Hey Team,

It never fails to surprise me when I see first hand the kind of power having a clear set of goals has over people. Knowing what you want and being willing to announce your objectives creates magic. If your goal were a destination then telling everyone you meet about it is like catching a ride with someone through all the traffic-congested freeways (I’m talking to you 405) and getting dropped off a block away without having to deal with all those “getting lost” bits.

I’m in Portland, Maine right now trying to hunt down a lobster boat to go out on. Yesterday I got an email from a contact I made through the site that lives in the area. I asked if he knew anyone in the Portland that could help out. He said he had a friend that tried to get on a lobster boat this summer and no one was interested in having tourists on their boats even if they were willing to work. He also said I probably wouldn’t be able to get on a boat at all in Portland.

Of course that made me think twice about going out to the wharf today. Fortunately, both times I thought, “Forget that guy, I’m going anyway. How dare some dude tell me I can’t do something I set out to do?”

The first guy I met was walking into a shack when I stopped him.

“Hey, man”

“What’s up?”

“I’m trying to find a lobster boat to go out on in the next couple days.”

“I don’t know. I don’t think anyone’s going out the next couple days.” He said in a think New England accent. “You from the West Coast?” Apparently I was the one with the accent. (I hate it when that happens.)

“Yeah, California. You don’t know anyone that’s going out anytime soon at all?”

“ehhhh…” I could tell he was done talking to me and ready to move on…which is why I kept going.

“I have this list of fifty things I have to do before I can go home and one of the things on the list is to go out on a lobster boat. I travel around the country crossing things off my list and filming my adventures.”

“No s#it?! What’s your number? Is that with two T’s? Yeah, I’ll see what I can do. I’ll give you a call by Friday.”

You gotta love the power of the list.

Didn’t stop there either. I actually went out on a lobster boat today and accompanied some guys when they went off to sell their catch. I’m hoping to see a little more of the process though so I hesitate to cross it off the list until I at least spend a little more time here trying to get on a boat earlier in the day.

Too bad my camera broke. I saw some pretty cool stuff today that I’d love to share. It’s on video though so you’ll just have to wait for some editing time. Stay tuned.

I’m done.

Brett.

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