Saturday, December 20, 2008

100 Experiences Meme

Like Lab Boy, my response to grrlscientist' posting of the 100 Experiences Meme is too long for her comments, so here it is:

  1. Started my own blog - and this is it
  2. Slept under the stars -- many many times
  3. Played in a band -- not for money, but in public
  4. Visited Hawaii - not often enough unfortunately
  5. Watched a meteor shower - the Leonids usually happen on my birthday
  6. Given more than I can afford to charity
  7. Been to Disneyland/world -- several times to Disneyland
  8. Climbed a mountain
  9. Held a praying mantis
  10. Sung a solo
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited Paris
  13. Watched lightning at sea
  14. Taught myself an art from scratch
  15. Adopted a child
  16. Had food poisoning
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty -- hey, they don't let us do this anymore!
  18. Grown my own vegetables
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  20. Slept on an overnight train - better than flying and hotel combined.
  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
  27. Run a Marathon
  28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
  29. Seen a total eclipse
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset -- several times, especially while working all night or touring
  31. Hit a home run
  32. Been on a cruise
  33. *Seen Niagara Falls in person
  34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors -- UK and Russia
  35. *Seen an Amish community
  36. Taught myself 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
  41. Sung karaoke
  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 - not something one really wants either
  47. Had my portrait painted - as a 42nd birthday present, I'll post it later
  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 - snorkelled in the Med, totally clear, included sunken plane wrecks from WWII
  52. Kissed in the rain - and that was not all ... oh my mis-spent youth!
  53. Played in the mud - at the very first Glastonbury Concert in the early 1970's, see also 52
  54. Gone to a drive-in theater
  55. Been in a movie - the documentary of 53, at the 1:11 morning sermon, with the drum
  56. *Visited the Great Wall of China
  57. Started a business -- this is a great way to utterly destroy your credit rating as well as your social life (kept your comment, cannot better it)
  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 -- they will not accept my blood because of a weird disease I had when I was a kid - also
  65. Gone sky diving - you must be joking!
  66. *Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
  67. Bounced a check - not really my fault, a pay check got mis-routed
  68. Flown in a helicopter - twice, once out of a disaster area, the monster floods of 1979 in LA when amongst other things Topanga Canyon got wiped out
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy -- for some reason, my gyroscope
  70. *Visited the Lincoln Memorial
  71. Eaten caviar - yech
  72. Pieced a quilt
  73. Stood in Times Square
  74. *Toured the Everglades
  75. Been fired from a job - and is that depressing
  76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London - I cheat, used to live there
  77. Broken a bone -- fortunately only a metacarpel and a thumb joint, both motorcycle accidents
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle - actually was driving, and boy that BMW K100RT is smooth!
  79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
  80. *Published a book
  81. *Visited the Vatican
  82. Bought a brand new car - my youth was all used bikes, first car I was already old enough to afford new
  83. Walked in Jerusalem - in 1963, we knew the current Chief of Police so got back-street tours
  84. Had my picture in the newspaper
  85. Read the entire Bible -- school, UK, required since there was no separation there
  86. *Visited the White House
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating - and I hope I never have to
  88. Had chickenpox - and mumps and measles
  89. Saved someone's life
  90. Sat on a jury - not quite, somehow they always reject me. wonder why?
  91. Met someone famous -- used to work in the music biz, sold them studio gear I designed
  92. Joined a book club
  93. Lost a loved one
  94. Had a baby - I'm a guy, but anyway past it now
  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 -- seems a bit pedestrian for this era but OK.
  99. Been stung by a bee - I kicked it accidentally. Otherwise no insect bothers me even when all around are swearing and hopping.
  100. Ridden an elephant - at the London Zoo

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