Monday, December 22, 2008

99 Things meme

{Nicked from Mosher, but if he really misses it he can have it back.}

I hope some of you will follow along. If you do, please link back to this post. OK, let me lay out how it works.

Everyone uses the same list of 99 Things.
You will want to remove any brief comments I've added. {They will look like this.}
Feel free to add brief comments of your own.
Change the font of each item as follows:

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

99 Things

  1. started your own blog {This one should be obvious}

  2. slept under the stars

  3. played in a band {an elementary school band, but still...}

  4. visited Hawaii

  5. watched a meteor shower

  6. given more than you can afford to charity {It was not much at the time, but it still left me short on bus fare.}

  7. been to Disneyland/world

  8. climbed a mountain

  9. held a praying mantis

  10. sang a solo {Trust me, no one wants this.}

  11. bungee jumped

  12. visited Paris

  13. watched a lightning storm at sea

  14. taught yourself an art from scratch {Balloon sculpture if you are curious.}

  15. adopted a child {Under the right circumstances this would change to a "want to"}

  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 {And it wasn't in a sleeping car.}

  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 {Walk one maybe.}

  28. ridden a gondola in Venice

  29. seen a total eclipse {Solar and Lunar}

  30. watched a sunrise or sunset

  31. hit a home run

  32. been on a cruise

  33. seen Niagara Falls in person {And want to again.}

  34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors

  35. seen an Amish community

  36. taught yourself a new language {Only if you count computer languages.}

  37. had enough money to be truly satisfied {Didn't want or need as much as a kid.}{Never as an adult.}

  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 in person

  43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant {OK, it was coffee and a muffin in a diner.}

  44. visited Africa

  45. walked on a beach by moonlight

  46. been transported in an ambulance {After the worst of my car accidents.}

  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 theatre

  55. been in a movie {See an earlier post.}

  56. visited the Great Wall of China

  57. started a business {It didn't last.}

  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 cheque

  68. flown in a helicopter

  69. saved a favourite childhood toy

  70. visited the Lincoln memorial

  71. eaten caviar

  72. pieced a quilt {OK, an explanation here... My mother and Grandmother made a lot of quilts and occasionally would ask me to help them layout pieces, and always asked me to help them stretch them for the actual quilting.}

  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 {It was even mine.}

  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 chickenpox

  89. saved someone’s life {I hope I'm not in a situation where someone's life needs saving.}

  90. sat on a jury {Called several times, never picked.}

  91. met someone famous {Bill Cosby, Lee Aaron, and Willie Nelson for a start.}

  92. joined a book club

  93. lost a loved one

  94. had a baby {As the father, not getting pregnant myself.}

  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

So that gives us totals of:

44 Things I have done.
37 Things I would like to do.
18 Things I have not done and could do without.

What have you got?


  1. Meme-thief ;)

    I should add some more detail to mine. The languages one, of course - taught myself Z80 assembler, BASIC (2-3 versions), C, C++, JavaScript, Delphi, PHP... hence why I suck at them but I can get by. However, I've also taight myself snippets of Thai, Vietnamese and German amongst other things. I suppose it depends on what level of fluency you call "taught" having to reach.

  2. Well, some of the programming languages I taught myself are now ones that I am either being paid to develop with, or have been paid to develop with at some point.

    As for what level of fluency you need... If you know it well enough to get and understand directions I think that is good enough. If however, you only know enough to ask the other person "Do you speak English?" I don't think it counts.

  3. Done, over at my place, in case you're interested.

    Does this make me a second-degree meme-thief?

  4. Better than calling us a pair of nickers.