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  • chardevore 11:13 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chicago, Ulysses   

    Hi Everybody!

    I’m ready for an adventureful 2010. So… I only listed 36 adventures. Generally, my eyes are bigger than my stomach when it comes to adventuring, so I tried to walk the line between audacity and reasonableness. I’m planning on filling in the remaining 16 adventures ad hoc, with adventuresome spontaneity. Here they are. I’ve already crossed one off the list by recording an interview with my lovely wife on January 1.

    1. Run the Chicago Marathon.
    2. Spend a week on the beach with Myndi.
    3. Read Ulysses, once and for all, all the way to the end.
    4. Make 50 meals from scratch.
    5. Travel to Ethiopia.
    6. Paint portraits from memory of 10 people I know.
    7. Write letters for birthdays, and whenever else the time seems right. On the typewriter.
    8. Learn a Thelonious Monk song on the organ.
    9. Go to a Bulls game.
    10. Wake up at 5 a.m. every day for a week. Go to the lake to watch the sunrise.
    11. Do the big shoulders 5K swim in Lake Michigan.
    12. Camp through 2 national parks.
    13. Interview Myndi. Make it a tradition
    14. Draw every place I have ever lived, from memory.
    15. Go to a bourbon distillery in Kentucky.
    16. Take one picture per day for a month.
    17. Go to a Blackhawks game.
    18. Write a children’s book, with illustrations, with Myn.
    19. Curate a 5-night living room film festival of my favorite movies.
    20. Go to the horse races.
    21. Kayak in the Chicago river.
    22. Run the entire lake front path, in segments.
    23. Carve something out of wood.
    24. Learn something that’s traditionally taught in calculus class.
    25. Attend a religious service in a language other than English.
    26. Plant seeds of a resilient plant in a public place.
    27. Ice skate.
    28. Win a mustache competition.
    29. Record sounds of my neighborhood. Edit together into a song.
    30. Build something that requires at least 4 tools. And is useful. And doesn’t immediately get wobbly and fall apart.
    31. Pick fruit. Make something tasty with it.
    32. Go a month without drinking alcohol.
    33. Ride the el from my apartment out to the end of the line and back. Write what happens.
    34. Take 4 “progress” photo sets, taken from the same spot showing the life of something.
    35. Get dressed up. Take my lady to the symphony. Drink coffee with pinkies extended.
    36. Write a good short story.

    • yearof52adventures 2:30 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink

      What a great list Charlie! Can you give us an itty bit of transcript from your interview with your wife? I’m sure it was fan-tastic.

  • Kimberly Hula 7:04 am on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    WEEK ONE: And we’re off! 

    A longer post, doing the deed its due service is forthcoming, but I wanted to report that I, along with the Chicago contingency of Mark, Shawna and Dan participated in the Polar Bear Plunge with a recorded temperature of 11 degrees farenheit and 1 degree with the wind chill (isn’t 1 such a cute little degree?). 

    Pictures will soon be posted, including a video (CELEBRATE!).

    In the interim keep posting your adventures for WEEK 1.  If you need authorship status contact Kimberlyhula@gmail.com and we’ll get you straight up-set up. 

    Happy New Year and good luck in/on/at your enviable adventures.

    You are so good, You!

    • Kristina Bulik-Hocum 2:19 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink

      Life is adventure. So to appreciate it, part of my adventure to notice and appreciate them as such. Early on January 1, 2010 in the still dark of the night, I went outdoors to observe what was being called the full, blue moon. Stood in the cold of the Colorado night and took in the view of this wonderous moon. Below unlike during day hours the snow smarkled as if interlaced with diamonds. The beauty and wonder of it all started my year of 52 adventures.

    • Kristina Bulik-Hocum 2:57 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink

      Adventure #2 on 01/01/10:Attended New Year’s Day Party at Lori & Chris’ in Windsor. Colorado. It is always an adventure to get to know people on their home turf. Learned of their dream to open a bed&breakfast. Observed that they are terrific host. They have decorating, preparing the best nibbles. . Lori has a terrific collection of tea pots. She plans to have one for each of her rooms in her bed & breakfast. My favorite of her tea pots was the one that just says Believe. Yes, it is an adventure to Believe. Believe in life and the adventures it brings. If only we believe.

    • Jane Showalter 3:38 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink

      Good on you! I’m glad it went well and that there was no long-term freezing to be had. Looking forward to that video.

    • Mark Perry 8:03 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink

      The good news is that I don’t have frostbite on right foot toes #2 & 3. The better news is that my left knee has a 3″-diameter bruise from running into an ice berg.

      Kristina, I love your blue moon adventure. Adventure doesn’t always scream – sometime it causes quiet contemplation. Looking forward to further details.

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