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The Board Shorts Gave Us The Edge







This private island in the Bahamas, is a Disney Cruise Line port of call. In answer to the question: "When Is The Copy Better Than The Original?" This would be it. The sand has been sifted to a fine white powder. The mosquitoes  are nowhere to be found. The water is crystal clear and turquoise blue. Paradise found. Escape TO reality.

I am not talking about staged authenticity, like my visit to Papette Tahiti. Most designers spend their time creating shopping malls. Re-creating the island paradise, however, is admirable.

Once used as a stop for drug smugglers.Think “Snow White” or “White Snow” . There is an airstrip on the island, but it is no longer in regular use nor maintained (I shot some video on July 4,2012, a previous visit) .It's unusual isolation becomes, in its own way, a paradise-somewhere in the Bahamas.

It is not Gilligan's Island but it has also been used for filming; the beach where Tom Hanks first encounters Daryl Hannah in Splash is on the island.

I no longer live on Cloud 9. I leveled up



Jan 21,2013-Last Visit Castaway Cay-Cloud 10

Airplanes are like diets, I don’t like being on them. Float planes however (you know flying boats) are the exception. This summer in Alaska, I got a business class ticket to cool, with complimentary mojo on takeoff.
This landing strip is the only thing   aviational besides the staged authenticity-wrecked prop planes on Disney’s Castaway Cay.

I used to live on Cloud Nine in the People’s Republic of Santa Monica, riding my carbon fiber bike 100 miles a day down the Venice Beach strand through  the boat yard of Marina Del Rey, and out towards Manhattan Beach.  It gave me an energy and enthusiasm and natural high that begged the question “What are you on?” I was simply on my bike.
Environments create mood, and  Starbucks, Yoga,  drinking fresh vegetable and fruit juices and good sunny weather  created fuel for thought. This   west coast life style suited me well. It gave me momentum towards a greater something.  

That something became a move to Cloud 10, sailing the seven seas on cruise ships.

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The Board Shorts Gave Us The Edge







This private island in the Bahamas, is a Disney Cruise Line port of call. In answer to the question: "When Is The Copy Better Than The Original?" This would be it. The sand has been sifted to a fine white powder. The mosquitoes  are nowhere to be found. The water is crystal clear and turquoise blue. Paradise found. Escape TO reality.

I am not talking about staged authenticity, like my visit to Papette Tahiti. Most designers spend their time creating shopping malls. Re-creating the island paradise, however, is admirable.

Once used as a stop for drug smugglers.Think “Snow White” or “White Snow” . There is an airstrip on the island, but it is no longer in regular use nor maintained (I shot some video on July 4,2012, a previous visit) .It's unusual isolation becomes, in its own way, a paradise-somewhere in the Bahamas.

It is not Gilligan's Island but it has also been used for filming; the beach where Tom Hanks first encounters Daryl Hannah in Splash is on the island.

I no longer live on Cloud 9. I leveled up



Jan 21,2013-Last Visit Castaway Cay-Cloud 10

Airplanes are like diets, I don’t like being on them. Float planes however (you know flying boats) are the exception. This summer in Alaska, I got a business class ticket to cool, with complimentary mojo on takeoff.
This landing strip is the only thing   aviational besides the staged authenticity-wrecked prop planes on Disney’s Castaway Cay.

I used to live on Cloud Nine in the People’s Republic of Santa Monica, riding my carbon fiber bike 100 miles a day down the Venice Beach strand through  the boat yard of Marina Del Rey, and out towards Manhattan Beach.  It gave me an energy and enthusiasm and natural high that begged the question “What are you on?” I was simply on my bike.
Environments create mood, and  Starbucks, Yoga,  drinking fresh vegetable and fruit juices and good sunny weather  created fuel for thought. This   west coast life style suited me well. It gave me momentum towards a greater something.  

That something became a move to Cloud 10, sailing the seven seas on cruise ships.

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The Aquatic Life

Sitting is the new Smoking of our generation. Yet, Meditation, the new Push Up.

The OCD tourists (Above) drowns in the same ocean that the ADDitude traveler (Below) swims with delight.
The hyper organized Intentional Traveler, complete with checklists, sunscreen and "travel clothes"verses Lite Traveler, on  a shoe string budget and the shirt  off/on his your back.

The sum of my  problems is the inability to sit quietly alone in a deck chair on a ship! It is easy to mistake motion for progress and nothing is so big and complicated that it cannot be run away from.

 I know what to do-swim with my friends the dolphins. Nothing Is The Hardest Thing To Do. No massive massive 110 day world cruise  emotional and sensory overload---just the repetitive itineraries of The Caribbean Blue


Life In Time


WYSIWYG-What you see is what you get- I do not create the Caribbean blue ocean, the white powder sandy beaches. Rather they are gifts to me. What I write about comes out of gratitude for being t/here. There are seven days of the week and someday is not one of them.

Traveling gives me the sense of inhabiting my own life. 

Yet, when I was an AmeriCAN’T, I didn’t even renew my passport, and never got inside of my own life. It’s as if my rich Uncle Sam has already written the script for me--- Thou shalt be comfortable---The payoff was that I got to buy and do nice things like trips to Disney World, Las Vegas and The Mall. This is walking the painted horizontal (stuff and things) line, slaves to credit cards and debt. It’s almost a rule that you can’t get enough of what you never wanted in the first place. The majority of my time in the USA, I have never been remotely anywhere without electric lights. I’ve rarely been quiet for a whole day.

In fact, all of my “problems” simply stemmed from the inability to sit alone quietly at the beach or on deck. Doing this at sea revives my sense of time and space. This is a different hyper-interactive experience.

Are you ready to get heroic? Because reading my blog may cause you to quit your "real"  job and start doing things that will make your friends and family think you’re crazy.


"We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope; without it the life of the cities would drive all men into crime or drugs or psychoanalysis." Edward Abbey

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The Aquatic Life

Sitting is the new Smoking of our generation. Yet, Meditation, the new Push Up.

The OCD tourists (Above) drowns in the same ocean that the ADDitude traveler (Below) swims with delight.
The hyper organized Intentional Traveler, complete with checklists, sunscreen and "travel clothes"verses Lite Traveler, on  a shoe string budget and the shirt  off/on his your back.

The sum of my  problems is the inability to sit quietly alone in a deck chair on a ship! It is easy to mistake motion for progress and nothing is so big and complicated that it cannot be run away from.

 I know what to do-swim with my friends the dolphins. Nothing Is The Hardest Thing To Do. No massive massive 110 day world cruise  emotional and sensory overload---just the repetitive itineraries of The Caribbean Blue


Life In Time


WYSIWYG-What you see is what you get- I do not create the Caribbean blue ocean, the white powder sandy beaches. Rather they are gifts to me. What I write about comes out of gratitude for being t/here. There are seven days of the week and someday is not one of them.

Traveling gives me the sense of inhabiting my own life. 

Yet, when I was an AmeriCAN’T, I didn’t even renew my passport, and never got inside of my own life. It’s as if my rich Uncle Sam has already written the script for me--- Thou shalt be comfortable---The payoff was that I got to buy and do nice things like trips to Disney World, Las Vegas and The Mall. This is walking the painted horizontal (stuff and things) line, slaves to credit cards and debt. It’s almost a rule that you can’t get enough of what you never wanted in the first place. The majority of my time in the USA, I have never been remotely anywhere without electric lights. I’ve rarely been quiet for a whole day.

In fact, all of my “problems” simply stemmed from the inability to sit alone quietly at the beach or on deck. Doing this at sea revives my sense of time and space. This is a different hyper-interactive experience.

Are you ready to get heroic? Because reading my blog may cause you to quit your "real"  job and start doing things that will make your friends and family think you’re crazy.


"We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope; without it the life of the cities would drive all men into crime or drugs or psychoanalysis." Edward Abbey

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Carpe Diem- Seize The Fish
The fish symbolize happiness,
for they have complete freedom in the water.
That's worthy of a kiss!

WIldlife Conservation Fund Onboard The Magic
Any fin is possible if you don't trout yourself!





If you can think of a better island for fish, let minnow
Oh My Cod! last month Island Princess (left)The Panama Canal
 Disney Magic Now (right)
Water holds endless mystery to me  because  –it represents WYSIWYG:certainly there, but cannot be seen. The fish has quite a good track record in mythology and religion---fertility eternity creativity, femininity, good luck, happiness, knowledge, transformation.

"Bless Me Father For I Have Had An Awesome Life"

Putting the sin back into sincere, I decided to step into the English speaking Confessional to receive 'penance,' the place where sins are forgiven. The basic requirement for a good confession is to have the intention of returning to God like the "prodigal son" and to acknowledge our sins with true sorrow before the priest. At the very moment, the Monsignor, came out , and hung a sign saying closed. Read More Here

In my own Catholic religion, it is a metaphor of abundance and faith. There is Christ, making the apostles "fishers of men", and the biblical story of the fish and loaves.

The Greek word for "return" is nostos. Algos means "suffering."

Nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.

I am  getting Nostalgic about ROME SWEET ROME *Summer 2009* and Florence, Piza  Vatican City and Monte Carlo.

I am gettingabout Alaska Salmon Fishing. I have been there two summers in a row. Will I make it a 3rd season?

My life In Ruins (Pompeii) or SE Alaska- I  will scale back the fish(ing).Going to Europe.






There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on a bridge
looking like an idiot unless you are in Alaska holding a salmon

 

It is truly the king of fish




I have *Summer 2012* been fishing all season but not for the fish, but what the wild salmon symbolize--- the Pacific Northwest's natural splendor.

The 1000 year-old salmon run is alive and well



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A Post Without Image

Carpe Diem- Seize The Fish
The fish symbolize happiness,
for they have complete freedom in the water.
That's worthy of a kiss!

WIldlife Conservation Fund Onboard The Magic
Any fin is possible if you don't trout yourself!





If you can think of a better island for fish, let minnow
Oh My Cod! last month Island Princess (left)The Panama Canal
 Disney Magic Now (right)
Water holds endless mystery to me  because  –it represents WYSIWYG:certainly there, but cannot be seen. The fish has quite a good track record in mythology and religion---fertility eternity creativity, femininity, good luck, happiness, knowledge, transformation.

"Bless Me Father For I Have Had An Awesome Life"

Putting the sin back into sincere, I decided to step into the English speaking Confessional to receive 'penance,' the place where sins are forgiven. The basic requirement for a good confession is to have the intention of returning to God like the "prodigal son" and to acknowledge our sins with true sorrow before the priest. At the very moment, the Monsignor, came out , and hung a sign saying closed. Read More Here

In my own Catholic religion, it is a metaphor of abundance and faith. There is Christ, making the apostles "fishers of men", and the biblical story of the fish and loaves.

The Greek word for "return" is nostos. Algos means "suffering."

Nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.

I am  getting Nostalgic about ROME SWEET ROME *Summer 2009* and Florence, Piza  Vatican City and Monte Carlo.

I am gettingabout Alaska Salmon Fishing. I have been there two summers in a row. Will I make it a 3rd season?

My life In Ruins (Pompeii) or SE Alaska- I  will scale back the fish(ing).Going to Europe.






There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on a bridge
looking like an idiot unless you are in Alaska holding a salmon

 

It is truly the king of fish




I have *Summer 2012* been fishing all season but not for the fish, but what the wild salmon symbolize--- the Pacific Northwest's natural splendor.

The 1000 year-old salmon run is alive and well



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Tree Calendars in New Zealand
 like pages in a diary.
We live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and we think this to be normal? Happy Earth Day, as I have said before:
Why do they call it Planet Earth when it is clearly ALL ocean. Well, come to think of  it, it's the trees, and Nature: I Shrink Therefore I am - I feel so small, when these mega waterfalls, glaciers and forests come in my view:
I posted on these happy spots: Alaska,  Norway, South Pacific, New Zealand, but Hawaii has an Über special  place in my heart.  Read More at

 It's Called The Big Island Not The Tiny Island


This is a conversation between Sarah Kennedy And when the sky was painted with stars, and she was spotting landmarks out like the  southern cross- in another hemisphere- in a  land down under.


KENNEDY: I was born in Zambia. We lived in a kind of Garden of Eden in Chingola, Picking fruit off the vines. Throw a seed down and a day later you’d have a plant growing wild in the fertile soil. I would look up at the stars and see thousands of them because there was no power grid around, (We made our own electricity) and I stayed up on a hill in our “back yard” with my brothers Liam, Dermot and Jonathan and camped there until night fell, feeling a sense of the presence of all creation -- sensing underneath that night sky, in that vast place, that I belonged to something ancient, something very much still alive. The whole jungle was charged like that. the "way of the animal powers," the "way of the seeded earth," the "way of the celestial lights," and later when we moved to Capetown, the "way of man." And the city.

REIF: I know that feeling going into a forest. As a Boy Scout we camped at Cathedral Pines on Long Island, (appropriately named). The  feeling that the gods are there the divine and divinity is present. It  becomes known to you're in your sleeping bag, no tent,  ‘under the stars”. There are these “Cathedral Pines” everywhere. 

I can remember in the 1990’s Hilo Hawaii, there are sacred Banyan Groves everywhere, and when you go into a grove the presence of the HUNA becomes known to you, and the BIG KaHuna isn’t far behind. I can remember being a true tree hugger-worshipping a great big old tree, thinking “OMGosh what you have known and been”. I was actually brought to spontaneous tears because it reminded me of being a kid and now having the wisdom to”Get It” 




We're on the Big Island, the west side, at the local Starbucks,
 for some Kona Joe, sitting with our friends cream and sugar.

American coffee is "dirty water" and
 Instant coffee takes too long. Kona, however, is "Ono". Tastes good.

Oh, that's your god, Pele's mine






Shoveling Sunshine-My First Extended Stay In Paradise




  A Sophie's Choice meltdown over which island or for that matter, which town on the Big Island gets to check into Hotel @nyware--- my memoirs-- I'm  feeling like the Oskar Schindler of travel bloggers-Kona and Hilo , you were nice to me. You get to live in digital heaven-because we all know information on the web never dies.

Hello Hilo


Hilo is so cool to sail to because, overnight, with a moon lit backdrop, we steam past  Kilauea,the  active volcano lava rivers  spark and spill into the sea, and leave its aftermath of molten rock at the waters edge.  Only the view from Maui's Haleakala offers such a once in a life time view of something you probably never have seen before.


Hilo is artistically bohemian, and in terms of authenticity, is the real deal-papayas, homemade jams, roasted macadamia nuts and koa wood carvings. The Banyan trees are worthy of a hug. It's the type of tree that moved me to tears of joy (For Real).   I've often biked to Rainbow Falls too. That whole area-the nature, the land, the people speak, and it's easy to listen. They seem more resigned to the way they have to live than New Yorkers like me do.

In fact, I  often  took my bike (that I stored on the ship-You could have a surf board or a bike-cool!) I soon realized  the terrain on the Big Island  is  a bit like the moon with all that  razor-sharp geo-volcanic rock. 

 I never asked myself "Am I there yet" on a bike, except for Kona and Maui--It only took  one time to  catch  a sliver of black volcanic rock and flat tire or  in Maui, it's these prickly seeds mixed in with the red clay sugar cane dust that get you.

I upgraded to flat-resistent tires and was good to go for the season and I was back to living happily every after in King  Kamehameha's Kingdom-Don't worry Be Maui...and in the tune of Happy Birth Day to you I sing ...Happy Kona to you,Happy Kona to you,Happy Kona to you,Happy Kona to you,


The Tour

The glamor of being a sailor had me concerned. "Repaint your entire house every month" Buy a Dumpster and live in it for 6 months" But this was going to be a cruise ship-It  was on America Hawaii Cruises. I just wanted a different experience, and I took the first job I could get, which was a deck hand. We sailed for seven  days and each day we had a port of call.

Starting off with an embarkation day at Aloha Towers in Honolulu, then a sea day, and we hit Kauai, Maui(Lahina and Kahalui) Hilo and Kona. It was the best! 

The weather was always temperate and I had the most energizing and spirtually uplifting time, enjoying the weather, the people, the food, the culture and the OHANA-family atmosphere of Hawaii. I have been hooked ever since on these beautiful islands.
The definition of ecstasy is that you are not doing your ordinary everyday ho-hum existence. Shoveling sunshine in Hawaii beats a day at the office.



 Travel by proxy is a surrogate achievement, like feeling athletic and going to a sports bar for a few drinks. Then taking a victory lap. A legend in your own mind. The unpardonable sin is not greed, Gekko says,”greed is good”. The unpardonable sin of inadventure-a life sentence of other people’s ideas and thoughts, traditions and faith-That’s bad. An adventure is nothing more than bad planning. The holy grail is what we attain by living out our dreams and our own authentic life. If at some point you don’t ask yourself, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ then you’re not doing it right.