Timeline

γνῶθι σεαυτόν.

Note: this page is a work-in-progress.

I was conceived in December of 1986, and born in late summer of 1987. My estimated year of death, according to the Social Security Administration, is 2069. If that estimate is correct, as of 2017, I have 52 years left. I could die some years later, as well as within the next hour.1

I live in a universe approximately 13,800,000,000 years old, on a planet formed 4,500,000,000 years ago, on which life emerged at least 3,500,000,000 years ago. My parents come from countries that were nominally at war not long before their births. Without the combustion engine, their meeting might not have been possible. I was raised in the country that nearly bombed my grandmother. Somehow in all this I have been accorded a slice of time, as a sliver of matter with an instance of consciousness. I have a rough recollection of years past, and of moments that have left an impression on my mind. For the future there are only dreams and guesses.

Some may find this unmagnified perspective somber. I don't believe that has to be the case. These are the facts of life, the context of experience, the boundaries of the playing field. There is no getting around the basic conditions, and ignoring them sets the stage for false assumptions. Reading Ecclesiastes and Ozymandias as a teen, seeing a mandala assembled and swept away, taught me to look past wealth and power. Reflecting on the circumstances of life has been clarifying and edifying, a source of drive, curiosity, and wonder. I see it not only as a means to something, but as the reward itself. A gift that is always there.

I see my own self as a mystery, a four-dimensional puzzle – and as something I am bound to lose. To be honest, I have never felt very attached to my identity; it has never meant much to me. Still, I'm willing to concede that I live in the world, and that others might want to know whom they're dealing with. And these slices of time, gathered in one place, are useful for me, too. They are the pieces of this puzzle, fragments of the mystery. I don't know how it all fits together.

Do not be deceived by what follows. It does not capture the many periods of doubt, frustration, and embarrassment, the many mistakes I have made, moments I failed my own conscience and values. Behind the experiences and the travels there are carbon emissions and other environmental impacts; behind the accomplishments there is the support, patience, and guidance of others. At this point in my life, I feel like I have taken more from the world than given back. That is something I hope to change in the years ahead.

dwrz|朱为文 [2017-10-04 Wed 22:36]

2017

201710

Begin studies (full-stack web-development) at Hack Reactor.

201708

Receive my honorably discharge from the Marine Corps.

201706

California for MF&SC's wedding.

201704

Climate March in Washington D.C.

201701

Travel to China.

2016

201612

Attend meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico.

201611

Travels in Italy.

201609

Washington DC for work.

201605

Travels in Italy.

201603

Nina joins the family.

201601

New Year's Day Ride with CRCA. Hong Kong and Beijing for work. Ascend the Peak and Tai Mo Shan by bicycle.

2015

201512

Attend meeting of UN SG HLAG on Sustainable Transport in Paris, and COP21. Brief descent into the Paris Catacombs. Leo dies.

201509

Richmond, Virginia for the Road Cycling World Championships.

201507

Hike and camp on the Appalachian Trail.

201506

In Italy for work and travel.

201503

Admitted to the New York Bar.

2014

201410

Start volunteer feeding of stray cats on Roosevelt Island.

201408

Sit for the New York Bar Exam.

201405

Graduate from St. John's Law School. First 200K brevet.

2013

201308

Begin 3L year at St. John's Law School.

201306

Released to the Individual Ready Reserve.

201305

Travels and cycling in Italy.

201303

First bike camping trip.

2012

201212

Travels in Italy.

201210

Begin cycling regularly.

201208

Begin 2L year at St. John's Law School.

201207

Annual Training in 29 Palms, California.

201205

Travels in Italy.

2011

201112

Travels in Italy, Paris; New Year's Eve in the Paris Catacombs.

201108

Travels in China.

Begin attending St. John's Law School.

201107

Become a US Citizen.

Annual Training at Fort Drum, New York.

Complete Scout-Sniper Indoc.

201105

Hudson River Swim.

201103

First 5K race as an adult.

2010

201012

Travels in Italy.

201007

Travels in Italy.

201005

Moona joins the family.

201004

Graduate from School of Infantry. Transferred to the Marine Corps Reserve, join Weapons Company, 2/25. Travels in Italy, Paris, Catacombs.

201002

Begin School of Infantry.

201001

Depart Parris Island; transfer to the School of Infantry, Camp Geiger, North Carolina.

2009

200911

Graduate Recruit Training on Parris Island.

Return to Parris Island for Basic Marine Platoon.

First smartphone.

200908

Begin Recruit Training on Parris Island, South Carolina.

200907

Leo joins the family.

200906

China, Hainan.

200905

Graduate from Wesleyan University.

200902

Hike across frozen Lake Winnipesaukee.

2008

200809

First and only car, first bicycle as an adult.

200808

Beijing Olympics.

Senior year at Wesleyan.

200806

Hiking in the Alps, the Costiera Amalfitana.

200803

New York City.

200801

Stockholm.

2007

200711

Paris.

200710

Oktoberfest in Munich.

200708

Study-abroad at University of Bologna.

200706

Travels in China; tour of the Yangtze River.

2006

201612

Travel China for 2 weeks. Shanghai, Guilin, Yangshuo, Xi'an, and Huangshan.

200608

Begin sophomore year at Wesleyan University.

200607

First solo descent in the Paris Catacombs.

Traveling in Europe: Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy.

200606

Spent in Paris, studying French. First descent into the Paris Catacombs.

200603

Brussels and Italy.

2005

200512

Visit Italy.

200508

Begin attendance at Wesleyan University.

200507

Travels in China.

200503

Travel to Paris, Scotland.

2004

200408

Visit Miami. Begin reading Nietzsche's books. 12th grade at Horace Mann.

200406

Travels in Italy.

200403

Travel to Italy, Paris.

2003

200312

Travels in Italy.

200308

Travels in China.

11th grade at Horace Mann.

200303

Travels in Italy.

2002

200208

10th grade at Horace Mann.

200207

Travel to Alaska. First digital camera.

2001

200108

9th grade at Horace Mann.

2000

200008

8th grade at the Horace Mann School.

1999

199908

7th grade at La Scuola.

1998

199808

6th grade at La Scuola.

1997

199708

Attend La Scuola d'Italia – Guglielmo Marconi for 5th grade.

1996

199608

4th grade at UNIS.

1995

199508

3rd grade at UNIS.

1994

199408

2nd grade at the United Nations International School (UNIS).

199406

Move to New York City.

1993

199308

1st grade, on Montesanto, then transferred to Bagnoli.

1992

199208

Catholic kindergarten on Via Montesanto.

1991

1990

First trip to Paris, by train.

1989

First memories.

1988

1987

198708

Born in Naples, Italy.

1986

198612

Conception.

Footnotes:

Author: David Wen Riccardi-Zhu

Created: 2017-10-16 Mon 01:42

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