Posts Tagged ‘panza verde’

who would’ve imagined an afternoon/early evening sprinkle? not me, obviously, having left umbrella #5 behind at Bangalore Bobs..’ran into a made-up/sparkling version of Briele Miel Duflon on her way to the the park for photos…damned near didn’t recognize her…false eyelashes and the whole kit/caboodle…tres chic and damn good looking..with/without, kinda like frosting on a cake..

thank you, John Rexer et al…the ‘distribution network’ is 99% complete..25 copies a week, no mas..here, there and so on…Ricardo of Tabacos y Vinos at the helm of his usual nightly semi-party…Jean-Marc! don’t usually see him at T&V but there he was..Gabi A, doing TV..television, not transvestites..for a promo for the VMB, coming soon..next friday…buy a ticket, see the show, marvel at the costumes and laugh when I try to be moderate…no, the moderator…I can do this…trust me, i’m a trained professional..

Alex Ferrar of Sobremesa and Helados Exoticos? tying the knot…i.e, getting married next weekend, on the 18th…jeez..weddings…been a long time since i’ve been to one…they bring back weird flashbacks..Mario B of Johnny’s Place got hitched recently..Jann’s s’posed to be doing it(getting married)…is there something in the air or the water?maybe i’m just old and septical..no, skeptical…probably both..after 3.5 times, you know…

interesting conversations at O’lot tonight..jail experiences..maybe i started it by dredging up my own apprehension by the FBI…a long long time ago..and i paid my ‘debt to society’…Plumb Bob had some funny experiences same-o same o…a different crowd tonight..Bruce of PV, Michael T, John Rexer, Nicolas of Fish, Robto/Barb,Mario and then this guy rides his motorcycle into the Whisky Den..WTF? is there a bike’s only parking place in there?  Jerome of Travel Menu dashing in, between sprinkles…a quiet damp evening…La Pena del Sol and Las Palmas doing the group dinners…5th norte semi active..

Bull!  hope the pork chops got delivered…i’m gonna pop for the bbq tomorrow…the recycled car wheel on legs..just the right size for a rack of lamb, ribs or a small dog…

‘ordered the shipment of the 2nd Edition today…let’s see..3 days to the Florida P.O. Box..it sits there a week while Caniz screws around with Customs..here in two weeks and thence to the printer..bigger, better and tastier..whiter than white and a little dab will do ya…right..the 1st Edition will be history by then..as will all of us, eventually…go out and do something memorable, while there’s still time…this is all there is, i.e, have you ever seen a luggage rack on a hearse?

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some of each…Jason of Lava and mostly outa Siberia, back in town…great stories of 50 below zero stuff…yeah, it pays well. The only…well, not the ‘only’ thing is that you gotta fly in/out on those charmingly retro planes like Antonovs and Tupolevs…’having done a few routes on those pieces of Russian crap…the first time was charming..after that it was suicidal aka stupid..i suggested that he learn to fly in the rear of the plane, given that most crashes are nose first..hmm

a relatively quiet night for bars/restaurants…every one doin’ a table or two..yeah, everyone..Robt de Oro reporting a mishap with important documents and a month’s setback for ‘progress’…will this ever be over and WTF was Mr Security with his CZ 9mm? snoozing, apparently…Robto…missed you at O’lot…had to con Mike into buying me a cheap cocktail..Scott S and Lori  huddled, talking biz…and a giant thank you..Scott, for the compliments re the silly little booklet…and no..s’posed to be out today…figure tomorrow and yes, i’ll be going around tomorrow evening, dropping off copies and collecting $$..gotta..either that or run up more tabs..being a starving writer might sound romantic to some…take it from me..it sucks.

for a great place to hide out, try the Tretto Coffee Shop upstairs in the Jaulon building..Circus Bar, Casa de Jade…if you sit inside, in the corner, no one…repeat..no one will ever see you..I dunno how long they’ll stay in businesss, given their location, poor service and such but if being out of sight works…this is the place.

reports of a fairly sophisticated burglary downtown…a silver shop near the farmacia Roca..the perps broke in, cleaned it  out and left their own padlock on the door to fool the folks in the morning…speaking of a ‘sophisticated burglary’, a certain downtown place has been slammed with a multa/fine for…a, not having a license to play music and b, exceeding the decibels(sound levels)..the number of some 10000q has been thrown around..given the other ‘problems’..this saga will continue for a while.

as mentioned, INGUAT with a new leader has dispensed with the services of the very good/talented Walter Fischer…the first guy to make a difference/improvement and they let him go? alas, Guatemala..wake  up..tourism is the only bright spot in this economy…you’ve blown the 2012/end of the world thing that Mexico is cashing in on…WTF? Mexico is spending 52 million fucking dollars on this and what is Guatemala doing? firing the good people?  one doesn’t know whether to weep or cry..hell, have another screwdriver and fuggedaboutit..’it’s Chinatown, Jake’…narco bucks, more than the banks can launder, find their way into this town…ooh, surprise! look around at the many business’ that survive without business…how and why? gee..the good and great www.guatemala-times.com online publication that i occasionally write for…going under…have a desire to own a publication that dares to tell the truth? go there..ask Barb..no, i have no idea of the  price..hey! John Rexer/Michael Tallon…upgrade La Cuadra and go digital..gimme a case of Ilegal Mezcal for the referral..gawd, imagine a case of Ilegal Mezcal…the mind boggles..and i don’t care if its even the ‘Joven’…it’s all good.

the VMB?(Venetian Masked Ball)? moving forward, day by day..more posters/publicity being done…Gabi the Superb working wonders: one of the most talented business women i’ve ever known..sign up, buy tickets..masks available here and  there   gabialtman@rogers.com

for the ‘chisme factor’, no..we’re not..she’s a visual feast and how the hell PV managed to let her go…idiots, one and all..sometimes having too much money makes one complacent..BTDT, to my despair..Allen Garcia doing the evening shift at O’lot…one of our better bartenders/personalities…hasta manana…tis the weak end, fin de semana..

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phrase compliments of H.Ross Perot…and where the hell is he? this phrase is in reference to the new Prez Otto, who came out yesterday advocating decriminalizing…drum roll…drugs..since the YouEss of A is the world’s biggest Hoover of blow and meth, consumer of weed and other pharmacological wonders, you gotta wonder…imagine if stuff were legal and taxed? $$$erious dent in the deficit….add penalties like there are for DUI’s but not for possession…the speed freaks die sooner or later…imagine the ad campaigns! Coke: the Real Thing!..Classic Coke…stepped on ten times..is the Big O on board with Mexico(12000 dead in 2011)and Colombia? or is this just a cynical ploy to be coerced into fighting the War on Drugs with those DEA idiots and looking for toys/$$ to sign up? either way, a very bold statement…

the sunsets here are so very short…a flash of orange tinged clouds at 6, gonzo by 6:20…but, better than none at all…Santorini, Hawaii and Arizona…even Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica…the park, the park…the space next to Fusion on 4th calle is getting rehabbed…lotta roof damage and they’re hoping to be open before Easter/Semen Santa…perhaps a bit of a ‘cultural center’ in back..the newly opened Chocolate Museum across the street is getting traffic(foot)…

this Sunday: Finca Azeotea…Azotea…whatever…champagne brunch, 300q per, seth monfort on piano, for a brit ngo children’s foundation…three course lunch/brunch and no, i don’t know what time it starts cuz the embassy didn’t specify it…


for those who spaced/missed this, there were two…yep, 2!, five star reviews of Our Man in Antigua on Amazon.com…as mentioned, i learned to write for my audience a long time ago and this is perfect for eight grade level, two syllable words and the short attention span theatre..and yes, that could well describe me…as usual, the 5 o’clock Lush Hour at Ocelot attracts the evening crowd of assordid animals…’missed it tonight but last night? packed, up and downstairs…the ever delightful Ms E reminding me that I’ve promised to take her shooting…well, i had but the Antigua Shooting Range never quite made it, other than the back page of La Cuadra…’still gotta 100 rounds and a clean, well-lighted..no, well oiled little Beretta that needs to let the hammer fall a few times.. a long time ago, the elusive, seldom seem JR offered a trip to some ‘range’…he’s gotta be around, because the Pirate Radio Guy found him and now has an antenna for broadcasting locally…a whip antenna? sorry, san francisco humor…red light, green light, et cetera..

The new version  of the Venetian Masked Ball coming next month…Ms  A the Delightful and Mona Rose doing it…wonder if PV is missing Ms A? they should…they’ll never find anyone better…the usual crowd of gringos in the park returns from Nicaragua tomorrow…some kinda american legion whoop-te-doo in Granada involving commanders, salamanders and colanders….I passed this year: the 12 hour bus ride from San Salvador to that hell-hole Managua isn’t even tolerable with serious meds/rum/headphones…the on-board videos are crap and the….well, that’s just my opinion…i’d rather go to San Salvador, eat well, slurp some 7 year Flor de Cana and check out the new dancers at Lips (field research)…happy fin de semana…we made it thru another week, more or less. 

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Pangea’s Lounge, now with a big banner adverising ‘Hot Dogs’…5 people inside and in comes a take-out order of hamburgers from Lava…gotta be a bit crushing..Ruslan of O’lot? last day working is Saturday and then he/girl are returning to San Francisco..another good one, gone..

the town tonight? empty, barren and deserted…for the first time I saw constellations in the sky..yep, the moon was up, the clouds puffy and there’s Orion’s Belt in the eastern sky…good talks with Alex of Sobremesa re publishing/importing books…we have the same publisher and the import hurdles in Guatemala are a bit daunting…as in, i had to go sign a form at Caniz this morning allowing the opening of a package still in Miami..TSA stuff..3 f….king books, advance copies of Our Man…ooh…not like i’m importing precursor chemicals for meth labs..which would probably be easier/cheaper…

i’m getting the strong sense that Marvel of Tabacos y Vinos has flown the coop…o well..it was what it was, when it was…T&V doing a good night, never the less..and about the only place in town actually doing any trade…

and no, no word on the proposed rental on 1st avenida..nada, zip, bagels, zilch..damn..Bangalore Bob’s Place is driving me slowly more nutso daily, as if that were possible..the delectable Ms A is back from a jaunt up the Pacific coast, back into the cesspool they call Panza Verde..used, abused and put away wet..I’m still chuckleing/chuckling/whatever about the yoga retreat last month at the lake, sponsored by the same…Lama Bob…Rama Rama, Khrishna, Khrishna, Rama Rama Ding Dong..”Hi, i’m Lama Bob…” having spent a fair amount of time in India and on the West Coast, amongst shall we say, more ‘authentic’ gurus, the idea that one would actually show up with such a name…kinda like..’hi, I’m the Dolly Lama’…channeling Steven Siegal…

and thanks, for whoever ordered another copy of Our Man in Antigua today…ka-ching!…broke even on the stroll…one vodka at Ocelot, pack of cigs..and home..thank you..it’s clear, cold and the snarling little tuk-tuks are zipping around the corner, the streets are empty and quiet..wrong..not quiet, at least here..it’s almost the fin de semana..buena suerte and may the vodka never run dry.

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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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whatever…the days are perfect,the nights are sublime…crowds on 5t norte and around the park…why is there still one Santa at the fountain, waiting for photo ops? …dude..Christmas is over.

Gina C and Juan Mario at El Portal…Flor finishing up at Dasha…did i detect a hint of  a blonde streak in her newly reverted morena hair?  whatever…she’s tasty either way.

is there a break-up in a musical couple recently? grim looks on the musician and i spotted her having a tete a tete a week or so ago in an out-the-way breakfast place..’covering her bets? it’s been known to happen..and i’m in the midst of learning the import biz yet again..guate style for books..’got a bunch being smuggled in via a shipping container and some via the straight route..and bless you, whoever ordered the first hard copy yesterday…

https://www.createspace.com/3755222 is the correct url..ah, the ’60 copies’ ordered by a local outlet?…figured i’d better go be specific and nail this one down…we settled on an initial order of ten for $$ and if/when those get sold, there’s more at a discount..and another outlet signed up for ten…hmmm…Alice the Travel Agent is on board with this..yep, shuttle drivers pimping for me… dos Reilly’s doing a good night…Ocelot los mismo..Karmen G’s surfaced, after being back from Brussels…’headed for Cambridge next…a brain..

travel menu? bracing themselves for the return of Kate and an early New Year’s Eve thing from 6-9…yep, gotta go..still reverberating from Panza Verde’s kicking of Gabi out the door…dumb move” a lady with class, style and technical knowledge to….but then again,
PV, in spite of their $$, has been a dysfunctional family for awhile, at least from what i’ve been told by people who’ve worked there…Piano Mike back from the cold frozen wastes of the YouEssof A…six million more foreclosures forecast for 2012 there…wtf?

Brendan B and Lady at O’lot, showing off their great buys at the Paca…yep, i’m a paca person now…with the $$ out the door for publishing, tech support and such, i’m digging into the pockets and not finding much..is there a blood bank in town?

why is there a Thai Kickboxing School on 4ta Ave norte? …rented a big house, and put up banners in the driveway…not on the street, the driveway and hard to see/find/read…another weird business concept…welcome to Antigua, pilgrims..don’t know about you but i’m looking forward to the rolling over of the cosmic odometer in a couple of days…2011 was too wierd..2012 can’t help but be an improvement..adios to a lot of things, a few people and so on..banzai! (buckaroo)

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‘been one of those days…and it’s early still..’passed ‘she of the smile/laugh’ earlier…no recognition…ok, fine…it was what it was, when it was..and i thank her for that.

Panza Verde? idiots…firing the one marketing/graphics person who’s done a helluva job? adios, ms A…too good, too talented, too gorgeous and too threatening to the tiny brains(sic)running the place..as always, money talks and bullshit walks…they’ll play hell finding a replacement…was it $$ or envy? pick B…too good for that operation..

Pangea’s Edy in tonight, with a small dinner crowd…please, make him an offer to buy the plaee and yes, they’re still advertising for a bartender..and thank you, Pat F..explaining that the real Emma is in England and not cavorting with Peter in Texass..i know..i take one plus two and it equals sic..sis..six

more kudos to Shaun of Ocelot for promoting the 100 reasons for liking Guatemala..alas, Ruslan and lady departing O’lot for San Francisco on the 9th of January…Marvel! this may be your shot at working there…show up, dammit…Iris doing a great job, btw..aka Lucy.. and yeah, the book is selling..https//www.createspace.com/3755222….have at it..or the ebook version…https//www.smashwords.com/books/view/114724

‘word is that Mark Francis aka Jeffrey whatever is doing fine in prison(per Pat F)…and no news on john Wilbur…Elle’s in India having a great time..Carla B’s in Roatan, West End and looking for a job..sailing doesns’t appear to have agreed with her..me, either.. 

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