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  • hardie karges 12:36 pm on December 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Announcing a New Travel Service for Wannabe Trump Refugee Expatriates… 

    Image result for cubano de talBeat the rush! Don’t Delay! Don’t get caught looking the wrong way! If the thought of Donald Trump as our next President is as disgusting to you as it is to me, then start making plans to leave the country now, while the dollar is strong and the lines are short, because they likely won’t last long! Thousands of Americans reside in other countries even before the Trump card is played, and you can bet that number will increase if the Donald (el Donaldo, where you’ll likely be going) is elected.

    Have you ever been to Asia? It might be a good time to visit! What about Latin America? Pues si, como no!? And the hottest travel destination in the world IMHO is Eastern Europe. Imagine, Europe at half the price, and equally cultured and beautiful! Of course, traveling there and living there are two different things, and working there another degree of difficulty altogether. So first, define your objective: escaping the new revised USA of Donald A$$hole Trump, of course, got it. (More …)

  • hardie karges 9:41 pm on December 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    A Year Without Borders: Visions of Tibet 

    This is the first year in thirty-five or forty that I haven’t crossed a border. Oh, woe is me. What am I gonna do? I call feel the existential angst setting in, passport getting moldy, and moss growing where wild hairs used to be. I guess I could go sixty miles down to the Mexican border just to satisfy that ethnic Third World urge to merge, but—naah. Maybe it’s time to grow up, get a life, get a career, make some babies, make some grandchildren and—naah. I’ve got a better idea: as soon as this current hostel project is finished two months from now (and counting down)…

    I think I’ll take a trip, somewhere different, somewhere challenging, something exotic, something fragile, something like: Tibet. Yeah, I think that’s the ticket: Tibet, while there still IS a Tibet, occupied by majority Tibetans, not Han Chinese transmigrated in to control the elections, the natural selections and the flow of information, Han Chinese to turn what was once sacred and beautifully scarred into what will soon be self-satisfied and smug, driftwood polished by time tossed into the fire for kindling and kitchen work… (More …)

  • hardie karges 6:25 pm on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome to the Hostel Arizona… 

    IMG_0327Well, we’ve had some interesting guests in the Hypertravel Hostel and Old (Mexican) Boarding House here in Tucson, Arizona, but maybe none more interesting than the crew shooting a pilot for a proposed new TV show called ‘Hotel Arizona’ (I suggested ‘Hostel Arizona’, but they aren’t buying it). That’s the irony, of course, that they’re staying in an authentic Mexican turn-of-last-century boarding house, while shooting Tucson for Mexico, and probably using something far less authentic for the eponymous ‘Hotel Arizona’.

    IMG_0319I guess the script calls for adobe (true, it’s supposed to be a refugee crash pad on the not-so-underground railroad north from Guatemala, not a spiffy showpiece like mine). And that’s the beauty of my hostel, really, isn’t it, that it can almost magically and easily morph into one guise or another, according to the desires and demands of a populace attuned to its own tastes, not necessarily mine?

    That means that in one year it’s been a hostel, a B&B, a vacation rental, an event location and more. Ironically, the idea I had in mind in the beginning—a hostel—is not the idea I finally had when I still meant to keep it, which was to indeed make it into a historical masterpiece, as location for events, including film shoots. But alas and alack, day late and a dollar short, that will not likely happen now that I’ve found a buyer for the place who wants to open a women’s shelter.

    IMG_0322The house itself is not happy about this turn of events, of course. He keeps giving me this look like (in breathy voice), “I coulda’ been a contenderrrrr….”

    “You are a contender, ‘bro,” I reassure him telepathically. “It’s just that there’s more to life than fame, you know?”

    Silence. “I suppose you’re right. You’re always right, smart-ass.” Pause. “We’re BFF’s, ain’t we, hombre?”

    “Yeah, man, we’re BFF’s. You know that.” He loves text talk.

    That should keep him happy until closing time, with no unforeseen circumstances. He’s taking it better than I am, truth be told. It’s all quite sad, except for one thing: this is the first year in almost forty that I haven’t crossed a border. Yeow! We’ll have to do something about that; stay tuned…

    • Esther Fabbricante 10:12 pm on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What’s next in your adventurous life?


      • hardie karges 11:03 pm on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        For you, Esther, I’ll give a sneak preview. Long-term: It depends on who is elected President, Short-term: it starts with a ‘T’… stay tuned…

  • hardie karges 6:44 pm on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , history,   


    010Taiwan clings to the Chinese coast like a slingshot cocked and loaded, waiting to be flung out into the open Pacific by any earthquake with balls and bats and a love of the game.  India’s sliding into second base, Camp Himalaya, with cleats high and dust flying.  Turkey is a fragile coccyx attaching Asia to Africa and allowing Europe to get erect and stay there.  Iran is a rusty scimitar slicing into the underbelly of Asia.  Africa is breaking up and going separate ways.  We ride on the crust of a custard, on the crest of a wave, a ball of fire cooled down to magma.

    It’s almost like the bloody thing is still alive in there.  In another billion years, things might be more settled, continents satisfied with their figures and waistlines and their place in society.  There will probably still be life.  I wonder if there will still be humans.  I wonder what they’ll be like.  I wonder if anyone will still remember me, us, or any of this that seems such a normal, commonplace, everyday reality.  I wonder how many times we’ll have to start over before we get it right.  The earth will survive our most vicious transgressions, but we may not.

    The hard thing to realize is that we may still be in a very early phase of our lives as part of the universe.  The recent discovery that galaxies are receding at an ever-increasing rate seems to indicate that we might still be in the early stages of the Big Bang.  Our earth is barely cool enough to inhabit.  We don’t yet know our limits.  We think maybe we’re smarter than we really are.  We still maintain our youthful suicidal tendencies.  This is one of the disadvantages of neoteny, cultural or biological.  Some retained traits may not be desirable.  We’re killing ourselves. And it doesn’t have to be that way…

  • hardie karges 9:03 pm on December 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Digital Muslims and Ancient Chinese Foodies… 

    021Who says Islam is backward and sexist? I’d say they must be pretty advanced if they have e-moms.  But why do they stay in the mosques? Do their kids still have to clean up their rooms, or does the e-mom do that?  Can you just phone it in?  Upload it?  Do they make meatloaf–digital meatloaf, that is?  I hate meatloaf.  The best thing about Islam is the prohibition against pork.  We know what pigs eat.

    Chinese people love pork, but then Chinese people will eat anything with four legs, as long as it isn’t a table, the original pan-gastronomes, likely the first to cook food, likely the first to use pans. It tastes better that way. Chinese food is nothing if not hot wok.  You can quote me on that.  I hear Muslims have moo-lahs, too, which sounds like a dairy product, but don’t quote me on that…

    • Esther Fabbricante 11:20 pm on December 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What will you think of next? I am just now home from singing carols at Brandon Court Nursing Home.


  • hardie karges 7:13 pm on December 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    The Human Dimension 


    The green line in Cyprus

    The third world is addictive, the very lack of superficial development something attractive in itself, the sights and sounds and noises and smells and total lack of order. I get an erection just thinking about it.

    I also get a stinging sensation in my mouth. I get the same sensation the next day in my anal orifice if I go too far with the hot chili peppers. I prefer other feelings.

    If I’m lucky, then my stomach gets the same empty feeling you get from free-fall–vacuum, the natural feeling of weightlessness. I live for that feeling, and it certainly beats any other feeling that stomachs are capable of.

    But the best part of the so-called Third World is not its food, its landscapes, nor its women. The best part is its unpredictability, the very fact that you don’t know what to expect from one day to the next. In that respect, it’s a lot like love, and like love, it gets boring if that’s the only basis to it.

    You have to keep trying new places to get that original feeling. But there’s no reason to feel guilty, because that’s what we are, the trip monkeys. We like to get around, and we like to get off. That’s what it is to be human, and that’s what makes us so successful. Other animals wander around; we’re driven. And that’s kandy-kolored tangerine-flake streamline, baby…

  • hardie karges 10:01 pm on December 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Tribes Without Passports, People without States 


    No Turkish coffee in Istanbul–looking for Red Bull, instead…

    Borders and passports are a recent phenomenon, you know. It’s only been barely more than a hundred years since borders have been closed and sealed. Governments, of course, have existed much longer, but free movement was generally allowed across borders, probably because labor has generally been a scarce resource for most of human history.

    Governments used to want immigrants! One effect of the modern system is that it denies tribalism a place, because many tribes lie across borders. Some of the best examples are the Quechua-speakers in six countries, some twenty million Kurds in four or more, the Tibetans in China and the Mons of Southeast Asia, all great nations in the history of the world, but left without a modern state to represent them.

    These are tensions inherent in the modern system. Since endless divisions are not necessarily practical, increased unification may be the only answer, so former Yugoslav states get their independence only to give some of it up willingly to a European Union, in this scenario.

    Certainly everyone could have a state if the designation were largely meaningless and merely an administrative division. This is what the US was in theory, before the Civil War negated it. The world is not ready for a true United Nations, but it might be ready for ten or twelve cooperative blocs as opposed to two or three.

  • hardie karges 9:26 pm on December 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Tale of 3 Cities—High-Tech San Fran, Skid-Row LA, Tucson not-so-Hostel 

    700 N. 7th

    Hypertravel Hostel

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…so far like the present period…”–Dickens, Tale of 2 Cities  I think my house, aka ‘Hypertravel Hostel’, is mad at me—seriously. Since the day we signed the sales contract—poof! Something just went away at that moment, and may not come back. And since the closing date is still months away, this is no laughing matter. We still have to live together.

    Now I think the house is jinxing me—good time to travel.  When the sale of this house in Tucson is final, if I try to operate another hostel, I figure it’ll be in the Bay Area, the closest thing the US has to a true ‘gold rush’, what with dot-com companies finally coming of age and looking for permanent digs, having now outgrown the freshman dorm on the Silicon Valley campus and taking firm root in downtown San Francisco… (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 12:25 am on December 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I have visited San Fran twice and loved it – was only in LA briefly a couple of times. I do agree that I liked San Fran better – and then on to El Cerito, Palo Alto, Mission Viejo, Capistrano, San Diego, Escondido, Ontario, Lake Tahoe – all great!

      Phoenix was exciting, too – and a brief visit to Scottsdale, and Sedona, etc. Good ole Brandon. A lazy town, laid back.


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