Monday, March 28, 2011

Lido Shuffle

Lido be runnin' have great big fun

He really like them background singers

Friday, March 25, 2011

Metropolatian Riversdale

My lil home in Riversdale is very interesting and eclectic.  This post is still a DRAFT so you may want to go lower and check out Guatemala....

Here is Lake Riversdale.  When it rains west of us this becomes a river.  Also known as Black Creek.  Before we got electricity and cisterns to hold rain water, this was also the community bath.  As far as I know, the crocadiles in there never got any humans.  They no mess with me because if they bite me, I'll bite them back. 

The Riversdale Air Force doing a flyover.  Don't underestimate the damage they can do with thier "bombs"
Riversdale Marina

Riversdale fishing club.  We have a plethora of entertainment and educational activites for all interests.

Riversdale community center and aquatic club.  AKA Lost Reef Resort

SouthWest Central Riversdale

Central Metropolitan Riversdale

SouthEast Central Riversdale

Riversdale Agricultural Center and Pig Farm


Dog attacking the waves.  More to come later...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A little of Guatemala

Once upon a time, just a little while back, two buddies decided to take a little walk.  Dr. Nico and Dr Buzzard had been working so very hard and they needed a little break.  So they jump upon the Izusu pony and head out west from their little fishing and pig farming community to see what trouble they may be able to cause.

Upon hitting the main trail up by the Santa Cruz Village, these dos muy malo locos stopped to get some beer to help them decide which way to go.  For some reason the beers told them to head south on the southern trail.  Eventually, after many, many stops and many, many beers, these two hombres found themselves in a place called Hicattee.

“Holy shit” they both said and laughed as they had said the same thing at the same time.  There was nothing but caballeros and no electricity or water or even worse, no cold beer in that little community.  Plus, these two madmen didn’t even know for sure how they got there, but they did know the Isuzu pony had lost her ass, er muffler, on the way up the hill that had taken four tries to get her up to the top of it. 

So anyways, finding out they were by a major import/export port on the Guatemalan border, they decided to take another little walk and see what was over there.  So off on foot they go to see what adventures lay yonder. 

The walk down the Hicattee River and over into Guatemala wasn’t too bad.  They were only stopped by highwaymen twice, but Dr. Nico and Dr. Buzzard were not to be deterred and, although all kinds of rumors abound down there, the two doctors have assured everyone, that they know nothing about the criminal’s disappearances.  And they laugh with great memories each time the story comes up.

Unfortunately, all stories come to an end.  After rejecting the advances of several senoritas (yeah, right…) the two hombres went back to their home country.  Well, there was a small side track on the way.  But that is another story, for another time.

But back into the beautiful Belize, Dr Nico slept in the tree.  Dr. Buzzard slept on the back of the Isuzu pony.  A few days later the pony somehow figured out the way home and the los crazy bwais got beat up by their old hens. 

Well, that was once upon a time.  I heard somebody the other day say something about it might be time for a walkabout again.  I daan know --- just sayin....

By the way:  This story is a complete fabrication of fiction and any resemblance to anyone is completely coincidental.

Entry into the country

Taxi stand in Guatemala

Exit from Guatemala -- We daan need no stinking passaporte

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Japan Day in Belize City

It's Sunday morning (well it’s Sunday night now but I started this in the morning) and I'm having meat pies for breakfast at my friend's place on Eyre St. Will be heading back west and then south soon and will post pics tonight or tomorrow on my blog. We had so much good sushimi, sushi, California rolls, omuraisu, and other goodies. I'm stuffed. But I have more to take home whooooo hooooo!
I got to meet with the Japanese Ambassador and he was a really nice dude. But I got's say, his Cultural Officer was friggin hot! She got a smoking bod fa sure. I was the happy man to see her come by the after-event social and invited us to meet in Jamaica.  The old hen kept kicking me to try & stop me from staring, but it didn't work.  Sorry guys, I didn’t get any pics of her, but there are some other good ones below...

During Saturday night's dinner, our host, a Japanese businessman from Mexico gave a nice "shout out" for the efforts of my 7th Fleet comrades that are providing support and acknowledge how I used to work there in Yokosuka. I thought that was cool as some of my friends are still there and providing a lot of support.

Not confirmed, but I heard Western Union is going to match the funds and wire them for us. For a poor country like Belize, I think this is very cool. Our host for Saturday night’s dinner gave all volunteers dinner and drinks. At the end he gave me and the old hen a bottle of "Ron Flor de Cana" and a "Something Special Blended Scotch" for helping out.

Speaking of support, at the dinner we counted the money and we made almost BZ$12,000. I was amazed, and it is all donated to Japan relief efforts.  A very cool event all told.

Setting up the site
Still setting up Saturday Morning

A nice facility

The Japanese and Taiwanese Ambassadors chat

Lil kid enjoying

Beautiful lady and kimono

Another beautiful lady and kimono

Time to get to work

Her Japanese arts and crafts made a lot of money for the charity

Singing the Japanese and then the Belizean National Anthems

Ambassador discusses the disaster

I didn't know there was a Belize / Japan friendship society but they came and supported

Bowen and Bowen company donated some sodas to sell

Listening to the opening ceremonies

Now it's time to eat yeah!!!!

Selling food and having fun.  I was security man watching the cash

Peeps buying food tickets and having fun

Making friends

Good damn food man

More friendships being made

Pretty girls tasting good food

Queing up for more food

Ah luv Yakatori

Done eating and having fun.  Time to relax and check out the sites.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sunday at Coco Plum

Wow, what a lot of fun this last Sunday.  We were invited to a pool party at the Villas at CocoPlum here on the Placencia Peninsula.  I had been wanting to see the place, but just never set aside the time.

Sooooo....  with a party, free hor d'ceurve, and happy hour drinks, me and Esmeralda dropped by.  The band "Just Us" was playing and they are good.  In fact, a few weeks ago they helped me tune up my guitar so I can start practicing out on the beach again.

Mr. B was a great host and everyone was very cool.  Got to see a lot of my local buddies and Esmeralda had a lot of fun chatting with the other ladies. 

The rooms and entire property are all very well cared for.  A bit high-scale for and old salt like me, but the afternoon was very nice and I was impressed with the attention to detail of both the party and the property.  Here's a couple of pics of beautiful Belize. (But never fear, later I'll show you pics of the not-so-nice side of Belize.  I wouldn't be a good social anthropologist if I didn't go underground too).

Fun Times