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Life After Luau

Turning up the volume on the Signal and Pulse of THE GOD MOLECULE today. Forget about "near death experiences" and DMT. The light at the end of the tunnel may have been cancelled due to freakonomic budget cuts. So what: You can't ingest or possess or own or buy this stuff.You can only tune into it.

Madeira, named after the island it is made on, is like no other wine in the world; but Funchal , is like no other island I have been on, including the Hawaiian ones.

The reason being it is Kauai and The Big Island, Maui and Oahu, all in one spot--It has the botanical gardens of Kauai; the hip and trendy downtown of Oahu; the sub tropical climate of Aloha;, the passion fruit, bananna & mango trees and sugar cane of Maui; and it's really a beautiful place on earth and piece of heaven.

Eddie Would Go

Oprah has misstated law of attraction. You do not attract what you want. You attract what you are. That's how the law of attraction works in Hawaiian Huna, and this is how it certainly works around here too.

Sunshine on my shoulders-

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Wherever I go there I am: Mr Right Now, under the foot of the Mediterranean Sea and under the Andalusian sunshine, meets Mr Jones.

There's a black-haired-flamenco-looking girl watching her boyfriend playing guitar. Think---The Counting Crows...Cut Maria! Show me some of them Spanish dances...

Not everyone knows that one of the GR8st Artists of the 20th century, Pablo "Everything you can imagine is real" Picasso was born in Málaga, one of the warmest climates in Spain.

As one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world thanks to the Costa del Sol, where life is a beach, I had to check this place out.

The Friendly Skies-United Breaks Guitars

I finally got my luggage back from United Airlines travel partner, Air Italia- After 5 days! Sure enough, their universal power tool--duct tape was wrapped around my Samsonite. Can't someone make a suitcase out of Black Box material just in case Italian ground crews are offloading our stuff,WTF?

How much does my luggage cost? About $180 million dollars..

Shout Out To Dave Carrol

Dave's song titled 'United Break Guitars' which he put online in a YouTube clip steered bad PR and "caused" United Airlines’ stock price to plunge by 10 per cent, costing shareholders $180 million. It has had over 3.9 Million views.

Hay Dave, can you sing that song in Italian?

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Hump Day- It's not just on Wednesdays.

It's on like Donkey Kong in Afrique Du Nord. Here I am with Dude and his significant other, Joe Camel. This fine lad has decided to date outside his species.

He'd walk a mile for his camel; begging the question-What is more hazadous to his health--- smoking a camel or sleeping with one?

My Life According to U2's Beautiful Day Lyrics continues...

see the Bedoins fires at night
See the oil fields at first flight
and now that Air Italia has lost my luggage...

what you don't have you don't need it now
and the fact that everyone is speaking Italian to me...

what you don't know you can feel it somehow
It's a Beautiful Day

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No man is an island but everyone is a crowd

Like Nietzsche, when I think of Venice, I think of music, only not Wagner, but Madonna.

Venice is a city whose canals, gondolas, madolins, guitars, accordians, and picturesque buildings seem little changed since the Renaissance..I'll never forget the MTV Like A Virgin shoot. Yet, the the city can't really accommodate the new, just the now.

One Day Instant Tourist

As a pre-packaged tourist-or Pendolaro, it is clear that the end of Venice as a city of Venetians is upon us. I am about to become part of the 80%ers-who stay less than a day in the lagoon. It's not just visited by tourists, but inhabited by them. Even though I am hitting it and quitting it, it seems in the gaze of locals that "we" are just one critical mass, and more than that, from their POV, "always here" and "Here comes everybody!".

Yet it remains the epitome of the tourist experience, created and re-created in an instant feedback loop of desire and demand.

A Tale of Two Cities

It is easy to see the difference between the cardboard Venice that created a manufactured Vegas Tourist attraction and overwhelming kitsch , and the live version where the PIPL are custodians of an organic destination spot, saturated in meaning.

Venice and Vegas, however, usurp their own publicity.They both produce and export nothing. The both use the same business model:They both blend entertainment and information. They both eploit cash bearing adventure-seeking tourists. The three C's crowd-cash, condos and cars-meet the 3C's-- culture, consumption and conferences.

See Capri and die. To See Venice, you must die first...

With the highest density of ice cream shops in Europe, there's plenty of Gelato. In fact, that is the only thing Venice you actually consume, everything else is actually consuming the image of a vintage Venice of frozen yet beautiful architecture.

I'm living the dream er I mean, Being here is better than the dream. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas verses Death in Venice. Make the call.

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Old Dog. New Tricks

@Kathy's with His Holiness' the 4th and 5th Dalai Lama's of Tibet.

You can teach an old dogma new tricks.

I shall call these two K9's Snowball and Lift Ticket.

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Dijon Vu

Biking around Venice and MDR, Marina Del Rey-Same old Mustard!


Bob Reif's Lawn Guyland (Long Island) Accent-from the Reif Archives Summer of 2009

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Back to One

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Wheat Grass PIPL

Who ever thought you would eat at a gas station? Get-it-your-Self service has taken a new turn in la la land (Los Angeles)--while walking into the local organic smoothie shop, the owner said, "I'm kinda busy, could you get it yourself...and make me a shot too".

Juice Jockey

He was talking about wheat grass. The health claims range from increasing energy to improving digestion The chlorophyll, minerals, vitamins, amino acids and other nutrients in a one ounce shot, contains multiple benefits: including anti-aging powers, a GR8 detox, and it helps in building up lean muscle mass and burning body fat .

You are not what you eat, you are what you assimilate.

Green Juices are the highest in food value. Drinking nutritionally dense Wheat grass juice, for instance,the nectar of rejuvenation, the plasma of youth, the blood of all life, liquid chlorophyll, is probably the best thing you can do.A shot of grass will reconfigure your entire bloodstream and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. Yes, you can get a real high off the stuff.

If you think you're wimping out because it's some hippie thing to do, imagine cows that graze on this stuff, they get from zero to hero, about three hundred pounds in six months living off these wild grasses! There's real food value in grass! But juice it, our stomach's can't take it otherwise

This is your brain on Cowboy French Fries

In the land of plenty where the whiter the bread the quicker you’re dead, bread is not the staff of life, fresh fruit and vegetables are- So I'm eating(and drinking) my colors, including the lean and green wheat grass.

Eat It Raw-Are you an AmeriCAN or an AmeriCAN'T

The art of conscious eating...It’s all about the water content, all about the food value. When you eat it raw, you get both higher levels of water content and greater food value. I've been switched on to a living foods diet these days.


It is easier to change your religion than your diet, Uncle Sam's unhappiness-SAD, the Standard American Diet , is where more people die from overeating than starvation. McMurder, er I mean Mc Donald French Fires taste so "good" because not only are they laced with sugar and beef bullion, they also fried in hydrogenated oil.

This Genetically-modified FrankenFood, aka, Trans fatty acids, disrupt communication in your brain. Eating French fries can re-wire your brain, weakening its architecture;setting the stage for cellular degeneration and diminished mental performance. Nerons that wire together fire together. This is your brain on French Fries (and Potatoe Chips).

I'm back in the artery clogging "all-you-can-eat buffets and sugared water drinks." USA. An AmeriCANT is about "Super Sizing". You saw what the burger did to the king---he was so handsome, and then fat Elvis in a white polyester suit. Where was Las Vegan instead of Las Vegas?

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Greetings from Basecamp Will Rodgers Park. Went riding with Josh. No face plants, road rash or death cookies (rocks). Completely dialed in, handling every twist and turn perfectly.

At today's Minnesota Vikings Saint Louis Ram game-
The Edward W. Reif Endowment, with The Boys Club of New York.

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No Pomp Just Circumstances

If you grew up in the USA, then you know about PB&J. Eating a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich over the sink in my bachelor hut ranks right up there with other college feedings like Mac and Cheese. I don't think I'll ever "graduate" from this classic.

PB&J has a lot of fat, sodium and calories. No worries. I walked two miles this morning; had a shot of wheat grass, a huge pomegranate(they're in season), banana, and green apple (ate my colors) a cup of Coffee and then worked out on the Total Gym. Like algebra, it all cancelled out.

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Arrested Development

When I took a flight on Lufthansa Wednesday, I watched The Hangover,for 2 of the 12 hour's flight back to LAX.

This movie is funny. LMAO. Jeffrey Tambor who played Sid, was in it.
Today at Starbucks, in The Palisades, I caught up with Sid. (He drinks drip coffee from a paper cup too).

Here's the plot:

Two days before his wedding, Doug and his three friends drive to Las Vegas for a blow-out they'll never forget. But, in fact, when the three groomsmen wake up the next morning, they can't remember a thing. For some reason, they find a tiger in the bathroom and a six-month-old baby in the closet of their suite at Caesars Palace. The one thing they can't find is Doug.

With no clue as to what transpired and little time to spare, the trio must retrace their hazy steps and all their bad decisions in order to figure out where things went wrong and hopefully get Doug back to L.A. in time to walk down the aisle.

Here's the Trailer:

Went for a bike ride on the beach in Santa Monica today. Listening to the ipod shuffle and Al Stewart's Year of the Cat comes on. Didn't even know I had that one loaded. The Year of the Cat is also called the Year of the Rabbit... It comes every 12 Years and it is supposed to be a stress free year.

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Space travel sure is fun

Greetings from the user-friendly universe---The Peoples Republic of Santa Monica; Home of The Mac Store, and Apple, the forbidden fruit.

First in January, I was in the Majik Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a bit like Mars.

Then in February, I went to The Land of Smiles, Thailand, and walked on the moon.

Finally, in March and April, I had my head in the clouds with The Helium Report, winning and losing the American dream in Macau every night, playing high-stakes no limit- poker, on The Hong Kong Express.

Leaving Las Vegas

In May and June, I got my Baht out of Asia and went back to the United States of Unconsciousness, playing tournament poker in the black holes of Midwest bars and Las Vegas Casinos. Spent the best part of my losing an Army Jeep, from what I can recall.

There's that line from Sheryl Crow
-Standing in the middle of the desert waiting for my ship to come in...
In July, I decided to take a World Tour-Cruise (creating my own luck) to get away from the game. I had a false start with a run at Amsterdam's Holland Casino.Nevertheless, mission accomplished---I love poker but I am not in love with it anymore. Poker and I have decided to see other PPL.

Last month was the Epiphany. On a visit to Monaco , I was scheduled to level up, turning my bogus Poker PH.D. from ESPN, to the real deal in Monte Carlo. I didn't have any gamble in me and didn't even walk through the doors. After all, you can only quit once.

The last three months, I have been in Russia and The Baltics, The British Isles, Scandinavia, The Greco-Italian-French Mediterranean. Now I am here in California to re-charge before the next leg--Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific...and The Southern Cross

Being Vincent Vega

Don't ask me what they call a whopper over there-

"I Never Went To Burger King"---Pulp-free fiction writer and Space Sheriff Ricochet Rabbit

This pretty much sums up the differences between America And Europe:Royale With Cheese-Meet Your Meat:

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Quicker Then A Ray of Light
And I feel like I just got home

Faster than the speeding light (s)hes flying
trying to remember where it all began

On my way to the airport as Alex took these pictures.

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"I want my taste"

Went to a Mediterranean beach. Had a φραπές, frapé --a foamy iced coffee Mediterranean drink made from Nescafe instant coffee--with my Mediterranean friend Alex. We ate Greek-Style Yogurt with Honey and Walnuts; that rich, sweet pastry bakalva drenched in honey, almonds and walnuts, and a bunch of spoon sweet desserts-γλυκά του κουταλι-of various ripe cherries and green unripe walnuts. Shared a taxi with Pat and Lucy, and had a GR8 time.

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Any Given Sunday
Rain is bringing mudslides today, after a deluge of biblical proportions.
Yet, desipte the state of emergency declared, as I walk the streets of Messina, stop at a cafe and have a Cafe Americano, fiction is better than fact.

I think of The Godfather again. Do I H8 Vito and Michael Corleone or do I want to be like them?

Probably the most memorable character in that classic is the portrayal of Vito Corleone by Marlon Brando.

When I revisit the Tomato Patch Scene, it touches my heart because I think of my own Italian Grandfather, Oscar John Zito, and his garden. It is vivid and real and just like this picture, the spray can, the orange slice smiles and all.
Mike flees to Sicily
Im gonna speak Italian to Mike...

Then, I think of Michael from “That’s my family, Kay. That’s not me.” to "Don't ask me about my business Kay". Then the door closes on her, and on him as a war hero and the dream Vito had for him to be legit.

The traits that define Michael as a person are loyalty to family, cunning and strength. I gotta give him that. BUT:

The loyalty is- when he doesn't hesitate to eliminate the people he believes to have wronged his father. The cunning- when he arranges for a series of murders to occur while he is standing as godfather for Connie and Carlo's son, renouncing "Satan and all his works". The firmness- when he offs Tessio and Carlo. The strength- which borders on ruthlessness when he kills Sollozo and Captain McCluskey in the restaurant scene. That probably says it all for me--that he can be that guy. Furthermore, I always go back to the dialogue--from funny to profound, like the pizza man--it always deliver:

Leading off Don Vito Corleone (young and old), and later Don Michael: "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."

On family... Don Vito: "You spend time with your family?"Johnny Fontane: "Sure I do."Don Vito: "Good. Because a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man."

Sacking up... Michael Corleone: "Senator, you can have my answer now if you like. My offer is this: nothing. Not even the fee for the gaming license, which I would appreciate if you would put up personally."

Woops... Jack Woltz: "Now listen to me, you smooth-talking son of a bitch. Let me lay it on the line for you and your boss, whoever he is. Johhny Fontane never gets that movie, I don't care how many dago guinea wop greaseballs come out of the woodwork."Tom Hagen: "I'm German Irish."Woltz: "Well let me tell you something, my Kraut Mick friend ..."

CSI ... Clemenza: "Leave the gun. Take the cannolis."

Smooth...Michael: "My father taught me many things here. He taught me, in this room, 'Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.'"

Absolute Power$... Archbishop Gliday: "It seems in today's world, the power to absolve debt is greater than the power of forgiveness. $600 million."Michael: "Don't overestimate the power of forgiveness."

Biz or Pleasure Sonny: "Hey, whaddya gonna do? Nice college boy, eh? Didn't want to get mixed up in the family business? Now you wanna gun down a New York City police officer, why, 'cause he slapped you in the face a little bit? Whaddya think, this is the army where you shoot 'em from a mile away? You gotta get up real close and - Badda-bing! - you blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit … Tom, this is business, and this man is taking it very, very personal."

Everyone needs a Luca Brasi... Michael: "[My father] offered him $10,000 to let Johnny go, but the bandleader said no. The next day my father went to see him, only this time with Luca Brasi. And within an hour, he had signed a release for a certified check of $1,000." Kay Adams: "How'd he do that?"Michael: "My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse."Kay: "What was that?"Michael: "Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract."

Ratt... Hagen: "When a plot against the emperor failed, the plotters were always given a chance to let their families keep their fortunes."Pentangelli: "But only the rich guys, Tom. The others got knocked off, and their estates went to the emperors, unless they went home and they killed themselves. Then nothing happened. Hagen: "Yeah, that was a good break. A nice deal."Pentangelli: "They went home, and they sat in a hot bath, opened up their veins, and bled to death. And sometimes they had a little party before they did it."Hagen: "Don't worry about anything, Frankie Five-Angels."

Cuba... Michael: "I saw an interesting thing happen today. A rebel was being arrested by the military police, and rather than be taken alive, he exploded a grenade he had hidden in his jacket. He killed himself, and he took a captain of the command with him."Random observer: "Those rebels, you know they're crazy."Michael: "Maybe so. But it occurred to me - the soldiers are paid to fight. The rebels aren't."Hyman Roth: "What does that tell you?"Michael: "They could win."

Old times' sake... Tessio: "Tell Michael it was only business. I always liked him."Tom Hagen: "He understands that."Tessio: "Tom, Can't you get me off the hook, for old times' sake?"Hagen: "Can't do it, Sally."

Show me the money... Jack Woltz: "And let me be even more frank, just to show you that I'm not a hard-hearted man, that it's not all dollars and cents. She was beautiful, she was young, she was innocent, she was the greatest piece of ass I've ever had, and I've had 'em all over the world! ... She threw it all away, just to make me look ridiculous! And a man in my position can't afford to be made to look ridiculous! Now you get the hell out of here!Tom Hagen: "Thank you for dinner and a very pleasant evening. If you could arrange for a car to take me to the airport - Mr. Corleone is a man who insists on hearing bad news immediately."

Ouch.. Fredo: "I'm your older brother, Mikey, and I got stepped over."Michael: "That's the way pop wanted it."Fredo: "Well it ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things, I'm smart, not like everybody says, like dumb, I'm smart, and I want respect!"Michael: "... Fredo, you're nothing to me now. You're not a brother, you're not a friend. I don't want to know you, or what you do. I don't want to see you at the hotels, I don't want you near my house. When you come to visit our mother, I want to know a day in advance, so I won't be there."

Bad Luck Don Vito: "... But I'm a superstitious man. And if some unlucky accident should befall him [Michael], if he should get shot in the head by a police officer, if he should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he is struck by a bolt of lightning, I'm going to blame some of the people in this room. And then I shall not forget."

Giving the order... Hyman Roth: "There was this kid I grew up with, was younger than me, kinda looked up to me. We did our first work together ... As much as anyone, I loved him and trusted him. Later on, he had an idea to build a city out of a desert stopover for G.I.s on the way to the West Coast. That kid's name was Moe Greene. This was a great man, a man of vision and guts. And there isn't even a plaque or a signpost or a statue of him in that town. Someone put a bullet through his eye. No one knows who gave the order. When I heard, I wasn't angry. I knew Moe, I knew he was headstrong, talking loud, saying stupid things. So when he turned up dead, I let it go. And I said to myself, 'This is the business we've chosen.' I didn't ask who gave the order. Because it had nothing to do with business!"

Food=Love... Clemenza: "Hey Mikey, why don't tell that nice young girl that you love her? 'I love with you all a my heart, if I don't see you again soon I'm a gonna die.' ... Come over here, kid, learn something. You never know, you may have to cook for 20 guys some day. You see, you start out with a little bit of oil, you fry some garlic, then you throw in some tomatoes, some tomato paste, you fry it, you make sure it doesn't stick, you get it to a boil. You shove in all your sausage and your meatballs, add a little bit of wine, and a little bit of sugar -- and that's my trick."

On drinking wine... Don Vito: "I like to drink wine more than I used to. Anyway, I'm drinking more."Michael: "It's good for you, pop."

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A Rainy day in Capri is better than a sunny day at the office
Oh God, I need a drink of cool cool rain-The Who

My glasses broke-and were fixed by The A Team (Carlo Bagnasco and Son) over at Ottico Cimmino in Anacapri!

Margherita Pizza--- Red White and Green ---Invented in honor of The Princess-- Colors of the Italianflag, Buf Mozzarella, Fresh Basil and Tomatoe Sauce!

Aussie. Aussie. Aussie.

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