 thru whenever, for Coban/AltaVeraPaz region…narco traffic, shoot-outs(even more than usual)…hopefully the Green Beanies, who are in that neck o’ the woods, can do something…yep, Gaute is a Narco State…get over it..as with Venezuela/Nicaragua/Honduras, this shit doesn’t happen without the acquiescence/compliance/involvement of those in power..

on the way to Coban

 

the new photo gallery, in Nim Pot…lotta foot traffic…price might be steep for most folks but the art…well, its’ art…upper 5th is prime real estate…foot traffic…the Mime index? off the charts tonight…crowd of ’bout a 100…and the magician…older dude in the black hat who does card tricks? set up a stool in the street by Sangre (a chair…)with a pack of cards…whipped out a wad of money, counting away…and then showed me a bigger roll of 100’s…damn…i’m in the wrong business..per Neil of Pangea, tomorrow night/early Tuesday is the real deal vis a vis the eclipse…he says the best on 356 years or so…Fox News claims 456 years…’go with Neil…got the times down cold..if this is the REAL Mayan odometer roll over…do the poles shift? what about the ukrainians and the latvians? Carla of O’Lot, looking improved…no, ‘didn’t do the Pub Quiz tonight…trivia? got it’s name from Roman times, where whenever three roads intersected, there’d be a  ‘bulletin

undercover narcs

board’…tri equals three, via equals road…go forth and prosper(if you can)

me, I’m dreamin’ of a White Christmas….’just like the one…right…state of siege? whew…’so glad I bailed on getting embedded(love that word) with the GB’s…i love the smell of gunpowder but not the napalm in the morning..last, perhaps least…on any given night, how many Gallo Girls are there? do they come and they go? who gets to pick/choose?

white christmas?

 ok, so they’re usually chunky…Gallo will do that to you..is there some kind of ‘school’…like Hamburger U with McDonalds?   …girls..this is a bottle of beer and this is an opener…watch closely..its all in the wrist action…’

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thank you, Maria Maldaur…great day in A Town…Fred Heywood came riding into town on a massive gray stallion…accompanied by Ricardo of Norco, ex-antigueno and a horseman..wearing high black leather boots and a black cape with  gold trimming…Ricardo, who grew up here and worked horses for some serious people, now lives in the states…socal…an ex-bull rider…yep,those bulls in the rodeo, cow palace and all that…also in a jousting company…imperial knights…no, not the KKK…serious guy…paratrooper cap and so on..no news on the resurrection of what was known as Reilly’s…supposedly still on for taking over Dos Mil…..who knows? the rumors become layers of the unknown..Sobremesa! expanded the kitchen, selling art off the walls and opening an ice cream outlet not far from Ocelot…good move, Alex! Fusion II…doing business and a great example of lighting/atmosphere..Alex, who’s done his stint in San Francisco(we know the same restaurants) has his eye on the ball..across from F2 is a new store, doin’ persian…well, iranian carpets…El Muro? doin’ well…cross fertilization with Peter the G’s new hostel..John’s folks in town, looking for a place to move into..talk of making a run into Honduras next year..john, myself and a jeweler friend…hit
Erandique, do the opal mines and flip out in Copan, coming and going…Twisted Tanya, Garnell and that crew…”been too long..poor Copan, sucking big time with the lacka tourists and bad PR about Honduras..

welcome to Copan

looks like an extended trip into Nicaragua in January…new assignment($$), seen some country i haven’t seen…places to go, people to do and all that..their real estate market is in the cellar…Granada? dead…foreclosures in San Juan Del Sur…beachfront, no less..Hector? where the hell is he? ‘place packed…probably off with the pneumatic blonde…o…Corinna, the Aussie? back and looking spectacular…and blonde…or blonder…is that a word?Ocelot? medium crowd…waiting for the brit/indie dude…i didn’t…the songs all sound the same to me…angst…no, boring…john h…’calls antigua a colonial pothole…damn..that’s kinda a slap in the face…is he right? hey, it’s my home…potholes are me, obviously…where are those business cards from the working girls?….’absolute discretion..massage, sex and party’…Liss…5648-2012…give her a buzz…let me know how it works out…’field research’ and all that. 

 

I miss my cannons

I miss my cannons



welcome to Antigua

 

 

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so…the dust has settled from last week´s invasion by the FBI, who swooped in/on Don Marco, alias Mark Francis, real name Jeffrey Lynn Cassman, formerly number 4 on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation web site…mail fraud, securities fraud and 3 counts of theft…whew…re the T-shirts on the folks at El Muro bearing his likeness…they´re not…repeat not, raising a defense fund…the wife and kids of DM, either 10, 11 or so…who´s counting? have no money or food…the grey Benz, which was only recently renovated and running, sat on 5th calle by the moviestar office till Sunday, at which point it disappeared…

Alex Ferrar reports a weird customer….wanted a picture redone with her face replacing the existing face, her husbands´ face inserted into a dangling bag holding a severed head…and oh, by the way, can you make me look slimmer?

wierd customers ? how about the couple(gringos)who left their 2 yr old in a bassinet at Pangea Saturday night, for a few hours?…oops…I thought you had the kid…damn…now we gotta backtrack…speaking of El Muro….théy´ve become the Reilly´s East hangout…packed on weekends, and now featuring two…2! lady bartenders!…Carla of ocelot is one of ´´em…that means that John and Max can find time off…word of a pending roadtrip to Roatan when  John´s new VW bus gets renovated…sorry for the lack of images here…f%$·”! moviestar still down…4 days later? are they fucking with me? might have to go back to TIGO tomorrow if this isn´t solved today…and yes, i´m still limpin….last week´s surgery was fine but its the healing process that takes a while…thank god and the farmacia for serious meds…mmm, can i have some more now?

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