The simple answer to the question “What Are We Doing In Cornwall?” is that we are staying in Rachel’s summer cottage during the off-season. The rent’s cheap, I don’t have to work for awhile, and I can take some time off to figure out what I want to do next.
The more complicated answer is that Cornwall is a stepping stone on the path to what we hope will be a new, simpler, more meaningful, life for the four of us.
We left California on September 4, 2003. Coincidentally, exactly 25 years before, on September 4, 1978 I arrived in California, after driving cross-country with my sister in a 1972 VW bug, to attend graduate school at U.C. Berkeley. In the intervening 25 years I have worked at Intel, Apple, Wired Digital, and at quite a few internet start-ups (none of which, unfortunately, made me enough to retire on). I traveled to India, Nepal, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Cuba to name just a few places. And I studied mathematics at U.C. Berkeley, and electical engineering and computer science at U.C. Davis. All in all, it was a very wonderful, very full, and very fulfilling, 25 years.
The idea of doing something different started taking shape about three years ago. We were in the middle of refinancing our house in Sausalito, when I was looking over the paperwork and it hit me that as I was then 44, I would be 74 before the house was paid off. I had to stop and ask myself whether I really wanted to work for the next 30 years in order to live in that house. The short answer was no. The longer answer was, as you might expect, more complicated.
Instead of trying to explain everything here, I will sign off now, and pick this thread up again tomorrow under a new title. Until then, sweet dreams.
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