Weekend with Diets, Zaine and friends
Trip Start Jan 17, 2010
135Trip End Feb 27, 2011
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George must have been a really special individual, because his group of friends have kept up this annual event for 22 years now ... I was privileged to join this great group of people for the 22nd year.
The weekend started with dinner on Friday night, golf on Saturday morning, lounging by the pool on Saturday afternoon, and another party on Saturday night ...
... pretty much a 36 hour marathon party!
Most of the group went to school together in Delray, and a number of them later went on to a university in Hawai ..
Over the weekend I had many conversations with many people, each one giving me another insight into life in south Florida ... and American life in general.
I especially enjoyed chatting with Kurt, who is currently helping people deal with their houses / mortgages ... and really big issue still across America ... he feels that it is his "calling" to do this ... and I admire that.
I spent most of Saturday afternoon / evening / night chatting with Tina ... I really enjoyed her company ... and I also hope to see her again sometime.
One of the downfalls of doing what I am doing is that such encounters, which if I was just another guy settled here in Delray ... might lead to something more ... will never happen ...
... not for a lack of possibility from my side ..
... but perhaps from the other side it is not easy to get a head around.
Diets, Leslie, Tina and I went to a great bar down near the beach where a piano player was singing his heart out ... he was pretty good.
Later we looked at a huge fish tank ... with some ultra-slim fish in it ... and Leslie's view was that these crazy-slim fish were evidence that there is a God ... to which I could not really respond in a short time.
Perhaps they are ... perhaps we (i.e. humans) are evidence that God exists? ...
I still don't know the answer to that one ... having been trained as a Zoologist and having studied evolution in great detail, it is hard to come to such a conclusion for me though ...
So I sit here and think about and wonder what could be ..
What makes people's lives cross paths? ...
How I should maintain my current flow of living in the moment? ... and yet still connect meaningfully with people.
I mean there is no good reason why I could not simply decide that I love Nashville (Tennessee) and settle there ...
What difference does it make where in the world I choose to live? ...
What really matters for me ... for the rest of my days?
I am not being so presumptious as to say that I had a deep connection ... I was quite attracted ... and that is what has got me to thinking about the matters I am listing here ...
When do you know? ... how do you find someone to connect to meaningfully?
I am not a kid anymore ..
In my case it has been a long time now, because I have known for the last 3 years or so that I would be travelling for a while, so how could I get into a meaningful relationship?
And now that I am travelling ... how can I?
Talk about a catch 22!!!
Of course I am connected, deeply, with my two kids, and want to be able to see then as often as possible ... but they are now both at an age where they are still to find their place in the world, and where they want to live ... they may decide to spend time in London, or Aussie, or anywhere ...
I do not want, in any way, to restrict them from that ... in fact the opposite ... I hope they both travel and see more of the world before they settle ...
It is such an amazing world ..
The only reason for me to go back to New Zealand is to be close to them, and my many great friends there ...
... but now as I reconnect with old school mates like Diets, Ricky, Dave, etc ... I know that I have great friends all over the world ...
I just need to get on a plane and go and see them!
So it was a really great weekend ... another gift from my good friend Diets ... and the buzz of the possibilities still resonates through me ...
I continue to look forward to each and every moment going forward from here ... and I wonder where in the world they will take me
Blow wind, blow ...