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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 23 juni 2006

Quickly: I got to go kneeboarding today! The "official" premise of our trip was to show us lifeguards what we'd be doing when we guarded on the boat (as an extra precaution for the kids doing water sports), but we all knew going in that it was supposed to be just a fun afternoon and an excuse to get us out of the boring afternoon activities. Which it did, and boy, was it fun! Waterfront director Amie stayed onshore and finished a final few things, but my fellow lifeguards Mandy, Julie, and Barbara, plus the fishing-instructor-cum-lifeguard named Winfield and the water sports supervisor Denise, came along too. John (the boat driver) took us out for about three hours, and we all got a turn at the various pieces of water equipment. Denise, Barbara and Julie are Maine natives, and Julie actually went to school here at Kents Hill, so they were all awesome when their turns came (Julie waterskied, Barbara wakeboarded, and Denise did both). Mandy, Winfield, and I were the beginners, so we started with the easiest option: kneeboarding. Mandy got herself onto the board on her third try but then couldn't pull it off again, and so gave up; Winfield got up a couple of times but never hung on for longer than a few seconds; I got up easily all five times (it's a quick little bouncing maneuver, from the stomach to the knees) but didn't grasp the knack of how to scoot forward to the correct position (with my knees fully into the knee grooves) until the fourth attempt. It takes some balance! And the board material grips so well that you really have to almost walk on your knees, one at a time, until you're there; sliding isn't really possible. But once I was up, I was golden; I was able to hang on forever. The only times I fell off all day were when John got tired of dragging me around and did things like speeding up to the fastest gear and cutting sharp corners. ("Yeah, I was trying to dump you," he admitted.) Hopefully we'll get another afternoon like that sometime, because Mandy and I both want to try wakeboarding next time (which is basically like snowboarding, but on the water). Can't wait!

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