I’ve been playing Pathfinder RPG for about 10 years now. Back then, I liked they based it on D&D 3.5 rule set, which was the basis of my campaign back then. I also liked it wasn’t Wizards of the Coast, and it wasn’t D&D 4th Edition. It’s a poor way to choose a rule set based on what it is NOT, but having been a D&Der since the boxed set days, I was burned out by the constant rule edition changes and mountains of supplements and add-ons. And I, being a geek, was always there with my charge card out.
During one of our day trips from Florence was a few hours visiting the city of Siena. A few hours is not long enough to discover a city like Siena, but it provided a glimpse into this famous Tuscan town, with the promise we might return one day to explore it further.
I have a bad back. I would love to say it was due to an old football injury or the result of saving an old lady from a burning building, but the truth of it is I’m just an overweight computer geek. Bad backs are as much a part of our DNA as comic books and Monty Python quotes.
One of the prime attributes of any successful entrepreneur is a sense of restlessness. We always want to be engaged; planning, implementing and improvising to achieve our goals. This is extremely important when we are in startup; like a prizefighter we counter-punch, side-step, and plot for an opportunity to deliver a knockout blow. This restlessness keeps us motivated. But what happens when our venture becomes successful? How do we keep this sense of restlessness from undoing the good work it helped to create? How do we keep ourselves from constantly gazing over the next hill looking for more exciting challenges in the next opportunity?
As I sit down to write on my blog about our visit to Florence, I’m trying hard not to make it sound like a Wikipedia article. As a history geek, I love the facts, dates and events that make up the timeline of a city. But much like IQ and blood pressure scores do not define who we are as people, dates and facts can’t adequately describe a city, particularly this one. I struggle to write “from the heart”, but I’ll make the attempt. Here goes.
Our driver picked us up from our Milan hotel for the 2 hour drive to the town of Bellagio. Once we got out of Milan, the drive itself was scenic, with the Italian Alps ahead of us, passing small villages and rural farmland. Once we got to Lake Como, we drove down a narrow winding road next to the lake itself. As always in Italy, the road was busy with cars, trucks, scooters and cyclists, but unfazed by all the congestion, our Italian driver navigated the chaotic, aggressive Italian driving that always seems to work itself out with no accidents or mishaps.
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