Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Circus Is In Town

Mexico's oldest circus, established in 1888, hit Puerto Vallarta last week.

Circo Atayde


Bar Man is always up for a circus. In fact the Mysterious Chinese Woman sometimes comments that living with me is like being in a circus. I think she means that in a nice way, though. Anyway, a few of us decided to take the bus out to where the they had pitched their tent and take in the show.

And Here It Is


The show started at 6:30 P.M. and the box office opened at 4:00 P.M. The doors opened at 5:00 P.M. We got there shortly after 4:00 P.M., picked up our tickets and then headed across the street to the Holiday Inn for a few drinks before the show started. The lobby bar didn't open until 6:00 P.M. so we headed out to the poolside bar where they were having happy hour, and this made us happy.

Happy Hour At The Holiday Inn


That is Marcie, Dennis, Katherine and the Mysterious Chinese Woman above, but yours truly was there as well.

Bar Man And Beer, How Novel


Note my beautiful shirt, a gift from my buddy Rico, aka Bob. He and his wife Sandy will be down here in a few weeks and from the emails I have been getting they are counting the days. But I digress.

I wasn't the only one documenting our outing.

Katherine Clicking Away


Now I don't know exactly what Dennis was looking for here, the perfect blend of beers, I guess. More likely this was just before we were ready to head to the circus and he was finishing off everyone's dregs. I hope these were just the beers we bought.

Dennis The Mixologist



When I said we were heading across the street to the Holiday Inn, it was actually quite a street and quite a hike.

The Main Drag In Puerto Vallarta


After drinking several beers we decided we better take advantage of the facilities before we went into the show. We should have used the ones at the Holiday Inn.

Well, What Did We Expect?



In the lobby were several posters, and for some reason I like old style posters. So, without further adieu, here they are:









And then it was time to head in.

On To The Show


Our 300 pesos bought us great seats, front and center.

In Our Private Box


And Popcorn Too


I have pictures of the circus itself, of course, but I will have to post them a bit later. For some reason at some point during last night's dinner party someone, Bill, actually, suggested we all hike down the beach this morning to go to breakfast. And that is where I am off to.

Tonight we are having our Valentine's day dinner at Bohemio. I am looking forward to that. One of the owner's, Saul, is a real stitch. He took over the lead role in Stop The World I Want To Get Off from Sammy Davis Jr. on Broadway (many years ago) and last year reprised it here at the Santa Barbara Theatre. I will try to find the link to his video demonstrating how to make meatloaf and post it. It is a hoot.

Stay tuned, so much going on here that I am having a hard time keeping up. I still have some serious back-filling to do as well. And have a happy Valentine's day everyone. I bought a Valentine's day card, in Spanish, for the Mysterious Chinese Woman before we left for Puerto Vallarta, but forgot it at home. She, however, remembered to bring one for me. Haven't even had breakfast yet and I am already in trouble.