Investment Advice

I think this is an important read – and very appropriate given our current climate.

Sects and Violence in the Ancient World

One of the more obvious transitions to adulthood involves Christmas becoming less of a holiday for receiving gifts. As we get older we learn that very few things in life are actually free, and that gifts often have some kinds of obligations involved. My favorite gifts have always been books and movies. Each comes with a required investment of time. That doesn’t mean I’m not grateful, or that I don’t want these things—quite the opposite! It simply means that time is required to enjoy them. Or benefit from them. In the workaday world, time is the rarest gift of all. The gifts I received fell mostly into these genres, so I’ll be sharing a number of these books and movies with you over the next few months.

A knowing relative gave me a refrigerator magnet. Our fridge is covered in these, mostly from places we’ve visited. We do have one…

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My Most Recent Conquest

It’s been a while since my last update, and a lot has happened. The last time I posted, I was down in Australia filling in on the Carnival Spirit sailing from Sydney. While I was there I was asked to deviate from my next contract which was supposed to be a ship out of LA, and rejoin a ship that we had a great time on around this time last year. I am back on the Carnival Conquest. Continue reading “My Most Recent Conquest”

Do You Have The Time?

I once heard a Stevie Wonder quote that went something like this “The best thing that you can give to any musician is your time.” Now I am sure I paraphrased this horribly but the meaning rings true. Spending your time with a musician, singer, actor, dancer, or any performing artist is the simplest, but most important thing you can give them. On ships this is no different. Continue reading “Do You Have The Time?”

Happy Australia Day!

Greetings from down under! In a strange turn of events I have just joined that Carnival Spirit in Sydney, Australia. Although my last post was all about how much I was looking forward to vacation, I just couldn’t say no to an opportunity to visit Australia, and some of it’s surrounding islands, and the first cruise I join it is Australia day! Of all the days… I’ll only be here for a few weeks, so I will still have some nice home time before my next regularly scheduled outing at sea. Continue reading “Happy Australia Day!”

Vacation, Or What I Call Going Home

3:30pm Cincinnati, OH

Here I sit in the Cincinnati airport on a layover and I am reflecting over my last six months on board the Carnival Paradise. Why they would send me so far north to go southwest I’ll never understand… But, I digress.

It’s a bittersweet feeling the day you sign off of a ship. On one hand you finally get time off, time for yourself, and the freedom to use your time how you’d like. Still, on the other you know that these experiences with this Continue reading “Vacation, Or What I Call Going Home”

Warning, New Years Resolutions Inside

New Year’s Eve 2015. I find myself doing what I do most days that I am in the states and off of the ship. I’m at Starbucks in Tampa and using what little precious internet time that I have. As does everyone this time of year I am thinking about resolutions, and more specifically the resolutions that I have given up on or forgotten about in years past, probably before February even rolled around. Last year, one stuck throughout the year, and even though my success rate for resolutions is likely 10% I am pretty proud of it. It’s all about that momentum. This year my resolution is to stick with my resolutions!……….

-Read a Book a month. This is a continuation of the resolution I stuck with last year. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, since I fought against it my whole life.

-One blog post per week (this terrifies me)

-Continue to grow musically. Specifically with guitar, and guitar reading.

-Stretch. At the time of this writing I can’t touch my toes. Maybe 2016 will be my year.

-The obligatory gym resolution. Seriously though… Seriously.

-Be open to change, and not just to accept things because they’re comfortable.

-Make $1 from something I create. Business, music, whatever it may be.

Thank you to everyone who has read along with my life in blog posts this year. It means more to me than I can ever express. It is a pastime that I never would have though would bring me joy, but it has been a truly pleasing way to chronicle life at sea. Thank you all so much, see you in 2016.

Christmas On Board

I’ve posted a lot recently about the holidays, and how it is to be on board for those days. You can read my Thanksgiving post here, and even a birthday post here. Christmas is easily the strangest holiday on board. Something about the caribbean weather just doesn’t scream White Christmas I guess. Regardless, I hope everyone’s Christmas was wonderful!

Eight years ago I moved from eastern Washington to Las Vegas with a group of my closest friends. We left in the winter, and that was a large topic of conversation of things that we were not going to miss. The cold in eastern Washington lasts for what seems like an eternity each year, and while we were happy to leave it for that warm desert Continue reading “Christmas On Board”