One of my earliest best friends in life was Richard Cypher (this is a fictional name I am using to hide the true identity of my friend because I am not sure if he wants me to talk about him on an online website). For the first many, many years of my life, he was like a brother to me. I spent more days and weeks than I could ever remember over at his house, playing night games with Richard, his brothers and sisters, and the other neighborhood kids. Over time, I grew apart from him (as we all have from many childhood friends). But the few times I have seen him since school, he still always manages to put a smile on my face and make me wish that I had kept in better contact with him throughout these past years.
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For Adventure Seekers out there who are jealous of those Adventurers who Polar Plunged into the icy depths of beautiful lake Michigan on the first of the year (such as myself), there’s a chance to plan out a Plunge in the future, and raise money for a good cause: http://www.chicagopolarplunge.org/site3.aspx. A few Adventurers are planning a to join this organized plunge in March and to raise some money for the Special Olympics. I also plan to make and wear a 52 Adventures t-shirt. Do we have a logo yet? Also, I know that some other folks had “run a 1/2 marathon” on their lists, I believe this is the one I’m doing in Chicago (also in some 52 Adventures garb, of course) –so I thought I’d share: http://www.131marathon.com/13_1_Chicago.htm (June 13, 2010 -plenty of time to train!!
2 ex-boyfriends of mine walked into a 2009 New Years Eye party I was attending. Only one left unharmed.
This is not how I hoped to jumpstart my year of 52 adventures.
However, as a saving grace, it was the sage word(s) of the unharmed ex who really lent credence and gave meaning to adventure #1: The Polar Bear Plunge. See, after my fist met the shoulder of the harmed one, I put down my drink, found Mark (of the unharmed) and sighed. And sighed. I said how I always chose the wrong men and spoke how how I never learned and reminded him that I had punched someone! Punched him! Like a spoiled child. My racing words did little to suggest maturity and I was lothesome, near tears and without a drink. (More …)42.347618 -71.100288
Okay friends. So adventures usually find me. I’ll get lost someplace and follow where the spirit takes me, meeting people and making plans as I go. So planning adventures in advance is a bit of a new thing for me. As a result, I’m not very good at it. The first 20 that I’ve come up with are below. The rest, dear friends, are up to you.
I am hereby committing to engaging in any and all suggestions that you offer that are legal, adventurous, feasible, and at least arguably safe. Come friends, we have 32 more adventures to discover.
1) Polar Bear Plunge – Chicago Illinois – January 1, 2010
3) Fire a handgun (non-wimpy)
4) Appear onstage sober
5) Learn to cook a French dish
6) Host a dinner party – and actually cook things, having removed the sweaters from my oven
7) Redo counters and floor in Kitchen/bathrooms
8) Find a job
9) Complete the 300 workout
10) Finally found my foundation
a) Develop a way to avoid unnecessary alliteration
11) Design that second tattoo I’ve been imagining for years.
12) Get it – from a tattoo artist with a scary name – paid with tips.
13) Memorize 1 Corinthians: 13
14) Memorize the last monologue from Jumpers
15) Build a fire, spend all night tending it and watch the sun rise
16) Learn to do a standing backflip.
17) Go on a squad car ride-along.
18) Take nephew to attend his first play
19) Snowball fight
20) Poetry slam
2 Adventurers ((see: cupcakeemergency & Shawna Bailey)(with a potential 3rd!: I’m looking at YOU Sarena Johnson)) have agreed to jump into the icy waters of Lake Michigan on January 1st. I encourage all you Chicagoans without heart conditions to join us. I’ll pack a picnic!42.347618 -71.100288
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