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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

  A chance encounter in San Juan Del Sur

I had a couple drinks with Eduardo Montealegre this past evening.

I don't know which is more unlikely - the Nicaraguan Liberal (ALN) party's candidate for president in 2006 just showing up unannounced in a bar/restaurant or me sitting at the bar in the first place (I am not much of a drinker).

Mr Montealegre came in second (28.3% of the vote) in 2006, and he's currently running for mayor of Managua in the upcoming (November) election.

We had a "frank exchange of views" - on everything from Jimmy Carter to 9/11 - being that I did not identify myself as a member of the press, and I had at least one sheet to the wind I will keep what we talked about private - it was pretty obvious that all he wanted was a nice night out with his family.

Can you imagine any politician at the national level in America just getting out mingling with the normal folk without it all being staged somehow?

The last politician to do that in America was Jesse Ventura.

Anyway, I got home and slept it off, and got up to write down what I remembered discussing and figured I should blog a little. I kind of cringe now at what I said about America's security theater post-9/11 - "Ziplock! Keeps in the terror".

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