So here is the idea. Fill a week with the most adrenaline filled adventures that Northern California has to offer. One a day for 6 days. A SUMPTUOUS dinner every night. On day seven, spend the day at a spa where you are pampered and you can come down from the adrenaline filled week.
Here is a list of potential adventures.
Bungee jumping off a 100+ foot high bridge: http://www.icarusbungee.com/
Skydiving over Sonoma County: http://www.norcalskydiving.com/northern-california.html
Hang gliding off of Stinson Beach: http://www.sfhanggliding.com/
WWI biplane ride with loops, rolls and inversions: http://www.vintageaircraft.com/
White Water Rafting the middle fork of the American River: http://www.whitewaterexcitement.com
Hike to the top of Half Dome:
And whatever other ideas people have (these are just some of the items on my bucket list.) I would love to have at least 1 person join me on each adventure, but believe me, I WILL do them alone.
So who is with me? Join me for 1, a few, or all of the adventures. I am contemplating the 1st or 2nd week of July 2012, so I need to get going on making reservations. It is time to do the things you have said “someday” to. Someday is NOW.
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I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Common Battery Sizes
Something I have been wondering about for a long time. We have “D”, “C”, “A”, “AA” and “AAA” (yes there is actually an “A” as well as “F”, “G” and “J”. But there has never been (to my recollection) a “B” size (and apparantly there is no “E”, “H” or “I” sizes either).
Is there some fundamental problem that I am unaware of, of labeling something as “B”? If there was some insinuation of lesser quality, then we would not have any of the other letters either, and would probably have an “E” size signifying excellent. And an endless stream of ever increasing multiples of “A” kind of like all those “Rent-A-<add noun here>” yellow page ads. So that can’t be it.
Battery sizes seem to follow bra cup size designations with “A” being smaller and increasing through “D”. Although I have never heard of a “AAA” cup size…
Perhaps there was a “B” size once. Maybe it just inadequate for the bigger tasks, and too much for the smaller ones. Or maybe “B” was just BAD. Who knows. its a lot to ponder.
I was doing laundry today, moving the clothes from the washer to the dryer. Now let me state that I have one of those new-fangled washer/dryer systems that sing to you when your clothes are done. Be that as it may, its not really the topic of this post.
I noticed today (yes, I have had the dryer for 6 months and I JUST noticed today…) that the dryer has 4 settings for DRY. Now I don’t know about you, but when I put my clothes in the dryer, I really only need 1 setting… DRY. That is the point of the dryer, no? To actually DRY your clothes.
Well what I noticed is that my dryer has the following settings: Damp dry, Less Dry, Normal dry and More dry.
I can understand (only peripherally) the Damp dry setting. Perhaps people used to living in very humid climates are so used to feeling damp that they would prefer their clothes to be “Damp dry.” But really, shouldn’t it be just called Damp? A bit oxymoronic.
And WTF does Less Dry mean? Isn’t that still damp? There must be degrees of dampness to which I am oblivious. Again, I would never use the Damp setting, so less damp, or less dry is meaningless to me.
Then there is More Dry. OK. Dry is Dry, no? I mean, really, can something be more Dry than Dry? Doesn’t the very definition of the word Dry obviate the need for a setting called More Dry?
I guess I will just continue to use my new dryer in my proletarian fashion, perpetually set to the Normal Dry setting. As long as my clothes come out Dry, that’s all I really care about.
This is it. Last day of travel. Went to bed at 9pm last night and woke up at 6am. A good 9 hours and already adjusted to US time zones.
Had a great breakfast of arroz con huevos and platanos maduros. Hung out all morning with mom and the girls in the air conditioned luxury of her apartment. Way too hot and humid! At about 1pm Rick and Jackie came by and we all went to eat Indian food at a place near my mom’s. Then it was off to the airport and the final leg of our adventure.
In the next or so, I will be updating this blog with more and better pictures as well as better descriptions and names of places we visited. So come back again for more. And thank you all for following our adventure!
BIG travel day today. We wake up cruising through the Stockholm Archipelago and dock at about 9:30 local time. By 10:30 we are at the Arlanda express, a 200+mph train from downtown Stockholm to the airport. By 11:00 am we are at the airport drinking frapuccinos at Stockholm’s only Starbucks. Our flight leaves at 2:10 pm.
What to say about the flights? Made it safely to Iceland and then to new York with no delays. Ready to eat arroz con gandules and pollo guisado! And then go to sleep! LOL!
Today is our day in Riga. Boat docks at 10 am and we are off and at ’em.
Riga has a beautiful old town parts of which date back several hundred years. We are only in Riga for about six hours, so we focus our exploration on the old town. Pretty old churches, narrow cobblestone streets interesting buildings and big plazas all add to the charm of Riga.
We cruise around street vendors selling tons of amber and other products. Eventually we get hungry and discover medieval restaurant. They serve only food that was available in the medieval times. The restaurant proper was originally a cellar for a building above but has been used for many things over the years. The first legitimate reference to the location was over 800 years ago which makes this the oldest restaurant I have even eaten in. Zenia and I have French onion soup and Maia has venison soup. The food and the accompanying bread is delicious.
After lunch more strolling around and then we head back to the boat. We will have dinner on the boat tonight.
The heat of the day has just beat me to death today. To say I am exhausted is to be kind to exhausted people the world over. Tonight I take it easy, get to bed early and hopefully recuperate and store some energy for the LONG trip tomorrow. We get into Stockholm at 10am and leave at 2pm. We arrive in NY at 7pm after flying for 11 hours.