Monday, December 21, 2015

Watching The Puker

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


Kathy Felsted Usher said...

It would be nice to see it but it's not in the cards for us, I'd settle for a trip down to Branson, MO.

M. Silvius said...

What Mr Zimmer's producers get to show us on the idiot tube is very sanitized content in order to appease the totalitarian dictators in Cuba. The operative word in the program is SHOW... as in pure theater and fiction... The only thing the new deal with Cuba has done is empower the Castro clan and bring a heavier hammer down on the ordinary Cuban. Did you know that more dissidents have been arrested since the beginning of December than in all of last year? Or that every one of the "released dissidents" in Obama's Cuba deal has been re-arrested? and that's over 8000 political arrests for the year so far. Please don't be fooled by the sewage Mr Zimmer or any other boob-tube talking heads feeds you.
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Gorges Smythe said...

I'm not even the Branson type anymore, Kathy. I guess I'll just stay home.

Yeah, I realize that there's ALWAYS BS and propaganda, Michael. said...

He did a great piece on Detroit. The town has hit bottom. Only one way to go now.

Gorges Smythe said...

Maybe two if you count wasteland, sa.