Being at the bottom of anything (unless you’re getting to the bottom of something) generally has a negative connotation. But in this issue we show you the positive things going on at the bottom. We start first at the bottom of the earth — in Tierra del Fuego. Jim Shahin takes us along on his family vacation there, and he shares the spectacular sights and foods and people he discovers. It’s a captivating area and a place we should all aspire to visit.

And while you’re in South America, you should take some time to check out the cities of Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Santiago, and Rio de Janeiro. In addition to their high-energy bustle, fantastic taste treats, and beautiful people, they offer hidden beaches, little-known communities, and sensuous surroundings.

To get a feel for what you’re missing, turn to Southern Comfort and enjoy reading our special section on Latin and South America.

After you’re done exploring the bottom of the earth, you can head to the bottom of the ocean. By the end of next year, the Poseidon Undersea Resort should be up and running — or perhaps I should say down and running. Poseidon is being built 55 feet below the water’s surface, just off the coast of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

It will be an engineering and technological wonder. The opportunity to literally live among the fish (without any special equipment or training) is a rare one. Just imagine the kinds of things that will go bump in the middle of the night.

I am fascinated by the deep sea and the creatures that reside there. And while the idea of spending hours upon hours observing what goes on down there from the comfort of my bed is way appealing, I’m afraid the price tag of $1,500 per night is going to keep me restricted to seeing this watery world with the aid of scuba equipment.

For those of you so inclined to check it out, please write and tell us about the experience. It is sure to be phenomenal.

The rest of our stories are spent back at the top of the world. We have the award-winning Jodie Foster taking us through Berlin, we have one of New York’s most successful criminal defense attorneys sharing a few things about life in the courtroom, and we have Peyton Manning talking about the chances he and his team have of coming out on top this year.

We also give you a chance to see how far you’ve come since high school. On page 67 are some sample questions from the standardized tests that today’s kids are taking. I can’t say I did so well the first time, and, sadly, I can’t report that I’ve improved over the years. Those questions are hard! I suggest that you and your kids take it together and see who does the best. If it’s you, you can use that to your advantage for a long time to come. If it’s them, well, then, I feel for you.

I must now go and find out how many of you voted for me to have a new picture taken and how many of you prefer things just the way they are (like I do). Stay tuned until our next issue, in just two weeks, to find out if I’m headed back to the studio.

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