Monday, January 2, 2012

Day 366: Polar Bear Plunge

     So the project is officially and successfully over. I'd like to thank everyone who partook in any way. Whether you kept up with the blog, or helped to spread the word about the project, or even helped me with a challenge or two, I really appreciate it. It's been a lot of fun...for the most part, and I'm actually sad it's over. But then again, it's never really over. The only thing that's ending is the structure. I am now free to try new things simply because I enjoy trying new things, not because of a project or a blog. I've conditioned myself to actively seek out new experiences this past year, and this new habit seems to be sticking quite well.

Trying to warm back up
     To prove it, today I joined the Polar Bear Club. It's an annual event that takes place on the first of the year. It's a fundraising event where participants strip down to their bathing suits (maybe a speedo or two) and take a plunge into the freezing cold river in Golden, Colorado. I think it's supposed to welcome the new year and give you a fresh (and arctic) start, but really who knows? Some people watch, others take the dip, but everyone's there to support a cause (unfortunately, I have no idea what the cause is). So my sister, mother, and I joined the group of eager and inebriated polar bears by the river this morning. We were armed with nothing but a couple towels and generous amounts of beer. And after the thank you speech was given, we all ran towards the icy river and jumped in. To say that it was beyond freezing would be an understatement. This water was cold, like, body paralyzing, and lung crippling cold. My body wasn't functioning very effectively, but eventually I completely submersed myself and completed the challenge. It was a memorable end to the project, and a refreshing start to whatever comes next. I really doubt that I'd ever try anything like the Polar Bear Club (or really, most of my previous challenges for that matter) if it weren't for this project. It's gotten me to finally leave my comfort zone and throw caution to the wind. I hope it doesn't sound corny when I say this, but I'm really grateful for the project. I've met new people, reconnected with old friends, traveled to strange places, tasted exotic foods, and over all gotten cultured about the sights, sounds, and opportunities in life. Thanks again, for helping make 2011 totally rad. And for any of you that aren't completely sick of me yet, I've started a new blog that should hold you over for a little while. Thanks.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Day 365: Pierce My Ear

Not too siked
     Nobody is more bummed out about this challenge than I am. I've never been a fan of dudes with earrings, they're just not my cup of tea. I did an impressive job of resisting the urge to get a piercing for the project, but I guess that now's as good a time as any to finally go through with it. It's my last challenge, why not make it permanent?
     Stefanie was to do the piercing honors, but once she had the gloves on, and the gun in hand, I think she felt more apprehensive than honored. She kept saying that she was gonna mess up and leave me paralyzed, but in time, she came around and (after one failed attempt) got the earring through. It was over in an instant, I now had a pierced ear. It felt like a pinch...and I didn't go all paralyzed and whatnot. So yeah, I've got a metal rod sticking out of my lobe, and it appears to be stuck there for the time being. Pretty cool I guess. I'm not thrilled on it being there, but at least I made my last challenge a memorable one.
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