White Water Rafting

Anybody who has known me for a super long time probably knows the very first thing that was literally ever on my bucket list was to go whitewater rafting. My mother said she went with my father before I was in the picture and that she really enjoyed it. So I’ve wanted to go since I was young (maybe 8?) but my parents said I was too young as a lot will not take people younger than 12, when I became older, Mom made every excuse in the book not to take me.

She said going tubing in Helen, GA was the same thing. Um… no mom, it isn’t.

So for my entire adult life I kept an eye out for white water rafting. Most places around me didn’t do such a thing. When I was in a place that did, the spousal unit wouldn’t go and would not let me go. Then when I had very bad epilepsy, I wasn’t allowed to go. Then every time I actually looked like I was going to go, well it rained and things were cancelled because one doesn’t want o

So ended up never getting to go. Finally around the time of my birthday this year, I found a deal that Adventures Unlimited was offering. So I jumped on it. I didn’t realize it was 5 hours away. Hey if it says it’s a local deal I expect it to be within an hour or two!

Aug 7 2017 is when I booked for. I had to of course take off the entire day since it was far, I woke up at 4 am, was on the road by 4:30 am/5 am and went… of course it started to rain about 20 minutes from the destination. I was expecting them to cancel but it was rain or shine. Say what? Apparently lightning is rare up there. Well ok then.

It was nine of us. Me, a party of 2, and a party of 6. We were late leaving for our ride because one of the party of 6 was self entitled and thought it was ok to leave late from his place so he would arrive late. Luckily it wasn’t a huge problem, although it did tick off everyone who was not a part of the party of 6. We had to grab our life jackets, paddle, and helmets and went on two rafts.

I got the rookie leader (they have one person that has been around for a few years and team them up with someone who might be their first year being a leader) but I felt pretty safe. The rookie, Cole I think, had grown up in the area and knew the river well and he was about as small as I was which made me feel a little better about doing this. I know my size works against me more often than not. There were only three people in his raft and thank heavens the other two were somewhat experienced as I obviously was not. There weren’t a lot of people on the river for whatever reason, perhaps it was because it was a Monday and school was starting back in session in the area or not, who knows.

There were a ton of class 2-4 rapids which seemed about right for me. Obviously a 5 would have been bad for a newbie. I really liked the trip although it could have been longer and with more rapids. I really appreciate not being dumped in the water like they did with the other raft. That would have been much more dangerous for me than others. I can definitely be convinced to try that again.

What was the biggest rapid you’ve ever gone through?

Completed : 2017

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Catch a Fish With Your Bare Hands

I am not sure if this really counts as catching a fish with bare hands, but when I had my beloved turtles we would put feeder goldfish in the pond.  However, these crazy turtles would never eat them or would let a few of them grow until they were decent sized.  The nets like one would usually use to catch small fish sometimes did not work as well as would hope but one could literally pick the fish up and move them.  It was like shooting fish in a barrel.  I’ve been to lakes and ponds where I could do that as well so I’m not so sure this is a difficult thing to do.

Apparently one of my friends wants to take me “noodling” which is basically sticking your hands in murky water trying to catch catfish which is something I can’t eat because it is not kosher.

 

Have you ever been noodling?

Completed : I can’t remember

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Get Married Unusually

Of course everyone or at least most people assume they going to be married some day. Some might want an unusual wedding which is what the Thing to Do is supposed to be.

18 years today was my wedding. I should not say it was a wedding as we eloped.

No one really knew we were dating in my family except for my grandmother. My mother and father had threatened to have my fiance (at the time) arrested several months before.

When my grandmother distracted my mother by taking her to Georgia for a week, Partner and I got our marriage license and were married in the Ft Lauderdale Courthouse with my best friend and his best friend as witnesses. The whole thing took 5 minutes. We then hid our marriage for 3 years which I suppose is definitely unusual.

If I had it to do over again, I would have had a Jewish-style wedding even though neither of us were Jewish. Or a medieval wedding. Or some type of theme. We at least won for cheapest wedding ever… 88.50 for the marriage license and 20 for the notary to sign the form. Then we went to Disney World for a weekend where in the middle of the night the fire alarm went off, hell of a way to spend a wedding night.

If you could have a theme for your wedding what would it be?

Completed : 1999

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Goals for Third Quarter of 2017

So the practice has launched and some money has started to come in.

1) I am still keeping an eye on zip-lining.

2) I still have the bartending course to finish (at least I completed the auto mechanics course!), I think I am going to be called the hypnotic bartender.

3) Still working on the native flute

4) Start to learn reiki 2.

5) Be able to actually break even on the trips I have to make

6) Get to 100 subscribers on my practice’s youtube channel.

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Reiki 1

I really could not wait to study with my friend Art Kuhns of Breaking Day Hypnotherapy and Light Heart Reiki who happens also to be one of my main practice partners.  He had an interesting thought about whether or not a virtual attunement would be felt differently than a physical one.  Since we are both attending Hypnothoughts Live, even if the virtual attunement doesn’t take, I will get reattuned there anyway.

When I say I could not wait, that was the truth, I pretty much pestered Art into sending me the books which I read at a fairly fast pace.  The attunement itself just happened to have a lot of trance work in it which was very appreciated.

Would you ever try Reiki?

Completed : 2017

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I’m a fully certified hypnotherapist!

Back in December, I graduated from HMI having completed 300 clock hours of course work. I previously posted the courses I took.

The next step was getting certified, I opted to only use the best and most strict certification. If you know me, you know that is exactly what I would do. It also happened that it was connected to the school which helped of course. Still 200 hours is a LOT of hours and there were times that I did not think I was ever going to finish.

However if there is one thing that I’ve learned from my hypnotherapist, it is to be resourceful. Always be resourceful. You have internal resources and there are external resources. Find one of them or more.

So as I was on Facebook, this one VERY annoying advertisement kept stalking me. I mean every single time I was on Facebook these two people (one asking for a haircut) kept popping up. Finally I said to myself, “Fine, I give up! Maybe I can get an hour or two of my clinical hours done.”

That site was Simbi and that helped me get another 80 hours, either directly or indirectly. I joined Simbi in Feb, end of March I turned in my paperwork. In exchange for hypnotherapy, I ended up getting so much of the things for the director’s award completed and my private practice launched! It was great. And yes as of today, I was notified that I do in fact get my director’s award from my school. Not only that but since I have always wanted to try to make hypnotherapy affordable to everyone, I now (via Simbi) can help get it to people who cannot afford it and I don’t have to set up my own system. Simbi can handle it instead. All I have to do is say it’s X points off Simbi and hand a card to tell them how to get on.

If I had a use “alt currency” on my bucket list, I would have gotten that crossed off.

Have you ever used alt currency or run on a barter service? How did you do it? Wanna check Simbi out?




Completed : 2017

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50 Questions to set your mind free – Part 3

21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
I have already lived the life of a worried genius, I think I would much rather be the joyful simpleton.

22. Why are you, you?
Lots and lots of trauma in all likelihood which I have always tried to overcome.

23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
Loyal, kind, etc. Pretty much yes. I wish I had more people like me as friends to be honest.

24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
Losing touch with a friend who lives close to you, you will always remember the pain of no longer having them by your side even when they are not far from you.

25. What are you most grateful for?
Breathing and having had a lot of crazy experiences in my life.

26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
I experienced the latter, which was terrifying so I would suggest the former as I might be able to get through the trauma. I can relearn the things I need to know.

27. Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
No, you simply must challenge it in order to know what the truth is. Everyone gives you their own versions of the truth. You have to challenge it to see what is true. If it falls away, it is obviously not true.

28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?
Losing my brakes going down the mountain. Yes. It happened about a year ago.

29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
There have been a few times. The one 5 years ago was when GA-PCOM said stupid things about me being transsexual. That is the only one I can really remember from that long ago. It still shows that they are still discriminating. And they are. Of course it doesn’t matter to me because I got into a MUCH better medical school who also treated me like shit, but it still upsets me.

30. What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
Riding on my great grandfather’s lap in the mall in his wheelchair. He died when I was very young and I had a lot of positive memories even though most people think I should have been too young to remember him. He was a good man. Probably the best one in the family.

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Augusta film festival

And yet we did the Augusta Jewish Film Festival again for another year. This time I don’t think I saw as many movies as the first year, but I also don’t remember watching anything particularly good.  I am starting to think that some of these film festivals only seem to get the worst films.  Certainly I was not overly impressed.  I would do anything to have some decent films for once!

Would you ever willingly go back to a selection committee with questionable standards?

Completed : 2017

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Selection Committee

This is a different selection committee, but yet again a film based one. I served on Southern Circuit’s film committee although I will say I did not find it nearly as good as the selection of films we have at the Jewish film festival. The quality was not there and it almost seemed that for several of them that they were not even trying to make a decent movie. Unlike the AJFF, Southern Circuit assigned the movies to the reviewers and gave us a much shorter amount of time to do our reviews. I had 4 movies and a week to do them in. That is a little bit much. I only saw one that was worth anything and I didn’t even think that was the best movie in the world. I expect when I see a movie, that people know their audience and know what the heck they are doing and are not trying to be overly cute. I was definitely not impressed by what I saw.

These guys by the way give the best swag.

Did anyone else see any movies worth while?

Completed : 2017

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Goals for the second quarter of 2017

Ok I am now a certified hypnotherapist who is almost done with setting up his business so that is what took up so much of the time this quarter. I was not expecting to actually GET DONE! I also bought a flute!

1) I am still keeping an eye on zip-lining, I found several but I didn’t have the money to pay for them

2) I’m aiming to get certified as a bartender, which will hopefully let me learn how to make drinks.

3) Learning how to play the native flute, which I already have someone trying to teach me.

4) Get through reiki 1 as a friend of mine wants to experiment.

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