Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Not quite 100

My friend's friend Fiona, the Infogoddess, snuck this on her blog a couple of months ago. I missed it then, but found it recently. I find I like these tests more than I should. I'll save my answers for the most part so that you can play along at home (and I have added a few), as Art James used to say on the game shows of the 1960's:

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.
7. Been to Disneyland/world.
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. Hitchhiked.
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.
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.
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.
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.
88. Had chicken pox.
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 law suit.
98. Owned a cell phone.
99. Been stung by a bee.

Funny how some of these entries can job a memory:

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch: At Grover Cleveland Golf Course in Buffalo, there was a holdup on one of the par-3's. Glenn Locke got out three golf balls and started juggling them. "How do you do that?" I asked. "You just starting throwing them up in the air until you get the hang of it," he replied. I think I had the idea by the end of the front nine.

17. I've been to the base of the Statue of Liberty, but due to construction in 2002 I couldn't get inside, let alone make it to the top. Do they allow people in a post-9/11 world to get to the top anymore? I don't think so. But I was ready to go up stairs when I got off the ferry.

23. Hate to sound like a goody-goody, but I've never called in sick when I was healthy. Thought about it once or twice, though.

46. I sprained my ankle playing basketball during my freshman year in college at Syracuse. For whatever reason, I got an ambulance ride to a nearby hospital, so a doctor with a thick German accent could tell me what I already knew: I had a sprained ankle. I recall the ambulance staff being friendly, at least.

62. Whale-watching: We took a whale-watching cruise in Nova Scotia in the Bay of Fundy during a vacation. Sadly, it was so foggy you couldn't see one end of the boat from the other. We called it "whale-missing." We received a coupon to try again sometime, although we haven't been within 500 miles of the place since then. So the next time you are near Briar Island, call me.

64. I donated blood sophomore year in college to avoid going to a math class. I really, really hated that Calculus class.

71. Eaten caviar? That list doesn't know me well.

91. Dave Kerner and I once did an experiment in which we asked people who was the most famous person they had ever met. I shook hands with Jimmy Carter once, and Dave met Buzz Aldrin, I think. We asked Sabres announcer Ted Darling that question, and he said, "I got drunk with Dan Blocker once." They were both attending a banquet in Ontario somewhere, and the group bonded rather quickly.

99. Been stung by a bee: Some of my friends from high school go to Bryncliff Golf Course in Alexander, about an hour from Buffalo, for an outing once a year. One time, I came out of the woods to the 7th tee with not one by two bee stings. It's a record that hasn't been touched since then.


Mary Kunz Goldman said...

Budd, I love the whale-watching debacle! That happened to me at the Grand Canyon ... I went, and I couldn't see the canyon! It was too foggy. I was all mad. I thought at the admission booth they should have told you, "Uh, by the way, you can't see the canyon..." So I still cannot honestly say I have seen the Grand Canyon, even though I was there. Loser!

Glenn Locke, The Tall Thin Guy said...

What about things you've done but with you didn't? I haven't ridden in an ambulance, but I'm pretty sure that when I do I will wish I hadn't.