London, Paris, Italy, and vacations

venice italy canalI just got back from a vacation with my wife and one of my daughters to London, Paris, and Italy. It was two and a half weeks of forgetting normal responsibilities, seeing new things, experiencing fascinating cultures, and being with people I love – awesome!

Coming home from such great adventures is always hard for me. I mean there are good things, like seeing my other children and the comforts of home, but I would be happy to still be out there in vacation world for just a bit longer. A friend of mine that just returned from a similar trip said it was nice to be back at home sweet home. I don’t feel this way. What does this say about me?

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People are just as much fun

People are just as much funAs I am sitting here at one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, Lake Powell, I am thinking about how much fun I am having. Yesterday, I had a really nice time doing two my favorite things – wakeboarding and tubing. I won’t go into detail on this, but suffice it to say that these are two of the main reasons why I love it here so much. Without these, Lake Powell is only half so wonderful. However, this morning I am reminded of the other half – relationships and interactions.

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The wonderful days of the free cruises

Ideas for posts come to me at odd times, so what I do is keep a running list of ideas for when I am in the mood or  I have thought about it enough to write something. Well, recently I have had ideas, but they are all related to things that have happened recently, which are kind of negative and I want to write something positive this week. I am really tired of all the negativity and need to look at some of the brighter things in life, especially right now.

So to get away from the negative vacuum, I want to really distance myself from the now situation. There is good among all the bad right now, but I just need to go to a different place – a more positive place that is far from here. So, I want to move to the days of our free cruises (well, kind of free). This comes to mind because many of my friends are on one of these cruises in Hawaii right now, and it was a very happy time for me.

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Trade Nations and obsession

For the past three weeks, I have been playing this game on my iPad called Trade Nations. In the game, you build a village. You start by building houses, and then people move into the houses. You can put the people to work in one of several jobs, such as farming or mining. As these people work, they produce resources. You can sell these resources or use them to build other things, such as shops. As the game continues, you build more houses, get more people, have more workers, produce more resources, and build more things. The fun thing for me is to plan out my village so I get people doing the right balance of things so I earn the most money or get the most things and continue to advance my village. The game reminds me of life itself and how we must balance time and resources.

Well, I am writing about this today to illustrate another example of something I enjoy doing for fun. The challenge of balancing all of the aspects of the game to produce a desired result is a lot of fun for me, like chess. In real life, the game would be a business, where you take the skills and resources you have to try to create a successful business. Unfortunately for me, I think of a lot of possible businesses but most of them either end up marginally successful or never started.

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January 22, 2011Permalink Leave a comment

Oh, to be back at Lake Powell

The most recent major activity in my life was my annual trip to Lake Powell, which is a part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in the southern part of Utah in the United States. This is a fun and unique trip for me. I spend about 5 days, 24×7 with my family and about twenty other people, some that I hardly know at the start of the trip, on a houseboat in a lake in the middle of the desert in one hundred degree plus temperatures. So, why is it so much fun?

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July 26, 2010Permalink 1 Comment