Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Accidental Eden

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I was flipping through the channels to find the New York Jets football game tonight when I stumbled upon a special on wildlife in Cuba. This PBS special, Cuba: The Accidental Eden, gave me many flashbacks of my trip to Cuba. While the U.S. trade embargo and the collapse of the Soviet Union has left this island enchanting to foreigners like myself, it has also provided a pristine environment for animal and plant wildlife. In essence, Fidel Castro's stubbornness to not follow America's capitalist system has contributed "accidental" good for Cuban wildlife because it has focused on agriculture rather than industry. Many of the environmentally destructive policies around the world are non-existent in Cuba. As a result, coral reefs and rare animal species are thriving in Cuba, providing an example of sustainability for the rest of the planet. You can watch the entire video below:

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Spending 9/11 in Atlantic City

I traveled to Atlantic City, N.J., today to see my brother's band, The Spanish Channel, perform at Caesar's Palace. As you can see in the photo above, the venue had some great lighting.

Afterward, we walked the boardwalk, where I met an artist named Ray. He said he lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and that he was hit with debris when the second Trade Center building fell on 9/11. He asked me to take a photo with him holding a drawing he made in honor of that event.