In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Guatemala, we ran into a local and decided to spend some time with
him. We were transported to a land of amazing coincidences and sometimes, yes,
This is Polo. Or
Richard. It depends on what day one speaks with him.
Polo had tales to tell
longer than his arm and we were curious. Offering him a cold drink of his choice
anywhere he wanted to go brought us to Buga Mamas - an open air
restaurant with a sea view where we listened to his personal history, stories
Decades ago, his job was
to unload cases of Coca-Cola from a truck into the neighboring restaurants and
bars in this town. In an unguarded moment, a case of coke fell directly on his
thumb, splitting it open. Being a Garifuna drummer, this was terrible news, as
he could no longer work lifting the cases of coke and could no longer drum in
the bars at night. Living in the tropics, his thumb eventually became infected
and "swole up, size of my foot…"
At this time, a kind and funky-looking hippie took pity
on his condition and gave him 200 Quetzales. This paid
for medical care for that damaged thumb, and the two
became fast friends. Soon Polo was securing fresh fish,
any sort of living supplies and ganja for this man. The
odd looking eccentric then gave Polo a guitar and
taught him how to play.
Jerry Garcia was his
name (yes, that Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead fame), and their association
lasted for years. They became such trusted friends that Garcia paid Polo's way
to the University of Illinois.
Polo continued telling tales that could have been
straight out of one of Carlos Castaneda's books. These
stories were complete with apparitions of Oltec Indians,
caves full of jade and other semi-precious stones, time
travel in dreams and amazing synchronicities.
They were so wild and
off the charts that they were completely believable.
And all we were drinking
was iced tea... Honest.
If you go to Livingston,
Guatemala, you can meet Polo for yourself. He hangs around town and is all too
happy to share his stories with you. It’s worth it to buy him a refreshment and
then sit back and enjoy his tales.
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