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There are some doom-sayers who are claiming that the world is coming to an end on December 21, 2012. Whether or not they are right, there are some other people who are taking it to heart in a joking way and creating a "bucket list" for 2012. There's a facebook group if you'd like to join and I thought I'd share my own "bucket list" for 2012.
1. Go to Alcatraz. I've lived in the Bay area for 10 years now and I still haven't done the boat ride and tour of Alcatraz. And before I go I need to read: Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. It is the story of a boy whose family moves to Alcatraz Island when his father gets a job as a guard there in 1935.
2. Go to Disneyland. I went when I was 2 years old and I hear I had a good time, but I frankly don't recall! I have a lot of friends who still love to go to Disneyland as adults. And before I go, I need to read: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow. This one is a free ebook download so I can use my ereader...
3. Eat Cioppino. This is apparently the most famous San Francisco Fish Dish. I don't know what they're talking about because I've never tried it. Bobby Flay did a Throwdown against Phil DiGirolamo from Phil's in Moss Landing for this dish and includes a recipe in his book: Bobby Flay's Throwdown. There are a lot of restaurants who carry this dish so I don't think I'll have a problem here!
4. Bike the Coyote Creek Trail. This trail is 18.7 miles in total so I might take it easy and do it in a couple of sessions. But I'd be able to get a scenic view of a lot of San Jose! But first, I need to fix my bike up - I think I'll need to check out the Complete Bike Book by Chris Sidwells.
5. Wow! I'm running out of good ideas for my bucket list! Time to check out Newcomer's Handbook for Moving to and Living in the San Francisco Bay Area by Scott Van Velsor!
Maybe you'd like to join me in creating a "bucket list" this year instead of a resolution. Come up with some fun activities and give yourself a reading list too! Let me know how it goes and Happy New Year!
It’s 1935 and 12-year-old Moose Flanagan has moved with his family to Alcatraz Island – home to such notorious criminals as Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone. Moose’s father has taken a job on the island as an electrician and prison guard while his mother focuses on getting his sister Natalie, who isn’t like other kids, into a special school in San Francisco. Al Capone Does My Shirts is alternately funny and poignant as Moose tries to fit in at his new school, protect his sister, and stay out of trouble created by the warden’s scheming daughter. Author Gennifer Choldenko researched civilian life on Alcatraz in the 1930s and has produced a believable tale that, besides being a fun read, makes a good choice for a historical fiction assignment for students in grades 5-8. Choldenko also draws upon her own experience as a family member of someone with special needs; children who have a sibling with autism or another developmental disability will especially relate to the story. For more of Moose’s adventures on Alcatraz, check out the sequel, Al Capone Shines My Shoes.