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Willem was the guide on my 9-day tour of southern Africa. Over the course of our trip, I grew to know and like him. He's quiet, but runs deep, as you'll hear. He works for Wild Dog Safaris, based in Windhoek, Namibia. I did the 9 day Delta and Vic Falls trip, but they've got everything from day trips to month-long excursions. (I didn't get any discounts or anything in exchange for this. I just really liked Willem, so if you go, please tell them Willem brought in the business.) Special shout-out to my drunken comrades by the fire...
Rivah Winter is a marine biologist at the University of Miami. As of 2017, she'll be at the Frost Museum of Science. Together with Andrew Baker, she won the CappSci Inventors award in 2016 "for her work in developing a laboratory methods to increase coral resistance to bleaching events by promoting thermally tolerant symbionts," whatever the hell that means. I'm clearly out of my league in this one. Download this episode.
Music: "Free Ride," Edgar Winter Group.
My conversation with Ginger, Rivah's grandmother.
In which I respond to a guy who's mystified at how so many people fail to see through the inanities of modern civilization. Download.
Music: "Fresh Blood," by The Eels; "Oh My God," by Michael Franti and Spearhead.
Malith walked away from his home in France about 15 months ago and has been walking ever since. He walked past me last night and I knew I wanted to hear his story. He wandered along the Camino de Santiago then kept going south in Portugal until he reached Gibraltar, where he met a couple sailing to the Canary Islands. He'll be here for a while, then hopes to find a boat going to the Caribbean, South America, and on to Asia. He's a bit over a year into a 5-year journey. Download.
Follow their trip on Facebook here.
I consider the difference between appreciating something and wanting it, porn addiction, the importance of constructive crashing and burning in one's love life, and serve up a large dollop of troll chow. Download.
That Dos Equis guy's role model must have been my uncle Dan. Has Mr. Dos Equis ever delivered babies? Has he piloted several types of planes all over North America? Has he been rolling in money and then seen it rolling away? Does he effortlessly charm women 30 years younger than him without so much as a hint of creepiness while laughing about two types of cancer and serious nerve damage from a motorcycle accident? Go on, Mr. Dos Equis, have another drink and listen to my uncle Dan's story. Download.
Music: "A Good American Life" and "Flag," by Ed Dupas.