Escapism—Or storyteller’s quest?

British Airways 288. PHX > LHR.

I’ve seen this flight at least six times a week for well over a year, now. It arrives in Phoenix about the time I get off work at 5PM, and is climbing to cruising altitude over my house about four hours later after we’ve put P to bed.

Every time I see that big 747 float by, I wish I was on it.

I wish I was settling in for 10 hours across the country, across the Atlantic, and into Heathrow.

The other night, watering what little green remains in my backyard, I looked up at G-BNLK and caught myself wishing I was flying away to England and points beyond. It struck me as somewhat escapist.

But then I realized something. While there’s certainly a desire to escape—especially this time of year in Phoenix—I don’t wish I was escaping my problems as much as I wish I was flying off to do good things.

Sure, there’s a part of me that wants to chill on a secluded beach somewhere—but the gearhead journalist in me wants to go meet new gearheads, see how they do things, and share those stories with the rest of the gearhead world.

It would be nice to hop a plane for a weekend in Europe or Asia or even Australia—my spend more time at the destination than traveling to and from rule be damned—if I was able to come back and take it a little easy around the jetlag.

I’ll get there. Someday. Just takes a little more hustle today.

How’s the weather?

Another gem from The Ocean Sailing Podcast.

The sailor with time always has good weather.

In this episode, a subscriber on a single-handed (solo) circumnavigation sat down for a conversation with a Dutch couple in the Caribbean. They spent 12 years building their own steel-hulled ship from plans while they worked in Canada—and have been sailing around the world since they finished the boat in 1996.

They’ve been around the world three times now. And they’ve never been in a storm. And why is that? Because, as Captain Jim den Hartog says, “The sailor with time always has good weather.”

They’re not in a hurry. They can always wait for ideal conditions.

You might say they just avoid any and all BS.

If you’d like to listen to three people sitting on a sailboat in the Caribbean talking about sailing around the world on a boat they made themselves, check out Episode 53: Jim den Hartog and Helen den Dekker on 22 years of cruising all over the world.

(This podcast is giving me ideas.)

Fezzik is MOD-bound

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th.

I’m driving Fezzik 1,000+ miles to Mitsubishi Owner Day and back.

The plan is to leave work and roll straight to Mitsubishi HQ in Cypress, California. I’ll be caravanning with Josh and his brother Jay. Between Fezzik and Goldilocker, we’ll be pushing nearly half a million miles on our odometers.

Not the least bit worried. #FEZZIKLIVES

/ image: Rocinante en route to MOD back in 2014