Patrick Rizzo - Downhill Skateboarding

One of the greatest things about traveling is the people you meet. During my last couple of days in Costa Rica, I got to meet and hang out with this guy named Patrick Rizzo. Patrick, myself, and two other friends had a great night over dinner, some drinks, and a few rounds of cards (asshole, to be specific). Over the course of our conversations Patrick mentioned he was into downhill skateboarding. That point faded into a myriad of other conversation topics (including the always popular "facebook: good or evil"). At the end of the night, just before Patrick left, and basically in passing, he told me to check out an online video of him.

I checked out the video the next day and was blown away:

The Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavillion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion

This album from the Animal Collective seems to be on a lot of top 10 lists of 2009. (See Pitchfork ). Personally, I'm not yet sold on the entire album. Maybe I have to listen to it some more? That said, track number four, "Sumertime Clothes", is a great song:

You can download the whole album from the torrent here.

Dear Israelis : Please Wake Up

The greatest wisdom traditions throughout human history have all pointed to a similar truth: that we are all one. Granted, a natural part of evolution, both individually and culturally, involves an ego based identity that defines who we are and who we aren't. I am this and you are that. I am a Jew and you are a Muslim. Indeed, it is an important developmental step but at some point, the next step is to get over yourself. The greater truth is that we are all part of something that transcends (but also includes) these seemingly separate identities. Even most separate dogmatic religions point to this truth with a law or commandment such as "do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

Of course and obviously, not everyone embodies or even "sees" this greater truth. From their narrow perspective, these people fight for their identities by trying to bring down competing identities. Most of us have experienced the uncomfortable result of this in high school. At the level of nation-states, however, this is a disaster. With regard to Israel and Palestine, this is a disaster.

Until these nationalistic and extremist Jewish settlers "get over themselves" they will continue to operate from a less developed, less caring, less inclusive place. That's fine if they are keeping to themselves but, in this case, they are destroying lives.

When a less developed worldview is creating suffering it is up to a more developed one to step in and say "no, this is wrong". Ultimately, the more developed worldview recognizes that the extremist settlers are not just destroying the lives of Palestinians, they are actually destroying their own lives. We are, after all, all one.

Pictures from Panama - Part 3 of 3

Searching for Surf Breaks

Searching for Surf Breaks

Christmas Ham

The "Christmas Ham" a few days after Christmas....perhaps the most delicious processed meet I've ever eaten.

Pizza Muffins

Pizza Muffins : what you get when you accidently use twice as much dough as is required. Still tasty though.

Mystery Fish

We though we had caught a type of Tuna but ended up calling this a "Roast Beef Fish

Robb and the Roastbeef fish

Robb and the Roastbeef fish.

Seagull in Flight

The Seagull was very interested in our fish


"I want it... I neeeeeed it."

Seagull eating fish


Beautiful Red Sunset

Just another Sunset.

Beautiful Red Sunset

And another sunset.


My silhouette.

Roast beef fish

Roast beef fish!!! See, it looks like roast beef right? It was kind of disgusting.

Captain Hugh

Captain Hugh

Dolphins off the Bow

Dolphins! They were playing off the bow.


They are such cool animals.

Girl in a Hammock

Little girl all tuckered out.

Hugh in a hammock

Little Hugh all tuckered out.

Fine Coconuts

Yup, looks like a coconut.

Steve with coconuts

But can you juggle them?

juggling coconuts

Not really.

Hugh, Robb, Steve, Rob

Hugh, Myself, Steve, Rob discussing very important things.

Liz's Eye

Art Shot! (or just an accidental shot?)


Liz on the stern of Khulula

Steve with Rental Car

The end of my trip in Santa Catalina... Steve and Liz drove my to Santiago where I got a 5 hour bus back to Panama City.

Bridge of The Americas

Driving back to Panama City over the Bridge of Americas; full circle.

This post was part two of three. Click here to view Part 1 or Part 3