Monday, October 17, 2011

Fortune Favors the Bold

Fortune Favors The Bold

Or, if you told me what I’d be doing for the next few months, I’d doubt my sanity.

When I started the adventure, back in January - I was simply glad to be going somewhere warm, where not knowing where I was would be expected and normal.

The iPhone and the Garmin became friends and guides to many a small adventure and discovery as I learned Dallas just a bit

Re-Connecting with my dear friend Pam was a bonus beyond all measure. Dallas was hot and dry and a good antidote to my aches. I missed my son and daughter, my daughter-in-law and my grandson but seeing them grow and stand on their own two feet was some consolation. In addition, I got to spend a lot of time with my sister-in-law Amy, her husband and Packer fan, Mike and my niece and goddaughter Zoe and her little brother Anderson.

At this point, I must again thank Steve Jobs for making my science fiction dreams into a very tangible reality. I adore face-time on the iPad - now I can still see my family from time to time.

So, what did I do, really?

I read a lot, I walked and I tried a few new and interesting activities. I found myself the Easter Bunny at the Grapevine Mall - yep forty plus pounds of polyester fur and giant ears. If you’ve never worn a giant costume like that, you should think about trying it. The reactions from the tiny babies to the seasoned folks were priceless - and the teenagers! 99% were just for fun and only a few babies cried! I also got to ride the mall train - a lot.

At the same time I worked on getting in with a Funeral Home as an assistant, that was less successful but I have not given my profession a pass. I joined a few groups to stay in touch with the field, and low and behold, I was chosen to be interviewed about my profession. The result can be found here: More Magazine - Death and the Maidens

The heat was intense this summer, but it really only kept me in at the peak of it most days, but still 40+ days of 100+ heat. Yes, it’s a dry heat, but my freckles grew freckles!

Before I knew it, it was August. Time to pack up life in Dallas and get set for the big trip.

Not just Australia, but New Zealand too. Hey, if you are flying 12+ hours on the longest leg in the air, you might as well make the most of it.

But that adventure deserves a post or two all of its own.