Thursday, October 13, 2005
Okay, so it's been a while, but I'm back.
* Been feeling a little icky lately. As in many parts of the States, it has been raining like crazy here. I mean raining. I have been feeling very lazy and not wanting to do SHIT! But, of course I have to keep it going. Had another power surge at my building and blew out another microwave. Called the owner about it and she didn't return my calls, so I went over to her place of business and kinda got just a little "ignant." I don't recommend it, but unfortunately sometimes you have to. It's like when you buy a warranty on some item the store is all happy to sell it, but just don't come in trying to make good on it. I guess that is what has been getting me down, there are so many small thing wrong with the building and I am tired of fighting with this woman about it. I mean, is it my fault that she built the building and she didn't the shit right?
Before I moved to the DR I did a lot of research, read books, talked with Dominicans in NYC, etc. The recurring theme throughout was about how Dominicans didn't exactly have the best work ethic. I just refused to believe it. I thought, I am going to find educated, smart Dominicans and pay them a generous wage and I will show everyone. NOT!!!!! I used to read some of the comments on DR1 about doing business with Dominicans and thought, come on, it can't be that bad. It is, believe me. Now, I still LOVE the country, but I tell 'ya these motherfuckas will drive you to drink, A LOT!
* The other day I was pulled over by the police. It seems the car I was driving didn't have the proper sticker. I thought, okay, give me the ticket. But no, here they TAKE your license and you have to go pick it up at some office way over in west bumfuck. Okay, I thought I would reason with him, I mean the ticket was only for RD$20 pesos (65 cents!!!!). I then told him I was a tourist and leaving the next day, he didn't budge. Very nice (and cute!) about it, but he still took my license. Now, if I had listened to the people on DR1 I would only have a copy of my license. Lesson learned.
* Lawrence Goldsby, former owner of the Phoenix Bar, is here staying at the Monaga Apartments. It is really nice having him here. We have been catching up and I have been telling him about the drama that has been going on since he left. Fortunately, he keeps in contact with a few people and was giving me some good gossip. I am going to do an interview with Lawrence and post it here very soon. He's quite happy being back in England and he no longer drinks. To those that know him that is very good news. More later.
* There have been a string of robberies here lately. Not the pull out the gun and give me your money thing. The rage here is the snatch (from a motorcycle). David Lee had his chain snatched from around his neck in his neighborhood, which is pretty safe. And a client of Monaga's, Nena, had her purse snatched by a motorcycle bandit, all within days of each other. Fortunately, Nena was very smart, she only had her bank card and some cash on her (though it was still traumatic). She left her safe key hidden in her room. I think that is a good lesson. Don't walk around with ALL your credit cards, passport, or any other items of importance. LEAVE THEM IN YOUR SAFE. I don't know about all hotels, but at the Caribe Colonial if you lose your safe key it is $200 (U.S.) to have a locksmith open the safe and replace the lock. Food for thought.
* I have a rrrrrreeeeaaaaalllllyyyyy nosey neighbor that has a business across the street from The Monaga Apartments. He makes Mrs. Kravitz (from Bewitched) look disinterested. I knew moving onto a new block I would have to get to know people all over again. But this motherfucka was starting to get on my nerves. When I first moved in I went around and introduced myself. Some people will like you, and some won't. What can you do? The guy across the street is a tailor and so I went over and asked how much would it be to have some pants made. Thought I would ingratiate myself that way. Then I noticed he would bring a chair out with some friends and stare. I mean like he was in a trance. When people came from the airport he would come out of his shop to look. I mean, all we were doing was taking luggage out of the van, nothing too exotic. I thought he would get over it and go about his business. So, what I have decided to do is fight fire with fire. I now make it a point to come out when he is there, and do the same thing, STARE. He is now getting the point, now he pretends he is not looking and looks out the side of his head. He'll get over it. I went through the same thing in my old place. When I used to go into the colmado (bodega) people would stop talking and stare at me. I felt like Boo Radley (from To Kill a Mockingbird), but I have better coloring.
* I was contacted recently by Roy Arias, a Dominican living in NYC involved in the theater. Roy found my website and was intrigued by it. He is the head of a small theater in NYC and will be producing a play that has a character who is a buggaron. He and I had a great conversation and once everything is finalized I will be writing more about Roy and his play (along with other productions). Again, stay tuned.
* Okay, here is a blind item. There is a queen that has an apartment here, who was supposed to move out by May 30, 2005. He has not moved out and now they have put a lien against his passport. He will be allowed in to the country, but he won't be allowed to leave until this legal matter is resolved. Unfortunately, this person has a severe alcohol problem and sometimes loses grip on reality. He has accused everyone of being out to get him, and now NO ONE wants to be bothered with him. I received a forwarded email the other day where this person was trashing me beyond belief. He says that I'm really just an "apartment manager" and the owner of my building has decreed that I'm not allowed to live here, also that I didn't pay rent on my last building for 10 months, etc. Those were just some of the nice things. But, I wonder, what does that have to do with you moving your mattress, fan and the multitude of empty liquor bottles out of your former apartment? Oh well, I said this would happen. Tell you what, when they come to kick in the door I promise to take your fan and give it a good home. By the way, how's your "foundation" doing?