Thursday, February 01, 2018

No rest for the wicked.

The picture below is from a hotel next to the Honolulu Airport.  The quote in the title is roughly from Isaiah 57:20-21. Gotta keep traveling.  Last year I made United Premier Gold status, which means flying more than 50,000 miles in one year, but I didn't only fly United.  It is all romantic until you have to do it.  I am reminded that etymologically "travel" and "travail" are connected. 

To help pass the time, I downloaded an audio copy of "A Captivity of Nearly Three Years Among the Savages of Nootka Sound", by John Jewitt (1783-1821).  My travels seem to be going better than his and I have lived considerably longer than his 38 years, so I have much to be thankful to God.  Hopefully I will be able to get out of Hawaii in better condition than Captain Cook did.  The first thing I learned about John Jewitt was that his parents wanted him to be an educated type, but instead his inclinations led him to become a skilled laborer and they grudgingly approved of his journey abroad from England to seek out a more profitable life in America.  I am looking for parenting lessons to apply here in Silicon Valley as I advise parents about whether or not to push their kids into college, regardless of their aptitude and interest in such things

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4 comments:

Rummuser said...

What will be your advice to the parents?

Max Coutinho said...

Hi Looney,

I share Rummy's curiosity: what will you advise the parents?

I'm glad your travels are pleasant and you still find time to educate yourself (even more) :D.

Wishing you a blessed weekend...

Looney said...

I must finish the story first, before figuring out the advice to give!

Inklings said...

I can't even fathom flying 50,000 miles in a year.