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Wednesday, September 29, 2004
# 10:06:00 AM:

Derek's 200 things

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This is a fun bandwagon, so I'll jump on it.

UPDATE: Watch the trend spread and spread and spread.

Bold I've done:

  1. Bought everyone in the pub a drink (The pub was pretty empty.)
  2. Swam with wild dolphins
  3. Climbed a mountain (Come on, I live in British Columbia and I was in the Boy Scouts.)
  4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
  5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
  6. Held a tarantula (Earlier this year, at the Victoria Bug Zoo.)
  7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
  8. Said "I love you" and meant it
  9. Hugged a tree
  10. Done a striptease (There's video, but I'm in the background.)
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited Paris
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  14. Stayed up all night long, and watched the sun rise
  15. Seen the Northern Lights (In my front yard, a few times.)
  16. Gone to a huge sports game (It was the Vancouver Blazers hockey team in the '70s, but the Coliseum was full.)
  17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Not long before they closed it as unsafe.)
  18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
  19. Touched an iceberg (Like Dori, I'm counting a glacier. Otherwise no.)
  20. Slept under the stars
  21. Changed a baby's diaper
  22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
  23. Watched a meteor shower
  24. Gotten drunk on champagne (With my wife, mom, and dad.)
  25. Given more than you can afford to charity
  26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope (My dad has about five of them.)
  27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
  28. Had a food fight
  29. Bet on a winning horse
  30. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
  31. Asked out a stranger (I later heard through the grapevine that she said our date was "as exciting as a trip to the bank machine." Ouch.)
  32. Had a snowball fight
  33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
  34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
  35. Held a lamb
  36. Enacted a favorite fantasy
  37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
  38. Taken an ice cold bath
  39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
  40. Seen a total eclipse
  41. Ridden a roller coaster
  42. Hit a home run
  43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days (In the soutwestern U.S., again in Australia, and, sadly, while doing work for a software company.)
  44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking (Heck, that's half my living.)
  45. Adopted an accent for an entire day (See above.)
  46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
  47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
  48. Had two hard drives for your computer (Just two?)
  49. Visited all 50 states
  50. Loved your job for all accounts
  51. Taken care of someone who was shit-faced
  52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
  53. Had amazing friends
  54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
  55. Watched wild whales (You can occasionally see them from BC Ferries.)
  56. Stolen a sign
  57. Backpacked in Europe
  58. Taken a road-trip
  59. Rock climbing
  60. Lied to foreign government's official in that country to avoid notice
  61. Midnight walk on the beach (Camping on the beach.)
  62. Sky diving (1986.)
  63. Visited Ireland
  64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love (1990-93.)
  65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
  66. Visited Japan
  67. Benchpressed your own weight
  68. Milked a cow
  69. Alphabetized your records (CDs too.)
  70. Pretended to be a superhero (I even built my own.)
  71. Sung karaoke
  72. Lounged around in bed all day
  73. Posed nude in front of strangers
  74. Scuba diving
  75. Got it on to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
  76. Kissed in the rain
  77. Played in the mud
  78. Played in the rain
  79. Gone to a drive-in theater (The Cat From Outer Space)
  80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret it
  81. Visited the Great Wall of China
  82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog (Isn't that true of every blogger?)
  83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better (I've been an Apple guy forever, but we did ditch our den PC for an eMac this year.)
  84. Started a business
  85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
  86. Toured ancient sites (Rome, mostly.)
  87. Taken a martial arts class
  88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman (In a play in elementary school. My other hand was a hook.)
  89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
  90. Gotten married
  91. Been in a movie
  92. Crashed a party
  93. Loved someone you shouldn't have
  94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
  95. Gotten divorced
  96. Had sex at the office
  97. Gone without food for 5 days
  98. Made cookies from scratch
  99. Won first prize in a costume contest (Dracula. I wore the tux I got married in.)
  100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
  101. Gotten a tattoo
  102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
  103. Rafted the Snake River
  104. Been on television news programs as an "expert" (There's video, although "news" is debatable.)
  105. Got flowers for no reason
  106. Masturbated in a public place
  107. Got so drunk you don't remember anything
  108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
  109. Performed on stage (See numbers 44 and 45.)
  110. Been to Las Vegas
  111. Recorded music (Go listen.)
  112. Eaten shark
  113. Had a one-night stand
  114. Gone to Thailand
  115. Seen Siouxsie live
  116. Bought a house
  117. Been in a combat zone
  118. Buried one/both of your parents
  119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
  120. Been on a cruise ship
  121. Spoken more than one language fluently (Finnish was my first, but I forgot it all. I was almost there with French in high school.)
  122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
  123. Bounced a check
  124. Performed in Rocky Horror
  125. Read—and understood—your credit report
  126. Raised children
  127. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy (My own kids are the best excuse.)
  128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
  129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
  130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
  131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
  132. Called or written your Congress person (MP, in our case.)
  133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
  134. More than once? More than twice?
  135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
  136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
  137. Had an abortion or your female partner did
  138. Had plastic surgery
  139. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived (Maybe. If I hadn't been wearing my bike helmet, head-butting that tree could have been fatal.)
  140. Wrote articles for a large publication (Here's one.)
  141. Lost over 100 pounds
  142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
  143. Piloted an airplane
  144. Petted a stingray (Aquarium only.)
  145. Broken someone's heart
  146. Helped an animal give birth
  147. Been fired or laid off from a job (I work in technology.)
  148. Won money on a TV game show
  149. Broken a bone
  150. Killed a human being
  151. Gone on an African photo safari
  152. Ridden a motorcycle
  153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
  154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
  155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol (Boy Scouts again.)
  156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
  157. Ridden a horse
  158. Had major surgery
  159. Had sex on a moving train
  160. Had a snake as a pet
  161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
  163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
  164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
  165. Visited all 7 continents
  166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days (Grade 10.)
  167. Eaten kangaroo meat
  168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
  169. Been a sperm or egg donor
  170. Eaten sushi (In Vancouver, it's like bread.)
  171. Had your picture in the newspaper (There you go.)
  172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
  173. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
  174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
  175. Gone back to school
  176. Parasailed
  177. Changed your name
  178. Petted a cockroach
  179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
  180. Read The Iliad (I liked The Odyssey better.)
  181. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read (Darwin, and it was a slog.)
  182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
  183. And gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
  184. Taught yourself an art from scratch (Playing the drums, and writing HTML, I guess)
  185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (Fish.)
  186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
  187. Skipped all your school reunions
  188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language (Ah, the Internet.)
  189. Been elected to public office
  190. Written your own computer language
  191. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
  192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care (My grandmother.)
  193. Built your own PC from parts
  194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you (I'm counting music.)
  195. Had a booth at a street fair
  196. Dyed your hair
  197. Been a DJ
  198. Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
  199. Written your own role playing game (1982, and it never worked.)
  200. Been arrested

Not bad. 113 out of 200, or 56.5%. I wouldn't want to get 100%.


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