Our Day as a Seinfeld Episode

Posted by Steve Baskin

Jan 22, 2017 10:00:00 PM

 

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Rediscovering Buenos Aires

Posted by Steve Baskin

Jan 22, 2017 7:41:44 PM

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When we visited Melbourne, we did so in two stages. The first time we stayed in a very tired old hotel that did not provide breakfast or the Internet. That place reminded me of the hotels near Times Square in the 1990’s – slightly dingy, somewhat cramped and generally depressing. To continue the similarities to Times Square, its location was near the largest downtown train station, as well as multiple delis, newsstands and some seedy bars.

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From Patagonia to Purgatory

Posted by Steve Baskin

Jan 20, 2017 11:31:28 AM

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The logistics bombshell from yesterday continues to send reverberations through the today.

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Honey and Logistics

Posted by Steve Baskin

Jan 20, 2017 9:13:02 AM

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As a camp director, I appreciate how challenging logistics can be. When our travel company described our trip, I wondered how they could possibly arrange for personalized transportation over large distances. That is difficult and expensive.

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Feeling Pain with the Fellas

Posted by Steve Baskin

Jan 19, 2017 9:31:34 AM

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Four Seasons in a Day

Posted by Steve Baskin

Jan 19, 2017 9:29:40 AM

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Chile remains beautiful, the internet continues to crawl.  I leave this picture for you (taken from the restaurant of our hotel) with a promise of updates to come.

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The Universe Conspired to Help Us

Posted by Steve Baskin

Jan 16, 2017 7:25:25 PM

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When you are on your right path, the universe conspires to help you.

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Carpe Freeze-um

Posted by Steve Baskin

Jan 15, 2017 3:50:26 PM

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Today has been a day of transportation and logistics, so there is little to report. As a result, I will share one quick story and a few extra photos.

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More Hiking, But Less Susie

Posted by Steve Baskin

Jan 15, 2017 1:46:25 PM

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Despite my earnest efforts to deny the advances of time, today has managed to remind me that Susie and I are in fact getting older.

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Surviving the Peaks of Patagonia

Posted by Steve Baskin

Jan 13, 2017 7:58:49 PM

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OK, it seems my less-than-thorough reading of our agenda has provided yet another set of surprises. As a reminder, we are in Patagonia on a 10-day excursion . . . an excursion that had amazing pictures and inspiring language. I was inspired and I chose the company. [Note: I suspect that the following explanation is unnecessary, but I include it for anyone unfamiliar with our family.   Susie is a master planner. She navigates airline and hotel reservations like she is playing a Beethoven Sonata. My contribution (generally) to our travel is my desire to improvise and find the fun thing to do once we are at a place. Also, I am the person that drives on the left hand side of the road. I, however, am not the person you want juggling details. I deeply appreciate the importance of details, but I seem to lack the proclivity to embrace them. “But Steve,” you may ask, “Don’t you run a summer camp that is chock-a-block full of details?” My answer is that our team is extraordinary and they understand my many shortcomings. I once explained it to a summer employee this way. Fire is good. It has a purpose and when you need it, you really need it. Similarly, gasoline has a purpose and is irreplaceable when needed. But, they are not good when put next to each other. I explain that I am to details as fire is to gas – good only when separated by a meaningful distance. I booked the rooms for Europe 5 years ago and we still marvel that we did not end up sleeping in refrigerator boxes. So Patagonia is on me. The glaciers put a big plus in my “win” column, but today might have made the water murkier.]

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