Last summer I met a woman 20 years my senior in my local café. I was admiring a quote I found inspiring that was hanging on the wall and she became fascinated with it as well. We struck up a conversation and now we occasionally run into each other there. In most cases we while away hours sitting in a booth.
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John Gervase had a simple retirement goal – that he and his wife, Kathy, be financially comfortable and have freedom. He never imagined achieving that goal would involve an Airstream and furnishing books to under-served children.
Back in the 1990s I visited the United Kingdom with some friends. We were on an organized bus tour and one of our quick stops was Grasmere. While the majority of my fellow tourists made a beeline for Beatrix Potter’s cottage, I strode with purpose to the home of poet William Wordsworth.
"A pickup truck arrives in a remote parking lot in California's Joshua Tree National Park, hauling a pristine vintage Airstream trailer. On the driver's door is written 'LP Ranch, Angus Cattle, Mertzon, TX.' Inside is a little two-room traveling boutique hotel. A dreamcatcher hangs over a high-quality bedspread. There's a stainless-steel fridge. Bumper stickers say things like 'Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue,' and 'Solidarity/Unity – International Brotherhood of Boilermakers.' A surfboard is marked 'Malibu.'" - Men's Journal
I walk into the locker room at the gym after a particularly sweaty and exhilarating workout. Because there’s still music pumping into my ear buds I don’t even realize the “ahhhhhhhh” I let out as I enter the room is loud enough to get the attention of a woman getting ready to work out.
We’ve all seen the quotes that challenge us to consider what we would do if we had no fear. Or perhaps even more dramatically, what we would do if we knew we were going to die in a day, week, month or year. While pondering one’s mortality might be considered a bit morbid, we wonder … is it? The people behind Tikker, a watch that counts down the time you have left to live (based on a formula that takes into account the law of averages and your lifestyle and vices, we imagine) don’t think so.
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When I got on a crowded subway on a recent afternoon I was delighted to find a seat. It was only a 15-minute ride to New York City, but I was happy to save my energy for shopping with a friend.
I’m at the airport two hours early for my flight, reading a magazine at the gate. I occasionally look up to see the bustle around me, but mostly enjoy the unfettered time. Just moments before my flight is to take off I hear an announcement that they’ve switched the gate. I gather my stuff and run, but I can’t find that number. I must have heard it wrong. I run from gate to gate to gate.