Intrepid Optimist

Intrepid Optimist is the place where I can share my stories; fact, fiction and thoughts from the past and present. It’s Written by myself for people who believe adventure knows no age

Author Archives: bbryanthomas

The Wildcatter Club, Quito

“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” —Abraham Lincoln As a new partner and manager without restaurateur experience, I had a lot to … Continue reading

April 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ecuador. Where’s That? …continued:

  Two days later, I took a bus – one of the many, along with many trucks, taxis and private vehicles which due to banditry in the province only travelled … Continue reading

April 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

In Favour of the Blended Eau-de-vie

The other evening, having spent much of the afternoon doing little, I took myself to my local gastropub and found myself in the enjoyable company of a couple of other … Continue reading

April 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ecuador, Where’s That?

The year was 1969 and  I was in Columbia and travelling through South America. At some point, I had purchased an expensive flick knife with an attractive mother of pearl … Continue reading

April 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

People Who Have More Birthdays Live Longer

I am not sure what old age is anymore. I thought I was old at forty, then again at fifty and et al until I recently reached this, my eighty-third … Continue reading

March 9, 2019 · 2 Comments

Good Moods Don’t Last

How fresh and sparkling everything looked.  Even the staff were friendlier than normal and the customers politer.  He skipped the diet shelves. It was marvellous just to be browsing through … Continue reading

March 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Turning Down Offers

In life, you sometimes miss out on golden opportunities, but I do not believe you should spend time looking back and regretting. When I think of missed chances, I prefer … Continue reading

March 4, 2019 · 2 Comments

Some Thoughts on Growing Old – and Careful

This morning; once again, I became aware, while attempting to shave with my mobile telephone, that I have passed, by modern reckoning, my shelf life. However, I hasten to assure … Continue reading

January 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

New Roads – Old Ruts.

Have you ever wondered, perhaps while sitting in a ten-mile traffic-jam on the M1 or some other English motorway, how your ancestors would have travelled from one location to another … Continue reading

January 28, 2019 · Leave a comment
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