Tuesday, November 25, 2008


From Adam Lawson comes this snazzy little 100 Life Experiences Meme. Simply indicate the things you’ve done (or claim to have done) in boldface...

  1. Started your own blog


  2. Slept under the stars

  3. Played in a band

  4. Visited Hawai’i

  5. Watched a meteor shower

    One of the most romantic moments I’ve ever spent was cuddled up with SWMBO on our deck late, late one night, watching the Leonids. At least, I think they were the Leonids. Seeing those streaks of light painting the sky was sheer magic.

  6. Given more than you can afford to charity

  7. Been to Disneyland

    And Disney World.

  8. Climbed a mountain

  9. Held a praying mantis

  10. Sang a solo

  11. Bungee jumped

    No fuckin’ way, José.

  12. Visited Paris

  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

  14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

  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

    In a real honest-to-Gawd Pullman car, no less.

  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

    In my stomach...does that count?

  26. Gone skinny dipping

  27. Run a marathon

  28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

  29. Seen a total eclipse

    I’ve seen total eclipses of the Moon, but I’m assuming that what is meant here is a much rarer phenomenon: the total solar eclipse. I have seen an annular eclipse (even rarer, but less dramatic), but no total solar eclipse. Not yet, anyway.

  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

  31. Hit a home run

  32. Been on a cruise

  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

    I didn’t even get the urge to urinate.

  34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

  35. Seen an Amish community

  36. Taught yourself a new language


  37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

  38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

  39. Gone rock climbing

  40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

    Well, sorta.

  41. Sung karaoke

    In Indonesian, too!

  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

  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

    I have, however, been to the top of the Tokyo Tower...which is a hair taller.

  51. Gone SCUBA diving or snorkeling

    Snorkeling, si - SCUBA diving, no.

  52. Kissed in the rain

  53. Played in the mud

  54. Gone to a drive-in theater

  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

  65. Gone sky diving

    Ahhhh, no.

  66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp

  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

  73. Stood in Times Square

    Not on New Year’s Eve, though. Are ya nuts?

  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

  80. Published a book

    What? You don’t own a copy?

  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

    Even that “New Testament” thingy.

  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

    I assume this to mean, in my case, “fathered a baby,” since actually having a baby is beyond my physical capabilities.

  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

    Not since my Snot-Nose days, keyn ayin hara.

  100. Read an entire book in one day

    I’ve read entire books while standing up.

Fifty-three out of one hundred: not bad. How about you? Which of these things have you done?

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