100 Things Meme

I found this over at one of my favorite blogs, Philosophy Over Coffee. The rules are you highlight the things you have done.  I added commentary because I am a wordy bastard.

1. Started my own blog [I think I have started over 50 blogs over the years. I have 11 right now.]
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
[High School…not very long. I was embarrassed to sing in front of people. I do want to be in a Hardcore band.]
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower [It was a magical night. I pretended to catch the falling pieces of the universe.]
6. Given more than I can afford to charity [On a few occasions I have given till it hurts. Once I donated money rather than pay my rent. It did not go over well w/ landlord.]
7. Been to Disneyland/world
[I have been to Disneyland more times than I can count. I want to go to Disneyworld more than you know.]
8. Climbed a mountain
[Back packed in the Sierras & climbed most of half dome.]
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo [If you count the short band stint & plays in elementary school]
11. Bungee jumped [NEVER!]
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables [If we ever own a home I want to have a sustainable yard where we grom all of our fruits & veggies]
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train [From Nairobi to Mombasa. It was amazing!]
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill [Almost every opening day. GO DODGERS!]
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb [Does a kabob count?]
26. Gone skinny dipping [Naked midnight surfing once]
27. Run a Marathon [I hope to run one next year.]
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse [and a famous comet]
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset [I love them both. My favorite was a sunset in Uganda on top of Mount Elgon.]
31. Hit a home run [In softball in hit one in seminary.  I had to so I could run the bases.]
32. Been on a cruise [To Catalina? ]
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors [I lived in Oklahoma for a summer near the reservation on another reservation, so sort of.]
35. Seen an Amish community [I want too! During my first fall break in seminary I stayed inside and studied the Amish ways.  I love the Amish heart.]
36. Taught myself a new language [Greek & Hebrew in seminary and I have dabbled in Spanish, Japanese, German, Russian, and Kiswahili.]
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied [I think I am there now.]
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David [I have had a picnic at the copy in Forest Lawn cemetery in LA.]
41. Sung karaoke [In Nairobi w/ a UN of people at a lobster party & w/ amazing friends in the last week of seminary at a Korean Karaoke bar.  That was the shit!]
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt [Only on the Discovery Channel & cartoons w/ Yogi the Bear]
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant [A few times.  I have taken folks grocery shopping with me a couple of times. Mostly to f’k w/ the management.]
44. Visited Africa [I lived and traveled in East Africa for a year.]
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight [The beach at night is my favorite. I have done this on the shores of the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf.]
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted [By a class of elementary students I was teaching.]
48. Gone deep sea fishing [Many, many times. I lived on a bait barge for a week in the Pacific Ocean with my uncle once. We fished the entire time as a Vietnamese woman talked dirty to all of the sailors.]
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 [The first kiss with my wife was in the most romantic light rain ever.]
53. Played in the mud [The Best!!!]
54. Gone to a drive-in theater [As a kid I lived right behind Highway 39 in Westminster. We watched the movies ever weekend night & all the time in the summer.]
55. Been in a movie [As a kid my twin brother & I were in many things.  We were even on the Incredible Hulk TV show.]
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business [R.I.P. Wizdom Designs…]
58. Taken a martial arts class [Got me arse handed to me a few times.]
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen [I hope we can do one at my church.]
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies [I will never sell them again. I bought most of the cookies, because they are little delicious baked pieces of sin.]
62. Gone whale watching [With my brothers and mom when I was a kid.]
63. Got flowers for no reason [One of my favorite ways to shower my wife with affection.]
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
[I try and have never been able to.  My tattoos and all of the immunizations & travels keep me ineligible to do so.]
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check [I hate doing this.  I am now paranoid of doing this again.]
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy Up until my late 20’s I held on to my Star Wars things. I still have all of my football cards from the 80’s]
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt [I stitched a piece of a quilt at church once.]
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job [Home Depot, for fighting a customer. Well I quit before they fired me, but they listed me as fired.]
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone [my nose many times & bones in my foot, and numerous fingers and knuckles.]
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book [I am working on a few.  I have been published in poetry journals, devotional guides, and online a lot.]
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper [When I lived in Watertown, NY I stopped a shoplifter and got my picture in the newspaper. “Local man…”]
85. Read the entire Bible [a couple of times I have read the Bible straight through.]
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox [twice]
89. Saved someone’s life [My brother and I pulled a woman from a car that was about to catch on fire…My wife gets mad at me cause I will always get involved in rough situations.]
90. Sat on a jury [Three times, once as the foreman.]
91. Met someone famous
[I smoked a cig w/ Clint Eastwood once. When I worked as a driver for a rental company I meet all kinds of folks.  There is the Elizabeth Hurley story, ask me sometime.]
92. Joined a book club [Just the big O’s.]
93. Lost a loved one [Dorothy, Donelda, Grandpa Owl, and grandpa, aunt Karen, Stan Hall, John Lively, Marge, Bob, aunt Diane & uncle Bob…too many]
94. Had a baby [This is not possible.]
95. Seen the Alamo in person [Yes, I looked for the basement and no dice.]
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit [got sued in an accident when I had no insurance…bad]
98. Owned a cell phone
[a few.]
99. Been stung by a bee
[a few times…never try to hit a bee like you would a handball.]
100. Ridden an elephant [sadly no.  I cried and my brother rode the elephant in San Fernando alone…I have regretted it ever since.]

YOU try…

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