Glass blowing and glory holes

No kidding.

They call the ovens they use to reheat the glass a GLORY HOLE.

I shit you not.

So I took ANOTHER glass blowing class (you can see pics from my first glass blowing class here and a picture of the finished product here) with my friend Kimberly.

As with the first time I took the class, I had a great time.

It was fucking hot, though.

But not as hot as last time because instead of being in a closed building, were were in a shop with garage doors that opened to the outside air and it was nice and cool outside.

My instructor walked me through all the steps, basically holding my hand in the right position so that everything turned out okay.

Here are some photos from my glass blowing experience:

And the finished product. . .

Floating into the sky

balloonsOMG! I DID IT!

Why it was easier for me to jump out of an airplane at 12,000 feet and run unprotected with 2 dozen stampeding bulls, I will never know.

But I finally did it.

I bought my champagne balloon flight from Sonoma Valley Balloons.

I’m still totally FREAKED out about it but I managed to finally click the “Purchase” button and buy my Groupon.

What’s nice is that I have family in the Sonoma area, so I can maybe make a weekend of this and visit my birthfamily in Santa Rosa.

I don’t get to see them enough.

It would be nice to play with my nephews who I haven’t seen in over a year.

And after all that family time, well I’ll just take myself down to the local hot air balloon airport and LAUNCH myself into the sky.

Remarkably, I’ve found something freakier than floating untethered into the cosmos.

What if I have to tell the pilot how much I weigh?

Let’s hope he’s not cute because if he is, I just may lie.


That would be dangerous, right?

What’s on tap…

I’ve been thinking about my next set of activities to take on.

Besides needing to scour Groupon for specials, I’ve come up with the following list:

  • Eat at Manresa
  • See Niagara Falls and get wet
  • See Bruce Springsteen
  • Go to a U2 concert
  • Take a tour of Alcatraz
  • Take a tour of the Winchester Mystery House (I’ve never been)
  • Fly a single engine Cessna again
  • Go to the Korean Spa, again
  • Great White Shark dive
  • Eat at a Burmese restaurant
  • Go to Supper Club in SF
  • See a transvestite show
  • Go to  strip club
  • Drive down Highway 1
  • Drive up Highway 1
  • Go to a book reading
  • Go to an art museum
  • Learn to surf
  • Fly in an acrobatic plane doing stunts
  • Camp in Yosemite
  • Go wine tasting in Napa/Paso Robles
  • Go to the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz
  • Enjoy an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista
  • Take sailing lessons
  • Learn to brew beer at Workshop SF
  • Get a new tattoo

And that’s a pretty good start for me.  I think I’ll start with driving up and down Highway 1.  I love to stop along the way at any place that suits my fancy – like the Olema Farm House in Olema or the Hog Island Oyster Company in Marshall, or Nepenthe in Big Sur.  So much to see and experience.  Time to get cracking!