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yes…as of about an hour ago. I made three forays into the masses of parade-watchers and participants today, ear-plugs firmly in place: they sort of helped drown out the drums but my head is still ringing…

Its all about the noise

Its all about the noise

starting at 7:30 am, and wrapping up at 6 or so, with a two hour break…now I know not to be here next year, just as I learned about the perils of staying in town for Semana Santa…crowds, noise and hullabaloo(what the hell is hullabaloo?)….earplugs, aspirin and tequila definitely required, that’s what it is…

helloooo ecology!

helloooo ecology!

I’ve never seen so many go-go boots in one place…now I know where they all migrated to…Guatemala..I’m not complaining, mind you….how the hell they can stand marching for all hours of the day on the cobblestone streets is beyond me..

these boots are made for marching

these boots are made for marching

so…what’s next? early to bed, early to rise and recapitulate(whatever that means)…probably Rio Dulce next week, for a look-see at the Caribbean side of the country…if one is so inclined, go visit www.examiner.com and click on ‘travel’…there’s a few pieces there of recent vintage, that I haven’t covered here(and I could use the traffic)…

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and counting….the bands started pounding their %^&#! drums at 7:30 in the morning and by 9…lined up ten deep, with the usual police escort(o christ…they’re pounding again at 7pm)

boys as big as their drums

boys as big as their drums

If this is any clue to the grand finale tomorrow, I’ve gotta take some serious vitamins tonight…

a smile that could launch a thousand batons

a smile that could launch a thousand batons

So…the mayor and I acknowledged each other…I tipped my hat, he smiled..god…more drums pounding away as I write this…do I go out for the 3rd time?  yes…

victim of advertising

victim of advertising

ok…fine…the drums and whatever are pounding out the primitive message…must go see/watch/hear..maybe the Ron Botran Girls will be on duty later(one can hope)..what is tomorrow gonna be like? the final day of the week-long Independence Day orgy of drums, xylophones and nymphets? hasta la pasties…oops..bad spelling: I meant pasta

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Not the torch for the Special Oympics

Not the torch for the Special Oympics

 It kinda looks like it could be: the town is full, the bands are tuning up and if the rains don’t dampen things, the pipe mortars will start soon. I finally saw the contraption the other day….a 2 ft section of what appeared to be 4 inch metal pipe on a stand. The fireworks dude drops in the charge, which has a five foot fuse and then waits for the signal to light it off. …crack-a-boom, a  blaze of initial powder ignition and the sucker goes straight up for three hundred foot and blows up: a sizeable cloud of dirty grey/brown smoke, a very loud BANG and that’s it, folks….its not about the beauty or the art: its all about the BANG.  I’m starting to get it about how things work here. If only I could figure out the women.

There may be news of a minor miracle on the wine front:  I stumbled across a ’97 Merlot out of Haywood Vineyards in Sonoma for ten bucks….hmm…WTF?  The semi-bad news is that the cork was on the verge of disintegrating. I drank most of it and consigned the remainder to the spaghetti that’s on the stove. For the sake of science, my fund of knowledge and never-ending quest for truth, justice and a decent bottle of red, I”ll have to go back and sample another bottle. Film at eleven…

 

I’m a bit early with this, since the actual day isn’t until Tuesday, the 15th: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica all share the same date of liberation from the evil clutches of Spain…after a few centuries of the Inquisition, slave labor and bad wine, who could blame them? Oddly enough…maybe not all that odd, is that Mexico celebrates a day later: manana in action, a day late and a few pesos short.

There is the possibility, probably slim, that a new type of motorized passenger conveyance may be seen on the streets of Antigua….

The Beast from India

The Beast from India

Its a bit ugly and bigger than the standard tuk-tuk: rather than a little motorcycle engine, its got a liliputian one-cylinder diesel huffer and puffer…the mayor has been heard to say that he wants to get rid of the tuk-tuks…screw…what happens to us on the streets who get caught in the rain or have too much stuff in the bag to take home?  When’s the next election?

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