Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Been there, done that (100 Life Experiences)

Saw this over at Elisson's place. Boldface items are ones I've done.

1. Started your own blog
Isn't that one obvious?

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band
Several, actually.

4. Visited Hawai’i

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped
You have GOT to be kidding. Not a remote chance in Hadeez.

12. Visited Paris
Graduated from high school there. Oh, you mean Paris FRANCE, not Paris TEXAS, right? Yeah, I've been to the French one too.

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
Pretty much all of the ones I do, I have learned on my own. I can't actually think of any that were taught to me by anyone else except perhaps perspective drawing.

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitchhiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping
But I think I would if I had the opportunity. I don't know what that says about me, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to know.

27. Run a marathon
Pshyeah, right.

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
Twice. It's an awesome sight; I can recommend it if you're anywhere nearby. Drive a couple of hours up to Toronto when you're done -- that's a neat place to visit, too.

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
Ancestors... if you mean England and Germany, yes, and if you mean Oklahoma and Texas, well, I never really LEFT those places to begin with, now did I?

35. Seen an Amish community
Yep! In Ohio.

36. Taught yourself a new language
I learned beginning Spanish via correspondence course and did quite well. I also have learned Haitian Kreyol and some rudimentary French. Right now I'm learning Japanese via a Pimsleur CD that I got from my Aunty Oh for my birthday. I LOVE languages and I like to think I have a bit of a gift for picking them up.

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
You want my honest answer? No, I never have. I know, I'm supposed to say that I am content, and I truly am -- but it's an uncomfortable sort of contentment, yanno?

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing
Not my favorite activity, but I've done it.

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke
With SarahK, even!

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
One of the coolest things I've ever done.

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your 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
I don't really ever want to. I'm a little afraid of being underwater.

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater
I saw the first Christopher Reeve Superman movie at a drive-in.

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
The last time I did it, it did not end well.

65. Gone sky diving
Wouldn't do it if someone held a gun to my head. I mean that.

66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp
One of the things in my life I will never EVER forget.

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar

72. Pieced a quilt
First time at age nine, with my great-grandmother. I still have the quilt, too.

73. Stood in Times Square
And a weird woman standing next to us just squatted down and started peeing on the sidewalk. We rapidly vacated that particular section of sidewalk.

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
Don't tell my mom or dad, okay?

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s 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

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read an entire book in one day
The Harry Potter books, all four Twilight books... you bet. I will consume a book like a horde of locusts when given the opportunity. I love to read.

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