When I was visiting my partner up in Nashua, NH, we decided I needed to go collect some of the states where I had not previously been. This was part of my quest to collect all 50 states. So I hate just going to a state with no purpose so I had to find a reason to go.
I was originally going to go to the Jewish museum but it was hard to get in (huge lock even though it was during appropriate hours), but my partner loves Bigfoot and cryptozoology so we went to the International Cryptozoology Museum instead. It’s not big and it’s a little expensive, but it’s a cool collection of weird stuff and the employees are funny or maybe I like them because they laughed at my comparing Bigfoot to my father. I don’t know… hard to tell. 😉
As I recall, it was pretty hard to find so you might want to call for directions before you go.
So what is your favourite Cryptozoology creature?
Completed : 2014
I’m trained as an anthropologist and when you are an interested in other cultures and to other spiritual practices as I am, it is no surprise for me to be interested in other cultural festivals. I can appreciate the drumming and the dancing and the colourful costumes.
Apparently the “Native American Festival and Pow Wow” held at Stone Mountain Park (in November) is supposed to be the biggest gathering Native American Gathering in Georgia and one of the top tourist events in the South. So I went to experience a pow-wow even if it may have been one more for the tourists although if I can be honest I have no idea if it was accurate or not since I have never been to others.
In this one since it was a festival as well, they had a lot of vendors selling various crafts and supplies (I need to return with money some day as I can pick up Scrimshaw materials), there was also several reenactment type encampments which was very neat to look in to see the examples of the tipis, and there was a birds of prey exhibition. They had a family of Aztec Dancers as well and someone who played the Native Flute although they were not playing native tunes which is what I would have expected.
We didn’t get to see nearly as much of the dancing as I would have liked but part of that was because not only did it start to rain but we were so late getting back to that section of the festival that there were no places left to sit so we were standing.
Next year I am already planning on going again and being a little more prepared especially with money as there were several things I should have purchased.
What pow-wow if any have you been to? What did you enjoy about it? What would you recommend if I attended again?
Completed : 2017
Tags: #142, 2017
I really like doing this one as you can see.
I went back to doing all three terms on the AJFF, which was really weird because people who I had worked with for ages didn’t recognize me even by the last term. I have only sat on the festival for a number of years. Again there were nearly 600 films. Personally, I did not think the quality of the movies that were submitted were the best quality although that could be because I am getting cynical and I am really tired of working with Holocaust films. Please for all of the future film makers out there, please if you want to do a Jewish movie, we have a very rich and creative history which is not just the Holocaust. If I can be honest I really don’t want to be so reminded that I have nightmares because I have to watch it.
Did anyone on the evaluation committee see any good movies that they can recommend?
Completed : 2017
Tags: #122, 2017
I was spending a lot of time working on graduate school applications as well as the business. I have apparently the most reviews of any hypnotherapist in the Southeast as far as I can tell, which is great I guess. I am still trying to have a full client load which is hard to do if you play ethically and fix problems rapidly.
My graduate school applications have gone well. GRE was decent although I had no time to study. Still got higher than I was aiming, the eight programs I am applying to, I am over the average for six.
1) I am still working on the native flute.
2) I did National Novel Writing Month again and I am really proud of the result. I am likely going to try to do something with that.
3) I’m going to post more from AJFF
4) I am really getting the travel bug so I would love to go somewhere cheap. Where? Who knows. I haven’t been out of the country in a while, maybe the Bahamas?
5) I really want to take a class in something new so I have some groupons saved in my browser.
Another one of my most ancient things on my bucket list was a journey to the La Brea Tar Pits. This has been on my list since I was a huge fan of the Gary Owens/Eric Boardman team who did the dinosaur children documentaries. One of them was “Prehistoric World” which was ice age and they went to the La Brea Tar Pits. It was one of the shows I watched the most as a child, probably drove my grandmother insane.
The tar pits were quite expensive to park $12 which is the same cost as to get *into* the museum. The museum is I think somewhat bigger than I was expecting having only seen it on TV, but yet not nearly as big as most natural history or science museums I am used to seeing. The grounds were huge though which included an active dig and several things to walk around and watch.
My visit wasn’t as good as it could have been as there was a huge field trip that day and the kids pretty much hogged all the exhibits and destroyed the additional show that I paid for as they kept screaming and shouting. Really kids, your chaperones were all yelling at you and you still misbehaved? Apparently it was a charter school who also just started their school year. I never saw any school start on field trips that early especially to such an expensive place!
Anyway it was interesting to see some of the things that were on the TV up close although it had been so long since I saw the show that everything was mostly new again. The atrium type area was really really pretty and would be a nice place to propose marriage. I wish there was even more to do at the tar pits and would have really liked to have more money to spend at the gift shop which was also very expensive but had so many neat things in it.
Is there any place you wanted to go as a kid and later visited you as an adult?
Completed : 2017
Tags: #130, 2017, la brea
Let me say I was in LA to attend my HMI graduation last August, so I attempted to be smart and do as much of the LA-specific bucket list items as possible so La Brea is going to be coming up as well.
So it was on my last day in LA that I was trying to get get out of my airbnb early enough to go catch a movie at the Chinese Theater, but my host opted to try to find other things for me to do in LA because I do not think he liked the idea. This completely messed up my plans not that his suggestions weren’t great, but they were not my interests and were not on my bucket list. He talked so much (an hour) that by the time I got out of there there was no way to park in any of the parking lots near the theater. I was going to watch Blazing Saddles at the theater and then walk around up and down the walk of fame. But instead due to lack of parking, and it took me an hour to find a parking space anywhere, I parked several blocks away in one of the very few free parking spots. It was only for two hours. By the time I walked to the Walk of Fame, I had to practically turn around and walk back.
When I was there, I tried not to do anything bad like actually vandalize because there was more than enough vandalism that already took place there. There were not enough blank stars to do it to anyway! I did walk to see a few stars (Elvis and the Beatles) and then walked back home.
Who would you like to see on the walk of fame?
Completed : 2017
So I went to Las Vegas in August and I went on the Rio’s Voodoo Zipline which is like 500 feet up.
I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to do this one or Slotzilla but the proximity to Gold Coast which was the sister hotel to Orleans where I was staying really sealed the deal. Given the lateness of the conference and the fact I was dependent on shuttle transportation and had to be so careful due to epilepsy an Las Vegas is a living nightmare for me. This way, I could walk only one hotel over and then not risk so much in the way of danger.
Going into the Rio was very confusing since the directions to the zipline showed a different direction than how you went, like the elevators that said 50-51 floors did not actually go to them. I had to have a hotel staff member show me the entrance and yet another place to be. Once I went to the check in and then was told to go to the retail shop, then back to check in them was sent to the elevator that only went to the top floors. It was a glass elevator and as much as I am terrified of them, I knew this was nothing in comparison to what I signed up for.
For whatever reason, there was almost no line which is very different from the reviews that said the lines were always long. By the time the elevator got me to the top I received a text saying it was my turn to ride. Well ok then! As luck would have it I went alone on a tandem ride and yes I was pretty secure to my seat although that really is not something that one is thinking about when one is the better part of 500 feet up. I was more concerned with what was above me then below me as in not wanting the cord to snap!
It didn’t though!
While the launch was a bit of a drop and was pretty freaky, I was able to watch the sunset in the distance from way up and watched some of the stars. I did cling to the chair though! It was over before I knew it and I was on my way back to the Orleans.
So Slotzilla or Rio? Which would you choose?
Tags: #141, 2017
If anyone knows anything about me, they know I have a slight groupon obsession. I find a lot of the things I am doing on my bucket list because of the wonderfulness of groupon.
Since I knew what is on my bucketlist I of course look for them. I kept searching for information about how to complete this goal but nothing safe would ever come up. I could easily go to the range sure but I didn’t know the first thing about a gun! So I had to wait to try to find a class. My luck hit last month, and a course from Safe Zone Defenses came up for a basic pistol class.
It was a great class, unfortunately or fortunately I was the only student! No one else showed but that meant I had personal attention. The class covered a lot of material in a few hours, and we went out to the range which was very very loud. I shot a little 22 caliber semi-auto. At 15 feet, I had 100% hitting of the target (which means they were all killshots, 20% of them (or slightly more, hard to say since some went in the same holes) hit the very small bullseye. I would be a little concerned.
It was interesting. Still not sure I need a gun in my house though with my depression.
What about you? Would you ever own or shoot something like that?
Completed : 2017
One of the “Things to Do” was to own an original work of art. While of course, I have things from my daughter in my closet and some things really could be framed and placed up on my walls (no offense small child, I haven’t gotten around to getting a frame that big), I figured maybe other art would meet the criteria.
First up was really a friend’s drawing of my dog Caelum, it was very nice and is hanging up on my wall in my office near the hypnochair. I’ve also been acquiring a lot of really great artwork through Simbi. I exchange hypnotherapy and I get usually pretty neat artwork in return. One of the things I wanted to get a long time ago was a really neat space art that was done by spray paint. I was able to get one of those on Simbi!
Check out some of the things I’ve been given by clients or things I have gotten through Simbi in exchange for work.
Which do you like the best?
Completed : 2016
Well I completed most of the things from last quarter’s list. I am still working on the business of course and applying to graduate school again, in fact my GRE is coming up soon.
1) Still working on the native flute.
2) I am likely going to be putting out another book, which will help a little with the passive income stream goal.
3) Going to see if I can do the Christmas on the beach this year although it might have to wait. I will see what I can do.