Okay, okay… where am I?

Oh yeah, here we go… toothbrush, check!

Extra contact lenses; check!

Paid the monthly bills and actually have money left over for my trip; check!

Curious… I think I am in a Holiday whirlwind of festival lights and controlled chaos… With Christmas knocking yet again on the door of life, I am prepared to buck tradition and do something completely different this year:

Bodyboard and fins packed?  Check!

Lap top to blog from afar… Check!

Here is a recent shot of my front yard. By the way, it was 20 degrees F. this morning in Chicagoland. Brrrrrr….

Right now I am wearing an Aloha shirt with penguins barbecuing under palms trees adorned with Christmas lights. Who says I am not in the Xmas spirit? Spiked eggnog? Check!

Camera with extra batteries; check!

This is where I am traveling to on Christmas Day… The western most reaches of the United States:

Tis the season isn’t it?. My Birthday is actually the day after Christmas. It’s hard to compete with Jesus; yes you can feel sorry for me and yes I was screwed out of presents.

I have found that people are nicer on Christmas…

People are normally tired and hung over on my Birthday.

I think my favorite Holiday is New Years… I like that concept of “out with the old and in with the new”.  You kind of get a clean slate to start over. Last year I was a “Pirate looks at looking Forty” (I love that song by Jimmy Buffett). 2012 is going to be the year “That anything is Possible”.  I like adding a theme to my New Years expectations. Granted it is a little narcissistic, but it sets a bench mark that allows me the entire year in which to fulfill my destiny. This year I will be ringing in the New Year in simplistic tropical desolation. My 2012 expectations are left in the optimistic hands of the Universe. All I am going to do is be a little more patient, be more compassionate and hopefully karma will do the rest…

I hope your Christmas Holidays are wonderful and you find yourself in the arms with someone you love.

As for me?  Well, back to packing…

Sunblock? Check!

Hiking shoes? Check!

John C. Bader

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