78 Things I Did in the 78 Days Since My Last Web Log Post

A numbered list.

  1. bought a watch

  2. took a dip in the Atlantic

  3. stayed in a hotel

  4. stayed out too late

  5. asked a stranger to lunch

  6. asked friends for a favor

  7. broke an iPhone

  8. fixed a table

  9. ran 271 miles

  10. ran into best-selling author David Sedaris on a dark, deserted street in Provincetown, Massachusetts in the middle of the night whilst inebriated and covered in sand

  11. paddled a kayak

  12. rode on a ferry

  13. packed

  14. moved

  15. unpacked

  16. stood in lines

  17. sat in hot tubs

  18. played catch

  19. played catch-up

  20. talked over coffee

  21. talked across continents

  22. blew out candles

  23. sucked in my stomach

  24. won an axe throwing contest

  25. lost many games of Monopoly Deal

  26. spent a week on Cape Cod

  27. spent an evening watching Ellen DeGeneres do standup

  28. worked many hours

  29. read few books

  30. got upset with the world

  31. got upset with myself

  32. laughed

  33. cried

  34. farted (a lot)

  35. turned 34

  36. stayed away from my laptop

  37. stayed close to my dogs

  38. watched a sunrise

  39. watched the sun set

  40. listened to live music in California (Ed Sheeran), Illinois (Billy Joel) and Texas (Troye Sivan)

  41. wrote a poem

  42. assembled a shelf

  43. celebrated two wedding engagements

  44. survived eight airplane flights

  45. submitted expenses

  46. withdrew a statement

  47. gave a back rub

  48. took a staycation

  49. made messes

  50. made up

  51. dressed up

  52. dressed down

  53. threw a fit

  54. threw a frisbee

  55. sent mail

  56. received advice

  57. looked through old photos

  58. listened to new music

  59. whined

  60. dined

  61. hiked

  62. biked

  63. bid farewell to an old friend

  64. waved hello to a new neighbor

  65. walked to work

  66. walked hand in hand

  67. held my breath

  68. held out hope

  69. practiced yoga

  70. practiced patience

  71. rode on trains

  72. picked up pennies

  73. kissed a boy

  74. bled

  75. tended

  76. grieved

  77. mended

  78. typed this list

40 Before 40: Go One Month Without Drinking Alcohol

When my dad and I were in London a couple months ago I mentioned that I was thinking about taking July off from drinking and he actually started laughing at me.

"You don't think I can do it?" I asked.

"No," he replied.

Well daddio, you were wrong.

For 31 days in July (and, for good measure, a couple at the end of June) I didn't consume any alcohol, not a single drop. In all fairness to my dad, however, even I thought I would have to put this particular 40 Before 40 goal off until the bitter end (like age 39 and eleven months-ish) but the moment he told me he didn't think I could do it I had no other choice but to try and prove him wrong as quickly as I possibly could.

So thank you Dad, for not believing in me.

The no drinking thing wasn't actually as tough as I thought it would be. In fact, there were only a couple of occasions during those 33 days when I wished I had a drink in my hand, once at a 4th of July BBQ and once during every single second of every single brunch.

Instead of drinking/staying out late/being hung over I spent July sleeping more than I usually do, reading a lot and probably running myself into early knee replacement surgery (I logged a little over 115 miles including four half marathons over consecutive Saturdays).

Even though I won't be continuing my boozelessness into August (Micky’s in town from Chicago tonight and I'll be in Provincetown next week), I'm happy I did it and, I will admit, a little bit proud of myself.