Thursday, January 01, 2009

A meme in 99 parts

I've borrowed this list from Wyldwoods, whose interesting answers are in his post here. By all means, go ahead and fill this out yourself if you like.

  1. Everyone uses this same list of 99 Things.

  2. Feel free to add editorial comments (mine are in square brackets).

  3. Change the font of each item according to the legend below.

  4. That's it! Simple, really.

Things I’ve already done: boldface
Things I want to do: italics
Things I haven’t done and don’t want to: plain text

99 Things

  1. started your own blog [obviously]

  2. slept under the stars [lots of tenting, but not open-air, yet]

  3. played in a band [see here]

  4. visited Hawaii

  5. watched a meteor shower [the Perseids, among others]

  6. given more than you can afford to charity

  7. been to Disneyland/world [will probably happen, but I'm not enthusiastic]

  8. climbed a mountain [Snowdon, in Wales; and also one in the Gaspé Peninsula]

  9. held a praying mantis [seen one up close, though]

  10. sang a solo [ugh; with the aforementioned band - audio evidence right here (mp3 format)]

  11. bungee jumped [no thanks]

  12. visited Paris [twice (once shown here), would happily go again]

  13. watched a lightning storm at sea

  14. taught yourself an art from scratch [digital fractals, among others]

  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 [I've been in the lobby of the Louvre - that's as close as I got]

  20. slept on an overnight train

  21. had a pillow fight

  22. hitch hiked [no thanks]

  23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill [kind of depends on your definition of "ill"]

  24. built a snow fort

  25. held a lamb

  26. gone skinny dipping [in the middle of the night, in a freezing cold lake in the Laurentian mountains]

  27. run a marathon [again, no thanks]

  28. ridden a gondola in Venice

  29. seen a total eclipse

  30. watched a sunrise or sunset [both; here's one]

  31. hit a home run [will never happen, not enough upper body strength]

  32. been on a cruise

  33. seen Niagara Falls in person [a few times]

  34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors [some of them, anyway]

  35. seen an Amish community

  36. taught yourself a new language [I'm assuming rudimentary html doesn't count]

  37. had enough money to be truly satisfied [sad to say, will never happen]

  38. seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person [yes please]

  39. gone rock climbing [at Rattlesnake Point]

  40. seen Michelangelo’s David in person

  41. sung karaoke [not in a million, billion years, unless I'm rewarded by #37 above]

  42. seen Old Faithful geyser erupt in person

  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 [no thanks, unless it's a better option than the available alternatives at the time]

  47. had your portrait painted

  48. gone deep sea fishing [for mackerel, in England]

  49. seen the Sistine Chapel in person

  50. been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris [didn't go all the way to the top either time I was there]

  51. gone scuba diving or snorkeling

  52. kissed in the rain [almost certainly, although I can't pinpoint a specific occasion]

  53. played in the mud

  54. gone to a drive-in theatre [the one near my childhood home has been replaced with a grocery store]

  55. been in a movie [been on local TV though]

  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 [I'm hoping my daughter will take care of this one for me]

  62. gone whale watching [yes, if dolphins, or watching from the shore, count]

  63. gotten flowers for no reason

  64. donated blood [many times]

  65. gone sky diving [no thanks]

  66. visited a Nazi concentration camp

  67. bounced a cheque

  68. flown in a helicopter

  69. saved a favourite 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 [a summer job in high school; it sucked anyway]

  76. seen the changing of the guard in London

  77. broken a bone [not to my knowledge]

  78. been on a speeding motorcycle [does a scooter count?]

  79. seen the Grand Canyon in person

  80. published a book [I co-published a poetry chapbook once, but it was self-funded, so hardly counts]

  81. visited the Vatican

  82. bought a brand new car [this one, and also this one; but not this one, unfortunately]

  83. walked in Jerusalem

  84. had your picture in the newspaper

  85. read the entire Bible [I'm not religious, but it seems like something I should do out of interest]

  86. visited the White House

  87. killed and prepared an animal for eating

  88. had chickenpox

  89. saved someone’s life

  90. sat on a jury [not yet, but I'm on the list]

  91. met someone famous [two Nobel laureates, and a couple of minor actors and TV personalities]

  92. joined a book club

  93. lost a loved one

  94. had a baby [twice, if being a father counts]

  95. seen the Alamo in person

  96. swum in the Great Salt Lake

  97. been involved in a law suit

  98. owned a cell phone [I was a late starter though; my first was one of these]

  99. been stung by a bee [probably; wasps, certainly]

So that gives us totals of:

35 Things I have done

29 Things I would like to do

37 Things I have not done, and could do without.

Your turn, if you will.


Mosher said...

Already dunnit:

Ricardipus said...

I saw that Wyldwoods "borrowed" it from you.

What goes around, comes around. And around. And around. I guess.

The Wrath of Dawn said...

Oddly, I haven't seen this one before. Will have to do it.


/zombie mode

WV - warbool - Fits in with the karaoke question.

Anonymous said...

At the beginning of December I did a similar meme that I pinched from VioletSky. They're fun to do, aren't they?

#Debi said...

Since Farty is, um, encouraging me to post something, I'll try to get to this this weekend.

You know, the word verification was more fun before they started making them actual words. I'm just saying...

Ricardipus said...

Debi - warning: it took a lot of Mr. Fartying around with formatting (italics, bold and so forth) to get this done.

*toddles off to read Pinklea's answers

#Debi said...

I am proficient with the < b> and < i>, so it will only be about time...

Zed said...

Interesting. Very bloke-like.

Ricardipus said...

Damned by faint praise, or something.

Hello Zoe, Happy New Year at ya.

#Debi said...

Mine are up...

#Debi said...

Btw, just listened to your solo. You all weren't too bad...

Aled said...

I'm so lucky to have made it to many places you haven't yet. But two really do stand out in my memory - the Grand Canyon (it's awesome) and the Vatican. I was there one Easter Sunday when El Papa appeared and spoke to the throng. Even to the non-religious, it was a moving event, primarily for me because an elderly couple had traveled from their mountain village in Italy for the first time, just to see him. They'd been married 60+ years, and were dressed in their very best clothes. They held hands. The old man told me after seeing the Pope that he and his wife could 'die happy now'.

Alethea said...

Happy new year, R!

Funny how we have similar reactions in parallel; I had come on the meme through another channel, but our reaction to the home run was nearly identical. I don't want to bother remembering html syntax, so here it is: