Monday, December 3, 2007

Have you ever? (meme)

A picture from my Japan 2006 photo album

Alejna of Collecting Tokens has done it again: i.e., posted about something that made me want to follow suit. In this case, it's a meme that, in her words, is "a big old checklist of things done in one's life". As she went on to explain, the idea is to go through the list of 150 items and bold the 'done' things. So, while I'm in a revelatory mood, here goes on my part with regards to disclosing what among the list I've already gone and done (and, for good measure, I'm going to italicise the top ten things on the list I haven't done which I'd like to!):-

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink

02. Swam with wild dolphins

03. Climbed a mountain

04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive

05. Been inside the Great Pyramid

06. Held a tarantula

07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone

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

13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise

14. Seen the Northern Lights

15. Gone to a huge sports game

16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa

17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables

18. Touched an iceberg
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

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
28. Bet on a winning horse

29. Asked out a stranger

30. Had a snowball fight

31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can

32. Held a lamb

33. Seen a total eclipse

34. Ridden a roller coaster

35. Hit a home run

36. Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking

37. Adopted an accent for an entire day

38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer

40. Visited all 50 states

41. Taken care of someone who was drunk

42. Had amazing friends

43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country

44. Watched whales

45. Stolen a sign

46. Backpacked in Europe

47. Taken a road-trip

48. Gone rock climbing

49. Midnight walk on the beach

50. Gone sky diving

51. Visited Ireland

52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love

53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them (I do this pretty much every day here in Hong Kong!)

54. Visited Japan

55. Milked a cow

56. Alphabetized your CDs

57. Pretended to be a superhero

58. Sung karaoke

59. Lounged around in bed all day

60. Played touch football

61. Gone scuba diving

62. Kissed in the rain

63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater

66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business

68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken

69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class

71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight

72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie

74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced

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

81. Rafted the Snake River

82. Been on a television news programs as an "expert"

83. Gotten flowers for no reason (0r, at least, no reason that I can think of!)

84. Performed on stage

85. Been to Las Vegas

86. Recorded music

87. Eaten shark

88. Kissed on the first date

89. Gone to Thailand

90. Bought a house

91. Been in a combat zone

92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship

94. Spoken more than one language fluently

95. Performed in Rocky Horror

96. Raised children

97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour

98. Passed out cold

99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country

100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over (Boy, have I ever!)

101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge

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 (Does one with a 1.4 million circulation qualify? Trust so)

106. Lost over 100 pounds

107. Held someone while they were having a flashback

108. Piloted an airplane

109. Touched a stingray

110. Broken someone’s heart

111. Helped an animal give birth

112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone

114. Gone on an African photo safari

115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears

116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol

117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild

118. Ridden a horse

119. Had major surgery

120. Had a snake as a pet

121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon

122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours

123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states

124. Visited all 7 continents

125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days

126. Eaten kangaroo meat

127. Eaten sushi

128. Had your picture in the newspaper

129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about

130. Gone back to school

131. Parasailed

132. Touched a cockroach

133. Eaten fried green tomatoes

134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey

135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read (Don't quite understand this item)

136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

137. Skipped all your school reunions

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

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

147. Been a DJ

148. Shaved your head

149. Caused a car accident

150. Saved someone’s life

So... does that make for 60 things on the list that I've done? In any event, hope that the list was even half as interesting for you to read as it was for me to go through! Also, if any of these blog's readers decide to go ahead and do this meme on their own blogs, do please alert me to that fact. :)


leo86 said...

What is this, Over-achievers Anonymous? Give all us middle-aged slackers a break, will ya? I got enough stuff to keep me depressed, thank you.

YTSL said...

Hi leo86 --

Hahaha re your comments! I guess it must be cultural but by the standards of a lot of people I know, many of the listed activities are themselves considered slacker-type ones!!! :D

alejna said...

I'm so glad you played along. It doesn't surprise me that you can check of so many of the items. (And I bet you could make a pretty amazing list of things you've done that aren't this random list.) How great that you have links to posts on quite a few of them, too!

You've seriously never changed a baby's diaper? Huh. You probably didn't do much babysitting. (Not that you're missing out. It's just that I've changed so many diapers in the past couple years that it's a bit alien to me the thought of never having changed a diaper. Of course, by the time Phoebe arrived, I'd gone roughly two decades between diaper changes...)

And you've never made cookies from scratch? I wish we could get together some time, hang out, watch movies, and bake chocolate chip cookies.

I also share your desire to ride in a hot air balloon.

But enough about the things you haven't done, I have some particular curiosity about items 26, 57, 84. (Well, I'm also curious about 68, too. But that seems nosy of me.)

YTSL said...

Hi Alejna --

"And I bet you could make a pretty amazing list of things you've done that aren't this random list."

On a related note: must admit to thinking of starting a meme based on exactly that premise... So, if I do, would you be game to participate? ;)

"You've seriously never changed a baby's diaper?"

Yep! And yeah, I tended to do more child- than babysitting... ;b

"And you've never made cookies from scratch?"

Not that I recall -- no!

"I wish we could get together some time, hang out, watch movies, and bake chocolate chip cookies."

Yes, well... maybe some day... :)

"I have some particular curiosity about items 26, 57, 84."

#26: Too many to relate -- but I used to have a phobia of public speaking. So when called to, say, read an essay in front of a class... and this got made worse by a well-meaning's friend trying to help me get over the phobia by asking me to imagine everyone in front of me being naked!!!

#57: The Bionic Woman was my choice of superhero(ine) to pretend to be when I was a child... ;)

#84: Mainly primary school plays and stuff like that. But I also once gave a karate demonstration on an open-air stage at the Royal Australian Air Force base that used to be in Penang! ;b

As for #68: Yeah, well... ;S

Willow said...

I'm going to try it.

YTSL said...

Hi Willow --

Give me a holler once your response is up on your blog! :)

Willow said...

Mine's up.

YTSL said...

Hi Willow --

Went and took a look earlier today -- interesting, and I'm quite envious that you've seen the Northern Lights! :)

Vrint said...

I sometimes catch myself skipping when I am walking and in an even mildly good mood. I think that is important. I haven't led a revolution in a Third World country yet, but it could happen ;)

YTSL said...

Hi Vrint --

Thanks for those revelations... I think! ;b