Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.
What is the most important thing that you ever learned? (I bet it’s not something you learned in school)
Actually the most important thing I learned was in school. During my master’s thesis defense I was asked “what did you learn”. I must say my answer completely threw them. I said “I’ve learned that no matter how much I learn that I really don’t know much of anything”.
During my research I kept finding more theories, more knowledge, to the point I was overwhelmed with how much I really didn’t know about my topic. For me to admit this was also a big deal. As a long time intellectual, and I hate to say, perhaps a little bit of a “know it all”, I finally realized there is more knowledge out there that I will never know, never understand. And yes, I’m ok with that now.
What feeds your enthusiasm for life?
Travel, road trippin, one wilderness adventure to another, connecting with God and this beautiful planet along the way.
What’s your most memorable (good or bad) airplane commercial or private flight?
I’ve had a few not so good.
My first flight was when I was 16, my class went to Spain. We spent 13 hours on a 707 – a very small plane, a lot of turbulence and the pressure in our ears was intolerable.
My last flight was when I was 27 (28 years ago) was to take me home for my mom’s funeral. I’m sure that painful memory isn’t why I never flew again, or perhaps it’s the underlying reason. I could hardly contain my tears through experience.
My worst flight as actually my second and proved to be a major learning experience. My first trip was international and therefore more regulated as how much to bring. No so much within the states. I was coming home for my first Christmas in my first year of college. And I brought just about everything, two very large suitcases, two big carry-ons and a purse. I needed everything, it was winter ya know. Getting home wasn’t too bad, I managed with all that baggage. But the return trip – YIKES!
First, we thought it would be better to charter a flight to Boston from the Cape. There was a storm coming and my dad didn’t want to get caught. There were mechanical issues and the flight was delayed.
Next, I did get to LaGuardia with little time to spare. Now visualize, a young girl running in dress clothes, high heals (cause that’s what we worn to fly in the 70s) and a heavy winter coat, lugging four pieces of baggage. I finally get to the next terminal to find that I missed my flight. I wait for several hours on standby with all the other snow bound travelers.
I did make it out but not on a direct flight, more terminals, more lugging that baggage, trying desperately to get back on track to my flight from Chicago to Indy. Finally, all is well I’m just going to make my next connection. That is until…yes anther snow storm. I make it to Chicago but our plane is 21st in line to land.
Yes, I missed my flight, again. I was on standby for about four hours, lugging all that baggage. I got a break and caught a flight to Indy. I arrived in the middle of the night, paid a fortune for a cab to the bus station. But this time I wasn’t carrying all that baggage…it was lost, traveling the atmosphere. I spend the night in a creepy bus station and make it home just in time for classes to start – but without clothes. They arrived a few days later.
What did I learn? If it doesn’t absolutely have to go it doesn’t. I look at the room I have to bring our things and I can see what stays and what goes. If I has to go I do find a way. Reduce, reduce, reduce, then simplify. Today I’m the best packer I know. Now, a two-week trip I pack one carry on and my computer bag. I can always find a washer/dryer.
If you were a great explorer, what would you explore?
Perhaps a better question is what wouldn’t I explore…I wouldn’t explore anything that required a plane to get there, or a spaceship. Although I might get on Star Trek’s Enterprise. I would love to explore foreign celestial bodies.
But while here on this planet I’d have to say waterfalls would be number one. I need a bumper sticker that say’s “I break for waterfalls” because I really do. Also, like Cee, I’m passionate about volcanoes but there aren’t many out here on the east coast.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
If you haven’t noticed I’ve not participated in much for a while. I’m very thankful to have had a friend visit a couple of weeks from up north but after I got sick and after more than a month I’m still recovering. I’m thankful for my friend but now I’m looking forward to feeling better.