Three Guys … named JOHN!

Yep, it’s Tuesday ….

Another day in “paradise”, you understand?!!  I am just sitting chillin’ at my friend John Young’s apartment in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Right now, he doesn’t have WiFi and is in a place that he was moved to after the damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Wilma up here.  I am fortunate to have a friend like John Young who was also the “best man” in my first wedding …  He was supposed to travel with me to Spain and Europe but decided against going because I had told him that I don’t want to come back to the USA!!  He’s got grandkids that he said he wanted to take to “Disney” … So, I went  alone.  We talked and I told him that I may have to come back, and asked that if I did come back, if I could stay with him for a while.  He agreed.  So, here I am … until I shape up my next trip, hopefully, to South America.

It was just last week that I arrived back in “The States”, and was picked up at the airport by another friend, John Shelton!  We know each other after a friendship in Ft. Lauderdale spanning about 7 years.  We call him “Johnny Ace” as he is the drummer of a band in the FTL called “Smokin’ Aces”.  He works full time during the day for the City of Margate.  We all hang out downtown at “The Original Fat Cats” and “Capone’s”, where I have been hanging out for 15 of my 20 years in Fort Lauderdale!  John Shelton is the kind of friend who, if you are stranded in Europe on your way to Paris by bus and have paid for ONLY your first night in a hostel, will put $200 in your account … until my pension payment came in!

Then there is me … John I. Cook … traveling around looking for an affordable city to retire in the world!!  Just recently, I had to take a step back as I am planning a trip to South America to look at Cost Rica, Ecuador and Colombia and noticed that we are “three Johns” … connected by ME!  The other two “John’s” don’t know each other though John Young has come to Ft. Lauderdale a few times … just never met the other “John”!  Pretty cool, heh!?  Maybe it’s just me and my appreciation of two “Johns” who are making my touchdown back here in the USA very “do-able”.  Meanwhile, I am fortunate enough to have a former student who lives in Colombia who not only owns a hostel in Medellin but has been “keeping an eye out” for affordable rentals in Medellin.  After renting a car in Ft. Lauderdale to carry some things up to Daytona to my friend John Young where I will be staying until I travel again … hopefully in November … I will be returning it tomorrow and catch a Greyhound back to Daytona Beach.  Still traveling … thanks to a few good friends … named “John”!

Have a great week!


John I. Cook, Director



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