My family just got back from a wonderful vacation in Panama, at a little resort (six cabins or "cabanas") called Tranquilo Bay. I will put up an extended post about it, as it is one of the best vacations my family ever had. And the story of the two lovely families that run the place is among the most inspiring I have ever heard. The sacrifices that entrepreneurs make here in Silicon Valley seem trivial by comparison. For example, Jay and Jim, two guys who had a dream to have a Caribbean resort, quit their jobs at big companies and CAMPED for 5 years while they built Tranquilo Bay in on an island in the middle of a rain forest. People talk about working "24/7" here to get their start-ups off the ground, but these guys took it to an entirely different level.
Meanwhile, while we were gone, it rained like hell in Northern California. The picture of the guy sailing a Laser down the flooded street was taken about three blocks from our house in Menlo Park, California. The power was out at our house a lot, but all is fine. Check out the rest of the story in the Almanac. Apparently, we chose a good week to get out of town.