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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

My first posting

Well, this is my first post. I'm not sure if I can make this all work but if I do I think it will be fun. Welcome to my BLOG and history of my long term visit to Fortaleza.

Just a real quick history: I have always wanted to go to/live in Brazil; it actually started when I was eight years old. I waited until I was 58 before I actually visited it and immediately fell in love with Fortaleza. Fortunately, I went back last October and found that I loved it even more the second time than the first time. I made up my mind that I would spend six months there and see if it was where I would spend the last years of my life.

I will leave for Fortaleza on May 2nd and return on October 12th. My wonderful friend, Andy has been helping me rent an apartment and get started. Fortunately, he will be living six floors up from me and I hope to see him and his beautiful wife, Thieny a lot while I'm down there.

In the meantime, I retired, sold my house, put my furniture in storage and am ready to go! To say that I am excited is an understatement. I'm so hyped up over this that I can hardly contain myself. I spend hours on-line looking at the places I have been and the places I hope to go.

If this works, I hope to include pictures of friends and places I'll be going while I'm there. SOOOOO...let's see if this works...



Blogger Voicedude said...

Hi there!
Now you have your first comment!
We are here waiting for you. We have been anxious for a long time, and now you are but 2 weeks from a very important change in your life.
I want that to be as rewarding as you always wanted it to be!

2:05 PM  
Blogger Sandra B said...

You have worked hard and sacrificed much for this event, hope you enjoy you stay in Brazil.

2:26 PM  
Blogger aracati_gringo said...

Good Luck John ! I know you will thoroughly enjoy yourself in Brasil and that's what counts most.

11:53 PM  
Blogger Yourson said...

Looking Good Dad ;)

12:26 AM  
Blogger MRSX said...

Good for you!! That's the way to live life!!!

12:31 AM  
Blogger Dennis & Pat said...

John, Looking forward to your musings. Really living it is the essence of life.

2:34 AM  
Blogger fortal_girl said...

Hi John,
Do you need a personal assistant to schedule your dates and outings while there? I'll work for room and board.
I'm excited about going to the control tower today, that should be fun. Thank you.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Michaelene said...

Cheers to you, John and to your journey moving forward. Enjoy mon ami!

1:45 AM  
Blogger Sandra B said...

Tick Tick Tick it is almost time to go, I will bet you are getting very excited.

2:57 AM  

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