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Notable bits from the journey thus far

I've been a part of a parade in communist Russia;

Spent three nights and four days deep within a cave;

Hand fed a black bear;

Been a Canadian national rowing champion three years in a row;

Tripped David Bowie;

Had yellow fever;

Moved 3250 miles to a city I’d never been to (Portland in 2000) with no job -
have now lived here 17 years longer than I’ve lived anywhere else;

Completed the London marathon - albeit not quickly;

Lost a sister to Reye’s syndrome;

Guided Michael Eisner, Barry Diller; Diane Sawyer; Candice Bergen; Tina Brown and others through the Dordogne Valley, France on bicycles;

Been ‘pursued’ by over 30 baboons interested in a banana - terrifying;

Not lived at home since I was 13 years old;

Ridden my bicycle 500 miles from Fairbanks to Anchorage over the course of five days;

Made it 48 years without a cavity;

Been fountain hopping in Rome;

Gone 28 days without a shower - though I don’t make a habit of it;

Watched a lion kill an impala;

Paddled a sea kayak from Everglades City to Key West;

Pulled an all nighter to knit a sweater I never ended up wearing;

Summited Mt. Elbert - the tallest 14er in Colorado;

Waded and hiked through an alligator infested swamp in the Florida Everglades;

Spent 75 days in an 18’ trailer, covering 11,056 miles, through two countries, six provinces, and 21 states with a three and five year old;

Been ‘blessed’ by an elephant in the streets of Jodhpur, India;

Slept under the stars in the Thar desert 40 km from the Pakistan border;

Ridden a camel in and out of said desert;

Bought a 1400lb, motorized 8" x 12" Chandler & Price Letterpress and had it moved down stairs, into my basement, without having a clue how to operate it;

Taken up oil painting at the age of 42 and it's become a significant source of my income;

Been Vice President of a Board of Directors for Portland Backpack - an organization that aims to minimize food insecurity;

Spent three days driving 2725 miles with two kittens and two teenagers as passengers;

Completed a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation course with no prior meditation practice;

Painted 100 human portraits in oil paint over the course of five months.

 

When I’m in, I’m all in.

I’m up for the challenge and I rise to the occasion.

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