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  1. 1. see Gael Garcia Bernal perform in Blood Wedding in London (and then go for a drink together afterwards)
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  2. 2. improve my Spanish
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  3. 3. visit argentina
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  4. 4. Visit New Zealand
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  5. 5. whiten my teeth
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  6. 6. find a handsome, intelligent, funny, sexy gay man to make life an adventure with
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  7. 7. visit the Northwest
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  8. 8. visit Vermont
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  9. 9. visit Maine
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  10. 10. know the coolest shit
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  11. 11. have an apartment in the city and a house in the woods
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  12. 12. walk away from society
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  13. 13. be a lounge lizard
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  14. 14. write a kickass screenplay
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  15. 15. be able to identify many stars and constellations
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  16. 16. see George Bush fired
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  17. 17. learn to raise bees and make honey
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    27 people
  18. 18. see groundbreaking architectural works
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  19. 19. make people feel happy
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  20. 20. be giddy in love until I die
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  21. 21. have a best friend who is a celebrity
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  22. 22. be legendary
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  23. 23. build muscle and lose love handles
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    15 people
  24. 24. laugh until it hurts every day
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    82 people
  25. 25. produce an opera about Gertrude Stein
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    1 person
  26. 26. learn to tango
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    1,155 people
  27. 27. visit Ireland, Scotland, England
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    9 people
  28. 28. see the northern lights
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    19,121 people
  29. 29. enjoy the moment
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  30. 30. complete home improvement projects
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  31. 31. quit smoking
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have a best friend who is a celebrity
yeah, maybe not

I decided the better thing to do is to treat all of my friends like the celebrities they are. I often catch myself romanticizing about Warhol and his buddies, or Dorothy Parker & Co. or Gertrude Stein, etc. thinking how cool it would have been to hang with them and be a part of their amazing ring of friends. Then I realized that back in their day they were certainly unaware of their celebrity status (and historical relevance) in the same way that my friends and I are. I just need to appreciate and enjoy this while we are living legends.

Learn to tango (read all 4 entries…)
Certified Beginner

Last week I wrapped up my beginners 10-class course. First of all tango is HARD! I would actually dread going because sometimes it was very frustrating. I have to say though, after each class my energy level was always at a complete HIGH – and I was so happy I went. Forcing your brain and body to synergize is extremely important. It helps to build and strengthen neuropathways – which keeps things fresh, and in my case produced a natural high. How cool.

The key to learning tango, I think, is repetition – building and solidifying one’s repertoire of steps so that it becomes second nature and you can concentrate on the music and movement rather than thinking “ok, to do this step I have to do this…” – much like painting is for an abstract expressionist – or music for a jazz musician. There are similarities among them all.

So I will continue with it. Not yet ready for “intermediate” as my instuctor kindly pointed out :) If you have an interest, definitely give it a try!

see Gael Garcia Bernal perform in Blood Wedding in London (and then go for a drink together afterwards) (read all 3 entries…)

The show is sold out – as I knew it would be. Realistically I could pull this off – but not without lots of frantic arrangements and lots of cash. Sorry Gael, we’ll have to have that drink another time ;(

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