Thursday, December 28, 2006

My First Meme

Rookie alert!

Ok. I don’t know how memes work. Hell, I even thought at first that it’s pronounced as me-me or mey-mey). Anyway, I saw this one from Pepper and it caught my interest. Needless to say, I asked her permission to copy it as a personal reference, and she said yes, and that I can post it so she can see what I have written in bold. So I’m posting it below. I don’t know if she has tagged me (what’s a tag anyway? How do you know if you’ve been tagged?), but it’s been fun to do. So here it is. Thanks, Pepper. Don't worry, I'm no elf-killer

Rules – copy the list and bold face the items you’ve done. Wait for some comments then answer the questions.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Driven anything over 100 MPH
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise (I had a near death experience before when I got hospitalized for Hypokalemia. My whole body was paralyzed and I couldn’t breathe because of pneumonia, so I didn’t sleep, fearing that I won’t be able to wake up.)
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game

16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables (school project)
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
(I have amazingly low threshold on alcoholic drinks)
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment

27. Had a food fight

28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can

32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse of the moon.
34. Ridden a roller coaster

35. Hit a home run (school practice)
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer (still do)
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country

44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing (It ain’t that steep but hey, it sure is rocky).
49. Midnight walk on the beach

50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them

54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow and a goat too
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke

59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class (Arnis in college)
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married

73. Been in a movie (a short documentary)
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days (Hospital food doesn’t count as food, ok?)
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage

85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music (a demo for our rock band)
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date

89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children (still raising)
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking (always)
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication (Manila Bulletin)
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
(consolation prize for The Quiz Bee, I was only 10 then)
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
(again, hospital)
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (fish)
137. Skipped all your school reunions (never been to any)
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language

139. Been elected to public office (does school council count?)
140. Written your own computer language (basic HTML)
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life


whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Just wanted to drop in and say hello.

Have a Happy New Year!

The Wizened Wizard said...

So... what color did you dye your hair?

Funny how superficial so many of the items on the list are, particularly when compared to #96 (humble Wizard's opinion): "Oh, yeah, I raised some kids once; but WOW! DO YOU KNOW I HAVE TOUCHED A COCKROACH!?!" ;)

May next year be the one you #2, #14, #30, and perhaps #150 - but not #106 or #142. Happy New Year, Russkal!

Dirk_Star said...

Any more memes and the committee will reevaluate your trophy...

You don't want to wind up with a reindeer head in your bed, do you?

crabcake said...

Russkal, I just read your post over at Sign's and I wanted to pop in and tell you, that was a cool thing to say, dude. Very cool.

jillie said...

Very interesting list...made me sit back for a moment and think of the things that I have done over the years...good AND bad. #142 is what I am doing now...yes, it's tough.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane and Happy New Year

Meander said...

wow! that is some meme! i think it will take me all of next year to complete!

thank you for coming by my site and for all your kind and supportive comments.

russkal said...


Happy New Year to you too!


I dyed my hair brown then, but it was just highlights so they have to bleach my some strands. If I can muster enough courage though, I'd love to dye my hair electric blue.

You were right about the cockroach. It was pretty absurd to be on the list.

Thanks for wishing me well on achieving some of the worthy accomplishments on the list. Happy New Year to you too!


Nooohh!!! Please don't rob me off the trophy, Don Vito. I don't ever wanna see a reindeer head on my bed. Ever.


Thank you. I only said what I felt like saying. Just reaching out. I hope Mr. Sign's operation went well though. I'll check on him soon.


Yup, no. 142 should be really tough on anybody. I wish you well on going through this phase.

You are welcome and thanks for dropping by. Happy New Year!


That's what I said when I first saw it on Pepper's. Luckily, she gave me a go signal to do my own.

You are welcome, dear. I wish you a wonderful New Year.

Pepper said...

How do you pronounce meme? It seems everyone has been hospitalized one time or another. No hospital food is not food.

Great meme. It is a great why to get to know someone.

Poor Dirk he doesn't know what he is missing.

Ranting said...

lots and lots on the meme to! This is gonna take a while for me...
Have a Happy New Year!

skeet said...

Getting to know you,
Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you.
Hoping that you like me too!

Thank you for sharing your life with us. Hau'oli Makahiki Hou, my friend! May 2007 bring happiness and blessings.

russkal said...


I pronounce it as "Meem", only after I checked it on Wikipedia :p

Thanks for the "Meem" again.


Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to read the long list.

Happy New Year to you too!


Would you believe I haven't seen "The Sound of Music" yet? Oh wait, that song's from "King & I!" Well, I haven't seen that one too, so maybe I'll include those two on my list.


Cinderella said...

How in the heck did you build your own PC from parts? WOW!!

It seems you have achieved more than I can say for myself. There is still a lot of living to do, hopefully I can get it done!!

Thanks for sharing!

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Dirk_Star said...

Oh my young rookie friend...

Had you "carefully" examined all the paths at my blog you would have already encountered my family, including my faithful canine companions.

Alas, you have encountered a stumbling "block" and failed to garner truth when you fell right over it.

When you can snatch the pebble from my blog, Grasshopper, then you will be worthy.

Buddha Dirk has spoken...

russkal said...


It's quite easy, actually. I usually assemble my PCs so I can pick up parts on my own specification.

As for the list, no rush. While it's good to seize the day, sometimes it's also better to stop and smell the flowers. Waddya know, that's two cliches in one!

Happy New Year!


Easy there, Buddha Dirk. I actually have seen you and your folks (including your canines) way before you posted that photo.

That's right.I guess I just stumbled upon a "writer's block" that I have forgotten about your canines. My bad.

But oh yeah, I'm worthy.