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Sunday, June 13, 2004
We would like to bring you a short update on Boca Chica’s Playa Vista this week. For those of you who have visited us regularly, occasionally or even just once you will know that we do try to maintain an all round decent standard, whether concerning the service or the facilities. You may also appreciate that at times it can be quite an uphill struggle, as we are battling with a fair range of natural elements, especially the constant salty sea breeze – good for beach-guests but not so good for the maintenance bill – and the occasional buffeting of the wind, not to mention the ever present natural inertia in getting things done in a country where getting things done in a snappy is certainly not the catchphrase followed. As if that wasn’t enough there is of course always the impossible notion of trying to please all our international as well as local visitors all of the time.
Nevertheless… we naturally try to attend to what needs to be done with a vim and a verve and if it doesn’t get done today then there is always the local useful fallback of mañana.
In recent months we have been attending to a general sprucing up of the external décor of Playa Vista and fixing the ravages of the sea corrosion particularly on metallic parts. This amounted, apart from general painting and maintenance, to the need for a completely new Sony stereo system not so long ago as the corrosion had entirely eaten the insides of our not so old Aiwa system away.
Now that the basic maintenance has been completed we are even making plans for a modest upgrade. Yesterday we got off to a flier. We completely thwarted the traditional local inertia in an almost completely frictionless move setting off for, inspecting, ordering, receiving and paying for some brand spanking new bar furniture… all accomplished in a matter of a few short hours.
We shall now embark on the next part of the project which is to improve the televisual aspects of the bar with a real big screen… a move that in it’s own good time just might please all the people all the time even if realism requires that we might ask the impatient customers to wait for a certain mañana!
Meanwhile seven years later:
We have tried to deal the best we could, under the circumstances, with the constant barrage of sun, wind, rain and salt throughout the seven years and right now after a particularly trying period the property has been taken back close to that decent standard that we used to be proud of.
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
We have just reached out to space at Playa Vista…. We have stretched the budget further than ever before to bring in TV channels, and lots of them, from an outer worldly satellite, emanating from our dear terrestrial neighbors in America first of course. If you should be in town desperately seeking a specific favorite show, movie or sporting event there is a good chance we might be able to help alleviate your desperation and make a search through the 600 or so channels that we now have on offer for you. This has even allowed us to pipe any of the numerous stereo music channels to the bar’s speakers too for further enhanced entertainment. On Sunday afternoons we have even begun what we hope to be a regular football pool – 30 pesos (very approximately one US dollar) buys a square and the chance of a 100 times return on your investment, if you have the matching half time or full time score, or alternatively enough to buy everybody a drink in the bar as our gallant first winner did first time around during the Virginia Tech versus Central Florida game. Cheers!
Meanwhile seven years later:
The football pool did indeed become a regular feature and a lot of fun was had with those football squares over the following seasons always adding spice to those Sunday afternoon football events along with enjoying watching the most successful team of that particular era, the New England Patriots.