Recently finished reading, “A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean“: A Grump in Paradise Discovers that Anyplace it’s Legal to Carry a Machete is Comedy Just Waiting to Happen. That title peaks your curiosity doesn’t it? It did me. Oddly, I have a brand new machete and want to use it badly! Why do I have a machete? I have no idea…impulse buy.
About a month or so ago I get an email from a guy named Gary Buslik. He told me he was a famous writer and that many people wanted to be him. Ah, sure buddy. He wanted to send me his book, A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean. He thought it would be right in my wheelhouse and to let him know what I thought. I gladly accepted the offer of this (famous?) writer, and a week later a signed copy arrived. “To a fellow rummy, Gary”
I barricaded myself in the man cave, cracked the book and began to discover why the rotten was added to the title. The book is a collection of true stories that, for better or for worse, happened to Gary when he was working as a travel writer or vacationing with his wife in the Caribbean.
Wit, sarcasm, dry humor and awkward situations run ramped through the pages. Every so often I found myself laughing out loud to the hijinks that was happening on beautiful islands like Barbados, Cuba, Mustique, Jamaica and others. I’m not sure which was funnier, the incredibly uncomfortable situations he finds himself in, or how his wife hands him his ass every time they disagreed on something.
A few highlights
I like the story where Gary was in Antigua and trying to get to Barbados to write a story. The flight reservation was made but not honored. A cat and mouse game with the, couldn’t careless airline phone answering type person ensued and got no where. Things started rolling when he lied saying he was a toe doctor. Why a toe doctor? He had over heard the lady say she had a toe problem when she put him on hold, acting like she was helping him but really just gossiping with the phone answering type person next to her. Once the “Toe Doctor” arrived to take a look at the problem, the reservation for the flight was miraculously found. Although now, someone else was going to have to be bumped off the flight. Gary asked if anyone French was on the plane and if so to bump that person. He doesn’t like the condescending French. My words don’t do the story justice, you will have to read it yourself.
Another favorite was the story of the cock fight on Grenada. Two birds, one owned by a poor but respected Grenadian man and the other by a hated cocky Cuban construction foreman. I don’t want to give away the story, but I was on the edge of my seat during the fight sequence. Blow by blow, Gary takes you through the fight with great detail and you feel as if you’re sitting high atop a mountain on Grenada, in the middle of the rainforest on a humid night, watching this spectacle with the other sweaty boozed up locals. Ahhh, only in the Caribbean.
If you’d like to give this book a read click this link to order, I think you’ll really enjoy the crazy adventures in paradise. Its the perfect book to take on vacation
Thanks for the book Gary, you just might be a famous writer after all. And I guess add me to that list of people who want to be like you (that was hard for me to say). I want to learn how to get some of these paying travel writing gigs. Put me under your wing, I want to learn!
If you get the book and read it, let us know what your favorite story was and what you thought.