Doctor Matt’s SoCal Visit

You’ve got to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad, love what you’ve got, and remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget. Learn from mistakes, but never regret.

– Unknown

Today is the final day of my son Matthew’s four-day visit to SoCal.  Prior to his arrival I planned out several adventure type scenarios to spring on him starting with day one kick boxing class.  Day one possibly took more out of me than him but, yesterday’s all day fishing trip with John Wick outside of Point Loma, San Diego bay evened up the score. His trip was short but the goal to free up his adventurous side before he heads back to the medical needs of all his patients was accomplished.

Note 1 to all.  Adventurous people have way more cool stories to share.


“Get out of your comfort zone, have the courage to step into the unknown, for that is how you’ll allow your mind to expand, to grow and to create new things. Don’t be afraid to try new things, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and most important, don’t be afraid to learn from these mistakes.

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” 

       ~ Brian Tracy

Draft one of the initial short list:

1.  Free up adventurous side.  This initially included a road trip to death valley, date shakes and two dips at the Tecopa hot springs.  Change 2.  Kick boxing, hike and Thai food was substituted.

2.  Spend quality time with dad.  (Perhaps – The older one gets the more they see how parents were right (some – not all) things.  Done.

3.  Open a beer without a bottle opener.  Still possible, the day is young.


Need I say, we were well fed!

4. Say yes to a spontaneous road trip – Matt did!  That’s how we ended up on John’s boat in San Diego.

5.  Tell your kid when you’re proud – ME.  Done!

6.  Dive with a shark. Not done.  I’m now reserving this one for my middle son Michael. You and me and the shark son.  You too Lisa.

7.  Row a dinghy.  TBD

8.  Steer a twin-engine boat.  Next trip!

Happy Easter!

“Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.”

– – Charles Kettering


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Retired and now moving on from the cruising life jeeps, adventure bike, gardening, and travel. Always in search of the next great adventure!
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1 Response to Doctor Matt’s SoCal Visit

  1. Lisa says:

    Yeah, I’ll dive with sharks. Good luck with Mike though: )


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