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Champagne Wishes and Caviar dreams…

Open A Champagne Bottle with a Knife

Since throwing a back-yard formal with all my friends in black-tie formal wear is damn near impossible, I took advantage of my birthday BBQ this past weekend and decided to class it up a bit with some champagne.

The reasoning behind learning to “Sabrage” is pretty simple. It’s flashy, mildly dangerous and super classy and needless to say, the chicks dig it. It’s quite impressive if you pull it off and incredibly embarrassing if you injure yourself or others if it goes wrong. It might be the coolest thing the French have given us since the invention of French kissing.

I will admit I felt like P. Diddy (or Puff Daddy, or Puffy whatever the fuck he calls himself) popping out some bubbly at the party. It was pretty Thug Life.

Enjoy the video and pictures.

Kit and I enjoying alittle Cristal

Salud!

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What I learned in Curaçao…

Curaçao was an early addition to my list. I don’t know why, I don’t ever remember anyone talking about it, magazine generally don’t rave about the island. I guess I added visiting it just out of curiosity. To be completely honest, I didn’t even know where in the Caribbean it was. It just sounded so foreign and like a place I would never visit, same as Iceland. But, we all know now how I deal with places I never imagine I would travel to… I travel to them.

Curaçao, took all of about 10 minutes to grow on me. Just about as soon as we pulled away from Hato International Airport, did I come to really like this place. From that moment on the rest of the trip was just a confirmation of my good feelings towards the island.

I present to you now, what I had learned during my time in Curaçao…

  • To make the Ç hold down option(mac) or alt (pc) while typing C.
  • The Ç is called a cedilla (Wikipedia article on it)
  • For all intents and purposes, Curaçao is a Spanish-speaking country
  • You can get stranded on a bridge

  • Scuba Diving Magazine loves Curaçao cause the reefs are flawless

  • 8 oz Polar beer is a rip-off (Thanks for nothing Hugo Chavez)
  • Infinity Salt water pool = Awesome!

  • Danki means thank you in Papiamento (Pronounced = Donkey)
  • You can get a job as a Bridge Boat Driver
  • I love Arepitas
  • Iguanas are to Curaçao what squirrels are to North America
  • When jumping off a 40 ft cliff always try to land feet first ( Kit’s lesson)
  • 15% Service charge on restaurants tabs, means at some places you will have to double tip
  • Casinos are very depressing when there are no loud sounds of machines winning

Some other photos from the trip

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I Have Made Fire!

The inner caveman in me spoke out when I added Have a bon fire on the beach to the list. Actually, it was because of a scene from Police Academy which included the notorious Blue Oyster Bar… Here is the video incase you needed reminding.

In almost the exact fashion as our boys in blue from police academy, my bonfire went just about the same way minus, the naked women, saxophone, crowd of people and being that Kit and I were in Montauk, the black guy. Minus all those things, it was exactly the same.

Danny’s Guide to a successful Beach Bonfire… The Guide.

Step 1) Pick a beach

Step 2) Gather all materials needed for creating fire. Most survival experts say get a couple of stones, or a bow made of wood and tinder to light. I say, hogwash. Duraflame and a lighter. Added benefit to the Duraflame, you can purchase one that imitates the sound of real wood burning, or if you are feeling artistic or autistic they also have a special log that emits festive colors while burning.

Step 3) Light it up, Drink it up and enjoy.

(Traveling Duck optional)

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The Legend of Bagger Vance… Danny…

After an exciting  18 holes last Saturday night, Kit can no longer claim that I never beat her in mini-golf. I must have had Tiger woods, or Happy Gilmore looking after me, cause I kicked her ass! This item is being crossed off again. I felt like Roger Maris tainted with an asterisk next to the list item for all this time. And before you anyone can make accusations, I did beat her without the use of performance enhancing drugs! Take that Barry Bonds!

Notice the perfect form, like a white-r Tiger Woods.

Finding my happy place…

Kit right before she hit par, unlike all the other holes.

And the final score…

Kit 62

Danny 52

The face of the loser…

And the face of the Winner…

My Caddyshack ending…

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Is there a pilot on board?

Yes, there is.

Skyhawk 428PD

Tower this is Koala, requesting fly by…

Flying over Oyster Bay

428PD cleared for landing, and don’t worry the bird shit didn’t affect our aerodynamics…

(From left to right) Gold Leader, Koala

This was an awesome experience, even if we almost crashed due to a rogue bee. Rest assured the Top Gun soundtrack was blasting in my car all the way home.

Koala over and out.

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Eat at an Outback Steakhouse x2

This item is pretty straightforward. I have seen the commercials and have always wanted to go down under. Since, a trip to Australia is out of the realm of reality now, eating out at a themed restaurant is just going to have to do for now. I know eating at an Outback is about as authentic Australian as a Taco bell is authentic Mexican but nonetheless the commercials made it seem really delicious.

This item was actually completed twice, if anybody is keeping count. The first time I visited this eatery was in Puerto Rico. The issue was that I don’t remember eating here in Puerto Rico. The hotel we were staying at had a free 2 hour cocktail hour, and I took full advantage of the hotel, drinking way too much. apparently according to Kit my sober-er companion, We did make it to the Outback that night. And I very much enjoyed it. Even though our waiter probably wanted to throw me off of El Morro, if you didn’t know I can get quite rambunctious when I have been over-served.

I was incredibly drunk in this picture, but that didn’t deter me from ordering a Wallaby Darned. Delicious.

So in all fairness to this list, I felt I had to re-do this item. Actually, I just wanted another excuse to go back and try the chicken wings that I slightly remember enjoying. If you remember awhile back, Kit and I didn’t make it to Bermuda the first time we tried to go and that seemed like a perfect time to revisit this list item.

Here are some of the pictures. Stay tuned to the site, Kit and I have just booked our next trip in two weeks to Barcelona (with a long layover in Geneva and a day trip to Andorra) and I’m sure I will try my hardest to knock off a list item or two while we are there.

BONUS PICTURE! From “Growing up Gotti” fame, Luigi and Me at the Homestead bar in Oyster Bay from the same night.  (This one is for you Lauren)


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Danny “Che” Rivera presents The Scooter Diaries

This isn’t a tale of heroic feats, It’s about two lives running parallel for a while. The plan, 22 miles in two days. The goal, to explore an island country they had only known from the internet. The method, improvisation. The further they went, the further their world changed, or maybe it was them who had changed.

Not really, but riding a scooter is a shit-load of fun! This item appears on my list as “Ride a Vespa.” Even though the scooter we rented was not in fact a Vespa, it still counts. I felt it was more important to just ride a scooter then to actually ride a certain brand of scooter.

This item actually took a lot for me to do it. The back story. My mother has always been very against anyone in my family riding a motorcycle, since her brother died from an accident when he was 17. And she made sure that she in grained her fear of two-wheeled transportation in my head that up until I was 24 I had never even sat on a motorcycle, nevermind ride one. So, when I was writing items down for my list, over coming this irrational fear of bikes was something I had to do. Only problem is, I still feel that full fledge motorcycles are dangerous as hell. And I do not posses the hand-eye coördination to successfully ride one. I set myself a more obtainable goal, Ride a Scooter. Obviously there are huge differences between the two but still the original intent was to set out on a motorized bike and not kill myself.

Well thanks to Bermuda’s policy to not allow tourist to rent automobiles, a scooter is the most sensible way to see the entire island on your own. The original plan was for Kit and myself to each have our own scooter, since I didn’t trust my newly acquired skills of scooter handler to place Kit’s life on it. Kit tried out her own scooter but quickly realized she had absolutely no interest in driving one from one end of the island to the other. I thought she did well driving one, but her brain kept getting in her way telling her that she is going to die making a turn. Double scooter for us.

We set out after our quick parking lot lesson towards Dockyard. Which is on the south side of the country about 40 minutes away form where we were. The ride was beautiful. The scenery was gorgeous and the roads themselves were very well-maintained. Everything was going swimmingly, until (cause there always needs to be an until or a but) the first droplet of rain hit my rented helmet. I don’t know how well versed my readers are with Bermudian weather, but generally speaking when you feel one drop of rain there is surely more, much more to follow.

With Kit cursing my name in my ear, we pulled into a small supermarket and tried to keep semi-dry as the storm unleashed it’s waterfall like downpour. After buying a roll of paper towels, we continued on our way now with only a slight drizzle soaking us. One of my favorite quotes is from travel writer Paul Theroux, “An adventure is never fun, while it’s happening.” It fit way too well.

The rest of the trip went by without incident, aside from the few shaky left turns and a near disastrous run in with a rouge rooster.

The ride north to the town of St. George is a very pretty ride. The road winds just enough to be fun, and feeling the crisp wind in your face is a pleasure on a sunny day. I highly recommend renting scooters in Bermuda, just remember, KEEP LEFT!

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