why Muhammad Ali wouldn’t go to Vietnam in 1967

Muhammad Ali: “My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother or some darker people or some poor, hungry people in the mud for big, powerful America. And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, … Continue reading why Muhammad Ali wouldn’t go to Vietnam in 1967

Vietnam – The Fog of War

I visited Vietnam for the first time in 2014, almost 50 years after the end of the American War. The nation is thriving. Tourists love the country. 🙂 The Fall of Saigon was the capture of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, by the People’s Army of Vietnam and the National Liberation Front of South … Continue reading Vietnam – The Fog of War

Vietnam – adventurous eating

Bun Bo Nam Bo Finally, an eatery in Vietnam where I’d be proud to bring Anthony Bourdain. It’s a cheapo, yet ranked #11 of 943 Restaurants in Hanoi. Always crowded, this hole in the wall in the old quarter pretty much sells one dish. Rice noodles with beef in broth. Roasted peanuts, bean sprouts. A … Continue reading Vietnam – adventurous eating

Blood Road – a cycling documentary

Rebecca Rusch and Huyen Nguyen were first to pedal the entire length of the 1,800 km (1,200 mi) Ho Chi Minh Trail through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Blood Road, according to director Nicholas Schrunk, “set out to document an epic cycling expedition as well as Rebecca’s personal journey to visit the crash site [of her father], but we ended up uncovering something much … Continue reading Blood Road – a cycling documentary

Harry Bosch – book 1 in the series

I’ve read most of the Bosch books. Black Echo is the 1992 début novel by American crime author Michael Connelly. … won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for “Best First Novel” in 1992. Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch … … debuted as the lead character in the 1992 novel The Black Echo, the first in a best-selling police procedural series now numbering … Continue reading Harry Bosch – book 1 in the series

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

I’m not much into self-help books. But many people I admire follow Tim Ferriss. I finally got around to starting his classic book … The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich  The evangelizing rah-rah turns me off … as does the focus on money while claiming not to care about money. … Continue reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss