Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pay It Forward

You don't need to change someone's life to make their day a little brighter! This weekend I decided to "Pay it Forward" and leave a deserving server a $100 tip. 

The act of paying it forward is fun to do every once and while.  Sure it cost me $100 this time, but the thrill of doing something nice and unexpected for an unsuspecting stranger is a great way to show others that there is still kindness in this world and that people are still generous out there.  I think we could all use a little unexpected kindness every once in a awhile. 

Here are some other simple ways to show acts of kindness to pay it forward today...

 - Put a quarter in a meter that's about to expire
 - Buy a meal for a homeless person (or give him/her your leftovers from a restaurant)
 - Offer to do pro bono work
 - Mentor someone
 - Make a donation
 - When leaving a foreign country give your left over currency to a local
 - Tip street musicians
 - Let someone cut in front of you in line
 - Hold a door open
 - Smile at strangers
 - Spend time with the elderly
 - Spend time with children
 - Give up your seat for someone in need
 - Give blood
 - Volunteer
 - Show respect equally to all

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

They see me rollin'

You know you want to do it too.  Every time you see the mall cop riding around on one, you secretly want to ride it too.  When you see one unattended, you know you have a crazy "devil on your shoulder" moment that makes you want to steal it.  The question is though when you want to ride one where do you do it?  Every major city has the Segway Tours, but that just seems embarrassing.  Well I sucked it up, I went on a Segway Tour in my own city.  Luckily the tour was just Trevor and myself, so we told our guide we really didn't need the tour notes, so we just cruised.

We obviously had to stop for good photo ops though.  Like the one above in front of the Capital and the city skyline below. Side note, I love me city!

So the next time you feel like doing something fun and random on a Sunday afternoon, go on a Segway Tour of your own city!  On to our next helmeted adventure!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lions and Tigers and BEARS, oh my!

I feel guilty about what I have done...I cheated!  I realized that with only two months to go before the big 3-0 there was one thing on my list that seemed a little unrealistic at this point.  Where exactly am I going to see a bear in the wild, I live in Texas.  I was unlucky in Arkansas about seeing a black bear and the next trip I am going on is Vermont in May, so I have my fingers crossed.  Just in case though I went to go see Disney Nature's Bears last night.  It was a great way to celebrate Earth Day.


About the film, Bears follows a mother bear named Sky and her two cubs, Scout and Amber, through their adventures and struggles of the cubs' first year in the Alaskan wilderness.  The film is narrated by John C. Reilly, who brings humor and "aww" to his narration.
The film shows the struggles of life in the wilderness along with all the threats that bears cope with on a daily basis.  The harsh realities of the life of a bear are very well counter acted with the humor, "aww," and antics of bears.
I appreciate that this film was educational and honest about the struggles bears face to survive, but not traumatizing.  Disney did a great job at managing to portray the realities and brutality along with the beauty of nature.
Alongside the bears captivating my heart, the cinematography of this film was breath taking.  The nature and landscaping plays an additional character of the film.  It makes me want to plan my next trip to Alaska so I can bask in the beauty of the great outdoors, and go see a bear obviously.
So even if I didn't get to see a bear in the wild, this film satisfied my need, at least temporarily!  Also, a portion of the ticket sales from this film will go to the National Park Foundation.  I highly recommend going to see this film. 

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