Thank God, Ernesto has finally left our fair shores. I haven't heard about a lot of damage, besides flooding in some of the barrios. There wasn't much wind at all.
Today was the first day we had sun in two days. It rained for 2 days straight, and I mean it RAINED. This hurricane season has not been bad at all. Last year, there were many hurricanes passing, though no direct hits to the island. I believe the last direct hit to the Dominican Republic was hurricane George in 1998.
This past weekend I went to the Hard Rock Cafe on Saturday night, for a drink with friends, and I was pleasantly surprised how many people were there. By the way, they make a mean Cosmopolitan. The place is really nice, if touristy, and the majority of the people there were upper-class Dominicans.
As I waited for the storm to pass, and it seemed that it was at least a week (though it was only 2 days), I continued to work on getting my site together (www.monaga.net). It is not completely where I want it yet, but it is getting there. I want to thank Mario Sessions for his help with the design and for hosting the site for me until I find a new hosting company. I want to make sure the site is updated with the latest for the Gay traveler to the Dominican Republic. The site will now have ads on it. I know, I know, I should have done this a long time ago.
Another good thing about the storm passing through is that it let me get more work down on my novel. It is in the VERY early planning stages. Right now, I'm just going through and writing down all the things that I remember. It will be fiction, so names will be changed, AND, it allows me some dramatic license to spice things up. Not that what goes on here need anymore spice. I know many people will think they know who certain characters are, but you will be surprised.
There are quite a few tourists here right now. And there will be many more arriving by the end of this week. It seems die-hards are going to come, curfew be damned. Good, can't wait to see everyone. It should be a very nice weekend for everyone.
This weekend, Jay-Dee's and David Lee, are hosting their Sports Bar Family Reunion. This Saturday and Sunday, David Lee and his crew, will be bringing it to you in the V.I.P. area of Jay-Dee's. For more information go to David's blog @ http://thesportsbar.blogspot.com. I hope to see you there!
Curfew update: Bars are still closing at midnight during the week and 2am on the weekends, but the military roadblocks that were setup in the Colonial Zone have disappeared. Most people have adjusted like it has been this way all along. I spoke with some people staying at an all-inclusive resort in Juan Dolio. They told me that after they left the city this past weekend and got back to the resort the alcohol was still flowing freely way past 4am. The all-inclusive resorts are exempt from the new rules.