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And Now a Little Musical Interlude

By Chuck Posted: Dec. 29, 2020, 12:31 a.m.

I usually don't like listening to myself, but I've always kinda liked this one.

CharlieHipHop · Rocker (Dirty) - CharlieHipHop and the Rubber Band

This one is pretty cool too. I remember the day we recorded it in Serge's little Greenpoint studio like it was yesterday.

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Would You Have Had the Guts?

By Chuck Posted: Dec. 21, 2020, 11:46 p.m.

Watch this

It is excellent

If you were living in the Antebellum South pre-1860 as a white person, would you have had the guts to stand up and declare slavery immoral and reprehensible, even if it meant you would be declared insane and unemployable? Would you have been willi...

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Check the Podcast

By Chuck Posted: Dec. 19, 2020, 1:18 a.m.

Just a reminder to check the podcast. Sometimes stories are better told by spoken word or music than through text and pictures.

Sometimes they're better told through video, and I promise there will be video within a week or two of the point at which I set sail which should ...

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Perros, Gatos, y La Gente

By Chuck Posted: Dec. 15, 2020, 12:20 a.m.

Where to begin?

You think to yourself, "How can I just pedal my bicycle the beach and lounge about in the warm sun reading, striking up the odd conversation, swimming here and there for exercise and joy when the whole world has gone insane and people are lining up to be probed...

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Made It to La Paz

By Chuck Posted: Dec. 8, 2020, 10:03 p.m.

Getting from Cabo to La Paz is easier than it sounds, and this is why it's sometimes best to ask around rather than relying on the Internet. My tocallo had suggested going to this shopping mall on the outskirts of Cabo and catching a bus from there instead of taking a shuttl...

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Why Do Rednecks Hate Mexicans?

By Chuck Posted: Dec. 5, 2020, 10:56 p.m.

First of all, when I say, "rednecks," I don't mean all rednecks, and I don't mean just the ones from south of the Mason-Dixon line. There are plenty of rednecks in Queens, NY -- you know, the Archie Bunkers of the world. I'm talmbout white people whose necks turn red after a...

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Me llaman Carlos

By Chuck Posted: Dec. 5, 2020, 12:49 p.m.

When I meet hablantes nativos of Spanish, I usually tell them my name is Charles because it is, and they seem to have trouble pronouncing "Chuck;" it always comes back as a timid "Shuck" or "Chook," with a little question mark in parentheses after they repeat it to be sure the...

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Did Carlos Slim Take This Picture?

By Chuck Posted: Dec. 2, 2020, 9:53 p.m.

Some Big Kahuna did

Still euphoric from my daily swim in perfectly aquamarine, pristine, cool sea water, I strolled toward town. A few steps ahead, a well heeled senior (tourist, I assumed) directed a dapper (in a Cabo kind of way) young man to take a snapshot. I took the yo...

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That place where...

By Chuck Posted: Nov. 30, 2020, 11:51 p.m.

... the earth and the sky blend into one, where

dreams and reality grow indistinct from one another, where

water and fire unite, where

darkness concedes to light, where

night and day gently converge, where

straight and gay are meaningless words, where

yin and yang swirl and s...

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22°N -- Perfect Latitude

By Chuck Posted: Nov. 29, 2020, 9:48 p.m.

This part of Mexico is a desert and therefore sunny as heck all the time. If it were summertime, I'd fry to a crisp in seconds, but it's not summertime; it's close to the winter solstice.

If I recall correctly, Cabo San Lucas is somewhere around 22° north latitude, just wit...

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