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: Feelings

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

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

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

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

Remembering Bela Bartók

It was way back when, after a madcap visit to Hungary, I became interested in all things Magyar.  Sadly the attraction, as fascinations do, faded. Being of calm Celtic, Anglo … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Arnold Schönberg: Atonality and Polytonality for Beginners

  Although I enjoy listening to, reading about and sometimes even writing on, the peripheries of classical music, I confess to not understanding the works of some of the composers … Continue reading

March 13, 2018 · 3 Comments

Just Another Morning.

“It’s two months now and you still haven’t decided on a job.” Her words ring in  my ears. I restrain myself,  knowing an ironic reply could spark off the first … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 · 4 Comments

Honesty, the Best Policy

Written for Friday Fast Fiction. 100, word photo prompt. Photo by Bjorn Rudbeg.   “Are these hats alpaca?” “You kidding? Pure sheep.” “In that case, very expensive.” “Who knows the difference. … Continue reading

December 20, 2017 · 21 Comments
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