Then we went to all four bars in Fira. Murphy's, Two Brothers, The Highlander, and Kira Thira. They were all different but they all featured a saxophone as a decoration somewhere. The Highlander featured live, unscheduled amateur arm wrestling.
It quickly dawned on us that, whether we wanted to or not, we were about to face a test. Maybe it wasn't what we'd set out for, maybe we hadn't prepared for it, but it was here. The yes-or-no answer to the question, "Are you cool?"
We finished eating and headed out for Kastanas beach. A (nudist) beach according to google maps. As we would learn throughout the day, this is a meaningless distinction. Every beach is a nude beach, especially if you’re an old man.
We have arrived on the island of Milos. The island where the Venus de Milo was discovered. An island, according to the travel magazine on the ferry, "characterized by eroticism and unparalleled beauty." It's pretty, I'll give it that.
I'd say the only real problem with what we did today comes from society and the idea that if you're not doing things ALL THE TIME you're basically a loser. Especially when you're on vacation in a foreign city oh man if you're not exhausted at the end of your vacation did you even take one?
We met a dog at a crossroads and Joe asked him which way to go. He asked, us, "Where are you headed?" I'm kidding he started barking menacingly so we turned around and went the other way. It was an answer of sorts.
I could have sworn the guy next to me ordered cherry juice. "Did he just say cherry juice?" I thought. I looked around. Everyone was drinking wine. Maybe he said sherry. Sherry, please.
I let it wash over me, confident in 2 bedrock principles of office life: 1. It will get handled, and 2. It's definitely not as big of a deal as you're making it out to be.
Sometimes when you're in there, and you're scared, and the products are starting to close in around you, all you've got is your cart handle to hold onto. A quality cart can help you. A good cart can find the exit.
After some arguing and foot-dragging, we have decided on a destination for this year's trip. It's Greece. We're flying into Athens, birthplace of democracy, to find out where it all went wrong.