Humberto Reunion and Too Toasted

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Towards the end of dinner, Olivia, the PR Chef, came by. She is one of our favorites and it is always wonderful to see her. She works so hard. She makes omelets in the morning at breakfast. She brings popsicles around the beach and pool after breakfast, she makes Caesar salads at lunch (new this visit) and she goes around to the different restaurants asking people how things are in the evening. She always has a lovely smile on her face.

When we were finished with dinner we went out on the balcony and took some pictures. It is a great view from there of the pool, and during daylight, the ocean. We could see the Stars Under the Stars going on.


We are a fine-looking group, I must say!

We then proceeded down to the party, where my dear Humberto was tending bar. He is so sweet and always has a warm welcome for me. (Photo courtesy of Steve Gargano).


Not only does this photo show how happy Humberto and I are to see each other, it shows the awesome back of the dress — really, the best feature of this dress.


I will admit, I was pretty well toasted at this point. But Humberto asked me if I wanted a chocolate martini, and he makes the best chocolate martini’s. He’s the one who got me hooked on chocolate martini’s. There was no way I was gonna turn him down.

“Yes, I’d love one of your chocolate martini’s.”


I took my chocolate martini (I think Zung asked for a water) and the four of us went and sat down. We chatted as I sipped my mana from heaven. Okay, I know that’s not right. Mana from heaven is miraculous food, not miraculous drink. But, you get the idea.

When I finished with my drink, I felt like I could drink another. But I wasn’t that well toasted. I knew I should stop. Or I’d be really sorry in the morning.

We said good night and walked back to our room.

I doubt I read before going to sleep because my vision was probably a little fuzzy.

Veeerrrryyy well toasted.

It had been a great day. We’d met so many nice people, new and old friends.

I fell asleep quickly at around 11:30-12. And slept well, for about 3-4 hours.

I often wake up at 3-4 am. I am a life long insomniac. I have trouble falling asleep. I have trouble staying asleep. I wake up too early. Waking up at this time is more common than not for me.

When I woke up in the middle of this night, my stomach was rolling.

Really? Seriously?

I thought I’d had too much to drink. It happens. I didn’t think I’d had THAT much to drink. But my stomach was begging to differ.

This is when you say to yourself, “Why? Why did I drink that much?” I said that for two hours. Alternating with, “I am not going to give in.”

After two hours, I gave in and cashed in my round trip meal ticket.

I can count on one hand, and have fingers left over how often this has happened to me as a result of drinking too much. I still didn’t think I’d had THAT much to drink.

I returned to bed and slept for a couple of hours. When I woke up at 6:30, I went out on the balcony, looking for a sunrise. I know it’s shameful that I have been to Mexico 19 times and never seen a sunrise. What can I say? I’m not an early morning person.

I didn’t see a sunrise. It was either too early or too cloudy. I went back to bed and to sleep.

When I woke up I felt crummy. It was mostly an unsettled stomach, as opposed to that, “I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck” PLUS the unsettled stomach that is characteristic of a hangover. But I was thinking hangover. So I popped some Nux Vomica (my miracle homeopathic remedy for excessive eating and drinking). Let’s just say, it didn’t work any miracles for me today.

Zung took a Zungrise picture and we headed off to Bella Vista for breaky.



This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. I have been following your blog for the last two years! Been to the Grand 4 times and love it! I have linked your blog onto my WordPress blog and many of our friends and family are following. Please don’t stop, we love to hear about Victor, Olivia and all the great people that make the grand so special! Gosh, I miss that place! Last time we were there was Feb of 2011. I think I miss the wonderful smell when you walk in the most! And the food, the drink….I could go on forever.

    1. Thank you! The Grand does have loyal guests. And their staff is the best.

  2. It definitely does and you are a very loyal customer!! So what do you think about the new glass door fronts on the ocean front buildings? I was sad to hear they were doing that, I loved walking out and feeling that ocean breeze through the hallway!! That always made us feel at home! :0(

    1. Doors on the OF buildings? AWFUL!

  3. Building 70 is still open and there is no glass doors yet thank goodness!

    And, yes I agree that smell when you walk in is wonderful.

    1. You got the Heaven’s Gate building. However, it was also Ragtop’s building. : (

  4. Love your trip reports!

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