Who, Where and When
Trip Start Jan 15, 2006
52Trip End Sep 05, 2006
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Where are we going? - The current plan is to fly to Santiago, Chile, drive to Tierra del Fuego and then head north until we get back to the states. We expect to return to the bay area in September.
The choice of routes has been the subject of some debate between us. When the idea of an extended trip was first broached, I think Kia envisioned an old-fashioned tour of the great capitals, skiing in the Alps, sunning on the Riviera, romantic cafes and maybe even a bit of shopping..
At this point, the savvy reader will likely note that the actual trip bears a much closer resemblance to my desires than to those of my wife. You might be asking yourself, "How did a sensitive new age guy like Brad manage to dominate the decision making process?"
The answer to that question involves careful application of the formula known as TDR. Many couples find themselves spending significant time in negotiation on how to spend their discretionary income. Classic examples include home decoration vs a sports car, shoes vs golf clubs or girls night out vs boys night out. Those of us with experience have long recognized that a well timed gift will often garner significant leeway to make purchases for oneself. Unfortunately, a sense of proportion will still apply. Bringing home a bouquet of flowers does not usually provide a hall pass to get a new sports car.
This ratio is known among many men as the Toy to Diamond Ratio ("TDR")
Last spring, I had decided that I wanted Kia to be my bride and was in the market for a large diamond purchase. I bought the Jeep the same weekend that I surprised her with ice. Fortunately for me, she said yes (explicitly to the proposal and implicitly to the Jeep). I received nary a comment on our new rig that was suitable for the wilds of Patagonia, the jungles of Brazil and the mountains of Bolivia. At this point we were locked in to South America.
When are we leaving? - Our flight to Santiago is on the 15th. The Jeep is currently on a boat and is expected to arrive on the 18th. We were in Chile last winter and found the country to be very efficient with limited corruption. We have our fingers crossed that we can retrieve the Jeep by the 19th and start heading south.