From a young age, I was fortunate to have parents who offered me opportunities to see the world and introduce me to many exciting places which instilled in me a passion for travel. As my wanderlust grew, I journeyed to more than thirty US states and at least that many foreign countries, visiting four continents.
Over the years, I’ve met fascinating people, have been exposed to novel traditions and enjoyed delicious food and awe inspiring drinks. After college, I supported my itinerant lifestyle by working numerous jobs from golf caddy to travel writer. However, the majority of my jobs have been in the restaurant industry. I cut my teeth as a server, Maître D, and bartender at San Francisco’s historic Fisherman’s Grotto #9, the original restaurant in the Golden Gate City’s Fisherman’s Warf. While working with a colorful crew of primarily Mexican and Chinese co-workers, I learned to mix specialty drinks in a flavorsome atmosphere. Dungeness crabs were removed from steaming cauldrons and gorgeous fresh fish were fileted with masterful skill as I watched with awe.
After I learned the trade in San Francisco, I slung drinks from coast to coast, seizing every opportunity to learn from my associates and seeking exotic locales. When I made the periodic trip back home, my friends would ask me about my adventures. I struggled to explain the splendor of what I saw, tasted, felt, and smelled.
The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” has been well-worn because of the truth that underpins it. But pictures are not enough. This blog is my humble attempt to breathe life into what I have experienced, beyond the limits of photographs or words.
I embark on this Jovial Journey with the hope of sharing the thrill of discovery with the many amazing people I have had the good fortune to know and the interesting people I have yet to meet. This is done with the desire to enrich the spare time of others and perhaps positively influence their future decisions on and off the road.