I've cross-posted the introduction to The New Merry Pranksters, in the thread below, to the Cinematography and Indie Film and Documentary forums as well. While it is certainly more on-topic there, I wanted you to see the introduction here.
For better or worse (probably a little of both!) you guys are some of the sharpest minds here at the COW. All kidding aside, you are also some of the most experienced, well familiar with cameras, lenses, and location shooting. These guys also have some hair-raising stories about travel, customs and other topics that have most definitely shown up in this forum before.
So for a lot of reasons, This is too cool a story for you to miss.
To follow the whole story, you can subscribe at the blog page. Otherwise, please also allow me the indulgence of cross-posting some of the most applicable entries here.