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Friends newsletter: Middle of the ocean

Hi from Lisbon, Portugal! My ship just landed here and I'm flying home to New York City tomorrow. Rea
Nick Gray
Friends newsletter: Middle of the ocean
By Nick Gray • Issue #22 • View online
Hi from Lisbon, Portugal! My ship just landed here and I’m flying home to New York City tomorrow. Read something I wrote on the ship below and lots of other great stuff I read that I want to share. The very best of the best.
Why you’re getting this: This is my Friends Newsletter. I send it to people I’ve met recently, my contacts on LinkedIn, and friends I want to keep in touch with. Feel free to unsubscribe and I won’t be offended.

 Me falling off the boogie board on the wave machine for the 50th time. I am the only one in line, so I fall often, then get right back on.
Me falling off the boogie board on the wave machine for the 50th time. I am the only one in line, so I fall often, then get right back on.
Hello From the Middle of the Atlantic Ocean
Last night I juggled on stage for 1,000 people. This morning I surfed an artificial wave hundreds of miles from land. Hello from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
I’m writing this on Sunday evening after 8 straight days at sea on a transatlantic cruise ship. We dock in Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday.
A cruise can be anything that you make of it. We wear pirate costumes on formal nights. We skip the shows, the shopping, the casinos, and the fake art auctions.
Instead, we opt into our own schedule and routine. Mostly, I’ve been reading. Sometimes for 10 hours each day.
These are the books I have finished in the past week at sea, sorted from best to worst:
  • Mission In a Bottle, by Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff
  • When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
  • Living With a SEAL, by Jesse Itzler
  • Endurance, by Alfred Lansing
  • Change Agent, by Daniel Suarez
  • Holes, by Louis Sachar
  • Unshakeable, by Tony Robbins
  • Strawberry Girl, by Lois Lenski
Best articles I read while on the cruise
Managing Yourself: Bringing Out the Best in Your People
Solving the CEO Said Syndrome

  Salt grinders are bullshit, and other lessons from growing up in the spice trade
New video: Bikini Bootcamp in Tulum Mexico
My friend Nina invited me to Amansala’s Bikini Bootcamp back in February. Workouts in paradise, basically.
Click for video: Me with my friend Nina in Tulum.
Click for video: Me with my friend Nina in Tulum.
New video: Auction for Normandie Panels
Sotheby’s had an auction and I met the seller who had 9 glass panels from the SS Normandie ship by Jean Dupas.
Click for video: I've sorta become an expert on these things
Click for video: I've sorta become an expert on these things
New video: Laptop Desk Review
I recently bought a new collapsable laptop desk for use on the couch.
Click for video: Me using my great new laptop desk
Click for video: Me using my great new laptop desk
New York City: Cool event with Museum Hack
This is a fantastic special event that we are hosting on Thursday, May 11th at 4:30 p.m. Check it out!
Click for the link: Hack the Park
Click for the link: Hack the Park
The end.
Thanks for reading! I’m going to explore Lisbon before I head to bed. Have a great day.
In museums we trust,
Nick Gray
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