Another year, another successful complete and total take-down of my December To Do List.
My time in Kansas City was limited, but I still managed to do a few things.
1) Went to a Royals baseball game at Kauffman Stadium (will post separately)
2) Ate barbecue (at Arthur Bryant’s and Fiorella’s Jack Stack)
3) Drank beer at Boulevard Brewing Company (and elsewhere)
4) Visited the National World War I Museum and Memorial
The barbecue was most excellent. And I learned about a new meaty item – burnt ends! Legit.
Kansas City has the National WWI Museum and Memorial (read: this country’s official museum). Why you might ask? Shouldn’t it be in Washington, DC?
Well, the story goes that one week saw 400 Kansas City residents killed in battle and the city put up a memorial for those soldiers. They continued to raise private funds and expanded over the years.
The memorial and a small museum opened in 1926; and the museum exploded in size in 2006. The museum is worth visiting, as it’s jam-packed with all manner of WWI propaganda, war-time items, tanks, planes, movies and interactive displays. The coolest part was a life-size recreation of a trench that you can only view through little portals or holes. Go.
Finally I drank some suds at Boulevard Brewing Company downtown, whose operation and tasting room are booming (since 1989)! After the Royals game and a significant lightning storm (full sky lightning strikes!), I went downtown to Double Shift Brewing Company until the power went out and they shooed people out.
Let’s just say December involved a lot of football; either watching on TV, attending a game or playing flag football.
Extra Extra Bonus!
I’ve missed the boat and failed to share five extremely useless photos. Are you sad?
No? That’s what I thought. Oh well, no time like the present to correct such an egregious error.
P.S. No 4th of July photos, because that’s been done.
P.S.S. No good photos, because I don’t do those.
Mudhoney screaming at me. Read about their show if you dare.
Photos get taken. Photos get posted.
I winnowed it down to the least offensive. The least interesting. The least of the least.
That is the least I could do. Quite literally.
I’m a little slow in posting this goal.
I guess you can say I’ve been doing other things… And I have been working on this goal since January, but I can report I’m woefully behind. Woefully. A March Madness miracle is in order.
I do have the 50K One Day Hike in late April to look forward to, along with a few training hikes, so maybe that will be the difference!
Goal for January-April: Hike, run or bike 550 miles total. Just do it.
My last goal was in December. Let’s peek at how I fared.
Goal for December: Do all 11 items on my freshly minted To Do List.
Total: 9 (out of 11)
December To Do List
- Touch snow – I would say go skiing, but my back may not have recovered enough by then. Result: No. I could have driven an hour and stuffed frigid snow down someone’s back. But I didn’t. Instead, upon my return to DC, it snowed.
- Attend two Seattle Seahawks games – One in Philadelphia and one in Seattle. Result: Boom, son! Done!
- Grace Portland, OR or Vancouver, B.C. with my presence – They both need it! Result: Indeed. I hit up Portland for an evening of…stuff. I believe alcohol and karaoke reared their ugly heads. Don’t quote me.
- Watch two Oscar buzz movies in the theater – With extra butter. Result: Yep. Wild and Unbroken.
- Take a hike – I need to find out what bears do in the woods. Result: True. I did a quick 8-mile jaunt along the Foothills Trail in Orting.
- Eat a Dick’s Drive-In (Seattle) Deluxe burger – Eat it! Result: I ate it.
- Try 10 new beers – AKA beers I’ve not had the pleasure or displeasure of drinking before. Result: This I did in abundance. I should get extra credit, because I had about 25 new beers…but who can remember?
- Eat at Thai Tom (Seattle) – Or any Thai restaurant on this Seattle Times list. Result: No. I tried, but the line to get in was out the door. So I went to a different Thai restaurant a few blocks away.
- Visit Two Beers Brewing Co. (Seattle) – Or any brewery I haven’t yet visited in Seattle. Result: Burp.
- Visit one Espresso Vivace coffee shop (Seattle) – Or any coffee shop from this King 5 list around Washington state. Result: Sipped!
- Wild Card – Add something awesome when I think of it. Result: I can add anything here, right? Well, I’ll put down the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room, because it is crazy excess for coffee lovers.