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Archive for October 2013

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Missed The Boat But Ill go down with the ship
I'm having  a “STAR moment” ---Something To Always Remember, as I am by the ocean, with the Disney Dream over my shoulder. I've got stories about the sea, and cruising, and traveling; part of the creative struggle to generate a new future and energy necessary for change.

Storytelling is my native language. I'm wired for them. They shatter time and space and jump over technology, taking me to authentic experience(s) that evoke stored information(learning) in a patterned way (living).

Like a shaman or an illusionist, the story of my life and the life of my story have merged-from the one I imagined populated with imaginary adventures and people to the one I am actually living- Art does imitate life. The facts of (my) life have become personalized and humanized and the reward for experience, has become not wisdom but joy.

The Holy Grail of my storytelling is when someone else tells my stories to others, because it is hard to hate anyone whose story you know. Stories are the bed rock of empathy.

My template for my blog posts have always been 4 parts:
Once Upon A Time.
Suddenly.
 Luckily.
And
Happily Ever After.


Tell the truth. The only way of doing that is having life experiences and being a storyteller




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Tranquility Base, The Ego Has Landed.
Space Travel Sure Is Fun

Just spent last month  walking on the moon---

 

I Got Benched! In Coco Beach.My Cruise is canceled


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There are noMad people
 in Saudi Arabia
You don't go to The Kingdom  as a tourist. In fact, there's no such thing as a tourist visa. If you're not making a pilgrimage to Mecca, and not Muslim, the only way to get into the country is with a work permit, or in my case, a Business Visa. Mixing between unrelated males and females is forbidden. Most social functions are single sex only and there is barely even eye contact made between men and women. Same Same Only different, right?

It's good to get out and do something else besides work, sleep eat, and complain about "Segregation Forever"(sexual apartheid)--- Mens-only Starbucks( The  Naked mermaid logo, however  is no longer banned!), Mens-Only Mall hours (single men are only allowed into shopping centers at lunch time on weekdays) is gone and Dammam Mall is huge.

Yesterday a bunch of guys and I went out to a British Aerospace  Compound Party, The  barbed wired- walled residential community, built for company employees.  but I didn't take any pictures because "Western Rules" rules for men and women expats INSIDE the compound might freak people on the OUTSIDE.

Afterwards we went to a fast food joint, and this kid let me try on his gutra, or Saudi-style scarf.  I love those colors. Red and white checks--- So cool.

No Complaints, no regrets, I still believe in chasing dreams and placing bets...