More often than not I resist 'tags', I wonder sometimes if anyone really wants to know many of the things we find in tags. I have seen this particular one popping up on several blogs and have had such fun reading them I thought I'd go ahead and jump in on this one. Thanks to Arline for the tag.
What was I doing 10 years ago?
I was still on a high from my first vacation so far from home. I visited a good friend of mine in Liberec, Czech Republic where she was on a teaching job for a year.
I spent two of the most memorable weeks of my life on this trip. I stayed in her tiny flat and we traveled all over Liberec. We made our way (on a harrowing bus trip) to Prague and took a couple of train rides - one to Zittau, Germany for a day and one to Hungary for a several day stay. I'm not a big beer drinker for the most part, but I had some of the best beer ever in that part of the world. We walked a bridge over the Danube River which connected Buda to Pest (that is when I learned it was TWO areas not one).
In 'real' life I had just relocated from Newport Beach, CA to the San Francisco Bay area as I had taken a job in San Francisco. So I was settling into a new job as well.
What are 5 things on my to do list for today (need not be in order)?
Wii Fit (I am having SO much fun with this!)
Yard work (ain't gonna happen - it's over 90)
Snacks that I enjoy
Buttered popcorn (made the old fashioned way in an big old iron pot)
Cheese & crackers
Things that I would do if I were a billionaire
Buy a big plot of land and build houses for me and my family members
Make big contributions to programs that help Veterans of all ages
Go back to school
Quit my job
Travel by private jet
Places I have lived
Buena Park, CA (born and raised - moved when I was 16)
Long Beach, CA
In between these two cities I was essentially 'homeless' and collected my mail 'general delivery'. It was quite a character building time in my life.
Corona del Mar, CA
Costa Mesa, CA
Newport Beach, CA
Fort Wayne, IN
Jobs I have had
Payroll clerk for a micro computer company
Collections for an insurance company (started my 'career' in Insurance)
Commercial Service Rep
Business Systems Consultant
VOLUNTEER (my favorite 'jobs'!)
Tohatchi, NM (Navaho Reservation) Painting, framing windows, skirting trailer, dry walling
20 de Noviembre (Mayan Village in Yucatan Peninsula)Painting, Cleaning natural water source, building palapa hut for latrine
Alaska AIDS Vaccine RIDE - Fairbanks to Anchorage - crew member (set-up), support for 1300 bicycle riders raising money for an AIDS vaccine
Montana AIDS Vaccine RIDE - Missoula to Billings - crew member (clean-up), support for 2000 bicycle riders raising money for an AIDS vaccine
Lucky Fork, KY - 3 trips, 2 as a team member, 1 as the team leader - Building repair, mortar work, planting, cleaning
Peeps I want to know more about... anyone that visits here! I'll not name anyone specific so there's no pressure!
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman