The World Famous Chicken Drop @ Pier Lounge!

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The stormy afternoon view from our balcony

Wow...today was here - the infamous San Pedro tradition of the Wednesday night Chicken Drop!  Silvina and I had decided to chill out at the hotel and pool during the day since we were supposed to be at the happy hour prior to the drop at 4pm.  Two females getting ready...we needed to start by 1pm...ha ha! 

As always, Mark was early and we were not ready to go just yet!  I was online chatting with a certain TB halfway around the world about the upcoming TB meet in Arizona a group of us are attending.  Ok, time to go and Silvina and I ran downstairs, only about 15 minutes behind schedule! LOL.  Mike and Michelle were coming too which was our first time all attending the Chicken Drop.  We got to the Pier Lounge which was a rather small bar and staked out our spots and enjoyed the 2 for 1 rum specials until 6pm.

Silvina and I enjoying Happy Hour
  Our new friends Jan and Kim from the snorkel trip the day before showed up and soon, we had made some other new friends and had the corner of the outside bar commandeered. 

Mark was very excited as Dennis Wolfe was playing under the canopy on the beach.  For those who belong to the Belize group on TB, Mark often posts stories/articles from Dennis's column.  Mark had to run down and talk wich him which I managed to get a photo from a distance.  Mike was kind enough to go down and take pics of them performing since we couldn't really get good ones from up on the bar area.  Silvina and I decided it was shots time and the waitress suggested coconut rum and something...Bailey's perhaps? Silvina will have to refresh my memory! LOL

Soon it was time to buy numbers for the drop and unfortunately, you could not choose your numbers, only random draws from the jar!! Sorry to Mel and Wendy who both wanted 8 and Brett who wanted 11.

Shot time!
  I ended up with nothing even remotely close to those!   I bought $5 BZE ($2.50 US) worth of numbers and then they opened another round of numbers for a second drop!  SWEET!  I went up again but sorry, no 8 or 11.  We settled in and waited for the first drop.  I was down taking video of this whole deal.  For those who have not heard what the Chicken Drop is....well, it's where they take a live chicken, feed it raw bacon and lord knows what else and some unsuspecting tourist gets to hold the bird, wave it around a few times, and then blow on its butt for good luck, prior to dropping it in the pen.  The chicken walks around on a board of numbers and whatever number it poops on is the winner.  The prize is $100 BZE or $50 US.
Look at that baby go!!!
  Not too bad.  Well, the only thing is, in order to claim your prize money, you have to clean the messy poop off the board first!  OMG!!!  I got some great video of the first drop which is going to be posted here!!

As we were sitting around waiting for the next drop, we saw our friend Russell...surprise surprise! LOL. He brought over another dive master for us to meet and it turned out to be our TB friend Wendy's friend, Michael.  I was excited to meet him after hearing about him from Wendy and Russell.  He was super sweet and I had to get a pic with him for her since she couldn't end up joining us!!! :-( 

The second drop was not going to be for awhile and everyone was getting hungry so they started to leave.

With Michael the divemaster from Aqua Dives
Silvina and I decided to stay since we had bought numbers for the second one and wanted to see how it turned out.  Well, good thing we stayed!! I was shooting video of the second drop when the darn chicken pooped between two numbers 76 and 80.  I happened to look down at my sheet while videoing and OMG..I had 76!!!!!  I handed Silvina the camera and ran off to clean chicken poop. Thank you Silvina for continuing to capture such a proud moment in my life!!! AAAACCCCKKKK. It is kinda funny I have to admit.  For whatever reason though, my camera kept shutting off during the 2nd drop video so there are a couple different ones but she managed to capture me in all my glory.  HA HA. 

Because the darn chicken pooped between two numbers, we had to share the prize which meant we were both cleaning up the poop!  She tried to hand it to me and go off but we ended up going together to dump the poop in the trash.

Claiming my winnings!! :D
  Ewwwww.  Silvina and I went up and I claimed my half of the prize, $25 US which paid for my bar tap for the night!!! LOL.

We ended up going over to Elvi's Kitchen a couple blocks away to meet up with the gang for dinner at that point. Now as payback for my little chicken poop, I opted to try their famous fried chicken.  HA HA HA.  Sorry buddy! After dinner we said our goodbyes to Mike and Michelle, Jan and Kim, and Mark, Silvina, and I headed off to Wet Willy's for Ladies Night. 

We arrived and Wet Willy's is this bar out on the edge of the dock which is pretty cool. It was pretty much empty when we arrived so we got a spot at the bar and settled in to watch the show.  Eeeewwww, some of the local girls were uh, well, hmmm, pretty skanky! We decided to make the pain of that go away by a few more shots.

Group dinner at Elvi's - Jan, Kim, Michelle, Mike, Silvina, me, and Mark
...we did some type of test tube shots - no clue what they were but we did 4 of them and didn't feel a thing. 

As we were sitting there watching everything, in walks Russell! LOL.  He hung out with us for awhile along with Jermaine who we had met the Sunday night before at Tacklebox.  After awhile, Russell finally conviced Silvina to dance with him a bit and I continued to talk to Jermaine when I felt a sharp pain in my foot like it was on fire......turns out it was sorta!  Russell had been trying to show off I think and knocked Jermaine's cigarette out of his hand which landed on my foot and burned the crap out of me!!! OUCH!!!! By this time, I was kinda ready to go and poor Mark looked like he was falling asleep so we decided to call it a night.

Silvina and I with Russell and Jermaine
 

Mark was driving us back on the golf cart and we took somewhat of a scenic route so Silvina and I could see more of the downtown area which was cool.  As we were getting back closer to our hotel, we spotted our friends from the police department in their golf cart going the other direction.  As we went to wave and say hi, Mark took a dip rather fast and I caught air.......hitting my head on the golf cart and instead of a "hiiiii" that came out, it was more like the sound of a bird dying!!! LOL. 

At last, we were home and Silvina and I headed up to get a couple hours of shut eye before doing it all over again! LOL

alyssa_ob says:
Congrats on winning the chicken drop!
Posted on: Nov 09, 2008
PrissyT says:
how funny! Well, i'm glad you won enough for the drink tab!
Posted on: Nov 06, 2008
travelman727 says:
I wish I could have cleaned up the chicken poop :-D
Posted on: Nov 06, 2008
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Silvina and I enjoying Happy Hour
Silvina and I enjoying Happy Hour
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Shot time!
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Look at that baby go!!!
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With Michael the divemaster from …
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Claiming my winnings!! :D
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Group dinner at Elvi's - Jan, Kim…
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Silvina and I with Russell and Je…
Although stormy, beautiful view
Although stormy, beautiful view
Silvina and I at the Chicken Drop
Silvina and I at the Chicken Drop
The beach around 4:30pm near Pier …
The beach around 4:30pm near Pier…
The chicken drop board
The chicken drop board
Mark talking to Dennis Wolfe
Mark talking to Dennis Wolfe
Dennis Wolfe performing
Dennis Wolfe performing
Another shot of Dennis Wolfe
Another shot of Dennis Wolfe
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I think Mike and Michelle were ca…
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Welcome to the Pier Lounge - Home…
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Awwww, the happy anniversary coup…
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Silvina and I - ready to see some…
Down the hatch!
Down the hatch!
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Buying our numbers for the first …
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LOL @ his shirt!
With my numbers, ready to win!! :D
With my numbers, ready to win!! :D
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Silvina with her numbers, ready f…
Silvina and I again
Silvina and I again
At the Pier Lounge
At the Pier Lounge
View to the chicken drop pen
View to the chicken drop pen
Getting ready for the drop!
Getting ready for the drop!
Silvina and I with our shots
Silvina and I with our shots
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She gave us the extra in the drin…
Explaining the chicken drop
Explaining the chicken drop
Russell again!!
Russell again!!
2nd drop and the lady from NY gett…
2nd drop and the lady from NY get…
Drop that chicken! :D
Drop that chicken! :D
Poor thing looks disoriented! LOL
Poor thing looks disoriented! LOL
Oh boy...there I am, ready to repo…
Oh boy...there I am, ready to rep…
As the embarrassment sets in, read…
As the embarrassment sets in, rea…
Silvina, Mark, and I at Wet Willys
Silvina, Mark, and I at Wet Willy's
Silvina and I with more shots at W…
Silvina and I with more shots at …
I am ahead!!! LOL
I am ahead!!! LOL
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