Pook’s Hill

Updated: Where were you when the lights went out?

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Editor’s note: Updates on June 17 include new information on our electricity situation, the removal of some huge crocodiles and the launch of a new internet radio station in San Pedro, called “The Breeze.” How is that for newsy?

Now on to our story …..

Always lead with your moment of Zen, and here it is.
Always lead with your moment of Zen, and here it is.

 

Day three with no electricity.

I grow disoriented. Energy levels have dipped dangerously low. Isolation drops like a black curtain around me. There is no communication with the outside world. No stove, no microwave, no air conditioners, no WiFi, no TV — and as of today, no hot water.

I don’t know how much longer we can last. This may be the final message you receive from me, as it feels as if our oxygen supply has been cut off. Certainly the Internet has been cut off.

I … see … in the distance … a brilliant … white …. I …

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Chicken Drop epiphany: Some things you only need to do once

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Thursday night's "World Famous Chicken Drop" at Wahoo Bar in downtown San Pedro. The drama builds as the chicken struts, pauses, struts some more. Pauses. Struts. And finally, poops!  Ideally on a number you have drawn.

Thursday night’s “World Famous Chicken Drop” at Wahoo Bar in downtown San Pedro. The drama builds as the chicken struts, pauses, struts some more. Pauses. Struts. And finally, poops! Ideally on a number you have drawn.

On Thursday,  I drove into town to do the one thing I have avoided successfully for 10 months: The World Famous Chicken Drop at the Wahoo Lounge.  Avoided, yes, but just the same, it gnawed at my curiosity.

“You need to do the Chicken Drop at least once,” said the collective voice of all San Pedro.

It is like the Poker Run and floating in tubes with a  bucket of cold beers at the Palapa Bar. These are the little mini-tattoos of Belize experience that you attach to secretive parts of your body — and show to others on a need-to-know basis.

“Yes, I’ve been to the Chicken Drop. Thanks for asking.” Read the rest of this entry »