Sunday, December 14, 2008

What Have I Done??!

No, it's not as bad as it seems: it's just a 100-thing meme I saw over at Callan's, and one that many others have been doing [the non-geo version]. It's that memish time of year, I think - long posts are hard to come by while everyone gets final things done before the holidays - at least for me! [With the title, was that a good lede?]

The idea is to bold the ones you've done (and I'll add notes in parens).

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (I've only played "air guitar")
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world (only once, because we were there)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo (only while playing air guitar)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea (looking to the east, I think)
14. Taught myself an art from scratch (kind of)
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning (minor)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (walked to the top of the Washington Monument)
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked (only once, in Boston)
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (milked a cow!)
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse (1970)
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run (I doubt it, unless the backyard type counts!)
32. Been on a cruise (Alaska Marine Highway System Prince Rupert to Haines)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors (in the U.S.)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language (does a vague smattering of html count?)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (that's a sort of variable thing, but yes)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt (many times!)
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant (a hitchhiker in New Mexico)
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (tried once, didn't like it)
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie (not that I'm aware of)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business (does consulting count?)
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching (have seen beluga whales in Alaska several times, but that's a chance thing)
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter (lots and lots of times!)
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (well, for awhile)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt (I've made one, not sure it was *pieced*)
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person (from south, north, and down inside)
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car (exactly two, including the very old truck I now own: it was new once upon a time)
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House (only the lawn area)
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (do fish count?)
88. Had chickenpox (back when everyone got it)
89. Saved someones life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen The Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (waded?)
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone (only 2)
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Ridden an elephant

Done 51 in fifty-something years. Some that I haven't done (like #97), I wouldn't really care to put on my to-do list. Others that I haven't done (like #44) , I wouldn't mind doing.

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