16 February 2005

Interesting things about me

Filed under: Ponderings

I was talking to one of my oldest and best friends John (who is about the most accomplished person I’ve ever known in my life, by the way) the other night and he told me that something that he does is keep a list of cool things he’s done in his life. He said that he thinks that it’s a neat chronicle of his life and cheers him up when he’s feeling down.

So in the spirit of that I’ve been making a list over the last few days and have come up with my cool things list:

I was nearly kidnapped in Madrid as a child.
I climbed to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.
I met then Vice President George H.W. Bush.
I rode the secret subway between the White House and the Capitol.
I met astronaut Wally Schirra, the fifth American in space.
I am related to Francis Scott Key, author of the “Star Spangled Banner”.
I had an audience with Pope John Paul II.
I looked into an active volcano from the rim (Mt. Vesuvius in Italy).
I’ve been in all four time zones in the continental US in 24 hours, twice.
I made my first scuba dive at the age of 12.
I had a private tour of the Presidential Limousine from a US Secret Service Agent.
I watched England’s Queen Mother’s Diamond Jubilee from Australia House.
I swam in Dunns River Falls in Jamaica.
I night dove off the coast of San Diego.
I had my first passport at the age of 1 and have had one ever since.
I have been to 22 countries.
I met software mogul Bill Gates.
I am related to F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of “The Great Gatsby”.
I swam in a Norwegian Fjord.
I’ve attended two full military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, both were relatives.
I rode a gondola in Venice.
I saw an opera from the Presidential Box at Lincoln Center in New York City.
I’ve had my writing published.
I saw the Roswell UFO crash site.
I met Academy Award winner Kevin Costner.
I rode a train from Milan to Geneva through the Alps.
I climbed to the top of the Statue of Liberty up 354 stairs.
I’ve explored abandoned mine shafts in Death Valley.
I’ve driven from Stuttgart to Amsterdam on the Autobahn at 170 MPH.
I’ve seen five plays on Broadway.
I’ve been to more than 100 unique airports.

5 February 2005

Lisa Bright and Dark

Filed under: General

It’s funny the way your mind works. The human mind is the greatest cross-referencing database ever created. I have some long standing theories about that which I’ll save for another time, but I wanted to share a little example with you.

This morning I was sitting here at the desk, drinking my tea, watching the birds outside and just generally enjoying my Saturday when Here Comes the Rain Again by Eurythmics came on. Instantly, and I mean Instantly, I remembered a book that I read when I was in school, 8th grade or so I’d guess which puts it at well more than 20 years ago, called Lisa Bright and Dark.

The story is about a 16 year old girl that is slowly descending into madness and no one but her friends seem to notice. I don’t remember a lot more about it other than that and the fact I liked it, perhaps I should read it again, but I do remember that it made a real impact on me then. Apparently also I associated the afore mentioned Eurythmics song with it as well. I’ll check it out and let you know what I think.

The mind is a funny thing…