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Good-bye, old friend, and may the Force be with you

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm

So it’s come to this.

It’s been nearly a year since one of my best friends told me he’d be entering the Peace Corps. “Oh, idealistic Mario,” I thought. After all, here was a guy who had just graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in anthropology and worshipped Indiana Jones.

He worked at a local organic grocery store and refused to wear deodorant because it made him smell “artificial.” It was just as common to see the guy brewing homemade applesauce in our apartment as it was to catch him reading a book under a tree.

Now, he’s less than 48 hours from a two-year trip to Mali in Africa. I know how absolutely terrified and excited he is, but that mixture should be about 20/80. Why?

Because he was made for this job.

I can’t think of anyone who’s as dedicated to understanding people and reconnecting with nature as this guy. Well, I can, but most of those people are bat-shit crazy and Mario’s a nice middle-ground.

Look at him here, all natural and stuff:

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