Slip away around the world – Part 2

Jan and Rich's 41-foot ketch, Slip Away, en route to Samoa.

The story of Jan and Rich We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. — T.S. Eliot In a previous post, I featured the story of Jan Schwab and Rich Crowell,* who circumnavigated the globe […]


Slip away around the world

The 41-foot ketch, Slip Away, anchored in 2010 at Fatu-Hiva, an island in the Marquesas.

In 2001, Jan Schwab and Rich Crowell bought a sailboat in Mexico and named her Slip Away. They brought Slip Away to Los Angeles in 2002 and lived on her for a year in Marina del Rey. Then in 2003, at the ages of 45 and 54 respectively, Jan and Rich sailed to Ensenada, Mexico, and started a 16-year journey that would take them around the world.


Update on the Hartrums and some mid-year to-dos for you

Wow! Look at what we have gone through for the first half of 2020. Economically and socially, we’ve seen one of the biggest roller coaster rides in modern history. These certainly aren’t easy times. I’ve had lots of phone conversations and Zoom videoconferences with my clients. Frankly, I’m impressed with their resilience throughout these volatile […]


September 19 was a big day for me

Adam Hartrum, U.S. Marine

September 19th was a big day for me. It was the three-year anniversary of my buying Larry Bakerjian’s wealth management business. Not coincidentally, the 19th also marked the 21st anniversary of having fulfilled my Marine Corps duties and being honorably discharged. I mentioned having both anniversaries on the same day was not a coincidence. When […]





Should we stop using pennies and nickels?

Where you stand? Do away with pennies and nickels, or keep them?

It may surprise you to learn that many economists and politicians believe we should eliminate the penny and nickel from our currency. If you’re like me, you probably have fond memories tied to our smallest denominations. As a kid, I remember buying penny candy from my neighborhood Magic Mart. I appreciated the efficiency of the […]


What should you do about the Equifax data breach?

If you think there has been a breach into your accounts or your identity has been stolen, contact IdentifyTheft.gov for help.

Who is Equifax, and why are they in the news? Equifax is one of the leading consumer credit reporting agencies. Earlier this month, they announced a major loss of data. Hackers gaining access to Equifax data have left 143 million consumers vulnerable to identify theft and credit fraud. It’s hard to believe, but with this […]


How to be a rock ’n’ roll junkie

Jane Comitz is a rock 'n' roll junkie

If there was a Hall of Fame for rock ’n’ roll fans, Jane Comitz and her husband, Chet, would be charter members. Jane and Chet enjoy traveling, as a lot of folks do. But they don’t stop there. They travel the world not just to see the sights, but to catch musical acts. ‘We wanted […]