1. Started your own blog
--I assume this means used a blogging service, not set up the thing from scratch
2. Slept under the stars
--I'm sure there were stars on the two nights I slept out, but in TO there was pollution and in Spain there were frogs. Do not camp by ponds. Frogs are nocturnal.
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
--overrated, if you do it in the city. See 2.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
--can afford is highly subjective. I thought I couldn't afford it but of course I could.
7. Been to Disneyland (in Tokyo)
8. Climbed a mountain
--define mountain. I have *biked* in the Spanish mountains, which was quite enough Down for acrophobic me, but no way do I go grappling up vertical faces. Or climbing Fuji even.
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumping
--Someone isn't keeping their sequences straight. Bungee jumped, you mean.
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
--does cooking count? Does putting babies to sleep?
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
--I'm seeing a certain American bias in this
18. Grown your own vegetables
--lousy veg because the soil hereabouts is so bad, but I did it.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
--if you answered 12, doesn't this follow? I suppose there are people who've been to Paris and not seen the Mona Lisa, but they have odd priorities. Not that there aren't better things to see in the Louvre, and things that aren't surrounded by ten feet of people or covered in reflective glass.
20. Slept on an overnight train
--badly for the most part
21. Had a pillow fight
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
--questionnaire is biased to the northern hemisphere
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
-- Sun? No. Moon? Yes.
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
--Much of the world *lives* in the birthplace of their ancestors. Anyway, how far back do we have to go? My Cumberland ancestors probably came from Denmark originally, so no. One branch of my French ancestors came from Belgium, so yes, but where they were before the 17th century no one knows.
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
--much better than the Mona Lisa, and not only because the Mona Lisa doesn't have a penis at eye level
41. Sung karaoke
--not by choice. Professor's fat-faced sadist of a spoiled-rich-kid bon 理事長 took us all to an expensive onsen with indifferent food and required us to make idiots of ourselves.
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
-- of which I remember nothing. I suppose people don't, by and large
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
--it seems unlikely that my parents would take us to Rome (twice) and take us to St Peter's and not take us to the Sistine Chapel, but I don't remember it at all
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 theatre
55. Been in a movie
--if a friend's undergrad film project counts
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
--is tai chi a martial art?
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
-- I believe so. Memories of grade school are vague and hazy
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
-- not intentionally
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy
-- make that book, and yes
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
--Do tobiko and masago count? Because I would never touch the black stuff at home
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
-- see 46
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
-- dear Lord. If you've seen the Sistine Chapel then you've visited the Vatican. *Think*, people.
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
--the entire bible? What a feat.
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chicken pox
--also mumps measles German measles and rubella, being of that generation. My mother's life must have been hell but my immune system is the better for it.
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
-- I suppose McLuhan counts?
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 lawsuit
-- pursuant to 46 back there. It was not I who pursued but my litiginous French cousins. My father the lawyer advised me to leave the matter alone, on the general principle that the farther from the legal process the better. Yes, I got the downpayment of a house from it, and my cousins were satisfied and I was satisfied, but in general I still think Dad was right
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
-- a Japanese comic. I may have done this in English but can't think how, unless it was an English comic