Me In Three: One Big Adventure And Two Hot Takes

December 28, 2017

So I started at Fast Horse last month. It’s been a long road (as you will soon find out) but I couldn’t be happier to be here. This is me in three.

One Big Adventure

My wife and I were on our honeymoon in February 2015 when we decided to travel the world. It was scary at first. We had no idea when, or how, or for how long, but I knew “someday” had to happen soon or it might not happen at all. So we saved as much as possible for the next 22 months, sold our stuff and started our nine-month adventure exactly one year ago today.

With a little hard work and a lot of luck, we saw 15 different countries and made too many memories to count. Here are just a few you might find interesting.

We spent 10 days in a van. This little guy took us all over Western Australia, from rugged coasts to red dirt roads and everywhere in between. It’s the closest we’ve ever been to real camping. Like wearing the same clothes and having oatmeal and instant coffee every day. We talked and listened to music for hours, stopping only to see every world’s biggest orange along the way. It’s the first thing I think of when someone asks about our trip. An unforgettable experience.

We hitchhiked to the airport. Honestly, I never thought I would hitchhike in my life, let alone in a foreign country. Too many scary movies, I guess. But there we were. An hour and a half outside of Dublin with a flight to catch and a bus that broke down. Options: Wait an hour and a half for another bus (not an option) spend a fortune on an Uber (not really an option) or stick our thumbs out and hope for the best. Turns out Irish people are even nicer than we thought.

We were chased down by a stray dog. Fine. So renting a scooter in Sri Lanka wasn’t our best decision. But you know what? Even though it was just short of terrifying, it didn’t bite or scratch us (which would have been really bad since rabies is a big problem in Asia) and it left us alone when we finally came to a stop. I guess dogs really do like to chase stuff. Lesson learned.

Two Hot Takes

Fruit and chocolate don’t go together (with two exceptions). The only fruit that should be in and around chocolate is banana or coconut. So please. Stop ruining perfectly good chocolate cakes with strawberry swirls. Enough with the chocolate-covered cherries and orange-infused candy bars. Wine and chocolate? It’s the worst. People will tell you there’s something sophisticated to a good red and your favorite dark chocolate. Those people would be wrong. Don’t @ me.

Bacon belongs on eggs. Not donuts. We recently moved to South Minneapolis, and while I’m not saying we moved there specifically to be within walking distance of the queen of classic cake donuts, I’m not *not* saying that either. But seriously. When did donuts become science experiments? Sorry, but I like my fried dough cheap and covered in sprinkles. Not Sriracha.

Bonus takes

  • Speaking of Sriracha, hot sauce is a must on mac & cheese
  • “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones” are overrated
  • IKEA is not fun under any circumstances