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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)

dinsdag 15 maart 2005

Recovered from my laughing fit, I'm now ready to share this with all of you. In trying to finish up my Language and Dialect paper, I found a couple of really good articles at Wikipedia.org. Wikipedia has tons of links in each article, and while I was browsing Old English, I came across the Norman conquest in 1066. Clicking on it, I spotted William the Conqueror's name. I clicked, and had an immediate Stanton flashback to my ninth grade world history teacher, 'Boss' Howard, whom we constantly made fun of for wearing pink button-down shirts. I have exactly two memories from that class. The first is him telling us that Napoleon was so short that his bed was square rather than rectangle, and the second had to do with William the Conqueror. According to the Boss's anecdote, William was hugely fat and had gotten jammed in the stomach by his saddle horn during a battle, causing some pretty massive internal bleeding and his subsequent death. When trying to place him in the coffin, however, he turned out to be too fat to fit. The pallbearers pushed and pushed on his stomach, trying to cram him in, when the corpse gave in to the tension and exploded, spraying blood and guts everywhere. None of us ever quite believed that far-fetched story - the Boss tended to go off on less-than-credible tangents - however, in scrolling to the end of the Wikipedia article, I read this:

"[William the Conqueror] died aged 60 ... from abdominal injuries received from his saddle pommel when he fell off a horse at the Siege of Mantes. ... In a most unregal postmortem, William's corpulent body would not fit in the stone sarcophagus, and, after some unsuccessful prodding by the assembled bishops, exploded, mephitizing the chapel and dispersing the mourners."

I can see Boss Howard now, in his pink shirt and glasses, doubled over in a snorting fit of hysterics. "William the Conqueror exploded!" We didn't believe him at the time, but he turned out to be right after all. Go figure.

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