Travels Without Charley
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People: James and Jean

"I was born in Palm Springs" he said.

He had my attention. I know a few people who have lived in Palm Springs. James was the first time I knew of someone born there.

"Then I moved to Wisconsin."

An unusual move (at least in terms of direction), from my perspective.

".. and now I'm here. I do guided walks through the wine country."

"That must be wonderful."

"Not really," he replied, "I'm actually a pastor, but sometimes you need to make it work."

Jean used to be a Dean at one of California's Universities.

“... and now I work in a tasting room, learning as much as I can about wine. It’s the dream of my life."

Different horses on similar courses ... from different stables, with different riders heading to different finish lines.

You have to know which race you are in - and you will rarely know that of another.

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."

F. Scott Fitzgerald