Sunday, 11 January 2009

Have you ever...?

I thought I was over memes but then I saw this over at Aine's Life is Beautiful and couldn't resist. The question is “Have you ever…?” [Warning: This is very US oriented.]

Bold the things you’ve done and will admit to.

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 (not sure what counts here)
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
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 (does the time I lost my bikini count?)
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 in 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 snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie (Well, a short public service type thing. Without my consent.)
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. Gotten 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 favorite 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 (does saving my own count?)
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


SpiralSkies said...

Crumbs, what an eclectic mish-mash - there are many on there I'd love to do. Perhaps, being New Year, I should print it off and see how many of the 'haven't done' list I can manage!

They're strangely illuminating, these memes, aren't they?

JJ said...

I like this one. A little bit of tweaking could make it more European ... but in some ways, what I like about a meme is that it's someone else's agenda.

Anonymous said...

I like this :)

Debs said...

Loved it. It reminded me of some of the things I have done, and some that I had intended to do.

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Cor, what a lot of things! Is that Paris, Texas, or Paris, France? I guess the Venice one is definitely Italy, unless they have gondolas in California. There's lots there I'd like to do, mostly the travelling ones, can you tell?

PJ said...

I've just tried out this meme on my blog. I bet you smiled when you saw #80.

Flowerpot said...

I see what you mean it is quite US-ish but it's always fun learning about other people!

Un Peu Loufoque said...

Def neds tweeking for we mortals the other sied of the pond but very good!!

leslie said...

Hello, all. I came by way of Debi Alper's. Hope you don't mind my jumping into the comments.

I have done this meme and had good fun with it, and am excited to read what others have done.

I have seen the 'US centric' evaluation of the list before and have become curious. I would love to know how the list reads as US oriented to meme-ers not living in the US.
There were many tourist world destination locales mentioned, so that I felt greatly untravelled!

No doubt, hitting a home run, and going to a drive in movie seemed overtly American.

What kind of tweaks would make it more universally interesting?

I hope this doesn't seem rude to ask. I truly am curious.

wordtryst said...

SpiralSkies, I see quite a few of my 'things to do before I die' items there as well. Yes, the memes may seem silly but insights abound in the funniest of places. :)

JJ, I thought of tweaking it myself but went with the original. I've seen one kickass adaptation already - the Trinidad and Tobago version over on This Beach Called Life.

akalol, I love your version! (See above)

Debs, me too!

Zinnia, that would be France, I imagine. Ditto on the travelust!

wordtryst said...

PJ, I'll be over to check yours in a jiffy. Yes, I smiled at #80 and bolded it with a flourish!

Flowerpot, I agree. That's three quarters the fun of this Internet business.

Un Peu Loufoque, I'd love to see a Euro version... *hint hint*

Leslie, welcome! I don't mind your jumping in at all; the more the merrier. Yes, the things you mentioned and many of the places cited are US specific, not that that's a problem, in case you got the wrong idea. It's just that many of us are from other parts of the world - the Caribbean in my case - and can't identify with baseball references, for example.

Akalol has adapted the meme for Trinidad & Tobago [] and many people won't 'get' some of his references, I'm sure. But for those of us who do, the fun factor escalates!

Magaly Guerrero said...

Cool, I'm posting it on my blog!

wordtryst said...

You're welcome, Magaly. Welcome to the blog!