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I guess that it’s official now that I’ve taken down last year’s calendar…those/these Antigua calendars are water-color works of art, to which I ignored mostly last year…is this my first resolution, to be more aware, stop and smell the horses? I’ll try being more kind/gentle rather that the cynical, crusty  old fart that I sometimes am..no promises, though…

I’m reflecting on the loss of George Morgan this week…we’ve lost some characters over the last few months: Joe Collins, of ‘Houses to Homes’, Re-peat,, also of Rio Dulce, and even ‘GQ’ as he was dubbed for his lack of sartorial splendor. I didn’t know ‘Oaxaca Bob’ but from what I’ve heard, if even half of it was true, etc.

I’m ‘porked out’…the pig on the spit at La Taverna last night, Christmas dinner and now, if you’re still in need of more, the American Legion is having as belated Christmas dinner at the Jardin Bavaria on Sunday….see the Comandante in  the park for tickets….150q..oink…no mas por me..

Wiser heads or maybe just sober decided not to start early at Jacksons yesterday but to postpone for another day..Friday has been mentioned and if you see the ‘Perfesser’ around, ask him about the ‘trip up north…he wishes that he’d taken a camera and I wish that he’d write about it..

James Mullen left quickly but Tanya Hughes is a much better replacement..I’d been hoping to run into her last night but my mood went sideways on me…the ever-marvelous Marbel was on duty at Reilly’s La Esquina (site of another pig roast this Sunday) and yes, the fireworks…is gunpowder and makin’ bacon two of Guatemala’s primary industries?

alright, shut up and stop whining….throw the calendar in the fireplace for later. I need to count my blessings but for that I need to find my thinking cap…here’s to the good, bad and indifferent women I met last year, here’s to some great friends who moved last year and may HBT’s wrists continue to heal, find some parts for the booger Cougar and more unmarked roads….once more, R.I.P,  Captain Morgan and if you know of any ‘bad women’ I’m still looking.

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Finally, after a few false starts I made it to Rio Dulce on the Caribbean side of Guatemala…’stayed at the venerable Bruno’s, in the shadow of the bridge and didn’t get much further. The best laid plans of mice and men, etc…the food? fairly decent, but considering that Bruno’s is Ground Zero for the indigent cast of castaway gringos in the vicinity, that would explain the cuisine. The plan for sampling the new mexican restaurant likewise was scuttled…take the water taxi, was the suggestion..

nice tacos

nice tacos

 

the driver had some mechanical issues with his truck and a schedule to meet….so we beat it the next day and stopped at Quirigua…a Mayan center I’d read of….damned xlnt place, hot and humid and not enough time to properly see it all…for fuller details, go to www.examiner.com/x-22480-central-america-travel-examiner       Rio Dulce is up and I’m cogitating on the Quirigua piece…there’s too much detail/history to cram into a 500 word max article

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No…they’re not…and they’re not breathing hard, either(an old joke)

Russkie Brewski

Russkie Brewski

I’m not a connoisseur of beer: if I drink 6 a year, breweries all over the world set off fireworks.  In the market this morning,  that emporium of earthly delights that passes for a supermarket known as Bodegona, this bottle and its compatriates were prominently displayed at the check-out line…hmm…fairly cheap..and Russian…would it get me hammered and sickled? would I see Red Stars? …it ain’t bad but it isn’t worth buying any more. Let’s just say that it had a long journey under difficult conditions. ..one good thing about Stoli…age/travel doesn’t dent it.  Would that I could say the same about myself.

Trips? …perhaps a run to the Rio Dulce and thence up the coast via launch to Livingston….’haven’t seen it and for the sake of mankind, et al, ad nauseaum…someone’s gotta do, blah, blah..rumor has it that they have some serious new troops armed with AK-47’s and light weight jungle fatigues: no badges, no identification…and don’t mess with ’em..

Hands on the wall and assume the position!

Hands on the wall and assume the position!

I love decisive women.

The old Tapas/Tintas location has a new coat of blinding cadmium yellow paint: put on the sunglasses.  The annual influx of tourists/spanish school students is ebbing…fewer water bottles and flip-slop sandals are being seen on the streets and the clutch of hostels that usually serve as their nests are having price wars…El Gato Negro has opened another joint, down around Calle 5ta poniente..is this three now? if someone tried to buy them out, would that be a hostel takeover? ok, fine, I apologize and that was uncalled for: must be that Russian #9 brewski. When the label makes sense, its time to go home…

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