we catch up with our heroes some where amidst the rice paddies along the way out of cambodia into laos:
Rice paddies and palm trees, a couple cows and a buffalo.
and a whole slew of picturesque sunrises, including this one looking east across the Mekong at dawn.
too early to say mission accomplished (right mr. president), but these agents gotta good thing going out there in the wild...
well, that's what Bojon's very own agent McBryan is up to these days. he's set up shop in Nicaragua, and he's methodically infiltrating the scene with the game plan of purchasing some beach front property and establishing a central american outpost for the Kingdom.
here's an excerpt from his first update on the operation:
Iíve been staying in this tiny town called San Juan Del Sur. Itís laid out on a grid, like a tic-tac-toe board. You can walk all the streets in about 15 minutes, and I have, almost every day. Itís a cool place that is popular among the European backpacking crowd.
The sunsets are amazing, really breathtaking every single night. There are a few good restaurants and two Eskimo ice cream places. You really canít beat the double scoop of cookies and cream when itís hot out Ė Itís a race from the time you have the cone in your hand because ice cream doesnít take long to melt down here. We have internet connections, telephones and the power stays on most of the time. (OK, one time it went out for about 24 hours, but everyone said that was unusual)
Iíve moved in with a local Nicaraguan family so that I can work on learning Spanish full time. Iím taking two hours of formal instruction from Jose, the father, every day and trying to learn everything I can from day to day interaction. The family is great. Jose is a Maestro (teacher) at the local collegio (equivalent to High School in the US), Elia is his wife and he has two children, Roberto (20) and Xiomara (16). Roberto is married and has a child of his own, but the rest of us live in small 2 bedroom, one bath house. The whole place would fit inside the living room of the place I just sold in San Francisco, so there is lots of ďinteractionĒ.
Iíve been spending most of my time looking at real estate and surfing. There is a little wave here in town that is small, but surfable when there is swell. Itís at the river mouth and seems to be better now that weíve had lots of rain. Thatís the only option that you can walk to from town; you really have to drive to find good surf from SJDS. So far, the waves have been good. Really good. Weíve had plenty of swell and the winds have been offshore, all day, every day since Iíve been here.
The real estate scene is going nuts and understandably everyone is trying to make a buck. Everything here is not always as it may seem so Iím glad I came down to see for myself. Itís all about the ocean front stuff right now. Lots of beautiful land being sold and some people are starting to build homes. I found two lots that we are in the process of buying and I hope to have construction on one of the lots completed by next April. And yes, itís located right at one of the best surfing beaches in the areaÖ
Adios for now
nice, bro. keep the reports coming. the cube dwellers on this end appreciate the inspiration...
merry pranksters take note: there's a new magic bus on the scene, and boston Bojon's doug B FRESH is at the wheel.
check out what our boy got himself into by being the winning (ok, only) bidder in this ebay auction:
and yes, 99 cents was the actual sale price.
lordy, lordy, this ride is purdy. check our her profile.
what a beaut!
gotta love the ebay description as well:
The bus has not been driven for about five years, and the battery is missing. Dave bought and installed two new, expensive brake boosters just before he left, although the brakes are not currently functional. He says it's no big deal, just bleed 'em out and drive away.
There was an engine fire at some point, which melted the gauges etc. but Dave installed new wiring and hoses and some new gauges (but not the speedometer; maybe it doesn't go fast enough to worry about speed).
So maybe the bus is okay as a driving machine, maybe it's for parts, maybe it's your new home. You decide.
well, doug E fresh decided: there's only one place for a rig this sweet: Black Rock City!
just a few minor details to take care of.
but our hero is up to the task. or up to accepting the challenge.
a stellar quality of agent FRESH is his ability to see possiblity in the face of insurmountable chaos. that and the fact that reality rarely plays a role in his decisions.
and, i'm happy to say, his latest report found him nothing short of optimistic:
that's right, FRESH, get that Loadster to the desert. we'll have a vat of electric koolaid acid just waitin' for ya!
well yes, we do have an undercover brother in havana.
name and address withheld.
likely not armed. but dangerous. in a good way.
generally in a robe. okay, not always. but often.
check out the email i got today from a hedy cat who was a first timer at the Burn last year. we're talking about a family man here. wife, kids, professional job. all that.
the spirit the Man inspires runs deep:
And of course, you neeeeeeeeeeeeeed a celebratory glowstick to go with it, right?
So there I was prancing around my house last night in the jumper, waving a single lone blue glowstick, and getting all sorts of fired up that the Burn is only a couple of weeks away...
Tonight, I buy a hat.
If you don't hear from me in a few days, can someone please check the local loony bins? I suspect my family may be ready to have me committed...
that, my friends, is what i'm talking about!! i think i too will head out this evening and procure a lid...
mcbryan is off to nicaragua to establish a central american outpost for the Kingdom. his first order of bidness is to immerse himself in the culture, gain command of the spanish language, and catch as many double overhead tubes as is humanly possible. then, once he has the lay of the land, mcbryan is going to start a surf camp and launch a shady import/export operation.
the SilverFox, on the other hand, is heading to south florida to judge bikini contests, chase marlin, and host Bojaunts to south beach. he will also serve as the american arm of mcbryan's shady import/export operation.
in honor of their impending departure, SF Bojon convened at the Dirty Martini for some raucous merrymaking. here are a few shots from the action:
the SilverFox with his harem...
mcbryan and ms. lulii
fellas already feeling the void...
one upside: more ladies to go around...
goin' out in style...
damn, fellas, you'll be missed in SF... 'twas an excellent ride!!!
word on the jamaican bobsled team is that they are looking good despite the relative dearth of practice ice.
and the j-bob store in montego bay is kicking ass.
perhaps the best business card out there...
but the real deal is Torino 2006. for those in the business of leisure, this is a must do. get it on the radar screen now 'cause this italian villa is gonna pop, and the biggest bunny is going to be in the center of it all.
550 days to go...