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Man I still can't figure out why Bourdain committed suicide. I have a theory on it, but it's just a working theory. Maybe I'll talk about it on an upcoming show I do with Gino Barassa. We both got to hang out with him on the Cayman Islands. I got a lot of very nice emails from friends after his passing. That was very nice… but it wasn't like I was best friends with Anthony or anything. We just kinda hung out, like he does with a lot of people. Also, I wasn't too surprised his net worth after passing was less than $2 million. I think many people reach a point where they are not materialistic (I'm certainly that way), so he saw no need to hoard a lot of cash and assets.
As far as the suicide, I know the press is saying that he was infatuated with his girlfriend and something went awry there that caused the suicide. But I don't subscribe to that theory because that happens all the time to millions of people around the world, and they rarely result in suicide, especially for intellectuals. So, I'll share my theory as soon as it matures a little.
Anyway, here's my last photo of Tony.
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Randomly, by chance, I saw my friend Linnea Berzen twice out in the desert. It's almost impossible to have a set meeting anywhere out there because mobile phones don't really work. This year we were smart and left a little whiteboard outside the RV so people could leave messages. Some anonymous girl wrote how attractive Rene was, and he took about 100 mobile phone photos of that, having reached peak-Rene. I take a LOT of people photos there, and for this year, this one might be my favorite.
It was fun to return to the Bamboo Forest here in Kyoto once again. It was funny how much I remembered and how much I forgot. It's still just as beautiful as ever. One key thing I figured out this time was to get there early before the crowds arrive. It's always open, so that isn't an issue at all. Anyway, there were still a few people moving around, like these two gals that were in these beautiful red outfits.
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