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I´m a lifeguard; my boss is there, that particular day; I want to make a good impression. She´s on the diving board; something doesn´t look right with how she is inching to the end.  I´m in charge of the deep end, including the diving area, and part of the lanes for laps; really--we´re all watching out for each other, but this is my particular responsibility. I have my sunglasses on; I pause--I...

"There´s three equations", the teacher starts. I pull out my notebook; start writing down the equations. "It´s about knowing how to use them", he continues. It´s 2003 in Blacksburg. I´m in jet propulsion design class at Virginia Tech. The semester goes on and we keep getting harder questions; maybe, not harder, but new situations. He shows us how these equations can be used to solve different problems. I had been put on academic probation...

"Cool!", I tell him, "I´m going to go to bed." He´s my roommate at Genaru´s hotel. We go on little adventures in the day. He is studying at college. He´s preparing to give a speech in front of his class.  Earlier in the day, he had written out his speech and asked me to help him memorize it. I told him that´s not the way to do it--create an outline and...

What does the future hold? 10-13-10 I put the pencil down; writing helps me makes sense. We´re on the bus.  We arrive in Huarez soon. We have taken an overnight bus from Lima. Yesterday, we spent the day in the market looking for clothes for the higher elevations. We had paid a taxi driver to drive us to a shopping mall, then paid him to stay with us while we looked for supplies....

"Ireland", she replies, "we're on our gap year." This was the third day of hiking around the Alpamayo: the last day that the group would be together, before we left with Toby to finish the hike a day early. "Oh", I reply, "cool!" "Yeah", she replies, "we met playing field hockey. We're traveling before getting ready for Uni." We continue hiking, the group; we're supposed to arrive at Punto Union late afternoon. We look around,...

"No name", he replies. I pause. "Ok." This was day 2 on the Santa Cruz trail circumnavigating the base of the Alpamayo; at times, he lead the hike; other times, I did; the guide for the hike would run the group and would change from leading to the middle of the pack. She tells me that she had told the guide that it was my birthday; he shrugged. As she tells me this story, I...

This was our first appointment; anemia cured through food? I had been recommended to her by a doctor; he said that she was the one to go to about diet needs. He would send over the information; tell her what´s going on. I sigh. "Ok. I´ll write down everything that I eat for the next week." "Did you write down everything that you ate this past week?" "Yeah", I tell her as I pull the...

Continuing, she turns her head to me, "I think that everyone needs something." I reply, "I know what you mean." Maricela turns her head away and then back to me, "how come you don´t talk much about yourself?" I shrug, "I don´t know." We get up from the bench in Huarez, Peru, and start walking back to the bed and breakfast. I think of the trip we have ahead of us; an overnight bus trip to...

It´s 9pm in Tecate. I am between the border crossing and the OXXO at the bottom of the hill; on the right is my favorite taco stand--3 tacos de carne asada and an orange soda, please. I can barely see him in the darkness. He looks at me. "You shouldn´t be here. It´s dangerous." "Ok." I pause; keep going down the hill or turn back around? Later that night, getting into my car in the parking lot...

Everything can change, today, by starting on THAT.

You're going to get 24 hours today

How will you use it? Do something that matters today, yo!