December, 2005 Archives

my list: part 1

December 4th, 2005

I’ve seen several of these lists people make of things to do before they die. I also have one of these somewhere; I made it while I was in high school and come across it when I clean sometimes. I haven’t done many of the things on it, but I’ve done a lot that I never planned on doing, and that’s the way my life tends to go. I don’t have much planned, but most of the things I’ve done were just opportunities that came along that I took.

So, I decided to make a list of the things I’ve done that might be on a list of “things to do before I die.” Except instead of crossing things off, I get to add things. Some are things I really wanted to do at one point, and others are things I just sort of stumbled across. It’s really for my own purposes but if anyone’s interested, here, in no particular order, is my list of…

Things I Did Before I Died:

1. Slept on the sidewalk in front of the Nederlander Theater in NYC for front-row RENT tickets (original Broadway cast)
2. Rented a car in Scotland and drove around the country with no particular destination
3. Swam in the Andaman Sea
4. Rode in a hot air balloon
5. Went to the top of Pike’s Peak
6. Saw the “Zipperâ€? move the barriers on the Tappan Zee Bridge
7. Spent a week in a bayside cottage in Novia Scotia
8. Had a drink in the Eagle and Child, the pub where C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien hung out in Oxford
9. Rode an elephant
10. Got married in a historic building (an old wooden chapel)
11. Got baptized in a river
12. Saw The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway
13. Saw Les Miserables in London
14. Drove from Texas to Connecticut by myself
15. Saw a Depeche Mode concert from a Suite at the American Airlines Center
16. Walked along the beach in Phuket, Thailand
17. Participated in a war protest
18. Climbed lots of stairs up to the bell tower of Notre Dame
19. Walked along the San Antonio Riverwalk when the Christmas lights were lit
20. Won a sweepstakes
21. Walked to the top of Stone Mountain
22. Water-skied
23. Saw the Nutcracker Ballet
24. Saw gymnastics at the Olympics
25. Stood at the “other sideâ€? of the Atlantic Ocean (in Ireland)

…to be continued…