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September 29, 2004

some of the things I have done

I found this at Donnunn.com, who has the following explaination of the list:

"In the list below, I've done the things in boldface. I'm not including details, but if you want 'em, leave a comment."

1. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
2. Swam with wild dolphins
3. Climbed a mountain
4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
6. Held a tarantula
7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
8. Said 'I love you' and meant it
9. Hugged a tree

10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg
20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby's diaper
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Had a food fight
29. Bet on a winning horse
30. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb
36. Enacted a favourite fantasy
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
38. Taken an ice cold bath
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
40. Seen a total eclipse
41. Ridden a roller coaster
42. Hit a home run
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
48. Had two hard drives for your computer
49. Visited all 50 states
50. Loved your job for all accounts
51. Taken care of someone who was shit-faced
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
53. Had amazing friends
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales
56. Stolen a sign
57. Backpacked in Europe
58. Taken a road trip
59. Gone rock climbing
60. Lied to a foreign government official in that country to avoid notice
61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Skydived
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
66. Visited Japan
67. Bench-pressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your records
70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day
73. Posed nude in front of strangers
74. Gone scuba diving
75. Got it on to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain
79. Gone to a drive-in theater
80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret it
81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class
88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
90. Gotten married
91. Been in a movie
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn't have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
95. Gotten divorced
96. Had sex at the office
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest
100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
101. Gotten a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
105. Got flowers for no reason
106. Masturbated in a public place
107. Got so drunk you don't remember anything
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas
111. Recorded music
112. Eaten shark
113. Had a one-night stand
114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Siouxsie live
116. Bought a house
117. Been in a combat zone
118. Buried one/both of your parents
119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
120. Been on a cruise ship
121. Spoken more than one language fluently
122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a cheque
124. Performed in Rocky Horror
125. Read—and understood—your credit report
126. Raised children
127. Recently bought and played with a favourite childhood toy
128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
132. Called or written your Congressman/Member of Parliament
133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
134. —More than once? —More than thrice?
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
137. Had an abortion or your female partner did
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
140. Wrote articles for a large publication
141. Lost over 100 pounds
142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
143. Piloted an airplane
144. Petted a stingray
145. Broken someone's heart
146. Helped an animal give birth
147. Been fired or laid off from a job
148. Won money on a TV game show
149. Broken a bone
150. Killed a human being
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100mph
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Ridden a horse
158. Had major surgery
159. Had sex on a moving train
160. Had a snake as a pet
161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
165. Visited all 7 continents
166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
167. Eaten kangaroo meat
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
169. Been a sperm or egg donor
170. Eaten sushi
171. Had your picture in the newspaper
172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
173. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
175. Gone back to school
176. Parasailed
177. Changed your name
178. Petted a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
180. Read The Iliad
181. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
183. —and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
184. Taught yourself an art from scratch
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
186. Apologised to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school reunions
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language
191. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
193. Built your own PC from parts
194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
195. Had a booth at a street fair
196. Dyed your hair
197. Been a DJ
198. Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
199. Written your own role playing game
200. Been arrested

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September 26, 2004

Counting Bodies Like Sheep

I found this anti-war video by A Perfect Circle on David's site. It's called Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums.

Have a look/hear

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Halloween

Ok, my favorite time of year fast approaches, and I am trying to work out a way to making a Promethea costume. While looking up costume bits that I think I can't/won't make myself, I came across a website that had this to say:

***Fun Fact - Though Cleopatra has been played by classic Hollywood beauties like Elizabeth Taylor, historians say she was actually about five feet tall and somewhat chubby.


Woo-hoo!!! Maybe I'll add an Authentic Cleopatra to my list of costumes to get through before I die :)

Meanwhile, does anyone know how to make/where to get a female warrior breastplate for cheap?

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they're on a mission from God

I just thought this was funny. It's a map of the paths the recent hurricanes have taken. Seems like all the blue counties are being spared...


*note to all you political fanatics. This is HUMOR. Don't email me explaining why I'm wrong, I don't care this time :)

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September 21, 2004

rebel with a cause

I hope you have fully recovered from Talk Like A Pirate Day, because the next big thing starts September 25th. Banned Books Week. The ALA has a list of banned books. I encourage everyone to go buy one if you can, borrow from the library if you have to, and read a banned or challenged book.

For those who wonder what the difference is, a challenged book is one in which a person or group of people attempt to remove the book from public circulation, from the library, from local bookstores. A banned book is one that is actually removed. As the ALA website states:

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. The positive message of Banned Books Week: Free People Read Freely is that due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.

Here is a list of the 100 most challenged books for 1990-2000. Not only are there books that seem obviously offensive to the "Moral Majority," there are books that are not so obvious, like Maurice Sendak's In The Night Kitchen, a picturebook where one assumes the offense is that the little boy is naked for a couple of pages. And not in great detail, either. J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, probably challenged for its language and ideas. IDEAS. I recently watched a show written by Aaron Sorkin in which one of the characters says "Actions are immoral. Opinions are not. And I won't apologize for mine. Discussion is good, and for those of us fortunate enough to be the subject of magazine articles, it may be our responsibility from time to time to try and raise the level of debate."

Anyway, go read something subversive. Like The Handmaid's Tale, or Flowers for Algernon. Or how about 1984, or Brave New World? Find out what it is "they" don't want you to know. Then ask yourself why. It might scare you.

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September 17, 2004

we're really bad eggs!


Which Pirates of the Caribbean character are you?


Thanks to Pam for helping me get closer to Talk Like A Pirate Day (Sept 19) with this quiz. ARRRRRR!

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September 15, 2004

"See how we use this lovely mattress ticking to create a cozy yet useful pillow that matches the grey and white decor..."

Martha Stewart has opted to get started as soon as possible on her prison sentence. My favorite quote of hers epitomizes one of the reasons I still like her, even through all her troubles.


“The best word to use of this very harsh and difficult decision is ‘finality’ and my intense desire and need to put his nightmare behind me,” Stewart said. "If events unfold as I have been led to believe, I will have this ordeal behind me and be back to work before spring planting season."

Here's another:

“I would like to be back (from prison) as early in March as possible in order to plant the new spring garden and to truly get things growing again,” she said. Stewart added she will be sad to miss the holiday season and will miss all her dogs, cats, canaries and chickens.


Either she is the coolest chick, or she has the finest PR firm all those illegally gotten funds could buy. :)

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September 14, 2004

me write pretty someday

Have you seen this?

A majority of U.S. employers say about one-third of workers do not meet the writing requirements of their positions, according to a survey by the College Board’s National Commission on Writing.

“Businesses are really crying out — they need to have people who write better,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton.

While writing has always held a spot in American education as one of the three Rs, many say writing clearly and accurately is more important than ever — and not all workers are up to the task.

In a fast-paced workplace, precision and brevity are essential. For e-mails, reports and presentations, the commission found that accuracy, clarity, spelling, punctuation, grammar and conciseness ranked among the most sought-after skills.

Why oh why if lucid and concise writing is in such demand are there so many of us spending our talents on blogs rather than reports, presentations, and business correspondence?

BTW, I applied with American Airlines Publishing today. Keep your fingers crossed!

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September 13, 2004

questions

On tribe.net, this was brought up and there were some great responses. My favorite is"Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death." -Auntie Mame, by Patrick Dennis


Soooo.....
What is your favorite (perhaps original) “Life is a ______________ ”expression?

(courtesy of somanyquestions.com)

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September 11, 2004

more words about this day

Our lovely Bakerina talks about this day so eloquently, go read what she has written.

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