:: 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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(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)

zondag 30 april 2006

Well, I've decided which laptop I want. The Apple 12" MacBook.

Unfortunately, it doesn't exist. (Yet.)

I think I've already mentioned that Apple is in the process of overhauling their laptop line(s) and putting in Intel chips. The MacBook Pro is their latest thing, with Intel Core Duo processors; 15" and 17" models are already out. I've played with them in the Apple store, and they're very nice, but too big for my needs/tastes. But ... the old 15" Powerbook was replaced by the new 15" MacBook Pro; therefore, the only Powerbook left on the Apple site now is the old 12". That suggests to me that there may be - no, that there probably is - a replacement in the works for the 12", too.

Personally, I love the current Powerbook design - the way the keyboard runs right up to the edges, thus making the footprint as small as possible, and the way the speakers are hidden in the hinge. I also love the new innovations that are coming with the MacBook Pros, like the magnetic power adapter (so it won't pull your computer off the table if someone trips over your power cord). But the reason I'm still not so thrilled about the rumors that are flying about the newest, smaller replacement (to arrive within the next month) is that it's probably going to be a 13" widescreen MacBook (not Pro). It's not that I don't like widescreen, but I'm not a fanatic for it the way some people (*cough*Dad*cough*) are, and adding a widescreen would be the end of the tiny footprint and right-up-to-the-edges keyboard I like so much. Not to mention, it will probably add to the weight.

Anyway, reports conflict as to whether or not this model will be replacing the 14" iBook, the 12" Powerbook, or, indeed, both. My one glimmer of hope, however, is coming from the fact that the release of any potential 12" models would probably coincide with the back-to-school window, and since we'll probably be seeing the 13" widescreen model in May, I suppose Apple has all the time in the world to figure out a smaller version before September.

Bottom line? Personally, I want a tiny 12" aluminum (not plastic) Apple laptop which weighs 4 pounds and has Intel Core Duo. Apple can stick whichever name they like on it - the iBook, Powerbook, MacBook, WhateverBook - but my wants and needs are really that simple.

Some people are going to wonder why I changed my mind about Apple versus PC. I don't really have an answer for you. Several things sort of coincided and snowballed. I was never completely closed to the idea of a Mac in the first place, because (like the rest of the world) I have an iPod and love it... but then there was the fact that I couldn't find any current PC laptops that I liked enough to buy. And then there were all the cool little features I read about on the Apple website, like the magnetic power adapter and built-in camera and remote control, that I thought were so smart. And the e-mails and opinions I got from various people, telling me how much more stable the Mac OS was. And the fact that the Intel-chip-equipped laptops will be able to run Windows, should I decide I want to. Then, the fact that my sister and I went into the Apple store here in Jacksonville, and I (a) fell in love with and (b) physically picked up the 12" Powerbook display model, and discovered that 4.6 pounds really isn't as heavy as I was imagining it to be. And then, of course, we played with every computer in the store... and what can I say? They're gorgeous. And everything is laid out in a practical, user-friendly way. I had no trouble figuring out any of the applications or settings, even though I've never used a Mac in my life. (Well, okay, yes I have, but the last one I'd used was from the mid-90s and hardly even qualified as a functioning computer anymore.)

...Anyway, I liked them. And now I want one. But it seems I'll have to sit and twiddle my thumbs for a few months while the Apple gurus (hopefully) work their magic on a 12" MacBook.

(Oh, and fijne Koninginnedag to all the Dutch readers... ;))

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