We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Having things to look forward to, whether a good snow storm, or a trip someplace new, a new lamp, a new Teaching Company series, a possible new friend, or reservations for a good dinner out, is part of the charm of life.
Mrs. BD has just laid on me our trip adventures for 2011 which she has kindly planned and paid for. (It seems like the villa in Provence or Tuscany for the whole family, plus the Gwynnies and the Sipps and some other fun pals, will have to wait 'til 2012 - God willing - because the gal wants to get me back to Turkey, and to the Holy Land, first. Maybe she is wondering how long I will last...)
For one thing, I know she is planning supper at this joint:
Screw the Death Tax. The grim reaper is forever snapping at our heels while we run like hell to keep one step ahead of him. Die broke. They keep reminding me that it's a big, inviting world out there, full of interesting, confusing, and exciting things. Ruts are bad because they shorten life. Comfort zones are mainly valuable as places to return to. I have learned this, in life. Timidity fails, constricts life, creates regrets that just accumulate and grow mold.
It's just kinda odd, though, that Mrs. BD had none of my hunting trips to my old familiar places on her list: Maine, New Brunswick, Manitoba. What's up with that? She has lots of theater and opera tix done too, but never even bothered to check out Bob's tour this year. Guess that's my responsibility.
What adventures are y'all planning this year?
Pic on top is the club where some of us Maggie's Farmers like to go to hunt critters with wings in Manitoba in early October.
Fully Agree! London next weekend (Snow allowing), NYC, Singapore, Shanghai and Beijing ticketed....working to see if I can get together an early fall hike of Mt. Fuji with some friends. Fishing and hunting looking to be somewhat limited to weekends this year. Kids growing fast, trying to pack a lot in before they are out of the house.
I'm 58 with fewer active years left than I like so I'm skiing in Fernie and Golden BC for a week in late Feb and taking surfing lessons in Sayulita Mexico in early May, then in late May taking the aged and irascible mother in law to her family's home village of Veseli nad Moravou. Which, happily, is just down the road from the Litovel brewery.
I discovered Litovel by accident a few months ago and the discovery increased my cooperativeness with my wife in planning a trip to Czecho for her mom.
I'll be visiting London the last week of June/first week of July and saving on hotel costs by staying with friends (neighbors who were transferred to London for a couple of years. ) I plan on visiting the British museum, and maybe even a trip on the Chunnel Train. May also visit Cambridge
Being older and much poorer than you all, I will continue to explore the Navajo and Hopi Reservations here in Az. It takes years of visits to the Grand Canyon to get the feel of into my bones. The ancient ruins help me feel a part of this country's past. I want to stand on top of Bill Williams Mountain again, while a summer storm moves to the East and a rainbow forms below me. I want to explore the mystery and beauty of the slot canyons in Garces Mesa. I want to watch the sunrise in Tsegi Canyon when the shades of stone walls match the sky. I want to smell the wet pines. I want to seen the Aspen grove at Weimer Spring by moonlight. I want to watch golden eagles or osprey soar over Lake Mary.
I hope, central France then up to Normandy in late spring. Assuming no volcanoes blow up, France doesn't go on strike, and my employer doesn't say, "ah, sorry, forgot to mention that vacations can be cancelled on short notice."