Have You Ever….

July 31, 2008 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Personal | 8 Comments

This looked like fun, although some of the questions were a bit … unsavory.  At the urging of my wife, I just removed them.  So, I added five more to make an even 200.

Thanks to Elizabeth at The Garden Window!

OK, things I have done are in bold.  Things I wish I could do are in italics.  Let’s have some fun….

  1. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
  2. Swam 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. Done a striptease
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited Paris
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise
  15. Seen the Northern Lights (from my house in Maryland on one wild night!)
  16. Gone to a huge sports game (Ravens beat the Steelers at home in OT to make playoffs!)
  17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
  18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables (Just thinned some baby carrots yesterday)
  19. Touched an iceberg (I suppose lettuce doesn’t count)
  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 (I was ten years old at my Aunt’s wedding)
  25. Given more than you can afford to charity
  26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
  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
  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 (Does LARPing count?)
  37. Taken a midnight skinny dip (I was in the jungle, I was reallly hot, it wasn’t midnight)
  38. Taken an ice cold bath
  39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar (I offered him my bible, but he refused when I told him it was a present from my wife.)
  40. Seen a total eclipse (I peeked with one eye.  I can still see.)
  41. Ridden a roller coaster
  42. Hit a home run
  43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
  44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking (It runs in the family)
  45. Adopted an accent for an entire day (We had all of King’s Dominion convinced we were British)
  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 (How about four?)
  49. Visited all 50 states (I think I’ve hit just about all the Continental States…)
  50. Loved your job for all accounts
  51. Taken care of someone who was drunk
  52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
  53. Had amazing friends (Still do…)
  54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country (I think … details of that night are still sketchy)
  55. Watched wild whales (Not yet.  Dolphins, however….)
  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
  62. Sky diving
  63. Visited Ireland
  64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
  65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them (Only if college cafeteria counts)
  66. Visited Japan
  67. Bench pressed your own weight (This was a lot easier to do a few years ago…)
  68. Milked a cow
  69. Alphabetized your records
  70. Pretended to be a superhero
  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 (Football!)
  78. Played in the rain
  79. Gone to a drive-in theatre
  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
  83. Dropped Windows in favour of something better.  Messed around with Linux, but not enough time to learn….
  84. Started a business
  85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
  86. Toured ancient sites
  87. Taken a martial arts class
  88. Sword fought for the honour of a woman  (LARPing again)
  89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight (Can’t do much in less than six hours….)
  90. Gotten married
  91. Been in a movie  (We were on screen in Home Makeover)
  92. Crashed a party
  93. Loved someone you shouldn’t have
  94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
  95. Gotten divorced
  96. Gone without food for 5 days  (Three days max)
  97. Made cookies from scratch
  98. Won first prize in a costume contest
  99. Ridden a gondola in Venice
  100. Gotten a tattoo
  101. Rafted the Snake River
  102. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
  103. Got flowers for no reason
  104. Got so drunk you don’t remember anything
  105. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
  106. Performed on stage
  107. Been to Las Vegas
  108. Recorded music
  109. Eaten shark (Ate pirhanna once)
  110. Had a one-night stand
  111. Gone to Thailand
  112. Seen Siouxsie live  (After seeing Wierd Al Yankovic, nothing else could ever compare)
  113. Bought a house (…from my parents, how geeky is that?)
  114. Been in a combat zone
  115. Buried one/both of your parents
  116. Been on a cruise ship (walked uninvited onto a US Navy Aircraft carrier once)
  117. Spoken more than one language fluently
  118. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
  119. Bounced a check
  120. Performed in Rocky Horror
  121. Read – and understood – your credit report
  122. Raised children
  123. Recently bought and played with a favourite childhood toy
  124. Followed your favourite band/singer on tour
  125. Created and named your own constellation of stars
  126. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
  127. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
  128. Called or written your Member of Congress
  129. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
  130. … more than once?
  131. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
  132. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
  133. Had an abortion or your female partner did
  134. Had plastic surgery
  135. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
  136. Wrote articles for a large publication
  137. Lost over 100 pounds
  138. Held someone while they were having a flashback
  139. Piloted an airplane (My parents bought us a one flying lesson for Christmas — the coolest gift ever)
  140. Petted a stingray
  141. Broken someone’s heart
  142. Helped an animal give birth (I don’t think my wife wants to be classified as an animal)
  143. Been fired or laid off from a job  (Laid off — one of the best things that ever happened)
  144. Won money on a TV game show
  145. Broken a bone  (Surprisingly never!)
  146. Killed a human being
  147. Gone on an African photo safari
  148. Ridden a motorcycle
  149. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100mph
  150. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
  151. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
  152. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
  153. Ridden a horse
  154. Had major surgery (Sinuses.  Needed to happen.)
  155. Had a snake as a pet
  156. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  157. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
  158. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
  159. Visited more foreign countries than US states
  160. Visited all 7 continents
  161. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
  162. Eaten kangaroo meat
  163. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
  164. Been a sperm or egg donor
  165. Eaten sushi  (ick.  Raw fish.)
  166. Had your picture in the newspaper
  167. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime (Only one, but it’s for a lifetime)
  168. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
  169. Gotten someone fired for their actions
  170. Gone back to school
  171. Parasailed
  172. Changed your name (Well, for a while there I was known as Fr. Joel, then went back to being plain Tad)
  173. Petted a cockroach
  174. Eaten fried green tomatoes
  175. Read “The Iliad”
  176. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
  177. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
  178. … and gotten 86′ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
  179. Taught yourself art from scratch
  180. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (Trout.  Yummy.)
  181. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
  182. Skipped all your school reunions
  183. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
  184. Been elected to public office
  185. Written your own computer language (Well, sort of.  It was a primitive scripting language for database installation)
  186. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
  187. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
  188. Built your own PC from parts
  189. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
  190. Had a booth at a street fair
  191. Dyed your hair
  192. Been a DJ
  193. Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
  194. Written your own role playing game  (It’s called Flip — wrote it for my kids)
  195. Been arrested
  196. Adopted a child
  197. Orbited the earth
  198. Painted daisies on a big red rubber ball
  199. Been to Boston in the Fall
  200. Gone over Niagra Falls in a barrel



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  1. I also did this on my blog- but the “unsavory” version. 🙂

  2. At least you didn’t admit to any! 🙂

    Thanks for reading!

  3. JTK the LARPer

  4. Heh. My LARPing days ended with the birth of my son, but they still gave me great source material for one of the best birthday parties ever.

  5. I really enjoyed yours ! How did you end up with 4 hard drives, BTW ? And where was your canoe trip to ?
    Inquiring minds are keen to know 🙂

  6. I can’t own up to this publickly… my wife reads my blog…and she’d be embarrassed that she’s some of them. LOL!

  7. Hey no shame in LARPing. Just think it needs a better name.
    Who did not want to be Highlander at some point in life.

  8. I’m a computer professional, so I trick out computers all the time. One of my workstations has a separate C and D drive, and I added a SATA RAID pair for fast database access. I also have an old “Frankenstein” computer at home for the kids which I keep swapping drives in and out as needed to hold all their games.

    The canoe trip was years ago in the Boy Scouts, when we paddled down the Chester river for a weekend, stopping at various campsites. I also spent a week on an island in a lake in the Amazon jungle. You could only get there by dugout canoe … but they had outboard motors, so I don’t know if that counts or not.

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