The dreaded April 15 has officially come and gone, and that means that most of us have been able to file away the receipts and paperwork and general flotsam that comes along with tax preparation. For you procrastinators who are not in this camp and instead filed an extension — what up? Are you gluttons for punishment?

But that is not my point. My point is that we are now fully into the second quarter of 2003. How can that be? It seems that just days ago we were sipping champagne and impressing each other with our big plans for the new year. Where did the first quarter go? How can one-fourth of our year already be behind us? And short of too much Trista, Michael, and Simon, what do we have to show for it?

That, my friend, is the million dollar question. And if you don’t have the right answer (and I don’t think I need to tell you what the right answer is), then now is the time to take charge. Chances are you’ve been spending too much time gazing at the lovely gray walls of your cubicle or out the gleaming windows of your corner office instead of actually taking part in what’s beyond those walls and windows. So go now. And go often.

Inside the pages of this magazine you’ll find hundreds of great ideas. You can do something as grand as escape to the secret shores of San Juan or as simple as taking time to enjoy dinner at a wonderful new restaurant (one without a drive-through). Or what about taking your kids (or the neighborhood kids) to a baseball game? To get you in the mood, we have San Francisco Giants great Barry Bonds giving us the highlights of his hometown. If you read this issue from cover to cover, you’ll find that ballparks around the country are lowering prices in hopes of luring more fans. And Art Howe tells us how he’s feeling about his first season as manager of the New York Mets. For those of you who have a passion for that favorite executive pastime ( yes,golf), there's a story in here you shouldn't miss. But I'm not going to tell you any more about it. You have to read it for yourself to be in the know (here's a hint, it starts on page 32).

Heard enough? Well, keep reading. There’s lots more to entice you to hit the road and see the world beyond your windows. Don’t forget to take time to tell us what you discover at editor@americanwaymag.com.