When you make your living handling king cobras, sometimes things don't work out the way you planned, and you lose a finger.  It's not that the cobra has anything against you.  He's doing his thing, and you're doing yours, and the result is that you lose a finger.  It's an occupational risk, just like people lose fingers while using power tools.


Handling cobras isn't a job for amateurs.  Snake handlers are wily wary professionals who understand the ways of snakes in general, and cobras in particular.  In the cobra handling business, there's a fine line between putting on a good snake show and utter disaster.  All the snake handlers we saw in Thailand were young, and I'm sure the quick reflexes of youth worked to their advantage.  I wonder what happens to middle aged and old snake handlers?  Are they still alive, or did they make one too many mistakes and perish in the line of duty?  I wonder if they have a saying like, "There are old cobra handlers, and bold cobra handlers, but no old bold cobra handlers?"

The thing I like most about snake shows is that the handlers understand the envelope of possibility, and they push the envelope to the limit.  They know that they can go only so far and no more without getting hurt, and that's exactly what they do.  They're high stake gamblers who understand the odds and know how to stay out of harms way.  They know exactly where the edge is.

I've often wished I could live closer to the edge, but that's hard to do when you don't know where it is.  Most of the time, I'm so far from the edge there's virtually no risk of falling off.

For the past eleven years, I've been sailing around the world on Exit Only, and when it comes to sailing, I've been there and done that.  Now it's time to work on some new edges. This is where I am right now.

1.  I've written five books that I plan to self-publish.

2.  I have over two-hundred positive web sites that I'm working on - my cyber real estate investment.
3.  I own the Positive Thinking Network - the Home of Positive Thinking on the world wide web.
4.  I have over two-hundred Positive Podcasts on the Positive Thinking Network.
5.  I have nearly two-hundred hours of round the world video to make into three DVDs.
6.  I have over twenty-thousand pictures from 33,000 miles of global adventure.

7.  I have three Defender Land Rovers ready to drive around the world.
8.  I still have Exit Only ready to sail on the ocean of my dreams.

There's an edge or two hidden somewhere in this list, and my new life goal is to discover it.  Stay tuned, because when I find the edge, exciting things are going to happen.

Life is good.

Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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