This is the twenty-ninth installment in my weekly series, called the Friday Five. In this series, I’ll tell you about five random things that I love, whether they be books, travel, music, movies…or whatever. So without further ado, 7-21-2017’s Friday Five!
1–Traeger grills. I bought one for my husband’s 39th birthday, and we’ve used it a few times already. They are expensive, but are worth it as they make delicious food!
2–Self-playing piano/violins. The Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violin is amazing and there are only 69 left in the world. If you, like me are a fan of player pianos, this takes them to a whole other level. Thanks to Atlas Obscura for sharing this.
3–Scuba diving in Silfra. I am dying to go to Iceland. And watching this video of scuba diving (although the divers don’t look to be very experienced) in Silfra makes me want to go even more.
4–Summer road trips. I’ve really been enjoying Crystal Paine’s series on Money Saving Mom about her family’s east coast summer road trip. If you want to follow along, you can check out Day 1 here. Then there are links to each of the subsequent days.
5–Chasing Coral on Netflix. I stumbled across this, and was totally absorbed in it. As a scuba diver, I’m well aware of how fragile, but how important our coral reefs are. And I’ve also seen the news coverage of the bleaching of reefs, in particular the Great Barrier Reef in the Pacific Ocean, where 27% of the reef has now died. It’s incredibly sad, but also really, really bad for the ecosystem. Coral bleaching is caused by warming ocean temperatures (even just a 2 degree increase can cause it, but some of the temperatures at the Great Barrier Reef were up to 97 degrees). But my problem with the documentary is that they jump to the conclusion is that the only explanation for an ocean temperature increase is man-made pollution without any rationale for why that is the case. And the only solution that they have to the problem of increasing ocean temperatures is clean energy, which is at best a long-term solution, without even trying to identify any short-term options for reducing ocean temperatures.