Posts Tagged ‘rum’

as regards my mental status…for whatever reason, the casita has produced/hatched a plethora (squadrons)of mosquitos…can’t speak about the zancudos, whatever they are, but the net effect is a return to the use of those o so brain-damaging ‘mosquito coils’…you know, the Autan brand of the purple coils that you’re not supposed to touch or inhale…ergo, if i seem a little more ‘off’ than usual, if that’s possible, don’t blame it on the bossanova…a cheap high, yes…Duane once said, after i showed up one morning looking particularly wasted, that malaria was a better option..as I’m inclined to write(sic)in shorts, the buggers are having lunch as i write..correction…i write while wearing shorts…would these be ‘short stories?’ a double shot of Geritol and some Ginko Biloba mixed with Viagra..’helps me remember just what the f….k i was doing..musical chairs at Ocelot night…Ron on sax, followed later by Hector/Nelson and ? P-gea’s new lounge doing some biz…Ixnay not…everywhere else doin’ tables,even Cafe Flor…La Esquina hosting a gig for Ninos de Gautemala and a good turnout…when i mentioned that i was leaving before the Wet T-Shirt Contest, Matt B showed me his…t-shirt…gawd..the concept/visual…asked Eduardo where Lou was…’she’s working at Angie Angies…who knew? I’m obviously outa that loop..and a few others, as well..more meds, i s’pose..Robt de Oro and Ed in the park..Ed’s in town for a short break from the river project, relating how some local chickens ran wild during a storm this week, into the woods and breaking their necks..hey..just keeping abreast of things..chicken-breasts-ok, fine..Da Vinci’s street side sign down…folks moving their goods/furniture outa the attached units in back..’almost rented the house in back once..great rooms but too big for moi…nope, didn’t ‘do’ Ladies Night’ at El Muro…my favorite dress wasn’t back from the cleaners…new bartender-ess at O’lot…Lisa’s having a going away bash at El Shaman tomorrow night…Angie Angie has something, and a few others also penciled in..i forget…more ginko biloba/viagra..CRS is me..(can’t remember shit)…embassy folks in the City wondering about the ‘shutdown’…if so, they’re furloughed..and don’t collect unemployment..the US is becoming more of a Banana Republic than Honduras..and Trump’s serious about running for Prez? what’s worse is that folks are taking this seriously..H Ross Perot for VP? where’s the rum?

more ATM stories/rumors…Peter the G hit…Eric aka Broken Stone hit…rumor #1…BAM’s clients, locals…are reporting losses…Rumor#2..Denmark is  or is about to block ATM transactions from Guatemala..and I assume that only applies to Denmark based cards..Rumor #3…Visa, on their own action/volition, began issuing new cards a month or so ago,to those living in Guatemala or at least being here for a period of time…and again, a tip of the panama and a big thank you to Sr Maldonaldo Erbsen of Credomatic for stepping up…his suggestions were/are ‘workable’ and in line with many that have been suggested by Bill of the American Legion…they work for we residents but for tourists? ooh..not unless they read or hear about this and take steps/actions..Semana Santa should be a virtual reality ‘gold mine’ for the cyberfuckers from wherever they are now..please, BAC…do something proactive before then…a warning sign, unplug the ATM’s…the loss of transaction fees isn’t worth the bad press that’s already piling up: yes, the bank takes it on the chin for poor security…blame it on Pablo Escobar..no, wait..he’s dead…but stand up and say…’We’re doing something…anything is better than nothing’…as in the Muni mopes here..where are they on this issue? Brendan B had a cynical answer to that…Adolfo and the Gang wants Antigua to go down/under…a return to the calmer quieter days of the Inquisition? no, not quite…kill the bar biz and the night life..damn, that’s cynical but that’s Brendan…and thanks to JR for the very explicit ‘security issues of Guatemalan banks’…gotta go…the fumes are…more later..see you around town later

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friday morning update…a very good note back from the manager of Credomatic Guate..he’s doing what he can and I have the hunch that there’s gonna be some changes made sooner, if not quicker..this is not your usual ‘banker in  pinstripes’…i’m impressed and i’ve worked for and as a ‘suit’…’damned sure would’t want to have to come to his office with excuses..

no..it didn’t happen at church…it happened on/in the Pangea/Ocelot patio tonight, with Pangea celebrating the opening of the new lounge…yes, I’d originally poo-poo’ed it but i be wrong, rum-breath…place packed!…with one minor exception(yep, IxNay..no, Ixcot)Franklin checking in on the Whiskey Den, which is making it, despite the odds…90% of all small businesses don’t make it. Fernando the Chocolate King there with wife..went by his shop on 7th post the AL Library for a dab of chocolate…on the counter? a new variety of half white/half brown…’the Michael Jackson’ bar..gotta love his humor(i do)  ..AyRobot closed tonight..go by…

ah..comics…Donald Duck, Maggie and Jiggs(o so un PC) and Daddy Warbucks/Punjab…nothing changes,does it? R. Crumb/Suzy Creamcheese..’wish them success/luck/support…great idea..DV slowly being dismantled..went by the new location and…whew…$$$ spent but Luis Miguel finally has a ‘blank slate’ to work with, after 15 years at the existing spot…all new kitchen/baths/electric/roof deck..A Bell at the door of F2…Karla working..good to see her..Dona Leonora doing a big dinner crowd..Tartine’s? zero..El Caz moderate, Dos Reilly’s doing just fine..passed Barb/friend walking off their dinner at Vino y Queso and from where they had to walk, that’s more than just a stroll(hike) Piano Mike celebrating birthday(i didn’t ask)and playing Ocelot 2nd shift…in/out of the recording studio, doing all ‘original’ songs..who knew? five, so far..go PM..AppleTiser still trying to break/grab market share in town..had a stand at the P/O patio, which included a shot of Absolut…helps kill the taste, i s’pose..I like Pangea’s new lounge area…feels like just the right size…no empty tables for dinner,either..

the old bar at DV...gonzo


 ‘had a word with Ana Victoria at Citibank…the PC’s are on wireless…she’s not sure about the ATM, which is a 5B rented machine..Diebold does all their maintenance…weird rumor, semi-substantiated (waiting for further word) that Denmark is freezing all ATM transactions with Guatemala…perfect..more great news for INGUAT and no, El Supremo of Credomatic has not returned my email..Gaia having live music tonight..sounded good in the street..Cashbar empty at 8 plus..Hector sitting with diners, doing what he does o so very well..schmoozing..

the weekend’s approaching…getcher rest…from the number of events,you’re gonna need it.

my bank


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no…not a reference to Lance, Bruce or whoever…the BAC debacle continues to unfold…I’m wondering if the previous BAC fraud rep who was at the Feb ‘dog and pony show’ didn’t tell his Supremo that this was gonna be a easy gig..’show up, do the razzle dazzle and take the day off..why else would he have shown up on a $20K Harley, dressed for anything other than an official meeting with 40-50 pissed off gringos? re the manager of the local BAC branch, who’s name isn’t known to much or any…what the hell..let’s walk in and do the shuffle…’hi..here’s my card..is the manager in? ‘well,yes and no’…I get to meet Luis Aragon, who tells me that the manager is in the City..’for how long?’…a wave of the hands..who knows? siempre? well, we’re not sure..’ I ask for his card…he doesn’t have one…lame…no answer from El Supremo to whom i sent an email after the meeting…’gave him the ‘proof’ and a copy of the the 2nd ATM article..maybe this might jog his mind into thinking that there’s something rotten in Denmark and also Antigua..lotta bank data/notes on google about fraud/money laundering from mexico to guatemala…mexico tightened their regs..guate? a reg called PEP…Persons of External Pressure/Politics..they and their families are on a list for money laundering, unexplained deposits..over 300 a year so far(one a day)…gambling? I’m shocked!…Casablancas perpetual line from Claude Rains…its illegal in Guatemala…explain, por favor, all the casinos in the City….wash that $$..Shaun of O/lot’s birthday celebration? attended by the hard core…rum, beer, good wishes…great celebration..35? hell, my oldest daughter is that age..yep, i’m that old..older than dirt..Pangea’s expansion? i misread it, misunderstood it and i’m wrong…big time..it’s ready to rock..done 98% and looks great..manana en la noche..free food/booze..go..it works..Da Vinci continues to remove fixtures…soft opening coming..figure the public event in early May…LM excited about it all…Adan at Cafe Opera doing a version of Guantanamera..spelling? that i almost didn’t recognize…almost liked it..damn, he’s great…nelson back from nawleens…helped with a recording and played as a session musician on the tracks…the Rum Bum Bar? skipped the country owing six months of taxes and also stiffed ignacio the cuban…ooh..bad karma..Hector, not only playing music in the night is also coming up with new menu items…for me, i’m down for the rack of  lamb…Robt de Oro reporting new catastrophes on the ‘river’ but not as bad as imagined…next up, a plague of locusts or the four horsemen of the apocalypse/eucalyptus/calypso…spel chek is off..i’m off..too many shots of 12 year botran for the birthday..too many friends and great stories..karla not feeling well but dishing out the product..my warthog neighbor is not on the schedule..a few days off per garbage pick up..brain damage? kudos to Bill Shetz of the American Legion..for trying to come up with/figure out a way for safe money transactions..not only for residents but for tourists…where the hell is BAC in this? answer..they don’t give a shit..Citibank might be safe..yes,the ATM is a 5B machine but they don’t appear to be running wireless data..per their age, it’s probably land lines altho after going by twice to talk with Ana Victoria(and not making the connection) I can only assume this..Yo Yo reports that the 5B machine in Bodegona is ‘safe’..no confirmation..

if you knew sushi like i knew sushi


 some kinda ‘goodbye’ thing for the most tasty Lisa on Sunday..gotta go..she’s already missed..’told her we’d put up a shrine in the corner of O’lot..candles, photos..and some puja…no, not puta..puja..google it..dammit…hindoo stuff…involving ghee, flowers and…

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that’s a convention I’d go to…’ran into Bill the Harriss early by the park…off to play golf in the city and reporting that Monday night(last night)was SRO and turning biz away..why? Ignacio and the Cuban All/Stars…go figure…my hunch, along with JohnWilbur’s is that tourists don’t venture any further than 3-4 blocks away from their abode/lodging…we who have heard Iggy play here, there and everywhere are blase..bored, cha cha…but for La Pena del Sol and that part of town, he’s a draw..way cool…know that i walk from 1st calle to 9th calle and/or 3rd ave to santa lucia every day..and i agree with john w…el muro quiet, 4th calle dead except for alex bell’s xlnt fusion 2…wtf with 709 next door? great decor, lighting but never anyone in there chowing down..or up..or anything…a plaintive note from C #1…her daughter gets this message to go collect rent on saturday from the Rum Bum…shows up on Monday as instructed…he shouts, grabs her and doesn’t fork over any $$$…she goes to the police…a 15 year old girl being jerked around, literally? …C is too sweet a lady, plus a widow with kids..Hectors? quiet tonight…most of the town likewise…Yo-Yo at Ocelot..a meatball wearing a meatball headscarf..Japan’s flag wrapped around his head…long email from JH today, with further complaints re the BAC and the atm scams still going on..i’ll get around to writing part 2 of this..picked up my replacement shuttle card for the salty beaver grand opening tonight…think i’ll be there for two nights..one for r&r, the other for recovery..carla recoving from the ‘taco incident’ last night…yeah, let’s go have the ceviche from the trunk of the car in the sun..’she of the …whatever it was’…had the ceviche at Dos Mundos the first time we went there…and got exceedingly sick…her dad and i went down the dark roads of monterico to where i’d remembered a pharmacy..’left him holding the pistol while i bought meds for her..ah, those days…what a gringo idiot i was…and still am, in many ways..must be genetic…one of the gringo owners of ixcot putting up two iron sconces with candles overlooking the patio…looks like the carriage lamps on a hearse, which describes their business..they and Sangre ought to join forces,since they both seem to have the same business plan…non-profit..no biz and no idea…got money? give it to me and i’ll show you how to blow it..the cruise ship idea isn’t quite dead yet..research goes on..the AL library next to the Jardin Bavaria is almost finished…Desiree stopped by…pitched the noche del chef’s to me next week…all depends on the aftermath of the beaver episode..gotta pace myself..look, i’m older than dirt..get over it..i have…

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‘down Mexico way…’ pre-Margaritaville for some of us sexagenerians…’ran into Bill Harriss of La Pena del Sol…reporting overflow crowds Fri/Sat nights and yes, Ignacio the Cuban did pay for himself this week(the $$ vs the crowds)…more than the Pangea/O’lot crew can say for Iggy on Tuesday night…’some kinda rampage re $$/music/whatever…if there were ‘mental health police’ in town, they would’ve been called..and he alwas seems so mellow whenever I run into him around town…maybe because i don’t hire him…who knows? just more Antigueno chisme..progress of a sort, I s’pose…the indoor craft market, la mercadita between the Condesa Expresa and the el Portal? after being cleaned out a week or so ago, they (the vendors)are back…place looks the same…WTF? they probably had to do inventory and make sure that every stall has exactly the same goods/crap that everyone else has…hematite beads, check…bad oil painting of El Arco and/or Volcan Agua…check..hasn’t anyone heard of nudes on black velvet? Nicaragua has better souvenirs, Honduras…et cetera…fine..Costa Rica and Guate are tied for bad taste….slogan looking for a t-shirt…Puta Vida! the Nica article is up/out and gone…a bottle of Flor de Cana to celebrate and the Cubanitas ain’t bad…will i blow off the sunday bbq at Angie Angies? again? who cares? my slogan of the day appears to be ‘if a little is good, more is better’ MDC working in her salon today…my faux paux earlier this week appears to be forgotten/filed/put away…but with women, you just know that it’s gonna come around again and thrown in your face just because you’re a heartless bastard like every other man on the planet…’yes, dear”…practice this mantra.. and work on the contrite expression in the mirror…as an old friend once said, fresh outa divorce court…’if they didn’t have a ….y, there’d be a bounty on ’em..’ JH working on a secret project that might end up in the Smithsonian..nope, can’t tell..’promised, etc..pub quiz tonight at the o’lot…the perennials champs were dethroned last week..can you say ‘grudge match’?….I may go watch…or I may not…voyeurism is highly underrated, especially today with some exceedingly fine senoritas in town..latina lolitas and dressed to thrill,if not kill..more later, maybe…its that kinda day..Burning Question #6…where the hell is Wendy f……g Wever?

Part Two…P Mike and Moriah wowing the crowd and wooing bystanders at Caffe Bourbon…the first of the many processions..Santa Catalina de Bombero or something like that…Ocelot, packed to the gills…pub quiz night, Carla working full tilt…Alex of Sobremesa organizing some restauranteurs into donating their nightly food scraps for the homeless(good karma)his ice cream store showing vacancies in the inventory…out the door..$$biz…long chat with Luis Miguel of DV re leases,licenses and rents..his cousin, the divine Claudia is basically hosed per the lacka rent not being paid by the Rum Bum..only the lawyers win in this country…Peter the G…would love to compare notes re leases/licenses with you…after being a real estate appraiser(commercial/res)for over 25 years i thought I had a handle on such…wrong…Guatemalo is kinky…and yes, there is/was a crack house on my block…sorry, Jennifer…’didn’t believe you..I’m used to black dudes in pimped out cars, gold teeth and high volume rap music advertising their presence..i must be channeling Polly Anna…my head still spinning out leases/licenses…where’s the Flor…de Cana, not Flor Moran, altho given the choice…tough call..onweird  

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