It occurred to me that my life is half over and although I have done a lot of things during my life that most
people never get to experience, I haven't done everything I want to do yet.  So here goes - my own personal
1.   Drive the Pacific Coast Highway with someone I love.
2.   Spend a night in a historic hotel.
3.   Take the ICE.
4.   Cross a country entirely by bike.
5.   Learn another language.
6.   Go to Carnival in Venice, New Orleans, Cologne and Rio.
7.   Live like a local for a month in a foreign country.
8.   Volunteer abroad.
9.   Attend the Olympics.
10.  Go to Oktoberfest.
11.  Learn to sail.
12.  Learn to make a national dish. 
13.  Attend a music festival in another country.
14.  Go to burning man.
15.  Shake hands with someone who has changed history.
16.  Publish an article about my travels.
17.  Visit the grave of an icon.
18.  Visit St. Petersburg.
19.  Go to the top of the Eiffel tower. 
20.  ? 

That's how many I figure I need now in order to be able to work, do everything else I want to do, and still
manage to get 8 hours of sleep.  The problem is the internet.  It has this lure, this way of sucking me in. 
I'm just doing some research for work when a phrase catches my eye and I'm off.  Then 6 hours later I
come to and realize I have been all over the world, met new friends and learned something interesting 
but possibly still haven't found what I was originally looking for.  Come on, just an 8 extra hours. 
Well, one wrong keystroke and my website crashed.  Still don't know how I managed to do it.  But
I guess that's life.  When you least expect it, stuff happens. 

But as a good friend of mine likes to point out, I am a slow learner and, unfortunately, lately it seems
that way.  Nowadays it seems to take longer than average to master some skills.  Maybe it's age
creeping up on me, maybe it's the technology.  Who knows?  So this is my third attempt and hopefully
I will get it right this time.  They do say the third time's the charm. 

I'm still keeping my fingers crossed.