I have had the opportunity to travel abroad myself and I have always 
found it an "enlighting" experience.....glad you had fun


--- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, "Richard (Show) Hall" 
> First of all, I strongly recommend this great interview on insane 
films with
> Dierdre Straughan. (Dierdre says some very interesting things and 
you also
> get to see Madge Weinstein's new look).
> http://insanefilms.com/?p=280
> I ended up leaving this long comment on the post, but, on the 
outside chance
> you don't read all the comments on insane films I thought I'd 
repost it
> because Dierdre's interview brought up a couple of things that 
really hit
> home for me.
> First, I get the impression that the whole world tends to believe 
that the
> vast majority of Americans are nationalistic and narrow minded. My 
belief is
> that almost exactly half of Americans are this way and the split is 
> and real. Much more so in the last 8 years or so than has ever been 
the case
> in my 48 years of life in American. I don't think the rest of the 
> realizes that this dramatic split exists here - the press only 
focuses on
> (the other) half of us.
> Second, Vlog Europe literally changed my life and opened my eyes to 
make me
> realize why people would want to travel out of the US to countries 
> they dont' speak your language etc. I've always been pretty much a 
> who doesn't really like adventure and was satisfied to just stay in 
> place. I can't tell you how fun/great/enlightening Vlog Europe was 
and it
> was all because of the people who were from different cultures who 
> shared my same passion (for vlogging and, well, for having fun). 
Some of
> those with the most interesting perspectives were the ex-pats like 
> Joel, and (Bicycle) Mark - but all the people I met were really 
> interesting and the conversations in and out of the conference had 
this sort
> of depth that surprised me and I don't thing I ever heard a person 
the whole
> time mention anything about number of down loads his/her show had 
(not that
> this is bad, just different), and even the session on making money 
turned i
> to more of a session on philosophy with respect to  what is truly 
> in life. (And, by the way, while Madge is very entertaining, I have 
to tell
> you that Richard Bluestein is Really interesting and also added a 
lot to
> these conversations).
> ... You know, I haven't even posted the actual comments I made on 
the Insane
> Films post, which was the purpose of this email ... I think Michael 
> is rubbing off on me :) (though I could never be as articulate as 
often as
> my friend Michael is :)
> ... So, the comments mainly say what I said above, which you can 
read, if
> you want, after you watch the excellent interview referred to above.
> ... Richard
> -- 
> http://richardhhall.org
> http://richardshow.com
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