Too Cool for School

Asked by her work to mentor tech-aspired, disadvantaged high school students, LCP signed up.  She has two high school junior girls who she is guiding through the college application process.

Today, Saturday,  LCP took the girls on a tour of Stanford University. I don’t know if LCP mentioned to the girls she has a dream of earning her Masters there, but I do know she wanted to share her love of the campus with the girls, hoping to heighten their academic aspirations. LCP has become particularly close to one of the girls.

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After the campus tour, LCP texted me:

She is just so precious, so driven and works her butt off –

She helps her parents clean midnight – 5 AM and then goes in early for help in school.

Her dream is Stanford.

It’s my mission now to get her in there hahaha

she’s like I don’t party, I don’t go drinking because nothing good will come of it

and I’m like

the longer you stay uncool, the cooler you will be later.

Mentorship –

When we invest in others, we invest in ourselves –

And that’s

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“Too Cool for School!”

Wake up, finish well, and help someone along the way.

 

 

Dependent Relocation

Booked on a nonstop, round-trip flight, I travel to Mexico City to visit LCP, who’s working there on a 3-month job rotation. I approach airport security and see my ticket is marked, TSA Pre-Check. Effortlessly, I clear security – no need to wait in a long line, to unpack my laptop or to undress. Nice. Sitting at the gate, I notice my flight reservation lists the purpose of my trip: dependent relocation. Classic, I’m now a dependent of my child. Role reversal at its best. Thank you, Apple!

It’s a 3 hour flight from Phoenix to Mexico, DF.  I’m pretty much the only non-Hispanic onboard, except for the AA flight crew, and oddly, I feel at home.  Spanish is being spoken all around me, and I’m picking up intermittent words, gracias, por favor, buenos días, hola, porque…I get out my phone and open the app, iTranslate, practicing conversational Spanish during my flight.

I land in Mexico City. With a slight wait in baggage claim, a quick pass through customs, and a leisurely exit into the airport’s passenger greeting area, I see a sign with my name on it.  A guide, Geraldo, has been sent to transfer me to LCP’s hotel. Geraldo has a driver, so he sits next to me in the back of the van.  Geraldo speaks little English, and I speak little Spanish, so we communicate by handing our cell phones back and forth with our Google translators going full throttle. Incredibly, we were able to converse – thank you, Technology!

LCP meets me on the curb of her hotel and leads me upstairs to her temporary home.

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After a Corona Lights and chips & salsa welcoming snack, we take an Uber to the Roma neighborhood, Mexico City, and have a pre-dinner drink at the hip bar, Blanco Colima.

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– cheers-ing Apple for bringing us to Mexico City!

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Don Julio tequila & lime juice shots

We then go next door to Rosetta, a quaint restaurant tucked behind huge wooden doors on the first floor of a colonial townhouse. Known for its seasonal menu, Rosetta is the perfect place for us to begin our Mexico City experience! IMG_8945

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after dinner port
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Rosetta, the Roma neighborhood, Mexico City

Beautiful wine service, fresh, delicious food and a magical ambiance have us anxiously anticipating our week together, exploring this city, compliments of Apple, Inc., and have left me, a relocation dependent, speechless in both Spanish and English.

All I can say is,

role reversal rocks – rocas de revocación del papel

Feeling the Possibilities

“We chose these two, because, partly, they just felt right, they somehow,

not from a tactile point of view, but just emotionally,

this felt like a good, a good size…”

“This is the tip of the iceberg – because we’ve found that different textures

considerably impact your perception of the object, of the product –

what it’s like to hold, what it’s like to feel…”

“That possibility absolutely exists –

one of the things that characterizes the way that we work

is that our heads tend to be down on these tables, worrying about what we’re doing,

and our heads don’t tend to be up, looking around at what we’ve achieved –

and we’re more aware of the distance between us

and the perfection we are chasing”

Jony Ive,

Chief Design Officer, Apple, Inc.

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The possibilities are in our hands.

🎉Happy 2016!🎉