30 for 30
While the title of today’s post is shared by the popular ESPN sports documentary series, I’m using it to describe 30 great achievements of my 30 years on this planet. This is kind of my bucket list of crossed off items… mission accomplished!
Family and Friends
1: Got Engaged – I’m still surprised she said yes!
2: Got Married – Again, I’m still surprised she said yes… I gave her a year and a half to change her mind!
3: Was a Best Man – Broski Sip got married in 2010 with me by his side.
4: Planned a Stag Party – Nothing says “I love you, man” than planning the perfect sendoff as your buddy enters married life.
Rites of Passage
5: Earned a Driver’s License – Been on the roads for 14 years now… Mrs. Sip still doesn’t have a full license!
6: Graduated High School – Some people didn’t see that coming!
7: Earned 4 Diplomas/Degrees/Certificates – I have quite the resume… anyone looking to hire!?
8: No More Picky Eater – Chicken strips and fries are pretty awesome, but lobster and escargot are better.
9: Moved Out – It was hard to leave the amazing home of Ma and Pa Sip, but living with Mrs. Sip has its own benefits!
10: Travelled to 34 Countries – Mrs. Sip will hit 50 countries before she turns 30, but I think I still made a pretty damn good dent.
11: Stepped foot on 6 Continents – I’m only missing Antarctica, which we hope to get to one day.
12: Lived Abroad – Spent six months living in England and travelling Europe.
13: Visited the Greatest Cities in the World – From London to St. Petersburg, Sydney to Los Angeles, the resume isn’t full yet, but I’ve been to so many cool places.
14: Made the Honour Roll – Got my shit together one year and made the honour roll twice… it never happened again.
15: Graduated with Honours – Always knew journalism and I were a match made in heaven!
16: Became Published – My first article ever (aside from online and school writing) was for B.C. Hockey Now.
17: Covered the Vancouver Canucks (NHL) and B.C. Lions (CFL) – The two biggest sports franchises in Vancouver and I got to watch both for free!
18: Worked the 2010 Winter Olympics – NBC Universal Sports hired me for the Games, a goal of mine when I first entered journalism school.
19: Made Money Doing What I Love – Watching sports for a job just doesn’t get much better… perhaps getting paid to have sex!?
20: Started The Sip Advisor – I was thirsty (literally!) for a new project when Mrs. Sip suggested The Sip Advisor. Here we are and I’m pretty sure everyone is having a good time!
21: Tried a Number of Extreme Sports – Bungy jumping, ziplining, zorbing, luging, surfing, scuba diving… I’ve tried them all!
22: Saw my Favourite Comedians Perform – From Christopher Titus to Daniel Tosh, I’ve seen all of the living comedians I ever wanted to.
23: Won Money in Las Vegas – I’m too cautious to lose or win a lot of money, but I did come home up on one trip and that’s more than a lot of people can say.
24: Won Money at the Races – My last trip to Fraser Downs resulted in six winning bets on nine races, including picking three winners straight up!
25: Hosted an Annual Event – My annual Beer Pong tournament is a highlight of the summer social calendar.
26: Invented a Word – Walk Blocking – like cock blocking, but everyone can do it!
27: Became an Internet Sensation – And the journey has only just begun!
28: Swam Across a Body of Water – I joined Mrs. Sip for a crossing of the water outside our lodge in Indian Arm, B.C. It took us 45 minutes round trip to make the journey.
29: Shot a Gun – Cousin Sip and I hit one of the many ranges in Las Vegas to help cross this off the list.
30: Sang Karaoke – Not well, but Mrs. Sip and I do perform a rocking version of ‘I Hate Everything About You’!
Drink #264: What’s My Name Again?
- 0.3 oz Spiced Rum (I used Kraken)
- 0.3 oz Southern Comfort
- 0.3 oz Peach Schnapps
- 0.3 oz Goldschlager
- 0.3 oz Vodka
- Garnish with a Lemon Slice
There are still so many things left to do (get a tattoo, touch a snake, go skydiving, drink motor oil!) that the next 30 years should be just as adventurous as the first 30. Any suggestions!?
Sip Advisor Bar Notes (4 Sips out of 5):
This shot finishes Rum Week and the story goes that if you have enough of these, you’ll forget your own name! While it is a rather potent shooter, it’s also very tasty, helped along by the Peach Schnapps, Southern Comfort, and Goldschlager. I’ll have to try their little dare sometime and see how long it takes for the ol’ mind to go blank! Let’s drink to my successes and excesses!