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My day in Latin American weirdness.


Here’s how my day began yesterday: ran into these guys in the National Park in San Jose filming an anti-Oscar Arias skit. (That’d be Oscar Arias as in the Nobel Laureate and President of Costa Rica.)


Later the same day, I ran into the real Oscar Arias at an event with the mayor of Beijing to mark the establishment of a Chinatown in San Jose. (Arias is the jowly one in the tan jacket.) And since that wasn’t surreal enough…


…this international diplomatic ceremony — attended by two mayors and one president — got rolling with this stunning rendition of the Star Wars Death Star theme Imperial March by a local high school marching band. Awesome.