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    Howdy. This is Bob. The Bob of Bob Blog. This blog contains about five minutes of my thoughts each day. A record. A history. And occasionally worth reading.

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    Saturday, September 03, 2005  
    New Orleans
    There aren't too many life changing events that happen in a lifetime. I think the hurricane and flooding of New Orleans is going to be one of them for nearly everyone in the United States.

    Why not the tsunami last year? Too far away and remote.
    Why not the LA earthquake or the San Diego fires? Too small.
    One of the shuttle disasters? Memorable but not life changing

    Perhaps in five years, there won't be more than a few scars left to heal -- besides those for the people immediately involved.

    So what events are mine?
    * Parents deciding to move to Japan
    * meeting Blair Orfall
    * Going to Harvey Mudd College
    * Moving to San Diego and QUALCOMM
    * hiking across Oregon
    * Buying my first house
    * Leaving for Verant Interactive
    * Sophia Habl
    * New Orleans?

    By the look of the list, I doubt Katrina the hurricane will be in my top 10 when I'm 75 and looking back at my life. I also don't think you know what things will really change your life until they happen. So I'm too close to the event of purchasing a VW Bus and creating a Flash game portal to know if they will change my life yet.

    More options for life changing events?
    * learning to program in C
    * playing video games as a kid
    * choosing not to go to graduate school
    * Tender
    * giving up being a manager at Sony Online to work on Planetside
    * going to New Zealand
    * reading "The Second Self"
    * Rick Sperling
    * Bumble
    * Order of the Arrow
    * living in the Columbia River Gorge
    * Staying in San Diego instead of going to Paris

    That is a pretty good start on creating a list of things that are important to me.

    And now after thinking about the lists again, sometimes the big events are nearly inconsequential decisions that get made on the spur of the moment that alter everything. There is an incredible amount of things that go into making me who I've become. No worries though, plenty of time to pick a new path through life if I desire.

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