As of 6:30 tomorrow morning, I’m outta here. I’m off for a quick two-week trip to Việt Nam. Though Trang will come back with me, I will also have the chance to see my many other Vietnamese friends. I’m sure I’ll find the time for a post or two while I’m there. Once we’re back home, Trang has one week to get ready for the first day of classes. As I write this, I am IMing with her – she’s excited, as well she should be.
Remember my rant The Government is Doing Everything it Can for You? Of course you know by now that one of the topics of my rant is fixed – Trang is coming. Today, I found out that another has been fixed. My mother’s Medicaid has been approved. That means the wonderful people at Good Samaritan can get back at least some of the $27,000 they are owed. (That’s right - $27,000 – my last number was wrong.) Of course, I know Medicaid doesn’t pay anywhere close to the real costs, but at least Good Sam will get some.
The Mystery Guest Blogger and I watched the special on TV last night about Dr. Randy Pausch, the computer science professor at Carnegie-Mellon whose “Last Lecture” video on YouTube and his book have inspired millions. One of the (many) things he said affirmed a belief I have had most of my adult life. He told us to take risks. I couldn’t agree more. To me, the saddest person is the one who tries to lead a “safe” life. There is no such thing. Risk adds spice to living – gives it meaning. I’m not just talking about jumping out of airplanes (though I’ve done that) or riding motorcycles (done that too), but rather doing things you feel passionate about. In other words - - give a damn.
I’m packed and ready to go – one bag (under 50 pounds) plus my carry-on camera gear. See you on the other side of the Pacific.