#34 Meet a Famous Movie Star

I met Marilyn Monroe! She even talked to me and gave me a kiss on the cheek! I have proof – a picture.

At my buddy Mark’s 60th birthday party, not only did we have three bands, from as far away as North Carolina, we had a surprise celebrity sighting. Marilyn Monroe showed up! I know she has been dead for over a half century, but a look-alike showed up in her place. She sang a few songs and mingled with the crowd. The jury is out as to how good an impersonator she was.

Note: This experience was suggested and approved by of one of my followers. I usually bounce the ideas off others before updating this blog. I have such a high threshold for experiences, I need only one ‘yea’ vote to deem it worthwhile.

I encourage all my followers to suggest subjects for me to experience. I have over 900 more to go!

#33 Brewery tour

Back in September 2016, after a bike event in Dover, Delaware, a group of us went to the local brewery, the Fordham and Dominion Brewing Company. We had a tour of the facility. Now the tour was not grand by any means and it was pretty short. We could see about everything from one spot from the brewery floor. But that was not the point. Besides the tour, we wanted to experience the beers from the brewery. We hung around to sample their beers. (Perfect thing to do after a two hour bike ride).

As with many small breweries, they tend to produce some high alcohol beers, up to 8.5%. The beers include stouts, lagers, IPAs, farmhouse ales, pale ales. They sell mainly in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Note: Fordham Brewing had its origins in 1995 in Annapolis, Maryland. The Old Dominion Brewing Company had its origins in 1989 in Ashburn, Virginia. In 2007, the two breweries merged and relocated to Dover, Delaware.

This is one of many brewery tours I plan to experience.



#32 Strange foods – Ice cream

When you are in a foreign country or even another part of the US, it is common to come across some food that you have never tasted or even heard of before. You may also come across a common food that is prepared in a way you never expected. The later happened to me while in Iceland.

At one of the geothermal spas we ate lunch.  After lunch, I had a hankering for something more.  I checked out the ice cream bars.  There were the usual suspects that you could get back in the US and there were a few that were unrecognizable.  I love dark chocolate and I saw one that seemed to fit the bill.  This was not only dark appearance on the wrapper, it was black.  I thought, “You can’t beat that for dark chocolate!  How much darker chocolate can you get?”  Of course the wrapper was in Icelandic language so I couldn’t read it.  I thought, “What the heck, I’ll take a chance.”

I was in for a surprise. The black ‘chocolate’ coating was not 80% or 90% or 100% cocoa chocolate at all.  It was licorice!  The outside had a crispy licorice coating.  Then, in addition to the vanilla ice cream, there was a liquid licorice center.  I had never had crispy licorice or liquid licorice.  This went from a normal treat to an abnormal treat and a new experience. I love black licorice and it tasted pretty good.  But I was weirded out by this odd food.

Below are two pictures. One is of the licorice ice cream bar wrapper. The other picture is of something I did not take a chance on.  It didn’t sound too appetizing. (I later found out that ‘krap’ means ‘slush’ in Icelandic. I hope they don’t expect Americans to eat krap).

#31 Icebergs

While I have seen plenty of icebergs in videos and photos which were spectacular, I had never experienced one in person. While in Iceland we had a few opportunities to witness these first hand. These icebergs were not nearly as spectacular as those you see in Alaska or Greenland, but these were unique.

At one location we saw the icebergs that had broken off the nearby glacier, floating in a lagoon, which was formed by the receding glacier. We took a tour in a duck boat to get up close to them. The icebergs would work their way downstream from the lagoon to the ocean. While the icebergs were not that large, they would drift into the ocean and get battered by the waves, breaking into smaller pieces. It was quite a site seeing these chunks of ice being washed up onto the shore. The contrast of the white ice to the black sandy lava beach was a unique sight.