November 2012

We (= Erick, Satya, Lee & I) spent the first week of November in Rio Branco, capital of Acre state, oasis of urbanity within the world’s mightiest forest:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Branco

Very near to Acre is Xapuri, home of Chico Mendes:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chico_Mendes

While in Rio Branco we spent a night out enjoying the samba party that on weekends stretches along both banks of the river:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samba

and another night watched Skyfall, the new James Bond movie, on an IMAX screen at the mall – a bit surreal, given our Amazonian position.

Though the geoglyphs were a bit too far away for us to view:

www.aquiziam.com/top-ten-geoglyphs.html

the tomb of Mestre Irineu Serra, the founder of Santo Daime, is easily accessible by city bus.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santo_Daime

Should you ever visit Rio Branco, be sure to say ‘hello’ to Roberto for us. You will not need his last name (which I do not know), because everyone in Rio Branco knows Roberto, government officials and drag queens alike. Roberto befriended us out in Yawanawa land, where he was in charge of feeding us, which he did with understated panache. He has his fingers in numerous pies (literally, being part owner of a Rio Branco restaurant), and made our sojourn there particularly rewarding. He is truly The Man in R.B.

Back in Sao Paulo we lunched splendidly at the world’s fourth-best restaurant:

http://www.theworlds50best.com/awards/1-50-winners

http://www.domrestaurante.com.br/

and Satya & Lee introduced me to Dr. Horrible:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apEZpYnN_1g

I also learned the word “tohubohu”:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tohu_wa-bohu

For a musical taste of Brazil and its ‘floresta’ here is “Benke”, by Milton Nascimento: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAoX7dr9Zbw

From Brazil I proceeded to Uruguay; here is an extraordinary speech by the extraordinary man who is currently the president of Uruguay:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr465Atwenw

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Mujica

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/poorest-

Warren Buffett chimed in similarly:

www.nytimes.com/2012/11/26/opinion/buffett-

Finally for this month, kudos to Kurush Dubash, who was named L.A. Lakers Student of the month:

http://www.nba.com/lakers/community/121210

Kurush was honored on center court at half time during a Laker home game. Go Kurush!