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Posted By: scott meyer

pisano - 03/16/02 04:56 PM

any of you have a run in with an old man who used to be the mayor of SP called pisano? we saw him several times in one night once he actually spit on a young local girl...another time he started shoving a fellow on a bicycle and another time was throwing a big old stick at one of the street vendors...the locals told us the police won't do anything about him because he used to be one of the richest men on the island....it's very disturbing for tourists to witness and i would think they do something about it
Posted By: sweetjane

Re: pisano - 03/16/02 05:07 PM

LOL! yeah, any of you ever heard of him?! i am surprised to hear of this. he is a regular character there. but i do not remember anyone ever saying he was violent in any way. just, well, creative.

do a search on him and read other's accounts. they see him very differently...
Posted By: rickcheri

Re: pisano - 03/16/02 05:13 PM

We talk with Paisano every time we're there!! I, too, am surprised that he was acting violent in anyway??? Maybe he was having an exceptionally bad day??? Just take his stick away from him and tell him to behave...it usually works...he is quiet harmless.....the girl he spit on, should have just spit back!!!! C Ya gotta learn how to handle him!!!
Posted By: Chloe

Re: pisano - 03/16/02 05:21 PM

He is very entertaining, we invited him to eat dinner with us at Fido's and he did, great fun, he had us laughing, the other tourist looked at us like we were crazy. He then went on stage and played us a tune on his air guitar, to repay us. He is a one man show. Sorry to hear he was acting out. He asked me for BZ$10. so he could get his injection for pain. Gave it to him, so he would not ask me again during my stay.
Posted By: LaurieMar

Re: pisano - 03/16/02 07:23 PM

I was aware of Paisano before my arrival. On the first night of my vacation last May, we run into him at Fido's. He is quite amusing, to say the least. I gave him 5 bucks and told him to please get something to eat with it. He came back later in the evening and showed me that he bought some chicken and coca cola. Thought that was kinda cool! Also saw him do the air guitar thing. Too funny.
Posted By: Rhon

Re: pisano - 03/16/02 07:43 PM

I am suprised to hear that as well! We talked to him a few weeks ago. He gave my six year old a big smooch on his forehead. Lol..the poor child still hasn't recovered.
While on the subject though....there was another guy walking along the beach and selling wood carvings that was quite obnoxiousand a little scary. He apparently wasn't selling much so he was saying..um..not very flattering things about American's as he walked along. I saw him do this a number of times and one night as he walked by the Mayan Princess he shouted up to anyone in general..A..H****!! Did anyone else see him? I would say he will be a problem. Other than that though everyone is extremely nice there I found.

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Posted By: Debbie

Re: pisano - 03/17/02 06:23 AM

I've seen Paisano get angry, but rightly so, as he was treated badly. I didn't blame him. Someone MUST have rubbed him the wrong way. I've never seen him violent either. He's funny, entertaining, endearing, and fascinating if you can get him to talk. He's Lebanese I believe.... something like that. My husband made the big mistake of greeting him in arabic. (It was the only phrase he knew. Learned it from a foreign graduate student) Paisano was overjoyed. Since hubby has a black beard, he was convinced Hubby was an arab and chattered away in arabic. He rushed up to greet him every time he saw him. Even cleaned a conch shell and offered it as a gift. We fed him a couple times. He's harmless, and very interesting. Someone must have hurt him in some way for him to act like that. He's mischievious, but not mean.
Debbie
Posted By: Rhon

Re: pisano - 03/17/02 07:20 AM

Debbie...you are probably right. My husband reminded me that on our previous trip there was an incident where some local kids were teasing him and he was
rightfully pi***d.
Posted By: Laguna Punta

Re: pisano - 03/18/02 03:31 AM

Paisano has his good days and his bad days. The authorities would probably do something with him, but the jails in the mainland won't take him anymore. They will just send him back to San Pedro. I understand that he REALLY disturbs the peace and tranquility at the Hadieville jail.
Posted By: cjd

Re: pisano - 03/18/02 04:02 PM

I first experienced Paisano last year when I was walking by the soccer field (near the Catholic school) and I stopped to watch a bunch of kids playing a game. Paisano walked right across the center line of the field and all the kids just played around him like he wasn't even there. It didn't phase anybody. I guess he's quite a fixture in San Pedro.
Posted By: scott meyer

Re: pisano - 03/18/02 04:17 PM

it sounds like we must have saw him on a
bad day.....judging by some of the replies
it seems as though throwing sticks at and spitting on people is acceptable behavior as long as you spit back! (bodily fluids do carry diseases) all i can say is if i see pisano again i will just clear out of the area quickly that's probably why the street vendors don't like him much.
Posted By: LaurieMar

Re: pisano - 03/18/02 04:27 PM

If Paisano only knew he was "famous" (or infamous) on the world wide web. . .
Posted By: Chloe

Re: pisano - 03/18/02 05:31 PM

He knows about the message board.
Also he has been in some movies.
He is in Lawrence of Arbia, rent it, you will see him as a young man. He is not in the first of the two tapes. So just play the second tape.
Posted By: Jackson&Shauna

Re: pisano - 03/18/02 06:17 PM

We also met the old guy. Heard the rumours that he was once the richest man on the island and owned half of it, didn't believe it until our tour guide confirmed. Had a few funny run ins with him and he'd ask Jackson for a cigarette whenever we saw him or jump on the back of our golfcart for a ride (then we'd see him turn and walk the opposite direction...probably was just bored and wanted a ride...don't know). But, we were all out for supper at Caliente's one night, and one of the guys with us (Barry) has an Arabic tattoo on his bicep. Pisano walked up to our table to get a cigarette and asked Barry for $10, and Barry told him he would give him the money if he could read the tattoo. With no hesitation, he said what was on Barry's arm 3 times, and it is Barry's ex-wife's name written 3 times circling his arm in 3 different forms of the language (I know that one is in Arabic for sure, but the other two times I'm not sure about). I thought that it was only on Barry's arm once, and that is how I found out that he had her name on there more than once. That's how we found out that he is middle eastern decent...and Barry gave him $20. Seems like a harmless old guy (but don't be fooled, I think he is a very smart man that just took some wrong turns in his life). So, that is our story about the old man in San Pedro.
Posted By: rickcheri

Re: pisano - 03/19/02 07:12 AM

You are totally correct, If you get to set down with him sometime, he knows everything about the island, especially from the old days, and he knows who you need to talk with to make it there.. He is a very smart man, I'm lookin at a pic here, air guitaring... What a guy... We have had never a problem with him... You Rock ole boy!!!!!! Rick
Posted By: Laguna Punta

Re: pisano - 03/21/02 12:13 AM

But for the Grace of God, there goes I.
Posted By: Mosquitorose

Re: pisano - 03/21/02 06:00 AM

ok, here's a challenge for you...what is Piasano's real name?

MR
Posted By: sweetjane

Re: pisano - 03/21/02 12:35 PM

clark gable?
Posted By: Grace

Re: pisano - 03/21/02 03:33 PM

Is this Conch Man?
Posted By: KimBehindDoorNbr3

Re: pisano - 03/21/02 04:21 PM

...I gotta go with DB Cooper...
Posted By: jsbfan

Re: pisano - 03/21/02 06:29 PM

Jimmy Hoffa?
Posted By: BankerWoman

Re: pisano - 03/21/02 06:56 PM

His real name is "Habib". How many Belikins is that knowledge worth, MR?
Posted By: dec

Re: pisano - 03/23/02 06:39 PM

Rhon said:

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While on the subject though....there was another guy walking along the beach and selling wood carvings that was quite obnoxiousand a little scary. He apparently wasn't selling much so he was saying..um..not very flattering things about American's as he walked along. I saw him do this a number of times and one night as he walked by the Mayan Princess he shouted up to anyone in general..A..H****!! Did anyone else see him? I would say he will be a problem. Other than that though everyone is extremely nice there I found.


I think we ran into this same guy a couple weeks ago. We were staying at Paradise Villas and a guy came on to the property selling wood carvings. He joked at first that if we bought one he wouldn't have to rob us the next time we came. Then after we declined he started ranting about tourists overrunning the island and ruining it. We joked about it through the week, but he did seem a bit scary.
Posted By: NYgal

Re: pisano - 03/23/02 07:09 PM

It sounds like Piasano is going through ups and downs...
Maybe he has had some of the not talked about smoke or candy.

The poster child gone amiss.
Sad
Posted By: Debbie

Re: pisano - 03/23/02 07:17 PM

"Paisano" doesn't sell wood carvings.... These are two different people. The wood carvers we ran into were using the wood carvings as a front for their drug sales. They WERE scarey....
Debbie
Posted By: KBG

Re: pisano - 03/23/02 11:23 PM

REMEMBER WHERE YOU ARE
Pisano, is a fixture of SP if you think back I am sure there is someone like him in your home town. But he makes SP what it is. Enjoy him for what he is.
KBG
Posted By: KBG

Re: pisano - 03/24/02 12:30 AM

ONE MORE THOUGHT
Until we have been everywhere, experienced everything and lived all the life Pisano has lived and moved to Belize the rest of us are just "Wanna Bees" and cannot judge Pisano. Except Belize and it's characters for what it is. Wish I was there. KBG
Posted By: KBG

Re: pisano - 03/24/02 12:30 AM

ONE MORE THOUGHT
Until we have been everywhere, experienced everything and lived all the life Pisano has lived and moved to Belize the rest of us are just "Wanna Bees" and cannot judge Pisano. Except Belize and it's characters for what it is. Wish I was there. KBG
Posted By: Rhon

Re: pisano - 03/24/02 04:06 AM

DEC.......yes the guy we ran into was scary. It wasn't just one time it was a # of times during out 16 day stay involving us and others. He was quite tall and slim with corn rows. Was that the guy you encountered?

DEBBIE......No it definately wasn't Paisano! We had nothing but nice experiences with him.
<read what I wrote above>

While on the subject...did anyone see the painting of him, conch shell in hand in Iguana Jack's??? Lol ..he has definately exceeded his 15 minutes of fame!
Posted By: Mosquitorose

Re: pisano - 03/24/02 06:39 AM

ahhhh...Banker W, I need his full name lol.
and maybe his age more or less. Then we'll talk beer lol.

MR
Posted By: seashell

Re: pisano - 03/24/02 10:43 AM

Rhon, this woodcarver that you met, the tall one with the corn rows in his hair, was he quite young and very very thin and did he most often wear basketball player type clothes and a head scarf?

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Posted By: Rhon

Re: pisano - 03/24/02 11:53 PM

Yeah Seashell that sounds like the guy definately. Young guy with that type of clothing. I remember he was pretty tall. You know who he is? Actually the more I think about it he had to have been sampling whatever merchandise he was selling. Rhonda
Posted By: seashell

Re: pisano - 03/25/02 01:48 AM

Now I've got to ask. dec, is this the same guy that scared you too?

Yes, I met this young fellow a couple of months ago. The first time I met him he approached me on the beach. He was trying to sell me a fairly ugly spider. [Linked Image] I politely turned him down and he made a second effort but upon my second polite refusal, quietly and calmly went on his way. The next time I met him, he did not remember that meeting, however, he wasn't trying to sell me anything, he just felt like talking to me. Though he was capable of being humorously aggressive in his efforts to speak with me, all in all, I found him to be very gentle with a great sense of humor and a kind of spirituality. I also thought he was probably a little stoned from time to time but certainly never saw the slightest bit of threatening behavior. I must say I'm quite disconcerted by your reports.

With regard to his saying that the tourists have wrecked the island, I never heard him say anything like that, other than to express his concerns that too much fast growth will be bad for the island. I can't help but wonder what would have brought that on. With regard to him yelling and swearing up at the people in the Mayan Princess, I'm astounded. I would never have imagined it was in him.

He always tried to engage me in conversations and often if I had the time I would talk with him. He appeared to be really into his art and talked about his freedom quite often. I would tease him about his hair and his clothes and he always took it quite well and just laughed along with me. One day he ran all the way up the coast just because he felt like it. I found him quite engaging and obviously, I'm staggered by these reports.
Posted By: BankerWoman

Re: pisano - 03/25/02 03:48 PM

MR - C'mon, you're straining my brain here. Guess I'll have to buy my own Belikins. Not a clue past Habib. Maybe I'll ask him in person next month when we're there. Gettin' in the AC frame of mind! [Linked Image]
Posted By: Rhon

Re: pisano - 03/26/02 04:57 AM

Seashell...wow. I just can't believe this is the same guy then even though the description fits. I was there quite some time and I saw him pull this about three times. Once with my husband and my six year old standing there! Truely if it was the same individual that you liked ,well sad to say he must have developed some bad "habits". That is all I can think of I wasn't "feeling the love "from this one. Very sad if it was him. Rhonda
Posted By: seashell

Re: pisano - 03/26/02 06:26 AM

Yes Rhon, there's no question I'm disappointed about this state of affairs. I was there for 18 days and knew him for about 10 of those and either saw him or spoke with him just about every day, sometimes more than once a day and a couple of times for longer than an hour. He was always pretty respectful to me. More so than many of the other boys, that's for sure. I'm saddened now because thinking of him had always made me smile. I can't help wondering if he's had something happen to him or if my radar was just *totally* turned off.

The other thing that is so odd about it, is how could I have seen him so often and not have caught the same act you did? I just can't help wondering what's the matter with me. Was I so blissed out on AC that I missed it all? On the other hand, maybe he's got a bipolar disorder and he was OK when I was there. I just don't know. It's all very strange. Of course, if he does have a bipolar disorder that might explain how he had the energy to run up the coast and back. :^) You don't see too many locals hurrying anywhere, let alone going for a 10 mile run.

Please don't think that I am doubting you. I am not at all. I'm just confused about the whole thing. I mean this young fella made me laugh every time I spoke to him. I feel bad for him that he so obviously has something wrong with him.


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