*EAT! PLAY! GIVEAWAY!*
How else to begin a post like this except with a gigantic thank you!
When I started my Instagram, I wasn't sure I'd hit 200 followers, much less 20,000. It's an incredible feeling to think that so many of you like what I'm doing and there's only more to come.
Now, to properly say thank you, well, I have a few surprises of my own for you!
🎉 *GIVEAWAY TIME* 🎉
Yep, I'm running an epic giveaway because of hitting this milestone. I've got incredible prizes, both from here in Chicago and also great items that can be sent to you, so enter wherever you live. Now, want to know what you could be taking home?
🎁 *PRIZES* 🎁 (Make sure to scroll through the images to see what you could win!)
🕰 1) @Klasse14: An elegant Klasse14 watch.
☕️ 2) @ColectivoCoffee: A fun package full of coffee!
💍 3) @ElCaminoBracelets: A beautiful El Camino Bracelet plus two custom steps.
💼 4) @Trayvax: A style-forward Element Trayvax wallet.
🍜 5) @KizukiChicago Wicker Park: A Super-sized Bowl of Ramen, which includes a choice of Kizuki’s Tonkotsu Shoyu or Zuzu Shio Ramen that is four times larger than Kizuki's regular serving (about four quarts of broth, four times the ramen and four times the toppings).
🥪 6) @HakkaBakka: Dinner for Two, including one kati roll, rice bowl, salad bowl or sandwich per person and one fountain drink or Mango Lassi per person!
☕️ 7) @CaffeUmbria Logan Square: A Roastery Tour at the Logan Square location includes learning about cupping, roasting philosophy, a live roasting process and share an espresso with assistant roaster Stefano Bizzarri.
🍹 8) @HubbardInn: A Group Mixology Class for four guests that would include learning how to make three cocktails with a Hubbard Inn mixologist and enjoy select appetizers for the group.
🥗 9) @BeatrixChicago: A $100 Gift Certificate to this amazing restaurant.
*HOW TO WIN*
1️⃣Like this photo
2️⃣Follow @Alexshebar (if you're not already!)
3️⃣Tag a friend in a comment who would also like to win.
You can enter as MANY times as you want. Good luck. Winners will be chosen on Friday, March 23rd!
Yesterday, the eighth #JocoCruise finished it’s run. I’m having a hard time putting into words just how amazing this experience was. Luckily, I have pictures on Instagram to do just that! 😃
What I will say, though, is this was a gathering of geeks and nerds (so my people) done in a way I’ve never experienced before. I got to:
🔸 💁🏻♂️ Meet people from around the world and talk about movies and TV and games and robots and adorable animals and anything else they wanted to geek out over.
🔹 🇲🇽 Travel Mexico, see new sights and cities like La Paz and Loreto and eat so much great food there. 🔸 🎶 Hear live music from some incredible performers, including @realaimeemann, @quellechrist, @mc_frontalot, @paulandstorm, @molly23, @jimboggia and the cruise’s namesake: Mr. @RealJonathanCoulton.
🔹 🎤 Watch @bamboofle do standup in front of 20 people, tell @johnhodgman that TV shows are made better when he’s on them, speak with @PatrickRothfuss about how much I absolutely was floored by his books, get writing advice from @jscalzi, craft with @bonniegrrl, listen to live podcasts with @travismcelroy and @murrymcelroy and have an elevator chat about nothing with @itswilwheaton. Because of course.
🔸 🎧 Be introduced to the brilliance of @jeanniegrigio and @artrapmike. Both who I’d never heard but you should check out. Because, again, they’re brilliant.
🔹 🎲 Play test new board games, like @diceborn_heroes, and choose from a wall of 700 other games. Hot damn that’s a lot of games.
🔸 📖 Do so much reading and relaxing it’s not funny.
🔹 👨🏻🏫 Learn from others at guest run events (called “The Shadow Cruise”), including how to pick locks, train a service dog, the intensity of black holes and how to become a better photographer.
🔸 🏖 Just be in my element on a fun vacation.
Full video and blog post to come, but I wanted to share a few quick memories from the trip right here. Scroll through and enjoy.