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By this Author: KamiimaK

Pensive in Peru...February 5th, 2009

I'm perched on a hilltop, underneath the balcony of a cafe in the bohemian district of Barranco in Lima. It's amazing that this city of 9 million has so many quaint and tranquil enclaves. The sun is about to sink in the surf and the illuminated cross that shines like a beacon out on the distant point is glowing more in the gloaming into view. Here I sit, as I have before, writing on a scrap of paper and with borrowed pen.

At idyllic times like this, and well, the less than idyllic times, too and even those times in between, I've reflected and narrated many a blog post of the thoughts or events of the moment. Any thing and every random notion, brings you to mind. However, most are contained within my Moleskine journal stuffed with shards of thoughts on pieces of paper like this one or are unfinished still rolling around in my head.

Obviously, I've been less than frequent with blog updates though not for a lack of content or desire. I guess I just would rather be sitting here experiencing it than scouting for and being ensconced in an Internet Cafe. When I do get online, it's mostly to catch up and reach out to you and then that is enough. And yet, I feel I'm not doing a real good job of that either. Sometimes the tools, means, and will are there and other times - not.

Facebook has been great in terms of efficiency and timeliness, though a bit overwhelming for a one-time reluctant if not, hesitant, adoptee of the tool. I do appreciate its convenience but I've never been good at editing much less choosing the most apt and interesting 160 characters or less to convey at least the essence of a notion. Kudos to you that are! My thoughts don't always work in sound bites, blurbs or bullet points rather it is one big ole' tangential Joycian obtuse run-on stream of sentences both conscious and unconscious brambles of the brain. But then, maybe that is all that is wanted, needed or appropriate and why bother unravelling the yarn. Maybe that is why I admire certain poets so much for their comprehensive brevity. See. Here I go, digressing.

Besides, I'd want you to be living and enjoying, too, rather than be bogged down by the minutiae of my play-by-play, color-commentary of life experiences in my blog, just one of billions and billions and billions in the blogosphere - interesting or not, we've all got a story to tell. So, for a variety of reasons technical, personal, and otherwise I've decided to not actively post to the blog for now. If I change my mind and you happen upon it then, thanks.

I will continue micro-posts via Facebook and macro-posts, old school, as well as, write or call you directly and look forward to receiving the same.

Perhaps, and even better, one day we can share a table, much like this one here, where we can linger and laugh over where we've been, who we are now, what was and what is.

Wish you were across the table from me now so we could swap some stories or simply watch the sky fill with stars. I've seen the Southern Cross for the first time. Tonight.


Posted by KamiimaK 19:30

Miami-South Beach

Arrived this morning in the sunshine state and felt the weight of the heat and my pack as I walked through the terminal. So as soon as I checked in I made some additional cuts and was able to shed what turned out to be five pounds.

With directions in hand and Carlos behind the wheel we set off to the post office to ship clothes-no books back home. Quickly found out Carlos couldn't read english and spoke little I didn't expect to be using the little Spanish I know but we got there and had either of us known I wouldve walked there as I did on return.

I was on a mission today to get a sushi fix and having spied several enticing spots to & fro. Having settled into a cozy and crowded place behind the dashboard, I savored some fresh tuna & salmon sushi along with a small eel roll that was the chefs special.

My fortune cookie read "you are ready to take on the world."!!! The cambodian sushi chef laughed at the "auspiciousness" of the message. He also suggested I append the fortune with "yes we can!" (yes we did!). I didn't say what is also a common addition to fortunes-irreverant and inappropriate.

Back at poolside I couldn't connect to the wifi so I just chillaxed a bit. Now the fiesta bowl is in the hands the buckeyes and my hands are tired from typing on this iTouch. Doubt I will type this much of nothing again in this method. Flight to Costa Rica in the morning...

Sent from my iPod

Posted by KamiimaK 16:55

The 'field Report

This time was different. Over the years, I can't tell how many times I have seen this huge bariatric band, this monochrome rainbow that at either end a pot of gold would be akin to a gold filling from some lonesome traveller that threw out the baby/filling with the bathwater/Skoal cheek juice. Well, it was about this time that the Clark County Cramps started kicking in. "What have I done?!"

Too late, now. My belongings in tow - I was both homeward bound. Homeless. Jobless. By choice, and that's the kicker. I feel like I'm retelling what's already been told, shared, a thousand times or so because I've been neglectful of the blog and prefer the direct connection. My bad. But...I'm sort of all about living in the moment and really its all been said and done before even better than what I will so it's a little difficult to say something - anything that you'll want to read.

So...here I am in the 'field at my brother's, Kevin, place...simultaneously staring at my laptop and Phish the betta fish that swims in front of me - mesmerizing...."We're just two lost souls swimming in the fish bowl"

What have I been up to? Spend a lot of time preparing to be gone and to be in Central/South America for a few months and then off to catch the waning days of summer in New Zealand...studying Spanish (More on that later...), working out (More on that laterer...) and feeding the head (More on that latererest...)...perhaps even Extreme Adventure Bikini Golfing Springfield Style - stay tuned. Have spent some time with family and friends. A good friend said it best when he said..."yes...the mental gymnastics of the juxtaposition of going back to go forward to the nest of home but the city much like the Pretenders song - My City Was Gone - only to leave for far flung places far from the Ohio valley and Midwest roots a retrospective launching pad for a parachute that will glide hither and yon but will touch down, take with her and take from and the world will be smaller and greater..."

I don't know about that but it sounds just about right. The cramps have subsided but I'm restless and also very thankful for where I am, where I've been, and where I'm going...

And, on the eve of this Thanksgiving holiday I'm compelled and would be remiss to not send out the deepest, I'm talking Mariana Trench deep, and warmest...like "two rats fornicating in wool sock hot" (original quote and author - Jack Kitchen)...gratitude, love and appreciation for those in my life that mean the world to me, are my world and without their being would mean a whole a lot less joy. Likely, if you're reading this, then you're one of them. So...thanks... ;)

Or, find me on http://www.facebook.com and check the 'Notes' for updates.
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Posted by KamiimaK 21:16

Simulataneous cross post to Blog & Facebook via email?

Here is a photo...
How does it look?

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Posted by KamiimaK 11:40


Does this work?

Hell if I know...

Posted by KamiimaK 10:38 Archived in USA Tagged round_the_world

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