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"three thousand" Discussed on Filmspotting
"You. I've been treating me the way you have. Elaine. Elaine. Darling, I love you so much. I can't go through with our marriage. Have you suddenly gone crazy? No, no, I don't think so. There's only a matter of time. Look, look, darling. You wouldn't want to have children with three heads, would you? I mean, you would want to set up housekeeping in a padded cell or be bad. What are you talking about? Oh, I don't quite know, and I it's like I probably should have told you this before, but you see. Well, insanity runs in my family. In practically galloped. That was Cary Grant with Priscilla lane in 1940 fours arsenic and old lace, written by Julius and Philip Epstein based on their play of the same name, directed by Frank Capra. Now a couple of weeks ago, I was joined by the Chicago tribunes Michael Phillips, Michael and I discussed the fourth film in our Barbara Stanwyck marathon 1940 ones meet John Doe. So why that scene from arsenic and old lace? Hank Worcester in fort benning, Georgia says, can't be anything, but arsenic and old lace. I honestly thought Michael Phillips was doing his best Burt Lancaster impression. So I was doing my best to think along those lines. But insanity runs in my family, it practically gallops just gave it away. Obviously, it's another Frank Capra movie to go with the review of meet John Doe. The only other connection I could see is that I got Gary Cooper and Cary Grant confused up until I was in college and started watching older movies on my own and not just whatever was on TCM when I was at my dad's house. I don't think Hank's alone in that confusion. No. We also heard from Ariel rossine from Waukesha, Wisconsin. Don't worry, Michael, Cary Grant himself would side with your opinion of the film as he considered this one of the weakest of his career. The obvious connection for this episode is that arsenic and old lace and meet John Doe were directed by Frank Capra. A connection I can make is that arsenic and olay centers around hidden bodies in the cellar and bodies bodies bodies need I say more and yes. I did review along with Mariah Gates body's body on that episode as well. Now Adam, were you heartened to see the number of submissions we got because you expressed a little suspicion that arsenic and old lace would just be too old to unknown, no one would bother to enter. I daresay we got a fair amount of entries. I felt good about that. I used to like to stump people a bit more with massacre theater and at some point I decided what's the point in doing a contest in engaging with your audience if you're not going to engage your audience. I really did think. We might get about three entries for arsenic and old lace. I underestimated our audience. I think it was that line too. I saw this a lot in the entries. Hank mentioned it. That's such a good quip. Screwball comedy all timeline about insanity running in the family. It practically gallops the whole joint. I think a lot of people immediately placed it from that. I think so. Why don't you reach into that brimming film spotting hat and pick out this week's winner? Our winner is Jeff Clark from carbo North Carolina. Congratulations, Jeff, email feedback at film spotting .NET, give us your T-shirt size, give us your address and we will set you up with your very own film spotting
"three thousand" Discussed on Filmspotting
"The more it focuses on that central relationship, I agree, something is lacking that up until that point, the movie has in full. But I found myself more aligned with althea taking this story in. I'm not in the camp. I'm also not in our friend Mariah Gates's camp who on letterbox gave it two stars and just called it outrageously bad. I don't totally understand that reaction and yet I do kind of understand where Mariah is coming from. For me, Sarah and I went to see this at 9 30 at night, the terrible 9 30 at night slot on a Saturday night. We put the two little kids to bed. We're pretty well drained and exhausted, but it was the only time I was going to be able to fit it in. I almost called it off at the last minute and just said, I don't know when I'll see it, but I'll figure out another time, this just isn't going to be good. And lo and behold, the story starts and just like alo Thea, I was along for the journey of this tale. And there's many reasons why. One of them is that the story has what any good story needs and that stakes. The core idea here was fascinating to me, Josh, that a gin has to convince a woman to make three wishes or else he is stuck forever. But the woman, he needs to elicit that from, is someone who knows not only that happiness and fulfillment and most things we seek in life are predicated on narratives that we create for ourselves. She keenly understands how these narratives are constructed and function. So she's impervious. She's not susceptible to them in the way the usual person who throughout history has released him would be. And watching it, I both wanted the gin to get that release. I wanted him to win here. I believe that he is an empathetic, soulful being, who, as he says, at least one point is not trying to exploit her or manipulate or hurt her. And yet his existence requires that she comply. On the other side, I'm rooting for althea. I don't want her to get played. I don't want her to give in. I don't want her to sacrifice herself and the life she's built for herself, flawed as it may be, and she allows those flaws, those cracks in the dam to show. I didn't want her to relinquish the authority and the power that she had either. And that push pull of the conflict was compelling for me. Yeah, it is compelling. And I think that's what drew me in initially as well, but I guess I would argue that seems to fall by the wayside probably by the midpoint of the film. And it's not that it's jettisoned. It's that we get these sub narratives. These stories of the jinn's previous experiences with other people throughout history who have come across his bottle. And his struggle with them. Those are, you know, as you say, different stakes. So this movie definitely gives us more stakes. It piles stakes upon stakes within stakes and extra stakes, but for me they weren't quite as compelling as that initial one that did grab you, also, I feel like maybe two thirds through the film, they throw, those stakes out between the two of them, and that intellectual, maybe it's this atom. I feel like this turns from a intellectual gamesmanship experience between the two of them into a romantic one. Let's just say that without getting into too much detail. And for me, that's when the air came out. I think that's what it was. I was not as invested in these two as a couple, even though I understand it reflects the gin's experiences. Some of his experiences in the past as well. He's had romantic entanglements with other humans. It's part of his story. It makes sense. It's not a sharp veer out of nowhere, but it's definitely a different direction than where the movie had been taking us. And what I agree with you is incredibly compelling. This idea of a studier of stories being getting thrown multiple stories at her that are going to affect her own story and how she plays that out. I wonder if part of this is the performances too. And maybe this is a way to shift to that. I'd love to hear a little bit more. It sounds like Alba definitely worked for you, how you thought swinton worked because I struggled a little bit with the characterization of alathea as this person who is incredibly lonely and in denial about that loneliness. That seemed to be something the movie wanted her to be. I don't know if I ever entirely got that from the performance, Ella Thea seemed, you know, I think there's an exchange between them about contentment. And the gin can't believe that she could be content as this person who's, you know, has given much of her life and to study right now. And she makes an argument back. No, I am. I'm not still suffering from this romantic relationship in my past that she details. That is no longer alive. I'm content. Now, maybe she's not a 100%, but I did believe her. I kind of bought it. And so I think you see, but don't you think the movie wanted us to see her as more lonely and desperate than she registered to me at least? I think the movie wants us to see that it's complex. And that even for someone as sturdy in her belief in contentment as she is, that doesn't mean that they're still aren't elements of need and loneliness. And that's how I read it. We agree on when the air does come out of the movie and why. We just don't agree totally on when it occurs. At what point in the film or to what extent it deflates the film. Those stories and stakes you've talked about, yes, there are stakes within each one of those sub narratives, those tales that he tells. But for me, I still saw them working nicely and fitting nicely within the larger construct of him trying to get her to change her mind. He is telling her all of these stories so that she ultimately will succumb and that she will feel compelled to take an action. So I still saw those fitting together pretty nicely. Elbow works fine for me here. I can't recall any specific choices he made that either really wowed me or did anything to detract from the movie. I don't think there is the spark between those two characters that you need when the movie ultimately seems to demand it, but swinton here is actually a big reason why the movie worked for me. As the audience is surrogate, I think she embodies all of those conflicts and the nuances that we're talking about in a way that doesn't make it too simple. That doesn't make it binary. If anything, if we see it on sort of a sliding scale, I see her way more as actually content. And there's just that hint of but maybe there's something more. Maybe there is something she's missing. And the fact that she's open to that is something that I think makes her character interesting. She's largely a reactor here. And it's not great for most performers, but few performers do more with less, than Tilda Swinton. I felt like I was reading four notes at once in every look or sigh or gesture. And to get in a little more to what you're arguing, Josh, despite the way she portrays herself within her own story. That's part of it too. She sets herself up within this fairytale construct is being more rigid and unmoving. And she almost protests too much about how happy she is. You see those characteristics and you believe them, but I do think she subtly reveals a lot more. She reveals some vulnerability. She reveals some need. And more than anything, swinton just exudes curiosity intellectual and emotional curiosity in investment in the story she's hearing. The more she feels it, the more she wants to know, the more I did. And the fact that he's this magical Genie, and obviously a powerful entity, and she's just immortal, but she also has power in this situation and authority in this situation in that, as I said, she's more or less impervious to what he's peddling.
"three thousand" Discussed on The Big Picture
"And Nickelodeon shows like Doug and said, he's storyboarded for Douglas. I still don't know what the fuck that was. I thought that was really funny. just an older guy trying to figure out what Doug is. It's just very funny to me. So yeah, and then just different things, even like I just have found that there was this older guy Robert Haller who ran the library and taught me the whole history of anthology and everything and passed that down to me. And how this guy Jerome hill, who's like, is this wealthy guy who had like 16 millimeter and 35 millimeter films made of him as a kid, hers his home movies, his parents would pay for these home movies, and we're just complete lunatic like wealthy assets that just threw around money. And he's the guy who bankrolled anthology film archives and why they're in that incredible building, which have you ever gone to anthology in New York? I have, yes. Yeah, I lived there for ten years. They found skeletons buried underneath anthology a couple of years ago. Is that true? Hopefully not my ancestors. Yeah, there's a lot of mob history in downtown east village area, west village area. It's a lot of that. These are the victims of murder. That's what you're saying. Or experimental film. Anyway, mentorship. Yeah, yeah, even like even pretty recently in the last three years, you know, when I was just sort of stuck editing this movie and struggling with it and going like, well, I don't even know how to talk to actors, you know what I mean? I just have no vernacular to talk to actors. I found it very difficult, you know? Not that I mean, I'm better with people. I'm good with people, but I wanted the vocabulary. But in order, but the vocabulary is really you have to know the tools. So I studied meisner with Louise Lasser. I had known this guy Joe Franklin, who had an office in Times Square and his mess of an office was he was the first talk show host and he had this insane office, but that was sort of what the basement was modeled. But around the corner was Louise Lasser teaching meisner. And you had to sort of audition to the class and be accepted in in this way.
"three thousand" Discussed on The Big Picture
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"three thousand" Discussed on The Big Picture
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"three thousand" Discussed on Pop Culture Happy Hour
"Now it is time for our favorite segment of this week and every week. What is making us happy this week, Andrew limbong? What is making you happy this week? Is it cool if I talk about something I'm working on? Absolutely. See if that or me talking about The O.C., but I'm working on this piece about a book called diary of a void by emi yagi. It's a Japanese book recently translated into English. And it's about this woman who works at an office and to get out of all the menial unpaid labor women are expected to do at the office, you know, like clean up after a meeting and make the coffee and do all that sort of stuff. She fakes being pregnant to get out of all of it. And then because this book can't take place in America because she gets all this maternal leave, she has all this time to think about her life and stuff like that. And delves into this weird psychosis she almost starts buying her lie. I don't know. It's a fascinating and interesting book that I'm really enjoying digging into. So that's the book is called diary of a void by any yagi. Thank you very much. But Autry, what is making you happy this week? So, you know, I got thinking about orientalism, colonialism, and all these reasons when I watched the film. And there, I think, two days back of our friends in India, they were posting this video of a couple of people dressed like Peppa pig. Dancing in and guessing a north Indian wedding. Do like this Punjabi Bollywood song. And I was like, well, this is post colonialism. This is how the United States. They're like these British pigs. Dancing to this Punjabi Bollywood song. I've been thinking about it more than I should. Well, now you just mentioned it, and I can't stop thinking about it. I haven't even seen it. All right, thank you very much, but actually Walter, what is making you happy this week? There's a new series coming out on Netflix called lost Ollie. It's the combination of live action and animation and the animation is stunning. It's just about a loss toy. I think the story is a little bit familiar, but Jonathan Groff plays the voice of Ollie. Mary J. Blige is in a Tim Blake Nelson plays this sort of Elvis kind of character toy. It is dark, not necessarily for very young children. I love all of these dark odysseys across American wastelands with toys. It's only four episodes. I'm in love with the look of it. I'm in love with the execution of it and I'm in love with the people who did it. It's a very heartwarming, it's lost Ollie on Netflix. I have seen some key art. I haven't seen anything else about it, but I am desperately curious, so thank you for that. What's making me up this week, you know, I've been trying to speed summer out the damn door and usher autumn in early by getting into folk horror.
"three thousand" Discussed on Pop Culture Happy Hour
"As a companion as a lover or whatever. I mean, I didn't appreciate much about that last bit of the film, but I appreciated that. I really love this idea too, that because he's an electromagnetic. You know, that really beautiful idea about it, that he may not be compatible with this world. These old stories or even the notion of romance or taking it slow or telling each other our stories, maybe that's become devalued in the modern conversation with our technologies and all of this stuff is kind of suggested in the film without going too far into the film and the wider the world becomes less tolerant. We become perhaps a weather cultures, ironically. I don't have any answers for this movie, but I'm compelled by the questions that it asks. Yeah, I think what I like most about this film is the way it complicates the fable, right? But after you mentioned the magic word companionship and the interplay between that and freedom, I also think it's important that I don't think it's a bit when Alfie tells us she's content. I don't think we're supposed to think of her as unhappy and just putting up a front. And if this were a very simple fairytale, she would be miserable in the beginning and then she finds him and that's resolutions think. But what it wants to do is not second guess itself, but I kind of layer on the fabulous narrative. And so we don't want to get into what wish she chooses to make, but that's a complicated one. A more complicated one than I think you might be expecting. If you expected this to be a morality play. Now, we talked about George Miller's previous film was fury road, which was a marvel of practical effects and stunts and this is not that. This is much more intimate, much talk here. And I'm kind of going back trying to figure out who this guy is as a director. Now, we don't have to ascribe to the auteur theory if you don't want to. He could just be a guy who tells different kinds of stories and he takes his skill set and kind of adapts it to whatever story he wants to tell. But what's the through line? What who is this guy as a director? I really think that he does have a through line dog, and I think that he loves fairytales and fables and legends. I mean, the Mad Max movies are those things. Every Mad Max movie ends with, and then he disappeared back into the desert. Sure. So my favorite of the bad backs movies is actually the third one beyond ThunderDome. There's that scene where the kids tell about captain walker, the mysterious airline pilot and they have this hotel of captain walker with shadow puppets in front of a frame, like a movie frame. It's brilliant. It's such brilliant storytelling and fable making. And you know, as I was watching 3000 years, I thought that this is finally the sequel to bay pig in the city that I've been waiting for for all of these years. Which is incredible, by the way. Having just watched it on Monday, it holds up, dude. Totally. Oh, man. It's one of my favorite movies of all time because it's so weird and perverse and awesome. And it lives in this world where that city is every city, you know, just like Istanbul. The opening of this movie where she flies in on an airplane called the sheherazade. Istanbul. And I recognize this world as the sort of attempt to combine all of the world's stories. Very same men like clan to your point. Into one earth story about logging and man, I'm just old enough and sad enough to really love the idea of longing.
"three thousand" Discussed on Pop Culture Happy Hour
"I like the notion that jinns are electromagnetic that they are as they say in the film subtle fire. I eat that up. That's great. It's very Neil Gaiman. It's also very helene wecker if you read the golem and the Ginny, which I loved a lot that's fabulous approach is what I did. The visuals are fun. The visuals here are like what if Terry Gilliam had a superego, right? And I really like the chemistry between swinton and elbow, but let's talk about this. I don't think it's necessarily a powerfully sexual chemistry there.
Nearly 43,000 people died on US roads last year, agency says
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G7 foreign ministers meet to discuss Ukraine war, impacts
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Slightly more Americans seek jobless aid last week
"The the the the number number number number of of of of Americans Americans Americans Americans applying applying applying applying for for for for jobless jobless jobless jobless aid aid aid aid ticked ticked ticked ticked up up up up slightly slightly slightly slightly last last last last week week week week but but but but the the the the total total total total number number number number of of of of Americans Americans Americans Americans collecting collecting collecting collecting benefits benefits benefits benefits remains remains remains remains at at at at its its its its lowest lowest lowest lowest level level level level in in in in more more more more than than than than fifty fifty fifty fifty years years years years I'm I'm I'm I'm Ben Ben Ben Ben Thomas Thomas Thomas Thomas with with with with a a a a look look look look at at at at the the the the numbers numbers numbers numbers applications applications applications applications for for for for unemployment unemployment unemployment unemployment benefits benefits benefits benefits rose rose rose rose by by by by a a a a thousand thousand thousand thousand the the the the week week week week ending ending ending ending may may may may seventh seventh seventh seventh to to to to two two two two hundred hundred hundred hundred and and and and three three three three thousand thousand thousand thousand that that that that remains remains remains remains well well well well below below below below the the the the pre pre pre pre pandemic pandemic pandemic pandemic level level level level of of of of two two two two hundred hundred hundred hundred and and and and twenty twenty twenty twenty five five five five thousand thousand thousand thousand the the the the labor labor labor labor department department department department report report report report also also also also shows shows shows shows the the the the total total total total number number number number of of of of Americans Americans Americans Americans collecting collecting collecting collecting jobless jobless jobless jobless benefits benefits benefits benefits for for for for the the the the week week week week ending ending ending ending April April April April thirtieth thirtieth thirtieth thirtieth fell fell fell fell by by by by forty forty forty forty four four four four thousand thousand thousand thousand to to to to one one one one million million million million three three three three hundred hundred hundred hundred and and and and forty forty forty forty three three three three thousand thousand thousand thousand that's that's that's that's the the the the fewest fewest fewest fewest since since since since January January January January third third third third nineteen nineteen nineteen nineteen seventy seventy seventy seventy first first first first time time time time claims claims claims claims generally generally generally generally track track track track the the the the number number number number of of of of layoffs layoffs layoffs layoffs in in in in together together together together it it it it all all all all adds adds adds adds up up up up to to to to historically historically historically historically strong strong strong strong job job job job security security security security for for for for American American American American workers workers workers workers Ben Ben Ben Ben Thomas Thomas Thomas Thomas Washington Washington Washington Washington
Vegas Strip resort surprises 5,400 workers with $5K bonuses
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Bidens paid 24.6% taxes on $610,702 earnings, returns show
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National Urban League finds State of Black America is grim
"The the the the national national national national urban urban urban urban league league league league says says says says its its its its annual annual annual annual state state state state of of of of black black black black America America America America report report report report has has has has grim grim grim grim findings findings findings findings this this this this year year year year this this this this year year year year is is is is a a a a quality quality quality quality index index index index shows shows shows shows black black black black people people people people still still still still get get get get only only only only seventy seventy seventy seventy three three three three point point point point nine nine nine nine percent percent percent percent of of of of the the the the pie pie pie pie enjoyed enjoyed enjoyed enjoyed by by by by white white white white Americans Americans Americans Americans there there there there have have have have been been been been gains gains gains gains in in in in economic economic economic economic indicators indicators indicators indicators and and and and measures measures measures measures of of of of health health health health but but but but black black black black Americans Americans Americans Americans overall overall overall overall have have have have fallen fallen fallen fallen farther farther farther farther behind behind behind behind whites whites whites whites when when when when it it it it comes comes comes comes to to to to education education education education social social social social justice justice justice justice and and and and civic civic civic civic engagement engagement engagement engagement median median median median household household household household income income income income at at at at around around around around forty forty forty forty three three three three thousand thousand thousand thousand nine nine nine nine hundred hundred hundred hundred dollars dollars dollars dollars is is is is thirty thirty thirty thirty seven seven seven seven percent percent percent percent less less less less than than than than what what what what white white white white Americans Americans Americans Americans are are are are in in in in healthcare healthcare healthcare healthcare and and and and life life life life expectancy expectancy expectancy expectancy are are are are also also also also lower lower lower lower blacks blacks blacks blacks live live live live about about about about four four four four years years years years less less less less than than than than whites whites whites whites urban urban urban urban league league league league president president president president Marc Marc Marc Marc Morial Morial Morial Morial says says says says change change change change starts starts starts starts at at at at the the the the ballot ballot ballot ballot box box box box launching launching launching launching a a a a re re re re claim claim claim claim your your your your vote vote vote vote campaign campaign campaign campaign I I I I am am am am Jackie Jackie Jackie Jackie Quinn Quinn Quinn Quinn
Saint Peter's University quietly savors OT win over Kentucky
"Cinderella has feathers D. **** from Saint Peter's university Rosalyn Thomas's school a number fifteen seed bead number two C. eight time national champion Kentucky in overtime it was amazing I was not expecting anything less because they all my boys think Peters has only about three thousand students people who picked Kentucky to go far in the tournament may not be singing their praises cliff a chock S. was at a campus rally this places on the map the city oftentimes overlooked because of proximity to New York City the peacocks are making their fourth appearance in the tournament since the twenty ten to twenty eleven season this is their first win student Annabel Adams says take that New York people across the river have no idea about the school and we're just sitting here the entire time St Peter's next opponent Murray state hi Matt Donahue
WHO: New COVID deaths fell 17% last week, but cases rising
"The United Nations health agency says there has been an increase in the number of coronavirus cases around the world but the number of deaths is declining the World Health Organization says the number of corona virus deaths worldwide is dropped by seventeen percent in the last week to forty three thousand but the number of new infections has increased about eight percent to eleven million around the world the largest increase in cases comes in the western Pacific and Africa but there has been a twenty percent decline in Colby cases in the Middle East Southeast Asia and the Americas I'm Jackie Quinn
Death toll nears 6 million as pandemic enters its 3rd year
"The world is on the verge of another milestone in the corona virus pandemic and Ben Thomas with the latest numbers Johns Hopkins university's tally shows more than five million nine hundred and ninety seven thousand people have died of confirmed covert nineteen infections around the world as of mid day Sunday that's just three thousand short of six million deaths over the past two plus years while many places including the U. S. are relaxing precautions evidence suggests the pandemic is anything but over remote Pacific islands are just now grappling with their first outbreaks Hong Kong is battling its worst in Eastern Europe is seeing a spike in deaths amid the surge of refugees coming from Ukraine meanwhile the US is nearing one million deaths I'm Ben Thomas
Fewer Americans apply for jobless benefits last week
"The number of Americans applying for unemployment is dropping on a weekly basis I'm Ben Thomas with the latest numbers applications for jobless benefits last week fell might eighteen thousand the labor department says two hundred and fifteen thousand people filed claims down from two hundred and thirty three thousand a week before the four week average which compensates for weekly volatility also declines down by six thousand in total less than one and a half million Americans were collecting jobless aid the week that ended February twelfth that number did tick up slightly the previous week it had the lowest level since March nineteen seventy first time applications for jobless aid generally tracked the pace of layoffs which are backed down to fairly healthy pre pandemic levels analysts surveyed by factset forecast tomorrow's monthly jobs report which showed the U. S. economy added four hundred thousand jobs in February Ben Thomas Washington
S. Korea to give out rapid tests as omicron shatters record
"South Korea will distribute free coronavirus rapid test kits at schools and senior care facilities starting next week the move follows an unprecedented wave of infections driven by the fast moving on the chrome variant the south education minister says schools will be getting enough kits to students to use twice a week the tests will be mandatory while officials will consider both the pandemic's growing economic strain and threats posed by the surge before announcing new social distancing measures on Friday health officials have reported just over ninety four thousand new infections shattering the previous one day high set on Tuesday by more than thirty three thousand cases I'm Charles the last month
US ramps up Ukraine warning, says Russia may invade in days
"The White House is ramping up warnings of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine saying it could take place within days I'm Ben Thomas with the latest Russia could choose in very short order to commence a major military action against Ukraine national security adviser Jake Solomon says the United States doesn't know if Russian president Vladimir Putin has made a decision to invade but if you look at the disposition of forces in both Belarus and in Russia on the other side of the Ukrainian border from the north from the east the Russians are in a position to be able to mount a major military action in Ukraine any day now and he says Americans in Ukraine should get out within the next forty eight hours meanwhile a senior defense official says another three thousand U. S. combat troops are being sent to Poland they'll join seventeen hundred already assembling their Ben Thomas Washington
US surpasses 900,000 coronavirus deaths
"The the the the US US US US is is is is marking marking marking marking another another another another grim grim grim grim milestone milestone milestone milestone when when when when it it it it comes comes comes comes to to to to cope cope cope cope with with with with nineteen nineteen nineteen nineteen the the the the U. U. U. U. S. S. S. S. has has has has now now now now surpassed surpassed surpassed surpassed nine nine nine nine hundred hundred hundred hundred thousand thousand thousand thousand deaths deaths deaths deaths from from from from Kobe Kobe Kobe Kobe nineteen nineteen nineteen nineteen in in in in fact fact fact fact Johns Johns Johns Johns Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins University University University University reports reports reports reports it's it's it's it's close close close close to to to to nine nine nine nine hundred hundred hundred hundred three three three three thousand thousand thousand thousand Americans Americans Americans Americans who who who who have have have have died died died died since since since since the the the the start start start start of of of of the the the the pandemic pandemic pandemic pandemic this this this this evening evening evening evening on on on on Capitol Capitol Capitol Capitol Hill Hill Hill Hill lawmakers lawmakers lawmakers lawmakers will will will will gather gather gather gather and and and and observe observe observe observe a a a a moment moment moment moment of of of of silence silence silence silence and and and and discovered discovered discovered discovered fatigue fatigue fatigue fatigue continues continues continues continues in in in in many many many many communities communities communities communities are are are are easing easing easing easing mask mask mask mask and and and and travel travel travel travel requirements requirements requirements requirements throughout throughout throughout throughout Asia Asia Asia Asia another another another another spike spike spike spike is is is is reported reported reported reported link link link link to to to to the the the the lunar lunar lunar lunar new new new new year year year year celebrations celebrations celebrations celebrations Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore and and and and Japan Japan Japan Japan are are are are reporting reporting reporting reporting thousands thousands thousands thousands of of of of new new new new cases cases cases cases we we we we have have have have hundreds hundreds hundreds hundreds more more more more in in in in Hong Hong Hong Hong Kong Kong Kong Kong and and and and Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia I'm I'm I'm I'm Jackie Jackie Jackie Jackie Quinn Quinn Quinn Quinn
Jobless claims fall for second straight week
"The the the the number number number number of of of of people people people people filing filing filing filing for for for for unemployment unemployment unemployment unemployment benefits benefits benefits benefits is is is is falling falling falling falling again again again again I'm I'm I'm I'm Ben Ben Ben Ben Thomas Thomas Thomas Thomas with with with with the the the the latest latest latest latest numbers numbers numbers numbers after after after after three three three three weeks weeks weeks weeks of of of of jobless jobless jobless jobless claims claims claims claims rising rising rising rising in in in in tandem tandem tandem tandem with with with with the the the the Omicron Omicron Omicron Omicron searching searching searching searching covert covert covert covert nineteen nineteen nineteen nineteen cases cases cases cases that that that that number number number number has has has has now now now now dropped dropped dropped dropped two two two two weeks weeks weeks weeks in in in in a a a a row row row row the the the the labor labor labor labor department department department department reports reports reports reports two two two two hundred hundred hundred hundred and and and and thirty thirty thirty thirty eight eight eight eight thousand thousand thousand thousand Americans Americans Americans Americans applied applied applied applied for for for for jobless jobless jobless jobless aid aid aid aid last last last last week week week week down down down down by by by by twenty twenty twenty twenty three three three three thousand thousand thousand thousand with with with with the the the the ups ups ups ups and and and and downs downs downs downs however however however however the the the the four four four four week week week week average average average average edged edged edged edged up up up up again again again again it's it's it's it's now now now now two two two two hundred hundred hundred hundred and and and and fifty fifty fifty fifty five five five five thousand thousand thousand thousand a a a a total total total total of of of of one one one one point point point point six six six six million million million million Americans Americans Americans Americans were were were were collecting collecting collecting collecting jobless jobless jobless jobless aid aid aid aid the the the the week week week week that that that that ended ended ended ended January January January January twenty twenty twenty twenty second second second second earlier earlier earlier earlier this this this this week week week week the the the the labor labor labor labor department department department department reported reported reported reported employers employers employers employers had had had had posted posted posted posted ten ten ten ten point point point point nine nine nine nine million million million million jobs jobs jobs jobs in in in in the the the the last last last last day day day day of of of of December December December December that's that's that's that's far far far far higher higher higher higher than than than than pre pre pre pre pandemic pandemic pandemic pandemic levels levels levels levels and and and and just just just just below below below below the the the the record record record record of of of of eleven eleven eleven eleven point point point point one one one one million million million million reached reached reached reached in in in in July July July July the the the the data data data data suggests suggests suggests suggests companies companies companies companies are are are are still still still still desperate desperate desperate desperate to to to to hire hire hire hire workers workers workers workers Ben Ben Ben Ben Thomas Thomas Thomas Thomas Washington Washington Washington Washington
Stephen Curry, Warriors beat Kyrie Irving, Nets 110-106
"The the the the warriors warriors warriors warriors next next next next battle battle battle battle down down down down to to to to the the the the wire wire wire wire and and and and Golden Golden Golden Golden State State State State hung hung hung hung on on on on to to to to win win win win at at at at one one one one ten ten ten ten at at at at one one one one oh oh oh oh six six six six all all all all star star star star Andrew Andrew Andrew Andrew Wiggins Wiggins Wiggins Wiggins led led led led the the the the warriors warriors warriors warriors with with with with twenty twenty twenty twenty four four four four points points points points hi hi hi hi guys guys guys guys on on on on the the the the team team team team that that that that can can can can you you you know know know they they they can can can you you you know know know make make make it it it happen happen happen at at at select select select from from from my my my job job job is is is you you you know know know the the the guard guard guard their their their defendant defendant defendant you you you know know know okay okay okay good good good offense offense offense we we we couldn't couldn't couldn't put put put the the the ball ball ball in in in the the the bucket bucket bucket arms arms arms are are are so so so I I I did did did Stephan Stephan Stephan curry curry curry added added added nineteen nineteen nineteen points points points but but but made made made only only only five five five of of of eighteen eighteen eighteen shots shots shots include include include Thompson Thompson Thompson with with with sixteen sixteen sixteen despite despite despite the the the absence absence absence of of of James James James harden harden harden and and and Kevin Kevin Kevin Durant Durant Durant the the the nets nets nets were were were within within within a a a point point point with with with ten ten ten seconds seconds seconds left left left but but but the the the warriors warriors warriors iced iced iced the the the game game game with with with three three three thousand thousand thousand jobs jobs jobs in in in Los Los Los Kyra Kyra Kyra Irving Irving Irving with with with a a a game game game high high high thirty thirty thirty two two two points points points and and and Patty Patty Patty mills mills mills had had had twenty twenty twenty four four four Ryan Ryan Ryan Lee Lee Lee Aung Aung Aung San San San Francisco Francisco Francisco
US-backed Syrian forces capture prison from IS after a week
"U. U. U. U. S. S. S. S. backed backed backed backed Kurdish Kurdish Kurdish Kurdish led led led led forces forces forces forces say say say say they've they've they've they've wrestled wrestled wrestled wrestled back back back back the the the the law law law law section section section section of of of of the the the the Syrian Syrian Syrian Syrian prison prison prison prison controlled controlled controlled controlled by by by by Islamic Islamic Islamic Islamic state state state state group group group group militants militants militants militants ending ending ending ending a a a a weeklong weeklong weeklong weeklong assaults assaults assaults assaults by by by by the the the the extremists extremists extremists extremists four four four inches inches inches from from from the the the Kurdish Kurdish Kurdish people's people's people's protection protection protection units units units rush rush rush into into into who who who we we we are are are in in in prison prison prison checking checking checking rooms rooms rooms off off off to to to securing securing securing the the the facility's facility's facility's perimeter perimeter perimeter the the the attack attack attack was was was the the the biggest biggest biggest by by by I. I. I. S. S. S. militants militants militants since since since the the the fall fall fall of of of the the the group's group's group's caliphate caliphate caliphate in in in twenty twenty twenty nineteen nineteen nineteen in in in a a a week week week of of of clashes clashes clashes with with with dozens dozens dozens from from from both both both sides sides sides were were were killed killed killed the the the U. U. U. S. S. S. led led led coalition coalition coalition had had had carried carried carried out out out nearly nearly nearly a a a dozen dozen dozen and and and strikes strikes strikes and and and thousands thousands thousands of of of civilians civilians civilians living living living nearby nearby nearby were were were displaced displaced displaced and and and SDF SDF SDF spokesman spokesman spokesman says says says about about about three three three thousand thousand thousand inmates inmates inmates had had had surrendered surrendered surrendered the the the militants militants militants had had had used used used child child child detainees detainees detainees as as as human human human shields shields shields slowing slowing slowing down down down the the the effort effort effort to to to take take take the the the prison prison prison I'm I'm I'm Charles Charles Charles the the the last last last
Vaccine passport protests in Europe draw thousands of people
"Thousands thousands thousands thousands of of of of people people people people have have have have gathered gathered gathered gathered in in in in European European European European capitals capitals capitals capitals to to to to protest protest protest protest recent recent recent recent coronavirus coronavirus coronavirus coronavirus restrictions restrictions restrictions restrictions including including including including faxing faxing faxing faxing possible possible possible possible sometimes sometimes sometimes sometimes by by by by some some some some governments governments governments governments throughout throughout throughout throughout the the the the consonants consonants consonants consonants demonstrations demonstrations demonstrations demonstrations took took took took place place place place in in in in Athens Athens Athens Athens Helsinki Helsinki Helsinki Helsinki London London London London Paris Paris Paris Paris and and and and stock stock stock stock home home home home marches marches marches marches in in in in Paris Paris Paris Paris to to to to hundreds hundreds hundreds hundreds of of of of demonstrators demonstrators demonstrators demonstrators protesting protesting protesting protesting the the the the introduction introduction introduction introduction of of of of a a a a new new new new cabinet cabinet cabinet cabinet nineteen nineteen nineteen nineteen poss poss poss poss in in in in Sweden Sweden Sweden Sweden where where where where proof proof proof proof of of of of vaccination vaccination vaccination vaccination is is is is needed needed needed needed to to to to attend attend attend attend such such such such events events events events some some some some three three three three thousand thousand thousand thousand demonstrators demonstrators demonstrators demonstrators marched marched marched marched through through through through central central central central stock stock stock stock home home home home in in in in London London London London protesters protesters protesters protesters chanted chanted chanted chanted freedom freedom freedom freedom as as as as they they they they marched marched marched marched against against against against regulations regulations regulations regulations requiring requiring requiring requiring mandatory mandatory mandatory mandatory Cabot Cabot Cabot Cabot nineteen nineteen nineteen nineteen Bucks Bucks Bucks Bucks a a a a nation nation nation nation for for for for British British British British medical medical medical medical workers workers workers workers Dr Dr Dr Dr medic medic medic medic Ricky Ricky Ricky Ricky Allen Allen Allen Allen says says says says the the the the British British British British government government government government is is is is putting putting putting putting its its its its people people people people but but but but I I I I picked picked picked picked the the the the wrong wrong wrong wrong people people people people the the the the N. N. N. N. I. I. I. I. K. K. K. K. the the the the police police police police picked picked picked picked a a a a fight fight fight fight it it it it cannot cannot cannot cannot wait wait wait wait this this this this is is is is the the the the end end end end of of of of the the the the vaccine vaccine vaccine vaccine is is is is going going going going to to to to implode implode implode implode now now now now the the the the medical medical medical medical stop stop stop stop they they they won't won't won't have have have it it it Karen Karen Karen Thomas Thomas Thomas London London London
U.S. jobless claims rise by 23,000 to 230,000
"The the number number of of Americans Americans applying applying for for unemployment unemployment benefits benefits rose rose last last week week I'm I'm Ben Ben Thomas Thomas with with a a look look at at the the numbers numbers the the labor labor department department says says jobless jobless claims claims climbed climbed by by twenty twenty three three thousand thousand last last week week to to two two hundred hundred and and thirty thirty thousand thousand that's that's the the highest highest level level since since mid mid November November but but still still low low by by historic historic standards standards the the four four week week moving moving average average was was also also up up to to almost almost two two hundred hundred eleven eleven thousand thousand weekly weekly applications applications for for jobless jobless benefits benefits have have now now risen risen four four of of the the last last five five weeks weeks possibly possibly a a sign sign that that the the Omicron Omicron variant variant is is having having an an impact impact still still the the jobs jobs market market has has bounced bounced back back strongly strongly from from last last year's year's coronavirus coronavirus recession recession jobless jobless claims claims had had fallen fallen mostly mostly Studley Studley for for about about a a year year and and that that below below the the pre pre pandemic pandemic average average of of around around two two hundred hundred and and twenty twenty thousand thousand a a week week Ben Ben Thomas Thomas Washington Washington
"three thousand" Discussed on Baseball Together Podcast
"And he's not going to get three thousand nine he he probably get two thousand to be honest with you and he is. He's the veteran on the mariners team. He's been with the club for tech for his entire ten year career and the fact and he's missed a little bit of time with injury but mostly he's been he's been there. Yeah he's been around he's been everyday guy but it. It feels like guys careers either. A they don't last long enough to get there or be because of days off. Those numbers are chopped down. Because that's the thing is that you know that that wasn't something we saw. There's a reason that The cal ripken was able to set the ironman record right because he never took a day off now a manager of cow. We sit down. You know we need to town here what you say. Yeah but he can't run out there and play you know no so if they're benching in for a day just to give recipes gonna he's gonna Today and And we see that a whole lot more now guys instead of playing one hundred six games. They're playing hundred fifty hundred fifty five. Which i think. Thirty cents on thirty even. Yeah so I don't know how many guys were actually going to get to see. Hit three thousand games. So tough yeah. It's it's crazy because only really cal ripken is at the bottom of the three thousand club with three thousand one and that was number nine on the list. Am i be last of Could be very well can be. Let's see let me take you wallow. Yeah we're gonna we're gonna talk home. Runs wins the is. We'll.
"three thousand" Discussed on Counting Countries
"And need more more than that on this guy. Erode Vaga Bonding Ralph Pot. Yeah off pots. Yeah thanks so you know I. I kind of like his way of analyzing things and and he's got some insight. I think Gary Aren't he has set off to look for. I think all the national parks in America or something like that. So He's you know he's folk like about Gary is that he didn't know Jack Shit about taking photographs when he started and now he's won awards for his photography. So you know kind of self taught and I respect him for having done that There as far as blogs are concerned. It's not travel blog but I always enjoyed weight but y dot com. I don't know that one. What is that about? It's not a travel blog. It's it's a guy who writes really long blog posts there. Some of them are very funny. Anyway he's one of the few bloggers actually kind of fall. Tim Ferriss Has Some useful ideas I think for people like us who WanNa travel extensively you know how to build a business on the side that gives you some sort of passive income Tim Ferriss and setting goals. He's good at that that kind of stuff. A lot of people think he's a little bit of a weasel maybe is but overall. I think he's got his got some good tips. I think overall so. I sometimes pay attention to his block. It if you're interacting with people on social media or someone that you're just meeting random way you have like a golden rule piece of advice for travelers like some wisdom that you would impart on them just a regular people. Why don't we do on for a two categories so average person and then more the senior traveller? Okay just advice. The average person is kind of what I need to way back at the conversation where I was just saying. A lot of people have an excuse that they can't travel because they think they don't have enough money or time but I encourage people to just explore their own area wherever you may live. Draw big circle radius of one hundred kilometers two-under kilometers or maybe even five climbers and just explore that area around. You wherever you happen to live and you'll be surprised and when you export don't just like see the sights doc. People Get Stories. Meet PEOPLE. And that can be fulfilling for the advanced traveller. I don't know if I could teach anything or adviser anything to the advanced travel. They usually a lot So I'm not sure if I could but I I would say that I get ready for West and Middle Africa. I think they're tough looking at your website. I it looks like you have one unique philosophy that you employed successfully and you drove thousands of kilometers across Africa in your own truck in my understanding. Is You picked up hundreds and hundreds of hitchhikers across Africa on your journey that might seem a little counter intuitive in terms of safety and security. What's Your Fos iffy on this? Why did you do this as a great question Rick so I actually gave? Ted Talks about this. It said seven lessons. I learned seven surprising lessons. Learned from picking up three thousand African hitchhikers. And the lessons. I mean I guess you gotta listen to Fedex stock It'll be published soon. Probably by the time this airs. summarizes the seven lessons and some of the anecdotes from that thing. But part of the reason is that one of things. I dislike about driving in a car when you're traveling is that it's a bubble and a lot of times when we go to quote unquote dangerous places like Afghanistan or Somalia. Whatever we're in a car and says protective little bubble that we're in and we just get shuttled from place to place. We don't ride public transportation and and we don't walk from place to place and I was afraid of doing that with Africa because I didn't want to be isolated from the Africans. The whole point of my books is a try to understand the cultures of the places that I'm traveling and so my way to combat. That was to pick up bunch of hitchhikers. 'cause I figured this way I'll learn about the Africans themselves by just meeting them hanging out with them. They often invited me to their home after I dropped him off. Whatever and it was a wonderful way to do it. The other thing is that it gives you security There's safety in numbers. Obviously if you pick up the wrong hitchhiker. Then it's not secure but let's say I pick up one person and then I pick up a another woman and then I pick up another guy so now Olson. Let's say the third person is like a thief or jerk or whatever You know criminal well Olsen. He's in a car with three other Africans with him. He's not GonNa do anything to me. So you're just playing the numbers game that maybe. I won't get assaulted by because most people are honest and as a result if I pick up a bunch of checkers when that one bad apple shows up he's probably going to be surrounded by a bunch of good apples. I love this theory so people are inherently good. So as you're saying if ninety five percent of people are inherently good and five percent of the bad apples you've in essence increased your safety and security by having more random strangers in your car at the same time so again. If you're using those statistics what are the odds. That the three people you randomly pick up all happen to be bad actors right right and the network for me. That's awesome. I I really find that pretty fascinating and and it seems like a very sound theory. I don't I I know. This is near impossible with three thousand hitchhikers. Go back in time in. Bring us into your car. Where you've picked up two or three or four random guys or woman Bring into that scene would is. I mean is tell us a story or anecdote of random car ride with a couple strangers. That was funny or memorable or interesting Quite a few of them to to think about I do remember one time it was one of those in Guinea I guess the just regular Guinea and I picked up. It was near the end of the day and they would ask me where. I would stay out. I'm just going to camp somewhere. He's okay. Why don't you come stay with my family? And I stayed with the man who was a bigamist so he had two wives and had two houses and they're facing each other. It was just such a fascinating experience because he was he had. Maybe about twenty children. Arnold seemed that way Just relatives I would say. Twenty relatives may be ten children running around in his two wives And they would serve me dinner. It was all dark no electricity. We're just by candlelight or our flashlight and they treat me like royalty they give me. Everybody eats off of one plate. But because I was the guest gave me my own personal plate to eat out of and I got to see them. Play checkers. Or something similar game two checkers outta is such a simple thing but I was just blessed that Y I couldn't have this experience anywhere else and in my Ted Talk I tell about the one really bad experience I won't share the whole thing but it's basically happened in the DRC. Were where somebody did actually tried to steal from me but the two people who stole from me was in Rwanda when was in the Congo. Those two individuals. I caught them and they eventually got the money. Back in both cases so I never really and that was only because rejoice was putting your person the back seat which was really stupid and when we before rejoice came into my life nobody had ever stolen from me at all period and it was only because she is starting to put her person in the backseat. Which was of course tempting to an African just sitting there next purse so eventually she stopped doing that So the thefts went away. Okay so that can be your another piece of advice Besides exploring the near community where you live. Don't put the person in the backseat. There you go. It's funny I I would always say like why do you do that? She's like well. I feel like it's my house. This car is my house and like why would somebody come into my house and steal for me. I'm helping them out. I'm like you know we're helping them out and giving the Murad anyway. Whatever it Francis. I know you're whether it's the beginning or the middle of your continued journey but looking back whether it's South America or Europe or Africa. What are you most proud about? If you're if you're looking at your travel is a career. Would you going to point to? Which would you most proud of that? You've done and the Travel World I. I'm pretty happy overall about my trip to Africa. This one that we've been talking about you know to me. That's kind of unusual accomplishment because there's been many people I'm sure you've interviewed many of the people who have been all the African countries but there's very few who kind of systematically go through them. Climb the tallest peak and that kind of stuff and just do that without leaving the continent at any point. That was pretty unusual. So in that sense I feel happy about Vata Collision Francis. I listened to your podcast. I believe you recently had a a recap twenty nineteen episode also a forecasting episode and in that forecast. You said at some point. I'm going to finish one ninety three. So let's talk about your next goal your next bucket list. You're at one hundred twenty. Un countries. What's your future? Hold in the world of travel so as we talked about before like a big regions and so my next big region is kind of West and Central Asia which includes all the stands as well as the Middle East and the Gulf states. So that will be my next big chunk and I hope to do that. Next year and there's about twenty five countries there and then after that so is that twelve months twenty five months. It's I I I would like to do it. In twelve months. I would like to do twelve months Because frankly I don't really like societies that segregate men and women and a lot of the Middle East. Does that from my understanding? Maybe I'm wrong. But it seems that they don't intermingle as much as they do. In other societies. So that's one thing that makes me want to just go through relatively quickly. But maybe I'm sure I'll find something that I really like and enjoy about the place all I if if I have to make one prediction once you hit there. It's not going to end up being twelve months. The that's going to be twenty minutes. Yeah well my Africa trip was supposed to be three years five years And My Eastern Europe was supposed to be one year turned into three years so yes. I have a bad record of doing this. But this time I'm married and my wife doesn't want me to be away for that long she's.
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"Maybe a still a few arson summit I hoping I di- Plateau to get water. And there was no water so we stop rejoices brother and I decide to hike down into a valley to look for water and I told rejoice to conserve her. She had very little water herself. I told her just continue forward to the summit. And we'll meet you at that point. I pointed to an area and I thought she knew are pointed. Obviously we didn't communicate because after it was tough and I did not find water. We went up to where we thought we'd meet each other and she was there yelling and screaming and she's no longer there. I go all the way to the top of the mountain. She's not there now Stafa and he collapsed at one point as we're near the like ten minutes away from the summit and I told him I said just sit here. I'M GPS your location. So I can find you again on the way down. I'm going to go up to the top. Just rest here. Don't move. When I came back down he was no longer there he was. He never been in the mountains before. You've grown up in Nigeria. Where it's kind of flat. At least that part of the reason and he I yelled out his name and there was nothing I. He wasn't responding and so now all of a sudden rejoice was out in one place was Dafa was in another place and I was. I was the only one who actually knew how to get back to the camp. I thought they might be able to get their camping. I got back to the camp I used to. They were not there. It was dark now. I put a flashlight to blink. You know so that they could see the flashing light And maybe go walk to it but I used to my sleeping bags rick too because they were not there and I was shivering with two sleeping bags. That's how cold it was. Because you're at high altitude. The desert and I realized these people who are very little mountaineering experience will are exposed out there and and I can use my. Gps Beacon. That -mergency alarm saying what. I used in Mauritania and the guys I knew what it's kind of useless because I knew we were so remote. It would take days for anybody to come there and they would have to come on camels. They're not GONNA go on a helicopter. There's no helicopter nearby the helicopters in the capital. No way it's going to get all the way to. It's like Chad is the size of east of the east coast of America. So it's like I was sitting in New York and the helicopter is in Atlanta Georgia. Just the way it's GonNa make it there so there was no way to save the. It'd be would take two three days and I know they had no water so I was very scared The next morning I woke up early and I found Mustafa after about an hour or two of searching and fortunately about Our after that or half an hour I found rejoice Who's their physical condition? When you found them there were fucked up especially when Stafa Just exhausted sleep-deprived Luckily I had given worst-off oh my jacket and Joyce how to jacket and rejoice with smart. She's dating a kind of like a semi cave. She was smart to get out of the wind. Mustafa was a fucking idiot because he just didn't have an experience you know. He's just not a mountaineer so he would just go and he found water. Believe it or not. He found water in the middle of the night he drank and then he left the place just staying put next to the water and wait till sunrise to like what a and he slept out in the open not under any protective cover because he was afraid of animals though would attack them like. You're the fucking desert. What animals are GONNA attack year but you know he decided no experience? I can't blame him but he so he says later in the night. I tried to find the water again. I couldn't find it was like fucking you left your water. You're right there to stay by the water until sunrise. Then you start moving when with a full tank of water. Hydrate yourself anyway. But there's all obvious to me because I have experienced but I can't blame him he just doesn't know but fortunately so he was pretty screwed up. Rejoice hadn't drunken anything since two PM of the previous day and she was but she has. I taught her to breathe through your nose when you're dehydrated 'cause you use a lot less water and vapor water vapor breathe through your nose. Keep your mouth shut. Don't talk so she did what you find when you wake up that next morning in your double bagged in your sleeping bag. They're still not with you. there's a feeling of fear is there. Are you feeling guilty like you brought these? Two people who at some level should not be climbing this mountain. Yeah feel guilty especially I mean what would really I mean? They broke break break my heart but I wasn't terribly worried about rejoice because at that point she had already been about twenty five mountain peaks with me. She had gone through. Madagascar says she was pretty tough at that point So I kind of had this good feeling that you'd be able to hold her own but it was off. I just knew that he was just inexperienced him he would and that would break my heart. If he died out there out of exposure and I thought there was a significant risk that that would happen and then yes I would've felt guilty. I felt guilty already. Like this is all my doing. You know glad everybody made it through that through that kind of hierarchy night ordeal I wanNA talk about Madagascar. We've spoken about it a couple of times you've been on a number of pretty amazing tracks in journeys via foot in. I understand that you walked across Madagascar which sounds pretty fantastic of gonNA trip later. This year will not be his eventful as that. Tell me about walking across Madagascar. You know it was a bit surprising. I expected to see a lot of wildlife and inspected to see a ton of lemurs and just exotic creatures because it's a com not continent. But it's they call it the eighth continent it's got such unique flora and fauna. And so I thought I was really gonNA see a lot of fascinating. Flora and fauna but the mallaig essays have reproduced so much and cut down ninety percent of the rainforest that it's not as wild as I expect it to be. We were mugged a couple of times. And that was disappointing. And the only time I saw. Lemurs were in the national parks so and there was only a couple so that was the only thing that I would say is surprising. But it's a fascinating country for sure and I just didn't expect to see kind of an Asian look to some of the Mala gas especially those the highlands in how. How long did that walk? Take for months. In how many miles or kilometers was that three thousand kilometers? Two thousand miles. Oh Wow man. That's that's impressive. Francis attended like a great journey across Madagascar. A pretty amazing. You also inferred that you got mugged a couple of times which sounds Very unpleasant and I also know from doing some reading about you have an interesting perspective on getting mugged in. You believe in trickle down economics what do you mean by that? Yeah basically it's always upsetting to be ripped off when you're traveling or anytime actually and we can get all upset and worked up about it or you can look at it this way. For example I was burglarized when I was in Cape Verde was burglarized in Tanzania. I was strangled in Cameroon They took my wallet there too Things like that can happen. And then there's more subtle forms of theft. Which is the tomato vendor giving you double the price or the you know the hotel that's charging you unfairly. Whatever it is but in the end one way I at least I deal with it is that I realized that this money is going into this economy. That generally speaking. He's a lot more help than my economy or me personally so give an example with the Cape Vert. He stole a laptop stole. A bunch of stuff told like two thousand dollars. What's HE GONNA do that? Cape Verde thief is going to burn that two thousand dollars. He stole from me. No He's going to spend it on something maybe he'll spend on alcohol but even if he has been on alcohol that helps whoever's selling him. The alcohol helps support that liquor store and his family said his kids to school. Whatever it is So whatever value and let's say he takes my laptop and he sells it once again. He's going to sell it probably for a low price. Somebody's going to benefit from a laptop and he's GonNa take that money again. He's not GONNA burn it. He's going to invest in economy. The Cape Verdean is not GONNA go run off to Senegal or to France to spend that money he's GonNa spend it in the local economy so in that sense it trickles down so I just tell myself that so that I can deal more. I feel like it's a contribution of forced charity. If you will okay so to two questions here is this. Is Your theory. Rule apply only the Africa. Or if you get mugged in an impoverished neighborhood in Chicago do feel the same way. Good question I suppose if it's as long as impoverished place I feel fine so in Chicago once again. They'll probably use it that money to help themselves one way or another. Yes you can tell yourself that he's GonNa spend that money on drugs or some other useless thing but in general people are going to spend the money a little bit more wisely. I believe so. Yeah anywhere in to be devil's advocate. I understand The theorem here about contributing to the local economy. But maybe I think I would still be very angry and then some meaning if I wanNA make a contribution to the local economy. I want to make that decision on my own. So devil's advocate. You were being You're having a forced contribution to the local economy that you might not appreciate. Of course that makes total sense. I'm just saying that if it helps you get through the day Just tell yourself that. At least it's not like sometimes we behave when somebody steals from us but that money just vanishes or that thing just disappears in thin air. It's like somebody just burnt the money. That's not burnt. So you just have to remember. Somebody's GONNA benefit from this and that person most likely is poorer than you and most likely needs the money more desperately than you 'cause lot these they don't really want to these their first choice of a profession. They do it out of desperation often. So you know it's it's I agree with you. I was upset every time somebody stole from me in Africa but or anywhere. But at least that way you can at least digest it a little bit more. This is a question to ponder for minute..
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"Money after sex. It just never happened to me before And it was interesting because it happened. All over Africa it was there was an especially sub Saharan Africa And it was only a couple of times. Maybe when a woman didn't ask me for anything. It was almost shocking. It's like wow nothing And it's just a different culture. Took me a while to get used to that and I never really got used to it. I never really enjoyed it Because of course then you feel like why are you? Having sex is because of the money that you expect me to give you And then I started thinking about other things like American women. Oftentimes I'm so politically incorrect. I don't give a shit but that's okay American Westerners will often expect you to spend money on them before the date so in other words. Buy Me Dinner. Take me out to a movie. You know stuff like that and but the difference in Africa is that they will ask for cold hard cash so if you go out with them for dinner they'll still at the end of the night saying give me twenty bucks or give you ten bucks or something. It's not a lot of money but it just it was. It was just different in sub Saharan than any other place I travel to in. I've been to one hundred twenty countries so it was an most the time high is either single or whatever and so getting back to your question. How do I meet? Rejoice I met rejoice through dating APP in Cameroon in Yaounde the capital and she was one of the only African women who actually didn't ask money in fact. I borrowed money from her because I was my credit cards. Want working and she was so different than so many of the Africans I met and yet didn't wasn't enthusiastic children. She wasn't Choose different in so many different ways. That attracted me to her. And I realized like I realized with all the other women I've ever had in my life is that I have faced decision. Either I marry her or it ends. That's it because in America. If you're dating an American you can live together. You can spend time together. You could travel together but if you're with a Cameroonian or you just they're not gonna be able to travel with you. They're not going to be able to come visit you in America because the Cameroonian can't get a visa to America very easily so I don't know if the same thing as in Thailand but the point is is that you just the most sub Saharan visas are pretty. A passports are pretty weak. The can't get you ready places so therefore your face with decision like when I was dating with a girl from Estonia and Slovenia they had EU passports and Ivanhoe passport so theory. I could live with them in the EU and we could hang out together a be with each other. But so I wasn't really faced hard hard with this notion that either mirror or I break up and with rejoice finally met a girl. Wheels like okay. I don't want to let her go and so that house forty-six so okay so a quick question. I would is the dating a popular dating APP in Cameroon by do at least that's what I met. Rejoice on and I've used throughout West Africa By do more. It's Kinda like Tinder Tin. Who knows what is today but yes but technology is kicking in and people are getting on smartphones in Africa So that that's the slowly patrolling getting onto that way of meeting people now. I of want to get into more of the granular details. Meaning you've got a mission you're driving through the fifty four and you meet this special person who is making you think twice. So does that mean. You're like okay. I'm in Cameroon. I think this person this special now. I'm going to extend my time to two or three or four months to get to really know her or reuptake. Okay you're awesome. We're going to get married next week. And then you're gonNA jump in the truck with me in travel rest of the continent. We're we as probably the second one was closer more accurate. What happened so quickly to sum it up. I met her. We hung out for maybe a month together so that in Cameroon and then so I felt pretty confident with her there but then I took her to Nigeria to on our first plane ride in her life. We flew to Lagos and we drove across Lagos all the way southern Nigeria and then we entered inclined the tallest mountain which is called Death Mountain in. Nigeria had malaria. Iowa's died there else. Tough and then we went to Mount Cameroon. Four thousand meters and then we climbed to tell us about to the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo. So the point rick is that. I took her to some of the shittiest places. You can go to Central African Republic Republic of Congo Nigeria southern Nigeria. I mean and parts of the camera if she could do those countries with a smile and be happy and camp by the way. 'cause we were camping almost the entire time that. I knew she could handle Paris. So this is this is the complete opposite to taking a date to the Maldives of what you did exactly right so what I did is that finally. I invited her. I wanted her to come with me to South Africa travel around South Africa but she couldn't get a visa there. She couldn't get a visa to lose. Suk tried to Zimbabwe. She couldn't get a visa. We tried finally Zambia. Zambia gave her a visa. So she Zambia. I met her on And then I propose to her and then a week later we got married And the paperwork helped for her to travel to thirty one African countries with me because even though she still had a Cameroonian passport can't Africans often see women almost as property kind of like Europeans looked at their women two hundred years ago. Where she's your wife. She travels with you just like you travel with your dog or your children and so even though she would never ever be able to get a visa to many of the countries we went to because he was traveling with me. The American or French. Whichever passport I was using or lane. Then she was able to get in because she was. I had a lot of a lot of countries did would ask show us. Your marriage document shows your your certificate of marriage. And what's they got that like okay? Fine she can come into the country okay so Windham when I've been hearing about rejoice during our conversation today the one thing I'm thinking is I need to do a follow up episode interview with her because she might be just as equally as fascinating as you. She's actually more than what you should do. And all your listeners. To do is go to listen to being a black sheep or a getting in touch with your inner black sheep. I think is called. Go to Youtube search for that Ted ex. And it's my Ted Ted ex. Talk about being a black sheep and that speech both my. Tadic speeches should be. There's a third one that's coming out soon so At the woolworth watching I think I know I'm biased. But Anyway Trust me I will check them out. Francis I love fish out of water stories and when I'm thinking of you in Cameroon and beating rejoice so the question I'm going to ask you again is what is she thinking. What are her friends? Thinking? What is her family thinking when they see this weird guy hanging around with rejoice and saying I'm going to take you to the worst countries in put you at risk by climbing some of the more dangerous mountain's well first of all she. She was an orphan at the age of fourteen. Her Dad died when she was nine mom at fourteen and so as a result she didn't have much of a family and she wasn't very close so in some ways that was made things a lot easier. Because there's getting married to an African is always because they almost always demand a bride price which is not terribly expensive. Usually a few thousand dollars. But it's something that you then there's rituals and all sorts of other stuff. She didn't have any of that. So we got married in Zambia. And none of her family was there and now. I think that for her those places I took her to were not super scary because that's her backyard so she grew up in. Borno state surrounded by book Haram and so as a result she kind of felt comfortable in that environment. She was much more worried about me. The white guy next door and she was very protective about me But she wasn't worried about her own safety as far as climbing mountains. She's super strong and so it helps but she was a one point quite fearful when we were climbing the tallest mountain of Madagascar and that was tough mountain for us to climb because she was very. We're both very hypothermic. So that was the time when she actually. She said to me later that she thought she was going to die the other time she was what I told you earlier. The Chad Story. That was another challenge. I understand what you're sharing but nonetheless from her perspective you know Stereotyping here but the average Native from K. Maroon is not traipsing around the continent on a nonstop journey. Someting mountains so. I'm wondering at some level you are this alien creature who is presenting a very very foreign way of life. I mean what was she thinking? When you're proposing what you propose. Yeah I think she thought it was completely nuts. I'm sure But there was a very rebellious and and as part of her that really likes to give the Middle Finger to society. So part of it I think appealed to her and I think that's part of it. That attracted me to her. So it wasn't. It wasn't too bad. She recognized the fact that it was odd and strange but okay but she quickly fell into awesome. Beat you've referenced. Chad a couple of times and almost dying on the mountain. So I don't think we can not talk about that. Share with us Someting that mountain okay. So it's Emmy cousy. I'll try to be brief. It's the Tallest Mountain Sahara Volcano Extinct volcano or maybe a dormant volcano and St Thousand Eight hundred meters. I want to say approximately I could be wrong but We got there and we were hoping we hiked up.
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"As hard as it was for me I was looking at these Congolese men who were pushing these bicycles loaded with grains of rice or whatever else they were carrying and pushing barefoot up these muddy hills and writing it down. And they're doing this all just a couple of dollars you know. They're just pushing themselves. It's incredible and I did see some pygmies which was the only time I felt a little bit uneasy. Not The only time but it was it was I was felt a little bit uneasy with big names. 'cause they had these arrows them and they look kind of creepy. But it could have been all in my imagination by didn't feel like Stopping and the finally the funniest story when I finally caught the DRC. Oh I guess I'm sorry Gimme. Drc stories here. Every town they have what's called a Deja 'em director Elgin. I'll do Can't remember what the Russia's but anyway some guy who's in charge of immigration. I don't understand this. You're in the middle of the FUCKING COUNTRY. And there's an immigration official. I don't understand how they do this but anyway they would check your password and then you would always ask me for the large influx of tourists glacier right and so I would ask me always for money and so at one point I just got used to just saying I would call them. The DIGI DEFACTO GINA Disease Coal is called means a bribery kind of thing and and they say oh no. We don't ask for bribes. I'm like great okay. Here's my here's my stuff. And and that was it Francis intuitively. This sounds like an awful idea but you did it. As part of your quest you took a road trip through Somalia so one a country with one of the innocence worst reputations in terms of danger and violence over the last several decades take us through your journey through that country. Yes the Somali has three different zones. There are Somalia proper which has Mogadishu the capital then put line which is in the northeast corner and then finally Somaliland now Somaliland was a British colony and the other two were Italian colonies. The Italian colonies the Italian colonies or a mess largely.
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"And eight guys to come saved my ass. I was prepared to walk out in. That would have been no problem but I still would have left my car behind and that was going to be a problem. So that's why I stuck around with the car but it. That was a wakeup call. And then again I went in. Let let me let me jump in here so that. I mean that's a fascinating anecdote meaning. I'm sure by the time the trip in Africa ended. You were an expert in getting your truck gotta the sand and it was a very very easy and common thing for you to do. But I'm imagining you in the sand with your truck isolated by yourself basically at the beginning of your in your having to set off your beacon. I I mean I guess that's the point imagining and he you're saying to yourself like Oh my God you. I'm in the beginning of my trip and I'm already reaching out for assistance to the. Us Embassy to the mortician army. What's going on there in one way it was more of Is More of an experiment to make sure that the stupid beacon that is paying for is garment in reach device actually worked part of it because I knew that I was only about fifteen kilometers away from the road so I knew that if I got up at two. Am I could walk out and be there by sunrise or so and and and be on a road by sunrise and not be exposed to the desert heat. So I knew I wasn't my life wasn't threatened I had enough water and food and I knew I could walk out of there but you're right. It was a wakeup call to say you know. Don't get too cocky. This is tough and when I went to Atar which is in northern Mauritania. It was once a super touristic region back before the Islamic Jihadist. Kind of ruin things for Mauritania but I went there and I was the only the time I did. You get to go to a tar. Rick is that near Monolith that area monolith. I don't Know Yeah. I think I drove through there. I mean like I was in Ching shingle at Iwo Dane. An yes yes Chinguetti. Yes so anyway I it was. I got stuck in the snow in the snow in the in the sand there as well And but that time I had a local guide with me and so together we got out of the sand but I got myself stuck in the Senate and you you kind of assumed by the end of my journey. I figured out how to get. It's always hard but we'll give your listeners. One tip decrease the air pressure in your tires. That's how you get out of the sand. So it's totally counterintuitive. But if you release the air and get your tires to be not flat but pretty pretty flat then you should be able to float out of San now. Obviously you're GONNA WANNA have a compressor which is allows you to put the back in your tires. Ideally with you so you want that in Africa In the worst case I guess you don't have one in the you'll have to drive with flat tires to the next Service station to fill the air back in. But that's that's the tip that I didn't know when I was in Mauritania that you release the air out of your tires to get totally counterintuitive. It sounds like a stupid as shooting holes in your boat to get out of difficult situation out of your boat. I'm like really do you WANNA do. Let the air out of your tires okay. Anyway I could literally probably spend a couple of days with you going over this journey but I'm GonNa jump around and the Democratic Republic of Congo is a challenging country to visit on many different fronts. And I mean I like. It is a very brave or courageous individual. I don't think I'd ever want to drive by myself through that country so just share with us some stories or insights into driving your see. Yeah so I drove twice. One time was a simple journey. I was in the Republic of Congo. The capital Brazzaville and right across the river lessen the climate or way the Congo river is the capital Kinshasa. It's the two closest capitals in the world for YOU TRIVIA BUFFS. Cintoss on one end and you have Brazzaville on the other end of the river. They share that so they can see each other the two capitals of Republic of Congo Democratic Republic of Congo. So given that I thought putting my car and ferry should cost maybe fifty bucks or less three hundred fifty dollars what they want to charge me after much bargaining They wanted five hundred or six hundred to begin with so then. I just decided I'm gonNA drive about two hours. South Down Stream of the Congo river across another place where the only charged me fifteen dollars to put on a barge across the Congo River. And that was my first experience. I drove back to Kinshasa and but the second time I went through the RC that was relatively tame because those are all around Kinshasa which is the capital. The second time was much more challenging because we my wife and I at the time Rejoices Our Name. We were together entering. It sounds like when I said at the time I'm still married to her by the Uh so she and I went to. I think we were in Uganda. That's right we entered into the DRC through Uganda. I we want to try to enter in from Rwanda but that that that was going to be. It'll be fine. Once you get to Goma but then to go north it was going to go through some very sketchy territory. So we decided to go as far north and then we couldn't. We need to somehow get to Cameroon. And that's where my wife's from and somehow we had to cut through the DRC and that was a mud-filled paradise I've never seen so much mud in my life and but.
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"Nearly half of the African continent And some visas are really hard to get. You have to get them from your home country. Officially and for example Congo had that policy Nigeria that policy and by five countries policy and a Algieria that policy so I would tell them. I don't WanNa go to let's say pariser Washington DC or you know to get my visa. I'm here on a five year journey and they would struggle to understand that and sometimes I would get rejected so I'd have to go to the next countries and go to the same countries embassy at the next country in hope. I could get a sympathetic voice. So when you're doing an overland trip through Africa the visas can really cause a lot of challenges for you and that's number one number two. Obviously I like to do is camp right around sunset so that you drive and right before sunset you pull aside on the road. Go to a field. Because by the way the density of Africa's relatively low and so there's almost always an easy place to camp and so you just pull the side of the road that way you don't draw too much attention to yourself if you pull aside. Let's say at three. Pm then you're going to draw attention to yourself as people are walking around during the daylight they all there's white guy just camping here That could invite trouble so I never did that. I always would G- wait and I'll get out. Outta dawn to so those are an inert technique which you can do is if you stole a campsite or you're afraid of it another good strategy go to the village and asked to speak with the chief and then tell the chief hi. I'm traveling on a long journey. Do you mind if I parked my car. Next to your And Camp there and ninety nine percent of the time he's GonNa say yes no problem. You're welcome and then by being with the chief he's going to kind of protect you in a nobody in the village is going to try to rob or steal from your cause problems. Because they know the chief is they're welcoming you in the village so that's another strategy. Can you recall the most memorable local chief that you met on your journey? How I'm trying to think For some reason the first thing that popped into my mind was this guy now. Bena us so I would climb is trying to climb the tallest mountain of every African country. And so what I would do. I would leave my car next with the chief so that I could go to the mountain and I would want him to be looking after the car. Nobody broke into cause problems. And I just remember the Albanian. He was just so chill. He's like yeah. Sure go anytime no problem so many times chief. Sometimes we'll say oh no. We need to have a guide or you need to pay me this much money. This guy he's just like completely relaxed and no complications whatever. It was such a pleasant surprise because oftentimes things can get a complicated. Although money solves a lot of problems when you're in Africa okay so this is a giant cat skin I mean the journey is definitively incredibly epic So I want to touch on some of the highlights of your trapper polices. I guess personally or of curiosity or interest to me and actually. Let's start with Mauritania. I spent a little bit of time there last year. Beautiful Country Saharan Deserts Nomadic people some Berbers What's it like? I mean as you said Morocco's a nice gentle intro to Africa but things change quickly. I think when you get to Mauritania. What's it like driving in the Sahara of that country it was quite challenging From the get go. I entered in from the northern border. And then I decided to go to I think it's called and I went by myself because it's a national park right on the sea on the on the Atlantic Ocean and it was not there was no road there so is going for San constantly and I'd never had much experience in Sandy. Just a little bit more Dania and on my way back so I got to the Ocean did a few footage filmed in that kind of stuff. Now's by myself and then on my way back. I got stuck in the sand and I couldn't at that point I hadn't had very little experience knowing how to get out of sand so I spent two nights there. I had an so SOS beacon that. I called in the end the. Us Embassy in Mauritania contacted the wartyng military and they sent out after two nights these two V.'s..
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"Then in Senegal. That's when you're finally in there and I never really had to much fear when I was in Africa even while I was going through the Congo etc many places that was sketchy going through Darfur. Just it wasn't Somalia too worried most of the time. I think that if you walk around with a bit of confidence as if you've done you've done it many times then. I think people will respect you in maybe not take advantage of you but of course it could be completely ludicrous. I have no idea had done that trip. I always wonder myself if I had done a trip hundred times. How many times would exact same you know like nothing? Nothing really terribly bad happened to me or was I just completely lucky every single time. It's hard to say you don't. We don't have a parallel universe so I would always wonder about that like had. I just been an extra ten minutes at the border. Maybe I would have cross somebody else. Who would have tried to kidnap me or do something terrible? I have no idea so anyway but for anywhere either good or bad. There's no control group. The thing that are also I will say one more thing is that I think a lot of times people They they have this fear of places and when you get there and I think everybody who's listening to this can identify. Most People's fear are overwhelmed. I think Mark Twain said something like I live a long life in a great terrible things. happened but none of them actually happened something like that. I can't remember these quote. Maybe you remember but the point is is that we have this imagined. Fear whether we're going over to Tijuana or whether you're going to you know the Bronx whatever and then once you get there you like This is not so bad. And so I knew intuitively even though I'd never been to the African continent I just sense that most likely it's not as bad as people imagine it to be and is probably a lot safer than people imagined to be so. I think that's the lesson that you kind of grow with more and more travel as you're going through these one hundred ninety three countries you start realizing that more and more that gives you confidence now. I don't know if that gives you a stupid amount of confidence in other words. Sometimes we can let down our guard too much. Because nothing's ever bad happened to me. I keep going. You know who knows? But that's that's that's my perception. That's your philosophy for epic trip like this wooder one or two or three things. I need to know when I am overweight. Over landing in my own truck. Is there something I need to bring? Is there some strategy? You need to utilize when driving. What are a couple of things takeaways for landing? Well definitely in Africa. You need a four by four truck. You can't get away with a simple sedan for unless you actually. If you WANNA go from Cairo to Cape Town then you can find a paved road the entire way but west and middle Africa. There's a lot of sections that don't pay even today. Things are changing. But it's true those thing that you want to keep in mind. The visas visas are getting easier to get in Africa but there's still a bit cumbersome and tedious and sometimes getting information about how to get the visas is conflicting so but do your best to try to get your visa stuff in order to minimize your lot times. People were spoiled and getting their visa on arrival every single time. That doesn't work in probably.
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"And May Be Goodbye or something like that but thank you is the biggest ones the most important one. It will just make any buddies face light up and they'll be so grateful so even if you not blessed with all those languages it's it's It's great and the other myth. Sometimes people have is that adults can't learn languages as easily as kids. That's not true. We can learn but we just learned a slightly differently. We're more systematic less haphazard but in the end we can learn languages quite quickly. So it's been it's been quite helpful. Awesome in Francis. Let's go back to nineteen ninety two one more time. I know it's been awhile give me takeaway wake the most beautiful thing you saw or the best coolest experience you had what was like highlight that you were talking about when you got back home. I've really enjoyed going to the islands of Greece There was island called signals. It there was nothing there. I mean really. Just nothing there. At this point Aircon I had been traveling for about sixty five days or something. That may be sixty days. Two months nonstop hardcore crazy and we need a vacation from our vacation. So we just got a room. It was five dollars a night and we could just get fresh. We go down to the market which was a five minute. Walk away get fresh cheese. Please or thank you. Spend a cheese cheese tomatoes and and and bread fresh bread. It was so delicious and we just chilled out there and the the shower was had salt water in other words. When you turn the shower on salt water came out cold tall on her bed so granted paying only five dollars night but I wonder if such experiences are even possible anymore in Greece. We can still hope okay so awesome trip to Europe. And at some point you relocate to South America for a real corporate job Where were you living? I was moving around. I spent about four months in Venezuela Caracas than I in Argentina for about a month the Chile for a couple of weeks than Mexico for a couple of months and I went to Columbia.