“so now we’re in monterrey.
not the peninsula.
not the land of whales and henry miller.
but the land of, well, where we’re playing tonight.
last night we went to cirque du soleil.
and, as has happened every time i’ve seen cirque du soleil, it made me want to exercise for 8 hours a day and run off and join the circus.
and after the circus i invited all 80 cirque performers and production people to the show that we’re doing tonight.
and hopefully after the show we’ll all go out and they’ll teach me some tricks of the trade(like how to juggle 9 rubber balls at the same time).
monterrey is very mountainous.
i look out of my hotel window and i see nothing but mountains.
i like mexico.
“in mexico city now.
home of trotsky and frida kahlo.
and, i’m not sure, but wasn’t mexico city originally a giant lake that was turned into a city because people on peyote saw an eagle attacking a snake?
i’m an ignorant gringo, but that’s what i’ve heard.
please correct me if i’m mistaken.
2 a.m here, and it’s raining and peaceful and it’s time for me to go to sleep.
g’night, buenos noches,
“I was reading about venezuela’s offer of assistance to the u.s, and hugo chavez was quoted as calling bush ‘the king of vacations’ and i laughed out loud.
that should be bush’s new moniker.
‘all hail the king of vacations’!
“last night in mexico city was great.
16,000 of the most enthusiastic fans i think that we’ve
ever played in front of.
necesito decir gracias a las personas de la ciudad de mexico.
and now we’re in the airport getting ready to fly to venezuela via panama.
too bad i can’t get out and visit the canal.
but maybe i’ll buy a few panamanian postcards so that i can claim that i’ve been to panama(albeit for a 1 hour layover…).
uh oh, plane’s boarding.
i’m sitting in the airport in bogota waiting to get on a plane to santiago via ecuador.
and it’s september 11th, my birthday, but also the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in u.s history.
at present there’s a memorial service going on at ground zero.
i don’t want to sound negative or depressing, but we can’t let ourselves forget what happened on september 11th.
terrorists hi-jacked planes and killed thousands of completely innocent people and changed our world forever.
without september 11th george bush would’ve been a one term president and we would never have invaded afghanistan or iraq.
without september 11th the thousands of innocents who were killed on that day would now be eating breakfast with their families.
nothing in the last 30 years has affected our world more than what happened in new york and washington on september 11th, 2001.
so we can’t let ourselves forget that thousands of innocent people were killed by murderous terrorists, and that the geo-political realities that we all confront and live with day to day were changed forever.
“yes, i confess, i was ignorant and i did believe that mexico was in central america.
thank you for clearing up my misperception.
although i should’ve known, seeing as nafta, involving the u.s, canada, and mexico, is the ‘north american free trade agreement’.
can’t have a nafta with a country that’s not in north america.
so, i stand corrected and i apologize for my prior statements of egregious ignorance.