In a Perfect Wedding World

Braving the cold and the pouring rain, a scrappy group of faux wedding party participants came out to Vancouver’s famed Robson Street on Sunday, April 10, 2011 in support of Dress for Success Vancouver.

Proving that people don’t like to come out when it rains, the estimated dozens who were expected to attend got whittled down to an enthusiastic few who withstood the heavy downpours with big smiles and even bigger hearts.

They handed out pamphlets, informed passers-by about the upcoming Dress for Success power walk and provided donation cards for anyone wishing to make a contribution.

The organizers are trying to raise awareness for Dress for Success Vancouver, an organization that empowers low and no income women to transition into the workforce by providing them with professional attire and a small working wardrobe to get them started in their roles. They also provide other services including a clothing stylist, career counseling and an ongoing mentoring program.

http://www.news1130.com/news/local/article/210313–dozens-of-brides-and-grooms-swarm-vancouver

All this in support of the Perfect Wedding Show taking place this Sunday, April 17 at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel in Richmond featuring traditional vendors offering unique wedding options for all bride-to-be’s.

And this is how the article SHOULD have appeared on all the local newspapers if I had any say in it. Oh well.  2 news outlets out of how ever many there are in Vancouver should be good enough for now.

Shooot!

Photo provided by Tempest Photography - http://www.tempestphoto.com

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Creatively Giving

Now call me selfish (only because I kind of am) but when I first heard about ‘support Japan’ and ‘donate to the cause’, I likened it to the Queen Mother asking for donations to help pay for the royal wedding. AKA I assumed Japan was a rich country that had many resources and adequate funding available. Also, being well known for efficiency and cutting-edge technology, would have the ravaged city back up and running within a few days or so. Maybe a week, tops.

Luckily, a well-informed friend – well – informed me that soon after the earth quake/tsunami hit, the Japanese stock market crashed and thus – money gone. Taking their word for it (because actual fact checking is lame) I’m happily on board this new donate-to-a-good-cause train.

As I have an event coming up (The Perfect Wedding Show) where we’re supporting Dress for Success Vancouver in a unique way (via a Wedding Show), I thought it’d be fun to showcase a few other creative  fundraising efforts around the city in support of Japan. Also, as always, since I do enjoy judging others, or at least criticizing their efforts, I’ve also decided to throw in some random grades for their money-raising campaigns.

 

Nelleytimes Presents: How well do you give ‘er?

I (heart) Japan

Jammin for my Japanese peeps? I'm in!

The funky nightclub Fortune Sound club had a wide selection of DJs (some with Japanese sounding names so I’ll assume…), throwing down the hits and playing all the hot tunes in support of Japan. Altogether making the ground shake for a whole other reason.

GRADE: A!

Notes: The feel good vibes and fun factor are through the roof. (Please note, extra points would have been granted had they sponsored a drink special like a cherry blossom surprise or a kamikaze kooler)

Japan Relief Walk of Hope*

Another (yawn) walk in Vancouver. From now till October, you can’t go for a Sunday stroll in the park or a jog on the beach without accidentally falling into a walkathon.This time it’s The Vancouver Japan Relief Walk of Hope.

However, this group is making a few creative changes to the traditional (yawn) walkathon. Organized by Vancouver based Photographer Christopher Pike, he and a group of photographers will be photographing the walk and posting images on flickr to keep the giving momentum going. To make the images unique, walk participants are encouraged to wear red and white coloured clothing (both Canada’s and Japan’s flag coulours, cool!).

Grade: B+

Notes: Another walk-a-thon= yawn. But great photo opportunities= yay! (I can’t wait till the pics are posted!)

*Still accepting donations via The Red Cross website. Donate now!

The Facebook Effort*

Then of course, someone had to invent some sort of facebook based invite/game for donations. In the same vein as the bra game (black & lacy)  or the purse game (I like it on the kitchen table) or even the drinking game (I’m a blueberry avocado pineapple spritzer, ha!), this new one had a few requirements of you too:

  1. Replace your Facebook profile picture with the UNITE TO HELP badge (see right)
  2. Copy and paste to update your status to: “UNITE TO HELP For Japan With Love. Get involved and donate @ http://ForJapanWithLove.com/
  3. Share and invite your friends on Facebook and spread the word to donate. Every little bit helps!

What’s great about it: All in all a perfect viral campaign! (Viral campaign requirements: easy to follow; limited cost to user to participate; a high ‘feel good’ factor; desire to spread to others).

Also, people are used to this type of promotion and it’s nice to let the boys in on some of the fun for once. 😉

The big question: Although everyone is spreading the love, and changing up their profile pages, how many people have actually donated? Answer: over $66,000 raised to date. Woo! Go world!

Grade: A+

I would have given them a B if not for the fact that it actually worked and raised money for the cause. I respectfully ‘eat my shorts’.

*Still accepting donations via The Shelterbox website.

Street Teams

And then there was this fundraising campaign:

Strategically placed at the corner of a busy intersection in downtown Vancouver, most of their donations seemed to come via honks from cars: “Honk if you love Earthquake relief!” so I’m not sure of the cash value of that.

GRADE: A for effort!

Notes: Although I’d bet they raised very little actual cash but raised lots of Japan Relief awareness, it’s good to see the kids out there productively (if not effectively) trying to help.

Give it up

There are many reasons to donate your time and give money to a cause so if it’s not Japan Relief, then you need to find the cause that moves you and help them out in any way you can. Sure I donate to anyone who asks me and to many different causes (mainly for the tax credit) but mainly because it feels good (it feels especially good when you get the tax credit). So go forth, find your cause, start up your campaigns, and get people to donate. There’s no pressure to make it original or even to be creative, just a pressure to do something. And when you do, just remember one thing…

I’ll be judging!

How to Pass your Own Exam

With the end of February fast approaching (so quickly approaching that it’s here now!) this also marks the end of something much less obvious: Black History Month.

This also means it’s time to sharpen my pencil for the ol’ Nelleytimes Black History Month Exam.

What did I accomplish this month? Did I do enough? And more importantly, could I have done more?

Let’s take the ol’ test and find out.

Will I pass? Will I fail? As with any exam, it all depends on how much you studied, how prepared you are for it and of course – who writes and grades the exam. 😉

The ol’ Nelleytimes Black History Month Exam*

*written and graded by Nelley

Question 1: Did you learn about a famous Black Canadian you thought you already knew?

Why yes I did. The late Harry Jerome in fact. I applied for a scholarship in his name when I was in high school (didn’t get it-boo!) and knew that he was an athlete but didn’t know any other details of his life.

Question 2: Did you share that knowledge with others?

Oh ya, sure thing! Harry Jerome was an outstanding Canadian athlete with an astonishing athletic career:

  • Jerome set a total of seven world records, including tying the 100 metres in 10.0 seconds in 1960
  • He set the world record for the 100 yard dash at 9.2 seconds (darn Americans and there non metric system!) , making Jerome the only athlete to own both the 100 yard and 100 meter world record simultaneously
  • He competed successfully in 3 Summer Olympics (1960 in Rome, 1964 in Tokyo and 1968 in Mexico) an unheard of accomplishment in his day.

He unfortunately died relatively young (aged 40) of a surprise brain aneurysm in 1982. his life story is well documented in the 2010 film documentary ‘Mighty Jerome’.

Craziest fact:

He suffered a leg injury so severe in 1962 (his quadriceps fully separated from his knee ligaments – gross!) and his doctors initially believed he would never be able to walk again. Despite this dire prediction, he had the reattachment surgery (yikes!) then worked with coaches and trainers in an effort to get back on the track. He went on to qualify and compete in 2 more Summer Olympics, coming in 3rd in the 100m sprint and 4th in the 200m sprint!

Damn that’s inspiring!

Question 3: Did you learn about a significant Black Canadian you never knew before, who carved a path for others?

Why yes I did that too. This exam is great! The BC chapter of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers held a mini film festival, showcasing the documentary film:  ‘The making of a judge’ about the life of the Honourable Judge George E. Carter. Judge Carter owns the distinction of being the first Canadian-born Black judge in Canada.

Question 4. Did you share this knowledge with others?

Oops. I always forget that part.

A brilliant man, Judge Carter was born way back in 1921 and is still, happily, alive today. In the film they describe the time he lived in being a time of exclusion, with a silent racism that permeated all aspects of his life as he tried to prevail based on his exceptional skill and ability in a legal society that was holding him back based solely on the colour of his skin. He was finally called to the bench in 1976 and his stellar service record and fair and balanced legal style is still a shining example to all lawyers to today.

The inspiring message I took from his life story is that you must always live up to your expectations of yourself and never live down to what others expect of you. And of course to always expect great things from yourself.

Surprising fact: Now into his 90’s, he’s still practising law. Not only that but his sharp mind is still intact and he’s as witty as ever.

Question 5. Did you showcase and support young and talented Canadians?

Sure did! I volunteered for an event called ‘When the Spirit Moves’, a musical showcase that introduced attendees to an adorable 11-year-old pianist named Jo-Raul Farley, and Shanise Brown, a talented young 16-year-old singer.
Go me!

Question 6. Are there any events you said ‘Yes’ to but didn’t actually attend?

What?! Who wrote this thing anyway?! Fine. Yes, unfortunately there were a few. As I say yes to everything (well I meant to go….) sometimes events overlapped and I had to pick just one….And sometimes I’m just plain lazy and prefer to stay put then to venture out in the snow. Plus, there are only so many Friday/Saturday and Sundays in a month. C’mon people, give me a break already!

And finally,

Question 7. So what about parties? Reggae jams, soca fetes, bassment parties, etc? Did you plan, organize, attend or volunteer at any of those this month?

….Wow. I completely forgot about the party side of life. I didn’t get a chance to attend one Black History month related party, soca fete, reggae jam or even a spontaneous street party.

Oops.

Final Grade

 

Learning is great. Educating others is wonderful and you definitely get extra points for sharing knowledge. Showcasing and/or supporting young talent is priceless and volunteering your time is highly commendable. However, you will have to be docked points for failing to show up for an RSVP’d event and most importantly for forgetting to actually celebrate the month. Parties are all about bringing people together in a relaxed environment and encouraging everyone to have a good time. It could have bridged culture gaps,  closed the racial divide and essentially brought about world peace. Yes, parties are THAT powerful and THAT important. tsk. tsk. tsk.

 

Final Grade: B+

 

BUT! If you attend as many parties, reggae jams and soca fetes as you can in March and begin to spread the seeds for Black History Month 2012, your grade can be bumped up to a much deserved A.

Really?? Deal!

See! It pays to write the exam. 😉

Don’t judge! Criticize instead.

Use all the semantics you want, but the fine line between judging, criticizing and constructive criticism doesn’t have to be so fine.

Don’t know the difference? Well here’s your handy guide:

  • Example #1: You suck! (Judgement)
  • Example #2: Wow. It’s incredible how much you suck. (Criticizing)
  • Example #3: If you’d say something positive every once in awhile… you probably wouldn’t suck so much. (Constructive Criticism)

Judging vs. Criticism vs. Constructive Criticism

  • There are legitimate reasons to judge:

Who doesn’t love the power trip Judge Judy and others must feel every time they tell the plaintiff  “You’re lying!”.

Fun reasons to criticize (taken from www.RottenTomatoes.com review of the new Nicolas Cage film Season of the Witch) :

  • Finding online examples of constructive criticism was though. Hmmmm. Maybe we can consider humourously constructive in a back door sort of way:

    Steven Colbert’s ‘The Word’ (video link)

    • We also judge the celebrities in the media:

    umm..I didn't have a superbowl party either. Is THAT considered news too??

    • We even criticize strangers we see on the street (Glamour Magazine just does it with more fashion credentials):

    Glamour Magazine's infamous 'Do's and Don’ts

    Judge on

    Which brings us to the task at hand.  In a post written a few weeks back titled “The Follow Up”, I asked anyone willing to participate to read a non-fiction passage and to judge freely, to criticize uncontrollably and to be constructive as much as possible. I facebooked the challenge, I tweeted the info and then I stopped (I do have a life you know). I’m thick skinned so I was prepared for the worst. Unfortunately, you thin-skinned folks were so easy on me I ended up with loads of unadulterated praise (Not complaining though! I have no problem with y’all stroking this ego):

    “I like it, after reading it I want[ed] to read more.”

    “… it’s pretty good”

    “I like where this is going.”

    “It’s good and intriguing.”

    To more critical appraisal:

    “Personally, I thought it was alright, I’d give it around a 6.5/10”

    To helpful advice:

    “What you need is development. Think about who these characters are, try to get into the furthest depth you can about who they are…”

    The Last Word

    I think deep down I was secretly hoping for lots of ‘You’re great” and “Wow, I would buy this story today!” responses, I realized I was happiest reading the constructive feedback. It brought up many good narrative and character development points I hadn’t originally considered. The characters are all formulated in my head but that’s not whats coming across on paper. Plus, the feedback shows me that I need to get an outline in place so I can visualize where I’m coming from and better articulate on paper where the story should go.

    Bottom line: loved it all! Most feedback came via email and it was interesting and encouraging to read all the comments.

    As one critic soothingly expressed:

    “If there was nothing of merit in the piece, I wouldn’t have bothered writing… a…critique.“

    To dumb it down: I wouldn’t have wasted my time if I thought it was crap.

    I appreciate all comments and feedback and see that you all did wonders in determining the fine line between useless judgment and helpful (aka constructive) criticism. Thank you!

    You all deserve a $25 VISA gift card in my opinion, but, based on my contest rules, I can only give out one and so the random winner is…

    Ryan @ info@ryanfrawley.com!!

    Luckily Ryan, I have already used your $25 VISA gift card as down payment on my yet to be written debut novel!  Expect delivery within 1 to 3 years.

    Just kidding of course. I will contact you shortly and get your prize to you this week. As for what you can spend your gift card on, that’s completely up to you. You can buy whatever you want with your big prize! From a higly regarded literary magazine or even a copy of Teen Vogue. Don’t worry,

    I’m not going to judge.

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    …but I may need to offer you some constructive criticism. 😉

    The End is Nigh!

    Well the end of the year is nigh, at least.  So nigh, in fact, it’s pretty much here already. By the time you read this line, there will be less than 2 weeks till the ball drops for 2011. Rather than dropping the ball and waiting for Jan 1, 2011 myself (how passé!) I want to be the first to drop my 2010 Retrospective highlighting one top  post from each month. So without further adieu, I present to you:

    2010: A 2010 Retrospective looking back at a year of blogging in 2010. Retrospectively.

    January 2010: Why should polar bears have all the fun?

    Tempting fate and Mother Nature by taking an ice cold dip in the Pacific Ocean. If you think a person has to be mad to do it – you’re just about right on that. The madder the better.

    Would I do it again? I guess you`ll find out in less than 2 weeks…

    February 2010: Please, oh please, won’t you be my anti-valentine?

    Inspired by love and all its BS, as well as this hilarious antivalentine’s day card courtesy of www.Meish.org/vd:

     

    March 2010: End Game

    Olympic Fever hit me as early as January and I had several posts on the Olympics over a 2 month period culminating in this final, sad entry. Olymmmmmpicsssss! Those who lived it just know. Those who didn’t could be better off not feeling the loss of a time when the city of Vancouver was engulfed, enthralled and enchanted by all that was and might never be again. Sigh. So as you can tell it’s a fun, uplifting post. 😉

    April 2010: Supporting the Arts

    Oh Septocus! How I wanted this great performance art piece to be bad. I’ve never been so happy to be disappointed in my life. (Contrarily, I really wanted this performance art to be good and it was…not that)

     

    May 2010: I’ve got your future right here

    I paid $40 to be told the equivalent of what I could have discovered using a Magic 8-ball. Thinking of getting your palm read and your crystals analyzed? Simply remove my name in this post and paste in yours. Bam! I just saved you $40.

    June 2010: Love thy Father

    My heartfelt salute to my most favouritest man in the world – Daddykins! Interestingly enough, he doesn’t read my blog – the bastard! 😉 Xoxo!

    July 2010: Festivus of Beer

    Ah yes, an alcoholic’s dream come true… Assuming the alcoholic liked beer. Unfortunately I don’t. Read on for the details of this living nightmare.

    August 2010: Pie Times

    22 pies to taste and one spork with which to do it. As any 12-year-old girl with an eating disorder would say: OMG. Get a napkin ready and read on about the best day of my life!

    Pies as far as the eye can see! Wheeee!

    September 2010: Peaceful Anarchy

    Cycling for hours just for the hell of it. If we cause a little anarchy while we’re at it, so be it.

    October 2010: The Grouse Grind®

    Took on this bitch and it kicked my arse. Twice! Argh! I don’t take defeat very well. I’ll see you again in the spring, you sanctimonious whore! If you don`t know what the grouse grind is, count yourself lucky. And probably lazy. Yah you heard me. Take the challenge! 

    November 2010: Wedding Fever

    I finally learned about the fun in marriage Weddings! The glam; the photographers; the planning; the fun; the cake (oh my, the cake!); the party; the gifts; and the most important part of that day – the open bar! Marriages do not = weddings.  A wedding is the drug: an ecstasy pill coated in butter cream frosting, served with free flowing champagne.   Marriage is what comes after the drug fuelled, champagne high. Like the hangover if you will. heh heh heh. Hey, there’s always the simple cure (divorce) and then you can have another wedding, woo!

    December 2010:

    What? A 2010 retrospective looking back at a favourite blog from each month in 2010? What a great idea. 😉

    Is this considered a paradox thingy?  Nope. Apparently it’s called Recursion. Learning is fun! (except when it isn’t)

    December 2010 (the real one): `tis the season (pt II)

    Get in the spirit with this handy guide that should motivate you to get off your couch!… or stay on it. I have tips for you lazy folks too. And yes, you’re welcome.

    The Nigh at the End

    There you have it. A non-comprehensive 2010 retrospective on the year 2010 (a retrospective).

    What’s next for 2011? What’s next on the agenda? What will happen over the next 12 months? What predictions or speculations are on the horizon for the coming year? I haven’t a clue but after seeing that fortune teller back in May 2010, I do know one thing for sure:

    Neither does she.

    `tis the season (pt II)

    ‘Tis the season to pretend to care, to fake niceties to those you’d rather not, and to show love and affection to people you`d normally ignore in the street (in-laws & coworkers anyone?). ‘Tis the season where everyone is forced to be generous, to show goodwill towards mankind and to repent our selfish ways (relax though- it’s only for a few weeks).

    Yes ’tis the season of guilt.  Face it – when was the last time you donated to a charity because you wanted to? Gave money to a homeless person on the street because you felt like it? And dare I ask: When was the last time you donated your spare time to a worthy cause out of the goodness of your heart?

    What`s that now – feeling a little guilty? Perfect because ‘tis the season for it.

    You should also feel pretty normal too because only 33% of the population volunteers their spare time to worthwhile causes (compared to 26% of our American counterparts). But don’t go cheering and patting yourselves on the back just yet because within that 33%, the majority of them are at least in their ‘60s and 10% of this entire group do most of the work.

    Alas, my fellow young/lazy folks (young being aged 59 & under, lazy being lazy), we can’t just let those active sexagenarians show us up. What we need to do is both painfully obvious and obviously painful: We need to get out there and give. We need to do more than plan on doing something one day and actually do something right now.

    Volunteering can be hard and I sympathize with your hesitation. We have to pencil in the time, find the money to give, donate the hours, and worse yet – actually show up as promised. We can’t TIVO giving and we certainly can’t PVR our volunteer time (trust me, I’ve tried).

    JLo posited correctly when she sang about love not costing a thing. Something else that don’t have to cost a thing: Volunteering! That’s how much you get paid too so everyone is equally @ $0. Equality rules!

    So put your wallets away, get your butts off that old couch and tell your tired excuses to go to bed. It’s Volunteer Time.

    Get your butt off that dirty thing!

    Nelleytimes’ Lazy-Guy/Gal guide to volunteering:

    Lazy-Guy/Gal Complaint #1:  Do I have to leave my couch?

    Heck no!

    • You can sponsor a child online
    • Heck, you can sponsor a whole gosh darned village online
    • Sign online petitions (use your JohnnyBong or Emma6969 email addresses for extra points)
    • Send emails to friends and family members to donate to various causes you’ve signed up for
    • Clothing/toy/appliance donation pick up – right at your front door. Get rid of that old 42″ flat screen to make way for the 52″!
    • Make an online donation to a charity of your choice

    Lazy-Guy/Gal Complaint #2 Do I have to spend money?

    Heck no!

    • You can help pick up toys at drop boxes
    • Go through your closets and give your 2 sizes-too-small pants you`ll fit into again one day to someone who can actually fit into them now
    • You can be a Santa (you might even get paid in some instances!)
    • You can donate those dusty cans and boxes taking up space in the back of your cupboard
    • You can be an xmas meals on wheels driver
    • Ask any charity in the area how you can help out
    • How about serving or preparing food at a soup kitchen?
    • You can box up donations at a local food bank
    • Volunteer as a clown/helper at a local hospital

    Lazy-Guy/Gal Complaint #3 – Hmmm. That all sounds like too much work. What else can I do?

    What you can do is get the hell off your lazy ass and get out there and pick something to do and give back to your community you no good son of a …Er -what I mean is, if none of the options above are available to you for whatever reason, then please feel free to check out other options online:

    So there you have it. Problem solved. Pick any 10 items from the above lists and get to it. This is a great start. If everyone gets involved, we can conquer Christmas! (cuz that’s the point, right??). Plus, once that’s done we can start working on bringing about world peace, ending world hunger, and then fix this whole global warming thing we used to hear so much about (if that’s still even broken). It’ll be lots of work, it may take up a lot of our spare time and it might just be a thankless task. This won’t be a problem though because who do you think is up to this challenge and is ready to sign up?

    Well personally, I volunteer you.

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    I was originally very charity minded in last year’s ’tis the season.

    Couch pic source/ gift pic source

     

    Happy 365!

    What a short, interesting trip it’s been

    A year already. It’s a continuous theme in my blog posts: time flies. Now is the time to seize the day, carpe noctem, et cetera and on & on and so on and so forth.

    Perhaps you’re a little confused, but in case you haven’t been paying attention (and in your defence, I haven’t been either):

    HAPPY ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

    Now THAT's an anniversary cake!

    It’s been one year since I started this blog and today’s post is the first post of year two. Woo!  So technically I missed the anniversary date (September 27th) but just like in my relationships, I’m not one to pay particular attention to big dates (We’ve been together a year already? Are you sure?)  and this one-year mark is another milestone date that came by surprise.

    I looked back at my first and still favourite post: the 3-way conundrum; which openly mocked the aftermath of the dissolution of a relationship. This took me more than 3 weeks to compose; it went through several different edits and rewrites and it had no accompanying photos (to protect the guilty). I had the simple goals at the time of keeping it simple, clever, clean and under 500 words (official word count: 512). Reading it again for the first time in over a year, I still like it for its brevity, hilarity, and clarity. It even had its corresponding facebook promotional post:

    Going to lunch with an ex. I need to wear something that says ‘I’ve moved on”, “I’m happy with my life right now”, and “Your new girlfriend is probably a whore.” Hmmmm. I’m thinking something in a pattern perhaps? 😉

    I’ll admit it’s slightly petty (and over a year later, I’m still totally okay with that), but it was also liberating at the time. It was writing therapy and I suggest you try it sometime (shake out those dusty skeletons).

    Moving on, I moved on from there to write about anything, everything and all the fun little in-between activities that came along.

    In the beginning

    I had no real goal or direction. ‘Living’ is pretty general (just requires breathing – artificial or not) and could relate to many things. Whatever whim, activity or invitation came my way, I would quickly RSVP Y-E-S.  I may have only showed up to about half the events and arrived late to the rest of them (more fashionable that way, of course) but I have accomplished, experienced and been a part of the most random sampling of ‘living’ this side of the hereafter:

    – There was my continuous, internal struggle for my love of food men manly food.

    – Followed by my deep, outwardly struggle against the battle of the bulge (here’s a hint, I kicked its ASS!)

    – A reason to settle for Mr. Right Now: Be my anti-valentine

    – Reasons why you shouldn’t (or maybe I shouldn’t) drink and shop

    Free booze + shopping =$60 cheap "gold" earrings

    – How the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics took over my life. Then a second time. Then again.

    -I’m telling the world: What really happens in Vegas

    My second home

    – Would you like to go salsa dancing with me? Great. Be ready @ 3AM to go.

    – Spilling the beans on a great girl’s night out

    – My limited number of good deeds (unfortunately just wanting to be good doesn’t count. Humph) Maybe giving up my car counts?

    – How I joined the polar bear club (kind of like the mile high club but totally different)

    – The time I became a degenerate gambler (bet you 5 to 1 and my right kidney that it won’t happen again!)

    …etc, and on & on and so on and so forth. 52 weeks and 52 posts and its getting more fun by the week. I’m even considering changing to a more than once a week format but I think that kind of radical thinking should be saved for year three (crazy hippie thinking!).

    Where we go from here

    Year one was about trying different activities, living through new experiences, taking part in unusual events and being open minded to everything (especially this).

    In year two, I still want to try new things (so much to try, taste and do!) but I’ll be going to the people this time. Confused? Perfect. That’s how I like my audience – highly expectant and in the dark.

    Curious? Great! That’s even better.

    Stay tuned. 😉

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    Ok fine, here are a couple hints:

    • Gastronomic Anomalies: with so much good food out there, why do people feel the need to make this stuff??
    • Happy Sexy You
    • How am I supposed to eat THAT?
    • The bartering system: the real oldest profession

    Anniversary cake image

    In Vegas