Week 6, 7, 8
I have been failing at posting on these adventures lately. But I have been doing them. I just have become lazy, to be honest. So here is a short post about the past three weeks, and I am making the dedicated statement that I will now post once a week (the week I do the adventure).
Week 6 was sort of a revisit of Week 1 – The Jucy Lucy. There is a dispute that the place I went to, Matt’s Bar, didn’t invent this lovely burger. Some people claim that the 5-8 Club (a restaurant about three miles away) made the original. Well, I don’t know who made it first, but I thought I should check out which one tastes better. So Tom and I went to the 5-8 Club and got out our taste buds. And, hands down, Matt’s Bar’s Jucy Lucy was better. Above and beyond better. Not to say that the 5-8 Club makes a bad burger, far from it. But it didn’t have a unique flavor. And to be honest, the meat and cheese was kind of dry, not befitting it’s name. Now I could have just gone on a bad night, but still, with the knowledge that I have, I will always recommend Matt’s Bar over the 5-8 Club.
Week 7 took me to pond skating. I have been ice skating before, but always in a rink. I found out not to long ago that there is a great link of three small ponds that have ice skating on them. So a crew of friends (my fiance Becky included) took off to see if pond skating is much different than an ice rink. And it is. Without a Zamboni, and the natural cracks and bumps of the ice, it was a more raw, unique kind of skating. And since we had a crew of friends, it was a great time. Made me feel more Minnesotan, especially with our state representing the Winter Olympics so epically.
And Week 8 took me to a place where I have been interested in but intimidated by also. But two good friends of mine gave me the confidence and encouragement to go. I went to a gun range. I have been pheasant hunting before (once last year) and I admit it was kind of a rush. So the opportunity to fire a hand gun also interested me. But I am not a hard core believer in the whole “right to bear arms” second amendment thing. Conceal and carry kind of scares me. I think the availability of hand guns causes more problems than makes people feel safe. But at the same time, firing it in a controlled, safe environment was a hell of a lot of fun. At first my aim was hit or miss (bad pun, I know) but after an hour or so of shooting rounds, my aim and confidence grew by miles. I know I will never buy a handgun. But I will probably go back to a gun range and shoot there.