Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Birthday Look Back

Birthdays are milestones, especially when they happen to fall on round numbers in our Base-10 system. So, in honor of my birthday today, I thought I'd take a look back at my life and the things I've had the privilege of doing.  


  • Ran 963.82 miles over the past seven years, including 3 Half Marathons
  • Drank coffee in Seattle, ate cheesecake in NYC, beniegh's in New Orleans, Poutine in Montreal, Cheese in Paris, and Pasta in Rome
  • Learned to play the guitar
  • Ridden a motorcycle (briefly)
  • Learned to speak French
  • Drove a Ferrari

I've been to...

  • 16 Countries
  • 6 Canadian Provinces
  • 46 US states

Places I've Seen...

  • Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower, Empire State and WTC
  • Seen Shakespeare performed in Stratford Upon Avon, England and Ontario
  • Driven Pacifc Coast Highway, A1A and cross-country three times
  • To the top of Mt. Baker in shorts
  • Driven through a giant Redwood
  • Walked down Hollywood Blvd. and Wall St.
  • Sailed up the Rhine, Thames, Seine
  • Heard Jazz in a club on Bourbon St.
  • Knocked on the door of 221B Baker St.
  • Been to Gettysburg, Ft. Sumter and The Alamo
  • Mt. Fuji, The Swiss Alpes, US Rockies and Cascades
  • Seen the gardens at Butchart Gardens, Palace of Versailles
  • Mona Lisa and Winged Victory in the Louvre, Crown Jewels in the Tower of London
  • Swam in an volcanic lake near Mt. Vesuvius
  • Parthenon, Colluseum, Tower of London, Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Cool Rides...

  • Shinkansen & TGV
  • Gone 137mph in a car
  • Hit 100 mph Legally on a Montana Highway (no daytime speed limit at the time)
  • Hovercraft over the English Channel
  • Bottom of the Grand Canyon on a mule
  • Riverboat on the Mississippi River
  • Airboat in the Everglades
  • Seen the Space Shuttle liftoff in day and night

Other Noteworthy...

  • Been to NHL games in 6 cities
  • Come face to face with an idol: Patrick Roy
  • Visited Microsoft campus for a product demo
  • Beta tested Xbox Live