Thursday, December 01, 2011


todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

for the blessed life I've had.  I don't write too often about my travels, but I was so lucky for many, many years.  My job in the oil & gas industry afforded me the opportunity to work and live in many countries and cultures.  From 1988 until 2002 I worked in about 28 countries, many of them for 4 months or longer.  This nomadic type of life gave me the chance to get to know the local populations and experience life as they know it.  Granted, I was often considered as the rich white man (because I had the money to drink every day and eat at restaurants every day), but I did my best to blend in.
These countries included such wonderful places as Senegal, Nigeria and Mauritania in West Africa.  I got to spend time in Egypt and Morocco for several long stretches of time.  Namibia and South Africa were 2 of my favorite places to be.  Of course, I got to work in many of the European countries.  I was based from the UK for years.  Mexico, Trinidad and Brasil were also places I lived.
Today, I live in Houston, Texas and am happy to stay home these days. 

And Houston is a fantastic place to stay sober.  Just like anywhere else.

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust


Mary Christine said...

I love it when you talk of your travels. So interesting.

And I think Houston, Texas is a swell place to stay sober.

ScottF said...

You've had an interesting life my friend... thanks for sharing some of your travels with us. It would be interesting to sit anf have coffee with you some time. Oh wait, it WAS interesting to sit and have coffee with you lol.

Be well!

Syd said...

I like hearing about your travels as well. I would like to visit Africa some day. Bucket list stuff is being added to.