:: eye of the storm ::

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A 27-year-old PA student who wants to visit all seven continents, write a book, work at a pediatric clinic in Africa, and basically meet as many of the world's challenges as possible.

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Life List

(already accomplished)

Become a PA

Visit all 7 continents

Take a SwimTrek trip

Bike through Western Europe

Raft the Grand Canyon

Improve my Spanish proficiency

Go on safari in Africa

Trace my roots at Ellis Island

Vacation in Hawaii

Work on a hospital ship in a Third World country

Celebrate New Year's in Times Square

Visit all 50 states (29 to go: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, RI, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY)

See the ruins at Pompeii

Swim in Capri's Blue Grotto

Tour Mt. Vesuvius

Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain

Tour the Colosseum

Visit the D-Day beaches

See the Mona Lisa

Visit the palace at Versailles

See the Acropolis and Parthenon

See the Egyptian pyramids

Hike the Inca Trail

Walk El Camino Santiago

Take an Alaskan cruise

View the Taj Mahal at sunrise

Hike Table Mountain in South Africa

Climb through the Amazon canopy

Walk at least part of the Great Wall of China

Get laser hair removal

Learn to surf, ski, and snowboard

Learn to drive a stick-shift

Learn to play the piano

Go on a tropical cruise

Ride horseback on the beach

Ride in a hot air balloon

Get tickets to the Olympics

Go to adult Space Camp

Witness a shuttle launch from up close

Build a full-sized snowman

Sew a quilt out of my old race T-shirts

Update and continue my Life Scrapbook

Become the oldest person to ever do the River Run

Live to be a happy, healthy 100 years old - at least!

(unlikely dreams)

donderdag 10 juni 2004

Marco was AMAZING!!! And we were reasonably close to the podium, about ten meters back. (No, I have not suddenly learned how to estimate meters; I heard a guy behind me say it on his cell phone.) I am short, so I had to wiggle a bit to be able to see anything (a guy in front of me was constantly ducking out of the way of my camera, so I told him (in Dutch of course) that he wasn't in the way and he said, "You should have brought a stepladder!"), but we had a great time.

For those who didn't know, the group was Linde, Alette, Martin, and me. We all met in Rotterdam, laughed over the fact that Linde and I were dressed almost exactly alike, then went to McDonalds and then got ice cream. We took the tram to the stadium (after L and A almost got run over by a car...), waited in line for 30-40 minutes, finally got inside, then went in the wrong direction. We eventually got straightened out, but we collected about ten little keychain lamps in the process, because they were giving them out at every door. (Americans: during slow numbers, people often light their cigarette lighters and wave them slowly in the air, so these lights were a safer substitute.) Then we plopped down on the ground, slightly left of center and about ten meters back, and waited.

First came the 'All-Star Band' at 19.30, very short performances by a number of people, including Veldhuis & Kemper and Boris. Marco came on at 20.30. There was a big silver satellite-dish-looking thing in the middle of the stage (the whole thing was done in silver, white, and purple) and as the music swelled, it slowly turned around, and Marco turned out to be inside it. Then he 'flew' out towards us (harness) and the show began! He started with 'Laat me gaan', and after that I lost track. I called Liselotte during 'Zonder jou' and 'Afscheid nemen bestaat niet' and let her hear bits of them. (Everybody was doing that; Linde and Alette were calling their little sister at, like, every other song to let her hear bits, because she had so badly wanted to come.) Lotte SMSed back with, "Sounds good!" The two best songs were 'Je hoeft niet naar huis vannacht' (where L and A and I were jumping up and down and screaming with our arms around each other... that number is just so much better live!) and 'Afscheid nemen bestaat niet' (where M and I stood the whole time with our arms around each other, thinking 'If only that were true...')

Oh, and we're on the DVD! I guess they're doing it in pieces this time, a bit from every night, instead of just taping one night... Marco got on the mic a little less than halfway through and said that he loved hearing us sing along with him, but that he wanted to hear us sing by ourselves. So we all sang 'De bestemming' (with our swaying lights, of course), and he said afterwards that that would be on the DVD. So: COOL! I don't know when that's coming out, but I might actually be able to find myself... just look for two people in lime green shirts (me and Linde) right next to each other.

Anyway, I took my digital camera along (stuffed it in my pants while we went through security) but it was hard to get very good pictures of what was happening on the stage; there were too many people in front of me and we were a bit too far back. Martin had better luck - he's taller and could aim the camera a bit better without having to hold it over his head - but by that time it was getting dark and the pictures weren't coming out at all anymore. The two best photos were one of me, Linde, and Alette in the tram, and one of Martin and me sitting on the ground waiting for the show to start.

If you are the author of one of the two e-mails sitting in my Inbox, I apologize that I can't read them. In twelve days, I will finally be away from this cursed Internet. If it's important, call or SMS.

I'm leaving for Paris in approximately 15 minutes, so you won't hear from me for a few days. How will you all survive? ;)

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