THE ROAD IS PAVED WITH INTENTIONS AND OFTEN GRAVEL, MICE, MEN, AND BREAKAGE
This little note announces my new intent: I’m gonna go out there again and soon.
I’m going – not intending to, but GOING – to do a round of crowdfunding in October with the, um, the intention of taking Me and My Mirror(s) on the road again to both SE Asia and S Asia in late November.
It will be an almost surgical attack – at least for me, and, for that matter, SE Asia. I’m done with wandering around the riverfront in Phnom Penh looking for info and knocking on doors of falutin’ or unreceptive Daddy Warbuck NGOs. I’ve got all the support and all the contacts I need and a tight hit-list of productive places to go and both treat more amps and teach more therapists. Watch me go.
So 2 to 3 weeks in NW Cambodia working in Outreach Villages founded and designed by the Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang and built – ground-up – by both them and the amps themselves. Then a run in both Vientiane with COPE (an organization I have HUGE respect for – just like the Prefecture ) and then an assisted tour through the Central Lao region around the famous ‘Plain of Jars’. This is an area more peppered with the ‘bomblettes’ or ‘bombies’ of US cluster-bombs than anywhere else on Earth. Thanks Guys. Innocent Peeps are still finding them the Hard Way.
Then I’m going up into Burma along the Thai border where shelling and mining between various factions has left a lot of peeps missing limbs. BBC WORLD HEALTH CHECK will be shooting a short documentary of my efforts there. Nice.
I find shit the hard way too. It’s kind of my signature thing. I found the asphalt with my ass just recently, on a bike, and that hurt plenty, I’ll tell you that.
I flatted my front tire in a high-speed turn on my number one road bike and hit the deck real hard and fractured my pelvis in two places on June 11. Ouch. But I’ve been riding for a few weeks now – not too long and not too hard, I’ll tell you that – and I will be golden by September. A very painful setback though and a disappointing way to start the summer. Sometimes my relationship with Destiny reminds me of that joke about the bunny rabbit and the monkey: A nice little white bunny is happily sitting there just peeling strips off a nice fresh piece of celery and a big ol’ baboon sits down right beside him and, by-and-by says, “Hey Bunny, can I ask you, like, a personal question?” “Sure. Why not?” “Well”, says the baboon, “When you go, like, Number 2, does shit get all stuck to your butt fur?” “Oh ya”, says Bunny, “It’s quite a problem!” So the baboon just reaches over and picks Bunny up and drags him back and forth across his ass a few times.
But we soldier on, get engaged, and, hopefully, make a little difference.
Stay tuned for the crowdfunding campaign – likely in October – ‘LIKE’ the meandmymirror page on Facebook (there’s a button on this site), I’m told it somehow helps. Tell your friends and buy my book (there’s also a link on this site). The proceeds will go to this upcoming Me and My Mirror expedition.