:: 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)

vrijdag 3 maart 2006

The patient is a three-year-old machine, presenting with symptoms consistent with imminent hard drive failure. Complaints include black screens, error codes, and persistent startup displays of the message 'SMART hard drive detects imminent drive failure.' Patient is still able to function normally during most daily activities; however, the downward spiral is unfortunately believed to be inevitable.

The patient's chart contains a DNR; no heroic or expensive measures are to be taken to prolong his life. However, it is hoped that the patient's current quality of life can be maintained for as long as possible, preferably until at least May, such as to delay the time that his faster, younger, smaller, and better-looking replacement must join the family. (The DNR order is not due to any true sadness or sentimentality on the part of the mother, but simply to allow the chosen adoptee to be as fast, young, small, and good-looking as possible.)

The patient has been able to muster enough strength to leave a memoir: his numerous gigabytes of memories and activities have been dutifully recorded by his big brother External Eighty-Gig. His successor will take on all the old memories, but will learn from his predecessor's mistakes and streamline his non-essential downloaded program repertoire to include only Firefox, iTunes, Photoshop, Limewire, Google Desktop, Skype, and dbPowerAMP.

The patient is still clinging to life, but while his keyboard is still active and responsive: adieu, O dear Compac Presario X1000. You have served me reasonably well for three long years, and on both sides of the ocean, too. Even if you were a bit overweight and slow on the uptake, and even if you lost my trust forever when you crashed with all my data in September 2003, you nonetheless taught me many important lessons. One should not download random unnecessary programs (no matter how cool they look), one should drain one's laptop battery regularly and not leave AC power on all the time, and one should not overload one's hard drive with downloaded movies when one can just buy the DVDs instead. I will always remember you as my introduction to computing portability. Farewell.

And now, on to bigger and better things.

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