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: Non-fiction

A Broken Tractor and a Wounded Torero

“Love can inspire you to accomplish some of the most amazing feats you’ll ever undertake.” (Self) One of the benefits of working with absent partners was to have the Wildcatter … Continue reading

April 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Treasure of the Llanganates

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike (Steinbeck) The only ones in the Wildcatter Club that afternoon were me and Gladys the waitress, when Warren came … Continue reading

April 21, 2019 · 2 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

Some Things are Never Forgotten

No doubt, you all have your best meal stories to share, so I should feel no reluctance in passing on, possibly repeating, because best meal stories bear repetition. The unsurpassed … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 1 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

A Life-saving Picnic Basket

I am sure many will agree with me, that there is nothing more enjoyable than a picnic in the company of friends, with choice food and in a setting of … Continue reading

July 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Slow Train to Frankfurt

If you should ever have to travel by train from Cologne to Frankfurt, there are two choices. There is the super fast ICE train which stops at Bonn-Siegburg and can … Continue reading

February 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

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

A Perfect Sunday Evening

The thoughts that come to me or other men when dining alone are, I suppose much stranger than men themselves. I have invented more than one peculiar platter when I felt … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · 5 Comments
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