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Giving Thanks

Barring weather delays, I should be on a morning flight home from Chicago to San Francisco today and back in St. Helena, Calif., in time for Thanksgiving dinner. I traveled to the Windy City this week to visit with Jim Schultz of Geremarie, the Lake Zurich, Ill.-based billet parts fabrication powerhouse and ultra-sophisticated, high-performance Factory Billet engine program housed therein.


There’s so much to be grateful for in the high- performance powerboating world this year. Photo courtesy/copyright Bob Barnhart/Speedonthewater.com.

You might see a business trip that ends with flying 2,000 miles on Thanksgiving day as less than something to be grateful for, but for me nothing could be farther from the truth. Chicago is the final stop—unless something special comes up—in a remarkable year of travel covering the high-performance powerboat world that has taken me to Florida four times, as well as New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin and—of all places—Sweden.

Those are just the work trips I remember right now, and I’m grateful for every one of them. Don’t get me wrong, the process of travel these days, especially air travel, isn’t much fun. But once I’m where I need to be and can settle into whatever story I’m exploring or event I’m covering, I’m in heaven.

Take the adventure before this Chicago trip, meaning spending six days in Key West, Fla., covering the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships and Florida Powerboat Club Poker Run.

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