Wednesday, 4 December 2013

150 things

I posted this here way back in 2006: a list of 150 things to do before you die, from good to very good to bad.  So I wondered how many more I can cross off now.  Turns out not many. Sadly. (Cross yours’ off by 'bolding' the things that you've done, and let me know your ‘score’ in the comments)

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink (small bar)
02. Swam with wild dolphins (couldn't -- one of the fuckers was pregnant)
03. Climbed a mountain (well, some tall hills)
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive (how about enjoyed a test drive in one while a friend drove?)
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s nappy
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse (Cheltenham Gold Cup, Auckland Cup, Grand National ...)
29. Asked out a stranger (and been turned down!)
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse (only on webcast...)
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking (my dancing is always "like a fool")
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day (when you're working with several hundred Irishmen, it's the only way to be understood!)
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer (three!)
40. Visited all 50 states (bloody American question—can I say I’ve visited every NZ province, and all but one 
        Australian state?)
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends (and still have!)
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country (over which several discreet veils will be drawn)
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign (I confess)
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs (and also in biographical order. Aha!)
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving (well, snorkelling…)
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theatre
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight (D&D?)
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made biscuits from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest (but I was only six)
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand (never wanted to)
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship (sadly, they were all in harbour at the time)
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror (only when drunk)
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favourite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery (those damn broken cheekbones...)
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart (sadly...)
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show (I once won a record on a radio call-in … does that count?)
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery (depends whet you call "major")
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours (after a few all-nighters working on projects)
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Swam in all seven Oceans (technically, only a toe in the Arctic, but still…)
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed (now this I really must do)
132. Touched a cockroach (more than I've wanted to)
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes (
134. Read The Iliad - and The Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care (sadly...)
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair (those 'World's Smallest Political Quiz' booths are always popular)
146. Dyed your hair (those bottles of food colouring are good, aren't they)
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

So I counted 104. Up only half a dozen in six years.

So how many have you done?

8 comments:

  1. I counted 92 that I've done, and a many of those I haven't I would never want to (I am for instance quite happy to pay others to do my slaughtering for me and several of the U.S centric options are of no interest to me, I purposefully didn't take a Gondola ride in Venice nor climbed the tower at Pisa as I was more interested in reaching and camping at the lakes that day) - and I couple I sort of substituted for - hitting a six in cricket for a home run for instance (I've also done it in a game of family softball but I think the competitive sport counted more).

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  3. Part 1

    01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink (That would sternly test my Shekler senses.)
    02. Swam with wild dolphins
    *03. Climbed a mountain
    04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
    05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
    *06. Held a tarantula (if you can call the fraction of a second the baboon spider was on my naked thigh before I screamed and biffed it off)
    *07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
    *08. Said “I love you” and meant it (do most days – say it, that is.)
    *09. Hugged a tree (Cut more down though.)
    10. Bungee jumped
    *11. Visited Paris
    *12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
    *13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
    *14. Seen the Northern Lights
    *15. Gone to a huge sports game (“Wem-ber-lee”)
    16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
    *17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
    18. Touched an iceberg (just the tip – in a G&T)
    *19. Slept under the stars (even when I have not meant to)
    *20. Changed a baby’s nappy
    21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
    22. Watched a meteor shower
    *23. Gotten drunk on champagne. See 28. (Does not take much)
    *24. Given more than you can afford to charity (For this Jew, every act of charity is more than I can afford)
    *25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
    *26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
    *27. Had a food fight
    *28. Bet on a winning horse Makybe Diva – AND won the best hat competition in Noosa – made the hat out of cutlery and ribbons. See 23.
    *29. Asked out a stranger
    *30. Had a snowball fight
    *31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
    *32. Held a lamb
    *33. Seen a total eclipse
    *34. Ridden a roller coaster
    *35. Hit a home run (Rounders?)
    *36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking (my dancing is always "like a fool")
    37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
    *38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment (All the time)
    *39. Had two hard drives for your computer
    40. Visited all 50 states 4 and counting.
    *41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
    *42. Had amazing friends
    *43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
    *44. Watched wild whales
    *45. Stolen a sign
    *46. Backpacked in Europe
    *47. Taken a road-trip
    *48. Gone rock climbing
    *49. Midnight walk on the beach
    *50. Gone sky diving (although assisted the last few feet)
    *51. Visited Ireland
    *52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
    *53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
    54. Visited Japan
    *55. Milked a cow
    *56. Alphabetized your CDs (and I have over 1200)
    *57. Pretended to be a superhero (Pretended?)
    *58. Sung karaoke
    *59. Lounged around in bed all day
    *60. Played touch football
    *61. Gone scuba diving (snorkelling- Gulf of Mexico)
    *62. Kissed in the rain
    *63. Played in the mud
    *64. Played in the rain
    *65. Gone to a drive-in theatre
    66. Visited the Great Wall of China (Just Hong Kong)
    *67. Started a business
    *68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
    *69. Toured ancient sites
    *70. Taken a martial arts class (Krav Maga not really martial?)
    *71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
    *72. Gotten married
    *73. Been in a movie (AND A Video game!)
    *74. Crashed a party
    75. Gotten divorced

    * Done

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  4. *76. Gone without food for 5 days (yep I know that’s hard to believe)
    77. Made biscuits from scratch (not flour?)
    *78. Won first prize in a costume contest
    *79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
    80. Gotten a tattoo
    *81. Rafted the Snake River (not the Snake but the Shotover, Queenstown)
    *82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
    83. Got flowers for no reason
    *84. Performed on stage
    85. Been to Las Vegas
    *86. Recorded music
    *87. Eaten shark
    *88. Kissed on the first date
    89. Gone to Thailand
    *90. Bought a house
    *91. Been in a combat zone
    *92. Buried one/both of your parents
    93. Been on a cruise ship
    *94. Spoken more than one language fluently
    95. Performed in Rocky Horror
    *96. Raised children
    97. Followed your favourite band/singer on tour
    *99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
    *100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
    101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
    *102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking (HA! Did it yesterday – on my MOTORSIKKEL – “WHY GO HOME”, from Pearl Jam – a magnificent tarmac vibrato!)
    103. Had plastic surgery
    *104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
    *105. Wrote articles for a large publication
    *106. Lost over 100 pounds
    *107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
    108. Piloted an airplane (My childhood ambition!)
    *109. Touched a stingray
    *110. Broken someone’s heart
    *111. Helped an animal give birth
    112. Won money on a T.V. game show
    *113. Broken a bone
    *114. Gone on an African photo safari
    115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears (only my foot, and not deliberately, but completely)
    *116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol (All 3 – plus several others)
    *117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
    *118. Ridden a horse (horrible things)
    119. Had major surgery (Pending – the joys of socialised medicine)
    120. Had a snake as a pet
    121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
    *122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours (After a 7 day minesweep hike)
    *123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states (WAAAAY more) In fact I have lived in as many
    124. Swam in all seven Oceans
    125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
    *126. Eaten kangaroo meat (And hippo, snake, ostrich etc.)
    *127. Eaten sushi
    *128. Had your picture in the newspaper
    *129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
    *130. Gone back to school (Uni?)
    131. Parasailed
    *132. Touched a cockroach (more than I've wanted to)
    133. Eaten fried green tomatoes (no, but I have watched it)
    *134. Read The Iliad - and The Odyssey
    *135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
    *136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
    *137. Skipped all your school reunions (But may be breaking this one this year after 30 years!)
    *138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
    Fucking hilarious.
    139. Been elected to public office (and I have tried!)
    140. Written your own computer language (Never going to happen)
    141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
    *142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
    143. Built your own PC from parts (Fuck no – Steve Jobs would turn in his grave)
    144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
    *145. Had a booth at a street fair
    *146. Dyed your hair (Doing it now)
    *147. Been a DJ
    *148. Shaved your head
    *149. Caused a car accident
    *150. Saved someone’s life (and tried and failed – not classy for a nurse!)

    108

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  5. Still a few to do clearly
    * 01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink (small bar)
    * 02. Swam with wild dolphins (Marineland, Napier, mid-winter swim)
    * 03. Climbed a mountain (Tongariro Crossing, both directions - awesome place)
    04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive (how about enjoyed a test drive in one while a friend drove?)
    05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
    * 06. Held a tarantula (plastic one)
    * 07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
    *08. Said “I love you” and meant it
    *09. Hugged a tree
    10. Bungee jumped
    * 11. Visited Paris (online and movies only)
    * 12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
    * 13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
    14. Seen the Northern Lights
    15. Gone to a huge sports game
    16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
    17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
    18. Touched an iceberg
    * 19. Slept under the stars
    * 20. Changed a baby’s nappy
    21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
    * 22. Watched a meteor shower
    * 23. Gotten drunk on champagne (those frog sculls are killers)
    * 24. Given more than you can afford to charity
    * 25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
    * 26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
    * 27. Had a food fight
    * 28. Bet on a winning horse (Cheltenham Gold Cup, Auckland Cup, Grand National ...)
    29. Asked out a stranger (and been turned down!)
    * 30. Had a snowball fight
    * 31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
    * 32. Held a lamb (and bottle reared it)
    * 33. Seen a total eclipse (and on webcast...)
    * 34. Ridden a roller coaster
    * 35. Hit a home run
    * 36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking (best with great music, plenty of space and no-one around)
    * 37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
    * 38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
    * 39. Had two hard drives for your computer (three!)
    40. Visited all 50 states (bloody American question—can I say I’ve visited every NZ province)
    * 41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
    * 42. Had amazing friends (and still have!)
    43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
    * 44. Watched wild whales
    45. Stolen a sign
    46. Backpacked in Europe
    * 47. Taken a road-trip
    * 48. Gone rock climbing
    * 49. Midnight walk on the beach
    50. Gone sky diving
    51. Visited Ireland
    * 52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
    53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
    54. Visited Japan
    * 55. Milked a cow (quite often now)
    * 56. Alphabetized your CDs (in use order)
    * 57. Pretended to be a spy
    * 58. Sung karaoke
    * 59. Lounged around in bed all day (terrible being sick, so many books to read)
    * 60. Played touch football
    * 61. Gone scuba diving (well, snorkelling…)
    * 62. Kissed in the rain
    * 63. Played in the mud
    * 64. Played in the rain
    * 65. Gone to a drive-in theatre
    66. Visited the Great Wall of China
    * 67. Started a business
    68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
    69. Toured ancient sites
    * 70. Taken a martial arts class
    71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight (D&D?)
    * 72. Gotten married
    * 73. Been in a movie (well, a commercial, well, in the production crew)
    * 74. Crashed a party ( 21st in a pub no less)
    * 75. Gotten divorced

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  6. continued:

    * 76. Gone without food for 5 days
    * 77. Made biscuits from scratch
    * 78. Won first prize in a costume contest (but I was only eight)
    79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
    80. Gotten a tattoo
    81. Rafted the Snake River
    82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
    * 83. Got flowers for no reason
    * 84. Performed on stage
    85. Been to Las Vegas
    86. Recorded music
    87. Eaten shark
    88. Kissed on the first date
    89. Gone to Thailand
    * 90. Bought a house
    * 91. Been in a combat zone - well a firing range when not in use
    * 92. Buried one/both of your parents
    * 93. Been on a cruise ship (sadly, they were all in harbour at the time)
    * 94. Spoken more than one language fluently (haltingly)
    * 95. Performed in Rocky Horror (only in audience)
    * 96. Raised children (step, partial)
    97. Followed your favourite band/singer on tour
    99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country (planning to)
    * 100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
    101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
    * 102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
    * 103. Had plastic surgery (spli ttooth through ma lip when only 4)
    * 104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
    * 105. Wrote articles for a large publication
    106. Lost over 100 pounds
    107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
    108. Piloted an airplane
    * 109. Touched a stingray
    * 110. Broken someone’s heart (sadly...)
    * 111. Helped an animal give birth
    112. Won money on a T.V. game show
    * 113. Broken a bone
    114. Gone on an African photo safari
    115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
    * 116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
    * 117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
    * 118. Ridden a horse
    * 119. Had major surgery (depends whet you call "major")
    120. Had a snake as a pet
    121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
    122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
    123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
    124. Swam in all seven Oceans
    * 125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days (kayaked a portion of the Waikato River)
    126. Eaten kangaroo meat
    * 127. Eaten sushi
    * 128. Had your picture in the newspaper (dog attack victim :-( )
    * 129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
    * 130. Gone back to school
    131. Parasailed
    * 132. Touched a cockroach (more than I've wanted to)
    * 133. Eaten fried green tomatoes (
    * 134. Read The Iliad - and The Odyssey (Skimmed only, to come back to)
    * 135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
    * 136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
    137. Skipped all your school reunions
    * 138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
    139. Been elected to public office
    * 140. Written your own computer language
    * 141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream (once upon a time)
    * 142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care (sadly...)
    143. Built your own PC from parts
    * 144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
    * 145. Had a booth at a street fair (great way to earn dollars as a uni student)
    * 146. Dyed your hair (bright red)
    147. Been a DJ
    148. Shaved your head
    149. Caused a car accident
    * 150. Saved someone’s life (first aid, not sure if saved their life tho)

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  7. I'm pretty sure you've grown and eaten your own vegetables.
    (I will draw a discreet veil over some of the other admissions).

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