Sunday, July 16, 2006

Life Experiences Meme

Life Experiences Meme

Bold the ones you've done..

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink (I counted heads first!)
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain (The "hill" had "Mountain" as part of its name -- Phoenix North 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 (Too many times!)
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 (for fun, of course)
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking (every time I've ever danced)
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment (much more than just a moment)
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love (Mary P.'s comment: THAN! It's "THAN", you idiot who wrote this, not "THEN". Sheesh.)
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero (my kids were young, to them Dad was always a hero!)
58. Sung karaoke ("Sung" is debatable)
59. Lounged around in bed all day (being unemployed has its benefits)
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced (So, so, sad.)
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert" (Ask me about "what"!)
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Had a one-night stand
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror.
96. Raised children.
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Created and named your own constellation of stars
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived.
105. Wrote articles for a large publication (It says "wrote" not "published"!)
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane (My favorite hobby - - but expensive.)
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild (Be sure to have an expert along so that you don't eat poison ones.)
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours (Pneumonia can be a real downer.)
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts (Many, many.)
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146: Dyed your hair
147: Been a DJ
148: Shaved your head
149: Caused a car accident (Technically, not my fault!)
150: Saved someone's life (Yes, it was my job, but what a feeling.)

I am adding some to the list:
151. Been present for the birth of your own child (The most moving moment of my life.)
152. Officially retired from a job
153. Been lifted by a cable and winch up into a rescue helicopter (I used to be the instructor demonstrating it.)
154. Driven an emergency vehicle with flashing lights and siren
155. Eaten rattlesnake (When you live in Arizona...)

Mary P. started this meme.

Wow, there is a story behind every one of those, even the ones not in BOLD.

If you ask I will tell the story(ies).

- - Jerry


At Sunday, July 16, 2006 11:15:00 PM, Blogger Granny said...

Neat. Angela has one up too.

It's spreading.

At Monday, July 17, 2006 12:05:00 AM, Blogger jw said...

For other readers, Angela is at:

At Monday, July 17, 2006 12:42:00 PM, Blogger Mary P. said...

Why would ANYONE pet a cockroach?

Tell us about the animal giving birth!

At Monday, July 17, 2006 1:16:00 PM, Blogger jw said...

Oh, Mary, you had to ask for the tough ones!

"Why would ANYONE pet a cockroach?"
Have you ever seen the M.A.S.H. show were Radar O'Reilly is racing his cockroach against the Marines' cockroachs? I was once at a city community center where the kids were duplicating the race. They had collected large cockroaches for the race. On the TV show Radar pets the cockroach. So the kids invited all of the visitors to do likewise. It didn't hurt!!

"animal giving birth!"
Humans are animals, too; right? From my other highlighted items it might be apparent that for many years I worked in the medical field as an ambulance driver, surgery technician, and first aid and CPR instructor. When I worked on the ambulance we had many baby deliveries that took place in homes and in the ambulance. The miracle of life is truly a heartwarming experience. A strange one though: a woman thought she could make it out of her house to the car. She got to the middle of her living room and layed down and called the ambulance. When I got there she was in the middle of the living room floor and the baby just finishing coming out. The living room had a white carpet and in her rush she had not put down anything to protect the carpet! We left with a big red spot in the middle of the living room, but with one very happy momma on the gurney.

OK, other animals. I've been present at the births of cats and dogs. How did I help? Cheering.

At Friday, July 21, 2006 11:12:00 PM, Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

I loved this list since seeing it on Mary's site. I've been thinking about doing it, too.

OK, so what were you TV as the expert about?

And... tell us the flashback story. (That must have been really tough.)

At Saturday, July 22, 2006 2:59:00 PM, Blogger jw said...

Weridgirl, you asked for it, so here are a couple of explanations.

"OK, so what were you [on] TV as the expert about?"

You may recall my post "Hamburgers" where I asked people to tell about the location of their favorite hamburger place.

In that post I also mentioned that "... one of the local TV stations did a segment on this topic and they took my suggestion and actually video taped me munching on a gorgeous burger."

A local TV station (KNXV, Channel 15, an ABC affiliate) has a regular segment called "Smart Shopper" where the host, Daphne Munro, talks about bargains and shopping techniques. I have always been impressed by that segment.

One time Daphne solicited suggestions from viewers about locations around town of the best hamburgers. I immediately sent her an e-mail about my favorite location. A few days later her producer called me and said that she had just eaten at the place I suggested and she had decided to feature the place for that week's show. She asked me if I could join them for the taping.

I thought, great, a good lunch and some fun too.

As it worked out they taped several versions of the show and in most of them they had me explaining why the burgers at this place were so great. We had lots of fun. Daphne is a pure joy to work with.

Though I had munched through several burgers for the multiple tapings they had not provided me anything to drink. So I went up to counter and asked for a drink. The woman behind the counter said, "Oh, you just recorded the show, didn't you?" And she gave me the drink cup saying, "No charge, enjoy it." Wow, I was recognized as a TV star!!!!!!

That segment aired three times during the next week and, yes, several friends did recognize me. The result: the next Wednesday we had a staff lunch outing to that hamburger restaurant.

The segment was also available on the Internet for about a month. So, my parents and distant friends were able to see it.

So, I was on TV as an expert on where to find well made, good tasting hamburgers!!!!!

If you are in Phoenix, Arizona, check out:
Original Hamburger Works
2801 N. 15th Ave.
(just south of Thomas Rd.)

Call me or write to me and I will join you there.

"And... tell us the flashback story. (That must have been really tough.)"

Many years ago I spent four years in the U.S. Navy. I was a Hospital Corpsman. As a Hospital Corpsman I served several roles from combat medic, to surgery technician, to hospital ward nursing, to supervisor of an emergency room at a field hospital.

The field hospital that I was at was in a military training area for the U.S. Marine Corps. The U.S. Navy provides all medical services for the Marine Corps.

The military camp in which the field hospital was located did not have a lot of things for the guys to do in the evenings. There was a theater and a couple of bars. So the field hospital became a gathering point for guys to sit around and talk.

The time frame was near the end of the Vietnam war. We were in Okinawa, Japan, which was the training location and staging point for U.S. Marine Corps troops headed to Vietnam. Most of the guys were inexperienced and young who had never before been in combat.

Some of the older, higher ranking, guys had previous combat experience and some liked to talk about it. Unfortunately, mixing a little booze with those excitable guys and things could happen.

One evening there were a bunch of guys in the field hospital ward. On that ward there we had about a dozen guys with minor illnesses that were not serious enough to send to the real hospital about twenty miles away. They enjoyed the evening visits and discussions.

That evening, suddenly, there was a scuffle. I had been standing right next to the group and I got pulled into the melee. After a few moments several of us had separated the combatants. The guy I was holding onto was clearly distraught. He was cursing and swearing and talking incoherently.

With the help of a couple of other guys I was able to move the man into an office that was part of the hospital ward where there was a bed that served the role of a couch.

It was not clear to me right away, but the guy was having a flashback to a combat situation in Vietnam. He was terrified and felt threatened -- he had three guys holding him down and an armed MP (Military Police) guy standing in the doorway.

Then, with amazing strength, the guy broke free and attacked the MP. He wrestled away the MP's handgun, a .45 caliber automatic weapon. He then threatened us with the weapon (he may have viewed us as the enemy in his flashback). The MP assured us that there were no bullets in the gun since they were not authorized to carry live ammunition.

Then a friend of the distraught guy's walked in and he handed him the gun. We quickly grabbed the guy and brought him back to the couch (actually a bed). Since we did not have telephones, I told one of my assistant corpsmen to run up to the officers' area and get one of the doctors to come down.

We spent quite a while with the guy trying to talk calmly with him. It mostly worked but he was clearly still reeling from the experience. Then three doctors showed up, one of them being a psychiatrist. I quickly ascertained that the psychiatrist was going to take charge of the situation.

In retrospect, I really felt bad for the guy. He had obviously been through something terrible, and something that night (assisted I am sure by a booze boost) caused him to flashback to the event.

The guy continued to be combative for the next hour or so, but finally dozed off after the psychiatrist injected some kind of medication.

A side story: when the MP lost his gun he was preparing to spray the guy with MACE. That worried me, since a week previously that same MP tried to stop a guy who was attacking one of my corpsmen by spraying MACE on that guy. However the MP had failed to account for the strong wind and the MACE ended up disabling me, my corpsman, and two MP's while the bad guy ran away.


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