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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Betcha Don't Watch This Only Once

I nicked this, down to the subject line, from Wulfweard




Blogger Chris said...

Wrong post, I know, but I don't care. I'm rude like that.

100 Things I may or may not have done
(the ones I did are bold)

01. Bought everyone in the bar 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
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
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
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
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
34. Ridden on a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
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. Visited all 7 states and territories in Australia
40. Taken care of someone who was drunk
41. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
42. Watched wild whales
43. Stolen a sign.
44. Backpacked in Europe
45. Taken a road-trip
46. Gone rock climbing
47. Midnight walk on the beach
48. Gone sky diving
49. Taken a train through Europe
50. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
51. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table, and had a meal with them
52. Milked a cow
53. Alphabetized your CDs
54. Sung karaoke
55. Lounged around in bed all day
56. Gone scuba diving
57. Kissed in the rain
58. Gone to a drive-in theatre
59. Started a business
60. Taken a martial arts class
61. Been in a movie
62. Crashed a party
63. Gone without food for 5 days
64. Gotten a tattoo
65. Got flowers for no reason
66. Performed on stage
67. Been to Las Vegas
68. Recorded music
69. Eaten shark
70. Buried one/both of your parents
71. Been on a cruise ship
72. Spoken more than one language fluently
73. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
74. Walked the Sydney Harbour Bridge
75. Had plastic surgery
76. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
77. Wrote articles for a large publication
78. Lost over 50 kilos
79. Piloted an airplane
80. Petted a stingray
81. Broken someone's heart
82. Broken a bone
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Parasailed
86. Skipped all your school reunions
87. Shaved your head
88. Caused a car accident
89. Pretended to be "sick"
90. Surfed in the ocean
91. Saved someone's life
92. Fainted
93. Been in the room while someone is giving birth
94. Hitchhiked
95. Adopted a child
96. Been caught daydreaming
97. Been to Ayers Rock
98. Called off a wedding engagement
99. Donated your blood

What was 100?

The Sci-Fi Guys

January 18, 2007 3:03 PM  
Blogger SzélsőFa said...

Chris, go over to my site for #100.
Re: this post: Gesundheit.

January 18, 2007 3:22 PM  
Blogger Anniina said...

Hi Chris!! :)
Which sign did you steal? Which mountain? Which bone?. I'm just nosy, you don't have to answer.

January 18, 2007 10:18 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

And now its time for “Lets Get To Know Chris,” with your host, Chris.

03. Climbed a mountain / 46. Gone rock climbing
You really can’t do 03 without doing a little of 46, so I’ve lumped them together. I don’t remember the name of the mountain, but the trail was Indian Staircase in Red River Gorge in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. We used the old handholds carved by the Adena Indians between 200 BC and 300 AD to climb up and over an enormous rock dome to get to the top. No ropes, no harnesses, no gear; just 2000 year old handholds, exactly like the Adena used to do it. It was amazing. When I got halfway up I looked behind me, and the curvature of the rock dome combined with my altitude above the forest below added up to the first and only time in my life I’ve ever experienced vertigo. Fortunately, it was very brief. It was raining and so cold, but one we were up there it was totally worth it. I’ve been searching all day and I can’t find the name of the mountain. I was told at the time it was Kentucky Mountain, but I can’t find any online evidence that there is a mountain named Kentucky Mountain. What the hell mountain did I climb, anyway?

Here’s someone else’s picture of the dome looking down onto the forest below. This is a good pic, but you don’t at all get a sense of the scale and grandeur of the area. If everyone could see what I saw that day, every person in the world would wish they were a Kentuckian. It was breathtaking.

I can't make this link work, so you're gonna have to cut and paste.

11. Visited Paris
I counted this as a ‘no,’ because I was in Paris for 2 hours, all of it stuck in the airport. I don’t think that counts, because if it did, I wouldn’t be so pissed about being stuck in the goddamn airport in goddamn Paris for 2 goddamn hours 14 goddamn years after it happened. God damn it!

13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
If you’re going to do this, go outside in an open area or on a roof - somewhere you aren’t in the shadow of anything at all. The terminator is the astronomical name for the line of demarcation between day and night, and it passes over you at about 900 mph. It is so cool, because you can actually see it when it happens. The light changes ever so subtly (at least it does here in KY; there may be differences at different latitudes) when you officially cross over into day and out of the refracted light the atmosphere throws around. You can tell when it’s passed because everything looks just so slightly different. It’s a hell of a thing to see. No wonder ancient people worshipped the sun.

25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
Even better, once I did so with a surprisingly powerful telescope that I built myself from PVC pipes, electrical tape, black model paint, and cheapo stock lenses from a scientific supply store. I AM A DORK.

43. Stolen a sign.
Signage stolen, listed chronologically: Stop sign: college. I didn’t do the actual stealing, but I was a very willing accomplice. This was my gateway into many future sign thefts. Motorized wooden traffic gate arm (technically not a sign, but I’m counting it): college. My roommate broke it off and I carried it back to the apartment, where it was proudly displayed above the stop sign. Electronic flashing warning sign and traffic barrel: college. I saw this and decided we needed it to compliment our “road crew” apartment theme. It became the centerpiece of our living room, barrel and all. Electronic flashing warning sign and traffic barrel: home. My parent’s road was under construction, and I decided to amuse my little sister by driving into a traffic barrel at full speed at letting her see it fly up into the woods. She loved the result so much that I stole a different one and put it in my parent’s garage. It took them over a week to realize it was there. Rolling Stones concert promo: Toronto, 30th August 2003. I stole this out of the display frame of a Toronto Star newspaper machine. It was an awesome poster, and I knew as soon as I saw it I was going to steal it. Canadians are basically honest, decent folk, and as a result it was so easy for this American to snag this piece of poorly secured signage. I’m very proud of this act of larceny, because technically I am now an international criminal. But the tale has a tragic end: on the drive home the trunk popped open just outside of Detroit and the poster was lost forever. :( Target aisle sign: about 4 months ago. It was the aisle full of kids toy boxes, and the sign was marked ‘Juvenile Storage.’ I thought that was the most perfect thing I’d ever seen to describe any place where I lived, so I swiped it and put it on my bedroom door.

45. Taken a road-trip
Last time decided I needed a road trip I headed out for Yellow Springs, OH, which is about an hour from my house. I ended up in Wichita, Kansas. True story, and the best damn road trip ever.

53. Alphabetized your CDs
And sub-sorted them per artist by year of release, because my dorkdom knows no bounds.

58. Gone to a drive-in theatre
Movies I’ve seen at a drive-in: The Last Starfighter, The Empire Strikes Back, Flubber, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and Superman Returns. There are others but I don’t remember which ones.

66. Performed on stage
High school play, then in college as a guitar player in a two-man band called Mousebutt. We won the big competition because 1) we ROCKED THE KASBAH, and 2) none of the other bands showed up. Seriously.

79. Piloted an airplane
This was marked as a ‘yes’ accidentally. I thought it said “Have ever taken credit for something cool that you’ve never actually done because you don’t know how to properly end an HTML tag, because you’re a jackass named Chris.” If it had said that, though, it’d be a ‘yes’ all the way, baby.

81. Broken someone's heart
I marked this as a ‘no’ but in retrospect, I have. I’m not proud of this, and I was wishy-washy writing my first comment about marking it as a ‘yes’, probably because I wanted to remain guilt free, at least in my mind. But I’m not guilt free. I have broken someone’s heart, slowly, without knowing I was doing so, and I’m a lesser person with a less meaningful life as a result. And if I’m ever going to be as good as I was, which I’m not sure is possible, I guess now’s as good a time as ever to be a man and own up to it. There is my confession, made to the whole of the internet. You’re supposed to feel better after confessions, but I don’t. I just feel lonely and ashamed. This is probably a lot more info than you bargained for when you started to read this comment, huh? I’ll shut up now.

82. Broken a bone
It was the bone that runs along the top of your foot just behind your toes, and it hurt like a bitch. I had no idea it was broken, so I walked on it for a week before I realized it wasn’t getting any better. Cool fact: I broke it while dancing and playing AC/DC as hard and heavy as my guitar and amp would let me play, and I broke it by stepping against a vertical surface, so the bone broke upward. I even managed to finish the song before the pain overwhelmed me and I had to call it a night. Damnation, that was painful. Not so cool fact: all this happened in my grandmother’s house when I was all alone, and the vertical surface in question was her cushioned ottoman which I had been there since the first time I’d ever stepped foot in her house. Even less cool fact: it just took me ten minutes to figure out how to spell ‘ottoman’ correctly.

100. Ha! HELL no!

The Sci-Fi Guys

January 19, 2007 7:39 PM  
Blogger Anniina said...

Wow Chris, that mountain climb sounds awesome! I don't think I could - I'm SUCH a klutz. I'd fall for certs. If you get to New Mexico ever, about an hour west of Albuquerque, there's an ancient hilltop pueblo called Acoma - and one of the options is to climb up, like the native americans did. I took the bus *sigh*. But it was a wonderful place - the oldest continuously inhabited town in America, they claim.

As for all those signs, you're a regular KLEPTO! LOL! I have sort of an excuse. When I was living in Rome, my friend Melissa really wanted this movie poster that was on the side of the road. We kept walking past it for days, and then one night, my friend Julie and I decided to steal if for Mel. So we did. Not smart, considering we could've ended up in a Roman prison.... who knows, might have had to fight lions or something.

I've never even seen a drive-in theatre, except on TV and in movies. We didn't have them in Finland, and the only one here in Pennsyl-cough-vania was torn down before I ever moved here. One day I hope to go to one, and neck outrageously. It's on my to-do list.

As for breaking hearts. Yeah. It's awful, being breaker or breakee.

The broken bone story had me giggling, but dude, that's SCARY!

And as for the alphabetizing of CDs... not done that, but don't ask me about my books. Although right now they're a mess.

I want a LIBRARY like in English movies... mahogany book-cases up two storeys, with a curling stair case, fireplace, hearth rug, shaggy dog... the whole nine yards. Or like a real physical building that I could deed for future generations. Damn that sounds good (megalomania, c'est moi).

Alright, I'm back to working on the site - only 3000 pages left! Wheee!

January 20, 2007 2:19 PM  
Blogger SzélsőFa said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

January 21, 2007 10:42 AM  
Blogger SzélsőFa said...

Dear Anniina, Chris visited my site without leaving a trace of being there. (Read: he did not comment). Now, that's rude, isn't it?
Taking my suggestion of reading question # 100 from my place than saying no hello of any kind. Hello! hello.
Am I right or just being mean?

January 21, 2007 10:43 AM  
Blogger Anniina said...

I think it's really common for people to visit a new site a few times before commenting. I'm sure he's just saving a fab comment for the future. Chris, what do you think :)

January 21, 2007 4:41 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'm horribly rude. I'm not apologizing for it, mind you, I'm just giving you fair warning that you can probably expect it to happen again. I am, in all likelihood, the very worst person in the world. Or at least on this page.

January 21, 2007 7:20 PM  
Blogger Anniina said...

Hey, I don't know about the world, but I'm the worst on this page, so scoot over silly!

January 21, 2007 8:18 PM  
Blogger SzélsőFa said...

okay, I agree... as I kept visiting this place for weeks without commenting a single line...I liked it but somehow I waited for the suitable occassion to comment, too.
And there were/are/will be other blogs where I just keep lurking, waiting for the right moment to step in... sometimes it never comes, but in the case of Anniina and me it resulted in many nice conversations, blog-vise or email-vise alike...

No anger on my part for Chris :))

January 22, 2007 8:24 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'm glad there's no hard feelings, Szélső, because I tried to post a comment to your page about a dozen times, and I can't get it to work. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I can't post ANYTHING there.

You people with your damned 'no anonymous comments' rules... you'll be the death of me. :)

January 23, 2007 9:48 PM  
Blogger Anniina said...

Hahah. It's 'cause once we lure you in, we don't wanna let you go :P I've been checking your "Chris" -page every day to see if we've made a blogger of you yet.... still waiting. More Chris! *the crowd clamors*

January 23, 2007 9:57 PM  
Blogger SzélsőFa said...

It's funny b/c Chris does not even let people see his/her blog.

I also don't know what's up with him being unable to comment on my page. At the same time he who can not comment can no comment that he can not comment either. Got it?

January 24, 2007 5:53 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

No, I don't got it.

His blog, if you don't mind. Speaking of which: I have a blog? I didn't know I even had one. Did that happen when I signed up to leave comments here? Seriously, I'm new to, so I really don't know what you guys are talking about. If I have a blog, I don't know about it.

But I have a website and a TV show, Szélső. BLATENT SELF PROMOTION WARNING: Its called The Sci-Fi Guys and you're welcome to go there and comment about anything you want, or just drop in and say hello. We'd love to have you. If the above link doesn't work, just cut and paste this into your address bar:

January 24, 2007 1:32 PM  
Blogger SzélsőFa said...

Hello, Chris, I'm sorry about mis-gendering you! My name is, btw SzélsőFa and pls do not shorten it.
It is in Hungarian and it makes no sense in the shortened form.
I've checked your site! I'm sorry I was unable to contribute more on the topic, but sci-fi is not really my area. But I do like how enthusiastic you and your partners are about this topic. And that's great.

January 24, 2007 4:51 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Its no problem at all. Sorry about shortening your name. Szélső Fa is an interesting name. How do you pronounce it, and what does it mean?

By the way, click my name. I have a blog now! I don't know how to do anything with it, though...

January 24, 2007 6:05 PM  
Blogger Anniina said...


I can see your profile, now, but no blog yet?

January 25, 2007 1:48 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I've looked all over the site yesterday and I still have absolutely no idea how to make a blog. You know, I'm typically not so cranky, but I'm tired of all my time being wasted on fruitless efforts to create a blog when I can't even get people to read my current website regularly, let alone something new. This is frustrating. How about I just stick to reading and posting on your blog? Its pretty, I like the layout, both you and the blog have cool names, and your topics are more probably a lot more varied than one's I'd be posting on. Its just going to be a lot less stressful for me this way.

January 25, 2007 2:51 PM  
Blogger Anniina said...

Alrighty :)

January 26, 2007 6:27 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Hey, guess what? After all my whining and bitching I managed to create a blog.

January 26, 2007 2:20 PM  
Blogger SzélsőFa said...

I will be coming over!

January 28, 2007 9:29 AM  

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