I know last May I doubted if I was going to be in the financial or head space to realize my long-held dream of going overseas (for the first time in my life) and seeing Europe come 2024, but now in August of 2023? I … Continue readingEurope: Should I Just Go?
I don’t have the heart to sort through all the pictures or polish them for presenting them online, but I’ve been wanting to get off my chest for a little bit now that I’m all done with my trip to the Pacific Northwest! My quest … Continue readingI Went to the Great Northwest!
Well, it looks like I might be spending my Independence Day in Bozeman. Yay me. I hope… 🤪 Anyway, I’ve fleshed out my plans for my next big road trip, which will be my most distant excursion to the Great American West yet: I shall … Continue readingHigh Plains Haul: Toward the Great Northwest
Fun fact about me: Antarctica has intrigued me since childhood, and when I was a teenager one of my parents wanted to send me on an Antarctic cruise for my birthday, but it was far too expensive for us to afford. I still can’t afford … Continue readingThe Last March of Youth
God, the longer I live the more I feel I need to experience a world-class city. I research ways I might like to broaden my social horizons, and I find things like the Apollo Circle, which would be exactly the sort of thing I’d like … Continue readingYoung, Lonely, and Restless
Maybe I shouldn’t take so many of these restful days where I don’t go out, because I ended up looking up real estate listings again. Even in low-cost-of-living cities a home of decent caliber in a decent area (nothing great or luxe, mind you, just … Continue readingThe Heir Abides?
In alternate history one cliche is for a polity, society, or culture to “pull a Meiji”, referring to a rapid modernization and industrialization, the archetypal case being Japan under Emperor Meiji in the late 19th century, when Japan ascended to become one of the great … Continue readingPulling a Meiji in the Arctic?
Having spent the other week doing some fairly hardcore road-tripping through America’s vast High Plains and unwinding from it all with a most rejuvenating massage, I can’t help but daydream of how it all could be better in my life. It strikes me that those … Continue readingThoughts on the High Life on Land
What would be the happiest day we could design? It’s an interesting question with large potential implications for how well we live our lives. More precisely, how should we split our time between various activities to maximize happiness and well-being? A fascinating 2013 study (summarized … Continue readingThe Surprising Path to a Happy Everyday Life