Bone leads in to the SATW coverage in New Zealand

On the eve of the November debut of the film, the “Rum Diary,” the TV3 network in New Zealand asked me to talk about my early friendship with Hunter Thompson. Then they ended up switching the mood entirely, using brief portions of the 15-minute interview to lead into coverage of the opening events of the annual meeting of The Society of American Travel Writers, held in Wellington. (I’ve been a member of that prestigious organization since the 1970′s.)

Later, NZ3 included both the short and the long version of the interview on its website. These may or may not be available indefinitely, of course. In any case, I have permanently preserved the air check video made by my brother-in law, Eric Cameron, in Rotorua. It can be seen by clicking here. (Give it a few seconds to load.)

I suggest not selecting the longer, perhaps more boring version of the interview, which is the second of two choices on the page, at least it is as long as this URL remains valid:—full-interview/tabid/420/articleID/232452/Default.aspx .

Hunter Thompson and Bob Bone in my Fiat 500 in Puerto Rico, 1959.

Johnny Depp's car in the Rum Diary, 2011.

Epic proportions

Books and Bowling Shoes: My previously published story on the Norwegian Epic has come to life again as the lead story in the October issue of WatchBoom.  It was also carried on Linda Coffman’s prizewinning Cruise Diva site earlier in 2011. (Click on either to read.)


Cruisers from the NCL Epic ride a colorful jitney from the ship to the shore at Costa Maya, Mexico.
Nothing to do with the story. But here’s a little contest: NCL Cruisers can choose to take this colorful jitney on the long dock from the ship to the shore at Costa Maya, Mexico. You can click on Comment below to tell me why it looks like there’s nobody steering the thing! (I had to figure this out myself, and I took the picture!)
UPDATE: Gordon McBride of Wellington, New Zealand came up with the correct answer almost immediately. If you give up, click on the “comments” to see Gordon’s answer.


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