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Crossing the Rubicon

Julius Caesar, upon crossing the Rubicon River on January 10, 49 BC into northern Italy in defiance of the Roman senate mandate, passed the point of no return, for in crossing the river he had essentially started a war.  He is quoted as having said, “alea iacta est,” which is to say: “the die is cast.”

For those of you who aren’t keeping up with me elsewhere, I am now engaged to marry a wonderful woman named Julisa.  We didn’t consider the Rubicon at the time, but it is interesting to note that we will be married on January 10th.  I’ve thought about this engagement thing for a while, and I find that this is thusfar the most challenging and rewarding thing I’ve ever done.  It is at the same time thrilling and terrifying, yet not in the same way as a rollercoaster, but rather like whitewater rafting- sudden thrills around the bend, but at times one may get tossed overboard, only to be rescued and heading straight back for more.  For both of us, getting engaged is crossing that river.  We both have lived a lot of life as single adults and find the coming changes exciting and scary at the same time.  We have both had roommates and lived alone.  We are resolved.  The die is cast.  There is no turning back from here.  I for one am excited for the future.

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