It has been awhile since I've laid my Monaga wisdom upon you. This is going to be a hodgepodge of stuff. So, here goes:
First, I'm not fixing the photos, it is just too much work and I have so many things to do. I will learn for the next time, I promise.
DIH2 was great and it was nice seeing so many people come together. One of the best things about this year's event was that there were many more Dominicans participating than last year. There was even commercials on television and radio. Kenny and Laurence are now taking a well-deserved break. I plan on bringing you something with Kenny and Laurence soon.
One of the highlights for me this past weekend was meeting many Dominicans who enjoy the blog. One particular person sticks out is Joel Luna. He approached me in front of the CODIA mansion and really made my spirits feel good. It is great when I hear from others, but I'm really interested in what Dominicans think of the blog, as I don't want to be disrespectful of their country or culture. Thanks again, Joel. Now where is the email you were supposed to send me.
The other great thing about this past weekend is that I got a chance to see some Dominicans I don't see very often. People like Juan Rojas, who owns a modeling agency here. Fernando, who is one of the promoters of Escandalo Nights in NYC, and a great supporter of Monaga, was also here. Also, Brenda "Revlon" Unforgettable decided to grace us with her presence. Her first words to me were, "I know that I'm back in my country, because I had to get dressed in the dark." She and her family are building a house here and don't have back-up power yet. But, you know my old adage when it comes to the Dominican Republic, ADAPT OR DIE!
All the venues were packed and ARENA even painted and had a new sound system for the Black and White Party. Unfortunately, they only rented the system and it was gone the next evening and the sound was back to being horrible. I just don't understand how a nice club like that can offer a really sub-standard sound system. But kudos to Kelvin. He really worked hard to make the club nice for the party. To the ARENA bosses if you're reading this, GIVE THAT MAN A RAISE!
As one party clears out, another party gets ready to start. Mario Sessions is bringing his crew down this week for his annual birthday celebration. People have already started arriving today. You can go to www.santodomingodirect.com for more information.
Here is something I wanted to bring to your attention. Vicki, co-owner of the Sports Bar, was in Paco's Restaurant last week with some friends. It was maybe 4 or 5am and the place was packed. One person in Vicki's party kissed her boyfriend on the cheek and it caused a controversy as they were told they couldn't be served. Vicki then told other Americans who were in the restaurant about the incident and they all decided to get up and leave. I have spoken with several people there at the time who confirm the incident. Now, I have been at Paco's at times of the day and night, and I have never personally witnessed any kind of discrimination like that. I think we all need to be on the lookout for any kind of shade, as gay people and gay Americans in particular spend a lot of money there. I will keep you posted.
In May 2006, it will be the 5 years since I started Monaga. One thing that I have been thinking about is how to celebrate. Yes, I want to give a party, but I would also like to do something else. Then the idea popped into my head about having the Monaga Blog Awards. Just something funny to do here on the blog. We can have categories like best bar, most talented buggaron, best restaurant, etc. It is just a thought. I am looking for some categories and I know my dedicated readers will give me some good suggestions. Just remember, I HAVE THE LAST WORD ON THE WINNERS. Though I will be accepting bribes. Maybe we can give away some prizes, have a buggaron auction. Who knows.
I have tried two Dominican remedies for what ails you to be very helpful. Disclaimer: I am in know way saying that this will cure anything. Just saying that it did wonders for me and I think it might be helpful for others. When you have a cold (gripe, pronounced gri-pay) you should try some straight Dominican (or it could be any premium rum) rum with lime. If you have a sinus cold it really helps. If you have an upset stomach, or a little hangover, what you might be given (that works miracles) is club soda, salt and lime. Try them all in equal parts. Now if you don't drink, sorry. Just skip this paragraph.
Lastly, if you need airport transfers, check out Gerardo de la Rosa. Go to www.monaga.com/airport_transfers.htm for more information.
Until next time, enjoy the blog!