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THE END IS NEAR, WHAT SHOULD I DO FIRST?

There has been a big countdown going on in recent past and it’s finally coming to fruition.  I’m not talking about:

Baby New Year 2013!
Thanks rochelle, just rochelle for the photo!

Nor am I pushing the 12/21/12 end of the Mayan Calendar

Beautiful and mystical Mayan Calendar
Thanks insert screen name here for the photo

I’m realizing just how unprepared I am for a zombie apocalypse and am now slightly concerned about my goal to have a plan for when it occurs.

Hopefully I won’t lose my head and will stay calm!
Thanks Visceral e Insolúvel for the graphic!

The end of my first semester as a graduate student is going to be over in 1 week!

Sound the reveille!

I’m trying to get it all done and wrapped up but at the same time am SUPER excited to have a bit more free time for the time being until next semester!

I already know where my journey will begin…

I’ll be wandering first through District 12!

Help me decide where to wander next!  I have 4 weeks to pack in as much living and relaxing as possible!  WTF? When’s the Finish? Next Tuesday officially, next Thursday after our one dangling live web session.

Reflection of the end
Thanks tind for the photo.

I’ll definitely refer to my 101 in 1001 and Naturally, Kids lists for fun adventures, but tell me what you recommend.  What great thing have you done since September that you just know I ought to try?!

I’ll tell you one thing, I look forward to wandering some with you and catching up a bit!

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SO SAD SEAU

I remember walking home from an evening class. My path brought me past the gym that only the elite USC athletes used and I remember falling in step behind this huge figure with curly brown hair.  As he turned a corner to head to his destination I instantly identified him and thought, “WOW, I was just walking behind Junior Seau!”  He was only one year ahead of me but already his presence and reputation on the playing field made him a legend in my mind.

Returning to our shared hometown after college, his presence on the San Diego Chargers inspired my transition from Bandwagon Fan to True Fan!  We ate at his restaurant Seau’s admiring the memorabilia, proud to have a Trojan family member in San Diego.  We vowed to next time order Mama Seau’s Samoan slow-roasted dish that it was rumored she traditionally fed the team before games.  We haven’t been back though since I don’t live there now.

I loved how much he contributed to the town bringing such a positive spin on a professional football career and showing the good that one can do with celebrity.  His warm image helped re-shine the walls and trophies of Heritage Hall after OJ’s outburst had temporarily tarnished it.  Even friends of mine who weren’t Trojans spoke excitedly when they’d see Seau or his family out and the words “He was so warm and friendly!” always described the encounter. I lost track of him for a when he retired then resurfaced on a pro team elsewhere.

I’m saddened to learn of his death today as a Trojan, a San Diegan, and as someone the same age feeling like life just started revving up.  We don’t know for sure yet how or why it happened, but if it was self-inflicted I’m sad if he didn’t feel how much joy he brought others. I hope the fans’ love for him heals his family.

After the frenzy dies down, I will take my kids down to Seau’s and admire the jerseys again and order Mama Seau’s dish.  I am positive that his lifetime achievements and continued contributions of his Foundation will outshine any negativity surrounding his death.  Fight On!