Archive for November 30th, 2008

Meme: 100 Life Experiences

Copying this Brain-Cleansing Meme from the Urban Pantheist.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity (of course I suppose this depends on how strictly I define “afford”)
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain (several in the Appalachian chain and one in the Dolomites)
9. Held a praying mantis (I was always told not to touch them because they’re endangered and the state insect of Connecticut)
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (does a ferry boat in Boston Harbor count?)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (not sure as my only visit to the Statue of Liberty was when I was very young)
18. Grown your own vegetables (helped my mother and sister with a kitchen garden)
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France (I even have a photo)
20. Slept on an overnight train (on Amtrak which isn’t so romantic, nor did I have a bed.  I’ve also slept on daytime trains and nodded off on the T)
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice (photos & stories)
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise (again, in Boston Harbor)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person (one of those places that exceeded expectations)
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (I’ve been to the Bronx & Brooklyn)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language (ha!  might try to learn sign language w/ my son)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance (was the first person to ride in a new ambulance to boot)
47. Had your portrait painted (my mother did a picture of my sister & I sleeping on a car trip in Ireland)
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (with pictures to prove it)
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (only snorkeling)
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie (although people were convinced it was me and not Jack Lord)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business (lawnmower to the stars.  Well, one star)
58. Taken a martial arts class (if tai chi counts)
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London (I did see the Horseguards, but not the Buckingham Palace guards)
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous (a few famous folks, most recently Martin Sheen who wiped a booger off my son’s nose)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day (many children’s books, plus I think I read Jurassic Park in one toilet visit)

Beer Review: Hofbräu Dunkel

Here’s a beer that had me singing “In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus.”

Beer: Hofbräu Dunkel
Brewer: Hofbräu München
Source: 12 Fl. Oz. Bottle
Rating: *** (7.8 of 10)

Comment:  Hard to believe that it’s been five years since I visited Munich and I’m still trying to recapture beer nirvana here at home.  This dark beer has a nice chestnut color and a thick head like sea foam.  The aroma gives off a sweet, caramel scent.  The taste is more bitter though with a roasted flavor and a strong aftertaste.  After a few sips the head is still fairly thick and leaves behind some Brussels Lace.  Not bad!

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