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

Category Archives: Bars

Looking For Joe Sheldon

Joe Sheldon and I had been good friends since we first met in The Wildcatter Club in the early seventies.  A former US marine and a Clint Eastwood look-alike; with … Continue reading

May 12, 2019 · 3 Comments

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

No Experience Necessary – Those were the Days

Occasionally – usually while sitting at a bar, I will be asked by those younger by several generations than myself, what I studied to become a  journalist; a title I … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

No Breakfast with Tiffany

I had just seen David Attenborough off at the airport – as one does – and was in a hurry to meet Audrey Hepburn, when I bumped into Fast Eddie. … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · 14 Comments

Rare Common Sense

Yesterday, while taking a glass of wine in one my favoured watering holes, I entered into a conversation with a stranger and fellow Englishman. He was a bright, elderly man, … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · 10 Comments

Frightened to Death

Written for Friday Fast Fiction. Rochelle’s 100 word photo prompt.   “OK.” Demanded the detective. “From the beginning.” “Not too much to tell. I came into the pub and spotted … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · 6 Comments

The Wildcatter Club

Almost half a century ago, forty-seven years to be exact, I became the owner of a bar in Ecuador. Life in South America was a thrilling place to be and … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · 5 Comments

The Taste of Memories

  Ernest Hemingway, in the Green Hills of Africa recalls how beer played a part in his adventurous life and in the book he briefly reminisces about his beer drinking … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · 3 Comments
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