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December 1, 2005 05:05 PM

Don Corleone - R.I.P.

Room with a View - ZipoliteZipolite is perhaps the most relaxed place on earth, and it remains my favourite place we've visited thus far. A tiny resort on the Oaxaca coast, it's so relaxed that on the western edge of the beach more than a few people are too laid back even to bother with bathing suits. But in every paradise there are sinister aspects lurking just below the surface, as Brian can attest. The sea has its various stingers, and every year the notoriously strong rip-tides inevitably drag panicked tourists to their deaths.

But not all the dangers of Zipolite lie in the water, as our good friend Don fatally discovered for himself on the night we left town. We'd met him on the first day. He spent most of his time lounging around the open air kitchen of Lo Cosmico, where we were staying. He never ventured down to the sea, preferring the shade of the cabanas away from the beach. Though he kept mostly to himself, his popularity with the guests of Lo Cosmico was unparalled. He had a real charisma and was a favourite of all of us.

As we were packing up to leave for San Cristobal there was a great commotion as word spread that Don Corleone had been stung by a scorpion. Now there are over 200 species of scorpion, and seven of them are known to have venom powerful enough to kill a human being. The trouble with Don is that he doesn't have the constitution of a healthy human, for he is a 9lb, fluffy house cat. While his owner, Diego, rushed into town to find help - a doctor; a vet; anybody who might be able to administer some sort of anti-venom - we all feared the worst.

To be fair, we're not absolutely certain that the cat died in the end, but as our taxi pulled away from the mean streets of Zipolite, we saw Diego sullenly making his way back to Lo Cosmico in the rain. He was alone and apparently empty-handed. We called out to wish him and 'The Don' the best...

If anybody reading this was at Lo Cosmico and has any concrete information about the fate of our friend, please share...


pablo said:

El gato llegó a ser una escorpión. El entonces mató a muchos aldeanos.

December 1, 2005 05:42 PM
Fagman said:

You can say that again

December 2, 2005 12:49 AM
Jonathan said:

Hey fagman... how's the job hunt at 1 in the morning??

December 2, 2005 09:42 AM
Erin said:


I have no where else to post this.....I hope you have a great day, wherever you are! Miss you.


December 2, 2005 11:04 AM
Lenea said:

Happy Birthday BT O'Ne.

I hope you treat yourself to a new pair of cowboy boots.

Have a good one foolchild,


December 2, 2005 02:50 PM
Caitlin said:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOSERFACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

have fun.
miss ya.
love ya.


December 2, 2005 03:19 PM
Brian said:

Thanks for the birthday wishes.

December 2, 2005 10:53 PM
Anders said:

Happy Birthday Brian.

December 2, 2005 11:05 PM
Nathan said:

Brian, happy birthday, to celebrate I think we should embark on a little challenge. I propose we once again duct tape 40 oz's of Maximum Ice to our hands and see who can finish first. Anyways, the birthday party will be a little lame around here without you. But I will be sure to tip a few in your honor. Take care


December 3, 2005 06:15 PM
Steve said:

I can happily report that Don Corleone, after a shaky night in which he laid low and his masters debated whether or not lemon juice, the appropriate human remedy, would be suitable for cat consumption, was alive and well when I left Zipolite.

Keep up the good work kids, and drop me a line before you get to Argentina or Chile.

Por arriba,


December 28, 2005 11:29 AM
Ryan said:

I love the Internet. I just got this email today (Jan 1st 2007), more than a year after leaving Mexico.

"Don Corleone, in his former life in Mexico-city, was named Luis. He had a little sister called Ela, and together they liked to shit all over our appartment, and hide in the closet between my cloths. And when Diego's mama came, we had to hide them in another room, until their excrements betrayed us. Don Corleone was still a little boy when I left my former life, he was still too little to be a Don. I just came back from the telephone-shop to try to call Diego's mother, and out of nostalgia I googled for Zipolite and found your little peace about our cat. Nice to know he didn't die. If you have any news about Diego, I would be glad to know about it, because I can't reach him for a couple of months already. Happy newyear and good luck with your travels,"

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