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

Tag Archives: Ecuador

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

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

Just a Load of Tripe

In case of confusion, I am not referring to tripe as in trash, rubbish or the nonsense some of our politicians are tend to spout. I mean tripe as in … 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

A Pair of Cold, Fried Eggs.

How all the elements came to together for the perfect punch-up Non-fiction No one in their right mind would have called TC, Tea Cup but I suppose Sparky wasn’t in … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 3 Comments
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