Kenya is safe right now except for poachers so I can't wait. It's work but being able to enjoy the environment will be so nice. Having a day off here and there to explore and learn will be enjoyable too.
- For the Love of Pigs
"Experience the incredible and inspiring rebirth of an African wilderness through the eyes of an Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman. American-born, African-raised Bob Poole embarks on an amazing adventure: spending two years living in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique"
I’ve achieved all the short term goals and am completing or on track to complete the medium and longer term goals. At the bottom of my list is the big one, where all the other goals lead. I wrote college: I will graduate from the United States Naval Academy.
Today I received my nomination. I know it’s in part due to accomplishments and sacrifices of my family, but I still had to slug through APs Calculus, Trig and Organic Chemistry. I had to do the community service, make the athletic accomplishments happen; I had to ace the interview. I haven’t been accepted… yet, but I’m in pretty good shape. I was able to get a lifeguard job this coming summer which will allow me to swim and exercise on breaks. It also looks better than working at a grocery store on my application. While my friends are down the shore this summer having a good time I’ll spend my time as a lifeguard and working on my biggest weakness with a writing skills tutor. If I’m accepted I would enter during the summer of 2017.
Next goal of course would be to graduate, then…. I want jets. I want to feel as free as any human can possibly feel. I want to fly off a carrier, crack the afterburners and charge the sky supersonic. I’ll miss the fun at the shore but can anything really be better than that?
- You can quote me
**Congratulations** on your nom!!!!!!!
You'll get there. I know you will. And a big huge boo to any counselor that says ANY goal is too ambitious (unless it's barred by the laws of physics).
Nothing clears out resentment, anger and frustration than intense concentration on an endeavor. You have learned that, and kudos to those that helped you.
Fly you high, Erin. Fly you high.
That's neat Bookfan. The Airforce is awesome and leads the way in many categories, not just flying. Additionally they usually have the best football team. Did you grow up in Colorado Springs?
She didn't want it but my grandparents struggled financially for a good part of their lives and around that time starting doing well. My grandfather surprised her with it and she accepted it because I don't think she wanted to hurt his feelings. Also and I'm not sure about this, not sure fur was so frowned upon yet?
My grandmother, despite her protesting, did secretly grow into liking it. She only wore it once a year to midnight mass at Christmas but I could tell wearing it that one time made her feel good.
OF course it's been passed down to me. I don't think I have to even write my feelings towards fur here. However, it was my grandmothers, was a gift with meaning form my Gramps, so I don't know what to do with it. I can't see myself ever wearing it but who knows? I can't see myself doing anything with it really, except after she died I was at her house and I wanted to sleep with something of hers. The mink was the first thing I saw, (it was waiting to be taken back to storage) so I curled up and slept with it. I've done that when thinking of her a few times. Would it be bad to just continue to use as a blanket until it just gets ripped up and then I've used it or something else?
- And got the T-shirt
If it were me, I wouldn't wear it out anywhere, because I wouldn't want to be seen as promoting real fur stoles, but do whatever you want in your own home.
Note: It seems to be hard to get rid of fur nowadays which is a good thing. When my grandmother died, she left 3 fur pieces - sheared lamb coat, a mink stole and one of those fur pieces that had the heads of the animals still attached to them. (I opened the closet one time and screamed as that thing came towards my head.) No one in the family wanted them and there were no takers. Wonder what happened to them.
It took me longer to get in shape than I thought it would, age creeping in, whispering, “this is the end gpig, no more running around the woods, mountains, fields and hills”
August 27 wheels up, I think, maybe.
But, I know nothing about what's really going on, so the above is all my emotional reaction.
Totally above and beyond my own wishes for your life, I wish you nothing but the very best, whether you go to Africa or not. I wish you peace. You've earned that.
Feel free to just dismiss the above. Sometimes I set my foot into other peoples' wheel house when I shouldn't. . .I just worry for you