Posts Tagged ‘mezcal’

but no white sport coat…yeah, i’d thought about putting on the brocade chinese smoking jacket but it wouldn’t have made any difference..the first event i get invited to and i’m a day early? yep…shaved, dressed and reasonably coherent, armed with witticisms, anecdotes and a bottle of cheap red wine..fie..fool…tomorrow night…

so…another stroll into the burg we call home and a perfect night…a crescent moon, jupiter  nearby…Fuego! blew stuff high this morning…Bull says we’re getting earthquakes by the swarm…funny, i don’t feel a thing(good meds)..Ocelot had two new faces behind the bar tonight…Marty the Aussie in the crushed cowboy hat, last seen working at Ricardo’s Tabacos y Vinos….Neil kinda cracked up when i mentioned that i’d like to trace the tattoos on the babe at the bar with my tongue..hey..why not?

one of my personal  pleasures in this town are the experiences traveling by the expats here..sitting outside on the patio with Reed, Brendan, Mike and ‘the other guy’ you realize that we all have seen most of the known world, sometime and somewhere..’trying to think of someplace not visited…Bumf..ck, Egypt?

the new Braulio in what was Pangea? giant sucking sound heard…Lava ground zero for an amazing parade of babes…ah, if i were only…50 or 60 years younger..Jean-Marc holding down the doorway at dos Reilly’s(quiet, at least early)..’think i’m goin’ to hell…ate 2X at McD’s today…why? once early, thinking of a 6:30 dinner engagement, then leaving town, knowing that there was zero food in the house..aside from vodka and orange juice…not part of the four basic food groups.

the new chocolate museum on 4th calle has an amusing act…kinda performance art stuff..the guy in the chef’s hat, a toque?  no, not a toke…there’s a wave of cruise shippers coming to town this and next month..the mayan ladies have their schedules memorized…and don’t expect any italian ships…they’re kinda upside down right now.

go Luis! in the booklet, under Tour Guides, I mentioned him by name/phone number..now that he’s an official guide for INGUAT, he’s driving the freaking tour buses in from Puerto Quetzal….hello!..fill in the blanks, if you need to…he’s stoked, i’m jazzed…thanks again, Rich N, for your help on Monday…

John Rexer’s Ilegal Mezcal? included in the swag bags at Redford’s Sundance event!


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of which I’m a Frequent Flier/participant…O’lot…breaking in new bar babes upstairs and down. Pangea’s shuttered(dead) and the rest of the patio is looking bleak. Was it the mist and fog all day? I felt like I was back in Sausalito/San Fransicko and liked it…strolling in the light drizzle was good.

A Bell & friends project next to Fusion? looking like it’ll be Easter before they open the doors..the Chocolate Museum across the street is open…Piano Mike mentioned that he’s found a superb Spanish tapas place in the same place that Abassi moved to…1st Ave norte, across from what was El Caminante…small, great good, Spanish wines..3 thumbs up, he said..(I made that up)

5ta Ave norte? strollers, shoppers and the restuarants doing biz…the Divine Miss C on her way to work at Da Vinci…and no sign of Marvel at Ricardo’s for a week now…has she left us? I was gonna ask Flor at Dasha about rentals(Luis Miguel next door said she was a source) but even she wasn’t in tonight…yep..gotta move..the noise in Bangalore Bob’s has ‘got’ me..

ran into Ilegal John Rexer tonight…in town till sometime..his words..what a story about the rise of Ilegal Mescal, with no end in sight…world wide…huge..uploaded updates into the Create-Amazon site for Our Man today…fine..until you get the message that you gotta buy ‘proof’ copies…that’s what i did last week or the week before..publishing $, shipping $ and..handling(of course) can’t get away without ‘handling’..and yes, i’ve been accused more than once of doing exactly that..assuming that Customs here in Guatemala gives the green light($$)I’ll supposedly have actual print versions this week…$$ and a boat load in a month(visualize a dinghy)..someone asked me in the park this morning if I expected to be ‘rich and famous’…chortle…figure that i net 2 bucks per book..multiply by 50…right..’infamous’, perhaps…rich..naw, been there, done that, too many times..I’m happy, with only two keys to worry about(to the door, not the blow)and shopping at the Paca…tis one of the many reasons I moved here (and love the place)…and I’m still shaking my head at Panza Verde firing Gabi…she does a monthly art thing, acts as the General Manager and just put on the greatest party of 2011?  Hellooo…Thank You and by the way, train this new person and don’t let the door hit you in the culo on the way out…for a joint with a semblance of class, this eats at that perception..IMHO, she was too beautiful, dressed way too well and made everyone else look like dog …..

‘great conversation with Brian Wilson today(i was checking out their rentals)of C21…didn’t mention that i ‘d been an agent with C21 in the late 70’s for a brief moment in time..damn, does he have some stories about this town…El Muro’s been oddly quiet: is Max maxed out or have the holidays just taken their toll? and yes, we’re in the 2012 madness…end of the world, cha cha cha…so? been there, done that..remember the Harmonica Convergence? Y2K? 

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so…the 5pm concert at Panza Verde, a freebie…Seth Monfort having created a new piano ‘piece’…the ever delightful Ms A there..crowd of about 30, even John Mezcal Rexer making a late appearance…Adan the Cuban pianist there also and as i’ve said, i’d go listen to him any night of the week…get him to play “As Time Goes By’…the Casablanca theme song…a kiss is just a kiss, etc…i confess i left early…to Travel Menu with Allan behind the wood, Plumb Bob, Brendan and so on…great acts in the street, goofing on the Three Stooges…back to el central, maggie at el portal…and ignacio, our cuban musician playing upstairs at the seldom used Chivas bar…Mike Chrisman aka Piano Mike outa town..the States, Christmas and so on..La Casaca, where Poco de Todos was? doing great…some confusion about the use of the upper level, as I’v heard two different stories, from long time locals.

Ricardo’s Tabaco’s y Vinos doing another boffo crowd/evening…christmas lights/decorations up all over…’its beginning to look a lot like ……’and the usual 5pm happy hour crowd at Ocelot, stumbling out at 6pm…Iris aka Lucy settling in and …O’lot’s still looking for more help behind the bar…Pangea’s still advertising for a bartender…why?

and yes…the ‘book’…selling daily…whoda thunk this? https://www.smashwords.com/book/view/114724 buy two copies tonight…those idiots at RockNGem Magazine, the ones who insist on hard copy, a CD and snail mail?  lost the %$#@!! submission sent in two months ago…fine, another $20 in postage..transfer the files/photos from a flash drive to a CD…caption list for the images plus descriptions…see Dick and Jane barbecue Spot kinda stuff..

and another place bites the dust(closes)..the western store inside Casa Fuentes on 4th calle? the one with the unclaimed cowboy boots with “Mel” stitching (Mel Zelaya of Honduras)and a XXX Stetson beaver hat for $200…cheap…but, as i figured when i left my Resistol XXX beaver hat behind, this ain’t the climate for such…’got to flashing on where the piano ‘piece’ was conceived…the Lake…also the recent scene of a yoga retreat, featuring Lama Bob…nope, i’m not making this up..I can’t get behind someone named Lama Bob…Lama Rimpoche,the 123rd incarnation of the Dolly Lama, maybe..yeah, i’m cynical…nor cal woo woo stuff..airheads and nam yo ringe cho yourself..om being the dial tone f the universe..ah, the delectable Ms A…made my day..dressed to kill/thrill, as always..

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no, not her…she left town earlier..at 7pm, the lovely and talented Mary Sheffield, quoted as saying “I’m f…….g great’….shhhh, don’t let that get around…’reached into the fedora(my hat) and pulled out lucky #5, bought by Max of el Muro this morning…he had other choices of numbers but he went into a trance and channeled god knows what…picked numbero cinco…

the winner's grin

Max…one of the hardest working people in town…’always coming up with something new…ah…the ‘major miracle’ of the day? Monica of Jungle Party somehow came into possession of Carla’s wallet,missing since Saturday….Carla of  Ocelot…and the wallet was intact…papers, license and more importantly…$$$…major smiles behind the bar tonight…whew…

style, class and looking good

ok..fine…the fonts/centering stuff has gone wierd…
Marcel and crew of El Cazadore Italiano doing their anniversary ‘free food/booze night..and pouring the premium stuff…Uwe and Lynn on the patio, waiting to go upstairs for the grub…Neil Craig and ladyfriend in attendence…he in a suit/tie and looking/sounding happier than ever…John Rexer and ladyfriend at the new Sobremesa location..Alex seen later running around the corner for ice from O’Lot per an incoming party of 12…on a Monday night?  yep…Alex Bell of Fusion 2 doing just fine…was that a new espresso machine I saw?  Abassi quiet but I noticed a real fez inside…damn…might have to buy it…perfect evening attire for Bangalore Bob”s…(my new place)…the latest batch of Sai Baba/Nag Champa incense isn’t doing well…how hard is it to roll dried cowshit and scent so that it burns?….answer: India is still India….am I gonna call Bangalore at 1-800-Bullshit and hope to get a live answer? and if so, what then?  Nelson off tomorrow for two months in the youess of A…Karla going up north in a month to join him in NorCal…my old neck of the woods…September in Sonoma County?…perfecto..Mendocino? even better…’glad the roach holder found a new home…back then it was de rigeur to have the appropriate accessories for indulging…now? glass bongs…no style…nope, don’t have one…never…again, thank you one and all for stepping up and helping someone we all know, love and appreciate…our own version of Blanche Du Bois and Molly Brown…tomorrow night? El Muro’s Twisted Tuesday event…more drinkies for free…TacoDiscontento now going the 2X1 route on cocktails….and they’re on what might  be the best block in  town? …’makes ya wonder who’s next? 

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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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