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Good Lord. I didn't realise I'd posted this - it was just my bits and pieces for an organised post with actual commentary later on! I knew it had disappeared in semagic, but I'd only pressed a random shortcut I shouldn't have... Will come back and edit this into a semblance of sense later.

Bought everyone in the pub a drink.
Swam with wild dolphins.
Climbed a mountain.
Taken a Ferrari for a test drive.
Been inside the Great Pyramid.
Held a tarantula.
Taken a candlelit bath with someone.
Said 'I love you' and meant it.
Hugged a tree.
Done a striptease.
Bungee jumped.
Visited Paris.
Watched a lightning storm at sea.
Stayed up all night long and watched the sunrise.
Seen the Northern Lights.
Gone to a huge sports game.
Grown and eaten your own vegetables.
Touched an iceberg. Well, it was a bit of an iceberg in Edinburgh's Dynamic Earth thingy. Does that count? o_O
Slept under the stars.
Changed a baby's diaper.
Taken a trip in a hot air balloon.
Watched a meteor shower.
Gotten drunk on champagne.
Given more than you can afford to charity.
Looked up at the night sky through a telescope.
Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment.
Had a food fight.
Bet on a winning horse.
Taken a sick day when you're not ill.
Asked out a stranger.
Had a snowball fight.
Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
Screamed as loudly as you possibly could.
Held a lamb.
Organized and planned a surprise party for a loved one.
Taken a midnight skinny dip.
Taken an ice cold shower.
Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar.
Seen a total eclipse.
Ridden a roller coaster.
Hit a home run.
Fit three weeks miraculously into three days.
Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking.
Adopted an accent for an entire day.
Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.
Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment.
Had two hard drives for your computer.
Visited all 50 states.
Loved your job for all accounts.
Taken care of someone who was really sick.
Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
Had amazing friends.
Danced with a stranger in a foreign country.

Watched wild whales.
Stolen a sign.
Backpacked in Europe.
Taken a road-trip.
Rock climbed.
Lied to foreign government's official in that country to avoid notice.
Taken a midnight walk on the beach. Well, we used to go down to the beach when we came out of the pub :) Not sure that's quite what they meant, but...
Been sky diving.
Visited Ireland. (I really should.)
Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love.
In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them.
Visited Japan.
Bench pressed your own weight.
Milked a cow.
Alphabetized your CDs.
Pretended to be a superhero.
Sung karaoke. Twice.
Lounged around in bed all day. Ooh, many times.
Protested something you feel strongly against.
Been scuba diving.
Got it on to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye.
Kissed in the rain.
Played in the rain.

Gone to a drive-in theater.
Done something you should regret, but don't regret it.
Started a business.
Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog.
Dropped Windows in favor of something better.
Fallen in love and not had your heart broken.
Toured ancient sites. I've been to lots of castles in Scotland and England and France, and since this is an American meme I'm guessing they'll think that counts!
Taken a martial arts class for like 7 years.
Swordfought for the honor of a woman.
Played a DVD for more than 6 hours straight. Well, a series of DVDs. I think we did about 10 hours of Firefly, for a start...
Been in a movie. I have been in a teeny movie, and I've been cut out of an actual in-theatres movie.
Crashed a party.
Loved someone you shouldn't have.
Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy.
Gotten divorced.
Started an office war.
Gone without food for 5 days.
Made cookies from scratch.
Won first prize in a costume contest.
Ridden a gondola in Venice.
Gotten a tattoo.
Rafted the Snake River.
Been on television news programs as an "expert".
Got flowers for no reason. (I've never even got flowers FOR a reason. Which is just as well; I don't have a vase.)
Made out in a public place.
Got so drunk you don't remember anything.
Been addicted to some form of illegal drug. Psychologically rather than physically, if that helps!
Performed on stage.
Recorded music.
Eaten shark. (I think. I have eaten many things at Khublai Khan.)
Drank an entire 6 pack by yourself.
Gone to Thailand.
Seen Siouxsie live.
Bought a house.
Been in a combat zone.
Buried one/both of your parents.
Shaved all of your hair off.
Been on a cruise ship.
Spoken more than one language fluently.
Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone.
Bounced a check.
Performed in a theatre.
Read - and understood - your credit report.
Raised children.
Taken a bicycle tour in a foreign country.
Found out something significant that your ancestors did.
Called or written your Congress person.
Walked the Golden Gate Bridge.
Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking.
Had an abortion.
Had plastic surgery.
Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived.
Held someone while they were having a flashback.
Piloted an airplane.
Pet a stingray.
Broken someone's heart. (Not as far as I know...)
Helped an animal give birth.
Been fired or laid off from a job. Well, only when contracts have ended, really.
Won money on a T.V. game show.
Broken a bone.
Killed a human being.
Gone on an African photo safari.
Ridden a motorcycle.
Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100km/h.
Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced.
Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol.
Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild.
Ridden a horse.
Had major surgery.
Ridden on a passenger train. (Is this unusual?!?!)
Had a snake as a pet.
Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing.
Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours. I'm good at sleeping.
Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states. Heh.
Visited all 7 continents.
Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days.
Eaten kangaroo meat. See shark, above.
Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
Been a sperm or egg donor.
Eaten sushi.
Had your picture in the newspaper.
Had 2 healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime. Well, *about* a year. Both of them.
Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about.
Gotten someone fired for their actions.
Gone back to school.
Changed your name.
Petted a cockroach.
Eaten fried green tomatoes.
Read The Iliad.
Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read a book by them.
Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, or cups because your apartment needed them. Glasses and ashtrays mostly.
Taught yourself an art from scratch. Beading!!
Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt.
Skipped all your school reunions.
Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language.
Been elected to public office.
Written your own computer language.
Thought to yourself that you're living your dream.
Had to put someone you love into hospice care.
Built your own PC from parts.
Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you.
Had a booth at a street fair.
Dyed your hair. Oooh, a squillion times.
Been a DJ.
Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal.
Written your own role playing game.
Been arrested.
Hated someone.
Picked up and moved to another city to just start over.

I haven't done much, have I? But that's kind of the goal of my life. Bungee jumping? WHY??? Skeleton bob? WHY??? Etc...


happy birthday to bunnyk for yesterday

Miracle Max

Which Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti


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Feb. 20th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, a firefly fan you say? Just out of interest, would you be interested in this, http://lordofthewheel.livejournal.com/12274.html?mode=reply, from my LJ. I realise that is is probably hiddeously difficult for you to really get to for you but I thought I'd just point it out anyway...
Feb. 20th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, Milton Keynes can't be *that* hard to get to, I wouldn't think... it looks fun! I'll try and check out how much leave I have left and whether I'm scheduled to work that weekend and stuff, cos I already need Eastercon, Discworld Con and T in the Park weekends off...
Feb. 20th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
Cool. Well, if I give the organisers your e-mail (the one on your user info page) you can get info for it and can make it if possible. I am sure that I can offer crash space if you want to come up slightly early, is that okay?
Feb. 20th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
Feb. 20th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
Hee. Must get mind_expander to do this too!
Feb. 20th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100km/h.

If this was an American meme, I'm guessing that was miles per hour. The speed limit on highways here in Michigan is 70mph or 112kph. Highways I've driven in Canada are mostly 80 or 100kph speed limit.

I haven't gone 100mph (160kph), but I have found myself going over 90 (~145kph) on the freeway if I don't pay attention and traffic is light.
Feb. 20th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
And yes, in the US riding a passenger train is unusual. I've only done it a couple of times myself, and once was because my father screwed up booking plane tickets to get me home from school.

They don't go most places, and aren't that much cheaper than flying, and are often more expensive than driving.

Say I wanted to travel from Ann Arbor (population 114,000), where I live to Detroit (population 950,000) which is only 33 miles away. First off, there's only one train station in each city (though there are some in between). The Ann Arbor one is about 5 miles from my place. Trains leave for Detoit only 3 times a day, at 1:22pm, 6:47pm and 11:30pm. They return to Ann Arbor only at 7:23am, 11:26am, and 5:13pm. Not really practical for a day trip. The round trip fare is $20-30 depending how far in advance you book.

By way of contrast, you can drive there in less time, and for only about $5 in gas (petrol). So even if you have to pay $5-$10 to park, it's still a lot cheaper, and far more convenient since you can go whenever you want, and go directly from home to the part of the city you want to go to.

Generally, trains in this country are only used by people traveling long distances who either are afraid of flying or want to see more scenery or save a bit of money. And if they really want to save money, they'll take a bus instead.
Feb. 20th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
Heh, how mad. We don't fly all that much internally, I guess, because we're usually going shorter distances. Every town that has more than about three houses tends to have at least one train station, and most trains make a whole lot of stops on their way to their destination. When I used to live in Troon, 30 miles or so from Glasgow, I got the train up to work and back every day. There are trains every half hour, coming and going, from about 6am until 11.30pm. It takes 40 minutes to get from Troon to Glasgow, and costs about £6 round trip (about $10, I think.) The train stops at between 7 and 10 other stations on the way.

You can drive to Glasgow in about the same amount of time, but I think it would cost you about £15 worth of petrol for a round trip. (Not sure about this since I don't drive!) And then you'd probably have to pay another £10 or more for parking, probably miles away from where you actually wanted to be. Oh, and Glasgow has sort of internal trains as well as buses and the subway, so it's usually quicker to use one of them than try and weave through the one-way systems for cars!
Feb. 20th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's hard for folks here to conceive of not needing to have a car, since it's pretty much required here, unless you live in a large city with a good bus or subway system (i.e. NYC). Most places have no public transit to speak of. Until 2 years ago, I've never lived anywhere where taking a bus or train to work was even possible--and I got my first job in 1985. In most of the US a car isn't a luxury, it's a necessity if you want to be able to get to work, go shopping, and so forth.

Likewise, it's hard for me to imagine being able to go pretty much anywhere you want by public transit.
Feb. 20th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, and the train only stops twice between Ann Arbor and Detroit, both in Dearborn (just west of Detroit). And doesn't even go to most of the state.

You can see a detail map of the passenger train routes in Michigan here:

And of course, not every train stops at every station. Keep in mind that Michigan is about the size of England. And those are all the stops there are.
Feb. 20th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
Wow!! That's insane... Here are maps for Scotland - the first one is the stations in all of Scotland, and the second is *just in Glasgow*.
Feb. 20th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)

Has a map for the entire US. Note that there are entire states (the size of a large european country) that have no passenger train service at all.
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