What’s a geezer know? Plenty. Theoretically, the longer you have lived, the more you have seen. And theoretically, the more you have seen, the more you have had to think through and make decisions about.
I’ve seen a lot. Born in the Midwest, I hated the prairies and plotted to escape as soon as possible. I went away to Bob Jones Academy, a college prep high school in South Carolina, at 14. Then there were two years at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. I graduated from Boston University in ‘63. A stint in the Air Force took me to Harrisburg, PA and Bangkok.
The real world for me began when I worked as a reporter for Pacific Business News in Honolulu. After joining Japan Airlines in New York, I was tossed into the big wide world beyond native shores. I worked at the airline’s headquarters in Tokyo in the ‘80s when Japan was riding high on a booming economy.
After dropping out of the corporate rat race in ’93, I fled as far away as I could to Perth, Australia – just about the world’s last stop. Australia’s emptiness was a balm after tumultuous Tokyo. I might have stayed forever had I not decided it was time to pay attention to my aging mother in Colorado Springs.
I returned “home” to the U.S. to live in 2000. My mother lived until 98 years of age. I wasn’t traveling far, but roaming as often as I could. I still am. As long as my health holds up, and I can bear those pesky airports, I will continue.
I’m a vagabond at heart. I’ve been an atmosphere junky for as long as I can remember. But it’s been more than soaking up ambience. It’s also made me see through other’s eyes. There are lots of viewpoints out there. We can grasp only a few of them in a lifetime.
So I’m blogging to share the sights and perceptions of our universe I’ve picked up in my years of observing. If even one reader can sometimes identify, I’ll have reached my goal.