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One Year Ago Tomorrow – We Lost A Great Traveler

I recall it like it was yesterday. The first text came from GrainbinGirl at like 7:AM (6:AM Memphis Time) then the next came from Pepe. “Anthony Bourdain was gone and by his own hand.” *Disclaimer – I have lost many a good friend and family member by their own hand. This post is not in any way shape or form trying to speak of this horrible disease. Sadly it takes too many good people*

Best Friends

So the loss of Antony Bourdain has bothered me for a while. Now that I have just finished up on a whirlwind tour with Shawna (yeah, I am serious when I use real names) I miss him even more.

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For this post I plan on speaking about some of Tony’s quotes that I hold dear to my heart.  His friend Jose Andres said it best in his latest book in the tribute;

To our friend Anthony Bourdain, who spent his life planting seeds

That man put a bunch of seeds in my head and I owe it to him to make them grow and experience some of what he got to see. Let’s be honest….the Cock Sucker had the best life in the world and I am so grateful that I can try to do as much as I can!!! Enough with the chatter. Here are my favorite Bourdain Quotes in no sequential order and some notes;

  • “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.” – Loved my trip to a small town in Switzerland. You don’t get the same experience in the larger towns. Here I was just an American who couldn’t speak French and didn’t know I needed to bring a bag.
  • “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them — wherever you go.”Or if you are 49 years old do this and load up on the ADVIL! I am not going to lie, the travel I did to see Shawna was tough but I look back and loved every minute of it!
  • “The journey is part of the experience — an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.”I landed at Heathrow exhausted but figured out the Tube Schedule, walked my ass through the rain and got to the hotel. I could have wimped out and paid a King’s Ransom for a Black Car but what is the point if you aren’t going to see and experience Rush Hour into London on a Friday?
  • “I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m also a big believer that you are never going to find perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I’m always trying to push people to allow those things to happen rather than stick to some rigid itinerary.”This was 100% Barcelona! I only had a list from The Notorious NFG but it was going to be a total wing it. I love that town. I want to go back and I want to go back now.  
  • “Drink heavily with locals whenever possible.”No Comment
  • “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.” – Loved our visit with English Mike & Ellie as well as our visit with The Tour Agent and Curly Sue in Switzerland. I know that our paths will cross again and when it does. I plan on picking up from where we left off.
  • “Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”It is very well documented that I smoke cigars, drink alcohol on occasion, and need a cholesterol pill. Sure, I try to keep myself leaning towards the cleaner side of life but what’s the point of living if you can’t slide down butt naked on a sheet of ice. Yes, I ordered the damn goose liver and I loved it!
  • “I learned a long time ago that trying to micromanage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times.”I am hoping she never reads this but I so disagree with Z-Squared and her guerrilla vacation tactics. I love her to death and will be that “3AM phone call guy to come bury a body” guy but I can’t vacation with her. Let that shit roll off the back.

And will I finish with this one. I will always have the deepest respect and love for Ernie and Lynn Mellor for giving an out of work carnie a job.

  • “Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” – Nothing is better than standing over a hot smoker busting balls and or discussing life. I am always appreciate of the visits with the Asian Fireman in Woodlawn.

So, if you have not figured out by my already 900 words this is telling you to go out and explore. It doesn’t have to be in a different country. It can be in a different part of your home town.

All you have to do is be friendly, be respectful and always be humble.

How cool would it be if you were having a lunch on this beach?

Rest in peace Tony. I am still pissed I didn’t get to drink with you at Billy Mark but that is more for a selfish reason.

To honor you I will try to see as much of this world as you did.

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The Week in Pictures

It was a good week last week. Here are some of the pictures from last week.

Have a good week and we will see you next week.

What in the world is Carbunkle Trumpet

up to besides being 5 foot 7 inches tall….

Maybe Taco Girl is getting some new undies from Rump Shaker, or maybe Taco Boy is getting a new thong from CBT….
Dear 9lb, 8oz Baby Jesus lying there in your Ghost manger, please don’t let it be the picture of Pedro on the steps at Lime….

TTK!

Bucket List (and I stole every one of these pics too)

A couple of days back I posted on my FB status update to pick what one thing that was true and it read like this;

  • Imagine that it is raining in Memphis on a Friday
  • I was fixing to board the plane for San Pedro to bring Laurie and Lara stripper wigs and a birthday present for Mary G.
  • After I drank my weight in beer I was going to head up to Playa del Carmen and celebrate Dia de los Muertos as I do realize that I probably am going to that ‘warm’ place but you have to get a little religion when you can.
  • that I just had my C.B. & S. waxed for my brand new sequined thong.
  • Or some bad comment about banging an octogenarian like a screen door in a wind storm.

Well actually other than the first and the last those in the middle are true. The hotel that we always stay in Belize has a Halloween party that is off the chart and from the pics that I stole off of FB it looks like the rain didn’t spoil any fun. One of these days!

Good to see that TG got her wig in time, she was cutting it close according to her texts
Hey Maya did you know that it was Mary G’s birthday? Look at the 21 year old, isn’t she cute!
I can’t bring myself to post the picture that is making this guy wear that outfit but I will just say that I am NUTS over Sir Peter! And I pissed myself when I saw the picture too!
As you can see I stole this from Dorian but the costumes are serious down there!

Stole this from Michelle from last years celebration in MEX
Again stole this from Dorian but you have to love the religious influence!

Maybe next year! (if we don’t go to Voodoo Fest with DCG and KLC Man!)

TTK!

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Let’s see I am 2 weeks behind on posts, the main pooter that I use is acting up so I am on the work laptop and that has more security than a nun in charge of nymphomaniac, hormone riddled 8th graders girls who are going to have a lock in with the boys school. (some of you are laughing uncontrollably right now!)
While I am on the work pooter and not posting pictures I would like to wish best of luck with the move to a new city to Ramblings and Shane as they move from our fair city to 3 hours closer to NOLA. These two were the first one who ‘slightly spooked’ me at Musicfest by walking up to me cold and asking “Hey aren’t you CBT?” I have since recovered and have lost horribly to them at Trivia down at Calhouns. 38103 is going to miss you two.
This weekend we also have the return of RxBambi in town for her High School reunion. I will just say that it is amazing that all of us got out alive and other than the occasional ‘case’ of wine we all lead normal lives. This is considering that we went to all-boys schools and all-girls schools! Rx your poor husband and my poor wife should write books about us, they could make some good money!
Ok, I will stop now but tune in soon folks, I promise I will be back to my normal self!

TTK!