the Long's Strange Trip

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Questing into the unknown...
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Carmen Miranda Goes to Bali
Cartwheeling Kids
I'm puttin' on my tophat
The Fallacy of Prohibition
Sleeping at the Job
Gummy Squares
Toy Boats
One Photo, Please!
The National Sound
Same same, but different

Lasting Impressions of...


  • One night we saw a five-year-old kid turning cartwheels across six lanes of traffic in downtown Mexico City, for tips just before midnight.
  • Mexico seems to want to be America.  Mexicans seem to have lost pride in their heritage and their land.  We rode a bus from San Cristobal de las Casas to Tuxla-Guteirrez, and the amount of clear-cutting and trash-dumping is depressing. 
  • In front of every bank, there are machine gun-toting guards, at least three.
  • Mangos - they're served two ways.  You can get them slightly green, peeled and sliced with a squeeze of lime juice, sprinkled with salt and ground chili pepper, or perfectly ripen peeled and cut to resemble a pine cone on a stick.  Delicious!
  • Fresh fruit salads on the streets - oranges, coconut, mango, apples, pineapples, etc., freshly prepared.


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