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Don_Quix_ote in Santorini
Not Bad For a 50 Year Old Ass

I dont need no Beast of Burden
I need no fussing
I need no nursing



The 2009 World Tour

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Why Zebra's don't get ulcers-The Acclaimed Guide to Stress
I was at : Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay,  Dr. Cove's Beach......Time to take my meditation...reflecting less about the fear of dying and more about the joy of living.

2009  has been great! Happy LAST Year! er I mean Happy New Year.
What  about  Zebras, who  tend to live in the moment... They may freak out when lions are running after them, but they don't agonize over things that aren't actually happening. And, as the title says, they don't get ulcers. Makes you think it's all in your head- no such thing as stress-only prolonged stressful thoughts.

If it doesn't kill you it'll make you stronger...After all, Zebra's stress is short term, a matter of minutes. They either escape their predators, or they get eaten.


To Josh, Amber, Baby Parker and Wendy; Sponsored by Pampers: "We're right behind you".

" May the good Lord be with you /Down every road you roam And may sunshine and happiness /surround you when you're far from home And may you grow to be proud /Dignified and true And do unto others /As you'd have done to you Be courageous and be brave /And in my heart you'll always stay Forever Young, Forever Young Forever Young, Forever Young"

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apoCalypso Now

 As I close out this decade:
  • Age 40 is the old age of youth--when I ran the Los Angeles Marathon (in Bob Reif's orthotics), had 8% body fat and a six pack, thanks to Layla---an ECA Stack--Effederine, Caffeine, Aspirin, as told to Charlie Gibson on Good Morning America 5/27/99
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  • Age 50 is the youth of old age---when I traveled 45 countries, by land, sea, air, foot and bicycle. It's like the unplugged version of Eric Clapton's Layla...

"See if you can spot this one..."
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3rd and long....Go deep...into the crystal blue waters of Cozumel....Hail Mary...(Joyful and loving in) Let(ting) It Be. I'm 18 again, with 32 years experience...


Now I know why  Jacques Cousteau, legendary ocean explorer, called it the "best diving area in the world.".



"For though we are strangers in your silent world/To live on the land we must learn from the sea. To be true as the tide and free as a wind swell/Joyful and loving in letting it be. Aye Calypso, the places you've been to/The things that you've shown us, the stories you tell."



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Keeping in Touch With The Dutch
Alstublieft....



Powder white sandy beaches, caribbean blue water, liquid sunshine, pretty standard stuff...Free is expensive. Check please.. . Dank je wel ("dahnk yuh vel") --


The Ed Reif/Hotel @nyware Time Machine:
What was I blogging about around this time in 2008;and 2007?

Christams Day With Snow Patrol 2008 المملكة العربية السعودية‎ I'd appreciate it if he would address me as "Colonel" ; or "Sir"; I believe I've earned it.

Christmas 2007
Happy 2008 Mele Kalikimaka From Ka'a'wa, Hawaii

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The Actor's Studio is proud to present To New York ToNY Soprano.


...Konstantín Sergéyevich Stanislavski said,
"Love the art in you not you in the art"... but...

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Add water...Mix...Repeat




I was at : Cll Santo Toribio, San Juan 00901,


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About to dock in old San Juan.




I was at : Toa Baja,


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...if all you told was turned to gold /if all you dreamed were new/ imagine sky high above in Caribbean blue...




Merry Kissmas...This photo is from Panama but I'm in Port Everglades, headed out to sea; chasing Tiger Woods and his possee to Paradise Island, The Bahamas---Selling the photos to TMZ!



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Look at the stars / Look how they shine for you / And everything you do / Yeah, they were all yellow 

Got this Real Madrid Jersey in Costa Rica-Ouch! Mellow Yellow---Yellow is commonly known as sunshine, happiness  and optimistic- as in Yellow Brick Road.   It is, nevertheless,  scientifically the most difficult color for the eye to take in.

Think about it...or better yet, "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain".

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The Speed of Trees

Under a tree- top canaopy...Paraiso is Spanish for paradise...but today was Paradise Lost. No worries because this trip has been "Safari as a way of life". That takes you out of your CZ's (comfort zones) and incredible things happen, like an attitude of gratitude

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Like the Edward Van Halen Song...
Uh!Oh yeah! Ah-huh!. Jump back, what's that sound? Here she comes, full blast and top down. Hot shoe, burnin' down the avenue.Model citizen, zero discipline...Panama. Panama.


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Tracking Positive for Sugar



Rhodes Scholars

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Martin Sheen Passing The Torch to Ed Reif

"I took the mission.What the hell else was I supposed to do?"

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Oprah's Place

Gimme Shelter-Mick Jagger's lair

Tiger Woods, Michael Jordon. These homes are huge.


Jimmy Cliff's Guitar at The Hard Rock Cafe. Chesseburger is Parisdise here, but I opted for a Greek resturant. Why pay less?

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Saint Maarten One Day Instant Tourist



I am about to go to the zoo, and see all the stuffed animals in their cages. What I mean is the Disneyland effect--bring in tons of white sand, add a backdrop of palm trees and colonial shops, and the copy is better than the orginal- It's beautiful and predicatble, like plastic surgery. The statue's not the saint, but the menu is the meal. Yet, Sint Maarten has a retro Carib-vibe going on in that magical strip of land called Phillipsburg beach.

I wrote about this before , The Merchants of Venice, and can say the same for The Caribbean: 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!". ( Next Wednesday, The Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruiseship in the world hits the beaches here).

I took these videos before The Herd came in to stampede the shops and restaurants. There was a guy who called himself the CandyMan, a kind of quasi Peter Max merchant: the Lovebeads puka shells , tie-dyed red dirt t-shirts,pineapple incense, psychedelic ,black-light posters and the fabulous '60s. I think he sprinkled some crack on his corn flakes as my three espressos couldn't keep up with his banter. He wanted to friend me on Facebook, but I just couldn't see us being buddies! Somehow a restraining order would come into the equation..



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Looks like France here.
I'm having a Biere Lorraine and a croissant for breakfast...but I went to church first.


Tuna Sightings Again Cowboy Sushi


The Crew

A run near Fort de France

Baguette and Reggae

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Doing Fine and Thensome in Barbados;Affectionately known as 'Little England', a certain British-ness pervades daily life, from place names (Clapham, Dover and Lancaster) yet Little Saigon might be a better description with all this frenetic energy.


Rented a jet ski ocean style BUI's Boating under the influence of Rum and Coke in a Rice Rocket. Below, a typical Saturday afternoon in Bridgetown.


Got Dolphin?

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A GR8 Day in Paradise. Mos def did not miss the boat at Christophe Harbour.

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Where you water it or on the other side...Make the call:

The Teaches of Beaches

The palm tree is a sacred symbol in Greece because Apollo was born under it. The Egyptians called it the tree of life.

In ancient times they were the personification of victory, peace and fertility; in Biblical times, it has been considered a princely tree....and for this virtual Beachcomber Jesus, they have come to mean island-tropical-red-carpet welcomings to paradises found.

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