Less than 24 hours till I take off to Antarctica!
I have so much last minute stuff to do: get a haircut (so I don’t need one for another few months), pack my bags and finish some last minute online things.
One thing I didn’t really stress in my previous post about getting ready for Antarctica is that I’ll also be visiting the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Both are places that get very few visitors. I’m almost as excited to be visiting those places as I am for setting foot on Antarctica.
Also, for those of you that care, I am also on Pinterest now!
I was contacted by a TV producer who is looking for people who are thinking of moving overseas. If you think you might be interested, here is more information and a contact email.
A major cable network is seeking a “dreamer” who has always wished they could quit their job and move to paradise. We’re casting an individual or a family who is willing to explore their options in their ideal location (for this episode, anywhere in North America or the Caribbean). With our host, they WILL TRAVEL TO THEIR DESTINATION and take a real look at the locale: what they could do, how much it will cost to live, and discussing the feasibility of leaving their old life behind and living comfortably with a new one. At the conclusion of the episode, they’ll have all the information they need to make a decision: should they go back to the status quo… or should they quit their job and move to paradise?
The ideal candidate is 30+, has a job and family that will be affected by their decision, and has a destination in mind. Candidates will be expected to film a short, casual, 3-5 minute video of themselves (that will not air), answering a series of questions.
Any interested party should e-mail CASTING@MICHAELPETRELLA.COM for more information and the official application.
What I’m Reading
I went nuts on the Kindle store the last few weeks stocking up on books for the next two months. Here are some of the books I have downloaded
Having recently finished all 15 books in the Dune Universe, I’m now reading the newest chapter in the Dune Saga: Sisterhood of Dune. Releases on Jan 1, Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson’s book chronicles the period after the Butlerian Jihad when the Bene Gesserits, Mentants and Spacing Guild were all formed.
I have been looking for a good book on the history of WWI and I think To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion might be the book I’ve been looking for. The reviews have been very positive. WWI is a period of history that Americans tend to overlook as it wasn’t as important to us as it was to Europe.
I recently rewatched Apollo 13 and that inspired me to finally read Failure is Not an Option by Gene Kranz. Kranz was the former flight director at NASA and was famous for his efforts to bring the crew of Apollo 13 safely back to Earth.
In 2009 I visited Wadi Rum, Jordan just because of my favorite movie: Lawrence of Arabia. I did my annual viewing of the movie over the holidays and decided I should learn more about the person who was T.E. Lawrence. Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia looked to be the best biography on the subject.
A few months ago I read What Hath God Wrought, which was an overview of American history from the end of the War of 1812 (1815) to the end of the Mexican-American War (1848). Empire of Liberty covers the period from the end of the War of Independence (1789) to the end of the War of 1812 (1815). This is another period of American history which is often overlooked.
- Tourism industry pushes for US to allow more foreign visitors Washington Post
- The Dunning–Kruger effect: The less you know, the more you think you know. I had no idea there was a name for this.
- Samoa and Tokelau skip a day to move across the dateline BBC
- Bungee jumper survives fall into crocodile-infested waters after cord snaps WPTV
- Canadian man forgets his passport, uses scan on his iPad to enter US AP
- Flier charged with in-flight groping could be caned USA Today
Image courtesy of Walter R. Smith