Sunday, November 26, 2006

Things I've done MeMe (or, getting to know Sage)

I stole this from Teena (her Nov. 24 post) who stopped by my blog the other day. She stole it from someone else, who stole it from someone else, who stole it… well, you get the picture. Don’t know who originally created it, but I’ve added my own two cent worth with the italic comments… Oh yeah, I’m posting this cause I ain’t got my quotes collected for this week and I don’t feel like writing anything else. But if I knew it was going to take so long to get this formatted, I'd typed out the quotes. Feel free to copy, bold the things you’ve done, erase the italics and post on your own blog. If you don't want to, that's fine too, I just hope you get a chuckle or two out of my post.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink (It was a small bar)
02. Swam with wild dolphins (this might be stretching it, but I’ve been in the water with porpoises within 20 feet or so away)
03. Climbed a mountain (many)
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid (Not unless you count that monstrosity in Vegas)
06. Held a tarantula (the things people encourage you to do)
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone (no comment)
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea (I have even been on the sea in an electrical storm)
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise (I’ve even done this sober)
14. Seen the Northern Lights (but I still want to see one of those spectacular shows)
15. Gone to a huge sports game (but still waiting to see the Pirates play in the World Series)
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg (I saw the Titanic, does that count?)
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne (I think I’d die of gas before I got drunk, champagne is overrated!)
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment

27. Had a food fight (wasn’t that required to get out of Junior High)
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger (again, don’t ask, but it’s been a couple of decades)
30. Had a snowball fight (an annual ritual, it occurred around October 10 this year with our early snow)
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can (I once modeled for an artist with my mouth in a contorted scream… oh no, that was before my time)
32. Held a lamb (and eaten one too)
33. Seen a total eclipse (and a couple of near misses, also seen a totalled Eclipse)
34. Ridden a roller coaster (have roller coaster, will travel)
35. Hit a home run (occasionally I’ve been lucky with the wind in the right direction)
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking (I’ve danced like a fool, but was always self-conscious about it)
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day (does southern count?)
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment (let’s see, that was 196… Actually more often than that)
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states (I’m at 47)
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk (let’s not go there)
42. Had amazing friends (Hopefully I still have some)
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign (and caught hell from my parents)
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip (have gas will travel)
48. Gone rock climbing (have rope, will travel)
49. Midnight walk on the beach (have beach and moon, will walk)
50. Gone sky diving (I still think I would like to do this)
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love (no comment)
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them (ever eaten in a Basque restaurant?)
54. Visited Japan`(have chopsticks, will travel)
55. Milked a cow (I’ve even squirted my cousin with milk while upsetting Betsy)
56. Alphabetized your CDs (people do that?)
57. Pretended to be a superhero (Does Santa count, when I was 18, I convinced the kids next door that I was Santa)
58. Sung karaoke (It was almost two decades ago, and it was my last date with a music teacher)
59. Lounged around in bed all day (but I was sick)
60. Played touch football (I was lucky to touch the guy with the ball even during experience on the tackle gridiron)
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain (The rain washes away cooties, does it?)
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain (to wash off the mud)
65. Gone to a drive-in theater (there was still a drive in open in my hometown when I was in high school)
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken (at least not yet, but my dog can’t live forever)
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight (why would anyone want to play dominoes while listening to disco for 6 hours straight?)
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie (I’m assuming my dad’s old Super 8’s don’t count)
74. Crashed a party (this might make a good blog post—about crashing a sorority party)
75. Gotten divorced (again, don’t ask, but we do crazy things when young)
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo (I can’t imagine ever being so intoxicated that I’d let someone inject ink in me)
81. Rafted the Snake River (but I’ve hiked by it!)
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert” (the expert part is questionable)83. Got flowers for no reason (there are some people who like me)
84. Performed on stage (I even blogged about it)
85. Been to Las Vegas (many times as I use to live nearby)
86. Recorded music (wouldn’t that be a best seller)
87. Eaten shark (That was before I knew how much mercury those puppies pack, but shark steaks are good)
88. Kissed on the first date (no comment)
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone (Maybe I should ask for an explanation as I think I’ve been through a few wars)
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently (I've studied three languages other than English, but never got to the fluent category and some wonder if I’m there with English)
95. Performed in Rocky Horror (I could never stay awake to go to those midnight showings)
96. Raised children (Or maybe it’s been children raising me)
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over (Unfortunately, my troubles always seem to find my forwarding address…)
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge (hold on to your hat)
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication (okay, I’m defining large as a cirrculation of over 75k)
106. Lost over 100 pounds (thankfully I haven’t needed to lose that much yet)
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray (I grew up on the coast)
110. Broken someone’s heart (I’m not giving names)
111. Helped an animal give birth (I seen many give birth, but none have yet required my assistance, thank God)
112. Won money on a T.V. game show (they couldn’t pay me enough to be on there)
113. Broken a bone (so far, knock on wood, only a hairline fracture)
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears (I have this thing about holes in my skin)
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol (all three)
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild (Morrels!)
118. Ridden a horse (and have even been bucked off one)
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet (it didn’t stay around long after my mother discovered it)
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (a great place to hike)
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states (that’d be like 48 countries)
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days (how about 10 days)
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi (but I drew the line at kangaroo sushi)
128. Had your picture in the newspaper (but haven’t yet made the most wanted section) 129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about (I’ve occasionally won an argument)
130. Gone back to school (twice, and got degrees both times!)
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach (Couldn't help it, I grew up down south)
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes (although I’m Southern born and bred, this was a recent accomplishment)
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey (they were required in the 9th grade and again in college)
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read (You have more time to read after graduation)
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (if you kill it, you eat it, my dad’s philosophy which cured us of wanting to shoot songbirds)
137. Skipped all your school reunions (I wish, but I’ve attended one out of three)
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream (I still think I’ll wake up and find myself back in Petersburg starting the fourth grade with LBJ still in the White House)
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair (I wish I had enough to make this worthwhile)
147. Been a DJ (I’ve never cared for Dumb Jocks)
148. Shaved your head (why bother, let nature take it’s course)
149. Caused a car accident (I don’t think their brake lights were working until I bumped into them, the impact must of reconnected the short in their electrical wiring)
150. Saved someone’s life (But it wasn’t anything too dramatic)


  1. I'll have to save doing this for a different day. That's a lot of editing! There are a lot of stories that can be brought out by a meme like this.

  2. When I was 22 it was so easy to visit my sister in Cambridge for the weekend, meet the next door neighbors, move in with them and get a job. Life's a bit more complicated now

  3. i saw this on someone else's site a few weeks ago.. it's complusive. though i sent it as an email.
    time for some more nostalgic tales.. :)

  4. Great list of things . . . some I've done, some I still hope to do!

  5. Could you elaborate on #7, please? :)

  6. I like this. I may try it tomorrow.

  7. You've never dyed your hair?

    You are so lucky to have seen the Northern Lights... and whale watching is on my list of things to do before I die. It is a dream of mine right along with walking the streets of Rome.

    Great meme, you've really done quite a lot. (and how could you eat that little lamb?)

  8. Teena, thanks for the idea

    Ed, this meme has given me several story ideas

    Pia, it is interesting how you get more tied down the older you get

    Keda, I'll try to crank out a few stories from here, but right now I'm so buzy

    Diane, okay, which things have you done?

    Murf, NO COMMENT

    Dawn, I'll have to check in tomorrow and compare list

    Deana, I love lamb, and have seen whales both from the beach and from a cruise ship

  9. I had to at least try. How about an elaboration of #68 in regards to your dog?

  10. Great meme, but looks like too much work! :)

  11. Murf, re #68, I was just trying to be cute, someone that one with waning hair has a harder time doing.

    Tim, give it a try!

  12. Sage, champagne is SO not over rated, it’s the nectar of the gods!

    Hey Tim, you ever live in Aptos, Ca? I had a crush on a boy in my junior year named Tim Rice. He could not have been less interested :>