Reflections on a Sunny Sunday, a Book and a Korean Drama

First the Drama.  I just finished the 30 episode Korean drama, King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo.

Why I liked it:  It has the typical themes, which I really admire:  team work, loyalty and hard work. The ubiquitous, but trite romantic triangle and an ending, which frankly, in trying to be different, was just plain stupid.

But in spite of the ending, I liked this drama because of its constant theme about teamwork, not holding grudges and most of all, being positive no matter what, really touched me.  I have never been much of a grudge holder.  I’ve always forgotten over slights and insults quickly (I usually forget) and most importantly, I strive to never have negative thoughts.

And I realized that I have always tried to live my life that way, without negative thoughts.  Just knowing that I always strived to do the right thing for those I was responsible for.

So when your life is wonderful, there is no point in holding grudges against those who have wronged you.  A lesson well learned and this drama is an enjoyable way to remind yourself of that goal.



I’ve talked about this book before,  but much like the Korean Drama above, the real lesson about looking forward and being positive.

Steady As She Goes by John Malloy

Why I liked it:  His descriptive detail of the maritime industry and world trade of the late 50’s.

I felt I was going back in a time machine, it’s that well written.  Starting out as a young 18 year apprentice we see him grow through storms, exotic ports and romance.  We see the world of the late 1950’s and into 1960 with the election of the first Irish President, JFK.

Counties as varied as England, Malaysia, Japan, India and the South Pacific, we see a world far removed from today.  11,000 tons of ore being loaded by hand, families spending weeks onboard to unload or load a ship full of grain or iron ore one bucket at a time.

It’s a wonderful snapshot of the world 50 years ago.  His detail of the US Deep South, the Irish crew’s reaction to Jim Crow and his growing admiration for the people and culture of Japan.

Lastly, It’s a love story:  with the sea, his comrades and the love of his life.



Author: Richard on Dauntless

I’m an eclectic person, who grew up in New York, lived overseas for many years and have a boat, Dauntless, a 42 foot Kadey Krogen trawler yacht. Dauntless enables me to not only live in many different parts of the world, but to do it in a way that is interesting, affordable, with the added spice of a challenge. Dauntless also allows me to be in touch with nature. As the boat glides through the ocean, you have a sense of being part of a living organism. When dolphins come to frolic, they stay longer if you are out there talking to them, watching them. Birds come by, sometimes looking for a handout; sometimes grateful to find a respite from their long journey. I grew up on the New York waterfront, in the West Village, when everything west of Hudson St. was related to shipping and cargo from around the world. For a kid, it was an exciting place of warehouses, trucks, and working boats of all kinds: tugs and the barges and ships, cargo and passenger, they were pushing around. My father was an electrical engineer, my mother an intellectual, I fell in between. I have always been attracted to Earth’s natural processes, the physical sciences. I was in 8th grade when I decided to be a Meteorologist. After my career in meteorology, my natural interest in earth sciences: geology, astronomy, geography, earth history, made it a natural for me to become a science teacher in New York City, when I moved back to the Big Apple. Teaching led to becoming a high school principal to have the power to truly help kids learn and to be successful not only in school but in life. Dauntless is in western Europe now. In May and June, I will be wrapping up the last two years in northern Europe, heading south to spend the rest of the year in Spain & Portugal. Long term, I’m planning on returning to North American in the fall of 2017 and from there continuing to head west until we’re in Northeast Asia, Japan and South Korea, where we will settle for a bit. But now, my future lies not in NY or even Europe, but back to the water, where at night, when the winds die down, there is no noise, only the silence of the universe. I feel like I am at home, finally.

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