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 James Michener had proclaimed it the most beautiful island on this Earth. Still, it's not where you go, it's who you go with.

Particle Accelerators are  OUT, Island paradises are IN

"Ive just been shot Bob" ..."Me too Ed"

His speeches leave me speechless- He is the most interesting man.

Another Day in Paradise

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An inexpensive window to a great location!
Everyone has a photographic memory,
 but not everyone uses film. 
Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. - Ansel Adams

Cha Ching Second Sale.Here in Las Vegas, Your analog eyes see a digital world, Peter Lik, Jeff Mitchem, Michael Carr, Art Wolfe, and then there's  Lowe Jr: All of Rodney's compositions are photographed on Professional Fuji Velvia film, using either his Toyo 4x5 AII, ArcaSwiss 4x5 f-line or ArcaSwiss 8x10 f-line field cameras.

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What happens on cruise ships happens in Vegas. Selling Art.
My first piece called,Toward The Light, shot of The Grand Tetons in Wyoming by Master Photographer Rodney Lough Jr.
These images are stunning.

 Here is Imagination, somewhere on Idaho.

God's Garden-CA

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A Virtual Room Of My Own
How often have we wondered what lies beyond the next door. Rooms by their very nature are crowded places.Life is  a series of rooms, and who we get stuck in those rooms with, adds up to what our lives are. One day.One room...for that matter One Day One Ship. 

Traveling is a Life Sentence--We yearn for journeys like prisoners dream of rooms without bars. And we all want time off for good behavior.

I am the smartest guy in the room even when I'm not in the room!
My Nine rooms of Joy and Happiness--
The Basement: Nostalgia and Memories
The Family Room: Your nearest and dearest
The Living Room: FriendSHIPs
The Office: No Place like work when your at home
The Bathroom: some BODY image
The Bedroom: Intimacy and relationSHIPS
The Kitchen: Nourishment and the division of chores
The Kid’s Room: Parenting
The Attic: Expectations

That's why I am attracted to the sea. There is a certain comfort in the space of the fjords, neither past nor future. Somewhere between messy-mundane daily living and staged ephiphanies, comes God's only voice-silence.If I try to English this, I don't feel the pain of loneliness, but the joy of solitude, and the glory of being alone.-Ed Reif

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Reprint/ 1/17/10

The Sun Also Rises

 Dear, Hotel @nyware,
I soon discovered that life in remote Key West was like living in a foreign country while still perched on the southernmost tip of America. Have fun up North doing battle with The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Ed Reif

Tight Is Right
Ernest Hemingway loved it. "It’s the best place I’ve ever been anytime, anywhere, flowers, tamarind trees, guava trees, coconut palms...Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks." 

Key West Accords

Truman spent 175 days of his presidency at the Little White House in Key West. Took a walking tour of the grounds.
I was at : Wickhams Cay 1, Road Town,

"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love"

"That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best – make it all up – but make it up so truly that later it will happen"

Roll Video

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Headlines-Q Balls by choice

I resemble 
those guys.
In the beginning, there was Michael.Jordan was the poster guy for the perfectly bald man. He made shaving cutting edge.

He took 'the shaved skull' from social outcast to rock star chick magnet status. The follicly challenged started doing the numbers .

Shaved head= Shiny, Smooth and Sexy. You could count on being noticed. Just ask

Me no hair

Is bald beautiful? Perhaps. Is bald a high end haircut? Maybe. One thing for sure,(Listen up Blue Man Group) Bald is a hair color. If you want to make the statement that says, I run my own life. Shave your head and join the Union! Guy Laliberté, founder of  Cirque du Soleil is a card carrying member

Me no hair is a walking, breathing billboard and bullhorn that shouts, "I've got other plans" to the "Have a nice day" retail speak, and the SNL's (Saturday Night Live's) flight attendant "Ba-Bye" sketch.

Be Brave and Shave!

"Getting Kojack-ed" was made popular by 1970's TV star, Telly Savalas. Who loves ya baby? We do---the perfectly bald.

Yul Brynner was the quintessential Fuzzy Wuzzy when it wasn't (very) fuzzy. to "go all the way", back in the day, when Mr Clean, a household brand was the only game in town. Now we have MiliTerry O'Quinn.

We have yet to see a celebrity call a press conference to deny they are wearing a wig (David "Weave" Roth did it on radio). If indeed, there were such a day, Sir Elton John, William Shatner, and my all-time favorite, Burt Reynolds, would have what ---I Love Lucy's Ricky Ricardo--- would say, have some "splaning to do". The Donald's cover up has an honorable mention for all of its dishonesty. Rosie trumped that.

Life is too short for hair. In fact, a BBC survey says men who shave every day have a lesser chance of stroke than those who shave infrequently We are not skinheads, or Chemo patients, but would we shave our head for cancer, research, a cause? You know, get people to sponsor you, and the biggest donor gets the honor of the first cut.

Nowadays, Celebrities,
Politicians, Athletes, and folks just like us are all saying, "Me No Hair".The ten "baldies" you H8 or dig in this world---who are they? Post your comments here at Hotel @nyware. If you need any ideas, check out my jumpcut music video.

We, the "young and the ruthless" who were growing too tall for our hair, started conformin
g to the idea that we could be running our own show; and rebelling against the $2 Billion Dollar hair "restoration" industry of plugs, rugs and drugs.

The tragedy really was not in something that was, but in something that wasn't. Drinking the kool-aid of late-night infomercials that going "hair-free" cost too much was bunk. The fear merchants put the con back in confidence with "Wayne's World"-style public access shows and 1-800 numbers.

They tried to make us afraid, and take away the "pain", the pain of once parted hair that now was de-parting, cutting "itself". As if it was happening to us, and keeping us separated from looking good. It was just exchanging an I for an I, and keeping us blind to the fact that hair "loss" is no loss at all, and, more than that, the upside of shaving it all off, is all gains, in street cred and social and spiritual capital.

Then Of Course, there is Dr Evil--

The details of my life are quite inconsequential... very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery...

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Headed To Oz

Reprint 1/15/11

Starting First Leg Monday
Los Angeles/San Pedro, California, USA
Are We Clear-Crystal!

Fly a Russian MiG-29 at Mach 2  or Take A World Cruise in Zero Gravity- I'll take things that I know for $60,000 Alex.

Ports of Call:
  • Mooréa, Society Islands
  • Bora Bora, Society Islands
  • Nuku'Alofa, Tonga
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Napier, New Zealand
  • Christchurch/Lyttleton, New Zealand
  • Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Darwin, Australia
  • Bali/Pedang Bay, Indonesia
  • Kuala Lumpur/Port Kelang, Malaysia
  • Yangon/Rangoon, Myanmar
  • Cochin, India
  • Marmagao, India
  • Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius
  • Durban, South Africa
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Bom Bom Island, Principe
  • Takoradi, Ghana
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Oahu/Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands
  • Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • Lautoka, Fiji
  • Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Picton, New Zealand
  • Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Cairns, Australia
  • Komodo Island, Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Mumbai (Bombay), India
  • Malé, Republic of Maldives
  • St-Denis, Réunion, France
  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Walvis Bay, Namibia
  • Lomé, Togo
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • London/Dover, England

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Rest In Paradise



The future is so bright even for dogs
 who have to wear sunglassses
  Let this blog serve as a guide to surviving the  2012 Mayan apocalypse.If they only knew how many people they freaked out by running out of room to write on that rock. I gotta wear shades. Why wait for 2020 to have a perfect vision:

The whole aim of travel is not to set foot on exotic land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as an exotic land...

Video Thilled the Radio Star ---2011  Roll Tape:

And I thought 2010 was a good year: When I wrote  Santa Monica-Whip It Good

The future is full of possibilities that I must constantly shoot in the head, because if you want something GR8, you must be able to limit yourself.
 Normal people  need three things to travel-Time, Money and Opportunity.

As an abnormal person doing abnormal things---It has never been about resources. You see, I am the Bobby Fisher of resourcefulness, the Cosmo Kramer of planning , the Curious George of predictable unpredictability. >note to self< Rock on man with the yellow hat, rock on.

No matter how low the budget bar gets, I always manage to limbo my way under it. If you think about it, I am the Wilt Chamberlain of shoe-string  travel. I'm putting up numbers so unthinkable that normals will never, ever reach them.-300 ports in 365 days.

Why Be A Man When You Can Be A Success?
As the Morgan Freeman of travel writers , if you will. Everyone recognizes me but I never gain any due recognition., Hotel @nyware hasn't exactly  been the Edgar Allen Poe of knock-outs, the Emily Dickinson of ground n pound, the Robert Frost of ass-kicking.

It's just me, born with a Ph.D. in throwing junk up against the wall, and seeing what will stick.Looking back, it's been the Colonel Kurtz of experiences. I've gone native and insane so many times, but in a Lance Armstrong Barbara Bush sort of way. Sometimes I am the census taker, sometimes, the cannibal psychiatrist.  Roll Tape...

My Top Ten World Tour 2010 YouTube Videos
When a good time turns around, You must whip it , You will never live it down, Unless you whip it.  No one gets their way, Until they whip it-Devo 

#1 BUI: Embracing The Life Forced Upon Me--OMG! WTF? I have nothing in common with myself anymore

#2: Insulin Shock and Awe, eating the Celebrity Solstice

#3.Acropolis Now-Ed Reif and James Hopkins; making the world safe for ..I mean Democracy in the cradle of Western civilization---Athens, Greece

#4 Buddha Boy Ed Reif ---From Monk to Millionaire--- in Sint Maarteen--It ain't much if it ain't Dutch

Success is continued enthusiasm despite failure after failure
#5.The Importance Of Being Ernest (Hemingway) without having ever read him-Never go on trips with anyone you do not love

#6 You(th) are as young as your spine is flexible.

#7 What color is your Parachute Money?

#8 I am at one with the chainsaw. British Virgin islands

#9 Have A Cigar-And did we tell you the name of the game, boy We call it Riding the Gravy Train.

#10 Put That Coffee Down-Ed Reif, former NYU classmate of Alec, and Starter for Team Baldwin, votes for Starbucks today, where life changes instantly, as he drinks from a paper cup.

Honorable Mention
#1   Regular-- Kissing a stingray while being filmed in Grand Cayman Islands Extra Crispy- Going out old school Steve Irwin Style-Being fatally pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming in GB Reef

#2 Eminem has 8 Mile, Bob Marley, the small village of 9 mile... Bob,just sMILE.

#3 Container Cargo Cult Madness

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Here are my accounts of the last 364 days-Once around without leaving the ground.
There is no doubt about it, the exhilarating state of mind that travel can evoke, when everything seems suddenly fresh, vivid, intensely interesting, and memorable.

That Was Zen. This is Now

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