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CrissCrossing america

47°52’01.52”N, 121°44’54.85”W Startup, Washington The ironic starting point of the first leg of my journey. Sure, I was disheartened that my bike was not waiting for me when I arrived in Seattle, Washington, in 2005. However, if not for this delay I might not have enjoyed how fitting it was to begin my northwest-to-southeast trip in Startup, Washington.

Have you ever ridden a Harley? I hadn’t, so this would be a new experience for me, one that many people might find risky or puzzling for someone who had spent his entire corporate life dressed in a suit and tie. But, yes, here I was, almost 60, buying a Harley—with the express purpose of exploring a country, which until 2005 was truly “foreign” to me. While I am an American citizen, as are my parents, I was born in Mexico City. Because of my father’s work, I spent most of my youth in South America. I attended schools in the United States starting at age 14 and began my business career living and working primarily in the Northeast, save for a seven-year stint in the Midwest and a few years abroad. It was not hard to see why, after all these years (almost a lifetime), I had an intense curiosity about the vast sections of America that I had never seen. 24 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

Profile for Julie Reiff

Fall 09 Taft Bulletin  

Quarterly magazine of the Taft School

Fall 09 Taft Bulletin  

Quarterly magazine of the Taft School

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