Would you volunteer to die on mars?

If you had the opportunity to travel to a planet 140 million miles away from earth and uninhabited by any other human or known animal life, would you take it? You will travel through space for 7-8 months in a small capsule before arriving on Mars. Once there, you will need to readjust to gravity and complete the setup of the life-sustaining units that you will now call home. The only catch is that this trip is a one-way ticket, once you leaveĀ on the Mars Transit Trajectory, there is no going back. You will have to say goodbye to all of your family and friends as the only video call from Mars will have a seven minute delay one way.

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Waking Up Two Inches Taller

 

2 Weeks Post-Op

2 Weeks Post-Op

I remember hearing voices but I couldn’t open my eyes. All I felt was numb and it felt like someone, my parents, were trying to wake me up in the middle of the night. But it wasn’t dark, in fact it was very bright, I could see the white flourescent light shining through my closed eyes. Somebody asked me if I was cold and I think I might have replied, “Yes” because within a few minutes a warm blanket was placed on top of me. That was the last thing I remember until everything began to move.

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What do chickens, backhoes, avocados, and pouring rain have in common? Hawaii Of Course!

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One of my favorite places to go as a kid, was to my grandparents’ retired farm on Maui, Hawaii located in a tiny, rural town about 30 minutes from the only airport on the island. Usually, my brother and I would get to spend a few weeks there with our parents, grandparents, and our close first cousins also from California. Spend just a few hours there and you feel like the rest of the world becomes nonexistent. You forget about your cell phone, your computer, and any other electronics or store-bought toys you might have brought along because there is simply too many things to do. (Also, there isn’t any cellular service and they just got- well “borrowed” WiFi from the next door neighbor a few months ago.)

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43 Years in the Making

 

Growing up as the oldest child with a dad who loves American football, I learned to throw a football in elementary school way before my younger brother. Come to think of it, I spent most of my childhood throwing things, baseballs, tennis balls, toys, and pretty much any other object of a decent weight and shape that was readily at hand. But throwing a football was definitely one of my favorites. Especially that amazing feeling of getting a perfect spiral with just the right amount of wobble on a deep pass followed by a great catch by the receiver and a touchdown. Speaking of touchdowns, one of my favorite and definitely the most memorable weekend activity my family and I used to do, was playing a game of 2 vs. 2 touch football at the local park. For the most part it started out as touch football but we are insanely competitive so it usually ended up as a game of tackle football and someone crying or bleeding and once, a broken wrist (street football – highly NOT recommended).

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