Sunday, February 21, 2016

Cafe Kitsch kitchen

10:30am - Over the last few days I learned that Cafe Kitsch serves other things besides all kinds of coffee drinks. So, today I asked if they prepared a cut-up fruit plate. They did! So, I ordered a cut-up fruit plate with my American coffee.

The morning coffee klatch lasts 1-2 hours. Then the people drift off. That's when I use the Cafe Kitsch WiFi to make a blog post.

Pushy shoe shine boys
11am - I mentioned to others at the coffee klatch, that most of the shoe shine boys cave in after only asking me once if I want a shine. Being that I have experience in sales, I have learned that it takes more than one attempt to close to make a sale.

But that does not mean that a shoe shine boy should ask the same question, over and over again.

One shoe shine boy just tried this close: "Please let me shine your shoes. I need food."

Wow! Strong close!

Living in Guatemala
2:30pm - I am not not sure if I wrote to you before about what I am doing here in the Town of Panajachel, Guatemala. But if I did, it is likely worth writing again.

I am here to simply live in this foreign place. Not to tour. I've already done that. But just to be here, and enjoy daily life here.

Often I stand at the side of a road, and just observe. Or do the same kind of observing while enjoying lunch or supper. It is thrilling for me to do this. Because I am doing it here, far away from home. Not rushed. Simply here.

My friend Panchito
Do you remember my friend, Panchito? I knew him for several years. That was when I lived in the Pueblo of Santillan  [State of Queretaro, Mexico].

Panchito and his father, Don Pancho, co-owned a large, very successful body shop. Father and son were both murdered while they slept inside that body shop. That was in August, 2013.

Just a little while ago, I was online with Google Map looking at the street view of the body shop. I was astounded to see in the street view, none other Panchito himself, talking to a customer at the entrance to the body shop!

Apparently, just when the Google street view camera drove by, Panchito was standing in his driveway and got captured in the pic! Remarkable!!

My blog story about that terrible day may be read by clicking [here].


  1. I am glad you are enjoying your days there, George. Indeed I do remember the day you found your friends murdered at their body shop. I was appalled that this happened to them also when you wrote about it. I wonder if it was ever found out who did such a thing and how their families are faring. You be careful and stay safe, too. Hugs!

  2. Dear George. I, too, remember that terrible day. I imagined what it would have been like to be you having that experience. Don't want to remember it. I imagine it was surprising to see Panchito's face! Meanwhile, from my point of view, your trip to Guatemala, your return to blogging---talking to us (me!) is nothing short of miraculous, given the road you have come down. Enjoy your days my friend. And thank you.

  3. I too remember Don Pancho and his son Panchito. It seem Panchito would disappear for days and not meet schedule car repair appointments....I always thought Panchito might have been into drugs or gambling...something shady. Anyway, I think google uploads their maps every so often. Suprising to see someone dead alive on camera!!

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