Category Archives: adventure

i’m hopping off to san diego for an early spring long weekend thaw.



(not me, but very similar)

the Alaskan tree frog

freezes solid

during the winter


stopping it’s heart

and then

thaws in the spring


hops away!

image credit: snakebytestv


buy the ticket, take the ride. – hunter s. thompson



valentine’s night 

was wonderful


beautiful view

of the

frozen river

shared border


two countries



old and new

snow falling

no worries

about driving

bitter cold

warm company

a new dress


took a cab

to a

lovely dinner

in a beautiful

historic house

glowing with warmth


hints of

delicious food

and then

the play

one of my favorites



love story


and after

ready for

the trip back



comforting embrace


 our warm hotel


the cabs

were hiding


places unknown

staying warm inside

remote garages


mg rescued

a woman’s lost glove

part of a another

happy couple


in return

we met them

 they were

in the same

transportation predicament

waiting for their car

and she said

‘don’t worry.

you have a ride with us.’


we uber-ed

with the

random strangers


the driver

finally arrived

we immediately


in the wrong direction

turn signal on




new driver


second day on the job

in over his head

from brazil

no sense of direction

worse than mine

didn’t know the city at all

using his boss’s car

so much laughter

and we had

a crazy ride 

and saw

our hotel

in the

opposite direction

drove through the city

more laughter

 one of our hipster

fellow passengers 

and tried to

take on the role

of navigator

she had begun

celebrating early

and was

 much loved by her partner

who accepted

her funny side

and her state of

altered reality

that was clear

and we all

told mario

‘look for the biggest building in the city. 

the one you see in all the pictures.

head towards the river.

you can’t miss it.’



he did

miss it


even more



survival bonding

and i

offered her

my rose

as a thank you

for the ride

as they finally

dropped us

and headed off

for places unknown

their own destination

even farther away

and it was

 like being part of

a performance art skit 


so glad

we held on

 embraced the adventure

 for the ride of our lives

the perfect ending

to a magical night.


be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risks in life that seem worth taking. the ride might not be as predictable if you’d just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting.  
– edward whitacre, jr.

the world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.  – e.e. cummings



children and the young at heart

are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty

in honor of International Mud Day.


a man is getting old when he walks around a puddle instead of through it.  ~R.C. Ferguson

image credits:, firefliesandmudpuppies,


Sometimes, a winner is a dreamer who never gave up. – Unknown


while much of the globe is preoccupied with the world cup from june 12-july 13,

here is an alternative championship that could give fifa a run for its money.

the world toe-wrestling championships.


in 1976, when pubgoers in derbyshire, england grew bored with arm wrestling,

they began locking big toes and trying to pin their opponent’s foot to the ground.

rules state that competitors must yell out ‘toe much!’ if they want to throw in the towel.

competition is serious.

world champion, alan ‘nasty’ nash

has come home with broken toes nine times!

just play. have fun. enjoy the game.

michael jordan

credits:, bbc news, mental floss magazine


balls: world cup day one.


10462432_648248928577162_1859792449697730735_o-2it’s world cup time and team oz is ready.

these guys seem pretty unruffled.

and who needs shorts down under?

best of luck to team u.s.a.

let the games begin!

I say if you’re going to take a chance on something, you just go full balls to the wall.
Toby Keith

image credit: the kangaroo sanctuary Alice Springs

I’m in competition with myself and I’m losing. – Roger Waters


picturehouse dendy cinemas

what do you get when you combine the 1980s, video arcades, the guinness book of world records, human drama, sabotage, corruption, power, cheating, trash-talking, genius, ego, and insanity?

why, you get ‘the king of kong: a fistful of quarters’ of course. one of my all-time favorite documentaries. this eccentric film, released in 2007, features ‘self-proclaimed legend’ in the world of video arcade games, billy mitchell, florida hot sauce magnate and the holder of the ‘donkey kong champion of the world high scoring’ record for 25 years, and the first perfect game scorer in the history of pac-man, as he is challenged by quiet and brilliant unemployed aerospace engineer/now science teacher from washington,  steve wiebe, who has never won a thing in his life.

in this film, their long distance rivalry and ultimate challenge is played out right before our eyes and under the careful watch of walter day, creator of twin galaxies, and online gaming website gatekeeper. what follows is a classic tale of good vs. evil, davy and goliath, sheer will and karma, and the suspense never stops right up until the very last second.

watching this, i spent 79 fascinating minutes glued to the screen, laughing, crying, cheering and yelling, right along with it. and most of all,  i love that it was categorized under ‘sports’ in the documentary world.

film quotes:

Walter Day: This rivalry is among the greatest: the Yankees and Red Sox… Hekyll and Jekyll.

“I wanted to be a hero. I wanted to be the center of attention. I wanted the glory, I wanted the fame. I wanted the pretty girls to come up and say, “Hi, I see that you’re good at Centipede.”

Jillian Wiebe (Steve’s wife) : Work is for people who can’t play video games.

image credit: picturehouse/dendy cinema