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  • jeindeer 7:51 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    #10: We’re Not Gonna Pay 

    I’m long belated and a little out of order, but I think that’s alright, because adventure #10 was all about breaking the rules and sticking it to the man.

    Musical theatrically, that is.

    As part of adventure #7: Win Week (which I’m still working on), I boldly retweeted for a chance to win two tickets to the Boston Conservatory production of RENT.  A few hours later, the seats were mine.  I polled the adventuring masses; that night, Rebecca and I headed to South Boston for the show.

    I’d never seen a production of RENT, although I was very familiar.  I tend to like theater lovers, and theater lovers tend to like belting choice ballads at the top of their lungs several times a road trip.  I love my friends unconditionally, but I had no such standing agreement with the songs: they were cows and seasons of love and restaurants in Santa Fe that I couldn’t quite parse.  Without any real RENT experience of my own, I only knew the images which were iconic to the point of parody.

    I did see those images in the Boston Conservatory production, but I also know enough about the show to know that they made it their own.  I wasn’t just impressed–I finally got why my friends always turned those songs up when they came on shuffle.  The acting was great, the casting different enough to keep me on my toes, and because the venue was such a huge, open industrial space the whole shebang seemed organic there.  I also don’t think I would have discovered that theater if not for winning the tickets.  It was all kinds of a learning experience.

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    • adventurechaser 8:28 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink

      Thanks for taking me along. It was my first RENTal experience as well. Well played jeindeer.

  • Berton 5:58 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Week 13 – Target Field 

    I. Love. Baseball.  Too much.  My fiance Becky gets fed up with all of my Minnesota Twins talk.  So this year, she is especially in for it because the Twins are opening a brand new ballpark this year.  A professional outdoor baseball stadium; the first time the Twins have played a home game outside since 1981 (so the first time in my lifetime)!!! Needless to say, I am WAY pumped!  So what did I do?  I spent around $130 on a ticket to go to the opening day game.  And I was able to go with one of my best friends who I get to see like three times a year, Trevor Maine.

    It is a gorgeous ballpark.  The concourse is VERY wide so the traffic jams of people are kept to a minimum.  Along with a wide concourse, it has a constant, open view of the stadium so you can watch the action when you are waiting in line for your goods.  It has a LONG list of great foods (polish sausage, regular hot dogs, MASSIVE nachos, tacos, walleye on a stick, pork chop on a stick, asian wok, juicy lucys, Cuban sandwiches, etc).  The foul territory is very small, and smart construction make every seat feel pretty close with GREAT views.  Add all of the splendor of a new park to the fact that the twins started out the season 7-3, and you make for a very happy Daniel!  The Twins have been kicking ass, and I am not ashamed to say that a few tears were creeping into my eyes during the National Anthem on that opening day.  Sadly, ever so sadly, my camera has been having battery problems, so here are a few pictures I took with my cell phone.  I hope you enjoy. (More …)

     
  • Berton 5:27 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Week 12 – Wax on, wax off 

    I am the missing link.  I am a man-ape.  A grizzly mother fucker.  A lumberjack wannabe.  A fur coat walking.  Manbearpig.  Fuzzy-wuzzy.  Human Velcro pad.  (insert other name for a hairy male here).

    Now, I am not the hairiest person in the world.  But I do have more body hair than most of my friends, and it is dark and course, so very noticeable.  A very attractive quality to talk about, right ladies?  Women pine for a chest covered in dark matter and a back that scratches you when you are trying to give your man a back rub…right?

    Well, my fiance seems to be an odd person out in that regard.  She seems to think that it would be funny to wax off some of my body hair, a la 40 Year Old Virgin.  And to be honest…that did sound kinda hilarious.  Painful, but hilarious.  And I mean, this is a triple win for me.  I get to make an ass of myself (which I love doing); my fiance gets to cause me physical pain which makes her happy (just kidding…I think); and I get to be slightly more attractive, if only for a day or few.

    Warning…sort of…the following pictures are (obviously) of me topless (though I am a dude, so no big deal).  But me being the self conscious person I am, I figure I should let you know that they are of some of my more unattractive qualities.  You are so warned.

    • Back pre-waxing.

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    • yearof52adventures 9:29 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink

      I’m proud of you kid. You earn extra adventure points for this!

    • lisa 7:08 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink

      way to funny! you have the gutts of the missing link. you should really tryout for the show, “jackass” and give some more hurtful yet funny things a try. wish you and becky all the best in life, she is in for a funny life with you. (i married a funny man and am lovin every minute of it) Peace OUT!

    • faolan01 11:02 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink

      as someone who also bears close family resemblance to a wookie all I can say is YIPE! congrats on having the courage to do do that!

  • Berton 5:01 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Getting back on track… 

    My ambition goes in and out of existence.  It has it’s own tides, it’s own work schedule.  I can’t control when I will have it, or when I won’t.  Sure, I said I would start posting EVERY Thursday night.  Yeah, that happened.

    But luckily, my tide is turning.  Last night I saw the movie “Kick-Ass,” and it was, well, kick ass!  Yes, I know, very punny.  I am original.  And big surprise here, a comic book movie has helped churn my inner desires to start living life more.  When I saw the main protagonists give a speech in the heat of battle about how people in the world stand by while others get shit on, I realized it is true.  We all “wish” we could do more, but how many of us actually do?  This isn’t a new thought to the world; it isn’t a new epiphany for mankind by any means.  But it hit home for me.  And I want to keep it around for as long as I can (we will see how long this stretch of ambition lasts).

    Now, I am not the type to do big, world-turning events.  But I am a very personal kind of guy.  That is why I want to be a teacher.  I want to help bring about positive change in my environment, but with a sort of one person at a time approach.  I am realistic; it is what I do best.  And so I have a mission to start making my friends happier people.  This goal is directed at one individual in particular (you know who you are), but why not aim to help every one of them?  Happiness is something that, generally speaking, comes easy for me.  I am lucky in that I can let shit slide, I don’t get frustrated easily, I have a bad memory so I probably forgot why I was mad about something in the first place.  So I want to take this bundle of happiness and try to live a more constructive life with the people around me.  It can be through simple things.  Complaining less, going with the flow more, offering a helping hand without a heavy sigh.  I don’t have it figured all out yet, I never do, but I think starting with an idea, and speaking it aloud, that it will help me define a new reality for myself.  I am hopeful that it will, at least.

    But this personal anagnorisis has nothing to do with the 52 adventures of this year.  Well, not necessarily.  But the newly kindled passion and drive that I am currently feeling makes me want to start posting again.  I have still been going on adventures, I just haven’t been writing about them.  Time to change that.

     
  • Kimberly Hula 12:23 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    How about a drop of lemon to sweeten the pot? 

    The lovely Maressa Brown wrote up this post on our initiative.

    Adventure on darlings!

    Full URL: http://www.lemondrop.com/2010/04/16/kim-hula-the-52-weeks-of-adventure-club/

     
    • eatveggiesdrinkwine 4:41 am on April 17, 2010 Permalink

      Great article — you are clearly inspiring so many people!

    • faolan01 12:53 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink

      That’s the article that brought me here and made me decide to start making a list of the adventures I want to have this year!

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