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Subject: Cancun #25 - That Gusano de Oro character
(Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 07:37PM ) Tags:
You just know when you have had a deep and meaningful, long-term impactful life experience after one brief encounter that comes back to haunt you some 11 years later. What I am squawking about here is that chipper looking Gusano de Oro character (or Golden Worm in English) from the mezcal brand of the same name. Just take a look at him here below..


See what I mean? He sure looks all warm and fuzzy, but let me tell you, that sucker knows how to pack a punch. Don’t let that warm, beckoning smile disarm you either.  Talk about sneaky, if memorable, marketing ploys. My virgin exposure to this bad boy was in Tijuana back in ’85, and I was hanging out on a road trip with a couple of the lads from university when we bought a bottle for consumption. The bottle sure looked cool anyway., what with the worm sitting on the bottom. Then we started drinking it. 

Mezcal is generally very smoky--and I mean VERY. Right up there smoky like these 6 scotch whisky brands, but not nearly as smooth or refined. It has an edge, whether you are drinking it neat, or having orange slices sprinkled with some of that sal de gusano (or worm salt, if you will) on the side to help it slide down a little better.

I hear that there are various grades of mezcal, but I ain’t no expert, not having tried enough other brands over the years except for that Gusano Rojo puppy as shown here.
Look at him (or maybe it is her). Now this second  worm is playing a little more coy and seems much more shy, but you just gotta know that red is flashing “Danger, danger!”

Anyway, you can now better understand why that apparition in the form of Gusano de Oro, floating above the bed on that wedding night in Cancun (with a fuming Birgitta at my side), and talking to me in English with Mitchell Randolph’s voice was enough to freak anybody out. But at least he had a valuable warning for me. When encounters like that, imaginary or otherwise, happen, you have to take heed. Either that, or it was the evening’s fine Tres Generaciones añejo tequila talking to me, and just messing with my head.

No matter what it was, I was listening, and became a single guy again shortly thereafter.


Subject: Singapore #77 - Orchard Towers
(Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 07:35AM ) Tags:
Orchard Towers really does exist, and it's probably not a place the government or the tourist board there wants to advertise much, and most certainly not about its night time activities. I tried to find out about it on the official Visit Singapore site, but alas, there seemed to be no mention of it after some cursory searching there. And like, one is supposed to be surprised by that?

However, the good news is that there is information about the place, if you look around. It's kinda like what is reported (or not, in many cases), with "The News" and what is supposedly going on around us (or not, sometimes as the case may be) in the world we live in. But that's all another matter.


I put forth these two opinions / overiews on Orchard Towers, if you want to read and dig a little deeper on the matter. This first one, Orchard Towers - "The Pick-Up Mall in Singapore" is from an old Geocities site and an American guy called Warren who moved there in 1999. The second is a more recent 2013 post from a female Brit expat's blog for another perspective on the place, with Orchard Towers...aka Four Floors.

And for those that prefer video and voice over the written word on the page, here's a nifty little piece from a seemingly short-lived SIN-produced series called The Real TV about "Ladyboys at Orchard" [Towers]. I like the part with the Russian tourist from St. Petersburg playing coy and coming here for some beers and to uhm, ehrm, "relax". Nicely done, Buddy! You know the drill. THIS is reality TV, not like a lot of the other fluff masquerading as such.




Dr. LoveSexy, Edward Pickett, and Bobby Bo were just hangin' out that night for a good time is all. As you can read and see, there is a LOT of stuff going on at this place. Who says Singapore has to be boring and sterile? While some tourists like to hit museums, art galleries, houses of worship and other popular mainstream sites there like Sentosa Island, when you are hanging out with Edward Pickett, he invariably has other ideas.

No matter what your take on the place is overall, the food, above all is first rate. And that's a great thing. 

There's no substitute for live travel and exploring different cultures in wonderful, faraway places, if you are fortunate enough to ever have the opportunity, and have the inclination to get out there and explore what is going on outside your neighborhood.  As Mark Twain is often quoted, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” Alas, many just do not have the opportunity ever, so that needs to be factored in to things as well.

It's all just really about some single stumblebum guy's fun and games going to weddings all around the world. 



Subject: Montreal #12 - That Flintstones Scene
(Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 09:42PM ) Tags:
Here's the skinny on that classic Flintstones scene referenced at the bar in Montreal after dinner when Bobby Bo goes for a refill of his glass of red wine and is talking to the bartender. 

The episode here was called "Love Letters on the Rocks" and comes from season 1, episode 21, and was first aired on Feb. 17, 1961.


Watch the scene unfold here as Fred goes to meet Perry Gunite, the P.I.


You just have to love those lines Perry had, "Rocks over rocks" and "Bartender ... put that in a dirty glass." This is real knowledge of the world stuff going down here, and they don't teach this wisdom in school, kids, so pay attention.

Perry's bowed-out-knees silky smooth stride to the bar is also killer stuff. Just gotta marvel at it, even if I can't quite make my own legs bend quite like that with such awesome curvature. No doubt, this kind of cool entrance to a crowded room is something to work on at home alone to make oneself a more complete and well-rounded human being.

This scene has scarred Bob since childhood.



Subject: Tenerife #18 - Finca el Drago / El Teide
(Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 01:58PM ) Tags:
The wedding reception setting, Finca el Drago is still there to this date, and looks to be holding up well since 1994.

You can imagine the scene by the pool unfolding for the DeathList exchange, as well as bachelor night when Dudley got dropped off drunk at the cottage on the property, back to "da Boss."


Here are some photos of the island's peak / volcano, El Teide, and the national park around it, as well as more shots of the villa and compound. Gnerally, the island overall is a pretty spectacular place on many fronts. This NASA satellite radar shot from 1994 gives a great view of the whole island and its shape. 


Parts of the island really can look like Mars, and here's the video shot there in 1991 by The Shamen - Move Any Mountain, as referenced in the chapter and included in the music playlist. 


And as also mentioned, right after filiming the video here, Will Sinnott (or Will Sin) drowned while swiming off the coast of nearby La Gomera, another island that is part of the Canaries chain.


 
You can just imagine the scene at this one in the UK. Strange but true.

Wedding Postponed After Man Rushes into Church, Castrates Himself
Sep. 20, 2013 | Cora VAN OLSON

'The image that comes to mind is that of a loving couple holding hands in church before a vicar, who is saying, If anyone knows any reason why this couple may not be joined in matrimony, let them speak now or forever hold their peace, when all of a sudden a man rushes in, drops his pants and snips off his testicles with a pair of scissors.' FULL STORY | TruTV Crime Library


Proof positive once again that "it's always funny until someone loses a testicle." In this case, he may have even doubled down on that. Bob's glad he was NOT around for that episode. It hurts to even think about it.. 

Or maybe, he was just the last groom married there, as this points out nicely. Sorta kinda same result in the end, isn't it? 


Hey, when you're some single guy attending weddings around the globe, you think about stuff like this and what it all really means in the long run. 



Great book

The main character Bob takes us into an intimate journey to weddings all over the world with great humour, a fine sense of observation, and great social skills. The conversations are funny, savvy, and rarely serious. Delicious book. A must read!

Rating: 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: Marielle Croft | November 12, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.CA
Subject: Santiago #30 - Some of those character names
(Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 10:25PM ) Tags:
One of the buried elements inside that wedding (and indeed generally sprinkled throughout the book) is the use of some past famous or notable people names for some of the local / regional characters in the chapter.

If you are from those places, be it Chile, Bolivia or Germany, some of the names may well mean something to you, and were noticed. Four names were slipped in here for the following characters:


- Anita Lizana (1915 – 1994) was a famous Chilean tennis player who reached World #1 ranking in 1937 when she won the U.S. Championships.



- Ramón Vinay (1911 – 1996) was a Chilean operatic tenor.


- Antonio Díaz Villamil (1897 – 1948) was a Bolivian writer, novelist, historian, and folklorist (not to be confused with florist, although one could be both in an exceptional circumstance). The embedded bio link for this cat is in Spanish. 



- Oswalt Kolle (1928 – 2010) was a German sex educator who first became famous in the 60s and 70s for his books and films on sexuality. Hey, even the groom doesn’t get away clean here.


Just because some single guy is hitting far-flung weddings for fun and adventures, doesn’t mean a few obscure references can’t get thrown in there every now and again. Not that any of the above folks looked at all like the characters present at the wedding. And if they bore more than a passing resemblance to each other, maybe it was all just coink-e-dink.

In keeping with the Chlean wedding backdrop, and discussions harking back to a certain politcal periiod in the country during the reception dinner, here's an inspirational number from 1973 that seems just as suitable today in many places around the world outside of that country. Go figure. Some stuff is timeless. The song title translated to Engreesch, means "the people, united, shall never be defeated." It was also on the music playlist for that chapter, no doubt another coink-e-dink. 






Subject: Epilogue - Of Max and Mexico
(Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 09:33PM ) Tags:
Another obliquely inserted reference near the end of the book lies with one of the two wedding help letters written to Bobby Bo in his imaginary gig as a wedding advice newspaper columnist.

Who was Max and what was he on about? The answer might lie with his location and parting line.


Credenhill, in the UK, is the home of 22 SAS Regiment. Yes, that's right, the Special Air Service. Maybe, that is why Max signs off with “Who Dares Wins” playing off the SAS motto of “Who Dares, Wins.” Or that was just accidental. Quite possibly, I may just have goofed and forgotten the comma too. D-oh, Homer! Or maybe both are in common usage in reality. 

Note that Heref (Herefordshire) is not the same as Herts (Hertfordshire). The two are a couple hours apart by road. Since Max is ostensibly some covert operations guy, he could have tried a sly substitution of the latter, for the former, in order to be purposely misleading. He could then claim it was a mistake, and would have plausible deniability. Either that, or he could do it to see if anybody was actually paying attention. 

Now, on the main matter, why would some of them SAS cats take a covert gig in Mexico doing wedding security? Maybe they might, and even if they did, it would be a case of steadfast denial if ithe word ever got out there. And how would some part-time typist ever find out about it anyway either, unless they were writing to him for advice? 

In this day and age, with military budget cutbacks all over the gaff, and subpar pay in the ranks, it’s all about the money, honey—especially if you turn to the private sector where all the fat be, Bobbolino. Just look at  Academi (as changed from Xe and Blackwater before thet in some weak rebranding exercise to try and play "let's hide the past"). Everybody just wants to be paid out, as Dr. LoveSexy might say. Who cares who wins?


Our man Max could have also been some local-pub punter wannabe nearby the base, just hanging out and being a pretender. 

At the end of the day, it’s all just about some single guy wedding adventures and funny tales therein.



All the action that day and evening back in February 2000 for Patty and Bruce's wedding revolved between the two villas, Yellow Bird and Flomarine, and Firefly, which was where the ceremony and initial mini-reception were held. 

Yellow Bird was where "somebody" woke up poolside in the mornng at the opening of this chapter after a big night out. 



Flomarine - Gin and tonic anyone?



Firefly - Awesome place to get married, no matter if you want to call it a guest house, a restaurant, or a bar, depending on your point of view. The ceremony took place in the garden by the pool. 



Many other island shots are on this Pinterest board, and here's a great teaser video for Mustique to cap this all off. One is way better grabbing some sun and fun in late February for a troipical wedding than being somewhere like Canuckistan in the dead of winter.




Subject: Los Angeles #70 - Manuel Noriega and Oreo Cookies
(Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 10:43PM ) Tags:
It was a fast comment in passing by Wade Roe in dialogue, but based on fact.

"It took out the Northeast faster than Manuel Noriega does a bag of Oreos."

Manuel Noriega has (or had) a large love of Oreo cookies. I wouldn't spin no crap on that. Here's some support from back in the day when our main man Manuel first started cooling his heels in the clink.


Exhibit  #1

WELL, THAT'S HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES
October 30, 1990

Who's that kid eatin' the Oreo cookies? Surprise, surprise, it's the pineapple-faced Panamanian Manuel Noriega, former Foreign Enemy No. 1, who now resides in the "dictator's suite" in Miami's Federal Correction Center.

We don't know if he's a twister, a dunker or a cruncher, but we do know that the Nabisco treats are his favorite snack and just one of life's little pleasures that the once-mighty strongman enjoys while awaiting his Jan. 28 trial.

Source: Philly.com

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Exhibit #2

January 25, 1991

DO EX-STRONGMEN EAT THE FILLING FIRST? It`s doubtful, however, that even daily 2,500-milligram injections of coconut would do much for the pockmarked, russet complexion of Panama`s deposed Manuel Antonio Noriega, a confessed chocoholic (if not drug co-conspirator). "The Dictator's Suite" at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Miami is stocked with candies and other junk food, Oreo cookies being Noriega`s favorite.

Source: ChicagoTribune.com

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Exhibit #3

News of the Weird
May 02, 1991

Vanity Fair reports that Manuel Noriega always offers visitors to his prison cell Oreo cookies. Said Noriega's lawyer, "He may no longer be the ruler of his nation, but psychologically he still has this need to offer you hospitality."

Source: ChicagoReader.com

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Exhibit #4

He's Our Thug, And We're Taking Good Care Of Him

October 29, 1990

The government isn't revealing the cost of maintaining Chateau Noriega, which was custom-designed because an ordinary jail cell was too confining. Nor is it known which of the general's goodies - from deodorant to English-lesson tapes to his beloved Oreo cookies - are paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

Source: TheSeattleTimes.com


Case closed. This is the kind of weird stuff that gets thrown at you while attending fun and wonderful weddings around the world. Nabisco shoulda made that guy their spokesperson for the brand. Everything taken away, and he chooses Oreos for a treat. That's hardcore! You can't buy that kind of brand loyalty.

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