in what may well be the only live rendition of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in Antigua was performed at Caffe Bourbon earlier….Mariah Sterling(Piano Mike’s daughter)and Joe, his musical sidekick on rhythm guitar, carried off a decent version…’Schwing!’…you probably had to have seen the movie ‘Wayne’s World’ to get this, as the earlier version by Queen kinda languished…
A fresh big SAT sticker/poster(the tax folks)sealing what was the Bud Room/Lounge/Pangea? don’t know if the ukase(fancy jappo word for command/order)also included Braulio, altho…’never seen one of these SAT stickers before..rumor has it that there’s a 3 month penalty(time out?)…and what was up or not up with the Great Antigua Power Turn-off from 9-3?…as of 10, the lights were on and some were home..
kindof found my ‘chi’ in Chichicastenango yesterday…the day trip version. Two hours up, two back and four on the ground…the highway is in great condition, it is a pretty drive and life/art? repeated itself..on page 44 of the latest version of ‘Our Man’…the blond gringa who gets to sit on the …..? yep, twice..how did I know? psycho…no, pyschic…I don’t ‘get’ Chi-Chi…packed with tourists on shuttles, mid-size vans and big suckers, coming/going…makes Antigua’s tourist trap look anemic and there’s no good reason(that I can see)…their native arts/crafts market is the same as here, their jewelry sucks, two good hotels(the Mayan Inn and Hotel San Tomas) and one sucky little museum..who ever is doing their tourism ads deserves a giant medal for pushing schlock.
Caffe Bourbon? if only they’d kept up with the Mike/Moriah Show…the only draw that ever drew…Cashbar? closed again..Sunday night..I’ve heard stuff that isn’t repeatable…time will tell, I s’spose..
Nelson still doing his ‘final final’ sets around town…go see him..Cafe No Se or Panza Verde and wish him well on his lane to fame…recording stuff in the States? yep…be able to say that you knew him ‘when’…is that all there is? look, I’m tired, ok? the Mayan incense stuff at the door of the church was very cool…dodging the gringo tourists wasn’t…just how did they get so fat? its appalling…being able to recognize a US tourist from a Spanish couple by their weight/dress code…and Spain’s broke? ok, fine…the Quetzalteca has been open and its breathed long enough…should one decant it? a little swirl on the tongue, waiting for the hints of blackberry, oak and ….you tell me…the week is ahead of us: go do something good for Antigua…anything…Chi-Chi? once was enough..