What I Learned This Week: Jan 2

All holiday season I’ve been flying around North America, so I haven’t really had time to read much online. Normally I would do a little “what I liked on the web this week, omg isn’t the internet neat” post around this time. So this week is just a little wtf-ever potpourri of stuff. It’ll have to do until I get a bit more spare time and I can wash off the smell of flight attendant farts and cheap orange juice. That said, let’s commence with some bidtits from this week.

I learned that pumpkin beer is delightful. If you enjoy beer – I mean real beer, not budweiner – and you’re not struck infertile at the site of a pumpkin, then I recommend trying out some pumpkin beer. Good friends of mine are wise in the ways of beer, and they assembled a few pumpkin beers for me to test drive. For the record, pumpkin is pretty much one of my favourite things. There was Swans, Phillips, and I think the other was Granville Island. All three were quite good, and each surprisingly different from one another. It was nice though how well the pumpkin flavour fit with the natural beery flavour. It wasn’t out of place or contrary like some of the more gimmicky beer types can be. So if you have the means, I definitely recommend giving pumpkin beer a try, you may just be pleasantly surprised.

I learned that you can put salt on grapefruit. It was a normal grapefruit, not a pink one, and it was surprisingly pretty good. It doesn’t taste at all how you would think. Try it.

I learned that Chupacabra on 6th street in Austin not only makes damn fine cheap tacos, but they also have a good selection of imported Central American beers. Also some from the Philippines, Portugal and elsewhere. Definitely worth a visit since they’re just $2 a bottle! Speaking of taco beers, Adam just showed me this awesome Dos Equis commercial that makes me want to drink it even more.

I learned that playing tons of Wii frisbee golf on xmas day will totally make you want to play it for reallies. I’ve got my eyes open for chances to play now.

I learned that if you can make a bored barista laugh she just might give you an extra cupcake for free. Sweet!

Lastly, I learned that it only leads to frustration if I set lofty or detailed expectations of people. No one can match the expectations of a bored guy with a good imagination, so I need to just let people do their thing and be cool with that.

What did you learn this week? Have a nice new year, and keep on truckin’!

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// shawn

This Week on the Webnets: Dec 19

Tomorrow I depart for a few weeks of holiday travel. Just cities in Canada and the USA for a mix of visiting friends and goofing off. Which means today I’m doing laundry and syncing up the trusty mp3 player. Which gives me time to slap together this little look back at stuff I have particularly enjoyed from the previous week in travel blogs and whatnot.

Last week I totally forgot this awesome post on Legal Nomads, so just pretend it isn’t two weeks old. All three of Jodi’s top travel secrets are bang on the money. It’s almost like she knows what she’s doing. Rob, also has 30 great safety tips for the traveler. Oh, and speaking of pro tips, always carry an umbrella because the dragon ladies hella swoon for a man with a sturdy brolly.

This one is only for people who eat and/or drink. So if you do neither of those, then skip ahead. Forks and Jets have been rocking my tummy’s imagination since I found their blog. Check out these pierogi‘s, and if you’re up for a drink, well then Na Zdrowie!

There’s still time to chip in to build a school in Cambodia and get your hands on some fabulous prizes over at Passports With Purpose. It’s just $10 and a super quick and easy payment system. Just don’t pick the damn ukulele.

Over on Vagabonding, this month’s featured BootsnAll forum question is by some ridiculous dork. I don’t know where they find these people. Am I right?

If you’re still thirsty for some weekly recap action, then clicky over to Two Go Round-The-World‘s far more in-depth summary. They have way more energy than I do for this sort of thing. Plus I can’t help but praise their impeccable taste since they said such nice things about me.

Still with me here? Those are all the posts I have the attention span to share, but if you want to see the pointless pics I pulled off my phone this morning, then keep on keeping on below. Otherwise, have a cool weekend. Peas.

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