ian finity




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  1. 1. learn to swim
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    3,446 people
  2. 2. graduate from graduate school
    1 entry
    35 people
  3. 3. learn photography
    1 entry
    2,916 people
  4. 4. visit new york city
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    934 people
  5. 5. Read Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century
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    577 people
  6. 6. see the northern lights
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    19,131 people
  7. 7. blog
    14,907 people
  8. 8. Visit Alaska
    836 people
  9. 9. Learn to drive a stick shift
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    745 people
  10. 10. go hang gliding
    470 people
  11. 11. see a NASA shuttle launch
    4 people
  12. 12. go to March Madness!
    4 people
  13. 13. Learn to tango
    1,155 people
  14. 14. Learn to moonwalk
    248 people
  15. 15. go to the winter x-games
    8 people
  16. 16. go to the Santa Monica Pier
    1 person
  17. 17. go bob-sledding
    13 people
  18. 18. learn a second language
    663 people
  19. 19. Tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue
    126 people

How I did it
How to learn the thriller dance
It took me
3 months
It made me


How to go zip-lining
It took me
1 month
It made me
Pee my pants.


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learn to swim (read all 2 entries…)
Swim Buddy

I randomly bumped into an old high school friend. As we were catching up, she was telling me about her impending rip to Tofino.

I asked her if she could surf, and she admitted she cannot swim to which I admitted the same.

We both agreed that we aren’t afraid of water… we’re afraid of drowning.

All jest aside, she asked if I wanted to take swimming lessons together, to share the struggle.

I think I just might. If she drowns, I can use her a flotation device. (just kidding).

I am so glad to now have a partner in crime… in the water.



see the northern lights
"Seeing the Northern Lights"

I currently reside in the northern most major city in North America. It’s gets cold in the winter. In return, you do get “to see” the Northern Lights (more so in the rural areas).

So, I’ve actually seen the Northern Lights.

However, there is a difference in being in the bleacher and actually playing in the game.

I want to see the Northern Lights where it was meant to be seen… the North.

So be it in the Northern Territories of Canada or Alaska, this is where I want to view the Northern Lights.

Tentatively, I’m considering Whitehorse. At earliest, I’ll aim for February 2011 – I’ll make a 3-day weekend out of it.



learn photography
Hidden Talents of Friends

My cousin was having her baby shower today, and I brought out my DLSR. I was expecting much – take a few picture, and post them on Facebook.

While I was shooting, my friend Gene asked me what type of camera I was using.

I started telling him about my intent to try photography, in the angst a newbie would.

Gene was more than empathetic to the cause. He’s lived it.

Unknowing to me, Gene does wedding and engagement photography.

He shared some really practical techniques about framing, aperture, and ISO – things that I read about, but he really made sense of them.

I still have a lot to learn, but having photography friends being able to share their wisdom, and demonstrate technique in invaluable.

Thank you Gene.



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