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The Meme and Bucket Dance

October 14th, 2009 (10:39 am)

Copied from martianfencer, with custom stuff added the way she did:

Place an X by all the things you've done and remove the X from the ones you have not.

Things you have done during your lifetime:

(x) Gone on a blind date (a couple of times, by answering personal ads)
(x) Gave blood
(x) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die
(x) Been to Mexico
(x) Been to Florida
( ) Been to Hawaii
(x) Been on a plane
(x) Been on a helicopter (flying over the Grand Canyon)
(x) Been lost
(x) Gone to Washington, DC
(x) Ridden in a police car
( ) Hugged a homeless person
(x) Swam in the ocean
( ) Swam with stingrays
( ) Been sailing in the ocean
(x) Cried yourself to sleep
(x) Played cops and robbers
(x) Recently colored with crayons
( ) Ran a marathon
( ) Sang Karaoke
( ) Volunteered at a soup kitchen
(x) Paid for a meal with coins only (yes, but not as some sort of symptom of poverty—when I used to go to Pennsic, I would bring dollar coins)
( ) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch
( ) Seen the northern lights (I wish)
( ) Been para sailing
(x) Been on TV
(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
( ) Made prank phone calls
( ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
(x) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose (does spaghetti count?)
( ) Fed a Giraffe
( ) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( ) Fired a gun
( ) Danced in the rain
(x) Been to the opera
(x) Written a letter to Santa Claus
(x) Serenaded someone
( ) Seen a US President in person
(x) Been kissed under the mistletoe (well, yeah, but there was nothing significant about it; it was at my father's side of the family's Christmas)
(x) Watched the sunrise with someone (again, the "with someone" didn't have any romantic significance; it was at a dance marathon in college)
( ) Driven a race car
(x) Been to a National Museum
( ) Been to a wax museum
( ) Eaten caviar
(x) Blown bubbles
(x) Gone ice-skating (yes, but not well)
(x) Gone to the movies
( ) Been deep sea fishing
( ) Driven across the United States
(x) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
( ) Gone snowmobiling
( ) Lived in more than one country (the longest I've been out of the US is about a month)
( ) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
( ) Seen a falling star and made a wish
( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
(x) Seen the Grand Canyon
(x) Seen the Statue of Liberty (from a distance)
( ) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
(x) Been on a cruise
(x) Traveled by train
( ) Traveled by motorcycle
( ) Been horse back riding (well, I sat on a pony for a little bit on my third birthday...and had to stop because I was scared)
(x) Ridden on a San Francisco CABLE CAR
(x) Been to Disneyland/Disney world
(x) Been in a rain forest (Muir Woods is a rain forest, right?)
(x) Seen whales in the ocean
(x) Been to Niagara Falls
(x) Ridden on an elephant
( ) Swam with dolphins
( ) Been to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
( ) Saw and heard a glacier calf
( ) Been spinnaker flying
( ) Been water-skiing
(x) Been snow-skiing (cross-country)
( ) Been to Westminster Abbey (I've been outside it)
(x) Been to the Louvre
( ) Swam in the Mediterranean (I stepped up to touch it before heading back from the business trip...and a wave came by and I was stuck wearing wet socks all the way back to California)
(x) Been to a Major League Baseball game
( ) Been to a National Football League game
( ) Swam with sharks
( ) Been White Water Rafting
( ) Written a book or screen play
( ) Been to a Tournament of Roses Parade
(x) Lived in more than one state
(x) Become a parent
( ) Been Bungee Jumping
( ) Been to Vegas (unless connecting at the airport counts :-)
(x) Been to a minor league baseball game
(x) Worked on a political campaign (slightly: I volunteered for Jackson in 1988, until I read his platform and decided he was a loony)
( ) Been to the top of the World Trade Center or Empire State Building (Hmpf. New York chauvinism. I've been to the top of the Sears Tower and the CN Tower, both of which are taller.)
(x) Ridden a Subway
( ) Been to your High School Reunion

And my custom stuff:
(x) Seen an alligator in the wild
(x) Saw someone I knew in the hotel in a foreign country (randomly, that is; people I'm travelling with, or people going to the same conference, don't count)
( ) Earned a Ph.D. (I'd like to, but it's just too impractical. I got my MS because I didn't know enough theory; a Ph.D. wouldn't add enough to that, except in the narrow field of my dissertation.)
( ) Published a work of fiction
( ) Stepped on another planet
(x) Visited a meteor crater
(x) Attended a scientific conference
(x) Spoken at a scientific conference (a 5-minute lightning talk)
( ) Published a scientific paper
(x) Petted a dolphin
(x) Been to Australia
(x) Seen redwoods
(x) Written an OS
(x) Written a video game
(x) Published an Internet-Draft
( ) Published an RFC
(x) Cofounded a company
( ) ...which got funding
( ) ...which eventually turned a profit
(x) Published some fonts (both Fedora and Debian now include them!)
( ) Built a robot
(x) Taught a class
(x) Seen people taking down the Berlin Wall.


Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: October 14th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
I love my geek

*heart goes pitty-pat!*

How about thinking of some goals to do with the family?

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: October 14th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Re: I love my geek

*heart goes pitty-pat!*


How about thinking of some goals to do with the family?

Oh, yeah...

Let's see, the only one on the list that we're likely to hit soon is "Driven across the United States". What else...

I could try teaching them (probably mostly E.) the flute—or, at least, the pennywhistle, so they don't have to worry about blowing across the hole. That would have to start by teaching them to read music; that's easier with a keyboard, but we have one.

I could build a robot with the kids (probably mostly A.).

We could all write a book together.

I could teach E. to use the camcorder to record herself performing, then edit it with iMovie. (This was part of what was in my mind when I decided to upgrade their hard drive.)

Posted by: Hey You (martianfencer)
Posted at: October 16th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)

Oooh! Helicopter over Grand Canyon! Published fonts! Cool!

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