It’s getting more difficult to describe our life and its direction. This has caused writer’s block, which is the reason you haven’t heard from me lately. I’m still trying to figure s__ t out.
On the one hand I’m embarrassed that I can’t seem to hang up the spurs after promising everyone (including myself and especially Karen) that I could and would. For god’s sake, I’ve started yet another company! Is it hopeless?
The problem of course is I like working, at least this work. And since resigning as CEO last July, I can pretty much bend the work schedule to my schedule. Of course no matter where I am, I pretty much work off and on around the clock anyway. Working may be the only thing I’m good at. Did I tell you I started a new non-profit–the Network for Global Innovation? Just last week:)
I’ve drank the cool aid of climate change, trying to help the poor, and helping young entrepreneurs. In fact i’m pretty much punch drunk on this stuff as I can think of little else. I’m writing speeches for conferences in Nairobi and Barcelona, becoming the Pied Piper of Innovation Will Solve All Problems. It would be fun to chat about whether that’s true or not.
Karen no longer takes anything I say seriously. We‘re moving out of Los Angeles by April! Scratch that, we might need to stay in LA for another year! I don’t want to work any more. Honey, Saturday mornings are the best times for me to really concentrate and get some solid work done. She just kind of rolls with the punches and says “whatever!” And she really means it. How great is that?
For those of us in the 4th Quarter, figuring out how to play the end game is a tricky deal. Roll the dice and play hard? F__K the final few years (or is it a decade?) How risk adverse should we be? Will the odds catch up with us at some point, as I know we’ve burned through a more than a couple of Nine Lives already. Yet, Time Waits for No Man, so if I’m going to Africa and South America on NVII, it better be sooner or later. Did I mention that KR and I are thinking about taking a Trans-Siberian train trip across Russia, Mongolia and China?
Its hard to hang the spurs up knowing you still have a couple of rodeos to go. And riding the bronco pays for lots of other stuff.
I told you, its complicated.
We haven’t been staying in one place very long. In the last five months we’ve been to..
- PV (about six times)
- San Diego
And tomorrow I’m about to make my first trip to The Swamp after Mr. Trump has drained it. Should be interesting, but for us clean energy guys its going to be a lonely trip.
- Right now I’m sitting in a Starbucks in the Little Tokyo part of downtown LA. Last week I was in a Starbucks in Puerto Vallarta. The week before we were in Brazil. The week before that we were on NVII in Baja (yes, stopped at a Starbucks in Ensenada), the week before that I was in Toronto. The week after next I’ll be in DC on another “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” trip.
- KR and I are thinking about our three potential next big trips: (1) Trans Siberian Train (2) Combo cargo/cruise ship around Tahiti; and (3) M/C ride from South Africa up the eastern coast of Africa’.
- KR and I are really enjoying PV a lot. We just came back from a fabulous 4 days at Corona Adobe. We’re refurbished LBS. I want to go back tomorrow, but…
- I’m writing speeches for conferences in Nairobi and Barcelona. I like writing and speaking about climate change and innovation ecosystems.
- Also, who am I kidding, how can we go back to PV when I have a company to launch? But…. I can pretty much work from anywhere that has an airport. Maybe we will go back to PV next month? See what I mean.?
- Karen is caught in the middle of this twirling mess of stuff. One minute its “pack up LA we’re outta here!” and the next is let’s buy some more art for Factory Place.
- Have I mentioned the Dos Diablos? Bogart and Squirt are a major part of our lives and KR pretty much makes sure they live the life of a Trump (OK, I take that back). They’ve been in three different kennels looking for the right place to stay while we’re on the road. When on the road, we watch the “Doggy Cam” every night making sure they’re comfy.
So here’s what the last couple of months have looked like in pictures: