Arctic Row – Message from Neal

Arctic Row Neal Mueller message to Brandon White live from the Arctic RowboatI was going through a few photos and found this one from last year. A message from my good friend Neal Mueller who was part of a four man team last year to be first to row across the arctic. I helped support their expedition. This was a live shot from their boat he sent to me via satellite.

Amazing feat and amazing that you can now row across the Arctic Ocean since all the ice is melting.

Is 13 Really an Unlucky Number?

Number 13Thoughts from seat C row 5 on a Soutwest flight in route to San Francisco
When I was booking my ticket a week ago my wife saw I was booking a ticket and asked what day I flying, I replied,  “The 13th”. She looked at me and said,”You do know that it will be Friday the 13th?” I smiled and said, “You know me, I like to take risks”, she smiled and that was the end of it.  Since then this is the first time I have thought about it, but was reminded when I went to the bathroom and there was the always interesting bathroom line conversation going on, this one around the fact that it was the 13th and how the number 13 is so unlucky.  I got back to my seat and was trying to fold my dollar bill into one of the origami patterns that they always have in the back of the airline magazines to prove I could do it because I saw a completed one as I was walking back to my seat. I started thinking about if the number 13 really is an unlucky number.

It dawned on me as I was looking at the dollar bill that maybe the number 13 really is a lucky number in disguise and using it more often would give me, and maybe you now that you are reading this, an advantage because people are programmed to stay away from it. In fact, it might be something that can be used all over the world because it’s pretty much a universal belief: you usually never see a room number 13, there are not 13th floors in tall buildings and on Friday 13th doing out of the ordinary risky things cause us all to cringe a little.But think about this, you can find all these things or things that represent them on the back of a US dollar bill:

A dollar bill US Currency

13 original colonies
13 signers of the Declaration of Independence
13 stripes on our flag
13 steps on the pyramid
13 letters in ‘AnnuitCoeptis,’ (Latin for “God has favored our undertaking”)
13 letters in ‘ E Pluribus Unum, (Latin for “‘a new order has begun.”)
13 stars above the eagle
13 bars on that shield
13 leaves on the olive branch
13 fruits, and if you look closely
13 arrows

I’m starting to think the number 13 is pretty darn lucky. What do you think?

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Eat Some Schweddy Balls Ice Cream by Ben and Jerrys

Ben and Jerrys Ice Cream Schweddy BallsYesterday I wrote about the new Double Triple Oreo cookie and today I’m writing about ice cream. Yes, food is on my mind and some writing about all these fun foods I hope replaces the need to eat too much of them.

It’s hard to forget the Saturday Night Live NPR skit starring Alex Baldwin about “Delicious Schweddy Balls”.  Ben and Jerry’s could not resist and recently developed a new limited edition flavor, you guessed it, “Schweddy Balls“.  Ben and Jerry’s says the flavor is a Fair Trade vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and is loaded with fudge covered rum and milk chocolate malt balls. The flavor will be available for a limited time in about 30% of the stores that carry Ben and Jerry’s. I’m not a big rum guy and more of a lover of their Milk and Cookies and Cookie Dough flavors, but if you are a rum lover get out there and eat some Schweddy Balls while you can.

New Oreo Cookies – The Triple Double Oreo

Triple Double Oreo cookie by NabiscoOK, I have sweet tooth and Oreo cookies are at the top of the list. I’ll eat them any which way. No milk? No problem, I’ll eat them plain. Have milk?! All the better and watch out I’ll probably eat a whole row. I love the regular Oreos, the double stuffed or any one of their fifty-four Oreo products, which does not include Dairy Queens Oreo Blizzard that I love, especially with “Extra Stuff” for the whopping $.79 extra that is money well spent.

How Nabisco has outdone themselves with the Double Triple Oreo. Translated that equates to five layers of Oreo heaven. They’re hitting the shelves as I type I am told. I checked our local grocery store yesterday and there was no sign yet, but as soon as they arrive and after I recover from eating a box I’ll be sure to post on the experience.

Why I am getting into road biking

Road biking has always been one of those things I was intrigued about, but never jumped into. Given I’ve had three ACL repairs and am in my late 30’s I decided it might be time to check out the sport. So this year I bought a bike magazine and checked out their recommendation in their best buys section. I found a Jamis Ventura Elite at what seemed like a decent price. I called some local bike shops and learned the Bike Doctor in Easton carried Jamis. I dropped in and asked if they had the Elite model, learned that they did not, could get it and that I needed to be measured to figure out what size frame I needed. I threw down the $29.95, that could be applied to the bike if I bought it, and learned I was a 51 for Jamis. We ordered it up and I am on my way. Not completely sure what I am getting myself into, but it should be a fun journey.

Fishing Podcasts

Over the years I have been doing fishing podcasts. I have interviewed fishing guides about where and how to fish different areas, scientists about fisheries conservation, well known anglers who own fishing companies and many other anglers in the fishing world. Most recently I have been maintaining all the fishing podcasts on the Lateral Line’s blog (the technical year-round fishing clothing company that I run with my brother). You can find all the old and new podcasts here.

A quick list to give you an idea of some of the podcasts:

Check outthe above and the rest of my fishing podcasts here