Posted in Bon Appetite, Drinks Galore, Requires Travel

Eat Alligator

In 2015 I decided I wanted to celebrate my October birthday in New Orleans. The other reason I chose to travel to that city was because I had been wanting to experience Halloween and visit a friend that had moved there. We made plans and set the dates at the beginning of the year. Another friend that lives in Dallas said she would come visit at the same time and we could hang out. This would be both of our first time in New Orleans and I was very excited.

We had so much fun exploring the area seeing all the landmark sites, as well as ate and drank throughout the town. One of the first places our friend took us to was a place called Oceana Restaurant in the Famous French Quarter district. Walking into the restaurant, looked like some fun décor. That is also when I realized the places there had courtyards. I had thought it was just patios on the side of places like they mostly have where I live. It was really pleasant to sit in the courtyard and relax. We order several sampler dishes and drinks. One of which was some alligator. Couldn’t come all that way and not try alligator.

I didn’t think to get a close up photo of the alligator. It’s the breaded dish that looks a little like nuggets. And it did taste like chicken nuggets, definitely not chicken, but similar. I’d eat them again.

We also enjoyed oysters, gumbo, crab cakes, and pasta. Very yummy and filling lunch.

Have you tried alligator?

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Posted in Requires Travel, Sporty Chance/Heart Stopping Adventures

Ride in a Dune Buggy

Every year I head out to a convention for my Active 20-30 International organization (philanthropy & service club). July 2017, I went a few days early and there were some pre-convention options. One was a chance to ride dune buggies. I was so excited to do that for the first time. We got on a bus and headed out to Florence, Oregon and ended up at Sandland Adventures. There we learned that we would be riding in giant dune buggies and get a tour of the sand dunes.

It was fun to be in a group and go along for a ride and look around. The driver would point out interesting spots and talk about the sand dunes and the water table.

It was also interesting to see a bunch of people sliding down a hill. Later learned that they were skiing on the sand. I’m used to skiing on snow but hadn’t thought it for a sand hill.

It would be fun to drive a dune buggy but for now I can say I’ve ridden in one and got to experience going over the sand.

 

 

Have you ridden in a dune buggy or driven one? California, Oregon, or another state/country?

Posted in Movie Madness, Super Duper Easy

Watch Spinal Tap

Spinal Tap Movie PosterOne might ask what is this movie about?

Let’s jump over to Wikipedia and do a search for a definition:

“This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock musical mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner about the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap. The film satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard rock and heavy metal musical bands, as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries of the time.”

Was able to get around to watching this movie and I don’t really see why it is considered a “cult” classic. I understand the standardizes that they were making fun of. The number of British bands coming over to America, the bad luck that followed some bands, in this movie it was the accidental deaths of their drummers, and last the ending with them getting a resurgence of their fame over in Japan. I was surprised that several big name stars had small appearances in the movie. Like Billy Crystal playing a waiter at a party dressed as a mine.

This is NOT going on my “let’s re-watch this movie lots of times” list.

Posted in Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

Invent an Identity

When I saw this item, I immediately thought of the TV episode of Friends when Pheobe and Joey talked about having fake names and identities. During the 2014 Oscar’s John Travolta made a HUGE slip up in introducing Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem”. The media and social sites had a field day with this. There was even a name generator to “Travoltified” people’s names. Couldn’t resist seeing what mine would be.

Hi! Nice to meet you. My name is Mackenzie Seempzon

It’d be fun to add more tidbits & facts to invent a person. For now, I think this is a great name to start with and can make a half check on this.

If you want to see what your Travolified name would be, click here

Posted in Generic Ones, Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries, Super Duper Easy

Become Familiar with Duende

What does Duende mean? According to the dictionary, it is “the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm.”

If you look up the word on Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s webpage, it  also includes this information: “Did You Know? The word duende refers to a spirit in Spanish, Portuguese, and Filipino folklore and literally means “ghost” or “goblin” in Spanish. It is believed to derive from the phrase “dueño de casa,” which means “owner of a house.” The term is traditionally used in flamenco music or other art forms to refer to the mystical or powerful force given off by a performer to draw in the audience. The Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca wrote in his essay “Teoria y Juego del Duende” (“Play and Theory of the Duende”) that duende “is a power and not a behavior . . . a struggle and not a concept.” Nowadays the term appears in a broader range of contexts to refer to one’s unspoken charm or allure.”

Let us see how “trusty” Wikipedia explains Duende. On that webpage it says it could be another name for an elf. Or can be mythological; an artistic expression in a dance; novels or poetry; German trance DJ’s; independent artist cooperative in Netherlands; or a Canadian song title.

I think I like the reference that it’s basically the Latin culture’s version of a leprechaun; believed to be a mischievous forest spirit.

Do you think we have now become familiar enough to be able to cross it off this list?

The TV show Glee mentions Duende in an episode with Ricky Martin guest appearing. Here is a scene that was fun to watch and made me want to jump up and join them.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: December 2012

155 Actually listen to Jehovah’s Witness
152 Attend a Unitarian Universalist service
178 Catch the bouquet
158 Do a backflip on a trampoline
151 Fast for three days (just bread and water)
157 Get your photo taken in Katmandu
173 Invent an Identity
174 Learn to say the alphabet backward
171 Make your own ice cream
162 Paint your bedroom red, black, or hot pink
169 Prepare a lobster dinner
166 Read Alice in Wonderland aloud
170 Read Dante’s Inferno
165 Read Invisible Man
167 Ride Space Mountain
180 Roll your own sushi
160 Run with the bulls in Pamplona
159 Sea-kayak
168 See a laser light show at a planetarium
154 See the Great Wall of China
177 Sit in a skybox at a sporting event
175 Spend some time in a Third World country
179 Spend some time in Appalachia
164 Spend some time with the Amish or the Mennoites
176 Surf
156 Swim with dolphins
161 Volunteer at a national park
172 Watch Spinal Tap
163 Watch the Cartoon Network for twenty-four hours
153 Win a Kewpie doll

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: November 2012

149 Attend a Catholic mass
129 Attend the Olympics
142 Bake a rhubarb pie from scratch
146 Catch fireflies
128 Create an unforgettable ad campaign
137 Cut a demo tape at a recording studio
133 Do Outward Bound
140 Fill a time capsule with magazines, CDs, photographs, letters, and t-shirts, then bury it
139 Go down the Snake River in a dory
130 Go paintballing
134 Haggle….and win
132 Hot-air balloon over a desert
135 Invent or patent something
125 Learn a new computer program
143 Learn to play an instrument
147 Learn to sail
121 Learn to sew
131 Leave someone a $100 tip
122 Make you own bread
150 Meditate with monks
127 Own a velvet Elvis
136 Press some flowers
124 Read, understand, and memorize three poems
145 Ride a bicycle built for two
141 Ride a boxcar for a couple of days
123 Shoot a crossbow
138 Skinny-dip
126 Swallow a goldfish
144 Venture cross-country on a Harley
148 Visit a synagogue

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: October 2012

109 Attend a Democratic or Republican convention
118 Be the captain of a ship, a spaceship, or a submarine
115 Bungee-jump off a bridge
107 Bust (perform for money) in a European country
104 Compete in the eco-challenge
112 Crochet or knit a sweater
101 Dry some flowers
100 Experience 1000 types of love
116 Finish a marathon (without throwing up)
119 Go on a scientific expedition
106 Go on a silent retreat
102 Have a tremendous, rollicking, soaking wet water pistol fight
117 Horseback-ride on a Costa Rican beach at dawn, clothing optional
091 Learn French, German, or Swahili
099 Paint polka dots on your sneakers
114 Parasail
092 Pogo stick with children
103 Prepare a 7 course meal for 10 of your closest friends
098 Protect the innocent
110 Protest a Democratic or Republican convention
094 Ride an ostrich
108 Ride in a dune buggy
097 Ride the Coney Island Cyclone 3 times in a row
105 Scuba dive in the waters of Micronesia
095 Spend a day with a toddler
111 Start a new political party
120 Teach someone to read
113 Travel alone
093 Unicycle
096 Volunteer at the monkey house at the zoo

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: September 2012

71 Approach a stranger and ask him/her out
87 Be a docent in a museum
83 Become familiar with duende
72 Clean out your closet and give your throwaway clothes and shoes to the poor
62 Communicate without words
61 Decoupage a table
70 Do an open-mike night
73 Donate books
63 Eat alligator
90 Find a long, straight road and see how fast you can go
84 Find the perfect Peking duck
89 Fossil hunt
80 Give a taxi driver some advice
74 Interview your friends on video camera
75 Interview yourself on video camera
82 Leave some cookies in your mailbox for the mailman
78 Listen to Mozart’s Requiem without interruption
69 Play hide and seek with your partner
79 Read Atlas Shrugged
77 Read to children
88 Ski Tuckerman’s Ravine
68 Spend a day at a nursing home
64 Spend one month completely alone
66 Spend one month with a television
65 Spend one month without a car
67 Spend one month without a radio
76 Take a natural mud bath
86 Take an acting class
85 Wake up next to Brad Pitt or Jennifer Aniston
81 Write your high school teacher a thank-you note

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: August 2012

57 Attend a Star Trek convention
45 Awake to the sounds of macaws or spider monkeys in a tropical rain forest
43 Be able to explain Einstein’s Theory of Relativity
42 Blow smoke rings
56 Build a tree house
47 Crash a ritzy party
55 Create a Zine
41 Crush a beer can with one hand
60 Discover a new talent
49 Do something scandalous
44 Get a professional makeover
51 Give someone a reason to believe in God
31 Hang glide in Chamonix
32 Have pizza the way it was made in Bronx bars in the 1940s
37 Learn to drive a stick shift
35 Light a candle in the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Hall of Remembrance
52 Lobby
38 Master the art of letter writing
53 Participate in a moonlight drum circle
39 Record a duet with Tony Bennett
34 Shake hands with someone famous
54 Start a Barbie collection
48 Stay in bed all day
46 Suddenly decide on and leave for a trip
36 Swim in each of the Seven Seas
59 Swim in Icelandic hot springs at sundown
50 Testify before Congress
40 Throw your panties at Tom Jones
33 Watch the sun set on Santorini
58 Write a letter to the editor

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: July 2012

26 Be a Riot Grrl
01 Be an extra in a movie
09 Become an eccentric billionaire and run for president
11 Catch a foul ball at a professional baseball game
27 Change your name to have all the letters in lowercase
08 Donate some body parts
15 Drink a mint julep at the Kentucky Derby
28 Flirt
23 Get married at Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World
06 Have dim sum for breakfast
14 Have multiple orgasms
22 Have your immigrant ancestors’ names engraved on a plaque at Ellis Island
02 Learn the first 5 Amendments
24 Make a religious pilgrimage – to Mecca, Santiago de Compostela, Jerusalem, or Graceland
25 Master the pregnant pause and a deadpan delivery
17 Memorize Hamlet’s “What a piece of work is man” speech
07 Milk a cow
21 Organize a food drive for the needy
16 Pay for the next car at the tollbooth
20 Pay off your school loans
29 Pay your parents back for college
30 Read Joyce’s Ulysses without a trot
19 Reconstruct a dinosaur
10 Rent an apartment on the Seine for two months
03 See a green iceberg
04 See the Aurora Borealis from Denali
18 Skywrite a message to someone
12 Spelunk
05 Travel at warp speed
12 Win the Palme d’Or at Cannes

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value. One of my favorite quotes is: “A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.