Thank God for Memes

They save me from having to think up with something to write today. I have to go put up the Christmas tree now. (Thanks to Margaret for this one.)

1. Five names you go by
a) Christopher
b) “Chris”
c) Daddy
d) “Tass” (high school friends only)
e) Babe (spouse only)

2. Three things you are wearing right now:
a) jeans
b) zip-up fleece sweater (favorite winter clothing)
c) two pairs of socks

3. Two things you want very badly at the moment:
a) Someone else to put up the Christmas tree.
b) 16″ of nice lake-effect-type snow.

4. Three people whom I would like to see fill this out:
a) Shannon
b) Maybe Elise?
c) Brendon, mostly because it would be a great window into the Crazy

5. Two things you did last night (Thursday, 12/4):
a) attended Winter Walk
b) blogged about attending Winter Walk

6. Two things you ate today:
a) a strong Americano
b) a stale Twix bar

7. Two people you last talked to on the phone:
a) a program officer at scientific-research foundation
b) a program officer at a private charitable foundation

8. Two things you are going to do tomorrow:
a) help the girls and Shannon put ornaments on the tree
b) go for a run

9. Two longest car rides:
a) Upper Michigan to the Black Hills (900 miles – about 13 hours, 30 minutes)
b) Moorhead, Minnesota, to Hancock, Michigan (466 miles – about 10 hours, 22 minutes)

10. Two of your favorite beverages:
a) mineral water
b) black coffee


Pick a color for the things that you have done. Mine are in red letters.
I have…
1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
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
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Skied 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 my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself 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 my 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
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 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 my 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. Ridden an elephant

6 thoughts on “Thank God for Memes”

  1. Is “had a baby” only meant literally, therefore only for women? I think daddies have new babies, too. After all, it doesn’t say “birthed a baby.”

  2. You’ve done some strange things, and missed out on some things that I thought were an integral part of ever having lived.

  3. What are these nominally-essential life experiences which I’m missing? Please let me know, and I’ll get right on them. (I edited the list to correctly reflect two activities I missed – #26 and #82.)

    The elephant-ride thing is actually kinda boring: my family went to the Minnesota zoo once when I was a kid, and they had both elephant and camel rides. My sister and I went on both. I remember thinking that I was ludicrously far from the ground, and that the animals smelled terrible.

  4. I totally agree with Shannon. You need to redden “had a baby.”

    I want details on the skinny dipping. Heh.

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