Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Things I've Done and Seen

I encountered the below list on this website.

The things I’ve done are in bold, and I've covered just a little more than half of the list during my life so far. There are a few that I haven't done that I want to do, and there are some I won't go anywhere near.....

UPDATED: 12/12/08 - added comments to some of these.....

1. Started your own blog (Huh? :-)
2. Slept under the stars (On a fishing trip in northern NH - the meteor showers and aurora borealis were impressive)
3. Played in a band (Actually, 3 Marine field bands between 1981 and 1984)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower (See number 2)
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
(Tokyo Disneyland, 1983)
8. Climbed a mountain (Mt. Fuji, 1983, and some mountains I don't know the name of in Norway, 1988)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo (To my wife at our wedding)
11. Bungee Jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (On board the USS Inchon during a NATO exercise)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning (From bad mushrooms - not the kind that make you hallucinate, unfortunately....)
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
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (Of course - hasn't everyone? ;-)
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
(Both from the same location)
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise (Does a ferry count?)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
(Actually, two)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing (And fell off while rappelling - ouch!)
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke (Badly....)
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
(As a patient and as an attendant)
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing (With my father the summer before he died)
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
(Don't all Marines do that?)
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business  (It failed - miserably)
58. Taken a martial arts class
(Studied Kenpo with my wife, son, and stepdaughter)
59. Visited Russia (Not yet)
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (Negative - BOUGHT lots of GS cookies....)
62. Gone whale watching  (Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia)
63. Got flowers for no reason
(Many, many years ago - happy memory)
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (as of this list, I'm up to 17 gallons)
65. Gone sky diving (Maybe someday.....)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp (Would like to)
67. Bounced a check (Yup - sky high....)
68. Flown in a helicopter
(And jumped out of them on a fast rope)
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
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
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
(At SERE School many years ago...)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
(Actually happened once before I became a Paramedic)
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous 
(Met Hillary Clinton when Bill ran in '92 - she had long hair then, and no cankles) 
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
(Actually, more than one)
94. Had a baby
(Delivered a couple as well)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
(And I'm allergic to them....)
100. Read an entire book in one day
(There've been a few, in fact)


AlexD said...

Hey Marine!

Pieced a Blanket? You forgot, "Humped a million miles" and my fave "Passed the Crucible"

Great Post

Alex ~D~


Laura said...

Walt, impressive list and I'm sure incomplete. Something I've not done is make a list. Gets you thinking...