Toad in the Hole

September 01, 2006

Cheatin' Tonight: Checklist Meme

Because I'm still stressed out about the computer (which is working a bit better and we're networked again, but it ain't healed) and my teeth hurt like the dickens a day and a half after getting the braces tweaked and I have to write a tree column tonight:

The Checklist

As stolen from Stu.

Just bold the things you have accomplished (sic - Ed.) in your life.

1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
2. Swum with wild dolphins
3. Climbed a mountain
4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
6. Held a tarantula
7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
8. Said "I love you" and meant it
9. 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 not cared 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 wasted
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild 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
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. Posed nude in front of strangers
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 - or was it the Colorado River?
82. Been on television news programs as an expert
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Eaten fugu (pufferfish)
89. Had a one-night stand
90. Gone to Thailand
91. Bought a house
92. Been in a combat zone
93. Buried one/both of your parents
94. Been on a cruise ship
95. Spoken more than one language fluently
96. Performed in Rocky Horror Picture Show
97. Raised children
98. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
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
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted 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 body part of yours below the neck pierced
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. Petted 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 something they wrote
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

Posted at September 1, 2006 04:12 AM


Multiple Post Request: I want to hear the story of you sitting down with strangers for a meal, the story of you selling artwork to a stranger, and the story of you saving someone's life.

Posted by: Stu Mark at September 1, 2006 05:13 PM

Oh hell, Stu, those are the easy ones. Basque and Italian family-style restaurants, festivals with food booths and big common tables, one or two places where tables were short and a "come sit here" invitation was extended by or to me, and various cook-ins (including a memorable wake) where I met strangers who became friends.

A cook-in is a sort of potluck we used to throw, "we" being regulars at the Usenet newsgroup

I'm including my words in "artwork" because that's my art, and I've sold them to assorted publications. Though I once blogged, I think, about twice winning a contest that got me space on a couple of store windows in town to paint murals (fenestrals?) for the Hallowe'en parade in Paxtang. That was for free, and I was a kid, but it felt all validating 'n' shit.

Saving lives, plural, was in a team effort when I was a hospital nurse. Yeah, occasionally in a direct fashion -- wake up the sleep-apneic preemie, crank up the O2, keep the wad over the arterial wound, keep that loose deep line in place, yadda yadda, though I never worked the ER or anything.

One thing you learn about saving lives that keeps you humble: Saving a life is always and intrinsically temporary.

Posted by: Ron at September 1, 2006 06:19 PM

Also, why the [sic]? Spelling? Usage?
I took that line of copy whole from Shafa's blog, who may have taken it whole from Karl's.

Posted by: Stu Mark at September 1, 2006 06:47 PM

I love to cook, so I dig the r.f.c reference. I was never a denizen, but I am a big usenet fan. NNTP kicks total and complete ass!

I forgot the nurse thing. That is amazing, and I am in awe. Having been in need of nursing a few times, I thank you and your teammates for the assistance. You are invaluable and inviolate.

Posted by: Stu Mark at September 1, 2006 06:52 PM

Stu: "Also, why the [sic]? Spelling? Usage?"

Naw, just a raised eyebrow about whether all of those things are actually accomplishments in the usual sense. I'll stay agnostic about that.

I miss Usenet in the old days... Oy, yeah, I'm old. Old and basically text-based, I guess. I miss cook-ins, too; they were great fun. We don't have the space to host one ourselves. Great adventures, too. I've never eaten a cow's eyeball, e.g., but I watched someone else do it. The look on her face did not inspire me to want the other one for myself.

Nursing -- thanks. It was fun, in some odd ways, while it lasted.

Posted by: Ron at September 1, 2006 08:13 PM

hey, can I steal this meme? I'll give you credits, I promise.

Posted by: kactus at September 8, 2006 03:03 AM

Oh, feel free. I stole it, after all, and I believe Stu stole it too. Chris did an annotated version over t' Creek.

Posted by: Ron at September 8, 2006 03:39 AM

:) i like this list alot. need to work out substitue achievements for those of us not from the US. easy to have been in more foreign countries than US states if you've not ever been in the US.

and ditto on the achievements- getting flowers for no reason? (ok. so i'm still a little bitter:) :)

And nurses are saints on earth. Hope you're doing well.

Posted by: cc at September 13, 2006 01:03 PM

OH!! Forgot!!!! You know that little province I told you about in the Mekong? I'm moving there! In six weeks. It's the modified geography cure :)

Posted by: cc at September 13, 2006 01:04 PM

Sounds great, cc! Hey, a little bit of geographic change is all you need sometimes, and that sounds like a beautiful place to be. Sometimes I suspect that where we put ourselves is nearly as important as who we live with.

What are you going to be doing once you move there? (Feel free to e-mail me if it's not a public matter.)

Posted by: Ron at September 15, 2006 04:28 PM

hey there ron. Learning the language. That's it. In sum total. For atleast 6 months. A bit of editing to keep me in food. But I'll be working on tonal inflections and dip and tripthongs till my tounge hurts. (Figure, I can learn viet, spanish is going to be a walk in the park:).

Posted by: cc at September 19, 2006 03:43 AM