I've got to say I've got it made. I've got a great life. Two great kids (at least today I think they're great), a wonderful life partner who is also my wife and best friend, and I pretty much get to do what I've always loved doing: observing, talking, getting to know people. Of course there is a lot of self-interest behind the motivation of what I love to do; it's not purely altruistic. As one of my closest friends ribs me, "everyone loves Arj." Yeah, I'm a sucker for affirmations that I'm OK, and that people like me.
I just came back from a trip to Ireland, which was totally paid for by my wife’s company. You might think that I would now go on a rant about how we ugly Americans invaded this bucolic rural setting en masse, but I’m not.