Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Reader's Diary #1080- Rik Leaf: Four Homeless Millionaires
Needless to say, despite Rik's genius, the video didn't get us on the show. However, spending the day with him, we all became fast friends. Which is why I vowed not to read his book, Four Homeless Millionaires. I told him that it would just be too awkward. What if I didn't like it? It'd be safer to just ignore it altogether. At best I told him that if I did read it, he'd never know. Really though, I'd been in this situation before and it's almost always worked out. As did Four Homeless Millionaires. I loved it. But you at least need the disclaimer that I happen to be friends with Rik.
A few years back Rik and his wife Zara decided to sell their house in Winnipeg and travel the world with their kids. Sounds crazy, right? But what a payoff. Australia, Asia, Europe. And so many wild adventures all told with Rik's infectious brand of friendly sarcasm. I've only yet met Rik, but it's impossible not to take a shine to the whole family. With their slightly inappropriate but never rude brand of humour, I personally found kindred spirits amongst the Leaf clan. Of course, sense of humour is very divisive and so I cannot say for sure everyone will like it, but I definitely dug it.
"One's Man's Coffee Break is Another Woman's Vagina" - the title of a chapter about a (un?)fortunate translation
Another favourite anecdote is about riding his bike through Kelowna (before leaving Canada). (Trust me on this.)
Still, it's not all punchlines. There's also a lot of beautiful turns of phrase and insights, tender father moments, not so tender lessons learned, and the over arching message that life's too short to waste. And they are real people. What more does one want in a travelogue?