My wife is reading The Geography of Bliss and is almost through Switzerland, a terminally happy country. It can’t be the weather. Their hottest month of the year is July where the average high is 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It seems the Swiss just don’t care about things like warmth or vitamin D. Nevertheless, nobody leaves Switzerland.
I am a huge fan of the self-help, leadership, time management, happiness, make-me-successful book genre. I’ve read them all—How to Win Friends and Influence People, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun—a personal favorite, Who Moved My Cheese, and hundreds more—and I’ve learned a lot! But learning doesn’t end with books.
It’s early October and we’re on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Early October is still hurricane season in the V.I., but an offer to join my sister on her honeymoon served up an opportunity to get out of town. Typing this I realize one thing: in retrospect, none of it seems like a good idea.
Kathmandu is still recovering from the devastation caused by the earthquakes in April and May 2015. Many roads and buildings are damaged, monuments lie crumbled, and power cycles throughout the day. But there remains a timeless, friendly attitude; a desire to know and be known. During a recent and all too short trip, we spent three days touring the city and taking in as much of its flavor as possible.
This article originally appeared in Good Old Boat magazine, issue 99, November/December 2014.
During the winter, when temperatures were well below zero, we decided to sell our modest 27-foot sailboat in hopes of upgrading to something with a bit more room. I have little respect for boat brokers, whose slick hard-sell attitudes are akin to nautical used-car salesmen. Although there may be exceptions out there, I have yet to meet any of the good ones. So off we went on our own . . . and boy did we receive a lot of interest.