Well, we did it. A couple of my crazy Canadian friends and I have entered into a partnership with an American ex-pat in Panama. We're creating a bar, to be called Cocktails, in Boquete. Our American partner already had things well underway and we're just stepping in to help out with finances and lots of (probably bad) ideas. We have a blog that will chronicle our progress and will likely contain more than a few irrelevant brain droppings of the partners.
My one Canadian partner and I were joking back and forth with each other about the fact that I rarely take an alcoholic drink and he doesn't drink alcohol at all. Given that this enterprise is being created with the express purpose of selling alcoholic drinks, does any of this make any sense? I barely think so.
None of the Canadian partners have met Pete, the American. Are we nuts? I don't think so. This isn't the first time that my money has met a business partner before I have. I have gut instincts about people and about business in general, about who and what to believe in. Sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm wrong. This venture should be fun -- if nothing else, I like the way Pete thinks and writes. He has an edgy, self-deprecating sense of humour and I like that. I just hope he knows how to mix a cocktail.
Mark and John, my other Canadian partners are an internet businessman and a business professor in a community college. Mark, like me, plays guitar. I don't think John plays anything, unless you count card games through some strange twist of logic that is too obscure even for me to fathom.
So there you have it. Certifiable, all of us. But we're having fun, so what else matters?
We're open for business near the end of February. Drop in.