Off Topic: Crazy nut I met on my trip to South Georgia


When traveling with Lindblad you expect to be around the elite, the cultured, the wealthy, the social royalty and that was definitely the majority of my fellow passengers. And then there was Joel. Joel Levinson, or Happy Joel, to be more specific. Joel wins contests for a living. I’ll repeat….Joel wins contests for a living.

He won a contest to be on the National Geographic Endeavour with us to South Georgia and also won a trip to see the Polar Bears in the Arctic. He’s won over $200,000 this year alone and other little things like cars. Joel is my hero of 2008! The dude is funny as hell to boot.

While we were on South Georgia he received word that the New York Times wrote about his crazy profession. I think we had most breakfasts together and he’d come to the table with another crazy thing like: “I got an email from another late night show – they want me to come on next week. But I’m holding out for Conan O’Brien.” I guess he eventually caved and settled for that second-rate guy Jay Leno:

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Here is the Doritos video he did while we were at Fortuna Bay.

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Yes – we were all laughing at him for running around with a complete Penguin suit! Visit for more stuff.

Check out this New York Times article on Joel.


  1. First of all, thanks for the shout out. Though the term “Crazy Nut” may leave something to be desired.

    Second, just got an email and it looks like I’m going to be winning that Civic (nothing official till tomorrow,) and I wondered if you think you might have an interest in it? The winner has to be in Maryland to pick it up on Tuesday, the 25th, and I CAN drive it back to Dayton, Ohio for Thanksgiving and just sell it there, though I don’t really want to.

    I’m going to see if they would sell it back to me first, cause that would take all the guesswork out of it, but if they don’t (and in the rules it says no transfer or cash) then I may take you up on your offer.

    Lastly, my absolute favorite picture of yours so far is the one with the king penguins all right next to the shore, and the leader poking his nose as far as he can go towards the water. It’s just awesome.

    Anyway, if you get this, write me an email and let me know,

  2. axspot says:

    Hey Joel – you crazy nut – lol ….c’mon man, you have to know me well enough by now to know that is a term of benevolence. You should hear what I call my oldest friends. The more derogatory the term, the better the friend. When you hear #*&*’n %&_#@ you know you’re a good friend 🙂

    Yeah, we’d definitely be interested in helping you out with the Civic – congratulations on that one by the way! I might be up in the DC area the weekend of the 29th. I’ll shoot you an email.

    Thanks on the photo – let me know if you want any.

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