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Jim Keliher Missed Opportunities: The Helsinki Party Boat

I don’t regret many things in life, but I sure regret not taking the “party boat” from Stockholm, Sweden to Helsinki, Finland back when I had the chance. Not sure what I was thinking by worrying about my making scheduled flight back to London…

I don’t know who this guy is who shot this video, nor do I know what happened when the video cuts out, but I’m guessing he had a damn fine night. It’s basically a day-long round-trip cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki on a boat populated by people looking to drink and have fun. As an added bonus, I like to think that many of the women looked much like the women in this video: Swedish.

So yeah, it’s clearly not Boston, and it’s not the ferry to Vineyard Haven.

Fun At The Expense of Writing

So I haven’t written at all during my Cali trip, pretty much because I’ve been having so much fun. I suppose that’s a worthwhile tradeoff. It hasn’t exactly been beach weather here, for people who live here, but for me it’s downright tropical. As expected, I’ve biked out to the beach most days I’ve been here, and it’s been decidedly glorious. The weather, the girls, and my new favorite thing, Umami Burger. I have been taking pictures though, Lots of pictures.

Santa Monica Beach Crowd

So yeah, it beats a day in the office by a wide margin. I biked solo yesterday, and met a couple cool girls on the beach. Both of them were wearing American flag bikinis, and why I don’t have a photo of that, I really can’t quite fathom, as that was surely one of the more memorable moments of the trip. Then again, I might get another shot, as the three of us (!!) are supposed to meet for dinner tomorrow.

They’re angling for sushi, which historically I’m not much of a fan of, but I suppose it’s worth the gamble to be as agreeable as possible for the night, solely to see where I’d end up. Seems like I’m in, although I’ve been categorically known to misread these types of clues, with an abundance of close calls where things almost happen. Then there’s the other scenario, where I didn’t realize a woman was into me, and the next thing I knew, we’re waking up in bed together the next morning. No doubt somewhere between the two is where tomorrow night will land.

I hit up Jamba Juice in The Valley today, along with my iPad. Perfect day to sit outside, answer some emails and watch the world pass by. I could do that every day, I”m guessing it’ll happen a few more times before it’s time to hop on that flight home.

Jim Keliher At Jamba Juice

California, where the livin’ is easy

Came out to Cali for the holidays this year, and was happy to discover that my bike make survived the flight unscathed. There’s always a degree of fear when I part with the bike at BOS, never knowing how, much less if, it’ll come out the other side. Today we were both lucky, as it appears all is well. I did a bit of research this time around, and came across this post from TheRadavist about flying with a bike. Turns out the guy knows his stuff, and my bike arrived perfectly.

Setup was quick enough for me to build it back up at LAX and head for the hills, Bevelry Hills in this case, where I’m crashing with Kim, a friend from college. Those who know me have no doubt heard me tell the Kim in Florence story countless times – well this is that Kim. A good story to tell here one day, but suffice it to say that Kim was a bit rough around the edges when it came to dating in her youth. Not that she’s necessarily any better now, but I guess that’ll all become apparent over the next few days.

For now though, I got myself up to Kim’s biked over to Starbucks, and now it’s off to the coast to see the Pacific, which I’ve been missing these past few months since we last crossed paths further north.

I think this was my favorite shot from that trip:Jim Keliher Muir Beach

But for context this shot of the houses that have the above view needs to be included:

Jim Keliher Muir Beach

One thing’s for sure, I’m not going to be missing that Boston winter weather this week – if it even gets cold there. Of course, I guess we were due for an easy winter after the nightmare that was last winter. I think the last of the snow just melted in my backyard in late September.

Here’s What I’m Thinking: Writing Is My New Drug

So it’s time to start blogging again. I did it a few years back when I had nothing else to do after my cycling mishap and was laid up in bed, blitzed on painkillers for a couple of months. Sure, it helped me pass the time through that overly long period of inactivity, but it also provided me with an unanticipated creative outlet to express myself whenever the desire struck. With the painkillers a distant memory, it was time to get back to the other drug that got me through those months: writing. Writing is my new drug. It’s been gnawing at me over the years to get back to it, and I figured with a new year about to begin, now was the perfect time to start it up again.

No promises that I’ll have anything interesting to say, but there’s always the shot that I, Jim Keliher, will write something that you find amusing, informative or inspiring. I know that when I did this the first time around, that the words came easily (which might’ve just been the painkilling drugs talking) and that my ramblings helped a few buddies navigate their way through similar circumstances. Keep in mind, this was back before Netflix was available on every TV, laptop and iPhone in the world. In other words, there are far more diversions now, but I’m guessing this will have some traction for you all.

I’m all in on this though, as my hefty payment to GoDaddy will confirm. I’ve cycled through unique places around the world, met a random cast of characters: Archie the cab driver, Paul the attorney, Susanna the chef and of course Melanie the physical therapist are some of the more amusing tales I hope to tell in the coming months.

If it falls flat, whatever, at the end of the day it’s still my creative outlet, my new drug, even if nobody is reading.