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Left undone
The things-I've-done meme is doing the rounds again, getting longer and longer. I have a love-hate relationship with these lists; on the one hand I love accumulating lists of places I've been, books I've read, people I've kissed, things I've done that I ought not to have done, things I have left undone that I ought to have done, and so on; on the other hand I feel that just listing isn't enough, that I need to learn something from them, use them, incorporate their substance into the essay rather than just citing them in the bibliography.

At the weekend I did various things for the first time:

- went shopping in Camden on my own (and didn't get lost!)
- bought something from Cyberdog
- got a cigarette burn from a careless goth in a club (ow!)
- rode on the London night bus
- drove a Transit van
- went to Borders late at night just to buy a portable Scrabble set
- ate a "L'Autunno" salad at PizzaExpress (newish menu addition, I think, & very nice)
- took the commuter train to work

Which gives you an incredibly incomplete but surprisingly representative picture of the weekend.

Last night I planned to do lots of things after my karate lesson: cook dinner, phone my parents, practise piano and violin, tidy my room, assemble the spare clothes-rail in the spare room, update my LiveJournal, and reply to a long email. In the end I managed to: cook dinner (half a roast pumpkin stuffed with butterbeans, celery, mushroom, garlic, coriander, tomato purée and lemon juice -- IOW, really random leftovers), phone my parents; wash some clothes, read Nick Hornby's How to be Good and Erich Kästner's Lottie & Lisa, rip another batch of CDs to mp3, scan in a photo, have a bath, and eventually get to sleep just before 2 a.m. (feeling guilty about having not replied to the long email despite staying up late).


Stolen from emperor:

"Bold everything you've done, and optionally add a couple of your own to the end (though this meme is quite long already...)"

I haven't added any more items to the list; I've taken out one near-duplicate.

01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone [I've taken baths with people but I don't think candles have ever been involved]
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea [No, but I've watched a lightning storm over the Alps from a train, which was pretty cool]
14. Stayed up all night long, and watched 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 [No, but I've touched a glacier]
20. Slept under the stars [Hmmm. Lain in a field for most of the night under the stars, but I don't think I actually slept]
21. Changed a baby's diaper
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower [on the beach, in Mauritius]
24. Got drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity [well, possibly, a little more than I could sensibly afford at the time]
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 [Sort of. The choir used to sing from the balcony at Pembroke Christmas dinner, and one year people threw buns at us, and we half-heartedly threw back the ones that actually got as far as us.]
29. Bet on a winning horse
30. Called in sick when you were not ill [Kind of depends what you mean by 'ill']
31. Asked out a stranger [Kind of depends what you mean by 'asked out']
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 favorite 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 [and not just of the heart]
41. Ridden a roller coaster
42. Hit a home run [huh?]
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/every county
50. Loved your job
51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied [Depending on how you interpret this. I've very rarely felt that I didn't have (or couldn't possibly save/earn) enough money to do something that really mattered to me, though I've often wished I had more money and/or didn't have to worry about money at all.]
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. Rock climbing
60. Lied to foreign government's official in that country to avoid notice
61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Added something to the middle of a meme that was clearly missing
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer than 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. Benchpressed 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. 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 [Uh, what kind of 'playing' are we talking about here? I'm thinking of the actually-being-a-toddler kind of playing...]
78. Played in the rain
79. Gone to a drive-in theater
80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret it [If I don't regret it, how do I know I 'should' 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 [Not unless you count doing Young Enterprise at school]
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 [Sort of. A friend was filming a monster movie on his digicamcorder & editing it on his iMac. It was supposed to be proper amateur stuff, I mean not just arsing around, but I never saw the finished product.]
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn't have
96. Had sex at the office restaurant
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch [Well, actually from flour, butter, etc.]
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 [I think I have, anyway. I don't remember.]
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas
111. Recorded music
112. Eaten shark [Does shark's fin soup count?]
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 [We-ell... I was competent at French once upon a time.]
122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a check
124. Performed in Rocky Horror
125. Read - and understood - your credit report [my what?]
126. Raised children
127. Recently bought and played with a favorite 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 Congress person/Member of Parliament
133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
134. ...more than once?
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge/Q E II 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. [Well (assuming this is money, not weight) I didn't get my £200 deposit back on the flat in Cambridge...]
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 T.V. game show
149. Broken a bone [Probably, slightly. But only the last finger-joint, so they didn't know if it was broken and there was nothing they could do anyway.]
150. Killed a human being
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle [Pillion only]
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 [air rifle only]
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild [Um, well, I didn't gather them myself, but I guess some of them were probably gathered in the wild...]
157. Ridden a horse [Been led around on a pony. Don't think that counts.]
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 [When I had glandular fever, which probably doesn't count]
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 [What's a healthy romantic relationship?]
173. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about [Possibly...]
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 [Loads of them!]
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 [Irving the Crab!]
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school reunions [What school reunions?]
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language [Well, okay, sharing a handful of words of a common second 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 [Briefly, at PANIC]
198. Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
199. Written your own role playing game
200. Been arrested
201. Shot someone
202. Sang a solo in public, while sober
203. Kissed a hummingbird [WTF?]
204. Given birth
205. Eaten some tree-bark [Probably. I ate anything when I was tiny.]
206. Baked your own bread, without a machine
207. Braided the bread
208. Foraged and eaten wild food, and/or used wild herbs as medicine [Do dock leaves count for the medicine bit?]
209. Climbed a waterfall
210. Walked in total darkness
211. Went snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef
212. Been mistaken as someone of the opposite sex, and they never realized it
213. Had a supernatural experience [Well, I thought it was at the time...]
214. Performed at a poetry reading at school
215. Been to a fetish party [I've been to enough things that probably count as sort of fetish parties that it probably counts]
216. Been strip searched
217. Gotten a lapdance at a strip club
218. Gotten hate mail from something of yours that had been published
219. Met someone in person who you first knew on-line [There's another way to get to know people??]
220. Cross-dressed
221. Told off your boss and quit your job.
222. Held a Hummingbird [Again, WTF?]
223. Played the tuba [Well, tried. Couldn't get a note out of the bugger.]
224. Been walking in Memphis
225. Had to go to the emergency room for a completely ridiculous reason [I got trod on by a footballer. They actually wrote 'trod on by a footballer' on the form.]
226. Seen a screaming child and ACTUALLY wanted to kill it
227. Taught yourself to play a musical instrument [Well, I kind of taught myself penny-whistle, but that's a bit lame really]
228. Eaten ice-cream from the tub
229. With someone else eating from the same tub


Well, that was a waste of time, wasn't it? Next up: the 1500 question purity test. Or maybe I could poke my eyes out with forks.
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burkesworks From: burkesworks Date: November 16th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)
- bought something from Cyberdog

Being the ageing Mac geek that I am, when I think of Cyberdog I think of the failed OpenDoc browser thing of that name which came bundled with OS 7.6. Ingenious, but too clever for its own good. (got some Mac stuff for you btw, will have it for you Saturday).
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vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: November 17th, 2004 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Power, definitely. Watching the faces of ferrymen in the Hebrides as I climbed out of my departmental Transit van after getting it onto the ferries was a rush (I am Not Tall).
j4 From: j4 Date: November 17th, 2004 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
The "feeling of power" I got from it wasn't really about showing the guys that you don't need a dick to be able to drive a van; it was more just "this is me, doing something I've never done before".
j4 From: j4 Date: November 17th, 2004 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Bit of both.
hairyears From: hairyears Date: November 16th, 2004 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Or maybe I could poke my eyes out with forks

Inexplicably, that gives me mental images of eating pickled onions.
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