Life Lessons

It is September 15th, 2016 now. Rita and I have been working on our weight and walking ability for a month, and so far the results have been pretty encouraging. We started recording our exercise walks on August the 13th, and in the thirty-three days since then we have walked a total of 199 miles, and will break the 200 mile level when we walk after dinner tonight. Let me stress as well that these are real miles, not those FB/BS...

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Once again, Rita and I have defied the odds, and managed to visit Guayaquil without a major crime event. We are constantly warned by expats and some Ecuadorians alike that it is a very dangerous city, with a whole list of "nevers" - never take a cab, never walk more than a block or two, never take a local bus, etc. But I have to confess - we like going to Guayaquil! I don't want to pretend like it is a...

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The first Presidential election that I remember being aware of as a child was in 1968. It was between Richard Nixon for the R's and Hubert Humphrey for the D's, but it also included in his third attempt to run for President and first attempt as an Independent, George Corely Wallace Jr. This was also the first Presidential contest to bring hate front and center, and foreshadowed what we are seeing today. George Wallace started his political career as a southern...

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I promise not to bombard you with Inca Trail Updates, but I've had so many emails and comments that I wanted to get in a quick one today. Your comments have ranged from "you should be applauded" to "you should be chemically altered before you become a danger to society". We've also heard some good tips on fitness prep and gear to bring. We appreciate all of the feedback. This is Day -373, or in other words, 373 days before...

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It is interesting how sometimes the smallest of events can bring about big changes. Just a week ago, we were living our day-to-day lives, still enjoying the buzz from a wonderful trip to Quito and the Cotacachi area. We spent part of an afternoon talking to a friend who brought us some info on applying for our Ecuadorian citizenship at the end of the year, and within just two days, we suddenly find ourselves making a year-long commitment to train...

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I thought I could ignore the goings-on this week, and just let it all slide. After all, like most Americans (if polls are to believed), I really don't like either candidate for President. I got no horse in this race, no dog in this fight, no clowns in this circus, no turd in this bowl, whatever metaphor you prefer. But if you've read some of my other posts, you know that something that gets right up my left nostril in...

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Two friends we made here in Ecuador decided to sell their homes and move back to the US recently. They enjoyed their time here, but for various reasons had to move on. We will miss them, but wish them the best in the continuing adventure of their lives together. Their departure reminded me of an interesting discussion I saw a few months ago in social media. A blogger was convinced that the “retirement/travel industry” was hiding a deep, dark secret...

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Jerry Seinfeld once pointed out that in surveys, people consistently list "public speaking" as one of their biggest fears. In fact, it usually ranks higher than "fear of death". Mr. Seinfeld points out that this means for most people, if they are at a funeral, they would rather be the one in the box than the one giving the eulogy. This is certainly true for myself, which always surprises people who know me, and some of the things I've done in...

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Long time no blog, sorry about that. We're in the US right now, visit our east coast kids and grandkids. Most evenings we get back to the hotel with almost enough strength left to collapse. Fun, but exhausting. We fully expected things to seem a little strange, returning to the US for a visit after an absence of about 10 months, but I don't think we were quite prepared for this level of weirdness. Not only is there the overwhelming hate,...

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I often hear people cite "they speak a different language there" as a reason not to live in a foreign country - or for some, even not to visit. I also know expats whom, after moving to another country, refuse to learn any of the local language. In fact, some are even proud of their refusal to give up English as their sole means of communication. To each his or her own, certainly, but to me this is as hard to...

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