Jacqui, Jorge and PJ
JACQUI TAVIS, 50, Hometown Anchorage, Alaska / CURRENT: Dana Point, California
JORGE RAMIREZ, 48, Hometown Tijuana, Mexico / CURRENT: Unknown
I always wanted to be a cross between a jet setter and a gypsy, but I probably fall more into the gypsy category. I like to get off the beaten path and away from the tourist zones. I am curious about people and lifestyles, and ask a lot of personal questions. I hope people take that as a compliment. I like to try things that scare me a little. I like simple and casual.
My typical good time would be kayaking in San Felipe. Maybe sailing in Belize, or riding horses in Catalina. I probably would never choose to stay at an all-inclusive hotel. I am not the office type, but have been very fortunate to have held great positions in the corporate world. I have worked for Fortune 500 companies that have treated me well. Although I've loved most of my jobs, I am probably better suited to be a newspaper reporter.
I met Jorge many moons ago in a hotel swimming pool in San Felipe, Mexico. We got along instantly. I liked that we came from two completely different backgrounds. He was from Tijuana, Mexico and I was from Anchorage, Alaska. Although the cultural differences made things interesting, it also led to some challenges through the years.
Jorge has so many great qualities, but I really love his competitive and adventurous spirit. One time he ran two marathons, three weeks apart, and he's not a "runner". He introduced me to the beauty and wonder of Baja. We took countless road trips through Baja, and discovered many new places together. At one point he bought a small sailboat that we took down as far as Loreto. We sailed on a the Sea of Cortez a few times - even getting caught in a hurricane on one trip.
Jorge is also one of the hardest working people I know. Since he is also very intelligent, he has something to show for his hard work. I love that he never feels the need to show off with material things, yet sometimes he can be a little cocky. He is also resourceful and he makes own opportunities. He always knows somebody who can get something done for you.
Our long-standing problem is that we both like to be in charge. In the end we just take on different roles. I usually come up with the ideas or the plan, and he usually makes them happen.
So if I remember correctly, the year off and the road trip to Panama was my great idea.