Alaska: First Foray

Technically, the last two weeks have been my second foray into Alaska.

During my real first foray, I was much cuter and more stylish.

But let’s be real.  I decided to live in the 49th state without knowing how it would be.  And so far, it’s great!  This month, I spent time in Anchorage (my new city of residence), Girdwood (where the redneck-flavored hippy Forest Fair was happening), and Trail River Campground (on the Kenai Peninsula).  I saw a bear cub rooting around my Airbnb bungalow, wandered past mother-baby moose on the city bike path, and said “oh my god, we live here” half-disbelievingly about a million times.  The first real Adventure Sunday involved beating a path much farther than we expected from the road to the river and picking hundreds of blueberries while we sang and hollered to stave off bears.

So far, the verdict is: Alaska is awesome.  You should come visit us.

 

Bucket List Update!

It’s been almost two weeks since I moved to Anchorage, and today I (very briefly) stopped back in Providence for my last visit in the known future.

With my limited time, I swooped into Vanuatu Coffee Roasters to use the wifi, thus completing the coffee section of my Rhode Island Bucket List!  In other categories, though, I am admittedly leaving things undone.  Moving my departure date up four days to catch Dev’s all-residency campout meant giving up some of my most anticipated goals, such as finishing the RI brewery trail (conspicuously missing from my first list: Mohegan Cafe and Brewery on Block Island) and circumnavigating the state in one day with a symbolic terminus at Bucket Brewery.

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I had a good plan, though!

Here is an update on what I managed to accomplish in my last few weeks in RI.

Eat and Drink

I am proud to say I made it to every restaurant I posted on my list!  One place that I forget to put on the list, though, and which I didn’t get to visit, is Crazy Burger in Narragansett.  I hear if you gather a big enough posse for your birthday (and give the restaurant advance warning), they will give you a free cake! This is just a rumor, though.  You should call and ask.  They have vegan burgers too!

Here’s where I did go for the first time since I first posted my list:

  • Pizza J Yummy pizza!  More of a sit-down place than I realized, so don’t expect to grab a slice and go.
  • Kitchen The best the best the best.  All the hype is true.  And it really is just one guy and his kitchen.  Expect to get there massively early and wait.  I recommend the bacon hash if you can get it.
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    We were waiting in line before it was cool.

  • Nick-A-Nee’s It probably would have been more fun if I had caught a show here.  But friendly service, fun space, and a fireplace!
  • Allie’s Donuts I didn’t actually go there.  But I had a donut.  I’m counting it.
  • Harry’s Bar and Burgers Yummy little sliders.  And BOOZY MILKSHAKES!
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    You go, Tiffany!  You’re a DOCTOR now!  You deserve it.

  • I capped off my restaurants at Ten Rocks Tapas Bar  .  The food was pretty good and they have Groupons all the time!  There is also a good set-up for live music inside, and a swanky back patio.
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    As a mildly irrelevant sidenote, this is literally (he claims) the first selfie Josh has ever been a part of.

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  • New Harvest Coffee and Spirits It’s really more of a fancy cocktail bar.  And I LOVE it.  Both the cold drinks and the hot tea-and coffee-inspired ones were, well, inspired.  This place and Kitchen get my highest recommendation as places that I wish I had discovered earlier.  Go there, indulge, and think of me.

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Here’s where the big adventures were had.

  • Paw Sox game  Major thanks to my friends Katherine, Ashley, and Cam (alias Puppy Dog) for taking me to my first (and only) Paw Sox game!  These three are seasoned pros; when we caught a foul ball Cam actually had a sizable collection to add it to. We were lucky enough to catch a double header between the Sox and the Rochester Red Wings, the same match-up that played pro ball’s longest game ever in 1981.
  • Providence Gallery Night!  Tiffany and I explored Gallery Night on foot on her last Thursday in town.  Our favorite place was really more of a jewelry and curiosity shop, Copacetic Rudely Elegant Jewelry.  I liked the name.  And all the clocks.
  • PVD Fest I had no idea how epic this would be.  On my walk home on Saturday night, I counted no fewer than nine separate performances going on, including at least four big stages all over the downtown area.  This was totally free and totally rad.  I hope it continues to be funded and become a staple of Providence culture in years to come!
  • One last thing I forgot to put on my list (but which was seriously awesome) was a visit to the Stuck-Up Bridge between Providence and East Prov, more officially called the Seekonk River Drawbridge or the Crook Point Bascule Bridge, and which I’ve also heard called the Ghost Bridge.  This iconic railroad bridge has been out of commission (and “stuck up”) since 1976, and is scarily accessible to urban explorers.I was definitely not dressed appropriately, but wandering around here in between visits to the Athenaeum and the Arcade truly was the ultimate Adventure Sunday.  If you want to check the bridge out from closer than the shore, be careful!  You can find it behind the little park on Gano Street over by the Dunkin Donuts.

And with that most Rhode Island of all prepositional phrases, I bid farewell to the littlest state and head off to make my home in the biggest.  Little Rhody, I love you.  I don’t know when, but I’ll be back.

Rhode Island Bucket List

It has begun.  My last hundred days in the greatest little state.  I’ve been throwing around the phrase “Rhode Island Bucket List” whenever I go someplace new (thanks, Tiffany!), and people have been asking me what’s actually on my list.  Wiser folks than I have have been making recommendations, and a few newcomers have asked me what should be on their RIBLs.

This list has two purposes: To collect in one place all the circa-Rhode Island experiences I still want to have (leave your suggestions in the comments!) and to compile some of my favorite things I’ve done as recommendations to others.

Most of these things I’ve already experienced (✓).  Some are goals for the next three months (), and I’ll update them as I go (checkmarks on things I did after I first published this post are in red).  Some I’ve pretty much missed my chance for.  Maybe I’ll tackle them when I come back to visit? If I’ve resigned myself to not checking something off this time around, you’ll see it marked with a BLNT, or Better Luck Next Time.

I’m surprised to find that I ended up listing a lot more favorites than goals—I think I’m a bit hesitant to commit to doing new things here, and eager to just enjoy my old standbys before I’m gone.  But if I’ve missed out on anything life-changing, I still have time!  So tell me, friends: what are your top Rhode Island recommendations?

What do you think of my picks?  What’s missing?  What do I absolutely have to get done before I leave Rhode Island in July?

Eat and Drink

Providence really does have a good food scene, and this list could be twice as long.  Here are some of my favorites, as I can think of them right now, and a few other places that people just won’t shut up about.

  • Loie Fuller’s ✓ $5.00 Monday mussels are the worst-kept best secret in the Providence food scene.  Expect to see many uncloaked bosoms rendered in the Art Nouveau décor.
  • New Rivers ✓ Dollar oysters on Tuesdays, yummy fancy meals every day.
  • Los Andes  ✓ Peruvian food.  Pisco sours.  Ceviche I would do unspeakable things for.  They just opened a new and beautiful outdoor space.  Can’t wait to come back in the summer for some of my last Providence goodbyes!
  • Chez Pascal ✓ The best wurst kitchen.
  • Mi Ranchito ✓ Guatemalan food, so good and so affordable.
  • La Lupita ✓ Tacos!
  • Chilangos ✓ Mexican fusion and huge margarita pitchers
  • Abyssinia (RIP) ✓ Its reign was short lived.  Can someone else start a new Ethiopian place in the next three months?
  • The East-Side Indian Food Circuit  ✓ Kabob and Curry, Taste of India, India, Not Just Snacks, Rasoi.  One time I accidentally called in a pick-up order from Taste of India in Malden, Mass, instead.  Don’t do that.  But do support them if you’re in the area; they were super nice about it.
  • Spike’s Junkyard Dogs
  • Making it into the “Kennel Club” wall of fame by eating enough Spike’s Junkyard Dogs.  ☐ 
  • Rogue Island ✓ I’m still kind of mad they beat me to my dream brewery name, but though they’re not a brewery, they do have a lot of great beer.  Also tons of locally-sourced food, and the best veggie burger around.  And they are in the Arcade, which makes it extra fun.
  • What Cheer Tavern ✓ Looks like a dive but it’s not.  Fancy beer, fancy fusion food, but you can totally wear your sweatpants.
  • E&O Tap ✓ Another neighborhood favorite not-too-divey dive.  Sit outside in the summer, or watch weird old scifi movies inside from the bar.
  • Haven Brothers Diner ✓ It’s a special experience.  But I’m still mad about the time they charged me $17 for a burger and a shake.
  • Ogie’s Trailer Park  ✓ New spot.  Super campy aesthetic and frothy sixties cocktails.  It was unchecked and urgent on the list until recently.  I’ll be back.
  • The Avery ✓ Only drinks here, not food, but it’s got a cool Art Nouveau vibe and rivals Loie Fuller’s for wall nipples.
  • Julian’s ✓ My neighborhood love.  Great food, great beer, many vegan option.  Super awesome brunch.
  • Pizza J  Julian’s new pizza spinoff.  More vegan options!
  • Olga’s Cup + Saucer  ✓ More good brunch!
  • Kitchen  for breakfast
  • Amy’s Place ✓ Haven’t seen it since the renovation (and I want to go visit my friend Ari).
  • The Village ✓ Lesbian(ish) restaurant and nightclub.  Also, brunch!
  • Nick-A-Nee’s 
  • Garden Grille  ✓ Vegetarian!
  • The Grange  ✓ Also vegetarian and has INDOOR PORCH SWINGS and live music on Wednesdays.
  • North SUCH GOOD FOOD OMG.   And while you wait for a table you can go to the Avery!
  • Crazy Burger in Narragansett.  Sign up for the birthday club and bring enough friends and your entree (and a whole cake!) is free.  Too late for me though.
  • Ten Rocks Tapas Bar   Cape Verdean cuisine in Providence, woo-hoo!  Anyway, I need to go here because I have a Groupon.
  • Iggy’s Doughboys ✓ Rhode Island classic
  • Allie’s Donuts  
  • Harry’s Bar and Burgers  People keep telling me to go there.
  • Al Forno ✓ but I hear I should go back for grilled pizza and an apple tart. ☐ 

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Not to brag, but the historic Providence Athenaeum is kind of a big deal.

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  • Tealuxe ✓ A good coffee shop was the first thing I asked my WPC about when I got to Brown.  But she only knew about Starbucks.  So Tealuxe because my café home until I learned about Coffee Exchange.  I recommend Yalta Estate Ceylon (or whatever is on as the daily pour).
  • Coffee Exchange ✓ East-Side hipster watching.  If I still lived in Fox Point I’d be hitting up Malachi’s ✓ and The Shop ✓ as well.
  • I still miss Reflections ✓.  As I’ve gotten older and out of the College Hill bubble, I would have really loved having this kind of hub for LGBTQ folks.
  • Tea in Sahara ✓ Baklava, mint tea, and hookah, oh my!  This is a good place to have a meeting with your Trotskyist reading group.
  • Seven Stars Bakery ✓ Great bread, pastries, and coffee—my ultimate café-type getaway.  They have two locations in Providence and another in Rumford.  But beware—there is no wifi here.
  • Wildflour ✓ Vegan goodness!
  • White Electric ✓
  • Small Point Café 
  • New Harvest Coffee and Spirits
  • Vanuatu Coffee Roasters 

 

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Me in Newport approximately ten million years ago.

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  • Paw Sox game! How have I not done this?
  • Seekonk Speedway (Massachusetts, I know)  Is this worth it?  Who can advise?
  • Providence Gallery Night!   I’ve been meaning to do this one since forever.
  • RISD Museum ✓ Not to be missed!  Full disclosure, I’m on their education committee, but this is seriously a GEM and it’s free to visit on Sundays and on Tuesday afternoons.
  • Providence Children’s Museum ✓ Don’t miss it if you have kids or kid-aged friends.  You can probably miss it if you don’t.
  • Swan Point Cemetery ✓  This was on the list for a long time before a friend brought me there.  Not for play exactly, but lots of great benches for a respectful picnic.
  • Roger Williams Park ✓ (no, Brown students, it’s not the same as Prospect Park or the National Memorial down the hill).
  • Waterfire ✓ Kind of kitschy, kind of silly, but it’s fun to bring visitors kere.  And I might still decide to be the ultimate cheeseball and spring for a gondola ride .
  • PVD Fest  This is a new one, June 2-5 this year, started last year as the Providence International Arts Festival.  Did anybody go?  What was it like? I’m still really bummed that I missed out on the reign of the now-defunct but apparently awesome Sound Session.  Planning to check it out.
  • AS220 ✓✓✓✓ is a Providence treasure of a restaurant and gallery space that could also be under the Food category.  I’ve satisfied my bucket list there with poetry readings, gallery shows, a meal or two, and even a letterpress printing class. (Watch this cool video of my letterpress teacher showing how it works!)  Unfortunately, I never made it to Foo Fest.  Better Luck Next Time. 
  • Newport Folk Festival.  Pro tip: go while you are a student.  It’s so much cheaper. I’m not really a pro, though.  I never made it, but it’s staying on my bucket list for life.  BLNT.
  • The Dominican Festival is in August.  BLNT.
  • Duckpin Bowling ✓ This was on my list for a long time, and I finally made it to Breaktime Bowl and Bar last week!  Way better that regular bowling, with authentic old-timey flair.
  • Candlepin Bowling I’ve heard about this, but a little bit of research reveals that Candle-pins are the provenance of northern New England, with Massachussets being candle-duck agnostic.  There are some lanes in the Boston area, but I don’t think I’ll make it a priority.  BLNT.
  • Newport Cliff Walk ✓
  • Bristol Fourth of July Parade  Too late for me.  BLNT.
  • Providence Walking Tours (better than the boring one I went on) ☐ Anybody have a favorite?
  • Take a Class at the Steelyard Doubt I’ll get to this one.  But I’m not ruling it out.
  • Theaters and Concert Venues
  • Special Movie Theater Experiences:
  • Indoor and Outdoor Farmer’s Markets ✓ 
  • Purgatory Chasm ✓ (Though it’s technically in Mass.).
  • Go to the beach  ✓ 
  • Swim in a pond ✓ 
  • Swim, specifically, in “Blueberry Pond” ☐ Once I heard about a pond with an island you can swim out to to pick blueberries.  Does anybody know about this?
  • Rhode Island (and Boston) Pride parades ✓ 
  • Campus Dance at Brown ✓ One more to go!
  • Rhode Island Four Corners Road Trip  Thanks Kam for the inspiration!

 

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Bruno recommends Ravenous.

Imbibe

Hell yes, Rhode Island breweries get their own category on my list!  And I’m putting on every. Single. One.  Is it ambitious?  Yes.  But so am I.

  • Foolproof 
  • Bucket ☐ 
  • Crooked Current ☐ Woman-owned brewery right over by Foolproof.  Top of my list to check out.
  • Ravenous ✓ Used to go here all the time when I lived in Woonsocket.  Shoutout to Dorian and Chris and all the other hospitable guys there.  And Bruno likes it too!
  • Whaler’sDying to head down to South County and get my money’s worth on that expired groupon.
  • Proclamation ☐ makes my all-time favorite Rhode Island beers, with lots of yummy IPAs.  Definitely making the trip down before I leave.
  • Grey Sail ✓ Went here for the Ocean State Brew Fest.  I’m counting it.
  • Newport Storm  ☐ 
  • Trinity 
  • Brutopia Revival ✓
  • Tilted Barn  ☐ 
  • Coddington Brewing Co. ☐ 
  • Union Station ✓ is sneakily part of a franchise called John Harvard’s.  But they do brew beer there, so.
  • Long Live Beerworks

And the distilleries, why not!

 

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Why is Bristol County its own county?

Cities and Towns

Gotta Catch ‘Em All!   I definitely want to visit every town and city in Rhode Island before I move away.  This is the easiest state to make that happen in, after all!  I’m not counting villages or “census designated places,” only proper municipalities with mayors.  Please give me suggestions of what to do in my unchecked towns!  I hear there is a good ice cream place in Little Compton.  Can anyone confirm?

Providence County

Bristol County

Washington County

Newport County

Kent County

Rhode Island Intangibles

Unesco’s World Heritage Sites are mostly places, but also include traditional cultural gems like Mongolia’s coaxing ritual for camels and Portugal’s manufacture of cowbells.  Similarly, the following Rhode Island cultural and culinary experiences are not location-specific, but are definitely treasures worth experiencing and preserving.

  • Pizza Strips  ✓ My favorite are from Tomato City.  Theirs are greasy, crispy, and sweet.
  • Coffee Milk 
  • Wieners, all the way  ✓ (mostly found at New York System)
  • Rhode Island Accent ✓ Have thoroughly enjoyed.  Have not developed my own.
  • Clam Cakes 
  • Stuffies 
  • Del’s Frozen Lemonade 

New England Destinations

Broader Northeast

For a kid from the Pacific Northwest, going to Brown and sticking around Providence for a while kind of needed to provide not just my New England experience, but my whole East Coast experience.  And it has!  But there are a few to-dos that have become didn’t-dos.

  • New York City I did manage this one several times.  Most recently saw Fun Home on Broadway and stocked up on books and counterculture sticker business at Bluestockings.  But another NYC bookstore, the Strand , remains on my bucket list for early July.
  • Cherry Blossoms in D.C.  Technically not the Northeast . . . but I’ve driven there from Provience, which I definitely will NOT be doing from Anchorage.  Caught the tail end of the cherry blossoms one year, but would have liked to see them in full bloom.  BLNT.  (Incidentally, the festival seems to be happening right now.  NPR graciously reminds us all that it is a NO DRONE ZONE!)
  • The Chincoteague Wild Pony Swim & Auction  This is kind of a weird one, I know. And Virginia is definitely not in the North, but again, driving distance.  Like, for a long weekend, you know?  I did kind of think I would see this before I went back West.  I read Misty of Chincoteague as a kid, and even though I don’t remember much of it, the whole notion that Chincoteague is actually a real place, and that I live relatively near there now (by Oregon standards) is just too flipping cool.  It happens at the end of July, though.  Too late for me.  BLNT.

 

So, there it is.  What did I forget?  What did I get wrong?  What do I have to do right this minute?

Parting is Such Sassy Sorrow

Sophia kids are funny, even when they’re faced with a big, unexpected change—no welcome gift in those (pre-)teen years.  In no particular order, here are eleven things my fifth through seventh graders said (or wrote) today when I told them they would have a new language arts teacher next year.

My intention is to present these without commentary (thank you Autostraddle for this format) except to say that these are some of their wittiest inquiries and proclamations, if not the most heartbreaking.  Some feelings get to stay inside the Circle of Trust.

  1. Obama is leaving. Now you’re leaving.  All my socks are getting holes and my shoes are getting dirty.  I JUST CAN’T.
  2. But I knew you when you had long hair!!!
  3. But Miss.  What if the new teacher doesn’t have eyebrows on fleek?
  4. What if she takes down the Word Door?
  5. WHAT IF SHE BURNS DOWN THE WORD DOOR?
  6. I know it’s hard to live away from your partner.  But can’t you just talk on the phone?
  7. How about this.  You fly home to Alaska every night, and fly in to work in the mornings.
  8. Wait.  WILL YOU SEND US A PENGUIN???
  9. Are you still gonna be a teacher? I think you should do a different job, because we should be the only ones who get to have you as a teacher.
  10. In a way I’m happy.  I mean, I’m not happy, because I don’t want you to leave, but I did some really embarrassing things in fifth and sixth grade, and you’ve seen all of it.  So it will be nice to have a fresh start.
  11. It feels so surreal that you are leaving . . . I hope Alaska treats you right, because if it doesn’t, Alaska should expect a call from me.

Late Patrick’s Day in Mystic

With approximately twelve Sundays left in New England, I spend this one in the Nutmeg State with Alex, Boofer, and Miriam cheering on the very earnest Mystic Irish Parade on the Mystic Drawbridge and trying hard to  pretend I didn’t know that St. Patrick’s Day already happened.

In other news, Snow Day tomorrow! Looks like the last one I’ll be getting for a while!

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GQ-Ready

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OMG the ocean is so funny

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Shriners = Alex’s life goals

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Thanks for hosting, Boof!

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SNICKERS!

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WHAT IS WITH THIS DUMMY IN THE BOAT THO

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What really matters on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Major props to the derby girls for making it across this bridge.

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A giant anchor! I can pose on this!

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Irish! (Not actually Irish.)

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Obligatory dock pic.

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You. Shall not. Pass!

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Rebel status.

 

Match Madness!

Yesterday was Match Day, and it’s official: Dev and I are moving to Alaska!

For those who haven’t been endlessly immersed and obsessed with the buildup to the Match for the past several months like I have, here’s a quick primer.

Throughout the winter of their fourth year, med students apply to and visit the programs of their choice for a pretty involved interview process.  By early February, each student submits a ranked list of her top-choice programs.  Residencies also file ranked lists of the applicants they’ve interviewed.  The National Resident Matching Program then runs an algorithm assigning new residents to programs such that there is no (non-matching) applicant A and hospital H such that both of the following are true: A would rather be at H than where she matched, and H would rather have A than someone they got (thanks, Wikipedia!).  This year’s Match was the largest ever, with 42,370 applicants competing for 30,750 positions (thanks, Google!).

So the NRMP applies this algorithm after the rank lists come in in February, and then they sit on the information until the third Friday in March because they are sadists.  The Monday before Match Day, they let applicants know IF they matched (but not where) so the can “scramble” to snatch up unclaimed spots through the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).  That’s why you may have have noticed a lot of screenshots of this email from relieved med students on the internet this week:

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You may also notice that Dev has a very organized inbox.  Mine looks like this:

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The email says to check online at 1 PM Eastern, but in reality, most residents-to-be find out their fates an hour earlier than that at Match Day ceremonies hosted by their med schools.  My dad called me late Thursday night to wish us luck and reminisce about his own Match Day memories from thirty-two years ago.  It’s a super important and memorable moment in a doctor’s life.  But I had no idea just how memorable Dev’s Match Day story would be.  Because, as it turns out, the NRMP masterminds are not the only wicked puppeteers pulling the delicate strings of people’s hearts—UCLA has a cadre of sadists all its own.

Before I get into that particular devilry, a little background: Dev visited Anchorage in late November and was completely blown away by the program and the place.

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What’s not to love?

She immediately decided to rank it first.  While her second choice was an excellent program with unsurpassed procedural preparation for a rural doctor, well, only Alaska is Alaska.   So once we started scheming and dreaming about living there and the adventure that would be, all our eggs were very much at home in one big, precarious basket.  We invested in puffy winter coats.  We gave each other books.  I BOUGHT FREAKIN SNOWSHOES.

When Match Day came, I could barely wait.  I’d been having stress dreams for a week about matching to a Southern California program and never getting to experience a long winter full of 18-hour nights.  What future would the envelope decree?  Of course, matching is Dev’s big accomplishment, and she has tons of loved ones who have been supporting her on this journey a lot longer and more intensively than I have.  But ever since I decided to move with her for residency, March 18th has loomed just as large for me .  And I wanted to get to fling some snow with my flipping snowshoes!  And not for the first time, I felt a particular helplessness knowing such a big life moment was happening 2,585 miles away (thanks, Tinder!) in a way I could only virtually and peripherally participate in.  But Dev was really great about sending me updates as the big reveal drew near.  So did some of my other med school friends, like Tiffany across town at Brown!

Dev was cool and confident, and had an awesome posse to boot.  And my eternal optimist had actually been having good dreams, the kind where she opened the envelope and matched to Alaska.

Then I got a text: “There’s no pin on the Alaska on the map.” And everything inside me sank.  And I really, really wished I didn’t have those flingy snowshoes in my closet.

Dev was talking about this map, from which, as it turns out, the event organizers and supervising dean had intentionally omitted her pin so she could open her letter and get a surprise.

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The floating yellow pushpin has still not been explained to my satisfaction.

That’s right.  They did it on purpose.  Because they are mean.  And mischievous.  And incredibly sweet.

And dreams do come true.

Huge, huge, huge thank you to Patrick for this wonderful video and for being the first to give me the good news!

Blogging, for Serious.

Hello, friends.

Big life changes are coming, so I’m starting a blog!

I’m hoping this will help me stay in touch with family and friends across the miles and years ahead, keep in the habit of writing regularly, and force myself to do things interesting enough to write about.

Why adventuresundays?  Well, I certainly enjoy a good adventure.  Even the throw-everything-up-in-the-air-and-go-live-a-new-life kind of adventure. Dev is an adventurer too—if you know either of us well enough to know which residency she ranked first, you know what I’m talking about.  If you don’t, stay tuned.

Dating long distance has meant that we can’t always see each other for long stretches at a time, but we’ve taken marrow-sucking advantage of three- and four-day weekends when we can.  We’re pretty good at it!  In six months of cross-country courtship, we’ve been to seven states and twenty-two municipalities.  Whether during a longer visit or a shorter, some of our best adventures so far have been on Sundays.  Here is a sampling:

The Sunday in September where we drove down to Westerly for the Ocean State Beer Festival (the first one!).

The Sunday in January when we drove the Falcon down Route 1 from Santa Barbara to LA and had a picnic on the beach.

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Not a picture from that day.  But this car rules, amiright?

The Sunday in February where we fueled up the Batmobile and tried to Save the City.

The day before yesterday, tromping through Purgatory Chasm (and using my dad’s old trick to keep the skeeters at bay).

Next year, in residency,  Dr. Dev probably won’t have that many Sundays off.  But I will!  And as a stranger in a strange land, I am determined to explore and explode outward into my new surroundings, wherever they may be.

Lastly, a shoutout to the Reverend/Mother Paula.  Any time I’m ever stuck in a rut, or bored, or moving to a new place, or hoping to make new friends, or having a Feeling of any kind, Reverend Mama tries to make me go to church.  It’s kind of (literally) her job.  And I’m really not too keen on the whole shebang.  But weekly communing with others, with nature, with my own creativity, or with a Feeling of any kind?  That I can get behind.  So you (RevMa and others) are invited to hold me accountable.  Sundays or not, I have to invest in my own exploration if I’m going to make this gamble pay off.

And I’m guessing little Doogie Howser will join me on some adventures, too.

Version 3

Please don’t drop me; I don’t even like you.