Raft Guide School

A couple of months ago, some friends of mine chipped in to buy me one hell of an awesome birthday-Christmas-combo present: Tuition to the “Raft Guide School” instruction program U.S. National Whitewater Center. The tuition was a full week of whitewater rafting mayhem, which of course is right up my alley after my 2010 obsession. Unfortunately, I had to call and cancel due to scheduling conflicts.

But that’s just the beginning of the story.

Originally I had to cancel because the week of class was going to conflict with my work schedule. As fun as this would be, it would purely be for entertainment — I’m not going to quit my job at the bank and become a raft guide. Then I started considering the vacation issue: taking a full week of vacation would put a serious dent in my available time off for the year, and I’ve got a couple of out-of-state weddings to attend, a trip back to Florida in March for a friend’s birthday and in July for an actual BIRTH, and one week of vacation with Sal at the beginning of June.

I even considered doing the weekend school, which takes three consecutive weekends instead of one Monday-Friday week… But then I realized that, given the choice of weekend activities, I’d rather be out rafting and relaxing with my friends than in an intensive training program.

So yeah, I had just about given up on being able to fit Raft Guide School into my schedule… And then I happened to glance again at the available weeks of the class.

It turns out that week that Sal has vacation, which I’d already reserved on my calendar, is one of the available weeks of Raft Guide School.

My gears started turning… Sal had been interested in Raft Guide School also, and in fact would potentially even want to work as a professional raft guide after his season with Children’s Theatre is over. And we hadn’t made any plans for what specifically we would do with our week off of work together, just an understanding that we’d be spending it together.

So now, ladies and gentlemen, Sal and I are BOTH going to take Raft Guide School the week of Memorial Day. Consider yourself warned: rafting trips this summer are likely to be a whole hell of a lot crazier.

Special thanks to Sal, Adam, Danny, Brandon, Kevin P, Ashley, Chad, and Ian for their thoughtful gift. And EXTRA SPECIAL thanks to Suzi for twisting our arms into going last year for the first time, and for being the driving force behind the gift in the first place. I can’t wait to get out on the water (and shortly thereafter, in the water) with all of you!

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