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So I Married a Tour Guide

So I Married a Tour Guide; Reflections on what’s important

So I Married a Tour GuideDean Jackson1 Comment

My life is a gift, I love sharing it with my wife, whom is also a gift. I married my own personal tour guide. My life hasn’t stopped because I had a heart attack; it has become that much more precious. We are planning European adventures in the near future (these adventures may include some menu items not in the regular diet plan-moderation). This incident won’t make me a couch potato; instead it will make me embrace life, travel, and joy.

So I Married a Tour Guide and She's a Life Saver!

So I Married a Tour GuideDean JacksonComment

As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of ITMI. The people are wonderful, and their training is top notch. However, I never expected to say that I owe them my life. There are a lot of heroes out there. If you are already running tours, or if you’re thinking about taking up that mantle, I encourage you to take full advantage of the opportunities and advice provided by the folks at ITMI. A life could depend on it. Mine did.

Tour...God of Thunder

So I Married a Tour Guide, Tour Guide AdventuresDean JacksonComment

One could forgive Thor for not engaging a tour guide in Asgard, it is, after all, his home town. Still, having lived in both New York City and in San Francisco I can attest to the fact that taking a tour in one’s city can be a blast. New restaurants, unseen museums, lovely possibilities. In San Francisco we have the Golden Gate Bridge, in Asgard they have the Bifrost, two beautiful bridges worth seeing (if one of them  hadn’t already been destroyed by a fire demon).

So I married a Tour Guide; The Art of The Time Share

So I Married a Tour Guide, Tips & TricksDean JacksonComment

Imagine if you will; you and your significant other seated at a Formica table in a large and well-lit room, the rumble of muted conversations surrounding you as you sip a weak mimosa and poke halfheartedly at a stale bran muffin. You glance at your watch as you ponder the question….”so how much money do you think you’ll spend on vacations in the next ten years?” Is that $50 Shell gasoline gift card really worth sitting through yet another time share presentation? Did I mention that my wife plans and runs tours for a living?  Do you get the impression that we have been to a few   of these presentations? How, you may ask, are these two disparate pieces of information related?