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#49: Dragon Boat Racing

I rode a dragon – and lived to tell about it. On Sunday, a motley crew of 20 employees came together to represent Medtronic the St. Paul Dragon Race competition.  Our team was named”Earl’s Dragons” after Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken. The ragtag group of paddlers included accomplished engineers, PhDs, inventors, computer wizards and some odds (me) […]

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#48: Knitting

Clearly I am a spoiled entitled brat born long after the industrial revolution.  I was never exposed to the reality of what it was like to rely on hand made goods. Every piece of clothing I wear, and nearly all the food I eat, has been shipped in from a foreign country that I probably […]

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#47: Kayaking

I have a very tumultuous relationship with boats. I live in Minnesota and I love being near, on and in lake a but I’m not particularly fond of human powered water vehicles. Paddle boats are pretty stupid, and canoes… well I’m irrationally afraid of them.  I don’t have the typical fears that it might tip […]

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#46: Princess for a Day

It seems like all American girls are hard-wired to adore princesses. There isn’t any scientific evidence to back this up, but I’m fairly certain that female babies are born with glitter in their hippocampus. Just visit a preschooler’s home. You’re likely to find a treasure-trove of princesses stuff; toys, movies, dress-up clothes, books. Toy stores […]

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#45: French Braiding

Bonjour Je m’appelle Megan. Comment allez-vous? I have just exhausted my French-speaking abilities.  Even though I took French class for five years, I can barely utter my name. Actually it was more than five years if you consider that I had to drop French 301 twice before finally squeaking by with a C in the last semester […]

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Update: Was my Psychic right?

I received some fairly general life advice from a seemingly intoxicated women giving walk-up future altering advice from a plastic covered sofa in her living room. I was skeptical at the time, but gave her the benefit of the doubt on some of her highly theatrical omens. Now that it’s been about 18 months, I […]

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#44: Flying a Kite

From K- 5th grade I was on the winning streak of a lifetime. I won BINGO every consecutive year at Fun Night (save one year when I was banned from Fun Night due to Streep Throat). If you’re not familiar with Fun Night, you are missing out. Each year our elementary shool hosted a carnival […]

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#43: Chopping Wood

Thank goodness it is 2013. Frankly, I don’t know how anyone survived before the industrial revolution.  It seems inconceivable to live in an era when you couldn’t take a daily shower, dive a car, wear pants or watch hours of DVR reruns of King of Queens.   I would be woefully useless if I was […]

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#42: Witnessing Social Change

I was born in the 1980’s. I didn’t live through the civil rights movement. I did not have to fight for my right to vote. I never lived through Civil War on my homeland. All of this was already accomplished by the time I joined the world. I was raised in a world where anyone, […]

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Update: The Mile

Since I tried my first one mile race during my Forty by Thirty year of adventures, I’ve run the TC one mile race two more times. All three were painful, but also rewarding. Despite my trash talking, David has beaten me every year; this year very handily by nearly a minute. My speed has suffered […]

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