Tequila Sunrise

today’s version of La Prensa Libre,in a article about bars/discos making too much noise? showed an exterior shot of El Barrio…hey, any publicity is good publicity. I remember the new Mayor saying that she was going to ‘shut down/clean up’ this problem…hah! try the blocks around 5th avenida and 6th calle, and then we’ll talk.

Mamma’s #2 getting close to opening, what ten months later, if the daily appearance of the delightful Mayra is any clue…whatever, just a vision of her in the morning in the black outfit works for me….per Arty Barnes of the Londoner, they’re bucking the usual September trend of decreased business…given the food, atmosphere, music and attention to detail, I’m not surprised.

No, haven’t heard of any new ‘Singles Club’ events…personally I would’ve called it a ‘dining club’ to avoid any misunderstandings..oh well.

I wonder if the new ‘Zika’ thing has impacted any of the coastal resorts…the last time I was at the very sweet Hotel Del Fin, at night they set out the purple rings of death aka mosquito repellants…ever read the instructions on the package> scary…our famed local muralist, Steve Wintershaw, working on two projects at once…one, the Reilly’s #3, the  other a hotel west of town..and if you see me limping around town, it’ a ‘pain in the ass’ other known as sciatic nerve stuff..yeah, i can be a pain  in the ass, ask anyone…and thank you, Rainbow Reading…the Kindle and I don’t mix well…the medium and I’m back to old fashioned paperbacks…and yes, the September edition of Our Man is live on Amazon/Kindle and yes, I’ll put up another article on the other site, http://www.ourmaninantigua.com, with some tasty photos..

Another Bear to Cross

so, I’m getting it, slowly, that I live in a 4th world country. I used to think that India wore the crown but even they have a working postal system(thanks to the Brits)but here? the government (sic)took over the El Correo postal system as of August 1…and now,they’re closed, with over 8 million pieces of mail yet to go anywhere…so what, of the international law/regulations that state a government/country must have a working postal system?  hah!..no, a double hah!…

and so..? ‘mental pause’ hit me , yet again, on Sunday…I was primed to catch the ‘last Bobby Darling’ show at the Londoner and then got hungry…’thought about the great looking cheeseburgers at the Exit Inn…hey, why not? the Spiro’s inspired works of art? (he’s gone, cashed out and is in the States)so, the cheeseburger? killer? the waitress, Joelle? more than killer…but the beer-battered onion rings? out of this world! segue-way! no, there is no new women’s shelter opening up, labeled The Tempura House, for ‘lightly battered women’…sick? yes…segue-way…what was Freddy’s scooters, aka Simoon….lame…now sharing space in the old DiVinci space on 5th calle…a motorcycle showroom? and in the most expensive block in town? segue-way! remember the short-lived business of renting SegWays here? its bad enough walking the cobble stones but riding on a SegWay here?..thanks, I’ll pass.and yes, I missed Bobby D’s last show, before he returns to the States…and a few others also going soon..Jackson, the Pancheri’s in October (medical stuff)Ponzi Bob is here to stay…great! and the usual in/out flows of ‘winter/temp people…so? I’m creating my own list of …no, not the ‘A List’ but the ‘O list’….the obnoxious…those whom I won’t see/drink with with…it’s short, for now but there are openings…

and Lili, the newspaper woman who worked the corner of 4th calle/5th Ave? she’s in Washington! doing what, who knows? and how long has Ay Robot been closed? and I thinks its amusing that the ex-cop and sex offender share space on the bench…one of the reasons that I abstain…too weird, even for Antigua

Juxtaposition

ok, even for Bodegona I thinks it’s weird marketing…buy a  little jar of Skippy peanut butter and receive a little bottle of Clamato…wtf? am i missing some kind of local treat? and while I’m ranting about Bodo, have you noticed by the  check-out stand those racks for condoms? also…there are vibrating things(rings)…do they come with instructions, like ‘insert Part A into Part B?’…maybe one could ask one of the girls(cashiers)for a demo?

and coming soon…as in  next Sunday @ 5pm? the great Bobby Darling Show, plus its Martins birthday (drinks are on the house, aka the roof…lotsa luck getting up there) but/and, as a very special guest, Brendan Byrne…he sings! who knew? I definitely have to be there for this one, which should be epic, even by Antigua standards….standards? yeah…local legends…ok, fine…where? o, that’s right…at the Londoner, on 6th ave, between 4th and 5th calles

speaking of local legends, Maite Morjan aka Tiger Lily, has added a vegetarian menu to El Portal and El Sol, with plans to add an gelato bar in El Sol…as a long time member of PETA(People Eating Tasty Animals), I prefer her bacon…no, El sol’s bacon..jeez, what were you thinking?

 

ah…surprise…El Correo, the govt postal service? supposedly taken over Aug 1 by the  govt? (the Canadians bailed)…doors open and Norma, behind the counter, just like it was, at least for the eight years that I’ve been going there…Caniz? they’re screwing up again, with both incoming/outgoing mail..and it’s adios to the  folks from El Salvador…they came, they saw, they spent serious Money…30% increase over last year, ‘they’ say…and if you’re in the newly upgraded central park, notice the new signs describing what’s growing in the flower beds and a lot are starting to bloom…major tip of the panama to Phillip Wilson, unsung hero of this project…so? time for  breakfast here…OJ and Quetzalteca…um, good!

Spandex!

acres of runners gathered in front of City Hall early yesterday morning….among them the dashing beautiful blonde Flor of Dasha(in tasty black spandex) and Blake and his crew from Pappy’s BBQ, in their new logo shirts…”You can smell our pits from blocks away”…..hey, it’s a good smell, ok?

Bobby D and his one man show at the Londoner….Piano Mike, playing guitar(!)opened for him(it’s Antigua, go with it) and the place rocked….sizzling guitar riffs like I’ve never heard, with local musicians in the crowd just to hear him…SRO, as in packed, early on and an amazing  crowd mix…Jackson, Ponzi Bob et al..the Sunday roast beef dinner was perfectly superb and the best place to sit, for service, was by the cash register…Martin! helluva night…Bobby D? wow….don’t miss another of these events…

the Exit Inn, fresh off their recent Darts League trophy, is starting a Tuesday night poker event…starts early, 50q buy in, discounts on drinks/food…and the town was packed…all day long, where did all these people come from? ‘judging from some of the babes, the City…was the the weather or the Bono 14 surge?.or the new park? ..who cares? it was a great day for people-watching and maybe even some of the merchants made a little money(for a change)and I’m told that a motorcycle shop is going in where the old Da Vinci spot was…’seems a bit expensive for that location but what the hell do I know? I know I’m usually  wrong and/or ‘sources’ lead me astray…so? so, what?

and, depending on how you found this, there’s another site up/running as of a few days ago…www.ourmaninantigua.com where I’ll start adding content this week…old/new local articles, whatever, now that the old Examiner site is down/gone/what once was an incredible publishing empire, knawing on the dust…

 

S.H.I.T

‘Sure happy its Thursday, one of  my favorite acronyms…yeah, I’ll start on tags soon…I’m on ‘cruise’ today…the larger question is how to get rid of that stinkin’ blue logo in the middle of the page…’looks like another query to the very helpful folks in the ‘Help’ section of WP…’Happiness Engineers’ they’re called…’love that! imagine a conversation at a bar or party…”so, what do you do?”