Tim Degani on Travel, Creativity, and Getting Out of Your Wheelhouse*
by Nancy Stohlman
Nancy Stohlman: I know you have done ton a lot of traveling-what have been some of your favorite destinations? Have you been to Costa Rica before?
Tim Degani: Yes, since I retired a few years ago Gay and I try to take at least one international trip a year. One of my favorite places to visit was Peru, the food was fabulous and the vistas were unlike anything we have ever seen. Machu Picchu is a place of stunning beauty and awe inspiring grandeur. We were fortunate enough to stay at the Sanctuary Lodge which is the only hotel that borders the park, a place I would highly recommend. There is a tremendous sense of tranquility and the orchids are just what one would expect in a tropical forest. The altitude can be a challenge so take the oxygen and coca infused tea when offered upon arriving in Cusco. The Inca craftsmanship and artistry cannot be ignored in their exquisite architecture and blanket weaving which can be found throughout the Sacred Valley.
We have not been to Costa Rica so I am looking forward to an amazing trip.
Nancy: Wow–I’m jealous! That sounds amazing. Creativity comes to people in different ways. How are you creative?
Tim: I spent my career in the aerospace industry working in various finance positions, so I am not considered a creative person and certainly not one as defined by the arts. I am an engineer by education and my creativity, if it can be called that, is in solving problems and finding ways to accomplish projects that are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. I do enjoy all of the arts and am currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach California.
Nancy: I DO think solving problems is creative–I would also put the sciences into the creativity basket as well. Now you are coming to Costa Rica with your wife, Gay Degani, who is a writer. What’s it like being married to a writer?
Tim: As long as I give her plenty of room to do her own thing, we get along great after 44 years of marriage.
Nancy: Ha! Exactly. What are you most looking forward to about your time in Playa Negra?
Tim: I look forward to several days of relaxing in a tropical environment and partaking of some of the many outdoor activities offered. I am thinking maybe horseback riding, snorkeling, riverboat cruise, or visiting a rain forest.
Nancy: Sounds perfect. You know that Playa Negra has some of the best surfing as well, right? Now react to this quote by the (now) late Anthony Bourdin: “Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund.”
Tim: I couldn’t agree more; in order to stay mentally agile you need to experience life and all it has to offer. I don’t think I could or would go to the extremes he went to (like traveling to Iran), nor eat the more exotic foods he devoured. I do enjoy going to and trying out new experiences that are outside of your wheel house. It helps to put your life into perspective.
Nancy: I agree. Tell us something we don’t know about you?
Tim: Well just about everything I suppose. I am a native of Los Angeles, Ca, attended Hollywood high school and tried out unsuccessfully for the Dodgers.
Nancy: Wow! Anything else you want to add?
Tim: By now, you probably have heard enough from me.
Nancy: Thank you for your time, Tim! I’m looking forward to meeting you soon!
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*Tim is coming with me to Costa Rica and while I "retreat" with Kathy and Nancy and a terrific group of writers, he's going to take in the glories of beach and rainforest.