100 things meme

Matthew Jarpe, whose blog I quite enjoy, posted this meme today. He says:

In RADIO FREEFALL I used the word meme to describe a mind virus that forces a person to obsess over a single thought until he commits suicide. In retrospect I should have picked another word. Since I wrote the book that word has lost its mysterious obscurity and has been applied to gramatically incorrect cats, zombies, pirates, and lists like this one. Here, you take a list of 100 things that people do and highlight the ones you’ve done.

I was sort of surprised by how many I’d done.  I crossed out the ones I’ll never do, just as an exercise.

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
8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumping
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. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb [1. Ironic, I know.]
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in 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 [2. Dinner cruise, yes. I worked as a singing waitress on a river boat.]
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
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at 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 snorkelling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre
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. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favourite 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 Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book [1. How about an anthology?]
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
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. Swam in the Great Salt Lake [3. I waded in the Great Salt Lake, does that count?]
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

That’s 67 or 70, depending on how broad the answers can be on some of these.

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7 Responses

  1. Kelvin Kao

    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
    8. Climbed a mountain
    9. Held a praying mantis
    10. Sang a solo
    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. 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
    28. Ridden in 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
    41. Sung karaoke
    42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
    43. Bought a stranger a meal at 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 snorkelling
    52. Kissed in the rain
    53. Played in the mud
    54. Gone to a drive-in theatre
    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. Got flowers for no reason
    64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
    65. Gone sky diving
    66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
    67. Bounced a check
    68. Flown in a helicopter
    69. Saved a favourite 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 Guards 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 chickenpox
    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. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
    97. Been involved in a law suit
    98. Owned a cell phone
    99. Been stung by a bee
    100. Read an entire book in one day

    Hm, definitely didn’t travel that much… and am I the only person that noticed that number 11 is missing?

  2. Matt Jarpe

    “am I the only person that noticed that number 11 is missing?”

    Ach, that’s my bad. I tried to turn it red and turned it gone instead.

    11. Bungee jumping.

    And Mary…67? I’ve got to get out more. I just wish I’d taken the time to get to the top of the Eiffel tower. I walked under it.

  3. David Loftus

    50 to 53 for me. “Got flowers for no reason” was one that puzzled me: received or purchased them for someone else? Surprisingly high (to me; I’m more conscious of the places I’ve never been and probably will never get to) on the travel scale — I’ve been to Africa, Russia, Hawaii, Paris, Times Square, Niagara Falls, Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon. I didn’t count “held a lamb” but a baby goat on a Greek island ought to count, I should think. And what’s so great about a praying mantis? I’ve held ladybugs, caterpillars, birds, and spiders in my hands. Things I’d add as being worthy of mention: sang at Carnegie Hall, jogged with Steve Prefontaine, been asked for my autograph. Was particularly charmed by “saved a favorite child toy” — would love to know what that was for other folks.

  4. Dennis Sustare

    I was surprised that I had done 70 in this list (though I had only seen Niagara Falls from the air, so not sure if that counted).

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