I’ve missed things, I compete with missed opportunities and I don’t have much time.
Ten, fifteen years maybe but I will accomplish what I want, you can bet your last dollar on me.
Problem is, we’re loosing the battle against the stupid. How do we fix that? Well, the first step is to bring back the word “stupid”. Totally incorrect statement these fragile days, but that strong word was invented for a reason.
Apple operating platform is that, stupid, electric cars are too, space programs, traffic cameras, #metoo movement.
Do you want to know what isn’t?
When I sit on a patio by the lake on a sunny day sipping coffee and I left my iPhone at home and I talk to someone and what she says impresses me.
Back to the stupid thing, and let me tell you this – when president Obama won the elections, the Republicans accepted it in the “yeah, fine” fashion. You just take it right? The people have spoken. When Trump won there was a fury from the left (and still is) not accepting any of it. Three years in and the political left cannot settle! What does democracy mean anymore? Just look at the Brexit mess, people voted, right, that doesn’t count for nothing?
And Trump will win the second turn and it will get even uglier, I am convinced we haven’t seen nothing yet.
Democracy is dead, a scary thought. We’re not progressing as societies, we’re moving backwards. In every sense of the word, the rules that made the western civilization great are out the window.
There are Polish people returning from living in Sweden for years because they can’t stand the mess that country has become. Police in the city of Malmö appealed to citizens for help to contain violence.
You know you’re in trouble if the police are asking for help.
Some people say stuff that goes against the common regression and they don’t get much recognition. I am one of them, I wouldn’t have it any other way and I hope that there will be more of us.
One thing to understand is this - it's dangerous to be right, when the government is wrong. Even worse, when majority of the people are wrong.
In closing, I maybe temperamental but I also push the envelope. I say things that are original and this has to count for something. And to be clear, I don’t like doing any of this, it feels like paddling up the creek.
My favorite quote comes from Charles Dicken’s novel “A Tell of Two Cities.”
Here it is: “these are the best of times, and these are the worst of times.”
And they are.
For all your sinners out there, see you in hell, first lap dance is on me.
Listen, I am from the past and I am here in the present thinking about the future.
Some people say “the future is now,” but it’s not - this is now. Future is then, and when we get to “then” that will be the future. It may be disappointing or not, it is up to our children and how we bring them up. And they have great energy and attitude towards life that impresses me constantly.
I was just thinking about it still lying in bed.
Let me explain my mornings to you.
I wake up and look at the tremendous cedar out there; it’s straight outside my bedroom window. It is quite possibly the main feat of nature that keeps me in Switzerland for so long, with all due respect to this great country.
With age I learned to appreciate the details of life, except this one is anything but a detail. The tree looks something like this:
I don’t eat until the afternoon and I spend my days writing my new book, the Villa Rose. Yes, the famous one on Lake Lucerne and the story is about Marc Rich, the (in)famous financier. Rich was born to a Jewish family in Antwerp, Belgium, and moved to America as a kid. He is mostly known as the founder of the commodities company Glencore, but there was way more to him than that.
He was also an art collector and lived surrounded by Renoirs, Monets and Picassos, a dimension which I admire in a person.
At some point, before he died, he wanted to sell the villa for 100M – it is really that spectacular. His daughters accepted less after he was gone.
In 1983 Rich was indicted on 65 criminal counts, the biggest tax evasion case in US history. He fled to Switzerland and never returned, even to visit his dying daughter in California and that was tough on him.
Later, president Clinton granted him a presidential pardon on his last day in the office. It was controversial, but then the Clintons were always open for business.
Rich was married for 30 years to Denise Eisenberg, a songwriter from New England. I guess she was really something, keeping him on an even keel with all the shady businesses he was involved in over the years.
Funny thing is, marriage is a learning experience for men, for women is more of a teaching experience. The difference exists because women know what they want to do in life. They typically get married, have kids and bring them up, go to work if they feel like having a career.
Or not if they don’t.
It’s a pre-defined path.
Men don’t have any of this – we need to figure life out.
So, the book is coming along, writing it feels to me like a therapy in a way.
The night comes quickly and I like working during the night, except that I don’t see the big tree.
At night I get the feeling of time shattered in gray dust and sometimes someone in the building plays violin.
Blue Café is a place where the one who knows meets the one that does not care.
The irony is that it could very well be the same person.
I’ve been there, to the Café.
Now, sitting in the lounge at the airport watching flights to China being cancelled makes me think that this is a panic situation and life never goes well if you allow yourself to get into that mode.
Still, the tomato soup here at the Étude is excellent, the wine is not bad and I am not flying East. Enjoying life Chopin style.
The number of those affected in China’s population of 1.36 billion is miniscule, and the virus has a mortality rate of about than 2%. It is sad for those sick, but one has a bigger chance to be hit by a bus than die from this new virus.
Still, the activities of the “operation maximum redundancy” continue – on January 31st the American government issued a travel advisory, a class 4 emergency, which urges all U.S. citizens in China to leave, putting China into the same basket as North Korea and Iran. Just get real folks, will ya?
The coronavirus is neither as deadly nor as communicable as the SARS virus from 15 years ago. It probably won't kill nearly as many people as a normal flu season, so the public in most of the world should ignore the fear mongers.
The Chinese ruling party has made huge effort demonstrating its earnestness in the crisis, performing great feats like the construction of a one-thousand-bed hospital in ten days, shutting down the lunar new year festivities (it’s like cancelling Christmas here), and locking down a hundred million citizens in quarantine. Pretty impressive, but with the absolute power of president Xi comes absolute responsibility.
As any leader worth his salt understands – everything that goes wrong is your fault.
Impressive with the new hospital, and it takes fresh thinking to accomplish something like this. As they say - everyone understands that something cannot be done until someone new comes along who doesn’t know it yet, and he makes it happen.
Speaking about impressive - Greta Thunberg has been nominated to the Nobel Piece Prize. Not sure how world piece and climate change intervene, but I am no longer European and will let it go.
Don’t forget, as per Greenpeace gloom and doom we are all supposed to be dead by now or drowning because of rising sea levels. Apparently former President Obama did not believe his own warnings of climate change since he just bought a mansion on the beach (Martha’s Vineyard, no less, and he spent good money on it).
So what is Greta preaching? Not how we could better interact with our environment, just a head on attack on our way of life with nothing different to offer.
You can do better than that young lady. Where are your parents in this nonsense?
There is something I know for sure - facts can be misleading, but rumors are very revealing because they show how the world really is. They tell me to stay away from the nonsense and my definition of it may surprise you.
So, I hide behind my writings. My psychiatrist at the hospital looks at me waiting until I say something, and I try. We sit opposite each other in the cold office with the view of the lake; she dresses the same every time to keep me calm maybe, but I still just hide behind my words.
They hide my true shape like Dorian Gray.
The problem with having an opinion is that some people love you, others don’t.
Call yourself strong-minded or just admit that you consent with what’s right at the time only with some mental effort.
With age I realized that I have less opinions, but I feel stronger about them.
Example is - do I care about the climate change?
I don’t - because only the sun energy rules it and I have no influence over the sun.
I do care about messing up this beautiful planet with garbage, that I do.
There is no doubt that the migrations throughout history were driven by natural climate change. It is the reason why the Northern tribes descended on Rome and it ultimately fell.
It was a disaster – the population of this city went down from about a million to 15 thousand. It took hundreds of years for Renaissance to come and get Europe going again.
Climate change has always caused massive migrations North to South. Along with a boom in agricultural products, that is coming to the neighborhood near you, by the way.
It used to be that one could cross the Baltic Sea from Poland to Sweden on a slide with horses. There were places to get warm food on the way on ice, change the horses too.
Need a ferry now, an all night trip.
Climate change is nothing new on this planet; temperatures went up and down throughout the history of humankind.
Now, how about fast-forward to today?
Today is the day that Britain is leaving the European Union, and there will be more countries following, first those that don’t share the Euro currency.
The departure of Britain will leave a major hole in the budget of the EU at the time they want to fund their own army.
It’s over 10% of income they’re about to lose at the end of 2020 (Britain has been 3rd largest contributor to the EU budget).
How do people take it? The stock market is flying and commercial property prices in London are up 5% in January alone.
The financial heart of Europe is in London. Where could it move?
To Frankfurt where Deutsche Bank stock is in single digits?
The Brits are doing what’s right, getting their country back.
It seems like the rest of Europe is in the holding pattern for now.
To borrow from The Matrix, not many are willing to take the “red pill” to see the reality behind the controlled explanation.
The business in Europe will pick up again – just give people the room to move and be creative. Or rather they will take it themselves.
For now, entrepreneur is French for unemployed, by the way.
Problem is, the lawyers in charge of the EU don’t understand how people think.
They’ve brought money rates to zero, but the thing to understand is that the level of interest on loans doesn’t matter for business at all. If the money cost me 10% but I can make 20%, I jump on it in a heartbeat. But if the interest is at zero and with all the taxes and regulation there is a slim chance to make a profit, I’ll pass.
One always needs to stay ahead, no? Just ask yourself this question:
What do I know that’s original?
As I was growing up I learned that the only unforgivable sin in life is to be boring - a notion that collides somewhat with the current education system.
Tenured professors at universities are unusual beasts in nature, for they have no predator. Their jobs are safe, they don’t need to publish new research unless they really want to.
The result is not encouraging. How many technological breakthroughs have come from the universities? Or how many times we turned to professors to resolve an important issue?
Then look at the amount of money that is needed to get education in America and in the UK as well.
It’s a Ponzi scheme, which is what academia has to a great extend become. Young people are running up massive debts in a system that can’t reward them and there is a huge resentment coming in the next few years from the people who realize they’ve been had.
Also, if you massively increase the number of people who think they should go to a university, you can’t keep up a system that rewards people for having gone to these universities.
This creates a major imbalance in society.
One can look at it from different angle. Geopolitics is a pattern of power, and one of the elements that make it happen is technology. Meaning that the rise and fall of nations is in step with the rise and fall of technology. Core technology, to be specific, which branches into many areas of life, like what made Apple and Microsoft so powerful.
Now, what is the next thing that is coming? The one fact you can be certain of, is that it will be utterly unexpected, and it will be different from what came before and will drive power one step further.
The battleground in geopolitics is the next technology.
What comes after the decade long pause in invention?
When a really smart guy or girl, who can’t get a date, is not interested in anything digital anymore and starts to think about the next thing, this is when progress will happen.
If history is any guide, he will not be a graduate from a prestigious university; he’ll be working out of his parent’s garage.
Switching the topic, which is what guys say before they do and women just switch on the fly, the winter is now brutal in Canada and the army was sent to dig out the Atlantic Provinces from a massive snowfall.
It’s tough with the snow and the cold, long winter plus Prince Harry with Megan moving there. Thank God for Hockey Night in Canada and curling, where the most important part of the game is beer.
Prime minister Trudeau already offered to pick up the royal pair’s security bill while they’re here and it will go in seven digits. Nice of him dispensing other people's money so leisurely.
The weather is better in the Geneva area, where I was able to ride the motorcycle at +2C on a sunny day. I wasn’t doing a good job of it – no matter how warm I dress, the dexterity suffers and you need both feet and hands to make the Bimmer fly.
I end up with saying this - the upcoming BMW 1.8 boxer is not a convincing piece of equipment, big in the news as it is. It is meant to take on Harley, but whoever signed off on the design doesn’t have a sense of harmony or a sense of beauty.
They need the Italians to make it look dashing.
I always thought that if something is worth doing, it’s worth overdoing, and this was back in times when I still cared about the consequences.
And I remember were my attitude came from.
I had a business lunch with an older man in Houston, Texas a long time ago. He had the Strohhut hat on and a bolo tie and he drove a Lexus.
He said, “take whatever original skill you have and amplify by ten. That’s how you make it in life. Find the original you, something that only you can say and do.”
I was listening.
Also, I think I lived through the best 50 years of all of humanity – the progress, the growth, the access to information, the openness and inclusion of the western culture has been unprecedented.
All this may be closing a little now.
I was always a spiritual man, attracted to religion because of the distance it gives to current happenings in life. Walking into an old church from a busy street is like changing reality. And I always liked the Old Testament more than the New one, the Old is way deeper in my opinion, except for what St. John had to say in his gospel, easily the best part of the bible.
What he said about the “word” defined humanity and it is extraordinary. It keeps people interested still, despite constant shenanigans from the Vatican, two popes on the display, arguing.
The name Israel actually means “he, who wrestles with God”, and this is a sign of a life that is lived properly, because if God is the source of meaning, the place where answers can emerge – you will wrestle with it all your life it if you’re honest.
Important thoughts get lost in the daily rutine and visions get blurry. Just ask yourself this question: who is now able to build Jerusalem?
I admire people who don’t watch news on TV and I think I’m half way there, taking the long view from the heart of the Alps here.
I consider a German - Rainer Maria Rilke, the best poet that ever lived.
One Christmas some years ago I was flying home through Frankfurt and I stayed the night at the Sheraton at the airport. I picked up a book about Rilke earlier and I was fascinated by it, reading it at the bar late into the night until they kicked me out.
His famous verse “and the song remains beautiful” rings in my head every day.
No matter what happens in life, don’t you just want this to be about you?
Now the capital flow models are indicating that there is a high concentration of dollar hoarding in Germany as fears continue over the future of Deutsche Bank. Brussels EU leaders do nothing about it - they’re simply lawyers trying to get around the constitution, not the leaders you want. The fear of a “Deutsche Bank moment” is causing repo rates to spike because banks don’t trust each other for the fear of exposure to DB. US Federal Reserve has stepped in as intermediary – the nonsense you read in the media about them pumping trillions into the market is just that. They extended a line of credit of sorts that is repaid daily; there is no new money in the system.
And they’re saving the world again, make no mistake about it.
They say that history isn’t kind to men who play Gods and I don’t agree with that for a moment.
Which is to say, I don’t believe in mediocrity. Make your life remarkable, be the God.
Back when I was in eleventh grade, our high school owned a chalet deep in the Sudetes, which is a mountain range on the border with the Czech Republic. Take a look.
To qualify for the winter skiing trip you had to make the school famous by winning medals in sport competitions. My friend and me did just that and we were tasked with going to the chalet earlier and get the place ready for the rest of the team.
So, we took a couple of trains and then found a taxi in this town close to the border. Wet wind came, the snow was blowing and people were hiding in their homes. The man drove as up as far as the car could make it and then he said – “you’re on your own now boys.”
We were walking uphill in waist deep snow for most of the evening.
If this is not an impression of an empty planet for a 16 year old, I don’t know what is. Nevertheless, when the team came two days later we had the house warmed up and hot food on the stove.
Fast-forward to today and to my take on the empty planet now.
The world population growth prediction by the United Nation Population Division assumes nearly linear increase until the planet can’t sustain us anymore. The model is based on trends that may have been right in the past, but they don’t consider changes in society.
In fact the world’s population is about to take a dive.
The reduction in fertility in developed countries is by now an accepted fact; fertility rate of Canada today is 1.6, way below the 2.1 replacement level.
The extreme case is Japan, which lost almost half a million in 2019 (out of a total population of about 125 million). Do the math when the last Japanese will walk the earth.
It gets really interesting looking at India and China (40% of world’s population lives there).
China has a birth rate of 1.5 and India has just been reported at 2.1, so you may wonder how we can explode if we’re hardly replacing ourselves.
And keep in mind that Eastern Asian countries just don’t accept emigrants.
It’s the same in Eastern Europe – a cultural issue, they would rather shrink and be united, than expand and be divided.
In China’s case there is a twist to it – thanks to the disastrous “one child policy”, they now have 60 million more men than women.
That’s roughly the population of France, all men no women.
The major driver in population decline is urbanization – for the first time in history we now live mostly in cities (55% of humans). When you move into the city, a child stops being an asset (another pair of hands to work in the field) and starts to be a liability (another person to feed).
Keeping in mind that statistical 2.1 children per family is just the replacement level, here is how we score elsewhere: European Union is at 1.6 (740 million people who’re not replacing themselves, just rapidly aging).
The problem with aging population is that they just don’t buy that much.
And old populations are expensive – healthcare, pensions and all the issues you have to deal with as people age.
One way to deal with population decline is immigration. Canada, US and Australia are doing it right, the EU is doing it wrong.
Russian demographic is just a disaster, the fertility rate collapsed with the Soviet Union. This means that if they have any military ambitions in Eastern Europe, they need to do it now.
There is a twist with Russia as well – the population there is still in support of the old communist order (up to 60% by some polls). President Putin has been doing a good job of keeping the old demons at bay, but he is on his way out.
If Russia slips into a more democratic system, all bets are off who raises to the surface.
Back in the mountains, there was a classified military area not far from us, where they used to mine uranium in the 1950’s. One local took us to the entrance of an abandoned mine and we went in and took some blue sparkling crystals from the walls. Back in the chalet they were exploding when thrown in the fireplace. It made for a fine combo with the howling wind outside.
* ”Empty Planet” is a book by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson. The statistics in the text above were taken from the book.
On my annual pilgrimage south I ended up on an ocean beach called just that.
Palms, luxury villas and kite surfers all around me.
The resort in the bay is run by a crazy Austrian, who doesn’t move anywhere without bodyguards. Whatever the reasons, the man thinks he needs more than one.
The singer Falco from Vienna (of the “Rock me Amadeus” fame) used to stay here. He died here too, in a traffic accident.
Things get out of control easily in the south if you’re not careful; in his case he met his Maker courtesy of speeding bus on a bad night.
Here we are at the end of the second decade of this century, and I am typing this essay waiting patiently for the New Year’s party to start.
In the last twenty years we have seen the collapse of a tech bubble and the implosion of fake debt, aka the sub prime. Central banks have skillfully navigated between Scylla and Charybdis and managed to avoid the implosion of the system.
The world today seems to be convinced that with MMT, or Modern Money Theory (Trickery) we can replace work with money printing. This, combined with AI (artificial intelligence) might be the ultimate nirvana if it wasn’t for years of decadence and false economic theories.
As societies start to fragment, as we are seeing globally, the interconnectivity declines. Commerce returns to local, hoarding of money increases and it’s velocity drops. I don’t see much wrong with going local.
I am also convinced that the country to watch next year is China, as it is entering a traumatic squeeze with the end of its thirty-year growth spurt. When the going gets tough there, the government cracks down. And when that doesn’t work, China historically sinks into some kind of civil war. The action in Hong Kong this past year may be a preview of coming attractions for Beijing and Shanghai.
Beijing is also stepping up the battle to stop money flowing out of China - cash has been leaving the country at a record clip - total net capital outflows occurred for the sixth straight quarter and reached a new record of $221bn. The decline in official reserves was also a record at $161bn.
On average, the amount of money leaving China in the last few years is an equivalent to 6% of the country's GDP according to an estimate by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, even though anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that China's GDP is grossly overstated.
In total, China lost $1.28 trillion, which shows people voting with their money on the state of Chinese economy and confidence in the government.
Understandably, this is not the type of news that can be delivered in mass media by a news anchor with a twenty-three-word vocabulary and an impulse control problem, so you can read it here.
Europe has experienced serious blowbacks from its contracting standard-of-living as expressed by the Yellow Vests in France, the Brexit humiliation and the raising of nationalist movements in many nations.
The European banks, led by the sickest of them all, Deutsche Bank, suffer from a crushing burden of non-performing loans, bad derivative obligations and zero interest rates regime, which makes the operations of banking insane.
And then there’s Greta growling, “How dare you” at the world with that spittly grimace of pubescent moral superiority.
Luckily, these incidents of public madness always burn out.
Now I see two bodyguards flanking the patio, so the Austrian is here for a drink.
I don’t need bodyguards yet, but I learned that life could turn on a dime.
Recently I boarded a 787 Dreamliner to fly home for Christmas.
Actually, I flew north first, to Warsaw, on a regular city-hopping jet.
I couldn’t resist a nice lunch in my favorite restaurant, which is located just across the Royal Palace, on the greatest boulevard in the city (it is called Krakowskie Przedmiescie, and you have to be Polish to say it properly).
I met there with a pilot I know, he was getting ready to fly to Los Angeles that afternoon. He calls LAX the best airport in the world for landing and taking off, and I am sure he likes hanging out in the warm climate too.
“The ‘Dreams’ are great, you know”, he said, “they go to a higher altitude than the rest of them, less traffic.”
“You get a better route, it’s like having your own highway.”
“Can you walk my dog before you go to the airport?” he asked before getting into a taxi.
“Like, to where?”
“Don’t worry, the dog knows what to do.”
So I was sitting on a bench in the Park Szczesliwicki (good one, no?) checking news and the dog was chasing birds from the bushes.
What caught my eye was that the central bank of Sweden, the Riksbank, has thrown in the towel on negative interest rates, and has become the first central bank in history to do so.
One of the motives for raising it, is household indebtedness which is among the highest in the world – exceeding 190% of disposable income — in part due to the low and negative interest rate environment that caused Swedes to borrow with reckless abandon.
This comes at a time when the European Central Bank is undertaking a “policy review,” as it is facing a wall of resistance against negative interest rates from the finance ministers of Eurozone member states because of the damage they do to the banking system and pension funds.
The ECB’s policy review will likely produce a NIRP-exit strategy, and the re-pricing in the bond market will be significant (interest rates move opposite to bond prices). The ECB will have to find a creative way to wag the dog and divert market’s attention to something new and shiny.
In a piece of news that hints at a reason of the liquidity shortage, Wall Street Journal wrote that billions of dollars in cash are vanishing from circulation.
“Banks are issuing more notes than ever and yet they seem to be disappearing off the face of the earth. Central banks don’t know where they have gone, or why.
The puzzle is especially perplexing since societies and companies are going cashless, given the boom in payments by cards and cellphone apps.
A Federal Reserve report from 2016 says that 75% of all $100 notes ever printed have left the US.
At the same time, gold hoarding has declined in many regions because dealers have to report who the buyers are, which defeats the purpose of hoarding to begin with.
And the US of A doesn’t even want the dollar to be the reserve currency of the world - they want to manage the economy based on domestic considerations.
They also want a weaker dollar, but managing it down is a tricky proposition, since it negatively impacts foreign investments in the US, which is not very well understood.
The international trade numbers are not reliable, because they’re not filtered through currency movements.
If a currency moves 20% over two years, they’re yelling at each other – “you have a surplus! we have a deficit!”. Meanwhile it’s all in the currency fluctuations.
Enough of that and time to give the sparrows a break.
I got the dog back on the leash, walked him home and took the long flight west on the ‘Dream’, flying high.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to say late Wednesday, after the impeachment vote, when she would send the articles to the Republican-led Senate. Until the articles are submitted, the Senate cannot hold the trial that is nearly certain to acquit the Republican president.
There are certainly more forces at play against president Trump than just the two stated in the proceedings, and they are international in nature.
He is presiding over a major shift in American foreign policy, long overdue since the end of the Cold War, extracting his country from providing global security for free and from opening US markets to all.
He is widely criticized for introducing trade tariffs, but when he offered EU to lift them all if Europe does the same to the US, France right away said “no”.
He is abandoning NATO, into which US was the only country paying their share, which prompted president Macron to call for European Army Forces.
It was likely a PR move, as this man has a lot of internal affairs on his hands right now.
But the biggest political risk is in China. Not for the US, but for the country itself.
There isn’t going to be a meaningful trade deal with the United States because agreeing to the Americans’ demands would be the end of the Communist Party and the end of united China. At the same time, if the world’s largest consumer market, and the physical guarantor of Chinese supply chains walks away, the Chinese are out of options. And president Trump doesn’t seem to be disturbed with the high stakes, just pushes forward.
In the words of geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan: “China’s crash will be much like its rise. Big, bold, brash, loud, all-consuming, and, in hindsight, completely inevitable.”
Moving on to Europe - a fundamental principle of liberal democracy is national self-determination. If you don’t have that, no other right is meaningful.
The EU has a very different view, that national identity is something that is a problem. If you have too strong of a national identity that you’re excluding others, its an issue that became a real showdown.
Countries like Poland or Hungary, and several others, will not give up and will protect their identity. They don’t want the Euro currency, they have their own rules on immigration, and the EU institutions are increasingly helpless in influencing them.
There are nationalist movements appearing all over the continent, and the crushing Conservatives victory in Britain, and coming Brexit, will only support this process (it will also put back in spotlight Scottish independence).
With Brexit, Britain will be pushed closer the United States, and the two countries have a lot in common. Take this – Great Britain scores the highest in Europe when it comes to entrepreneurship. In most other EU countries people just want to work for big corporations.
The EU leading, unelected, Troika (European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF) doesn’t seem to know how to handle the situation which is unfolding.
As Mike Tyson said, everybody has a plan until they’re hit hard.
They display the attitude – “aside from how it looks, it’s all cool.”
It’s like the commercial for duct tape – “we can fix it!”
Could be a bit of a go.
Tom Kubiak is the author of The Traveler