After getting over the shock of losing the Sports Bar, I have decided it is time to start living again. I have already starting interviewing other places to hold court. I will keep you posted as to my progress.
To that end (living again), let's see what has been happening here lately. I have gotten many questions on a variety of subjects and thought now would be the best time to address them.
Question: With all the drama with the closing of clubs it seems the gay scene there is withdrawing. Do you think I should still come and visit? Will I have any fun?
Monaga: The short answer is YES. But, I think only the individual can answer that for themselves. There are many things going on here, just like in all the cities of those reading this blog, but I don't think in anyway it means that we are not living in a represive state, or that gays are no longer welcome. As I have stated before, come, visit, have a good time. Just respect the country and its people and you will be fine.
Q: I just heard that the country has passed a law that the clubs and bars are going to have to close at 2am on the weekends. What will this do to the club scene?
M: The president, along with civic and church leaders have gotten together to come up with some plan to curb the spike in crime (delinquency). There are many discussions going on because most Dominicans don't go out until very late in the evening. There is much confusion and I think that a compromise will be found to allow certain districts to stay open later. Unfortunately, it is too early to tell what it all means. Personally, I don't see how this will curb crime, but what it will do is affect the economy, because thousands of people are employed by the nightlife industry. I promise to keep everyone abreast of the latest develpments.
Q: I was reading DR1 today, and they said that someone was robbed and killed in Santo Domingo. Has the crime gotten out of hand?
A: Personally, I don't think so. But, then I don't hang out in certain areas and I try to be careful. Just like I am in the States. I think what has gotten the populace up in arms is the brazeness of some of the young people who are "acting crazy." Is there crime here? Yes, but I don't think there is lawlessness and people running amok in the streets. At least that is my feeling on the matter. None of the other ex-pats (Americans & Europeans) has expressed any more concern than usual. I think you should take the same precautions you would take in any major city in the U.S.
Q: What am I going to do now that the Sports Bar is closed?
M: You are going to pick yourself up and go on living. It will be hard, I know. I am still taking sedatives, but I know I will be alright. There are many other things to do and places to go. You are going to be alright. I promise!
Q: Tell me, what really happened that the Sports Bar closed?
M: I think David covered the reasons thoroughly in his blog. Of course there are always going to be rumors. It is unfortunate, but most people don't want to hear the truth. They would rather hear about something sordid. I have heard several things. Here is what I know. He has no plans to reopen. He is NOT moving back to the States. And finally, he is going to be alright.
Q: I heard about the raid at Arena. Is it safe to go there?
A: Arena was closed because of some political things that went on. It is now open and all the people who were there before are now back. I went last week and had a great time. So, I would say yes, it is safe to go to Arena.
Q: What is going on with Monaga.com. The site has been down for sometime and I am starting to worry. Are you okay?
M: Thanks for the concern. I am fine. My domain name expired after 5 years and I was not the one who registered it, my first webmaster did. I had not spoken with him in a long time and needed to get in touch with him as his name and email address were listed. I finally got in touch with him (thanks to a Monaga blog reader!), but by that time the registrat put the name in something called "redemption" and wanted $155 to get the name again. I decided it was ridiculous and went and had http://monaga.net registered. In the meantime, I thought it would be good to freshen the site up and update all the shit I had neglected for so long. So, God willing, it should be up and running in a week.
Q: Where are you living? I heard you didn't have a place to stay and were eating cat food.
M: I have an apartment in the Colonial Zone, and thank God I have not had to eat any cat food.
Q: What do you know about this new club Rouge? When is it opening.
M: I received my invitation the other day and will be that the club to report about it for my blog readers. I know it is in Gazcue and heard it is supposed to be very nice. We'll see. I will give you my report on this and hope to take a few pictures.
Q: Is it possible to post more links about articles on the DR?
M: When I find something interesting I like to pass it on. But sometimes the stuff I find is junk. Check out the bottom of this entry for a few more.
Q: I met a guy there on my vacation and he and I have been talking on the phone. The other day he called to tell me that his daughter needed to have an operation or they would have to cut off her leg. He wanted $1500, but I told him I could only send $500. He then called me to tell me that he was robbed when he went to pick up the money, and could I send $500 more. Do you think I should?
M: There are many things I need to know before I can answer this question properly. Where did you meet this person? Did you have sex with him and pay him money? If he is a buggaron, then more than likely the story is not true. Unfortunately, there are those who come down here and fall in love with buggarones (basically a Spanish word for prostitute). Save your money and pay of some credit card debt. Always remember, money CAN'T buy you love. It can only buy you sex.
Okay, that is all the questions I could remember getting in the last couple of weeks. I hope this helps, but keep the questions coming. I will do my best to answer them.
Here are some interesting links:
Story in the Sunday Independent about women and sex tourism
A donkey was tortured for 9 days and beaten to death. Peta wants you to write the president.
Luxury resort being planned for Punta Cana
Miami Vice, starring Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell opens this weekend
And always remember, I love you'all for loving me.
Until soon ...