Monday, December 11, 2006
Getting to know you: Doings and Dreams of Red Tulips
I read over a long meme on Irina's blog, and I thought I would give it a try. Here goes nothing! 1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink: Sadly, I am too poor for that. Never did it, but it would be great, huh? 02. Swam with wild dolphins: Never did it, but I would love to! I know that many in my family did that in Florida. 03. Climbed a mountain: Hmm...well I guess I climbed up a cliff in Pennsylvania. Not sure if that counts! 04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive - Alas no. Pretty cars, though! 05. Been inside the Great Pyramid - Nope, never been to Egypt - but I would love to go! 06. Held a tarantula - No, but I have seen tarantulas. Does that count? 07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone - Oh how romantic that would be. Alas, I guess I have not done that. *pouts* 08. Said "I love you" and meant it - Yes, and I have said it to non-romantic and romantic people. Mostly non-romantic people, though, heh. 09. Hugged a tree - Sure! I have hugged many things! 10. Bungee jumped - No, and I have no desire! It is dangerous but the benefit does not outweigh the cost! 11. Visited Paris - Nope, though I visited Stockholm for a day, so HA! 12. Watched a lightning storm at sea - Hmm...I have seen a lightening storm. At sea? I guess not. 13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise - Many a time! I have suffered from insomnia, but also stayed out all night partying, heh. 14. Seen the Northern Lights - No, but I would love to, especially after reading His Dark Materials. 15. Gone to a huge sports game - Yes, many times, though sports ain't my thing. 16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa - No, but it would be fun to! I would love to go to Italy. Parlo italiano, ma non molto bene. 17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables - Sort of. I mean, my stepmom grew them, and I ate them! 18. Touched an iceberg - No, but hopefully there will be icebergs when I go to Alaska, assuming I go! (and global warming wouldn't have melted them) 19. Slept under the stars - Yes, I have gone camping before. 20. Changed a baby's diaper - Alas yes. My sister is nine+ years younger than me, and so I changed her diaper when I was a kid, many times! Actually, I have some funny stories about that best not shared here! 21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon - No, but I always wanted to! 22. Watched a meteor shower - No, though I doubt I would see it with NYC's ligt pollution. 23. Gotten drunk on champagne - I have gotten drunk on many things, and champagne is included! 24. Given more than you can afford to charity - More than I can afford? No. But I have given to charity many times. 25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope - I think I did ages ago. 26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment - This is Red Tulips here! I am the QUEEN of laughter at bad moments. Actually, I am the queen of hiccups at bad moments. I have had monster hiccups that caused an entire lecture in college (of 500+ people) to stop and stare at me, hehehehe. 27. Had a food fight- Yeah, and I also had a sandwhich thrown at my head in second grade by an evil little child. 28. Bet on a winning horse - I actually did bet on a horse before - but the horse lost, hehehe. 29. Asked out a stranger - Yes, I once messaged someone online as "Hey there sexy beast, without even knowing what he looked like. 30. Had a snowball fight - Yes, and it is fun! It is a staple of growing up in the North. :-) 31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can - Yes, I had my Sally Bowles moment. I remember I once went out for a drive and screamed in the car at the top of my lungs just to get out aggression. It really worked! 32. Held a lamb - Yes, I went to a game farm. 33. Seen a total eclipse of the moon. - I believe I did see it. 34. Ridden a roller coaster - Many of them, including what was the tallest roller coaster on earth at the time, Cedar Point. 35. Hit a home run - LMAO. I am not capable, hahaha. 36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking - This is what I am known for. In many ways, I am like Elaine Benis, from Seinfeld. 37. Adopted an accent for an entire day - LOL, yes, an English accent is fun! 38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment - Many times - the happiest I was recently was in Toronto. :-) 39. Had two hard drives for your computer - Alas, no. 40. Visited all 50 states - No, though I did visit about 30 states. 41. Taken care of someone who was drunk - Yes, and it is amusing. I also had people take care of ME when drunk! 42. Had amazing friends - I love my friends! 43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country - Yup! Most recently, I danced with two tuxedoed brothers in Stockholm, at a disco club. Fun times. I don't remember their names, but they were blonde and Swedish. I also danced with strangers in Galway, Ireland. 44. Watched wild whales - Only on TV! 45. Stolen a sign - No, and I cannot say I have had the desire to do so! 46. Backpacked in Europe - No, but it would be fun! 47. Taken a road-trip - Yes, the most amusing of which was to Canada this summer! 48. Gone rock climbing - Yes, and it is fun! 49. Midnight walk on the beach - Midnight? No. Nighttime - yes. It is beautiful at night. 50. Gone sky diving - No, and I have no desire to! (see: bungee jumping) 51. Visited Ireland - Yes, and it is gorgeous. I left my heart in Ireland. 52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love - LOL, actually yes, sadly! 53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them - Yes, what can I say, I am outgoing and gregarious! 54. Visited Japan - No, but I would *love to*. 55. Milked a cow - Yes, but it was a long time ago, as a kid! 56. Alphabetized your CDs - sound like a great idea, but I'm too lazy to do that right now. (same as Irina) 57. Pretended to be a superhero - LOL! when I was a kid, I used to play Inspector Gadget with my brother. I was always Penny, and he was Brain, the dog! 58. Sung karaoke - Many times. I like to make a fool of myself. 59. Lounged around in bed all day - Hahaha, alas, yes! 60. Played touch football - Yes, I believe so! 61. Gone scuba diving - No, though I would love to! 62. Kissed in the rain - Yes, how romantic! 63. Played in the mud - Yes, I have gone down and dirty. 64. Played in the rain - yes, I have, and caught a cold. (see: Irina) 65. Gone to a drive-in theater - No, but I don't even know where one is! 66. Visited the Great Wall of China - No, again, I would love to! 67. Started a business - The only thing I've ever started was a blog, as Irina - but I hope to start a business! 68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken - Yes, hehe, after my first love, that happened. 69. Toured ancient sites - Yes, the oldest being the Viking edifices at the Aran Islands, Ireland. 70. Taken a martial arts class - Nope! 71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight - I've never played it, not even once, but I have friends who are or have been obsessed. 72. Gotten married - Never married, and I am not even sure I believe in it! 73. Been in a movie - Yes, not telling which one! 74. Crashed a party - Hehe, yes, I have! 75. Gotten divorced - First you have to get married, I would think? 76. Gone without food for 5 days - Thankfully no! 77. Made cookies from scratch - Yes, and they were delicious! 78. Won first prize in a costume contest - No. That doesn't mean I haven't worn some cool costumes! 79. Ridden a gondola in Venice - No, but I did go to the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas! 80. Gotten a tattoo - Nope. I am unmarked! 81. Rafted the Snake River - Again, no! 82. Been on television news programs as an "expert" - YES! Well, as someone who was on the scene of a crime scene, anyway! 83. Got flowers for no reason - Yes, and it was lovely to receive. Tulips are my fav! 84. Performed on stage - Yes, and I loved it. I am a ham and love acting. 85. Been to Las Vegas - Yes, and I lost money, goshdarnit! Damn Las Vegas! *shakes fist in the air* 86. Recorded music - Recording my voice singing a bit off key probably does not count! 87. Eaten shark - I believe yes - in Florida. 88. Kissed on the first date - Hehehehehe...maybe. Not telling! 89. Gone to Thailand - No, but I would love to! (there are many places I would love to go to) 90. Bought a house - Alas no, but one ay! 91. Been in a combat zone - No, but I was in Jamaica during a semi-violent protest. 92. Buried one/both of your parents - Thankfully no. 93. Been on a cruise ship - No and I have no desire to. I am not into pre-packaged trips, and do not want to be trapped on a boat! 94. Spoken more than one language fluently - I wish! 95. Performed in Rocky Horror - I wish, I love drama/theater! 96. Raised children - Does my sister count? 97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour - No, I am not a band groupie. 99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country - I wonder if Toronto Island counts as exotic? 100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over - I meant to move to L.A. and do that, but never did. Maybe one day I will move elsewhere. 101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge - No, but I did walk the Brooklyn Bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and London Bridge!! 102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking - Yes, I love singing, and don't care who looks! 103. Had plastic surgery - No, but family members have! 104. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived - No, never been in an accident of that sort! 105. Wrote articles for a large publication - Does blogspot count? 106. Lost over 100 pounds - Thankfully I have not had to lose *this much* weight! 107. Held someone while they were having a flashback - HUH? No. 108. Piloted an airplane - No, but it would be nice to get a pilot's license! 109. Touched a stingray - No - I don't think I saw one outside an aquarium. 110. Broken someone's heart - Perhaps! 111. Helped an animal give birth - Alas no! 112. Won money on a T.V. game show - No, though my brother did win big. 113. Broken a bone - Yes, I broke my wrist in eighth grade when I was racing a bike with my brother...pathetically, in the driveway! 114. Gone on an African photo safari - How cool would that be? 115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears - Nope! I have no desire to. 116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol - Yes, I have gone to two shooting ranges. I am a better shot than you would think! Just call me shotgun Jane! 117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild - Yes, but I have not eaten 'shrooms, if ya know what I mean! 118. Ridden a horse - Yes, and my ass hurt me for days afterwards. 119. Had major surgery - Well, I had wisdom teeth pulled. 120. Had a snake as a pet - No, and I have no desire for one! 121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon - No, but I flew over the Grand Canyon. 122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours - Probably! 123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states - Not by a long shot! 124. Visited all 7 continents - No, but I did visit three, and I am on my way to visiting four! 125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days - I think I was on a canoe once, and certainly not for a long time. 126. Eaten kangaroo meat - No, but when I was in Australia, I kept searching for it, and did not find it! I was very disappointed. 127. Eaten sushi - Yes, sushi rocks! 128. Had your picture in the newspaper - Yup, a few times! 129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about - I think I have. I sobbed to my dad to vote for Kerry in 2004, and he did. But now that I think back on it, whatever! 30. Gone back to school - Yup, law school 131. Parasailed - I would love to! 132. Touched a cockroach - Yes and they are nasty. 133. Eaten fried green tomatoes - Yes, and in fact I went to the Whistle Stop Cafe in Juliette, Georgia, where the movie by that name was filmed! 134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey - Nope! 135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read - Nah, but I do lots of reading. 136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating - I did go clamming and ate the clams afterwards. 137. Skipped all your school reunions - Not had one so far! 138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language - Hmm...I would say no. 139. Been elected to public office - No, though maybe one day. 140. Written your own computer language - LMAO, yeah right. 141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream - Sometimes. But not recently. 142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care - Yes, my grandfather was in hospice care. 143. Built your own PC from parts - No, but I know people who have. 144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you - Yes, but mostly when I was a kid. I should get back into art. 145. Had a booth at a street fair - Nope. 146. Dyed your hair - Yes, but only highligts, alas. 147. Been a DJ - No, but I cannot imagine I would be good! 148. Shaved your head (not bald, but close enough)- HAHAHA, why would I do that? 149. Caused a car accident - Yes, in Canada. But then no other car was involved. It is an amusing story that ended in my getting a chemical burn from the airbag. 150. Saved someone's life - Not that I'm aware of! WOW that was long. I wonder if anyone else wants to do this! It was kinda fun! I hope you all enjoyed reading that! *EDIT*** I realize now that I was published in Jewish newspaper, when I was in high school. I was also published in my high school paper. I also walked the Tower Bridge in London, not the London Bridge! I just figured I owed the full and accurate truth to my readers!