I live in Laguna Niguel about two miles from the Pacific Ocean.
I grew up in Toronto and went to UWO in London. I had never been to London before I arrived the first day at residence. London was 12o miles from where I grew up.
When I went to Western I was reading a lot of books about Watergate and Richard Nixon. President Nixon had a key advisor named Bob Haldeman who was his Chief of Staff and had worked at J. Walter Thompson, a large multinational advertising agency. I thought that was pretty cool. I liked politics and I liked new things, maybe advertising was the career for me. A couple years after graduation I joined JWT and I ended up working at JWT for ten years in Toronto and Chicago.
I had more than a few people at JWT tell me that the chairs in their office used to belong to Bob Haldeman.
Richard Nixon’s Western White House was in San Clemente. It overlooks some of the best surfing beaches in Southern California. One of them is Tresles which is one of the beaches mentioned in the Beach Boys Song, Surfin USA. I go to the Farmers Market in San Clemente on Sundays. It is one of my favorite Orange County towns. I have walked on the same beaches that Richard Nixon walked although I don’t wear brogues like he used to. I have had lunch on the San Clemente pier with my college roommates from Western who were visiting me. I read the books about Watergate and the Western White House when I lived with them.
When I was 22 I visited Laguna Beach and said I want to live here. I live two miles away. I work with a client in Laguna Beach and smile every time I look at the Pacific Ocean.
I only had a few road blocks to achieving my goals. I didn’t live in the United States, didn’t have rights to legal residence in the U.S., I wasn’t in advertising, and I knew nobody at JWT. I didn’t even have a car. Big deal.
What I had were my dreams and I made them my goals.
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