My take on standardized tests? I despise standardized test for me and I feel like they're ridiculous. Because first of all, I personally get really anxious when I take tests. I'll get super worked up about it even though I know the material really well, I'll get really worked up about it, and I find that that makes me do worse on the tests, but I can't do anything about it because I'm going to get a bad grade, and then it's gonna bring my grade down because it's -- all tests usually are a good portion of my grade. So usually I'm doing amazing job on all the assignments because I understand the material, but then a test comes and I just don't do good. So I just, I don't -- I don't like them.
One of our team members found out that she gets into dentist chair in a goofy way. You can't say that without describing it. How does one get into a dentist chair in a goofy way? I can only imagine similar to how I used to get into the car as a child. Which is, would not put my leg in and then sit and put the other leg in. I would, basically crawl in with my knees crossed and then I'd have to uncross them underneath once I was in. And had to relearn how to get in a car once I was big enough that, that I didn't have enough space to uncross my legs. So, I would expect she crawls into the chair and then flips herself around.
Now this next one: the question is have I ever had a magical experience with nature. Yeah, so many. Almost just too many to share. I -- I can get emotional pretty quickly under the right set of circumstances in nature, and it's all sorts of different types of interactions with nature. I've become emotional by driving through nature, and I've certainly become emotional while in the midst of nature. The very first thing that came to my mind was my very first trip to the Rocky Mountains, and my introductions to the Rocky Mountains. I don't think I saw them until I was twenty-nine or thirty years old, was through Glacier National Park in Northern Montana, and I was very unfamiliar with Glacier, which is crazy to think about in hindsight.But I had heard of a road called the Going-to-the-Sun Road that was supposed to be this magnificent drive through the Rocky Mountains and so that was my -- that's what we did. We drove through the Going-to-the-Sun Road, our first time through, and I remember every single turn on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which literally hugs these mountains, and as you climb in elevation. Every single turn I could feel, like, my throat catch. Like I'd lose my breath, just -- the shocking views before me, like I would -- I think I always thought "take my breath away" was just a saying that was not meant to be literal, but that day I found out, like yeah, it can hundred percent be literal, because every single blind turn I took, I'll reveal something that was even more magnificent than what I saw a moment earlier.And I remember I was wearing aviator sunglasses, and my girlfriend was with me and I was kind of self-conscious or embarrassed that I was tearing up just like every couple of turns I could feel my eyes welling up just as I was overwhelmed with the beauty that lay before me, it was magnificent.
Are there any particular animals in my neighborhood recently? I live in a watershed, so we see a lot of different animals on a regular basis. We have a lot of rabbits, and a lot of mallard ducks, some Canadian geese. Every once awhile, we'll get a heron, which is always really cool. We had a bear that got relocated a couple of weeks ago, he had been terrorizing our bird feeders for the last six months. But we were recently made aware of two new denizens in the neighborhood and it's a beaver couple. They have been building dams in the culvert, in the creek across the street. Unfortunately, it's been causing some flooding. So, the Department of Public Works had to come through and unjam the dams and of course undo all of their hard work. But it's been so interesting to see them. I see them almost every morning. I'll take my son to daycare around 7:30 in the morning and then when I come home from dropping off my son, I see them in the yard eating dandelions or hanging out with the ducks—they have a really close bond with the ducks, apparently. So it's honestly, it's, it's become really a source of kind of a morning routine—a morning ritual—to say good morning to the beaver couple who are just out having breakfast. It's a cool way to start the day.