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Feom LA to F la  Glad to be back.for a visit 

English, why do I have to learn that-I'm never going
to live in England

An Udder Delight

The English countryside is beautiful. I was here on  a small dairy farm in Arundel-God Save The Cream!

The  core formative experiences that all young people should pursue are : hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor; travel to understand deprivation and want; the power of reading;the importance of nurturing your body. What better place to do it all then on a rural farm in England.

I am reminded of The Law of The Farm, where there are no easy fixes, and where it takes 10 years to become an overnight success.

In fact, Instant gratification takes too long---Adolescence is a gift, perpetual adolescence is just plain wrong. Here I am, an AmeriCAN, but feel  hard pressed to see the difference between  ages 10, 15, 21 or 25.. School’s endless cycle of preparing us for what’s next.NOTHING happens NEXT (Grandpa ALL CAPS IS ON TODAY BIG TIME)

The way you do ANYTHING  is the way you do EVERYTHING 

It starts out at Starbucks, where I witness the most entitled coffee drinkers on the planet and obnoxious Starbucks orders! Quad, Nonfat, One-Pump, No-Whip, Mocha Chai Tea Latte, 3 Pump, Skim Milk, Lite Water, No Foam, Extra Hot Tall Nonfat Latte, 2 Percent Foam...2%? ced, Half Caff, Ristretto, Venti, 4-Pump, Sugar Free, Cinnamon, Dolce Soy Skinny. 
Growing old is not optional, growing up is. Yet,
The path to inner peace begins with four words: Not My F****** Problem!


Caffeine is a vitamin not a drug...

If you’re pointed in the wrong direction, it doesn’t matter how fast you’re traveling. Inversely, if you’re locked on to your desired destination, all progress is positive, no matter how slow you’re going. You’ll reach your goal eventually.

Own your own actions. Author your own story.“

Whoever authors your story authorizes your actions."

When we tell our own story—and write our own autobiography, we truly begin to live more consciously and unfold our own myth---with us as producer and director, going out to sea , in an infinity of hope, it's life's coming attraction, where we have final cut.

Earning, Learning and Yearning- we get paid for the stories we tell

The coming-of-age rituals that have defined AmeriCANS since the early pioneer days--learning the value of working with your hands, leaving home to start a family, becoming economically self-reliant–are  nowhere to be found today. "I Consume therefore I am" has nothing to do with creativity and a life worth living. You gotta produce. Material success without fulfillment equals failure.

That dirty, sweaty, achy work you get on a farm builds character- I know, I have dug ditches, cut grass, layed cables, hauled sand and bricks. This farm I am visiting makes me want to celebrate work and service and  guide others out of miliniel boredom, the anorexia of the mind, and materialism, an identity crisis and junk food of the soul.

The secret of success is starting!

Choose travel. Experience  far away places to build intentional scar tissue.

What is ethical about a work ethic,  if it doesn't include that. It makes for resilency and the abilty to persevere under impossible conditions, a kind of mental bodybuilding.

A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. - Muhammad Ali are a few birthdays past. I'm  older than fire now and twice as hot! Haha

I stopped counting page views in 2012 after a million

On The Rocks-Comfortable With Uncertainty and living in ambiguity.
Now that is a skill set of a start up!

It took 4 hours to climb to the top of Fuji San and 14 hours to defend.
Going downhill takes longer!

The opening track on Into The Great Wide Open, the eighth studio album by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 'Learning To Fly'  goes like this...

Well, I started out down a dirty road / Started out all alone / And the sun went down as I crossed the hill / And the town lit up, the world got still / I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings / Coming down is the hardest thing.

This song is about achieving a huge goal. The learning to fly without wings means learning to do something you\'ve never done before and you\'re not sure if you\'re even prepared to do

It reminds me of traveling around the world 7 times!--My Escape TO my Reality:"Coming down is the hardest thing". I got my pilots license-Now what, Land? I am sure I will sail again....because...
You know, addiction isn't the problem - it's the solution- 
When all you care about is here, this is a good
  place to be
On Devil's Island

How come you ended up in a place like this?

Welcome to the penal colony at Devil's Island, whose prisoners you are, and from which there is no escape."  This was the greeting that awaited prisoners to the penal colonies. Now Devil's Island IS the escape.

I always talk in Bumper Stickers-Instant gratification takes too long

Tender Boating

Escape to Reality

Ile des Pins, New Caledonia-Papillon
“Addicted to traveling”  or for that matter “Addicted to all-non working activities” shouldn’t be  a new reason for self-hatred or a diagnosis, rather a pursuit like the arts and entertainment, that permit self-exploration and satisfy your psycho-social needs.  You see, in general, if a pastime is not classy, those who love it are labeled with the Dr Phil-Drew-Oprah Psycho Babble rhetoric of “addict.” Opera and Symphony  aficionados, on the other hand  are “passionate” and "driven".

 Loading the cultural dice in favor of “reality” over fantasy, we get the sense of   adventure beaten out of us when we ask ourselves the most irritating of the question words, “Why?”  Why do I have to live in the New York suburbs,where the weather sucks and the people are rude, and there is nothing to do? Then we just tune in turn  on the TV, and  drop out, watching one of the 1000 channels in a shared hallucination called the superstition of materialism, and fall asleep.

Then you get "The Call" and if you  wake up and answer it,  and you begin the Hero's Journey that Joseph Cambell talks about  in The Power Of Myth, with Bill Moyers, that PBS  video series that's a must for all seekers, and you follow your bliss-in most  cases your bliss follows you.

 I started to travel, as a pastime, on a shoe-string budget, labeled as a drifter, a bum, held in contempt by the  uninformed, and over educated who find themselves   sinking into the everydayness of their lives. And I didn’t care. I just did it anyway. The Calvinists say work is prayer, so is permanent traveling.
In the old days, habits of cultural consumption like listening to jazz music all day and night were considered passions, or forever going to the movies or “The Theatre”, allowing   us to create new personalities and use them to fulfill unmet psychological needs. Come to think of it, I think I have an internet addiction too! Awesome.

Seagull Management

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” Anais Nin

  • People say that what we are all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think this is what we're really seeking. I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive.~ The Power of Myth - Joe Campbell

    There are three types of people-those alive, those dead and those @sea--cruising around the world  has been one  of the most rewarding forms of introspection. It is one stage of my “re-entry” in Hotel @nyware, continuing my extended break from Normal Life again to travel the world on board another cruise ship. I’m living my dream of PT-Permanent Travel, also known as "Mini Retirements". I haven’t been everywhere, but it is no longer  on my list. I "get it" now., this travel thing. On 12/12/12, Blogging is literature in a hurry-Write? Right! The quicker I go, the longer it takes, so it looks like I will be writing a few more posts on the subject.

    As I document this adventure, this  around-the-world travelogue, I say to myself "Roam Sweet Roam". Home is not where my heart is but where my computer is- I remain a digital nomad, where  Anywhere becomes @nyware, location neutral, as there is no such thing as a bad piece of real estate when you use technology and social media. As I make my way in the Caribbean (again!), in the middle of nowhere, but the center of everything, thanks to a reliable high speed Internet connection.  I am doing pretty much everything I would do in the USA, only with the economies of scale, at a less greater cost.

    Consequently, I call home a feeling not a place-I’ve never confused  a street address for where I  actually lived. My destinations have  never been  places , but  new way of seeing things:  the journeys themselves have been the destinations.

    It has never been about resources, but more about resourcefulness.We're never  too poor to buy our freedom.In fact,  we are  all “time millionaires ”and when we  who choose to use this commodity, the less  we put a cash value on travel, and  the less  we think that money is what we need to have an adventure  and live, and the less we associate money with life in general.

  •    It's 2019, lets go back in the time machine to 2012 when I began to practice "The Secret" which is not about process, but results. Traveling is an activity not an achievement, but without my wife, brother and sister, I could never have achieved any of this. I am also a firm believer in the strength of loose ties, random kind people who helped me along the way. I am a great believer in probabikity... of never giving up. The Indian rain dance worked because they never stopped dancing! Luck Is Probability Taken Personally. Back then, i thought I was lucky:
  • ▼  December (9)

This is how I Summed up Previous January New Year's Day

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards

Nevertheless, Next time, I'll live life backwards, start out dead, and get that out of the way, then finish with the fireworks.Why wait for 2020 to have perfect vision

Your everlasting summer/You can see it fading fast/So you grab a piece of something/That you think is gonna last
You wouldn't know a diamond/If you held it in your hand/The things you think are precious I can't understand

Are you reelin' in the years/ Stowin' away the time/ Are you gatherin' up the tears/ Have you had enough of mine

Happy 2008 From Ka'a'wa, Hawaii

Being T/here in in Hawaii has put me in a unique space ..  Read More

New Year 2009 The Majik Kingdom-Not Disneyy

One eyed man in the land of the blind Read More

Happy 2010 Cruise Control-Hundreds of Tropical Caribbean Islands

Why wait until the year 2020 for perfect vision?Zencrafters-Instant enlightenment in about 20 minutes Read More

Fly a Russian MiG-29 at Mach 2 or Take A World Cruise in Zero Gravity- I'll take things that I know for $60,000 Alex.  Read More

Happy 2012 Las Vegas-Heads Up

 Headlines-In the beginning, there was Michael.Jordan was the poster guy for the perfectly bald man. He made shaving cutting edge...Read More

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