Summer 2013                                                                The Blob,  Vol. 8, Issue 1, August 2013
Monday August 19th, 2013
Summer 2013

Visiting Canada was great this summer. I saw the tall ships in Hamilton, Graceland in Memphis, a Jays game, African Lion Safari, I biked the trails in Montreal and then I went to my sister's wedding. Canada is just such a beautiful country and I miss it more every summer that I leave! I was especially taken aback by Montreal this year. I didn't realize how far the bike trails went and how many parks there were in the city. The Rene Levesque park with the sculptures was especially fun.
It was also pretty cool to see Graceland. Hearing about his death on the news is one of my more vivid childhood memories so it was meaningful to make that connection.

  At the start of the summer I completed my application for the Mars One project, part of which was creating a video to answer a few questions. At the end of the summer I attended a meeting in Germany and I got to sit next to the CEO, Bas Lansdorp, which was so fun! I never realized how much of a dream it was for me to explore space. I knew it was there, but I just never thought that I would be able to do it so I've been surprised at my excitement about this possibility, even though a lot of things would need to happen for it to become a reality. It's also just super great to know that people are really trying to make a space colony happen! One step at a time. . . I've always thought that I would have enjoyed the pioneering days of exploring the world in ships and discovering new lands. Perhaps we are finally in the pioneering days of space exploration . . .
A lot of the people in the Mars One group are geeks/nerds like myself. People say that the geek/nerd has become cool these days, however, I'm still not convinced. One young lady working in a comic book store told me that a lot of women are into comics and that the Big Bang stereotype of only guys being in a comic book store is no longer true. I'm glad to hear that things are changing, but I think the change has only begun. We still need a lot of women in IT and engineering. I think they will lead the way to the next breakthroughs in those fields.
My bicycle in Madrid has been out of commission all summer because of a broken frame. I have the frame now but am waiting for a new tire. Hopefully it will come in the next couple of days so I can get riding again . . .
Here's to a great new school year 2013-2014. Cheers!