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that big volcanic explosion of Fuego this morning? the ash/dust blew northwest and now the skies are a bit hazy…get out your masks!…Halloween, Masked Ball, whatever works.

Peter has left the partnership threesome of the Exit Inn…not sure what this means just yet but it puts a bit more of the burden on Spiros and Alabama Bob and yes, I was totally wrong (yet again)about the Le Mercadito becoming a ‘franchise outlet.’….you know, i think the  ‘wits’ in the park were playing with me.  Today, a fabulous three day, two night stay at Camp Motagua, with Ponzi Bob, Duane, the ‘Perfesser’ and Nazi John…and Frank as maitre ‘d…’should be good for some combat stories later this week.

Marbel the Marvelous has a great new idea! tickets for discounts on places all over town: Sobremesa, Chez Christophe, Mamma’s, Metiz and so on….for 50q you get 40 tickets…10% off in most places…use two tickets and the rest is paid for..descuentosantigua@gmail.com  and more merchants are signing up…Casa de Jade! there’s a discount!

and, thursday, a little excursion to Chocolate Bob’s factory….take some notes, shoot some photos..might try the video thing again, as I seem to be getting better at it..

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every %$#@! morning! why/who? one of the benefits of living on the edge of San Felipe…that said, I don’t hear/see/feel the daily and nightly rumbles of Volcan Fuego so I guess that’s a reasonable exchange.
Mike D aka the ‘Perfesser’ celebrating his first night as a co-partner/owner of La Taverna, with a table full of the unusual suspects..congrats!
want a free Jeep? HBT in town, to pick up the booger Cougar and said that he’s tired of paying Murray’s storage charges (2 years worth) and if you want the Jeep, talk to him…papers? aint got no stinkin’ papers, unless Murray does something (highly unlikely)since he’s not answering phone calls. He, for free, wtf?
Dave H, at the Exit inn, along side Jackson…first day working at Frank’s Place…and happy..
so, the Freedom Beach House Hotel? turn left in the middle of ‘downtown’ Monterrico…there’s a paved road and a Banrural branch in sight (the only ATM around)go 8.5 kms…phone #? 5716-6988, and tell ’em i sent you…and a lot of local interest in this place, and rightfully so..new, clean, cheap..250q a night, beachside..great rooms, perfect for a night in paradise with your insignificant other..
http://www.examiner.com/article/the-pina-colada-paradise
there was a guy there last week…first date..he’s fat and wearing a Speedo (wrong)and by the time they left, they weren’t speaking
and yes, the trenches on 5th Calle…good for business? don’t think so and it’s only gonna get worse…4 months of this to look forward to…Alex of Sobremesa, on a usually closed Tuesday night, putting the finishing touches on his latest masterpiece..

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once more, from the top….the new Tropicana Hostal/Bar is serious competition for any…repeat, any other hostal in town…yes, Monica has done wonders with the Jungle Party and the Black Cat imploded and La Terrazza was coming along, with their Pub Crawls…but…and a BIG but…Tropicana is the new 800 lb gorilla in town. thanks to Rory and Laurel, with some help from some friends, the place is the best…ok? the best, hands down. Of course, for an grand opening all you have to do is say ‘free beer’ and  you’ve got a party on your hands…James Mullen/Laurel behind the bar, Christophe dishing up snacks..don’t take my word for this…go by…a swimming pool? yep..right in the middle, with wood planking…great rooms, ambience..

La Calle is changing hands…Spiros and Alabama Bob take over Oct 1…and a name change: the Exit Inn…with Spiros back to doing what he does best: cooking…yep, ceviche returns(and his is the best)plus burgers and….lamb kebab…greek style…I’m in….and maybe, just maybe, they continue the Thursday night vodka special…any brand, 15q…so, I sucked down two Stoli’s…30q…

Sobremesa is doing a special take on Guatemalan ‘tipico’ food tomorrow…7pm…and adding spice/flavors to  what is…mild/unimaginative…and per the rain or lack of it, it was a quiet aka dead night for restaurants…even Piano Mike and the tasty Andy Z. Luna were looking at a empty room at Travel Menu…everyone..repeat, everyone was at the Tropicana opening…even the ever tasty Marvelous Marbel was alone at Casbah’s little pub..I would’ve stayed/kept her company but the rain was starting..

so…if you’re into whiskey and in Bodegona, check out the Crowley’s…’tipo whisky’ the label reads..but if you read the list of ingredients on the back? 98 % alcohol, 25 whiskey…is this legal? who cares?..La Taverna? slowly dying, as is Ocelot…why? 6th calle is the new center of town, with more bars per block than anywhere else…they’re not the best but they have sucked up the business..the Snug, Travel Menu and so on…north 5th is over/dead..4th calle is restaurant land, with Micho’s and Sobremesa fighting over the biz..Tartines, with ‘the best terrace in town’…a joke..and dead..Fusion getting some action, along with Mamma’s…but not much, not on these rainy September nights..it’s generally a slow month, so take a vacation and shut the doors..and Mayra of Mamma’s…the only person in town who is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America?

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one by one, maybe even two by two, familiar faces return to Antigua…’must be the season, for the reason..James Mullen back, Tanya the Magnificent leaving soon(Canada?)…Mike D and Nazi John incoming in a few weeks and no, I don’t know if the Vortex People (to quote Dr J) are still in Ponzi Bob’s menagerie…Edwin, as usual, is being mysterious…

and Alabama Bob, recently in a late night scuffle…I thought he’d been worse in appearance but ….not…this #2 for such, like Dr J….gentlemen! how many times does it take?

Shaun of O’lot leaving this weekend for Wales/Greece….gotta  have his wife well trained to be traveling alone…wait…I had mine trained just like that…’honey…uh…I’m going to India next week but I’ll write.’….I was the same age and it worked..don’t ask me how but it did..

yeah…the ever planned/ever suspended plans for Zacapa are on hold yet again…jeez…’turns out that we need a 4X4, which I wasn’t aware of…and the rental agencies in town don’t take a debit card…screw…however, Plan D  is underway..

what was the old Tacontento place on 5th ave north is still vacant…wtf? great location, one would think…and yes, local authorities are bemoaning the lack of tourists ($$$)and saying that Antigua is becoming riddled with drugs, rapes and worse…is the parallel  with the Congress? wake up, dudes..the world economy took a serious dump in ’08…war didn’t pump the economy, Detroit(autos)suck and they’re bankrupt and the real estate market in the US hasn’t created any equity except negative equity…there’s some 30 trillion dollars stuck away offshore and that’s not gonna help Guatemala, even if the Prez just did spend 2 million bucks on his country house/farm…nice job of saving some $$ from his salary, I’d say.

Mango Verde, the smoothie place on 5th calle? still open? yeah…one would think that you’d add up your monthly expenses and divide by number of days open and that’s your monthly ‘nut’…simple, eh? however, Antigua being the economic exception to most every rule of thumb I’ve seen, it just keeps keepin’ on…and yes, good to see Piano Mike/Bobby D jumping back into their musical stuff here..and yes, another 25 copies of ‘A Year of Driving Stupidly…no, drugged/dangerously’ hit the street tomorrow…badda bing! there’s a free Kindle download of the September version of Our Man at present..go to https://www.amazon.com/author/michaelsherer…and whip it on! and yes, Alex of Sobremesa is closed for the week…why? dunno…guy’s gotta rest some time, the way I see it.

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A couple of nights ago, when Lava was having their anniversary party, the Czech wacko (and even crazy by Antigua standards)attempted to enter the patio…the guy at Whisky Den ran him off quickly, waving a metal chair at him…does this guy ever learn? no…as mentioned, even by local standards, he’s bizarre and that’s a serious statement of insanity.

4th Calle, lights out earlier but only in spots…micho’s dark, Sobremesa lit up..go figure…a prolonged ‘brown-out in San Felipe fried the water pump at my finca…oops…check the ice cube level, screw the shower in the morning…ok, all is swell..

No…the BAM wham hit HBT yesterday (no City trip)…BAM, Banco Agro Mercantil or such, has a new/unannounced policy on checks deposited…a 30 day hold…oops…so, if you’re a depositor, watch it..or wait til they use your money for a month + and then…Tommy hasn’t been happy about this for two days…don’t ask him about it.

Chocolate Bob! has a wooden sailboat in Rio Dulce that doesn’t have caulking between the planks…he says…naturally Mike D and i are/were septical…no, skeptical…guess this calls for a ‘road trip’…hit the Rio, Bruno’s for some good food, Gualan on the way and HBT’s compound up in the hills..maybe pop the Land Rover a few more times (see ‘A Year of Driving Dangerously’ for details…Reid! if you’re thinking of driving down..don’t…there’s a nicely restored Land Rover for sale, out by Joe’s Grill…and no bullet holes or pigs guarding it.

whew..another business for sale…has it really gotten this bad or are the owners just tired? A and B, is the answer..bring $$ if you’re looking for a bargain.. and the La Pena del Sol meltdown isn’t over…Party A suing Party B for ‘defamation of character’ I’m told…what? for bad music? probably another case of declining revenues and  looking for $$/excuses..only the attorneys win in this country, as elsewhere.

Raul, Christina and grandchild in town, early…Finca Nieto, home of my favorite cofee(he’s of Cuban extraction and knows coffee)…he’s looking great, leg is much better…Rich and Maria Neel, off on their journey of adventures…now in Granada…I think the van is starting to show it’s age, but…not my call…and yes, I had to ‘de-mold my favorite black fedora again today…using good vodka, too..will this rainy season ever quit?

and if you’re still with me, go to www.amazon.com/author/michaelsherer for the latest insights into this weird/wacky world we call Antigua.

 

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no more parades, drums and noise, porfa…no more crowds, closed streets and….traffic. I finally lost it and got outa town on Friday, driving with the imitable HBT…the Cougar was running fine, despite a rusty radiator and the rain kept going until Puerto San Jose. Yes, the usually off limits dive bar yielded (El Taslisman) a surprise and a map…’can’t talk about the ‘surprise’ but the map,after we got the Cougar nearly sunk in a foot deep flooded hidden chuck hole….christ..heart attack time: it’s a friday afternoon in PSJ and we’re stuck/flooded? well, there goes the weekend..

not, fortunately…a few prayers and the Cougar got out of the spot. And yes, thanks to a map, we found the ‘Club San Diego(not the Las Vegas, as my faulty memory repeated)and the Club Millenium….next time, another trip, another crew of misfits…nah, not misfits…’adventurers’….

So, off to Monterrico and the most xlnt Hotel Del Fin….room #13 waiting, a bottle of Botran, a glass of ice, coke and all was good…so, who would we run into this time? it’s impossible to go anywhere in this wacked-out country and not run into someone who you know (is it not?)…hello! Travel Agent Alice (40’s)and her boyfriend of six months….anniversary time!  he’s just turned 18, btw….ok…the night went on, the….Johnny’s place, of course…Juan of the Del Fin had a grand opening next door for a bar that he’s revived…’Animales Desconocidos’….HBT reportedly was dancing there later…

a parade in town, two paralyzed Canadian travelers in the back of the Cougar(HBT drives, inhales and the beer is always cold but you knew that…they didnt’)back to town, the crowded Calzada and it’s been more insane since then….i blew off going to Sobremesa’s special brunch, the ‘corn-hole event at La Esquina today and my only excuse….with the perfect weather(temporary) at monterrico…, 70’s and so on, i chilled out in the pool and heard great stories from Dan of the Yukon….drilling, mining, wacko shit….ask me about Chevy engines or core drilling in Colombia…

maybe Copia Fiel will step up tomorrow…maybe the sun will rise…fer sure, dude, this holiday is over..

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You probably don’t want to look up the definition….ah, the rains, the buses of kids brought into town, the crowds…and this is just the beginning of a LONG holiday weekend…get to the bank/atms now, before the money is drained and you’re sucking by Monday (money-wise, that is)

if and I repeat if, the reported number of registered ‘sex workers’ (234)in Antigua alone(I asked that specific question)is valid and…and there’s another group of….uh, free lancers, are they tuning up for the festivities?

discounts, ‘specials’…again, I’ve been told that around the evening,  Burger King and the hotel across the street, plus the little park between Antigua/Joco…well, you tell me…I’m busy…screwing with the so-called printers in this town, who don’t answer…’yeah, I’ve got copies of your last book cover and yes, I’ll sell them’….right…how about a price, dipshit?..o gee, forgot to include a price…

Per Neil of Micho’s there’s a storm blowing in from the Pacific side, thru Sunday…o fine..perfect for tomorrow’s little overnighter in Monterrico with HBT (with side trips to special places only he knows about)…right, no camera, for this trip..

Sobremesa/Pappy’s BBQ teaming up with the Mimosa Mamas for a two day brunch blow out…11-2, Sat/Sun..expect me there for Sunday, assuming that HBT doesn’t get me thrown in jail for whatever…and 3pm, sunday, Reilly’s La Esquina for a photo shoot of ‘Corn Hole’…whatever that is but I’m loading up with fresh batteries..’went by early for a look at Fusion/Nido Antigua’s art exibition….spel chuk..exabition? exibition…screw it…showing, ok? ah…ok, but not great..no prices, no red stickers for ‘sold’ marks…gimme panza verde, ok?

and yes, another triumph of  ‘hope over experience’….that little cafe spot around the corner from…corner of 1ist calle-6th avenida, the scene of many disasters…? yep, new faces, looking at signs(not good) and dreaming of making it big in Antigua…and another vain attempt, next to the perfume shop on 5th calle, across from organica? more dreams waiting to crash…

and yes…mold, again? yep….

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