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Old 05-21-2010, 09:05 AM   #41
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dont allow what they consider a "happy ending" with any of the locals.
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Don't get me wrong, it's going to be crazy dangerous and you should fear for your life. This is like motorcycling, a personal decision based on your assessment of the risk.

To me however, the worse it is the more intense the experience will be. You should take every opportunity to soak up other cultures, and to see all facets of humanity. This trip will surely be less on culture and more on the suffering side of humans placed in a desperate situation, but it's all valuable.

Haiti any other day of the week is just a poor, dangerous country, that might be worth seeing if you're in the neighborhood. I have a feeling that Haiti right now is something entirely different that will have a profound impact on you as a person. It may make you grateful for what you have, it may inspire you to work for a cause. It may make you aware of the incredibly dark side of people, the inequality and contrast of the world, and cause years of pondering the human condition. Point is you don't know....unless you go.
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How long are you going for? A week? A month? 6 months?
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:04 AM   #44
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Do it. Buy the best, safest boost you can buy, several sets of gloves, and I recommend you get a huge field knife and several smaller knives, preferably a switch-blade in the mix. However I'm not sure that you California boys know much about defending yourselves so find a couple Texans and stick with them.
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Do it. Buy the best, safest boost you can buy
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Old 05-21-2010, 11:21 AM   #46
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Old 05-21-2010, 11:23 AM   #47
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Old 05-21-2010, 11:31 AM   #48
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and then once you get your guns and knifes.... get on the plane down there!

Wait... what?

I dont really see how the knifes and guns thing will work to get on a plane to fly down there... you will have to know someone there already and then get them to hook you up with something other than a black powder muzzle loader welfare gun.
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and then once you get your guns and knifes.... get on the plane down there!

Wait... what?

I dont really see how the knifes and guns thing will work to get on a plane to fly down there... you will have to know someone there already and then get them to hook you up with something other than a black powder muzzle loader welfare gun.
yeah, you get to check your luggage and you can travel with knives.
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Don't get me wrong, it's going to be crazy dangerous and you should fear for your life. Yep.

This is like motorcycling, a personal decision based on your assessment of the risk.
It is like the kind of motorcycling where every time you stop someone is trying to shoot or stab you and take your motorcycle. Oh, and there are ambushes waiting on the secondary roads.

To me however, the worse it is the more intense the experience will be.
Not all intensity is good. Are they still capturing foreigners and holding them for ransom like they did back before the quake?You should take every opportunity to soak up other cultures, And get the 23 different vaccinations that go along with it. and to see all facets of humanity. You may be different, but there are many facets of humanity I do not wish to see in person. I can imagine a post-apocalyptic world with no real government, no running water or electricity, widespread crippling disease (30,000 die of AIDS each year), abject poverty (more than half of Haitians live on less than a dollar a day, (so if you have $5k in gear, that is thirteen and a half years worth of wages. Hmm, I might just cut you myself for that kind of payoff)), no safe food to eat, no safe water to drink, very intense mosquitoes carrying malaria (which my brother says are undeterred by repellent), and no air conditioned places to sleep at night (you Cali boys have no idea how important A/C is for just the dehumidifying factor). Not to mention that the bad guys will be armed and you won't, and there are lots more of them than you. This trip will surely be less on culture and more on the suffering side of humans placed in a desperate situation, but it's all valuable. Yes, and I guarantee you will learn something. I don't like large crowds of people even when they aren't desperate, but that's my preference.

Haiti any other day of the week is just a poor, dangerous country, that might be worth seeing if you're in the neighborhood. I have a feeling that Haiti right now is something entirely different that will have a profound impact on you as a person. It may make you grateful for what you have, it may inspire you to work for a cause. It may make you aware of the incredibly dark side of people, the inequality and contrast of the world, and cause years of pondering the human condition. Point is you don't know....unless you go.
True, true. I wouldn't go, but maybe you should. Everyone is different on what they want, what they can handle, and what level of risk and discomfort they are willing to take. This is definitely a personal call. Just keep your head on a swivel and if a situation feels uncomfortable, get out quick. You might not get a second chance to say "I should have done x when I first felt uneasy about the situation." Good luck.
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What's the subject matter of the Doc?
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I'd do it. I've applied to multiple jobs that would deploy me to Iraq or Afghanistan. Granted I do IT and would just stay on base. The jobs pay like 150-170k, might as well get paid while the getting is good.

Once in a lifetime things happen once in a lifetime.
Where do you find jobs like this? I'm a mechanical engineer working my certs on the side right now, so working overseas for a few years would be perfect for me. (22, no family ties, no debt, etc)
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What's the subject matter of the Doc?
+1 good question.
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Where do you find jobs like this? I'm a mechanical engineer working my certs on the side right now, so working overseas for a few years would be perfect for me. (22, no family ties, no debt, etc)
Be careful where you end up. It's fine to work overseas but Haiti is not the place to try it.

Snowboarder, remember to keep me on the loop as much as you can. Good luck with the trip.

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Has anyone heard from Snowboarder?

Does anyone know when is he supposed to come out of Haiti?
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I didn't even know when he was leaving.
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I'm pretty sure he flew there earlier last week, but I don't know when he'll be back.
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I'm pretty sure he flew there earlier last week, but I don't know when he'll be back.
He contacted me when the plane was leaving from Miami on the 26th. I just wanted to know if someone knew when he was coming out. Artie asked him that question but he did not answer it.
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He posted on his FB that he was out of Haiti, Rafa... so I gather all is well. Haven't talked to him yet to see how it went though.
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He posted on his FB that he was out of Haiti, Rafa... so I gather all is well. Haven't talked to him yet to see how it went though.
Thanks man!
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