Just returned from three weeks in France, sailing East from Marseille to Toulon and back. Mixing professional travel with pleasure makes thing more interesting.
I'm a licensed boat captain: I do boat charters (over 30 years) and yacht sales. walking, hiking, and sailing in new places give me great pleasure. I row 4-6 times per week.
A long distance voyage is in my future, and I'm not just talking about Mexico. Making it to Malta is one of my goals.
I'm financially secure with no skeletons or baggage except the ones I use for traveling...
Umberto Eco, Ethan Canin, Jane Austin, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, various non-fiction are my favorite writers and types of books. Eco's The Island of the Day Before is a book I could pick up, read and laugh with any time. I'm still trying to live by the lessons of Alice Walker's Meridian. Ethan Canin feels like a good brother to me. Recently read books: The Swerve, about Lucretus, The Savage Continent, Suspended Sentences...
Amelie, Travelers and Magicians, Les Trois Seasons, American Beauty are some of my favorite films.
My taste in music is fairly eclectic. I'm not a Huge opera fan, but I do love Turandot and some Monteverdi, Mozart, etc. Leoš Janáček, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tony Bennett, Ralph Towner, Andalusian music from Spain, various modern jazz artists, the Beatles are some of the things on my Ipad. It also contains a few lectures from UC Berkeley. Some of my prefered ways to find new reads: cruising the summer reading lists of various universities, browsing the Cal text book shelves, shopping at UC Press bookstore, talking to friends.
Making her way down the sky
Following the milky way's arc
Was that a street light?
But she winked at us
Between the branches
Lower and lower
As she disappeared
Behind the veil of the forest.
We knew to what world
And followed her
In our dreams