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I crushed my December To Do List! I did 12 out of 11 things! Wait, what?

It’s 2017, so I’m bending the rules, along with hearts and minds.

Hop on board, this new year is about to get interesting! Let’s leave all the ugliness behind us.

 

Goal for December 2016: Do all 11 items on my painstakingly (for you) curated To Do List.

Result: Success! 12/11

 

December 2016 To Do List

Sip at three new (to me) breweries – Always looking to have a brew or three, see. Of course! Beer is good! I went to Odd Otter Brewing Co. (Tacoma), Populuxe Brewing and Maritime Pacific Brewing Co. (Seattle).

Take a road trip – But where to? Buckle up. Did a few short trips around Washington State; to Mt. Rainer, Seattle and Arlington/Marysville.

Attend a Seattle Seahawks game – Boom! December 24th vs. the Cardinals. And…they lost a wild and crazy game.

Experience two Oscar buzz movies in theaters – Someone has to do it. Well, I kind of did it. I saw Arrival and tried to see La La Land (but it was sold out). I saw Rogue One, which should get 3-4 noms for music and special effects. So there, I’m claiming it!

Eat a Dick’s Drive-In (Seattle) Deluxe burger – As always. Burp.

Eat or drink at four new (to me) places, like coffee shops, bars or restaurants – Keeping up on my goal from Oct/Nov on trying new things. Did it! No sweat.

Get some snow on me – What is winter without wonderful white snow? I threw a few iceballs and did a five mile snowshoeing trek in Mt. Rainer National Park.

Hike! 20 miles at least! – Walk it off. I already achieved and more the hiking goal I made this year (read: hike 250 total miles), this is gravy. Done! And done!

Get rid of some stuff – I have clothes to donate, and some other things that need to go. Unclutter. Tidy. I organized a bunch of things to get rid of. I only managed to donate a few things to the 9:30 Club’s holiday charity. Plus I chucked some stuff still at my parents house.

Watch the Washington Huskies in the College Football Playoff Game (Peach Bowl) – I won’t go to the actual game in Atlanta, but I’ll be watching. Oh yes. Go Dawgs! I watched it at The Loose Wheel in Puyallup (which was surprisingly packed out with UW fans). Did not like the result, no I did not.

Wild Card – Something that in hindsight, should have been on this list! I went to visit the Tahoma National Cemetery near Kent and Covington, where 3 of my grandparents are buried in honor of military service. Jack Parker (1921-2006), Walter Bailey (1919-2016) and Verla Bailey (1927-2013).

Bonus Wild Card – I attended my sister’s wedding at The Rustin Chapel in Tacoma!

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I present to you my so rare, it’s annual December To Do List!

Get comfy and grab a buttery fistful of popcorn. If no popcorn is within reach, re-evaluate your life choices.

December is here, I’ll be in Washington State for the last 11 days, and in DC for the first 20 days!

Goal for December: Do all 11 items on my painstakingly (for you) curated To Do List.

 

December 2016 To Do List

  1. Sip at three new (to me) breweries – Always looking to have a brew or three, see.
  2. Take a road trip – But where to? Buckle up.
  3. Attend a Seattle Seahawks game – Boom! December 24th vs. the Cardinals.
  4. Experience two Oscar buzz movies in theaters – Someone has to do it.
  5. Eat a Dick’s Drive-In (Seattle) Deluxe burger – As always.
  6. Eat or drink at four new (to me) places, like coffee shops, bars or restaurants – Keeping up on my goal from Oct/Nov on trying new things.
  7. Get some snow on me – What is winter without wonderful white snow?
  8. Hike! 20 miles at least! – Walk it off. I already achieved and more the hiking goal I made this year (read: hike 250 total miles), this is gravy.
  9. Get rid of some stuff – I have clothes to donate, and some other things that need to go. Unclutter. Tidy.
  10. Watch the Washington Huskies in the College Football Playoff Game (Peach Bowl) – I won’t go to the actual game in Atlanta, but I’ll be watching. Oh yes. Go Dawgs!
  11. Wild Card – Something that in hindsight, should have been on this list!

 

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Prepare to get assaulted by blog posts. So much useless (and timely) end-of-year content to share, so little time!

So let’s recap. My goal in December was to complete a random assortment of leisurely pursuits of my own devising. Mostly while on a holiday-type vacation in Washington state.

I dug in and really went full half-assed at the task, but like all things of piddling consequence, I amazed myself with a 85% success rate! Parade worthy?

Let’s have a gander at what transpired. (Your cue to bolt.)

Goal for December: Do all 13 items (for luck) on my specially curated To Do List.

 
December 2015 To Do List
  1. Go skiing – Last year I hurt my back, so did not get to ski. This year that situation is rectified. Result: I hit the slopes at Crystal Mountain! I did not slide all the way down a black diamond slope! Where did you hear that rumor?
  2. Attend three Seattle Seahawks games – Boom! One in Baltimore and two in Seattle. Result: Boom! Boom! Boom! They won two and lost one.
  3. Visit Portland, OR – I hear they could really use a force like me. Result: Done. A quick and dirty drive-by for lunch.
  4. Experience Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Maybe even up to five times if it’s good… Result: The Force is with me.
  5. Visit two new breweries – There are so many new ones, so let’s get it on! Result: Yes, I went to 7 Seas Brewery (Gig Harbor, WA) and Fremont Brewery (Seattle, WA). 
  6. Eat a Dick’s Drive-In (Seattle) Deluxe burger – This will go on every future To Do List forever and ever. Result: Eaten deluxedly.
  7. Enter a cabin – Preferably one that we rent, but I’m not adverse to a little B&E if that’s what it takes. Result: True. It was called ‘Sweet Dreams’.
  8. Try 12 new beers – Burp. Result: Of course. I lost count, but I’m sure the final number of beers I tried was impressive.
  9. Hike a hike – I need to get outside! Result: I did a short meander about Clark’s Creek Park in Puyallup.
  10. Eat at one of Seattle’s best restaurants – According to this list here or even this one hereResult: Did not!
  11. See Book of Mormon – Want to. Will try. Result: Nope!
  12. Attend and write-up two concerts – Minimum. Result: Done! I reviewed The Arcs (a side-project of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys) (read about it here) and Des Ark (read about it here).
  13. Wild Card – Something fun or dumb, that I can’t think of now. Result: One day we decided to drive to Portland, hang for a hot minute, then drive home. Dumb but typical. We used to do that often when there was a Chick-fil-A at the Lloyd Center. But it’s been gone a long time. Yes, this is different from #3 above. No fact checking allowed.
Final Results: 11/13
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Sweet Dreams

 

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Seven Seas Brewery

 

Clark's Creek Park

Clark’s Creek Park

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One Day Hike 2015
One Day Hike

I trust you were NOT tempted, but somehow managed to accidentally click the link anyway.

Okay. That’s on you. As long as you’re here…

As some of you may recall, I started writing about life on the edge (okay, living in DC…) on the blog, ParkLife DC.

So far I haven’t been asked to guest on any morning shows or had Jon Stewart lampoon me on The Daily Show.

But the blog about DC is young*.

I’ve written concert reviews and about other interesting ‘topics’ over the last few months.

Shall we have a look at a few of them? That’s okay with you, right?

 

Things I wrote, that I like

My 4th attempt at the annual 50K One Day Hike. How did I do? Should you try it next year?
http://parklifedc.com/2015/05/18/excursion-the-sierra-clubs-annual-one-day-hike-42515/

Drinking and walking. A robust way to enjoy the breweries of DC.
http://parklifedc.com/2015/04/10/excursion-happy-hour-brewery-hike/

 

Concert reviews I wrote

Here I pontificate about Mumford & Sons’ show at Merriweather:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/06/12/music-park-mumford-sons-merriweather-post-pavilion-61015/

Here I look up to The Tallest Man on Earth at Lincoln Theatre:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/06/04/music-park-the-tallest-man-on-earth-lincoln-theatre-6115/

This one gives the impression I liked The Ting Tings’ show at the 9:30 Club:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/04/15/music-park-the-ting-tings-930-club-41115/

 

Things I wrote about speakeasys and drinking (this is not a theme…)

Harold Black with Jim Beam:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/03/27/stars-and-bars-jim-beam-bonded-returns-harold-black-32315/

The Speak with cocktails:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/05/22/stars-and-bars-the-speak-an-underground-cocktail-bar-opens-on-k-st/

 

Clicked through all those already?

How about some other examples of not-made-for-primetime reviews…

The Juan Maclean Band:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/05/05/music-park-the-juan-maclean-u-street-music-hall-5115/

Marrow:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/04/29/music-park-marrow-black-cat-42315-2/

 

That’s all I have for you today. Check back in later. We’ll reminisce.

 

*Only five weeks left to get on Jon Stewart’s radar before he leaves The Daily Show! The pressure is on!

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Back in the day, August 30th to be precise, I set about to undertake a fantastical journey through the streets of Washington, DC.

The goal was to hike to six of the seven breweries in DC. Note: An eighth brewery has opened since.

Not only to hike to them, but to enjoy all the splendor of their beer coffers.

See this Tolkienesque, but not random, journey mapped in all its glory.

Map

 

If everything went according to plan, the hike would cover 11 miles and include an undisclosed amount of liquid gold.

Suffice it to say, it did not go according to plan. We skipped the final destination, Bluejacket, and the 4-1/2 miles it would require to hike there, in favor of being extremely drunk.

We went to five of the six breweries, and hiked 6-1/2 miles in total. We also stopped at the newly opened Chuck Brown Memorial Park.

High five! Success. The original plan was merely aspirational.

The journey started with lunch at Right Proper Brewing Company and ended at the beer garden of Bardo.

Burp.

 

Lunch at Right Proper

Lunch at Right Proper

Follow the beer soaked road...

Follow the beer soaked road…

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Street people

Street people

Don't touch my ball

Don’t touch my ball

Do it well, or don't do it at all. - Chuck Brown

Do it well, or don’t do it at all. – Chuck Brown

Beats by Drunks

Beats by Drunks

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Get some

Get some

Living the dream

Living the dream

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Atlas tasting room

Atlas tasting room

In the zone

In the zone

Bardo

Bardo

This is you after the hangover

This is you after the hangover

 

 

 

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