and your ears open.” This was uttered by a local man in an eatery in South Africa. I did not have the pleasure of sitting with him, but Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, was present. There’s a thought for leaders of the world to abide by. Now if they could just master their darker urges, their desperado ways and turn the forces within them to simply gorge on some grub while on encounters and summits, well just maybe the get-togethers can be promising for the greater good.Eating and listen is time well spent with a friend, a colleague, why not a world leader? Sitting across from another chief with only some water in-between surely will attest to a whole lot of bravado…listening is refutable. Could food really create the vantage point to save humanity and all its woes. Ahh…a longing for another place seemingly imaginary yet vivid through spirited wishes. Bourdain showed a compelling glimpse into one of the most complicated and confusing places in the world and the comment the local gentleman made still rings in my ear, “Food is a way to engage.” Can all the nations’ transgressions be a thing of the past as its leaders become enthralled with a platter of cheese? On a lighter note, what about women of authority, what do they do with their pocketbooks in such affairs? Do they have assistants that hold them, do they even need pocketbooks? Of course, they do, right? What would I do without my salve and my tin of cacao butter when cheeks, hands and other bits exposed to the elements or when my ever-drying corners of my eyes and mouth demand more attention than usual?
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