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  • jeindeer 6:22 pm on January 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    #2: No Pants T Ride – “But get on that train right here.” 

    January 10th, 2010: Boston’s Society of Sponteneity’s third annual No Pants T Ride.  Wearing regular underwear in public doesn’t violate decency laws; wearing regular underwear and a sweater plus a coat, scarf, hat, and knee socks gives you maybe eight times more coverage than your average bathing suit.  It’s legal, but it’s strange, unexpected, and horrifyingly cold– an excellent fit for the second of 52 adventures.

    The Alewife T station is the northern end of Boston’s red line, and looks kind of like a stern Soviet aviation museum.  Participants were instructed to meet there (still in pants) and find for organizers with question mark umbrellas.  Kim and I got there early, before BSOS popped up, and immediately sought out coffee.  It’s important to be alert for public transporation pants-shedding.  We approached the nearest restaurant in Alewife–approached, that is, until we saw the wild turkey standing on the stoop.  Staring at us.  Daring.  When it comes down to it a gigantic bird is a stronger deterrent than even the cruelest Yelp review, so we tracked back to the in-station Dunkin’ Donuts counter.  I prepped that coffee on a metal payphone table and went over two facts made clearer by caffeine: “The Summer Shack” had a large, live turkey for a bouncer, and it was not the strangest thing I was going to see that hour.

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    • eatveggiesdrinkwine 2:27 pm on January 16, 2010 Permalink

      What a fantastic adventure — and a great picture to boot! Excellent work.

  • wip78 2:32 am on January 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure #1: The Non-Smoking, Work-Out Bandit 

    Hola!  sorry for starting in a week late, but my long-time pal and fellow adventurer (jscribe) told me about this awesome idea and after hearing about it, I decided to join in.  SOOO, here I am!!!  This is also my first venture into the blogging world.  I’m a bit nervous….EEEK!

    Anyhoots, I have thought about the different adventures I would like to have this year.   This is my list thus far:

    go to the movies by myself, cook a live lobster (yes, Julia Child style), cook a five course meal, run a 5k, sky-diving, sing karaoke, ice-skating, learn about a professional sport, try sushi, visit the museum of contemporary art,  take a salsa class, take a cooking class, go to a restaurant by myself, keep my phone bill below $90.00, be on-time, make a pizza, get my neighbor to have a conversation with me (I always say ‘hi’ and he just stares), approach someone at a bar (I’m painfully shy), learn how to make fancy drink (or two), stay at a bed and breakfast, play whirley-ball, pay it forward, wear a bow-tie …..

    …I’m still thinking about the rest of them. 

    For my first adventure, I quit smoking.  I smoked for the past 15 years.  It was a social thing at first, but then became a hardcore addiction.  Over the last several years, I would smoke a pack a day if not more on the weekends.  SO, on January 1st at about 2:00 a.m., I smoked my last cigarette.  it was extremely tough the first couple of days, but its been getting easier.  One day at a time, right?!  to make sure I did not pick up smoking again, I calculated the amount i spent monthly on cigarettes and signed a year-long contract with a trainer at my gym.  I’ve had about 5 sessions now, and I am feeling sore great!!! 

    I am looking forward to 2010 and reading about all of your adventures and sharing mine. 

    Best,

    Roberto

     
    • jscribe 2:42 am on January 13, 2010 Permalink

      Oh Roberto! I’m so glad to see you here! your list looks great, I cant wait to hear more about your adventures. Quitting smoking might be a hard one to beat, but a new adventure every week is just one more reason not to be a smoker! I was just thinking today about adding “Iceskating” to my list of adventures. Lets head up to the Wrigley rink some weekend soon, ok? This year is going to be awesome!

    • yearof52adventures 2:58 am on January 13, 2010 Permalink

      Roberto, I read this and decided to quit smoking myself. Well played sir!

    • wip78 3:09 am on January 13, 2010 Permalink

      Wow. Awesome!

    • wip78 3:34 am on January 13, 2010 Permalink

      Quite! Can’t wait to iceskate!

    • Kelly 7:31 am on January 13, 2010 Permalink

      awesome list! I was a “figure skater” for 7 years and I can say with great pleasure it’s a lot of fun. Once you get the hang of it there is something quite cool about gliding around on something so fragile with steel blades attached to your feet. I’m interested to hear how the skating goes. I’m also pretty sure i’m going to quit smoking this year. I’m ready. March 1st is my quit date. If I tried it now right after the first of the year i’d just chalk it up to a new years resolution. this will make it feel more concrete. Let me know any advice you may have. Good luck on those adventures they sound fun!

    • Anonymous 9:42 pm on January 13, 2010 Permalink

      Congratulations! Don’t get discouraged….it’s the best thing you can do for yourself.

    • mjperry1 5:28 am on January 15, 2010 Permalink

      Wow. Turns out I quit on the day you posted this. Way to steal my thunder. Jerk. Kidding of course. Good luck to you!!!!! And kimberly as well!

    • wip78 1:19 am on January 17, 2010 Permalink

      Great minds think alike. Good luck to you, too!!!

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