My Year in Activities, 2012
Post from December 30, 2012 (↻ June 9, 2021), filed under Adventure.
I wrote a short and sweet book about all these activities: 100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer!
Similar to the Year in Cities series
I’m going to move the Year in Activities series over to Google+. And I’ll make an adjustment: As opposed to former years I won’t talk about the activities in detail—read at the end, why.
- Vacuum forming workshop
- Ice skating
- First ice hockey game (San Jose Sharks vs. Calgary Flames)
- Soap making
- Glass blowing
- Trike gliding
- Book binding
- Damage assessment training (emergency response training, ERT)
- First choir performance (listening, not singing 😉)
- Flying an airplane (Cessna)
- Donating blood (U.S. regulations didn’t permit me to)
- Emergency O₂ administration training (ERT)
- Flower arrangement training
- Fire extinguisher training (ERT)
- Writing training
- First ballet visit (watching, not breaking my bones 😊)
- Floor warden training (ERT)
- Perfume making
- My first straight razor shaves
- Camel riding
- Tuk-tuk rides
- Getting mugged (okay, not quite an activity)
- Laser cutting and etching workshop
- Introduction to ham radio
- Motocross (rather: dirt bike) training
- Letterpress printing
- Stand up paddle boarding
- Krav Maga
- Indoor skydiving
- Laser Tag
- Bartending education and certification
- Drawing training
- Taser training and certification
- Radar certification (ASA 120)
- Body butter making
- Bowhunter online education and certification
- Babysitting online education and certification (ha! ha!)
- Photopolymer platemaking
- Drive-in movie
- Facial expressions online training and certification (yes… law enforcement thing)
As I said before, constantly trying new things doesn’t only make you grow, it also makes you look back at a year and say, “yeah, that makes sense—time didn’t just vaporize.”
Now, why do I just throw a list at you, and not share a bit more as I did in the past? Because I decided to write about all of this “for real.” I have several plans for new books, but one will be about my activities. I have done so many things over the years, and learned so much from them, that I think it’s worth sharing more in a little different format. And I would, as of my—given how rarely I write these days—ambitious plans, also talk a bit more about the necessary mindset, logistics, and cost. I hope I don’t over-promise, but that’s the plan.
I’m Jens Oliver Meiert, and I’m an engineering lead and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to the W3C and the WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. Other than that, I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.
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Perhaps my most interesting book: 100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer (2013). During my time in the States I started trying everything. Everything. Then I noticed that wasn’t only fun, it was also useful. Available at Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play Books, and Leanpub.