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checkin’ a few more items off the good ole gotta-do-this-before-I-die list (2018 edition)

It’s that time of year again–when we take stock of big events and personal hurdles. I find it encouraging and exciting to go back through the last 365 days come the first of every January. If you couldn’t already tell, my current pass times of choice are travel, art, music, as well as good food and beer. I’m sure these will change as I mature, but for now, I’ve checked a few more items off the good ole gotta-do-this-before-I-die list.

The 7 countries I visited: 

Canada, Germany, Denmark, Norway, England, Iceland, and The Netherlands

The 50+ cities I visited: 

Austin, Palm Springs, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Windsor, Chicago, Galt, Grass Valley, Lake Tahoe, Fort Jones, Omaha, Dallas, Longview, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Atlanta, Athens, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Solvang, Dana Point, Sacramento, Caliente, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Berlin, Copenhagen, Ozark National Forest, Branson, London, East Sussex, Denver, Boulder, Bailey, Nederland, Chapel Hill, Saxapahaw, Rehoboth, Tulsa, Lawrence, Weston, Bergen, Odda, Flåm, Stavanger, Reykjavik, Selfoss, Reykjadalur, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Vik, Hoff, Amsterdam, Paris, Strasbourg, Saarbrücken, and New Orleans

The 40+ breweries I visited: 

Blue Owl Brewing, Lazarus Brewing, Live Oak, Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, Batch Brewing, Sandwich Brewing Co., Prairie Brewpub, Southern Tier Brewery, Piece Brewing, Upstream Brewing Company, Deep Ellum Brewing, Braindead Brewing, Oilhorse Brewing Company, Fremont Brewing, Cloudburst, Redhook Brewlab, Figueroa Mountain Brewery, Docent Brewing, Holzmarket, Stone Brewing, Mikkeller Bar, Bergenhus, Delirium Cafe, Ægir Bryggeri, Smiðjan Brugghús, Ölvisholt Brugghús, Vision Quest Brewing, Post Brewing, Mad Jack’s Mountain Brewery, The Very Nice Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Brewery, Revelation Craft Brewing Company, Casual Animals, Double Shift Brewing, Torn Label Brewing, Strange Days Brewing Company, Border Brewing Company, Stockyards Brewing, Cinderblock Brewing, BKS Artisan Ales, Boulevard Brewing, Kansas City Bier Company, Brewery Imperial, Freestate Brewing, Mother’s Brewing Company, and Lost Signal Brewing Company

The live music I witnessed: 

Son Little and Jade Bird (Reverb Lounge, Omaha)
Dan Auerbach and Robert Finley (The Truman in KCMO)
20th Anniversary Tour of Riverdance (Kauffman Center in KCMO)
Freek Fyre (Bat Bar, Austin), Diive (Neptune Theater, Seattle)
Run the Jewels and Lorde (The Sprint Center, KCMO)
Cold War Kids (Power and Light, KCMO)
David Byrne (The Kauffman Center,KCMO)
Akkilles (Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, KCMO)
All the nights at Green Lady Lounge and Bayou on Vine in KCMO
U2 (United Center, Chicago)
Portugal the Man, Awol Nation, and Joywave (Buzz Beach Ball, KCMO)
Radiohead (PPG Arena, Pittsburgh)
Roger Waters (Copenhagen)
Coheed and Cambria (Liberty Hall, Lawrence)
Smashing Pumpkins (Aragon, Chicago)
Beck (Starlight Theater, KCMO)
Billy Joel (Kauffman Stadium, KCMO)
Carseat Headrest (Grinders in KCMO)
Twinshadow (Uptown Theater, KCMO)
Foo Fighters (Sprint Center, KCMO)
The Joy Formidable (Record Bar in KCMO)
Bastille (Uptown Theater, KCMO)
All the live music on Frenchman Street in New Orleans

The people I laughed at (with their consent): 

Jerry Seinfeld (KCMO), Neal Brennan (KCMO), Kevin Nealon (KCMO), and Anthony Jeselnik (London)

A few of the places I enjoyed art in person: 

Joselyn Art Museum (Omaha)
Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas)
Museum Island (Berlin)
Eastside Berlin Wall Galleries (Berlin)
Currywurst Museum (Berlin) –not really art, but still fascinating
Van Gough Museum (Amsterdam)
National Portrait Gallery (London)
Nelson Atkins (KCMO)
The Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh)
Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History (Pittsburgh)

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  1. My son would love your blog, he is a beer man. He loves Maine breweries and is very knowledgable. If you add New England to your next tour let me know I will hook you up in Maine. Good luck!

  2. The 2019 list, is it twice the length of things you crossed off in 2018? Hope you guys survived the succession of snows. The third is lining up here in Colorado tonight. No major snowfall, but I think we’re on borrowed time. 🙂

    I finally joined IG with the less inventive name called DR1779R … which was an old license plate number. If you see likes/comments from that direction, that will be me. Stay warm

    • Hi David, I definitely accomplished more this year than I did last. It will feel strange when the inverse starts happening. No major snow in CO?! I’m shocked. Are you a fan of snow? I always enjoy the first few snows. But in Chicago, it started getting really old by the end of February and March.

      • No major snow yet. The mountains have had snow, but no large accumulations. The ski slopes are generally in the 35-40 inch range for a base. The real snowy month is March, so we got some waiting to do.

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