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27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
First time was the worst date of my entire life. I’ve already blogged about it so I won’t bore you with details. Second time was one of the weirdest dates of my entire life and I’ve blogged about that one too. But I’ll add to this that a friend of mine, Joni, in high school, showed me a senior picture of a friend of hers from Northern Illinois where she was from. I fell in love with the girl in the picture. Briefly communicated by with her by mail and considered forgetting my career goals in order to move to the city where she was going to attend university so I could commit myself to stalking her full-time. That all ended when she stopped writing back. Not sure why…
30. Had a snowball fight
So many times I’ve lost count. O.K., to be honest I never started counting. It never occurred to me that snowball fights were something I should keep track of. My favourite snowball fight memories all involve my wife and kids. The kids are way too big for me to beat in a snowball fight now but we had some great times digging tunnels, building forts and tossing them into the 10 foot snowdrifts we grow up here.
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
Had a contest in elementary school, grade 1, to see who could whistle the loudest. The guys all leaned on the fence at the back of the playground and I ‘whistled’ from over by the seesaws. I didn’t really whistle, I screamed and tried to sound like a whistle. I won the competition by cheating. I’m so glad to finally get that off my chest and Ronnie, wherever you are, you should have gotten he gold instead of the silver man, I hope it didn’t cause you to start some downward spiral into drugs or working at the dollar store.
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
Oh yes! One of my favourite spine crushing and twisting things to do. First one that was memorable was at Opryland with my folks. Did a loop. Loved it. Only time I’ve ever been scared on a roller coaster: a couple years ago road one with my daughter Em next to me at 6 Flags. All I could think about was how small she looked in that see and how there was no damn way that harness was big enough or sturdy enough to ensure her safety. I kept one hand on her arm for the whole ride just in case she fell out or something. I’ve sworn off riding them with my daughter…
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
I’m a little sad this one’s on the list. I’m happy about my life a LOT. And I’m given to depression so I guess that’s saying a lot about how great my life is!
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk.
This can be a pretty regular event where I am. We’ve got some friends here who stop by on a regular basis to get some dry clothes, a cup of coffee or just sit and cry for a while. Sometimes they come and want to yell or complain or get a ride to detox. Sometimes they come in and tell me, “no, I haven’t been drinking…” while they exercise extreme will power to keep from falling off the seat they’re sitting in while they tell me what’s wrong with the world. Nearly all of them are deeply religious people who have a very strong conviction that God is a very angry God who talks to them all the time about what’s wrong with the rest of us. Some are children who’ve forgotten who they are and how to get home, many have gotten by so long by using people they don’t know where lies end and truth begins.
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