Jun 18, 2002

Forgive me my absence from the Chronicles this last week. Our travels to Cleveland kept me offline for days, and once we returned to Chicago, we needed a few days to get acclimated to this gigantic old home in Oak Park that we will be occupying for the next 5 weeks. Plus, I can’t remember the last night I had a full night’s sleep: blame it not on Anna but on World Cup football (soccer) action. Man, oh man, what excitement. Did you see the USA-Mexico game? The Germany-Ireland match? Or today’s South Korea-Italy masterpiece? I’m hoping Senegal goes all the way.

This past weekend, the John Carroll University Class of 1992 celebrated our 10-year reunion. I had a great time catching up with my classmates, and was happy to hear of their successes, growing families, travels and personal growth. Joe Cimperman asked over dinner one night what I’m most proud of in the last 10 years. I am very proud of my deep and everlasting relationship with Erin, and proud of our adorable creation, Anna. Without minimizing those accomplishments, I’m most proud of the fact that I circumnavigated the planet. Before, during and after our Peace Corps service, Erin and I traveled East to West, from Cleveland to San Francisco to Fiji to Vanuatu to New Zealand to Australia to Thailand to Europe to Chicago and back to Cleveland. Back in Idaho when I was a child reading Jules Vernes’ Around the World in Eighty Days, I vowed in passing to do the same. It took me two years, in planes, trains, bumpy taxi buses, outrigger canoes and my own two feet. And I’m ready to keep moving.

Anton Zuiker

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