Meme-ing along

Spotted this on Wine and Needles, and what the heck, I’m bored. (Note to people who may have grabbed this from somewhere else — number 9 was missing, so I searched around until I found the missing entry. ) 😀

Here’s a list of 100 interesting things – the ones that I’ve actually done are bolded.

  1. Started my own blog
  2. Slept under the stars
  3. Played in a band (jazz band in middle school, technically)
  4. Visited Hawaii
  5. Watched a meteor shower – seriously, if you’ve never seen one, you need to!
  6. Given more than I can afford to charity
  7. Been to Disneyland/world
  8. Climbed a mountain
  9. Held a preying mantis – in my youth I was quite the tomboy. I’ve held  snakes, bugs, and all sorts of things – some of which I wouldn’t dream of going near any more. Then again, my nieces and nephews all think of me as the cool aunt, so I’ve got a rep to maintain… 😀
  10. Sung a solo – heh, I’m a professional vocalist. I sing mostly with groups currently, but I do solo work now and again. Sadly, “professional” just means “has gotten paid to do it” and “performs at a high level” rather than “gets paid enough to pay the rent and not have an outside career”.
  11. Bungee jumped – thought about it, but afraid to injure my back more than it already is…
  12. Visited Paris
  13. Watched lightning at sea – see #32
  14. Taught myself art from scratch – technically every child does this with their crayons… I’m not a great artist (imho), but I have fun creating things now and again.
  15. Adopted a child – not bolding this because I’ve never legally adopted a child, but I have done the 25¢ a day thing. I’ve also been considering more and more doing the legal adoption, or perhaps becoming a foster parent.
  16. Had food poisoning
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (was going to, but ran out of time)
  18. Grown my own vegetables – we had a large garden in our backyard growing up and grew all sorts of great stuff. I don’t want a yard to maintain, but I wouldn’t mind having a garden again.
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  20. Slept on an overnight train – story time!!

    In 2004, I went on a trip to Europe with TCC to sing in Germany and Austria. At the end of the trip we were going to get a few days in Italy to relax. We had to take the train into Venice, iirc (need to go back to my 2004 archives and check the cities) – a train called a couchette. The tour company told us these trains would have comfortable sleeper cars for four, with a separate car for our luggage. They LIED! We were rushed onto a set of cramped cars – each little cabin for six, and we had to fit all our luggage in the room with us. (Okay, we’re a touring company in Europe for two weeks. We packed as light as we could, but we still had a lot of luggage.) Add to that indignity the back spasms that I was having, getting Mr. Stinky as one of my cabin-mates, and the fact that we were all tired and cranky anyway…. It was a fun night. We all lovingly refer to those trains now as “crush-ettes”. 😀

  21. Had a pillow fight
  22. Hitchhiked
  23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
  24. Built a snow fort – this I have cousins up north to thank for, since there’s never been snow enough in Texas to do. 😀
  25. Held a lamb
  26. Gone skinny dipping
  27. Run a Marathon
  28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice – technically I was only in the gondola for a few moments for a picture. The full ride was far too expensive – we took water taxis instead.
  29. Seen a total eclipse
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
  31. Hit a home run (well, not in baseball…but it didn’t specify, right?)
  32. Been on a cruise – next story time!

    A friend convinced me to take a cruise to the Carribbean with her in September one year, leaving from Galveston. That was 2005. What happened that year? Riiiiiiiight. As we were sailing south of Cuba, Hurricane Rita was rolling north of Cuba. Thankfully our ship was not affected (other than slightly rougher waters one evening) but on the way back (it was only a one week cruise) the Port of Galveston was still closed due to hurricane damage (not great, but the ship channel had a lot of silt and debris and they were clearing it out) so we had to hang out for a few more days in the Gulf. If you have to be stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean, that’s not a bad way to go.

  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
  34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors – some of them, anyway
  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 (indoor) – and I stink at it. No upper body strength.
  40. Seen Michelangelo’s David – it’s big. And you can’t take pictures. I did con a street vendor just outside the Museo into selling me a really nice print of the Ponte Vecchio for under 5 euros, though. (Might have gotten him down lower, but he started at 25! E would have been proud of me. 🙂
  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 for myself, although I’ve been in the ER plenty)
  47. Had my 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 do have to admit to having a panic attack my first attempt at snorkeling, however. I am great at treading water, not so great at floating face down. When you bring your head up to vertical, the snorkel tip hits the water behind you – and you’re breathing salt water. Instant freak out.
  52. Kissed in the rain
  53. Played in the mud
  54. Gone to a drive-in theater
  55. Been in a movie (Man of the House – I’m in the stadium!)
  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 – sort of. Didn’t specifically head out for whales, but it was cool when they showed up.
  63. Got flowers for no reason
  64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
  65. Gone sky diving
  66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp (couldn’t make myself go in, though)
  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
  74. Toured the Everglades (if driving through in an RV counts)
  75. Been fired from a job (and I am counting getting laid off)
  76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London (well, it was at Windsor)
  77. Broken a bone (coccyx, twice and right wrist was hairline fractured once)
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle – don’t think I’ll ever be able to bring myself to ride a motorcycle
  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 my 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 –  my older sister had it when I was a couple weeks old. They think I am immune to it now – never managed to catch it when my little sister got it when I was in high school…
  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 – this one is easy – I grew up in San Antonio, field trips to the missions every year! And no, there is no basement in the Alamo.
  96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
  97. Been involved in a law suit – as a peripheral in a civil suit, according to a settlement letter I received. I had no idea.
  98. Owned a cell phone – my first car made this an absolute necessity. I’ve never looked back.
  99. Been stung by a bee
  100. Rode an elephant

So, I’ve done about 75 of the things on the list – and there are a couple on there that I’d still like to accomplish in my lifetime. There’s a few there that perhaps I may have been better off without (come on, who REALLY needs to get stung by a bee?) – but over all, our life experiences are what makes us interesting, right?

If you find you haven’t done much on this list, make your own – what things have you done in your life that others may not have done?

About Cyndilou

Just a diva dilettante who sings, knits, crochets, dances, takes photos, and generally has a good time while she tries to figure out what she wants to be when she retires from her technogeek job.
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