Bear, did you get your name because you eat so much, or because of your size, or both? You are obviously well educated, even though you have an insatiable desire to be the center of attention
Mix a big laugh with an equally large dose of "meow" and temper that with a dash of mea culpa and you have my current state of mind.
I tell you what AC, I'll PM you when I'm next on the island. I owe Marty a few lime juices and I'll buy whatever it is your'e drinking, and you can figure all that out for yourself. Boards can often slant one's opinion of an individual. The perceived "virtual" personality may or may not be representative of reality (Ernie, you may not masquerade as AC to get free beer).
I will say that I wasn't aware that any level of egocentrism precluded the ability to learn. I guess you learn something new every day...well at least I do. Meanwhile allow me to offer up a few rewrites for your consideration, Bear, are you a big fat slob with a PhD in egocentricity?
or my favorite...Bear, you big fat slob I don't care if you have a PhD in egocentricity your incessant commentary annoys the shit of me!
AC I'm not immune to the foibles of being human with access to the internet, the fascination with my newest home, or the desire to help by shared commentary. I'll simply offer a few favorite quotes in the hopes they will perhaps give you some better insight...
"I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything." ~ Bill Bryson"Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled." ~
and lastly from America's own Immortal Bard, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." ~
PS I still liked Waruguma, even though I had a fabulous time there.