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  • screeech 11:36 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Brian here with a month of adventures.  4 weeks, 4 adventures.  The task (adventure?) of learning how to write a decent post is still unattained.  Awesome. I write more over at my regular blog, http://www.gaijinbash.com, click the links if you want to read more about each adventure.

    1. Shinnenkai with my Motorcycle Riding Club


    Shinnenkai is another excuse for people to drink in Japan. It roughly translates to let’s drink for the first time in the new year party. Hopped on the bike and headed down to the Izu peninsula. This is the one place near Tokyo where palm trees line the road and the beach, ocean, and sky aren’t all shades of grey. You can read more here.

    2. Visit to an Abandoned Dinosaur Exhibition


    Haikyo is the word for modern ruins in Japan. Mostly just hotels built during the bubble economy, these are the decaying reminders of overspending in a capitalist society. And they are totally rad! I have a fleeting interest in them, and make it out once in a blue moon. This time, I went to a dinosaur exhibition at a snake center. Read more about the dinosaurs here. And the freaky second part at the snake center here.  Be warned, photos of hella dead snakes.

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  • Try2StopMe 4:43 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    #1- the dérive: so what if i have nowhere to go 

    i have obsessed over the idea of a dérive for years now. since my performance art class at columbia college, chicago to be exact. it was then that the questions of social appropriateness and responsibility, expectations and conveniences really became an obsession. a dérive would be a perfect, private exploration and exploitation of social normality. what is that exactly? normal?

    normal (he actually used that word in context to mine and my partner’s roaming)- according to the police in michigan on july 7, 2007 was “having a destination”. i have since developed travel panic; obsessive thoughts over where i’m supposed to be going, am going and why.

    from wikipedia: in situationist texts, a dérive is an attempt at analysis of the totality of everyday life, through the passive movement through space. It is translated as drift.

    that’s all we were doing that night.

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  • AG 10:13 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Korean Adventures 

    The first adventure was celebrating New Year’s Eve/Day in Korea. The best thing about New Year’s Day in Korea is that everyone changes age on this day. So it’s everybody’s birthday in Korea on January 1st. The worst part is that I turned 30 (Korean age). Or maybe that is the best part because so far 30 is great!

    Adventure 2 involved going to a Korean person’s home. This was a first. I have been in Korea for 8 months but had never entered anyone’s home here aside from friends’ apartments. My friend, Tommy, invited me over to his house, and I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I was impressed with the luxuries of his residence, including a Kimchi regfrigerator! His mom served us food such as oysters, sushi, octupus, kimchi (of course) and many other Korean side dishes. His brother and mom spoke to me in the little English that they know, asking my name, saying hello, etc.

    Adventure #3: Korean Wedding

    It was short and sweet as weddings here are not so formal. The bride wears a white gown, which is the only similarity between Korean and American weddings. The ceremony was about 30 minutes and following was dinner accommodated by Soju. So you see the show, you eat, you leave.

    I’m not sure what my next adventures will be. I think that since adventures just happen to me here, I’m going to go with it and just report them here. Some things I would like to do this year include playing piano again, taking a yoga class, sewing/knitting class, and probably the most important: love. Love has always been my motivation. But the challenge will be to learn to accept it in whatever form it enters my life rather than changing it into what I think it should be. Because I’ve learned…it really never is what I think it should be. So love…the ultimate adventure. I might have found it, and I’ll post more on that next time.

  • lisametts 7:08 pm on January 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I just started the 52 Adventures. My first adventure was to go with my nephew to Fernbank Museum in Georgia. Fernback Museum is a dinosaur museum. I enjoyed spending time with my nephew at this museum. He was very informative about dinosaurs. He was my tour guide.


    • Jane Showalter 2:44 pm on January 20, 2010 Permalink

      Aw, he’s precious! And dinosaur museums are the best kind of museums, as far as I’m concerned.

  • 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. 



    • 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!!!

  • jenitz 7:39 pm on January 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure #1- Try Ethiopian Food.
    I went to Nyala on S. Fairfax in Los Angeles (very good Zagat rating). I got the Vegetarian Combination so that I could try as much as possible. It included: yemiser wot (red lentil stew), kik alecha (mild yellow split peas), defen yemiser wot (whole lentil stew), yatakit wot (mixed vegetables), yabesha gommen (collard greens).
    A few things to note- everything is seasoned with fresh garlic and ginger and you eat with your hands (including the side salad).
    Here were the instructions:
    1. Tear off a small piece of ‘injera’ ( a crepe-like soudough bread) with your hands and place it on the dish of your choice.
    2. Grasp your fingers to scoop up the food into bite size portions you desire.
    3. Mold the bread until it soaks up the savory flavors that are essential to each dish.

    • Kelly 7:54 pm on January 11, 2010 Permalink

      What an awesome adventure. I’m so afraid of new foods this is something I should consider doing.

    • eatveggiesdrinkwine 1:47 am on January 12, 2010 Permalink

      Congrats on trying this! I couldn’t tell from your post what you thought of it … will you be repeating this adventure?

    • Jane Showalter 3:03 pm on January 12, 2010 Permalink

      That looks absolutely delicious! Do you remember which was your favorite?

  • heididino 6:18 pm on January 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    52 Adventures equals my first adventure in blogging! 

    Hello? Am I on? Is this working? I have never blogged before so this is an adventure all on its own!  I am thrilled to be a part of 52 Adventures!! I have enjoyed making my “list.” I have been giving it a lot of thought and a lot of questions have come up  too. What if I have a busy work week and don’t have the time for an ADVENTURE? Should I make a list of more than 52 things so I can be choosy? What if I do 2 in one week? What if something happens and its a spontaneous adventure, does it make the list after I’ve done it? After having voiced all of these I have come to the decision that their really aren’t any parameters. There are no limitations or expectations. I think  it is important for me just to do something! So with that, I share with you all MY LIST thus far.

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    • Cheryl 7:50 pm on January 11, 2010 Permalink

      Great post! I started blogging for my 1st adventure

    • jscribe 7:56 pm on January 11, 2010 Permalink

      Awesome to see you here HeidiDino! I’d LOVE to go on a ghost tour with you. I’m adding it to my list, too!!

  • eatveggiesdrinkwine 8:07 pm on January 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    1/52: Joining The Year of 52 Adventures and sharing my list (so far) 

    Hi all! So excited to be joining you on this journey. I was immediately smitten with this idea as soon as I learned of it from a friend’s post on Facebook. At first I planned to participate in this quietly, on my own, but then I realized that being a part of this community is a necessary adventure for me this year. Though I can temporarily trick people into believing I’m an extrovert, introversion courses through my veins and feels oh-so-comfortable to me. So, here I am, adventuring in public and learning how to live out loud a bit more.

    Here’s my list so far, separated in categories and with some borrowed adventures from your lists:

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  • mizimoo 3:47 pm on January 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure 1/52 Pierce My Nose (In Edinburgh). 

    The great thing about getting your nose pierced in January (In Scotland – ball achingly cold Scotland) is that after the initial nerve-melting sensation, being shoved out into a cold Edinburgh Street is a pretty good antidote to the eye watering pain.

    Actually, in all fairness – I’ve had my nose pierced three times now and this was no more painful than the rest. Sensation bleeds out across the face, intense but oddly blunt. Like steely cotton wool filling the sinuses. What was different this time, was that the second the piercing artist (correct term!?) pushed the tapered cork up into my nostril, my left eye began to weep uncontrollably.  Huge fat drops streamed down through her cupped fingers . In seconds though, the feeling of tearing cotton was over and my new oh-so-iridescent stud was in place.

    My first Adventure was over. Although it was relatively simple – pierce my nose in Edinburgh, the city itself is over 370 miles from my home.  And right now the UK is covered by about 8 inches of frost, ice sheets and snow flurries. So, the actual piercing was prefaced by 6 hours on a coach, 3  hours in a car, 20 agonizing minutes on a bus followed by one slippery sprint up Calton Hill, making it to the piercing shop 20 minutes before closing.   Epic. Epic and fantastic. 

    I could have had it pierced in Oxford, in fact I could have had it pierced anywhere in the world but unfortunately, I have fallen in love with Edinburgh.  Quite strangely, I have found myself in this city whenever I’m in transition. Eras have begun, ended and rebloomed in the city and right now (having just moved back to the UK from Japan) I felt the cities’ pull. Plus – this is the year of 52 Adventures! Surely, now more than ever, it’s time  to jump into life, race 400 miles and arrive breathless and thrilled wherever our stories take us.  

    Let’s just say I’m getting  used to this kind of thrill in my life.  Here’s to 51 more adventures!

    • yearof52adventures 3:51 pm on January 9, 2010 Permalink

      Lady, you have just inspired me to get a nose piercing! Me! The one who ran out of the doctor’s office and hid from a high school vaccination.

    • jscribe 8:41 pm on January 9, 2010 Permalink

      hahah that sounds like you Kim! I have my nose pierced already, but I, too, LOVE Edinburgh passionately and if I ever find myself there I shall pierce something else, just in honor of the 52 Adventures.

    • mizimoo 2:09 pm on January 10, 2010 Permalink

      I think we should all pledge to pierce something in Edinburgh in honor of the adventures. By the way, I am snowbound in my village and clueless about what to do for my 2nd adventure. Help me! I need some snowed in adventure ideas!

    • yearof52adventures 9:45 pm on January 10, 2010 Permalink

      Call EVERYONE in your phone book and tell them something spicy about yourself.

    • India 5:47 pm on May 3, 2011 Permalink

      Thanks for the ingsiht. It brings light into the dark!

  • jscribe 12:04 am on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure #1 – Finding the Words 

    “I’ll probably never write again.” I surely said, tipping back a pint of Stella at DC’s Fox and Hound about 6 months ago. After I graduated from my MA in Writing I put my realism hat on. I knew I’d end up in a desk job, try to make enough money to buy a condo and, in all reality never write much more than a grocery list ever again. There was no market, and I had no great ideas. I told myself that I was ok with this – that I went to grad school to develop a skill not to actually become a writer.

    In the months since that decision, I’ve post a few times on my blog, written a weekly article for TheNewGay.net, drank beers, and watched Netlix. I’ve also felt disappointed. When some one said I was a good writer I said, “Nah, I don’t even write any more.” When some one said I was a writer at all I said, “Nah, I work for a non-profit.” I spent two years studying writing, I love the act of writing, so why wasn’t I writing?

    The answers to that question were pretty simple. I was scared to start new work without support, without feedback, without deadlines. I was scared to fail.

    In comes Adventure #1.

    For the new year, I knew I needed to become a new me. Act instead of react; do instead of desire. I had to push myself. I searched online and found a Meetup Group of writers who got together twice a month in my neighborhood, and after a couple of days of second guessing my confidence and my ability, I replied yes. Yes, I would meet them at the Center on Halsted on Wednesday, January 6th. Yes, I would write.

    Because I knew this was the jumping point for a Year of 52 Adventures, I embraced my nervousness. Like a rollercoaster. I made jokes, shared tips from my writing program and felt my heart go all a flutter as the group talked about parallelism, imagery, structure and repetition. I felt more in my element than I have in months with 4 strangers and a piece of new writing in my hand. I may put on a suit and ride the El to my job at a non-profit everyday, but in the Year of 52 Adventures, I’m a writer.

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