11 Things Don Wildman Doesn't Leave Home Without
What do I never leave home without?
1. Moleskine books. I have 5 of them piled immediately to my right; I’m addicted to the things. I like the way they feel, the sizes, the way they stack, the little snappy elastic. One day, I’ll fill them with something brilliant. No, really.
2. The means to glue things into books. Habitually, I think forward; I can’t help it. As such, I forget that I did anything yesterday. Considering I have a job in which I get to do pretty remarkable things nearly every day, this is a crime. So, I scrapbook my experiences or I can’t keep track.
3. Fujifilm Instant Camera. Bought it at Urban Outfitters in Seattle. My throwback toy -- little pics that I can stick in my wallet to remember moments, for all the reasons mentioned above. I love not waiting till I’m near a printer.
4. Books. I really gotta use my Kindle more. Right now I am hauling 6 books with me (along with the 5 Moleskines), one of which is a 1,000-page brick of WWI history by Robert Massie. I really could do this better -- but, you know, reading is critical to life.
Cementerio de Cristobal ColonParked at the entrance gate of Cementerio de Cristobal Colon (aka Colon Cemetery, named for Christopher Columbus) in Havana, Cuba. It’s utterly vast: With 140 acres and 800,000 graves, it’s one of the premier places in the world for eternal rest — if you can find the space. 960 1280
Fidel at the BatNot even Cubans believe it, but it has long been a rumor that Fidel Castro was a great baseball prospect before he became a revolutionary. To this day, his vaunted prowess on the diamond is celebrated, as in this mural inside Havana’s stadium (but it’s probably completely propaganda). The Cuban team, however, is awesome. 960 1280
Museo de la RevolucionThe glorious ceiling mural of the Museo de la Revolucion (Museum of the Revolution), which was formerly Havana’s Presidential Palace. This is where Fulgencio Batista bolted from Fidel Castro’s invading guerilla army in 1959. He left down a hidden staircase not found on building blueprints. 960 1280
The Gran Teatro de la HabanaThe Gran Teatro de la Habana (Great Theater of Havana) is home to the world-renowned Cuban National Ballet, as well as other performing groups. Opened in 1915 and currently under renovation, the building serves as a perfect backdrop for a postcard shot of classic American automobiles. 960 1280
Havana ClubHavana Club is the most famous of the legendary rums produced in Cuba. The brand was nationalized by the Cuban government but has since been sold to an international concern. 960 1280
Don Wildman's Cuba 21 Photos
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Don Wildman's Scrapbook 23 Photos
5. Two weeks’ worth of clothing. Events conspire against us -- we can never find a Laundromat. On moral grounds I will not pay the hotels the exorbitant prices they charge to wash your clothes. What are you kidding? Six bucks for a sweater? I just went through 2 solid weeks in Tennessee without a day to wash or even the vehicle in which to go to a place if I knew where it was. Thus, just in (suit) case, I carry too many clothes. And you wouldn’t believe how filthy I get on this show.
6. Clipper. Best part of my job: I don’t have to shave ever, but I do have to maintain a steady grizzle or it becomes a continuity issue. So I bought a clipper at CVS, and it is my constant friend and companion. Zip, zip ... done. I love it, liberty.
7. Lithium flashlight. It’s important that I can see things in the dark. I’m spoiled. Regular batteries, too dim --the lithium flashlight, leading into the abyss.
8. Band-Aids. Because I puncture my flesh nearly every day.
9. Manicure. Chewing my nails is a filthy habit, but I do it constantly if I don’t make a monetary investment and pay a woman to clip off my cuticles. But why aren’t there places that make a man feel like he’s not secretly wanting to be a woman? Frankly, it’s the cheapest thrill, having someone work on my hands, and then the massage -- its great! I’ll go weeks without chomping the things off.
10. Stationery. Katharine Hepburn once wrote me back when I sent her a fan letter. Her stationery was so damn simple and classy, I went right out and ordered myself some. We have to keep writing letters despite the convenience of emails and texts. It’s kind of a cause of mine -- we can’t waste the postal service!
11. iPod. You know, for the same reason you have one.
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