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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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(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 23 september 2004

My National Merit check came yesterday - yay, now I can pay my rent! (The other $2000 can come any time now, university officials... and so can my $77 textbook refund... it's only almost OCTOBER... any time now...)

I had my first linguistics exam this morning and it went, dare I say it, amazingly well. I knew how to do everything on it. I'm sure there'll be a few minor points off here and there - that professor is a perfectionist - but I'm expecting an A. Knock on wood.

I had to go to that stupid CPR class at work last night - there were only four of us there, though, and so it went relatively quickly. And the good part of it was that I got to meet some of the workers who are actually my age - N, M, and B. N works in the office and I always thought she was kind of mean, but now that I've gotten to know her, she's really all right. And I almost never see the other two because we all work in different classrooms, but B is short and red-haired and works with the two-year-olds while M is tall, thin, and blond - I never did hear which room she worked in. Anyway, it was nice getting to know them, and we'd all had the class a thousand times before so it went really fast.

And I discovered that everyone who works there hates our director, S, with a passion, which is reassuring, because I already had a bad vibe from her in the first thirty seconds. I was hired via e-mail by the owner - whom I still have not met - and I liked her a lot, but the director is something else again. C, who works in the infant room with me, had her house broken into (by her ex, as it turned out) and as she was flying out the door that afternoon, told S that she might be late coming in the next day because she couldn't leave her house if the lock wasn't repaired. S didn't bat an eye, just said, "Well, I'm sorry, but I don't have anybody to take your place - you have to come in!" C stared at her and just said, "That is my home, S!" And a similar thing happened when some of the workers were signing a 21st-birthday card for someone. S signed it, saying 'be good' among other things; then other people took their turns. Another co-worker said something like, "Forget S, just go party hard!" S ended up reading the card again - no one quite knows why; some of the more paranoid people insist she's spying on us - and she wrote, on the girl's birthday card, next to the 'offending' message from her friend: "Forget your job!" Now that I think about it, she probably meant "forget your JOB and go party" as opposed to forgetting HER, but the others didn't take it that way and they couldn't believe she'd written something like that on a birthday card. Neither could I, actually; anyone else would have known it was a joke.

As long as I'm griping, there's a double birthday party tonight in the courtyard for M, the new Dutch teacher, and S, my roommate P's best friend. And in my freezer are jammed six - count 'em, SIX - enormous bottles of vodka. Not counting the half-empty one on top of the fridge. I can't imagine the party possibly getting that big...

Anyway, I've got to go write something for TESL homework, so I'll be on my merry way now...

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