99 things meme

I’ve seen this in a few places the last few days – at Susan Sedro’s blog most recently (and she references Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk Blog where I was immediately intimidated by his revision of it).

THE 99 THINGS MEME

Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – leave in plain font

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. (Heifer International)
7. Been to Disneyland/world.
8. Climbed a mountain. (how high? – I have been the to the highest point at a number of locations)
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. (I like Doug’s though – Adopted a pet from a shelter.)
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 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. (Make that, wish I could find a way to be satisfied with the money I have –  but with three daughters…)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
39. Gone rock climbing.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person.
41. Sung Karaoke.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
43. Bought a stranger a meal in 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. (film)
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. Gotten flowers for no reason.
(also given)
64. Donated blood.
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 Guard 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. (I’m going with Doug on this one – fish and bivalves are, for the purposes of this exercise – animals)
88. Had chickenpox.
89. Saved someone’s life.
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. Swum in the Great Salt Lake.
97. Been involved in a lawsuit.
98. Owned a cell phone.
99. Been stung by a bee.

Been there done that, got the t-shirt: 55
Wish I had: 24
No desire: 20

I’d like to add two things still on my wish list:

Learned the foxtrot, waltz, and Latin salsa dances.
Learned to play the viola & fiddle

And things that aren’t there that should be:
Performed music with a group of other friends and musicians – not a band but a chorus or chamber ensemble
Taught yourself to make food you usually only eat in restaurants.

I am not a risk taker by nature.  This is all very interesting to me.  What risks have I taken?  Sailed across the Atlantic, hitchhiked to Buffalo with my boyfriend, had children as I neared 40, moved to Boston with $5 in my pocket, eaten the cookie dough with raw eggs.

There are more, but not for this space, I think.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. wa says:

    This is great.
    And I, too, think eating raw cookie dough is a risk.

  2. Kate Tabor says:

    Hello! How nice of you to stop by and comment! Since I saw Marcia Ball at the Old Town School and my cousins (who live in Georgetown) sent the most recent KGSR compilation, I’ve had Austin on my mind.

    I admit that eating the raw cookie dough may not seem risky to some, but there you have it. Sushi on the other hand seems quite un-risky…

  3. Michael Doyle says:

    Great list!
    I saw Doug’s, was tempted to do this, still might.

    I will say this–anyone who hitchhikes or takes on a new city with only a few bucks in her pocket has some risk in her veins.

    Tell us about sailing the Atlantic.

    And let me (highly) recommend getting your butt on a bike and goosing the throttle. Big fun!

  4. Kate Tabor says:

    @Doyle –
    I have ridden on the back of a motorbike – a BMW – behind an astonishingly handsome young man up the Fenway after midnight on a heart-stoppingly beautiful night after we closed the restaurant that we worked at. It took me a very short while to fight the counter-intuitive nature of leaning with the bike not opposite to its natural motion. It was amazing, and considering the potential of it all, oddly platonic.

    I would love to learn to ride a bike, but my attempts at operating the outboard motor on the zodiac that was tender to the boat I sailed on leaves me with grave questions about my abilities with the throttle. Perhaps I shall reconsider.

    I wonder if all my risks are behind me and cookie dough is the last acceptable risk for the 50 year old mother of three.

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