Category Archives: adventure

playing the odds, you win some……

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(supposed to be here)

back in the day

when i was a waitress

going to school

training to be in the travel industry

i was on call for my restaurant in michigan

but i also had to be at an airline travel class in dallas

my restaurant had very recently said

absolutely no more days off for anyone

too many people were calling in sick or with excuses

so

according to my optimistic rationalization style math and logic

knowing the staff

having no other plan

odds were 50/50 at best

 i said nothing to my restaurant

crossed my fingers

flew to dallas

made the fateful call-in from the lone star state

 amazingly

the staff had all shown up that day

for the win!

p.s. don’t try this if you are a doctor

(actually was here)

 

“never tell me the odds.”

-han solo

 

 

raised from the earth.

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 happy discoveries

we found our way in and out of the corn maze

by following the grandies through the rows and fields

then found hot air balloons

followed their colors

past the moon and the trees

saw their beautiful flight and landing

 all on an afternoon spent among things raised from the earth.

 

“imagination is to love what gas is to the balloon-that which raises it from earth.”

– letitia elizabeth landon

spirited.

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fifteen months old

back to the baby book we go

another precursor to my future

pretty accurate then and now.

not so much the running. 

“walks and runs real well. understands almost anything you tell her. climbs on everything.

also started kissing at 15 months.”

– my mom

 

“once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight,

or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

– e. e. cummings

dragonheart.

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what did i find at the farmer’s market?

lots and lots of berries, zucchini, tomatoes, farmers, pies, flowers, herbs, honey, bread, 

and one tiny dragon.

 

“one does not need the size of a dragon to have the soul of a dragon. “

– robin hobb

 

 

300 club.

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Membership to one of the most exclusive clubs in the world takes place around a short red and white striped pole in Antarctica. Only those who endure an atmospheric difference of 300 degrees Fahrenheit are granted entry.

To join the elite 300 Club, residents at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, where on winter days the outside temperature dips below -100 degrees, must bare it all. It’s an odd tradition, one that comes with a high risk of frostbite in rather sensitive, traditionally clothed areas.

To join the exclusive group, the scientists must first spend time in the station’s 200-degree sauna. Once they’re fully cooked, they dash outside (at a brisk walk, because running is dangerous) wearing nothing but shoes and an optional neck gaiter to circle the ceremonial South Pole marker, which is hundreds of feet from the station. They then get back into the steamy sauna, which helps thaw their outsides while a bit of alcohol warms them up inside. Those who complete the challenge even earn a commemorative patch.

Though the thought of a naked scientist racing across the ice in dangerously cold temperatures to circle a pole may seem simply absurd, it’s actually a beloved ritual. The temperature only gets low enough a handful of days each year, giving the wacky tradition an almost ceremonial feel. Participants are usually cheered on by bystanders who use flashlights to guide them to the pole during the perpetual winter blackness.

The marker isn’t even the true location of the South Pole. Antarctica is blanketed by massive chunks of moving ice sheets that move about 30 feet each year. The ice’s inability to sit still makes pinpointing the world’s most southern spot with permanent precision impossible.

Finding and marking the accurate geographic South Pole is an annual (fully clothed) New Year’s Day tradition for those staying at the station. Every year since 1959, South Pole residents erect a new temporary marker at the spot and retire the old one into a display case inside the station. The ceremonial South Pole remains where it is, flanked by the flags, awaiting the next group of winter scientists hoping to join one of the world’s weirdest clubs.

“we take to the breeze, we go as we please.” 

― E.B. White

 

story credits: Atlas obscura, kerry wolf

photo credits:  martin wolf – national science foundation,

craig knott – national science foundation, alan light

what will you do?

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just another typical moment spent in a dance-off with a gorilla

while wearing a mash-up of your baseball team hat and Cub Scout gear

as a flag flies and a Girl Scout looks on.

what will you do today?

 

“it’s fun to take two topics and mix them into one cartoon.”

-walt handelsman

get dressed.

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in the midst of the polar vortex

 a call goes out

 a friend offers to drive us all to the movies

 preston- holding down the fort at the theater

sells us popcorn, beverages, and tickets

menu offers a movie combo of cocktails and popcorn

 the movie was great

the company was great

 felt like we were skipping school

to just have a day of fun

we forgot about the polar vortex outside

we laughed and cried

 we’ll never tell who chose which beverage:

 coffee, tall soda, sippy-cup ‘o wine.

choose your own adventure.

everyone needs someone who will call them and say,

“get dressed, we’re going on an adventure.”

-word porn