The Downsize


Sep

23

2018
Building a Better Boat Day 1–Mine eyes have seen the glory….

Building a Better Boat Day 1–Mine eyes have seen the glory….

As always seems to be the case on travel days, things pop up that sometimes throw your schedule out of alignment. Yesterday was no different. I spent some time in the afternoon doing a 90 minute “1000 Calorie Burn” ride from my online Gym–Studio Sweat On Demand. I’m dubious about the thousand calorie claim, though. The little monitor on the spin bike said I came...

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Sep

20

2018
Adˈven(t)SHər

Adˈven(t)SHər

Our good friend Google defines adventure as: ad·ven·ture (adˈven(t)SHər) noun  an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity verb  engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory I’ve thought a lot about adventure lately–what it is to most people and what it is to me. I have tried to build a life around adventuring (V). To date,  I’ve visited over...

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Aug

03

2018
Between the Buoys

Between the Buoys

It’s 430 and it seems like it should be 1030 at night. I woke up this morning to a flurry of Slack messages from colleagues. Since I am not nearly this popular normally, I knew that some major upheaval was ahead at work. Sure enough, as the IMs and calls started trickling in it became clear that we were in the middle of a “reorganization”...

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Jul

29

2018
There Must be Something I Missed

There Must be Something I Missed

I spent the week before last at my parents’ place. We’d just returned from our third visit to Puerto Rico to work on the boat and I was tired and short. Our house has yet to sell and I’d told our realtor we’d execute a painting project on the bedroom, master bath, and family room to get rid of the rust colored accent walls. Our hope...

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Jun

20

2018
This is Madness

This is Madness

Many of you who read this blog do not live in a border state. I am writing this sitting in my comfortable Mexican home 65 miles south of the US border. I thought you’d might like to know how I see it down here. As I drove home yesterday from Phoenix I was curious to see if there would be a change in the attitude...

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Jun

15

2018
Bombay at 2AM

Bombay at 2AM

I stepped through the doors at Mumbai International Airport at two in the morning after nearly 20 hours of grueling travel that took me to Denver and Frankfurt before touching down in the business capital of the Indian Subcontinent. The first thing I noticed when I got off the plane was the airport just wasn’t….done. Next to my baggage claim was a half constructed conveyor...

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Jun

12

2018
Havana Ohhh Na Na

Havana Ohhh Na Na

For many of us, the last few days have been a little numb as we’ve absorbed the news of Tony Bourdain’s suicide in France. I spent some time this weekend catching up on old No Reservations episodes. You should go back and watch a few. You’ll be saddened by how often he talked of his premature death by his own hand. I counted at least...

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Jun

08

2018
Medium Raw

Medium Raw

This is not the post I’d thought be making for my return to the blog after a month’s hiatus. As I do every morning, I rolled over to pick my buzzing phone off the nightstand and immediately started clearing through the 50 or so junk emails that seem to come in every night regardless of my continued efforts to unsubscribe from them. Then I switched...

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May

09

2018
The Fog

The Fog

It’s Wednesday and I’m sitting in Sheryl’s spot at the kitchen table alone with my dogs and my thoughts. For the third out of four weeks, she is traveling and I’m holding down the fort. I’ve been busy turning the hotel for our next group of guests arriving on Friday along with cleaning, working, and grooming the dogs. I suppose this will be what it’s...

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