Last in Lisbon

This evening, likely my last in Lisbon until next year, was spent consuming pizza, red wine and a sunset from the balcony of a penthouse apartment overlooking the 25 de Abril Bridge and the Santuário de Cristo Rei monument with some of the lovely people I work with and a gorgeous Golden Retriever named Mopac.

I’m ready for home, but Lisbon’s not making my exit an easy one.

Porch Coffee

After five draining but delightful days spent in Portugal’s capital city, we head back to the United States tomorrow morning.

Although there are a great many things that I’ve enjoyed about Lisbon, the thing I’ll miss most is what Laura and I have lovingly dubbed “porch coffee”. Both of our hotel rooms, one stacked on top of the other a single floor apart, have balconies that open out toward Avenida da Liberdade, a main boulevard in the center of town. Every morning since our arrival we’ve alternated hosting the other for “porch coffee” on the balcony, a tradition that consists of tiny cups of Nespresso, whatever miniature pastries we can abduct from the stash in the lobby and sleepy small talk.

A thing I will not miss, however, is my balcony’s other use: dryer

A Friendship Force of Nature

Late last night, after all the rides had been ridden and much of the delivery Chinese food eaten, the eight of us took up residence in the living room of our stay in Kissimmee, Florida to talk about the bachelorette we were there celebrating. Over wine we shared our best Laura memories, laughing a bunch but crying a fair bit, too. It was during that time that I spoke the following toast aloud.

Laura,

Over the years you’ve been “the person” for several people in this room. As one of those oh-so-fortunate several, I can say from firsthand experience that you don’t carry that mantle lightly. A willing and impeccable listener who’s brutally honest, fiercely loyal and so often selfless, for your people you, Laura Lynch, are a friendship force of nature; a blonde, bossy, brilliant hurricane of sass.

Which is why, as we wrap up this last hurrah before you walk down the aisle (Or ride down it on an elephant? I’m sorry, I should have fact-checked that detail...), I believe, in my heart of hearts, that Maninder lucked into the highest kind of riches when he got you as his forever person.

Let’s all raise our glasses to Laura, for finding her forever person.

Cheers!

Bought the Tickets, Took the Rides

The past two days bore witness to me and my best gals occupying Disney World, Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. As one who isn’t a thrill ride enthusiast but who, upon turning 35, made the decision to say ‘yes’ to the things that terrify him most, I’m proud of myself for riding 20, that’s right 20, rollercoaster-y-ish rides. Said 20 rides are listed below.


Disneyworld

  • Splash Mountain (3)

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (3)

  • Space Mountain

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

  • Haunted Mansion

  • Pirates of the Caribbean


Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure

  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster

  • Doctor Doom’s Fear Fall

  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

  • Jurassic Park: The Ride

  • Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls

  • Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges

  • Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

  • Hogwarts Express

  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts


I also ate two turkey legs.

It's Quite Late and I Should Probably Go To Bed

It’s quite late and I should probably go to bed but before I do I just wanna say that today was a day during which one might’ve found himself wondering in his mind and also possibly on his personal web log how he got so damn lucky to be alive at the same time as certain people that he’s alive at the same time as.

This was a great day.