99 things – #51 through #55

I found a list of 99 things, and I will be bolding the ones I’ve done and explaining a bit about each. Because I have a tendency to yammer on, I am doing 5 of the 99 at a time. (Again, if anyone reading was involved in any of these, feel free to add facts or correct my memory… and I’ll keep looking for photos.)

  • #1 through #5 are here.
  • #6 through #10 are here.
  • #11 through #15 are here.
  • #16 through #20 are here.
  • #21 through #25 are here.
  • #26 through #30 are here.
  • #31 through #35 are here.
  • #36 through #40 are here.
  • #41 through #45 are here.
  • #46 through #50 are here.

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling.  Oh, yeah… I’ve snorkled. It was not a pretty sight. See my fish-attack story here.

52. Kissed in the rain. This one makes me smile. I am an Oregonian; if I didn’t kiss in the rain, I’d miss out on a lot of kissing opportunities.

53. Played in the mud. When I was in third grade, we lived in Newport Beach, California, right beside an undeveloped bluff a couple of blocks from the ocean. We were basically free-range children back then, so we amused ourselves by roaming the bluffs looking for “caves” that we could turn into forts. (These were not caves at all, but indentations in the face of the bluff that would fit two or three small kids.) We’d bring random stuff to the forts – boxes, cans, scrap wood, stuff to play with – and get it all arranged how we liked it. Of course, it never rains in Southern California – but when it does, it pours. (Man, it pours.) After a big rainstorm, we’d come back, dig everything out, and set up again. Luckily, that’s half the fun!

54. Gone to a drive-in theater. When we were little, we often went to the Hi-Way 39 Drive-In in Westminster. I remember so many things: wearing our pajamas, bringing our own popcorn, walking to the snack bar to use the bathroom. I saw movies there all the way through high school, but when I think of going to Hi-Way 39, the first movie that comes to mind is The Gnome-Mobile. Nobody on earth seems to remember this movie, which came out in 1967 but was re-released in November of 1976 (which makes me think we might have gone to see it for my 10th birthday). The movie was not fantastic, by any means, but the theme song will stick in your head forever.

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55. Been in a movie. No, not even as an extra. I’m going to need to work on this one!

Score: Four out of five, 25 out of 55 in all. A tiny bump up to 45%.

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99 things – #41 through #45

I found a list of 99 things, and I will be bolding the ones I’ve done and explaining a bit about each. Because I have a tendency to yammer on, I am doing 5 of the 99 at a time. (Again, if anyone reading was involved in any of these, feel free to add facts or correct my memory… and I’ll keep looking for photos.)

  • #1 through #5 are here.
  • #6 through #10 are here.
  • #11 through #15 are here.
  • #16 through #20 are here.
  • #21 through #25 are here.
  • #26 through #30 are here.
  • #31 through #35 are here.
  • #36 through #40 are here.

41. Sung karaoke – Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! I love to sing. Depending on whom you ask, I’m either a decent singer (some people in Ireland) or I can’t sing well at all (my Aunt Roseanne). Regardless, I love to sing… and I think karaoke is awesome. I even have a “signature” karaoke song:  Different Drum by the Stone Poneys. I sound nothing like Linda Ronstadt, but I can do pretty well. I once sang it on stage in front of a bunch of people at the Bagdad Theater here in Portland, when our friend Chuck rented it out for New Years Eve 2000. I may not even have been drinking.

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt – No. I’ve never been to Yellowstone.

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant – Not at a restaurant, but I once spent an entertaining afternoon with a homeless kid who wanted to charge his cell phone in the church office during our spaghetti dinner. We talked for ages about his journey from Florida to Portland and how he’d come to be on the road. At the end of the day, I invited him to eat with our family at the spaghetti dinner.

44. Visited Africa – Never have.

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight – Many times. I grew up barely a mile from the beach in Southern California, and I’ve been to loads of beach parties and 4th-of-July fireworks and grunion runs and late-night visits at the end of dates.

Score: 21 out of 45. Almost 50%!

all I ever have to be

Welcome to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month)! I’m going to be posting every weekday in November to kickstart my way back into regular blogging. Hooray!

Last year, one of Q’s friends told me that Walk The Moon’s  I Can Lift a Car was her life anthem.  Ever since then, I have wondered what my life anthem would be. For that matter, what would be the criteria for choosing it? A song by one of my favorite bands? A song that has remained a favorite for years and years? A song that has a deep personal meaning? All of the above?

Well, my dad and I have been spending a lot of time the last few months talking about Achilles heels, weaknesses in ourselves that can lead to our downfall. I’ve been tossing around ideas for what my “fatal flaw” might be. Laziness / sloth / inertia? Perfectionism? Self-doubt? All of the above?

I think these two philosophical debates coalesce for me in this song. Continue reading “all I ever have to be”