Monday, 22 December 2008

Things I've Done

This seems to be everywhere, but I first found it on The Cycling Artist.

It's a somewhat peculiar list of things to do, with an obvious American bias, but hey! it's fun and it's Xmas! I've shown those I've done in bold.

1. Started your own blog.
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band.
4.Visited Hawaii.
5. Watched a meteor shower.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to Disneyland.
8. Climbed a mountain (Helvellyn. But that's only 3,117 ft)
9. Held a praying mantis.
10. Sang a solo.
11. Bungee jumped.
12. Visited Paris.
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (On a rustbucket going to Santorini)
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 (London to Rome).
21. Had a pillow fight.
22. Hitch hiked.
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.
31. Hit a home run (only at rounders, but that's the same, isn't it?)
32. Been on a cruise.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (I live there!)
35. Seen an Amish community.
36. Taught yourself a new language.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (but I didn't know it).
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 (North Africa)
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
46. Been transported in an ambulance (crashed my scooter and ended my Mod career).
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.
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 (no, but did Bob-A-Job Week)
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Got flowers for no reason.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma.
65. Gone sky diving.
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
67. Bounced a cheque.
68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy (many)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar.
72. Pieced a quilt.
73. Stood in Times Square.
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.
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.
86. Visited the White House (Stood outside on Lexington Ave. Does that count?)
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.(but define famous)
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one.
94. Had a baby.
95. Seen the Alamo in person.
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake.
97. Been involved in a lawsuit.
98. Owned a cell phone.
99. Been stung by a bee (only wasps)
100. Read an entire book in one day.


Trevor Lingard said...

Hi Bill!
Thought you might have been in a band for some reason.
Theres still time!!!!
I hope so for me anyway.

harry bell said...

I leave the music to my partner and her ukulele. I can't play anything but the fool.

Umm, why have you started to call me "Bill", Trevor?

Casey Klahn said...

Your comments are a kick. "...define famous" got a chuckle, and I won't try. I once had my picture in a glossy brochure among several pictured. It got back to me as a big deal. Hello...

My wife's late grandmother told the story of the time she rode in the canoe with Chief Joseph. It still gets told to this day.

So, I tried to say that my stunt holding ( and rigging ) Bill Gates' high rope for a National Geographic photo-shoot was comparable. I got shot down...

Casey Klahn said...

Is it America centric? I see lots of Italy and France, and at least one UK in there.

I saw a female bias, as I can't have a baby...

I encourage everyone to try this list, it was so fun I shared it with my wife at dinner.

harry bell said...

Casey -- in my time I've met musicians, artists, authors, politicians, lawyers, sportsmen, all of whom might have a claim to being famous, but a lot people round the world know me, too. I wonder if that makes me famous?

I did a count and there are 13 US venues as against 11 in the rest of the world. I think that gives the list "an obvious American bias". Nothing wrong in that, it was just an observation and were I to make up a similar list, I'm sure it would be Eurocentric.

Anonymous said...

Let's see:
5, 6, 8 (well, it was only the last 500 feet of the Dachstein in Austria, but two years before I'd had horrible altitude sickness at only 6000 metres and this was higher, so I was pleased), 10 (Eric Bogle's "The band played Waltzing Matilda" at a concert), 12, 13 (I was on top of a mountain in Wales at the time, but the lightning storm was at sea), 14, 16, 20 (sideways in a couchette between Vienna and Brussels. My body went to sleep but my brain didn't. Weird.), 23, 29 (well, 98% totality in 1999), 30, 34, 36, 45, 46, 57, 64, 66 (actually visited Hitler's tea-house in the Bavarian Alps, which lacks the same sense of dread but has chilling historicity nonetheless*), 67, 69, 71, 77 (but I was only two at the time), 88 (ditto), 89 (possibly), 91 (your comment applies), 92, 93, 98 and 99.

* I actually have only four degrees of separation from Hitler! I worked for a while with a bloke whose father was a Professor of Philosophy at Boston U.: his father worked with Ludwig Wittgenstein at Cambridge in the late 1940s; and Wittgenstein went to the same school at the same time as Hitler. Also weird.