Fortunate to have been able to enjoy the beauty of the Earth both from above, and on the ground so often while I was flying the Boeing 727 airliner before my super profitable airline suddenly closed when the parent company merged. People who rarely take vacations out of the country are missing out. To actually watch a Pit Viper taking a nap on a huge leaf in Costa Rica, take a canopy tour above a tropical rainforest, watch a feisty Praying Mantis repeatedly throw punches towards me when I moved too close (have pictures), and listen to a live mariachi band while eating a great meal in Cozumel is so satisfying! To play peek a boo with a lobster I named Marvin (four days in a row and I'm not sure which one of us had more fun) - he would repeatedly very slowly walk out of his cave, carefully peer / peek around the corner, then suddenly jump straight up in the water when he saw me, and scurry back inside, reminding me of Charlie Chaplin as he quickly scampered, and I still swear he was smiling. To see the Panama Canal and these things in person is as they say, priceless. I've flown over the Grand Canyon over a thousand times, and it remained breathtaking.
Firmly believe laughter is the best medicine. I once made a female airline pilot sitting next to me in the cabin laugh so hard (both of us in uniform), she wet her pants while snorting after a flight attendant walked up asking if she needed assistance. Apparently, from behind the laughter looked as though she was having a seizure, and the snorting made the attendant think she couldn't breathe! The pilot then whispered into my ear "I just wet my pants"! That started another laughter cycle. Worse yet, she then requested I look at her posterior and the airplane seat as she leaned forward so I could see how wet things looked. After sitting back against the seat, she asked how things looked. Being truthful, I emphatically said quite good! Then we both cracked up yet again.
I'm supportive of human and animal rights. Yes, we do need to care about both our people, and those in other countries. I have little tolerance for those who abuse women, children and animals.
Often am involved with home improvement projects (mine and others). Finally finished my complete kitchen redo including knocking out a wall, installing the wood floor (no laminate for me), cabinets, plumbing, and electrical...did everything myself except for the granite counter tops. Somewhat an Italian theme with two tumbled marble murals, one Venice, the other the Amalfi Coast with spotlights. The pride of doing something yourself and then appreciating the aesthetics seem to be a lost art for many this day in age.