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Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Just want to catch up on some comments as I am finally getting things worked out with this new laptop and the new site format.

Mom- Doing great. Slowly making my way back to the Fresno side of the world.

Wendy- I did a read of your site. Much more informative than mine. One thing that Bombay does have is a system. Everything has a way of being done. People seem to have problems when they don’t go with the flow.

Priyank- I’ve done the Peru and Israel. Have never been to Toronto. I think that I have been to Canada, but if I had it must have been when I was really little. I think I will wait for the “Invasion” (no more sharing the Americas.) before I head up to the Great White North.

MathMC- Funding as in how I get money as I am traveling? That I do strictly via Debit card. Pretty much all the countries have a standard atm which will take a Visa card. In the few that don’t, I change some local cash into dollars prior to entering the non-atm country. If you are talking funding as in how I am paying for the whole trip, that was just making more money than I was spending or wanted to spend. Had all the toys that I could want and couldn’t figure out why I was working and hence the traveling.

Marisa- I should be heading North for the Spring season starting around April and then spending the rest of the time up in the mountains. Possibly see you there.

Nitesh- Sorry that this might be a little late but I stayed at the Ganesh Guest house across the street from the Om grocery store. It is on the main street about half way down the tourist area. There is still a few of the people still there who I was hanging out with as they were going to hang out there for the rest of the season. The season is winding down so there are plenty of places to stay. What made it so nice was that we had a great group and it was really close to the stores, fruit stands, and markets (you can’t spend all day at the beach.) Good luck on your studies.

Lucy Cole- Not a nutter, just a traveler. The waiting does drive you crazy when you are wanting to get on the road, but it just adds to the pleasure when you finally make it off. You guys at least get the gap year. In the states it is extremely rare to take more than a week or two off at one time. That makes traveling to the more exotic destinations very difficult. Luckily, I don’t have any hang ups about living life so it is easy for me to break away. It’s good to read your enthusiasm.

Photos: Arambol, Goa

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

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Sorry about the no posting, but my host upgraded the software and it took a while for me to get it worked out. That and a bit of laziness of course. I will say that I learned that if you just keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome especially when it deals with computers, your expecting too much. I kept trying to upload the same photo with the same title and it kept erroring out. Once I finally figured out that re-doing it over and over again wasn’t going to fix it, I simple changed the photo name and it worked fine. Anyways, onward hooo.

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Sareeda, Raj, Jeohen at one of many impromptu jam sessions on our balcony. In total we had over a dozen performers for my stay. Really cool.

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Carnaval 2008 in Goa. Just a big dress up on the beach. Not as cool as prior years as nudity was frowned upon. I only counted 14 breasts (ten of those were old fat guys). Still, it made the front page of the local Goan newspaper with all the shocking nudity of the foreigners. If they really wanted to be shocked, they should hit Fantasy Fest in Key West. Bunch of boobs and boners.

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Gabi and Jolanda’s jewelry they make.

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My art work. Currently I am making a hashish mixing bowl out of a coconut shell. It’s a lot of sanding but it is looking like a deeply polished walnut color. All from elbow grease.

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The perfect rat trap. Well almost, as I started with this cardboard box that I found and then started with a frame from pieces of wood I found. The trap worked perfectly but the rats kept eating holes through the sides and top. I just kept patching them up as we went as I really didn’t want to have to deal with them afterwards. It was like a little soap opera as everybody wanted to know the update in the mornings on what was caught or escaped. I stopped for a while when a hippie girl was upset that I was catching them so I stopped. It must have happened at the same time as mating season or something because soon the rats started fighting in the rafters and falling to the floor in the rooms. The girls freaked out so they had me start up again. The basic design was from my Grandma’s ranch on my mothers side.

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The ultimate rat trap kitted for death mode.

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Phil, Wayne, and Jim heading north on their Enfields.

Finding my spirituality… Even if it kills me.

Thursday, February 14th, 2008
So, I’m still here in Arambol, hanging with the alternative lifestyle people. It’s been something like five weeks that I have been here. Whew, I’m lazy. Actually, I take that back, I have been staying fairly busy ... [Continue reading this entry]