Posts Tagged ‘semana santa’

in black….’got caught in my first procession of the season….buncha kids in black robes/hoods….not a good sign for one who’s not ‘doing’  Seman Satan this year…thanks to HBT, I’ve got a hideout on the river across from Gualan(Zacapa way)…a pig gets it in the neck, i get some ‘quiet time’ …..and maybe the little procession there for Semana Satan will seem ‘picturesque’..given enough rum,probably so..and we’ re losing some folks, headed back for the YouEss of A…Alabama Bob is going back, ostensibly to consider work…or not…and one by one, the ‘snow birds’ who bring their annual wackiness plus laughs/decent conversations, are….damn…I’ll miss ’em all…

Casbah’s new ‘pub’, downstairs where Djinn used to be and which has been vacant for a while?…nicely converted to a cozy bar, with a  hammered(distressed)brass top…opening night…opens at 11am for the hungover crowd, not sure when it closes but they’re open all week except mondays…might work…’hammered/distressed’ might apply to a few locals…take Hap, for instance, who took off for Roatan(with the black eye he picked up here a few nights/mornings ago, kissing the cobblestones..

cobblestones? why do we have tumulos/speed bumps for cobblestone streets? paved roads, I got it…kinda like another question about the clock over the Arch…while four clocks and who winds them? and how big is the $#@! key?

Shaun et al getting their new Pit Stop put together, in spite of the usual lackadaisical(no flowers)attitude of the Guate workers..steal/copy an idea…english muffins with black beans, an egg and ? 

some kinda tall/slinky brunette..six feet tall, doing a mini-foto shoot on north 5th…tight black jeans, boots…killer…and expensive..

Andy, our resident mime, doing his thing on 5th, without white face (paint)almost didn’t recognize him…the beggar woman who hangs out by  El Portal? crying this morning…her husband died…who knew she was married? and what kinda home life?

and the high point of my day? being awakened from my afternoon siesta by the guard at the gate with the news that Marbel and her sister(Carla)were here…whoooee baby!…it was great to see Miss M again…and she’s in need of a job and a place to stay…got idea’s? i’ve got her #…(I wish)

manana? St Patrick’s Day, as if a lot of folks needed another excuse to get hammered…o, it’s St Patrick’s Day..gimme a double Jameson’s….I’m outa here monday for a day/night of ‘field research’….looking for the ‘Perfessers’ long  lost stone in the cane fields of Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa…right…hey, I found specific directions…what could possibly go wrong?


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plus a few socks, which explains why there have been some missing…yeah, the new puppy on the plantation, doing ‘puppy love’ I s’pose…maybe one pair of undies was the one the Hill Billy Tom’s driving (sic) made me have or almost have an accident…since I don’t drive, after i haven’t ridden with him in a month or so, my reactions are ‘uptight/outasight and so on…after a day, I loosen up, in more ways than one.

the iron grate/window grill business in town is getting a boost. After the robberies of a few weeks ago and today’s 5 or 6 robberies along 3rd and 4th Calle, they’ll be getting calls in the morning.

La Cenicienta, the pastry place on 2nd Calle? moving to 5th Ave, north, across from El Compero…perfect location and they should do very well for Semen Santana.

Old Town Outfitters!…stopped in and saw new goods for sale…swiss army knives, sunglasses, sleeping bags and….Dr Bronner’s soap! flashback to the 60’s, when it was mandatory to use Bronners, especially the peppermint variety..I ordered a neat pair of their chinese espadrilles(black)…shoes, you know..when will they arrive? you tell me..it’s like the %$#@!stickers from Frener…o yeah..they’re printed(shit eating grin)but not punched out..hello, vodka..six weeks? will anyone trade me food for books?

and Pappy’s BBQ?…I’n ‘in’ for this week…open 11-4, Friday, Saturday and Sunday…6th calle, next to the Cactus Grill, around the corner from the DHL office on the corner of 6th Avenida…and duh..I finally figured out where the Montecristo bar is…inside the Casa Fuentes on 4th Ave…thanks, Korey D, for the tip.

My Mom’s home again, from the latest hospitalization…sounds good..a birthday next month, on the 18th…95…let her make it, ok?

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-road-to-salama for those non-FaceHole folks

this may well be one of my favorite times of the year…sunny days, cool nights. I’m notching up my 5th year here and beginning to appreciate the climatic changes..and yes, the saga of the latest road trip is unfolding…part one tomorrow..another classic, chock-full of weirdness but given the crew, that’s typical.


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Barb…know that I and the tuk-tuk driver tried every route to get to your party this afternoon…the %$#@! people/processions, you name it…I eventually gave up…my resolved to leave during Semana Satan has been stiffened..

stiffened? how about ‘buckle butt?’….caused by sitting in the back of HBT’s Ford crew cab, where the seat belt buckles extrude thru the seat, despite whacks with the new rock hammer…inpinging on one’s gluteus maximus: impinging? making marks, causing pain, etc..did anyone offer assistance? kind words of concern/remorse?

yeah…a semi-real rock hammer, found in Salama’….it did/does the job..take that, you fake piece of copper ore!..all in all, despite not finding what I wanted to find, it was another ‘helluva trip’….wanted posters, a pair of reincarnated hippie chicks from Canada, the Caitlynns…Coban? beautiful women and rain/mist…Semuc Champey? the end of the road and the worst road I’ve been on in many a moon….’had to find 9 passengers for the back of HBT’s Ford, just to get out(it rained)…Lanquin? if God decides to give Guatemala an enema, this is where it begins…INGUAT should be shot/tarred and feathered for neglecting this place, site of a lot of traffic/publicity….dipshits, one and all.

thanks, David H for telling me of the plant called ‘Sangre del Diablo’ which the two Caitlynns saw and painted their faces with…why? tribal warpaint or a discouraging mark from potential  males?

yeah, another saga of a road trip…if this were San Francisco, I’d call it a fruitless search…then again, I ignored basic sources, #1A…the folks who told me that they’d been there, found that and so on…mea culpa maxima…’shoulda known from their collective brown eyes that they were fulla shit up to there..my bad..

my almost 95 yr old Mum is back in the hospital…doesn’t sound serious, but…wearin’ out, just like the rest of us..

so…purple hades? it’s ‘procession time’ again in A-Town….jesus…what next? ice cream, toy vendors, tourists of all shades/nationalities…read the book, watch the movie again…it still ends the same way, folks…’wow!..I can see all of Jerusalem from up here.”…o where to go went the balloon goes up? (March 31)..and it’s still February? yep…one thing fer sure, dude…not back to Lanquin…


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yeah, I know that in some places it’s called Maundy Thursday…the smell from under my sink in the bathroom? my traveling shaving kit? yep…grey mold…fabulous, which may explain some of the side effects from the meds in there..

yesterdays quote/lead in paragraph?  copy/pasted from an anonymous person’s comments..his ‘handle/email address further the impression that medication won’t work and i don’t know any therapists in town who could do anything..sad..i wish him well and no, i’m not copying the later comment.

the processions? the streets! i think i’ve figured out how to handle this stuff..it’s a buffet..go here, do the alfombras, go there and avoid the crowds…passed Mike Chrisman on 3rd calle, admiring the works of art..the one we stopped at looked like a pair of dice, only missing the white spots of craps, snake-eyes, little joe and so on..yep, ‘Vegas hasn’t quite been dispelled from the memory..and the almost full orange moon? most xlint.i love this town,  fruits, flakes, nuts and all..hey..change to name to Ciudad Granola.

thank you, Reed, Robto de Oro for the cocktails..I was in a daze, having picked  up a portion of the long overdue container shipment of Der Book…original 1st Editions, printed in the States..does that may any difference, $$-wise? who cares? i need the $$…call for delivery and for a few extra $$, Marbel will deliver(the books).

Nadoosh, the ‘Gaia’ knockoff on 6th avenida? dark and locked..I didn’t get any further than Ocelot and it was packed/crazy..first time i’ve seen any purple-gowned folks in the patio..borrachos and free lance guitarists cadging $$/drinks and great 80’s Guate history from Mike, long timer..Johhny’s and other places..no idea, as usual but I love the background, just part of what  make this place so special for me…Rio Dulce/drug stories…a place in Entre Rios, that has the best……we traded stories about Puerto San Jose..whatever, I’m in and as safe/sound as it gets..will i open the box of books just to check/swoon? por que no?

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Oh, the inconveniences of local custom. Fucking colonialist. Get your ass to a mascquerade ball homo, some real eyes wide shut shit. That cigar that you smoke is your own cock. Try not to get run over by the fucking floats gringa.” Ah, the audience, eh? folks…all ten of you or so…re-read the ‘disclaimer’ tab…none of this is meant to be serious, deep or thought-provoking..

The very delicious Gabi Altman back in town…we passed in the park this morning..a kiss/hug and she said that she had to run…i asked if i could watch..and the usual rush hour at Ocelot slammed by a party of 24 who filled in the interior…Allan totally on top of it, drinks-wise…a magician behind the bar…Carla B, higher than high can be, totally excited by her new adventure at the Lake…last day at Fusion is Monday, thence off to a new beginning at TOSA, San Marco somewhere..yeah, I’m goin’ to visit next month…Carla! good on ya! Travel Menu’s kitchen is restored to order/function, per Jerome..dodged the processions nicely tonight…ducked into Reillys and there’s Rayn at the small bar, inhaling a burger…looked like Miss M at the bar with…didn’t ask..

ran into Robto de Oro in a different place…Piccadilly’s temporary location next door…the pizza? not bad…thanks for the leftovers…it’s nice to have food in the house…am I tapped? totally, dude…and thank you, again..Karla H, for making the seat cushions for the outdoor patio chairs at Whisky Den..and no,no word on the ‘shipment’…which implies that it’ll be next week, after all the holiday hoopla dies down, folks get over their hangovers and show up for work.the town’s getting fuller/busier now that the BIG Day approaches..

is the Pizza Mia on 4th avenida closing? watched them dragging out furniture this morning..and no word/advance on the old Delicioso space..got the sign up, but…the old Reilly’s space on 5ta? the metal walls are gone and if you walk by in the morning, the sun shines thru(sort of)the windows, perhaps evidence of roof work..La Estancia still ‘under repair’…Picadilly lo mismo…termites, termites, everywhere..and no ‘soft opening’ on the old 409 place next to Fusion..or was it 709? ..hey, there was an ’09 in there, somewhere..

was this Ash Wednesday? did I make an ash of myself, again? check the mirror…big updates on the latest version of “Our Man’ this morning…11500 words/50 pages…oooh!..
Amazon.com will have the latest on Saturday and the local printer next week..and again, the Original Antigua City Tour for visitors/locals…40q for an hour and a half..parks in front of the cathedral…and big time thanks to Juan Carlos of La Union Spanish School and his great book, “Que Onda, Vos?”…i learned more in 24 hours than in four years here..I’ll be back next week for photos..so, do I give the dobie a slice of pizza when she passes with the night guard? the hot-line is open, press #4 for yes, #5 for no..#6 for ‘who cares?’

unsubstantiated rumor #7…the landlord of Ocelot is pulling the plug on smoking..which leaves Lava, upstairs, as the last refuge for those who still do..

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personal stuff, aside from Elmore Leonard’s book of the same title..Wife #2 who went to an exclusive Cathlick day school in Carmel (classmates with Patty Hearst)actually had to go around and knock on doors in the o so snooty environs of Carmel and solicit donations for ‘pagan babies’…she kill me if she reads this but the odds are slim/nun..the headline refers to a new chapter in the little/silly booklet, now in its umpteeth version…Franklin/Asgreenasitgets.org has this section, at least for the next few weeks…I’ve been kinda down on a lotta NGO’s here but after interviewing Houses to Homes, my position/opinion is changing…

RT2 and Mary at O’lot..she laughed when I told her that my phone was set on ‘vibrate’ and i carry it in a front pocket…hey, at my age..that’s the only buzz i’m gonna get..

Ripped again? or still?…John Rexer, Mr Ilegal Mezcal hisself..snagged his shirt on a table..ripped..get it? matched his levis..the semi-usual crowd of Happy Hour schmoozers/boozers..this was the 2nd time I’ve seen John in the daytime in the last four years..what that means or implies, I have no idea…draw your own conclusions/dotted lines..our wandering bar goddess, Carla the B? off to the Lake and entering the employ of a new guru in town…please, let this work..’having spent a goodly/godly portion of my life in/around ‘gurus’ of all stripes, persuasions and creeds, I’m…let’s just say..naw, cross your fingers for her..Barb the K’s surgery is actually scheduled for the 9th…cross fingers or whatever else works..and come back here, pronto..Travel Menu’s kitchen is ‘under repair’ for a day or two..so, if you’re..etc..wait til wednesday..the New ‘Original Antigua City Tour?’…looking good…thought i saw Bull Durham riding this morning and later, about 5ish,a full load of turistas rolling along 2nd calle…go Juan Carlos!…seriously, this is an xlnt tour..cheap,fun and chockfullafacts..40q for and hour and a half? I’d pay that to watch the monkeys ….k…starts at 9am or so, in front of the Cathedral/parque..

try as I might, tomorrow there’s no escaping the ‘jezus on a stick’ thing…the little finca where i reside(live)has the first station on the west wall.showtime is 3pm..o boy..if i called first thing, could the farmacia deliver some serious meds? prescription? we don’t need a stinkin’ prescription..i’m re-reading Treasure of the Sierra Madre so if i go off on a tangent…so what? better than going off on a lark, eh?

the most xlnt Claudia #1 of Da Vinci seen about, before going to work(so to speak)at 6 or so…one of usual three Claudias is on some kinda sabbatical per family stuff..so? there’s #1 and that’s all I care about…call me, please..make my Razr vibrate, just one more time..

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brain-wise..maybe that should be brain-dead, cuz that seems to be the theme for the night..stopped in at O’lot and Carla B said there was a birthday party af Cafe No Se for ‘fill in the blank’….”tried to doublecheck this twice, with differing answers: it wasn’t the end of the world, as the consolation prize was dinner next door at Angie’s with…yeah, right..’her…hey, this is business’…and the ravioli with gorgonzola? outrageously good…Frener cranked(finally)the latest 25 of the little book that could, updated as of last week.

Ron Fortin and Adan the Cuban pianist talking on the street outside No Se…trying to get a gig together, which i think would be the musical coup of the year: each is/are superb at what they do..hey, i think so..the usual crowd of miscreants spilling over from the 5pm Lush Hour…even Robt de Oro who met two nice gringas…Amber and the other lady who’s name i forget, except that she’d spent time in Sonoma/Sonoma County, one of my old stomping grounds….I had to dash off at six per the  printer and picking up ‘her’…saw Robto + the two at Sobremesa later..we’re all still laughing about the ‘writ from Alabama’ and about the only thing to worry about would be if this 300 lb gorilla in  overalls, a John Deere cap and the name of Bubba appears around here…some people…no, make that a LOT of people seem to think that the law works like it does on tv…wrong, popcorn breath…it goes on and on…and then more on/on/on…fuggedaboutit,  in other words, and get a life.

Karla H holding down Whiskey Den tonight…Nelson out and about, gathering take-out food at No Se…well, that’s what he told me..TLG, one half of the Mescalitos inside, waiting to crank up later, and Semana Satan is next f%$#@! next week…’been told that half a million people are descending(coming) here for the  Show of Shows, now bigger that the original in Spain..and i thought I’d escaped the freak show by moving to the edge of San Felipe…wrong big time, vodka breath…the Finca is Station of the Cross #1…o boy..another New Year’s Day resolution blown to hell(get outa town)…maybe if I’d gotten the plastic Jesus concession(for the dashboard)…hmm..next year? hum along with me…’wish i had a plastic Jesus, etc..god’ll get me for this, hopefully later…like just before tax day, april 15th..’dear IRS..’sorry but i can’t file because i’ve been raptured/ruptured..is that legal? given my ‘experiences’ with the IRS, they trump even God…that’s it..I’m going outside and howl at the moon with the dogs and i presume that tomorrow is Thursday.


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