Sunday, June 29, 2014

Palapa fire - Bigotes?

I think I got these some time ago on Canal 10 Melaque on Facebook .... but I really don't remember. What I do know is they were scanned from non digital originals. They even had little circular corners like a postcard might. So the fire is only rumored to be Bigotes burning .... I sure can't tell.  It could be anywhere.

The only think that tells me when these were taken is ... it's before the current andador / malecon at streets end.  I don't know or remember when it was built.

Taken in front of trailer park?


Beach looking east

Beach looking west

Friday, June 27, 2014

Worse than it looks from here

I know we got wet here in Melaque the last few days. Just try driving around and you'll see right away. What I didn't realize was "the river" overflowed and isolated 2 communities along with flooding banana plantations. All the huge river containment work done since Jova has been upstream and alongside Cihuatlan but further along the river banks are normal. 

El Rebalse on the Jalisco side and El Centinela on the Colima side are two small communities way down stream from Cihuatlan and basically unprotected. It's not like this doesn't happen a few times a year but it's usually when a large storm comes up the coast.   Both of these are very small communities of maybe 20-30 homes and I'm not sure Centinela even has a town square

El Centinela road

El Rebalse road

Probably near El Rebalse

Rio Marabasco

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Melaque's White Elephant

After spending many thousands of pesos for the San Patricio sports complex a few years ago it is hardly used and upkeep is being neglected. Maintenance under the direction of General Services Sports Cihuatlán Township was not properly considered and no budget allocated.

A few weeks ago the creation of a steering committee was announced, but the responsibility for funding and maintaining these public spaces in good condition is up to the authorities.

March 2102
Article from

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The end of an Era

Ava's Bar and Restaurant has lasted longer than any other place that caters to Gringos except maybe Roosters. Ava's was here when I moved down in 2005 but how long before that I don't know. I was a regular at Ava's for few years for music and get together's but didn't care much for their food. Roosters was here in 2003 but they have moved all over the area from Barra to Melaque with sometimes 2 or 3 restaurants at one time.

From what I heard Ava's moved out of their rented property to one a couple doors down last year. They renamed it Antiguo Bar Social which was a little too cute for my taste so I only stuck my head in once.  Nice palapa roof, rather narrow in front and gringos sitting at tables in front watching the world go by.   I have a hard time sitting down with gringos/anyone in a bar watching the world go by like something is going to happen .... unless maybe on the beach (grin).

So Jack is tired and kinda crazy lately.  He says running two bars is hard on the liver.  Liver has to effect the brain?  When asked if Bar Social would be open this summer he claims Ava's never closed.   Jack, Ava's closed every summer I've been here. Why, no gringos!!! Anyway, from a few weeks ago and being open all summer to now ..... Antiguo Bar Social is for sale we see that Jack is exhausted to say the least. Just another crazy old fart who needs to walk home and not drive ;)

Ava's a few years ago

A borrowed foto that I guess is very tasteful

Adios Ava's
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