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.