January 22, 2009

Weak, weak, weak

Having nothing better to say, I herewith reproduce a meme found on two friends' blogs. Because my blog has become weak as well.

bold = done it
italics = want to
strike = don't want to
Plus snarky comments

1. Started your own blog. - Started several, in fact. My dashboard currently displays seven.
2. Slept under the stars. - I've camped, but always in a tent.
3. Played in a band. - Nope. No musical talent. I got all the appreciation in the family.
4. Visited Hawaii. - Sure, I mean, who wouldn't want to?
5. Watched a meteor shower. - Well, I tried once. Stayed out most of the night one August 12th. Didn't see a dad-gum thing.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity. - Simon had this italicised. I prefer a different statement. I'd like to be able to afford to give more to charity.
7. Been to Disneyland. - Disneyland, Disneyworld, which one's in Florida? That's the one I've been to.
8. Climbed a mountain. - No, but I've walked up a hill...
9. Held a praying mantis.
10. Sang a solo. - A frightening thought.
11. Bungee jumped. - I cannot bring myself to contemplate doing something at which the chance of dying is significant. - Does that make me a wimp?
12. Visited Paris. - I'd like to always have Paris.
13. Watched a lightning storm. - Many. Got some nifty, neato pictures of one around somewhere, even.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch. - I made my own homemade paper one year. One sheet. I sent it to someone in England I don't know.
15. Adopted a child.
16. Had food poisoning. - Yeah, I could comfortable skip this one.
17. Walked to the top of The Statue of Liberty.
18. Grown your own vegetables. - Every year. Nothing like garden fresh produce.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
20. Slept on an overnight train. - Sure. Why not?
21. Had a pillow fight. - If there is anyone who can answer, "no" to this question, I pity you.
22. Hitch hiked. - Yep. I was young and stupid once.
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill. - Hasn't everyone?
24. Built a snow fort. - Abso-freakin-lutely.
25. Held a lamb. - Um. I'm bolding this one on a feeling, even though I have no concrete memory of doing so. Based on my childhood, I'd say it was pretty likely at some point.
26. Gone skinny dipping. - Yeah, but not recently. That would be scary.
27. Run a Marathon.
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice. - Oh, yeah. This one's gotta be on the 'to-do' list.
29. Seen a total eclipse. - I like my eyesight the way it is, thank you. Sure, I've experienced a total solar eclipse, but I haven't actually "seen" it...'cause that would make you blind.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. - Many.
31. Hit a home run. - Best I ever did was a really long double down the third base line. If we had been in a park with a fence, it might actually have gone out. Yeah, I'm a slow runner.
32. Been on a cruise. - Sounds like fun.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person. - Many times. I mean, it's only an hour's drive away.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. - One day. This is a 'bucket list' item, too.
35. Seen an Amish community.
36. Taught yourself a new language. - I can say a couple of words in Italian...but I can't repeat them in polite company.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied. - This is a tricky question to answer. Is there such a thing? Having "enough" money can create problems of its own. I almost struck this one.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
39. Gone rock climbing. - See above.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David.
41. Sung karaoke. - I promise never to subject anyone to this. It would be bad. Really bad.
42. Seen the 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.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling.
52. Kissed in the rain. - But never sang in the rain. Would've scared off the girl.
53. Played in the mud. - In the rain?
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre. - Not many of those around anymore. It's too bad, really.
55. Been in a movie.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
57. Started a business. - Yeah, sure. Another opportunity to fail. That's all I need.
58. Taken a martial arts class. - I have a blue belt. With red stripes on it.
59. Visited Russia.
60. Served at a soup kitchen.
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies.
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Got flowers for no reason. - I've given flowers for no reason. That's more the guy thing.
64. Donated blood. - I really should.
65. Gone sky diving. - Again, this has far too high a chance of dying for my taste.
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration camp. - No interest whatsoever.
67. Bounced a cheque. - How many people reading this even know what that means? (I corrected the spelling on this one. I find it difficult to believe that neither Vinny, nor Simon did.)
68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy. - Somewhere, around here, is my original Teddy Bear. Going on forty-two years old now.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
71. Eaten caviar. - I'll try just about anything, foodwise.
72. Pieced a quilt. - Sure, this would be fun. Yeah, I'm not sexist, or ageist about those kinds of things.
73. Stood in Times Square. - Do I hafta just stand? Can I walk around?
74. Toured the Everglades. - I've always thought riding one of those boats with the huge fan on the back would be really cool.
75. Been fired from a job. - At least one.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London.
77. Broken a bone. - Been lucky so far.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle. -Been on a motorcycle driven by a safe and responsible driver.
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 your picture in the newspaper.
85. Read the entire Bible. - Well, I kinda skimmed the begets.
86. Visited the White House.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox.
89. Saved someone’s life. - Gave the wife the Heimlich once. That's really wierd to think about.
90. Sat on a jury.
91. Met someone famous.
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one. - No comment.
94. Had a baby. - Urp. Excuse me.
95. Seen the Alamo in person. - I'd remember.
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake. - Meh.
97. Been involved in a law suit. - I hope I never see the day - from either side.
98. Owned a mobile phone. - Does anyone not, these days?
99. Been stung by a bee. - Hoo, boy!
100. Read an entire book in one day. - Sometimes multiple books in one day.



Simon said...

Disney World is the one in Florida, but I'd totally count that one too. I had a few "Hmmm... oh yeah" moments on some of your answers, Paul. Nice.

Montreal said...

I didn't correct anything on this list because it would have added 30 minutes to fix all the periods, ambiguous word choices and various other crap. I figured I had spent enough time on this as it was.

Seriously, skip the Changing of the Guards.

vinny said...

Weird. That was me above.

Dan in Canada said...

It is completely safe to view a "TOTAL" solar eclipse with the naked eye. It is the partial phases and the full sun that is dangerous. The total eclipse is one of the most magnificent sights any human being can see as the silver corona of the sun shimmers in a blackened sky in the middle of the day. Breathtaking...keep it on your list.

Call me Paul said...


Does that mean I can call you, "Monty?"

Dan in Canada:

Thanks for making that distinction. You are, of course, correct. I'm pretty sure I knew that - just forgot it somewhere in that vast, empty wasteland between my ears.

émilie b said...

That's the third time I go through this list, and everyone on it wants to go up to the top of the Statue of Liberty, but I now feel obliged to reveal a hard truth: YOU CAN'T. They've closed it off - you can only climb up to the first level - to ward off terrorists (anybody is thinking X-Men movie 1, right now?).

You might hope it will open to the public again one day.

Cathy said...

You've actually done more than most, and the things you want (read PLAN) to do sound - ahh, that gondola in Venice is waiting! What could be closer to paradise..o yeah, star-gazing. August has the Perseids meteor shower, get some binocs you have 7 months! very worth it.

Patrick said...

Part of the reason I want to go to the top of the Statue of Liberty is because you can't! I want to see what it's really like up there.

Anyway, this list may have been, by your estimation, "weak," but it was strong enough to get some of us to copy it!

Enjoyed your list.

Barbara said...

You still have Teddy?!! How sweet. Gives me a whole new perspective on you. ;o)