Thursday, April 02, 2009

Things I've Done in My Lifetime

X = I've done it
O = I haven't

(X) Gone on a blind date - that's how I met my wife Ann
(X) Skipped school - a fair bit during my senior year, especially seminary
(O) Watched someone die - never seen someone actually pass away
(X) Been to Canada - Alberta when I was young; Montreal and Toronto (twice) as an adult
(X) Been to Mexico - just Tiajuana; I'd love to visit Mexico City and southward
(X) Been to Florida - just Orlando a couple of times for conventions
(X) Been to Hawaii - one time, Oahu
(O) Been on a helicopter - I'm not particularly interested
(X) Gone to Washington, DC - yeah, maybe 5-6 times; not my favorite
(X) Swam in the ocean - Pacific and Indian (Perth, Australia); I've been to Atlantic but may not have actually swum, due to cold
(X) Cried yourself to sleep - I'm sure I did as a kid
(O) Sang karaoke - I don't drink alcohol, so what's the point?
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only - I'm sure I did in high school or college
(O) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch - just drove by it
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't - duh
(X) Made prank phone calls - yeah, did a lot of those at one point in junior high
(X) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans - with my wife
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose & elsewhere
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(O) Been deep-sea fishing - I may very well like to try it, with a good guide
(X) Driven across the United States
(O) Been in a hot air balloon - would like to try sometime
(O) Been sky diving - absolutely no interest
(X) Gone snowmobiling - once as a boy scout; would like to go again
(X) Lived in more than one country - Australia for my mission; would LOVE to again somewhere
(X) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser - yep, and going again this summer
(X) Seen the Statue of Liberty - I've even climbed up into her head (took longer than it was worth)
(X) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle - I'd like to spend more time in Seattle
(O) Been on a cruise - part of me wants to try, but part worries it would be boring at times
(X) Traveled by train - the farthest is probably Boston to New York City
(O) Traveled by motorcycle - no, just a little local riding
(X) Been horseback riding - just hour-long trail rides at resorts
(X) Ridden on a San Francisco cable car
(X) Truly believe in the power of prayer - I was miraculously healed of cancer
(O) Been in a rain forest - not sure exactly what the definition of one is
(X) Seen whales in the ocean
(X) Been to Niagara Falls
(O) Ridden on an elephant - I would love to visit India someday
(O) Swam with dolphins - sounds a little corny to me, but I'd probably try it
(X) Been to the Olympics - one hockey match here in Provo, seat so uncomfortable I waited outside in the lobby
(O) Walked on the Great Wall of China - plan to this June
(O) Saw and heard a glacier calf - not a big priority
(O) Been spinnaker flying - I don't even know what this is
(X) Been waterskiing - several times in high school, no interest now (I hate cold water and exertion requiring any skill)
(X) Been snowskiing - quite a bit in high school, don't mind going with kids every once in a while
(X) Been to Westminster Abbey - yes, last April I attended a fascinating evensong service there
(X) Been to the Louvre - yes, last April, cool building but I like the contents of British museums better
(O) Swam in the Mediterranean - maybe this September, if my work sends me on a trip there (50/50 chance)
(X) Been to a Major League Baseball game - several Dodger games as a kid in L.A.; no interest now
(O) Been to a National Football League game - I would be willing to try one

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