Friday, June 6, 2008

Goin' Nutz in Indo

Brett's been lost in the sun and surf for about a month now. Judging by his emails every couple of days, things are getting pretty strange down there. I received these two pics this morning, with the following text...

"The tide was too high this morning to surf so I picked up a new hobby....hopefully these photos make it through.

Normally people ride in the wooden chair with seat belts and a guide rides in the front....but you know me, I told the guide - "none of this seat belt bullshit, I want to learn how to ride this beast by myself....don't worry, I'll take care of you"....he said "Ok, but you need to promise not to tell anyone or I'll get in trouble".... so he taught me how to ride the beast....straight bareback and I control him by his ears. His name is Komeng, he's 25yrs old, weighs 2.7 tons, and eats 150-200lbs of food a day. He's the biggest elephant here. I did all sorts of tricks with him and rode him by myself for awhile...all while trying to teach the guide how to use my camera. Unfortunately the cloudy skies ruined the photos so I just might have to go back and do it all over again."

Later Richard
Nyoman Sheffer
Professional Elephant Rider

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