He would probably prefer being referred to as a chef, author, TV personality or world traveler, but my wife and I just call him "the puker." It started when he got some bad food and drank too much booze on two or three shows and puked his guts up (to hear him tell it). Still, we find Anthony Bourdain of "Parts Unknown" interesting most of the time. It's one of those culinary shows where social studies, travel and history are often mixed together. I find that sort of thing far more interesting than the moronic cooking contests that most supposed culinary shows have become. While his politics and outlook are far different than mine, I respect that he sometimes goes dangerous places and asks dangerous questions. In some places he's been, people who spoke with him got arrested after he left. That's cutting it close.
Tonight's rerun was in Cuba. He managed to show glimpses of the totalitarian regime in power there, and the way it is gradually changing. He also managed to make some mention of the fabulous, intriguing, corrupt system that preceded it. Change is coming quickly to Cuba. It's predicted that in five years, it may be a different world. Money and development are on the way. The question is whether the culture and atmosphere that make the place special can be preserved, or if modernization will destroy the very thing people now flock there to see. I suspect destruction will be the outcome, much like happened to pre-war Hawaii. If you're one of those lucky folks who can travel, you might want to go as soon as it's legal, or it might not be worth going to see. Copyright 2015