Bungee jumping: I’ll pass

By October 11, 2011 #CatTravels, Musings, The Daily Dish

I consider myself pretty adventurous.

I’ll try almost anything, from interesting appetizers to funky nail polish to inverted roller coasters (though I’ll do that only once).

But there are a few things I won’t do. Never. Not even if you paid me.

One of those things is bungee jumping.

I can’t see the fun in jumping — willingly! — from a bridge or crane or some unsafe structure with just an elastic cord strapped to my ankles. What’s the thrill is free-falling into a gorge, staring death in the face, then flying back upwards, then back down again, until the energy dissipates — and you’re lower back and neck are permanently tweaked.

No. I won’t do it.

And yeah, I saw that woman — Frances Gabe, a colon cancer survivor — who celebrated her 91st birthday with a bungee jump at the Big Fresno Fair yesterday. But even she admits it’s not for everyone.

And it’s certainly not for me.

Is there something you absolutely will not do, not even for money?


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Relationship status: ‘It’s complicated’

By October 10, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

The first thing on my girlfriend’s list of things to do once she got married?

Change her Facebook status.

And I don’t mean after her honeymoon. She updated her status as soon as she left the altar. She was still in her wedding dress.

It’s interesting how often — and how much — we broadcast our personal lives across the very public networks of social media.

As soon as people get engaged or break up or get married — or now, get divorced — they change their relationship status on Facebook as a way to tell the world, “Hey! Look! See what just happened!”

I get that you want to publish accurate and up-to-date information online. I’m a journalist, I can respect that. And I even get the need to broadcast to people in your network that you’re engaged or married.

But break-ups? In Facebook? On Twitter? That just seems, well, tacky.

I witnessed the awkward break-up of a couple on Twitter once. It started by one person “unfollowing” the other. And all hell broke loose.

And I’ve heard from friend who say their new significant others urged — if not outright pestered and pressured — them to change their Facebook status immediately. If not, that meant they were hiding the relationship, they didn’t really love them, they weren’t committed — and that led to an entire night of useless arguing.

There are more than 800 million active Facebook users, most of whom indicate some kind of relationship status, which can now range from single to in a domestic partnership.

And there’s even an app — the Facebook Breakup Notifier, which was released in February — that helps people keep taps on potential partners. You can choose the friends whose relationship status you’d like to track. (Like old boyfriends, recent flings, that crush you had in high school.) And when his relationship status changes to “single,” you pounce.

“You like someone. They’re in a relationship. Be the first to know when they’re out of it,” promises the app’s website.

It’s a weird world we live in. Can anyone explain it to me?

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Postcards: Derek’s doing fine!

By October 9, 2011 Postcards

Everyone’s asking, “How’s Derek doing?” Well, he’s doing well — as you can see. He’s standing here in front of Lake Mendota, the northernmost and largest of the four lakes near the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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Today’s happy shot

By October 8, 2011 Food, Happy Shots

The best Saturday starts with Champion Malassada — from friends!


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Sick? Eat pho

By October 6, 2011 Food, Happy Shots


When I’m sick, I tend to skip meals, sometimes going an entire day on just a bowl of rice.

But for the past few days, I’ve been battling a cold. Sore throat, coughing, congestion and a headache. And I’ve been craving one thing: pho.

Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with raw beef or chicken and a plate of fresh basil, mint leaves, lime and bean sprouts.

It’s really the warm broth and easy-to-eat noodles that make this my go-to dish when I’m sick. (And one of my favorite bowls comes from Saigon Restaurant Vietnamese in Chinatown.)

What’s your go-to dish when you’re not feeling well?

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