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gathered around the watering hole at 5-7, just like being in the bush…the hyenas laugh, the lions growl and the bartenders pour another round…yep, the informal meeting of the ‘Unindicted Co-Conspirators’, minus JR and Don Marcos….and when is DM getting outa jail?

one of the park’s own ‘distributors’ of hot or semi-used merchandise(Francisco) sold what was an Omega watch to a local…turned out to have Japanese innards…oops…if he’s smart(the seller)he’ll make this deal go away…if you see Reid C, ask him about the vertical burial of a gringo he was involved in: that leads to another story or two…classic latin america stories..

Ignacio Borell, our own Cuban musician minus a section of leg? working and looking good…Seth Montfort, ex pianist in residence at Panza Verde? back there, playing Saturday at 5pm..yeah? you’ve seen the massive publicity that PV has cranked  up? right…none…they shot themselves in the foot dismissing the very xlnt Gabi Altman last year.. ..one might think that they’re really not interested in doing biz…or hiring anyone who has a clue about pubic…no, public relations.

Antonio’s, that bread shop by the Condesa? how the hell do they make their monthly nut, i.e., the rent? selling bread? not unless they’re rolling in dough(drum roll)

the ever spectacular Flor(escent) of Dasha? moving her store somewhere…Luis Miguel of Da Vinci tried to explain but…in one ear and out the other, you know..

and welcome back, Carlos Tomas of Memphis and Dyslexia Books..the only guy I know who can explain quantum physics without being ripped…and a local bar/restaurant robbed/ripped off last night: the Sunshine Grill on  upper 6th Avenida? door broken, everything of value taken(TV”s, etc…) no word if they took pizzas to go…Edgar not pleased, of course.

so? so what? another installment on the latest road trip to Huehue/Todos Santos and so on…

http://www.examiner.com/article/zacaleu…you might have to copy/paste this…the gnomes at WordPress keep screwing with the code.

another trip shaping up for February…off to Salami…no, Salama’…off, regardless..looking for surface copper, malachite and azurite…probably will find “Leaverite’…as in ‘leaverright there’, a close relative of the Indian Love Stone…a f….king rock…

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yep…that’s the time tomorrow at O-Dark Thirty when the Sun dips to it’s lowest point…and hopefully comes back up for air…and light, cosmos, etc/cha cha cha…hey..think about how many false alarms have we heard about regarding the end of the world? Hale-Bopp Comet, that phony preacher in Oakland, etc etc…maybe the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ is just another attempt to scare the be-jesus out us?

Travel Menu totally slammed tonight…folks on the sidewalk, Allen running around, back and forth, schlepping plates….’never seen it so packed…yeah, even more of the ‘usual suspects’ there…and then some..

there was a lame fake Mayan ceremony in front of the Capitan’s Palace tonight….Maya-Lite…better than nothing, I s’pose…folks didn’t have to leave town, go up to El Cerro de la Cruz or…get too far from their hotel rooms…might have even been something on the History Channel in case…you know, room service is coming, dont’ wanna get dressed  up..

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-hotel-astor-and-takalik-abaj

this might not load…copy/paste…wordpress is being wonky tonight…

ah…a mini-road trip with some of the Gang of Four…off to…(‘off’ describes it perfectly, btw) to Esquintla in search of the lost Wal-Mart…you know, the Wal-Mart that isn’t there but surfaces/appears once a year or when the moon is just right?…yeah..right…they left, they looked and they returned…unWal-Marted…is there some kind of information source to call and ask for this stuff?…hello? 

A new kind of Christmas Club in Antigua? some merchants on 5th Ave norte reporting that they’ve been extorted or threatened with having their external signs stolen unless they pay protection…Ricardo of Tobacos y Vinos didn’t go along with the program and lost his sign…as if he needs one, but it’s the concept…now…what do the extorters(my word)do with the signs? burn ’em..return ’em for a deposit? set up an altar and pray to whom?

Reid Choate, the almost last missing ‘snow bird’ checked in…back on Jan the 8th…child support, Witness Protection Program…? character witness for John McAfee?

it’s been said that tomorrow’s end-of-the world thingy is really going to be a ‘Mayan Rapture’ event…a flash of light, they all disappear and then re-appear in a Pollo Compero near you, me, etc..at 05:11? PC isn’t open then….maybe McDonalds? nope, not even…

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often flows into the River of No Return, which empties into the Sea of Dreams…some have commented on the style (sic) herein: it’s just me or another side…those who read my travel pieces or mineral/mining articles probably wonder also…so? there’s no money involved here, via hits/ads or anything else.

The seasons? what, here? I love the fact that something is flowering all the year…lately it’s the purple jacarandas and the poinsettias. From whence I used to live, winter meant no leaves and bare branches..spring sprung eventually, followed by the cycle of summer and the slow death of fall foliage.

Another ‘only in Antigua’ moment: the road improvements coming into town?…what was a 2 hour delay a few weeks ago is now three hours…and just in time for Christmas $hopping, eh? there’s two versions of lame blame but the fact is that ‘they’re’ now ripping up the newly laid cobblestone paving…a giant WTF?

another deli bites the dust…Metiz, 4th avenida, south of the Cathedral? called it a day and threw in the sponge cake…they were doomed per the location, even with the best cheesecake in town…’heard of a new gelato joint on 3rd calle, west of Antigua Tobacco, next to the Ivori Drugstone…Jessica’s Gelato, said to be better than….that place on 4th avenida…you tell me…and that rascal, Neil Craig? has another girlfriend that’s even better looking than the last…bastard..no, Mr Bastard…good for him, I say.

When is Braulio’s…the remnant of The Lounge, which was the remnant of Pangea, gonna close their door?

goodbye, old friend…’sad to see you go but it was time…after 6 or 7 years, a lot of traveling and some great adventures, it was time to part..from Cuba to Carmel, Costa Rica to Xela and you were always there for me…yeah, you got a bit bent outa shape but that’s because I sat on you the wrong way…my ol Motorola Raz’r went bye-bye today, to one of the yard crew here at the finca…gotta new ‘semi-smart’ phone…in the sense that I’m not activating any of the smart features…maybe later, when I figure out the manual (in espanol, of course)

the long awaited trip to Mixco Viejo is ‘on’ for this week…the 20th/21st for the end of the 13th Baktun…some are referring to it as the Mayan Rapture…a flash of light and suddenly every Pollo Compero outlet is filled with  hungry Mayans…we’ll know later this week, one way or the other…me? I hoping for Santa’s helper to make an appearance…McAfee? minus his girlfriend? probably trolling South Beach, right about now…his ’15 minutes of fame’ are up and thankfully so..

its beginniing to look a lot like Christmas

its beginniing to look a lot like Christmas

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so….McAfee…sold his life story already, as predicted herein..titled “Running in the  Background”…..jeez…the guy says he just wants to “settle down to whatever normal life…etc” for someone who’s been doing guns, drugs, hookers and hallucinogenic bath salts, ‘normal’ is not the word I’d pick but…I still expect him to show up in the Park one of these days or at a few bars…’heard that he tried to check in at Bruno’s in Rio Dulce but it was full…yeah, he’d fit in with that crowd easily.

the Manos de Christine thing on Sunday apparently was a raging success…no slug fests, just mellow people…sorry I missed it..it’s like I missed Victoria singing Saturday/Sunday night at Cafe Flor….’just can’t take the staying up til 4-5am stuff any more…hey, it wasn’t my fault, ok?

‘found some photos on the web of what appears to be Mike Donley’s long lost boulder/monolith in Bilbao/El Baul…we’ll know wednesday, when the Cougar Boogers get goin’..it’s only been 40 years since he was there, ok?

‘seem to have lost a reader who thought that I was drunk when I wrote, a dirty old man and so on…yep, nailed again…read the disclaimer/about pages for any disclosures, eh?

ah..Volcan Agua! blazing fires around the top….started Sunday morning, gets bigger every day…what to do? bucket brigades?…right…a long long string of garden hoses from Ciudad Viejo? what’s gonna happen up there? who cares and who’s responsible? nadie/no one…how do you say ‘Smokey the Bear’ in spanish?  if Smokey shows up, he’s bbq material.

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Gautemala, the haven of choice for folks on the run: Senor McAfee, late of Belize, something about dogs/poison/guns/murder/cha cha cha, seen in Rio Dulce yesterday and now in the City, ‘lawyered up’ with one of Guate’s ex Attorney Generals and scheduled for a press conference in the morning….it’ll probably go like this…”you know, it might look bad that I left town and came to Guatemala but this country has a reputation for fair play and justice.”…drum roll…from what was an estimated 100 million bucks a few years ago is now somewhere south of  4 mill…”Guatemala, The Best Justice That Money Can Buy” 

and yet another bit of ‘only in Antigua’ insanity…one of our long-haired gringo semi-permanent residents…you’ll see him scooting around town, sometimes with a leather jacket with fringes (Dennis Hopper style) recently returned from the States, apparently on a shopping trip…two large suitcases, one filled with rice and the other? Starbucks Guatemala Blend…uh, excuse me? importing that stuff to here? 

Looks like Lava is giving the “salsa night’ a twirl or two…why not? Micho’s day shift is getting their ‘americano desayuno’ together, a bit more each week…this week they’ve mastered buttering the toast. Hey…it’s a gringo thing, ok?

Angel of Djinn says her move across the street hasn’t impacted her business one way or the other..her tikka spot was just a bit off center this morning but how do you tell someone that?  it’s a caste mark, ok? bright red spots are #1 Brahmin…and on the wedding night the groom gets to scratch it off and see if he’s won anything, like a liquor store or motel…

Tom ‘Speedy’ Murphy feeling well enough to go to Wal Mart today…maybe he’ll be able to drive next week..the Perfesser can be the passenger side airbag and Plumb Bob and I can sit in back and not watch Tom pass everything in sight..

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-mystery-of-takalik-abaj-part-one  more in the series of last year..I suspect that there’ll be some stuff to add to next weeks’ adventure in paradise.

 

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’twas the night before….oops, wrong holiday…gotta get a new calendar, assuming that after the 21st of December, we’re all still here…there’s a ton of hype about the ‘end of the world’ coming…even worst than the Harmonica Convergence a few years back..I’ve been invited to go see/observe/whiff some copal up country about then…might be better than the flying saucer conventions on the West Coast that my folks used to take me to..

Marcel, late of El Cazadore Italiano, taking life easy…swapped the blue Chevelle for a gray Camaro…Ignacio, our somewhat truncated Cuban musician? looking spiffy again and says he’s playing at PV, La Sala and Cafe No Se…doing better than a lot of other musicians, eh? PM? off to take a dip in the Sea of Love…another triumph of hope over experience…i wish him well..

Klaus of the Jardin Bavaria, back from Spain/Germany…stories varied…John the Rexer, back in town, ‘taking meetings’ in the sun…Ilegal Mezcal is everywhere these days(except in my cupboard) and yes, we’re losing another SYT….i admit to having had an ‘avuncular interest’ but it’s time for her to blow town and go on to bigger/better things/places…there are times when i forget that this is a transient town…some that I’d wish would stay, don’t and some that I’d wish would leave…don’t..

somewhere, in the last week, I noticed a new sign  up for a hotel/restaurant and a ‘spor bar’….did they mean ‘spore’ or what? spore, i can believe, as in mushrooms, keep ’em in the dark and feed ’em horseshit..perfect…and the Prensa Libre referred to our mayor by another name…does this mean that Adolfo has had it?  well, yes…and yes, there’s a certain place, where if you go upstairs and ask nicely for an ashtray, they’re available…no names, eh?

got one of those insipid e-cards today, from a lady friend who used to reside in ‘Vegas…now hiding out in the Dom Rep….the message was…what are you thankful for this year? good question…I’m thankful for not being on my ass in a 3rd rate hospital in the City, not still in the clutches of the IRS and so on…my life is good and I don’t take that lightly…off to the Jet Set tomorrow! whoop whoop, as Yo-Yo is fond of saying…and where the hell is Buck Wheat? still in El Salvador with Evelyn?  the country isn’t that big, eh? have a great day tomorrow…this is truly an ‘american holiday’…eat till you burst, burp and ask for seconds..or thin may be in, but fat is where it’s at..

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per Franklin Voorhees, mechanical genius and El Jefe of As Green as it Gets.org (one of my two favorite NGO’s) they are now selling ‘organically’decaffeinated Guatemalan coffee(thanks for the tip, Santiago that R. Dalton has been selling decaf for a while)…and the only ones/first/El Numero Uno to be doing so in this country…yeah, its a weird concept (to me)of coffee without the rush/jolt but there are tons of potential swillers who will now get a taste of one of Guatemalas’ premier products (other than chocolate or blow)…just kidding about the latter…it was the idea of the recently seized 17+ tons of paste that still rumbles around in my head…the difference being that one process (AGAIG’s) doesn’t use any chemicals to remove that pesky caffeine.

Ron Fortin’s back in town, playing his sax…catch him at Ocelot Friday night, in the patio..

3 of the prototype book holders are out/in various places…more tomorrow…more next week…yeah, I know, BFD..

‘ran into Walter Fischer and his big RED bus…the Antigua City Bus Tour!…3 more buses to to follow and I like the colors/graphics….let this work, please…the late lamented departure of the previous Antigua City Bus Tour was/is a great idea(and positive)for A-town…no word on if they’ll let the Mayan ladies board and sell trinkets but I kinda doubt it..  

  a Reillys in Granada?…as in, Nicaragua? fotos and a FaceHole ‘like’ button?..i like the idea, as Granada gets more tourists and it’s like Antigua in many ways…better horse carriages but they paved their cobblestones..weekend visitors from Managua, como Guatemala…it was on my personal ‘short list’ of places to move to, except for the heat/humidity…they’ve got decent Mexican food, my favorite breakfast place(Kathy’s Waffle House) and until the departure of Jimmy Three Fingers, the best bbq in Central America..and a better location than the once considered Livingston…a word about Kathy…it was a tragedy…tread quietly…

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