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would he be driving the ‘cruise ship’ or the Love Boat?..no, this has nothing to do with anything/anyone, just another symptom of a deranged mind(mine)…

so…’One Man, One Drink, one Song’? Bobby Darling at Michos’s….packed the room, all of 12-14 spaces, for the 3rd week running…good stuff..’wandered down to Travel Menu…packed!….12-14 people, the bartender schlepping plates hither, thither on yon…Nils of Azul 39, walking the empty streets, wondering where the business is…not here, dude…

what was La Rumba/Ixcot now under renovation as a new ‘Beer Pub’…a red Brit phone booth, a new bar and some old signs on the wall….whether or not this will translate into ‘success’ is open to question…Ocelot/Lava suck up the biz…whiskey den is dead, 13, the concept bar you can stick a fork in…Reilly’s La Esquina/Cafe Dos Mil equally dead-zo…it was/is a cold night, cold enough for a local version of a ‘Two Dog Night’ in this case, a 2 fat mama  night, like a sandwich..

HBT…finally, after bonking his right (steering) wrist again, agreed to go to the doctor today…and yes, the bad press about Antigua even reached my pals in San Francisco…crime/corruption/cha cha cha…good…send more mormons to show us the error of our ways..and no, I didn’t stick around to hear Jessy at O’lot at 8 or so…it/i was cold.and there’s fire wood and a good book..no mujeres gorda but two outa three ain’t bad..and yes, the local versions of Our Man/A Year of Driving are going 1/2 price as of December the First…thanks to Copia Fiel and their pricing…likewise on Amazon et al…www.amazon.com/author/michaelsherer    yeah, there’s a ‘road trip’ in the works for December, assuming that HBT’s wrist is healed, the Cougar is fixed and Mike D’s lung problem is resolved..likewise a trip for january and february…. 

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no, I didn’t have a helmet to pith it but it seems that Reilly’s La Esquina was the site of a slug-fest between the managers (sic) Sunday afternoon…naturally, ‘security” couldn’t break it up because it was managers slugging it out..was it the bbq or the brewskis? ‘B’ is the answer..

Tomorrow night, 7pm/Michos’….’One Man, One Song, One Drink’, Bobby Darlings’ 3rd week boffo act…followed by Jessy, Antigua’s new ‘singing sensation’ 8pm,at Ocelot, mas or menos…GST, you know..

word is that the City Council, that long-time den of thieves of which most are in jail or on the run, has been augmented by new appointees…so? so what? once their relatives get the word, the deal will continue but maybe…drum roll, maybe some city stuff will get  done…right, after they get sworn in, paid and the New Year rolls over…as in, don’t hold your breath for anything immediate to happen, other than some preening/photo ops…

Mike C, seen at the Mercado, shopping for a used machete…por que? used? don’t ask/I didn’t…too wierd, even for Antigua/Mike C…imagine the conversation about the ‘used’ part…and these last few nights of superb sunsets, cloud formations….most xlnt…perfect weather, all day long…

and thank you, Copia Fiel!….copied my flash drive of the ‘winter’ version of Our Man in Antigua, new price stickers also…50q!…’said they’d be ready this Friday! wow..CF’s prices have allowed me to cut the price…super service!

Amazon.com won’t let me cut the price of ‘A Year of Driving Dangerously’, so I’ll run a half or less price special til the cows come home (or New Years, whichever comes first)…go to http://www.amazon.com/author/michaelsherer and order a ton or a gross…gross, that’s the ticket..and last but not least…Ocelot’s fabled ‘Happy Hour’…5q or 60 cents a drink for the cheap stuff? ends as of December the Fist..no, First…Sunday…Lava, their  co-operation, will continue the  concept but from 6-7….Ocelot’s changing to a 2 for 1 drinky-poo concept from 7-8 (the fancy drinks)…alas…the lower level of the patio is becoming even more of a dried up oasis…Whisky Den, 13, the bad concept bar and the vacant space in front…

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Ocelot! rockin’ in a way that’s been missing for a long time…the girl sang her heart out, thumped the hell outa her guitar…whew..Karla H there, in person and looking great. Welcome back from Australia!

Bobby Darling, opening his evening of ‘One Man, One Song, One Drink’ at Michos…very very  cool…people there i haven’t seen out at night…Stan Heller and Laurel Jacobsen..
Miss Panza Verde, coming off a great art exhibit at the gallery there (I didn’t go but i heard, etc)

Bobby thence off to Travel Menu for another ‘One Man’ stand…I passed…did Mamma’s on 4th always have table clothes? if not, they do now…white linen…yeah, Travel Menu’s menu is being done by Spiro now,,,is he still also  in the kitchen at Micho’s?  I can’t keep up with it…4th Calle basically empty of diners…Rafa’s Bistro on 4th Calle packed with a group thing, as was Las Palmas on 6th calle..Las Vibras had a small crowd, mostly standing outside for a smoke or two…and between Ed and I, this might be important…the last bottle of Royal Choice is on the shelf at La Taverna….yeah, Bodagona sold out and being their usual marketing wizards, probably won’t reorder any… oops, time to go…the gritty City with Hillbilly Tom and the ‘Perfesser’….screw, that means I get the back seat (again)….get the stinkin’ Cougar fixed, dammit..            

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A couple of nights ago, when Lava was having their anniversary party, the Czech wacko (and even crazy by Antigua standards)attempted to enter the patio…the guy at Whisky Den ran him off quickly, waving a metal chair at him…does this guy ever learn? no…as mentioned, even by local standards, he’s bizarre and that’s a serious statement of insanity.

4th Calle, lights out earlier but only in spots…micho’s dark, Sobremesa lit up..go figure…a prolonged ‘brown-out in San Felipe fried the water pump at my finca…oops…check the ice cube level, screw the shower in the morning…ok, all is swell..

No…the BAM wham hit HBT yesterday (no City trip)…BAM, Banco Agro Mercantil or such, has a new/unannounced policy on checks deposited…a 30 day hold…oops…so, if you’re a depositor, watch it..or wait til they use your money for a month + and then…Tommy hasn’t been happy about this for two days…don’t ask him about it.

Chocolate Bob! has a wooden sailboat in Rio Dulce that doesn’t have caulking between the planks…he says…naturally Mike D and i are/were septical…no, skeptical…guess this calls for a ‘road trip’…hit the Rio, Bruno’s for some good food, Gualan on the way and HBT’s compound up in the hills..maybe pop the Land Rover a few more times (see ‘A Year of Driving Dangerously’ for details…Reid! if you’re thinking of driving down..don’t…there’s a nicely restored Land Rover for sale, out by Joe’s Grill…and no bullet holes or pigs guarding it.

whew..another business for sale…has it really gotten this bad or are the owners just tired? A and B, is the answer..bring $$ if you’re looking for a bargain.. and the La Pena del Sol meltdown isn’t over…Party A suing Party B for ‘defamation of character’ I’m told…what? for bad music? probably another case of declining revenues and  looking for $$/excuses..only the attorneys win in this country, as elsewhere.

Raul, Christina and grandchild in town, early…Finca Nieto, home of my favorite cofee(he’s of Cuban extraction and knows coffee)…he’s looking great, leg is much better…Rich and Maria Neel, off on their journey of adventures…now in Granada…I think the van is starting to show it’s age, but…not my call…and yes, I had to ‘de-mold my favorite black fedora again today…using good vodka, too..will this rainy season ever quit?

and if you’re still with me, go to www.amazon.com/author/michaelsherer for the latest insights into this weird/wacky world we call Antigua.

 

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October hasn’t been a good month for business in Antigua, aside from McDonalds and Burger King…old time tour guides lamenting, bars/restaurants sucking…maybe, at the end of the month and the Day of the Dead rolls around, it’ll signal a change in $$..one of our mall people had a silent partner die unexpectedly…the family, of course, swooped in looking for $$…rotsa ruck, folks, as it there ain’t any.

Jackson’s ‘off the wagon’ party last night? yep, per Audi, they drank up the 1000q he put up…knowing the crew in this town, I got there early, finished off the Grey Goose, started on the Absolut and then knew that it was absolutely time to bail…music? yep…and no sign of any of the attendees anywhere today…probably in a rest home some where.

Lex, pulling a shift at Tabacos y Vinos, fresh off his movie gig…the title? I forget…probably ‘Lex Does Dallas’ or something..Jason of Lava/Mauritania, back in town, but ‘holed up’…’been a long time without women, you know. The delayed plan for celebrating Lava’s 2nd anniversary is said to be next Wednesday, around the 23rd…no word on if Jason plans to haul out the Russian-style stainless bbq/grill things like last year…but…even better is that those wooden kegs behind the bar have had even more time to mature(get better)…that’s where i’ll be, btw..

these guys around town, with the ties and little straw hats? Jehovah’s Witnesses but since i bought the insurance policy (Jehovah’s witness protection plan) it ain’t my problem..approach at your own discretion.

Ocelot has installed a new cash register! with printed receipts! I got the first one…jack and water…it’s the touch screen rather than the old hand-written pieces of paper…and so, still here? go to http://www.amazon.com/author/michaelsherer for the latest…yeah, they’re buying the books, all over…pounds and euros, even…pray for tourists with money…Antigua needs a transfusion/infusion…or, by the end of the year, there’ll be a few more vacancies..

and what bar owner is sporting a bruised eye? nope, I didn’t ask..Jerome of Travel Menu says that ‘they’ are going to start monday on the expansion…right…which monday? hey, there’s always hope (but she’s busy on Mondays)

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