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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 6- MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 9. 2013 57 r henever a new school year begins, I take stock of my life. Like a new notebook or shoes purchased to begin school, it is a time for a new feeling of hope, change and accomplishment. In retirement we have an opportunity to break out of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves a bit. The most challenging thing I did recently was travel alone to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, an island off the coast of Spain where my daughter and her partner live. I was a bundle of anxiety for about three months prior to the trip just thinking about changing planes in Madrid with no Rayquest to interpret the signs or help me navigate the luggage. Twenty hours later I saw my Lena waving to me in a crowded terminal, and I began to relax my neck and shoulders for the first time in months. Her sweet face made it all worth it. Then I drove a rental car with a stick shift out of the parking garage and I.began to doubt myself again. It had been about 15 years since I drove a stick, and I had had about four hours of sleep in the past 24 hours. I could do it, I vowed. I was OK until we got to her neighborhood and there was no street parking and she s id to pull into the garage. There was a straight incline up with hairpin turns and I panicked, stalled the car and tried again. My knees were knocking together and smoke was billowing out of the exhaust as I tried to give the car gas, turn the wheel and see my way upthe spiral corridor in the dark garage. The tires squealed louder than my heart. A lady came running to my rescue and offered to park it for me. My daughter could speak Spanish well enough to explain our problema. Turns out the stranger owns the garage and it was obvious she needed to rescue me from the other cars. I was a tourista! In summary, I had a wonderful week with my girls. I conquered my fears and like Blanche DuBois, I could depend upon the kindness of strangers. Helen from Pinewater Farm wrote me a letter about stepping out of her comfort zone. Her new challenge is a new computer! "My old computer was a dinosaur, but I loved it. The new computer gal recommended I get a new, updated computer. It was promised to be easy to learn, people think you should change. As she explained, I wondered If a smartphone makes you feel if she thought of me as an old dumber, then who needs it? dinosaur." Helen says she still Sounds like you have embraced loves to write cursive. "I like a huge change with a new cam- holding the pen. I like attaching puter, and you should feel proud things with paper clips and that you made that leap. putting things into folders My typing is so poor that and filing in a cabinet, not a if the computer had not been virtual one. I don't even have invented I would not have a smart-phone, just a plain old become a writer! But I love to little cellphone which comes in journal too. handy when you lock your keys in the car or have a flat tire." 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