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Salisbury grasshoppers

robbing the past to pay Paul

The seeds of our destiny are nurtured by the roots of our past.

Until this blog post, I always thought of Salisbury Hill. Salisbury Plain includes Stonehenge.

My friends already knew I was a nut. Besides, what's so great about turning water into whine?

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I was negotiating a ride with one of the rickshaw pullers in a large city on the north coast of Sumatra. He gave me a good price in exchange for him sitting in the rickshaw with my luggage, while I pulled the rickshaw.

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I was hitchhiking around Southeast Asia, and I had A LOT of luggage, including a business suit, my waterski and waterskiing gear. The rickshaw driver and I became fast friends. He invited me to stay the night at his place.

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He lived in an assortment of lowslung buildings with his friends, pictured. The floors were dirt or rough concrete. There was a well, and a place to wash oneself. Many of them were university students. They were having difficulty finding advanced mathmatics textbooks. One of the guys gave me a long list of extraordinarily complex mathmatics books. I promised I would send them some of the texts when I returned to school in Connecticut. I never did. I never even tried. White men's promises.

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My accomodation on Samosir. Samosir is an island in a volcanic crater which forms Lake Toba. Lake Toba is the second largest lake in the world by volume. The island has no motor vehicles. I rented that entire bungalow for about US$10 a day in 1993. One of the few places I have seen that is almost Shangri-La.

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