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My Cousin Ricky Has a Coupon...

We decided to hit the sunny side of the continent for a bit of R&R - December was a rough month for us. After a good bit of discussion, somehow we ended up deciding on La Paz, Mexico. We found what looked like a great place on AirB&B (and it is!) and made all our reservations, including a car, so we could explore. Ken called the service directly to clarify insurance and prices, because who hasn't had fun with ever-escalating prices in Mexico?

(My first trip to Mexico, with my Mom, years ago, illustrated this perfectly. We laughed for years about "Breakfast Buffet, $2.99" signs at the street. Then on the drive in to the hotel, "Breakfast Buffet, $5.99." Then closer to the hotel, "Breakfast Buffet, $8.99," and by the time you got IN the damned place, "Breakfast Buffet, $12.99." )

So we were expecting the worst, and Ken quizzed the guys at Thrifty quite some bit. Even with all that clarification, he said to me, "I'm sure it will cost about 4 times that when we actually get there." I think the quoted price was close to $200 for a week. But we figured it would be worth it to be able to get to all of the snorkeling I would want.

So we arrive, and sure enough, there are long conversations on the way to the price, and we have great fun with Ivonne, our helpful counter person. She asks who the primary driver will be,and Ken says it will be his wife. "Because she's a better driver?," she asks, and we all laugh. She tells us she mistook another woman in the place as Ken's wife, and we all have a good laugh about that too.Then we get to the price. Yup. Looks like it will be hundreds more. Not quite so funny.

Raw Food Roundup

On Tynan

Ok, I officially LOVE raw food. I started eating raw about five weeks ago, and have been 99% raw since (my trespasses? a tiny brownie, a few sprouted grain english muffins, and a stupid eggplant pizza). Let's do the math on this baby :

First I ate 100% of whatever I wanted. I loved fried foods, desserts, and pizza. Thanks to miraculous metabolism, I never gained too much weight. Then I read Fantastic Voyage : Live Long Enough to Live Forever, hacked away at my diet, and cut out probably 70% of the foods I used to eat. Later I researched more and cut out 90% of those foods, leaving me eating about 7% of what I initially ate. I wrote a book called The Skinny Snob about that. Going raw eliminated at least 70% of those foods, so now I'm down to about 2-3% of the foods I ate a year ago. Based on my daily diet I would consider that wholly accurate.

Now... that is a wild change. Especially coming from me. I would constantly mock anyone trying to go on a diet and explain that you should just eat whatever you wanted. No amount of logic would get me to change. What did get me to change was my inclination to try things for 7 or 30 days, and the accompanying drastic results.

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