Things I’ve Done

The things I’ve done are bolded. Got this from De. Long day yesterday. Long day today. I’ve been up for hours already.

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
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
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
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

32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
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
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
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 check
68. Flown in a helicopter
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
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life (maybe. See #64)
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone 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 law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

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24 Responses to Things I’ve Done

  1. Karen says:

    You’ve never been stung by a bee? Are you kidding me? I thought it was a rite of passage of childhood.

  2. PatrickP says:

    No Karen, that’s what bouncing a check is.

  3. PatrickP says:

    No Disneyland?!! Holy crap. I can’t imagine. So deprived.

  4. red says:

    Karen – I know, weird, right? I spent my entire childhood barefoot and never got stung by a bee. Don’t know how I managed that!

  5. red says:

    Patrick- I have zero desire to go to Disneyland so I do not feel deprived!

  6. PatrickP says:

    But it’s so much fun! I guess that’s because I associate it with so many good memories. I have a big family so we could never afford to go. I had a “rich” friend whose family went once a year and he always asked me to go.

  7. red says:

    Yeah, my family didn’t have that “family trip to Disneyland” experience. Now – “family trip to every second-hand bookstore in the Tri State Area” is a different story.

    I love roller coasters, I love Six Flags, but Disneyland just doesn’t really appeal.

  8. red says:

    And all I wanted to say with #80 was NOT YET DAMMIT BUT SOON … but I figured I should just stay truthful since it hasn’t, technically, happened yet.

  9. Alli says:

    Disneyland as an adult is a people-watcher heaven. Went with a friend this past winter (for free!) and we had a ball.

    Interesting list.

  10. Bernard says:

    Re: #80

    I saw that and immediately thought… just a matter of time.

  11. Britt says:

    I agree with Alli – Disneyland as an adult is quite the experience. Just seeing the AWE on some kids’ faces is incredible. But I can see why you would have your opinion; a lot of people associate it with their childhood. One of my good friends is a Toy Soldier in the Christmas Parade, so if you’re ever in town…

  12. De says:

    Ok…you can come here and I will drive you up to San Antonio to the Alamo and I will go there and you can take me to Times Square…we need to fix this list!

  13. red says:

    De – it’s a date!!

  14. JFH says:

    Strange as it sounds, I’ve done most of the things on that list (if most means 51%), but the most satisfying has been #87. While many wouldn’t understand, there’s something about:
    1) Making/loading your own shells
    2) Shooting the game (in this case, dove and quail)
    3) Cleaning the birds.
    4) Prepping and cooking the birds.
    5) Serving them and cleaning up afterwords.

    …now doing the same thing for a deer or a boar is another story.

  15. red says:

    Britt – I live in people-watching central so I’m all set! Really – no desire to go to Disneyland!

    But if I could spend an hour every day at a Six Flags – and go right to the head of the line for all the roller coasters – I’d be very happy!

  16. I’m really late on this but just to join in the first question – You’ve never been stung by a bee?! I couldn’t count how many times I have been stung. Wow.

    And Disneyland, I’ve never been but I’ve been to Disneyworld and I have to disagree with everyone (sorry to be the spoilsport). I went as a kid on family vacations and liked it fine. I went again years later as an adult and absofreakinglutely hated it! I really hate Disney and pretty much all the fake, phony plastic crap it represents in this world. There’s enough forced gaiety going on in that place to make even the sturdiest soul want to vomit. Sorry, that’s pretty harsh I know but I really despise Disney. So sorry to all who like it, but I couldn’t conceal my feelings. Everyone who likes it just ignore me or call me an old curmudgeon. But really, forced gaiety and me just don’t get along.

  17. red says:

    Jonathan – Never conceal your feelings here!

    I have DELIBERATELY not gone to Disneyland / World in my life – this has NOT been an accident … and I’ve had similar responses to what I got to this post when I’ve posted on it before. People get weirded out by it, or they can’t believe it, or they assume I must have WANTED to go but just never got around to it.

    No. I actually go to places I want to go. I have avoided Disneyland deliberately.

    I don’t judge people who enjoy it – but the response I get to my having no desire is similar to the response I get when I say I don’t like cake. People are horrified. FOR me.

    And amen on forced gaiety. I’m also not wacky about what Disney represents and many of their policies. Just not a place I ever want to go to.

    And you know, I really think I would remember being stung by a bee – but now I’m wondering if I have and I don’t remember it? There was a horrible event in my neighborhood as a child when a friend ran thru the forsythia bushes and knocked over a bee’s nest and was literally chased down the street. I think he was bit 100s of times. It was truly terrifying.

    It’s funny NOW – and we actually all just saw one another at my sister’s wedding and of course we all had to say, “Hey member when you were stung by all those bees?” and we roared with laughter – but at the time it was awful. He was COVERED in beestings.

  18. red says:

    Oh and Jonathan – bah, my bad – I got so busy this weekend – but in the post below this one about the Carole Lombard double feature I went to – I meant to add a link to your post about seeing stuff “on the big screen” because it seemed to directly reference our earlier conversation. Especially because I saw the double feature at the Film Forum which I had brought up on your site. It was a great night!!

  19. Speaking of that (great post by the way – I still haven’t seen Twentieth Century believe it or not but I adore My Man Godfrey and I love what William Powell does in that movie so I was glad to read it was not only sold out but highly appreciated by the audience) I’m putting up another post tomorrow (around eight or so in the morning) about another movie I saw at the AFI that I wouldn’t want you to miss. I don’t usually announce a future post to anyone but this was a showing of Strangers on a Train with Farley Granger there (I got to meet him afterwards – Two words: Great guy!) and I videotaped the onstage interview and will put up a clip of a story he told about Robert Walker on the first night/day of shooting that’s just heartbreaking and sweet and sad and shows just how tender and needy Robert Walker was. And since you and I love Walker and Strangers on a Train I wouldn’t want you to miss it. Hope I haven’t oversold it. Probably, but still, an illuminating story by Granger.

  20. red says:

    Oh my gosh! How wonderful!! I can’t wait! You know I always check out your site every day – I just sometimes am DAYS late on joining the conversation!

    Robert Walker – just such a fascinating and ultimately tragic actor. I read a biography of Jennifer Jones and it’s just really … AWFUL … what was done to him. He’s what Tennessee Williams would call a “sensitive” – one of those people who aren’t “overly sensitive”, but sensitive PERIOD. The world does not treat such people kindly. Montgomery Clift was one, too. And the cruelty of the industry really chafes away at these people in a way it doesn’t in others. I really feel for Robert Walker – when I see him in The Clock I think: God, this guy is so wonderful – and then I see him next in Strangers on a Train – and I think: uhm, not only is he wonderful, but he’s brilliant – because it’s hard to believe it’s the same actor in the clock.

    Cant wait to hear the story from Mr. Granger!

  21. Amazing you mention Williams because I titled the post from a line from one of his plays. Williams has so many great statements on sensitive people and that’s who I immediately thought of with Walker when I watched the clip again.

  22. red says:

    Jonathan – what a strange coincidence (about the Williams thing). I am thinking now about the line in Summer and Smoke about the people who “live in the shadows’ or maybe it’s “shadow people” – amazed at the strength of those who can just stand in the daylight … but then there are times when the “shadow people” take on strength … Bah, I need to find it. It came to mind just now, thinking about Robert Walker.

  23. brendan says:

    you were in a band in chicago…some new wave thing. you also sang at milwaukee fest…i think you were in a band, sheil.

  24. red says:

    Bren – “some new wave thing”

    I actually have been trying to block that out. I wonder what happened to all those people. I wish I had kept that CD.

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