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almost, not quite….the immigration process is slowly(surprise)taking a bit longer…yes, I’ve got the official form stapled to my passport but now they(whoever they are)want to know my height in meters, another B&W passport size photo(on matte paper), a copy of a utility bill and a copy of my rental contract…hmm…only another 90 days, so by Christmas(hopefully this year)…do these folks work for the IRS? its just the same slow-death-by-water-torture process, but since I’ve become acclimated(thanks to gin and assorted pharmaceuticals)I really don’t care…o yes..my visa runs out by November 9th or so…but I”ll be going out of the country before then, one way or the other(and collect a new visa/stamp)

Just in from a few pops at Kafka, around the corner…I was walking by and noticed their new pool table, with a racked array set up for 9 ball…I took a double-take, and re-versed…yep, 9 ball..and then ran into Peter Glover…so I stayed for a few games, paid outrageously for a ‘corkage fee’ because they didn’t have any gin(and I had a bottle in the bolsa)….the manager was having a problem with alcohol stains on the cloth(wasn’t me)and as voices began to raise in volume, I slipped out..what the manager doesn’t realize or know is that within a week any pooltable will have cigarette burns and whiskey stains…tis the nature of the beasts that habituate those kinds of places..had he been thinkin’, he’d a bought another round and been glad that he had customers with money. Unlike Bodhi Masaya, which closed this week and Bistrot Cinq which is running 2/1 specials for food and liquor….when a class joint/operation like BC runs specials to drag in clients, given their location, you know that the grim finger of slowness has descended…they’re overstaffed and I suspect that a few will be given their notices shortly….will the pregnant door-lady get the ax? just when I had the bartender whipped into shape for martini’s…screw…how about some gratuitous photos of people we don’t know but wish we did?

 

Oktober Fest approaches

Oktober Fest approaches

It’s a weak link/connection but that’s how it is…there might be more amusing stuff on the www.examiner.com/x-22480-guatemala-travel-examiner  page but it’s tamer…film at 11

 

 

 

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I went to the big City today:  Guatemala City!…for the next to final step in the process of becoming a resident. I handed over my passport(!!)which I’ll get back next week, and some 4000 quetzals, signed documents for an hour and hopefully, by this time next week, all I’ll need is a local person(from Antigua) to stand by me and declare me….what? an upstanding, clean and desireable alien?…I may have to bribe someone(which I’ve already done)…it’s a good process and it means that I can get a license to carry the Beretta, buy my own ammo and so on…

the town is festooned with blue and white national flags…kids are selling them all over and on Monday, the 15th…cha cha cha!  fuck you, Spain, we’re independent..

Hector will be back in a week or so, with Rebecca…and then crank up the new restaurant and get used to living with a woman…full time.  Don’t chew off more than you can bite, as my mother used to say.

If this version seems a bit short, its because I’m short on sleep: its been a day and I’m cranking out stuff for www.examiner.com   for those of you who care(one or two)go to their site, click on sports/rec/travel and find me under guatemala travel examiner..subscribing would be a good thing and I can afford to buy more rum and keep up this stream of unconsciousness flowing…ok..one last visual…

I'll try to do better tomorrow

I'll try to do better tomorrow

Tomorrow? an interview at a great jade/jewelry store…photos/texts and so on…I’m whipped…

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