99 Things meme

Along with the 99 Things Genealogy Aussie style meme, Geniaus has brought this more general topic to our attention. It has nothing to do with genealogy but it will tell readers something about me. Found on Stephen’s Lighthouse, Blog with this invitation “It’s harder and causes more reflection than you’d think. Play if you like. Stephen”

Of course I had to add a couple of things that were/are important to me:


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

  1. Started your own blog.
  2. Slept under the stars. (in a swag in Kakadu National Park)
  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/world…but only so my daughter could go 😉
  8. Climbed a mountain. (Yes to cable cars, trains etc but on my own two feet, with a fear of heights and edges, I think not!)
  9. Held a praying mantis. (When I was a child I brought home a pupa and they all hatched in my bedroom…it was fun)
  10. Sang a solo. (can’t sing for nuts)
  11. Bungee jumped. (See #8..never ever, even to achieve #37)
  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 (thank you Kathmandu).
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty. (Been there, didn’t do that).
  18. Grown your own vegetables.
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
  20. Slept on an overnight train (as a child and with my Eurail Pass).
  21. Had a pillow fight.
  22. Hitch hiked (desperation measures –with my mother and a daughter, in Germany).
  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 a gondola in Venice. (romance at a vast price, happy to have just been there)
  29. Seen a total eclipse. (most recently in Renner Springs this year)
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (Both. Sunset-watching is a local hobby in Darwin)
  31. Hit a home run.
  32. Been on a cruise (only a few I’m interested in: Kimberley coast, Antarctica, probably PNG, and maybe Alaska #38 permitting)
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
  34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. (I’ve been lucky enough to visit all my ancestral homes, at least the ones I’ve been able to identify)
  35. Seen an Amish community.
  36. Taught yourself a new language.(have learned a few, but not taught myself)
  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 in person.
  41. Sung Karaoke.
  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
  43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.
  44. Visited Africa. (a family member moving there, so looking promising).
  45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
  46. Been transported in an ambulance.
  47. Had your portrait painted (our daughters had a caricature done for our combined 50th birthdays). Who remembers those cut-out profiles you used to get at the Ekka/Easter Show?
  48. Gone deep sea fishing: but I wasn’t doing the actual fishing.
  49. Seen the Sistine chapel in person. (do the rest of the galleries in one visit, then head straight to the Sistine Chapel at opening time one day: peaceful)
  50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  51. Done scuba diving or snorkelling. (Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo Reef)
  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 (Girl Guide) cookies/biscuits. (Jill, you missed out on this –they tasted disgusting, not unlike Arrowroot biscuits)
  62. Gone whale watching, and swum with the whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef.
  63. Gotten flowers for no reason.
  64. Donated blood.
  65. Gone sky diving. (possible, despite fear of heights)
  66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp (too cowardly).
  67. Bounced a cheque.
  68. Flown in a helicopter. (over the Bungle Bungles)
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (for my children and now my grandchildren)
  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 Guard in London.
  77. Broken a bone.
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle. (did I mention I’m chicken?)
  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. (well I saw it)
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (do fish count?).
  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. Swum in the Great Salt Lake
  97. Been involved in a law suit.
  98.  Owned a cell phone. (an early in-the-car one was a brick)
  99. Been stung by a bee
  100. Taken flying lessons
  101.    See Lake Eyre full of water, with lots of pelicans.

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