Location: Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil

After visiting Fortaleza, Brazil and feeling comfortable there, I decided to finally retire and spend some time persuing my dream: moving to Brazil. I'm spending six months in Fortaleza deciding if this is what I really want or if it is just one more step in my life. I have been fortunate enough to do everything I ever wanted to do, have had a good career in Air Traffic Control and am now ready to go out and have fun. I played jazz for many years and it is my second passion. I also just finished the first draft of my novel, "Song For A Sad Smile" and will work on researching my next book. My idea is that all of us should "Do the Dream" and follow your heart, no matter how old you are. The final question that you'll ask when your life is almost over should be: "Did I do everything I wanted to do?" If your answer is anything except "yes" then you're not living life to its fullest.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Last BLOG from the States

YEAH!!!! I FINALLY figured out a way that I can get pictures to you all; just click on the link below and it will bring up another site which will have pictures on it. I can say that I used all my computer skills (which aren't many) and unknown help from my friend, Andy who has been through this before me. Anyway, these are four pictures from my first trip there but will give you an idea of what I am looking forward to. Please let me know if you have any problems opening them.

Click here: Webshots My Photos - Edit (first trip to Fortaleza)

Well, tomorrow morning I will be shutting down my computer until I get set up in Brazil so it will be a few a while before you hear from me again; when you do, I'll be in Fortaleza, Brazil fulfilling a part of my dream. If you had asked me ten years ago whether I would ever go to Brazil, let alone live there I would have answered "no"; now here I am going to live there for a while and see if I'm willing to move there. It goes to prove that you can do anything you want to if you put your mind to it and are willing to make the sacrifices necessary.

I hope to use this BLOG the next six months to not only tell you about what is happening with me but to (1) spark your interest in Brazil or other places, (2) show you that it isn't as hard as you think to take a chance, and (3) share my experiences, loves, fears and happinesses with you all. You all are my friends as well as my family and you all mean a great deal to me; some of you have been with me through thick and thin and have watched me grow through the years; now it's my turn to share my life with you.

Please feel free at any time to add comments to the BLOG; also I will still have regular email and my address won't change so you can write to me as normal. Until I know what kind of a connection I have, please DO NOT send me long downloaded stuff; right now I'm using the telephone line instead of a high-speed connection and some things take forever to download. I'll let you know when I have the high-speed lines.

I look forward to hearing from all of you and hopefully you all will enjoy my experiences there; I will be back, but who can say for how long?



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