Here is the remainder of the Never Have I Ever list I started yesterday.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris – I haven’t been to Paris. Not sure if we’d go to the top of the Eiffel when we go, but it might be an idea.
Gone scuba diving or snorkeling – I’ve gone snorkeling, and I saw a sting ray when I did, which was a little intimidating because I remembered one killed Steve Irwin (the “Crocodile Hunter”)
Kissed in the rain - I am sure I have.
Played in the mud - I used to as a kid. I vaguely remember filling a wheelbarrow with dirt and filling it with water to make mud.
Gone to a drive-in theater – Yes. There is one called The Sundance Kid near where I used to live in Ohio. I went there several times.
55. Been in a movie – No, but I was in a short film for a literature class in college. Of the books we covered, somehow I ended up with all the parts that could have doubled as fetish roles with different story lines: geisha, French maid, and nurse.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China – No but I wouldn’t mind doing so.
57. Started a business – Nope.
Taken a martial arts class - I have a black belt in Okinawan Shuri-Ryu. I’m too lazy to track down, scan, and upload the picture of me with it because I got it about 14 years ago. Now that I think about it, the first Japanese words I learned were actually in those classes: sensei (teacher), dojo (a room or hall for practicing martial arts), kata (form), karateka (someone who practices karate) obi (belt), ashi o kaete/te o kaete (change legs/hands), and I learned to count to ten (ichi, ni, san, shi, go, roku, shichi, hachi, ku, ju). I’m sure I learned more words at the time, but I don’t remember them now. One last word for you though: karate literally means “empty hand” in Japanese. Despite that, I did learn to use some weapons including the nunchaku, escrima, and bo.
While looking for a picture to use, I came across the National Doju Kun (national dojo guidelines/rules) which I said back in those days more times than I can count:
NATIONAL DOJO KUN
I shall conduct myself in a manner which will reflect credit upon myself and society.
I shall be loyal to my school and to the art it teaches.
I shall be honest and exercise integrity with the purpose of developing cooperation and trust
with my fellow karateka and my teachers.
I shall exercise restraint in the use of my karate knowledge, employing it only in fair competition or in
defense of my life, my family, or my country.
-Grandmaster of Shuri Ryu Karate
Robert A. Trias
59. Visited Russia – Nope.
60. Served at a soup kitchen – I vaguely recall that I might have when I was in a service group in HS. But since I can’t be for sure I won’t cross it off.
Sold Girl Scout Cookies- Yep for many years. My favorite are:
62. Gone whale watching – Nope.
63. Got flowers for no reason – I don’t think so. I have gotten flowers when there wasn’t an occasion behind it, but things like “I love you,” “I thought you’d like these” etc are technically reasons.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma - Nope. I used to not weigh enough. Then the year I finally would have weighed enough to, they told me I couldn’t donate because I’d had melanoma a few years prior. I think this year I could do so because enough time has passed, but I’ll have to ask if it comes up.
65. Gone sky diving -No but I’d consider it.
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp - I haven’t, but I may do so while we are here.
67. Bounced a check – Nope. I haven’t even written a check in years.
Flown in a helicopter – I vaguely remember going in one as a kid. I think it was one of those helicopter tours in Pigeon Forge TN. I don’t know if it was Scenic Helicopter Tours or not, but it looks really familiar. They have a video if you want to see some of the views.
Saved a favorite childhood toy - Yep although I’m pretty sure they’re all at my parents’ house.
Visited the Lincoln Memorial- Yes I have.
71. Eaten Caviar – I haven’t, and I’m not really tempted to.
72. Pieced a quilt -Nope.
73. Stood in Times Square – I haven’t even been to NYC. Maybe some day.
74. Toured the Everglades – Kind of like Disneyworld, you’d think I would have gone in the three years I lived in FL, but no.
75. Been fired from a job – (Knock on wood) Nope.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London – I haven’t gotten to London yet.
77. Broken a bone – (Knock on wood again) No. Somehow I’ve managed to avoid that.
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle - My dad had one for part of my childhood, but I feel like I would remember if he ever took me on it.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person – No, but I wouldn’t mind doing so.
80. Published a book – No, but I have had work published in books (anthologies) and literary journals.
81. Visited the Vatican – Not yet, but we plan to while we’re over here.
Bought a brand new car – Yes, my Mazda 3
.83. Walked in Jerusalem – Not unless Jerusalem Township in Ohio counts.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper- I haven’t had my picture in the paper that I recall, but I did have a letter to the editor published.
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve – Nope.
86. Visited the White House – I think touring the White House was part of the trip I missed back in the day (see #16). I’ve stood outside it, if that counts. I have been to DC since, but if I had a picture of the White House it was on my camera that got dropped. Instead, here’s my favorite picture I’ve taken in DC:
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating - Prepared an animal, yes. Killed one myself, no.
88. Had chickenpox- I never got it as a kid, and I never will as long as the vaccine I had works.
89. Saved someone’s life- Maybe indirectly in the way of having a positive impact that lead them in another direction, but never in the way my husband could say he has saved lives.
90. Sat on a jury – Nope. I have been called for jury duty before but never got as far as having to even talk to anyone before being dismissed.
91. Met someone famous - I’ve met people some might consider famous within certain circles (authors who are well known but not the “big names” everyone knows, people who have made headlines but aren’t always in them, etc.) but I don’t think I’ve met anyone widely recognized as “famous”. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter though. When my life is affected by people I’ve met, it is because of who they are as individuals, not who knows who they are.
92. Joined a book club - I haven’t, but I’ve thought about it. There’s a book discussion group on post, but so far I haven’t been interested in the books they’ve been reading enough to check it out. I never thought of doing one online or through blogging til I read Katrin’s answer on her list, but maybe I’ll look into that.
93. Got a tattoo – I have ideas for several of them, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get any of them. One I’m considering getting is Sally from the Nightmare before Christmas on my right calf because when I had the stitches there from melanoma they reminded me of her. If I got it, I would probably do it in May 2015 which would be the 10th anniversary of being clear of melanoma. I would also have to put her in some kind of scene as I don’t like the look of just the character alone as a tattoo. I won’t bore you with the reasons for the others, but some of the other ideas include cherry blossoms down my sides, the Pleides on my right foot, and a dragon and phoenix on my back.
94. Had a baby – No and I never plan to.
95. Seen the Alamo in person – Nope, but maybe I will someday.
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake – Never even been to Utah.
97. Been involved in a law suit - Nope.
Owned a cell phone - Silly question in this day and age. I’ve owned a few. I went from using a Droid X in the States to a crappy pre-paid Vodafone here. Quite the downgrade. The upside is that this one is *much* cheaper. I don’t think I’ve put more than 30 euro on it the whole time we’ve been here because I rarely need to use it. That’s probably why it took me until this morning to recall my number without having to look it up.
Been stung by a bee - Yes.I don’t think I’ve ever been stung by a live bee. But I have managed to step on bees a couple of times (usually by the pool) and gotten their stinger in my foot, which I think counts.
And there you have it. Of the 99 things, I’ve done 27. While there are a few like going to Paris, seeing the Sistine Chapel, seeing Niagara falls, riding on a gondola in Venice, and of course publishing a book that I would like to do and might update if I do, I wouldn’t use this as a “must complete” list. There are many things on it like breaking a bone, bouncing a check, and getting fired that I don’t think anyone should want and I hope to avoid. Then there are things like having a baby, running a marathon, and eating caviar that might be the height of some people’s experiences, but I don’t plan on achieving. Still it was interesting to go through and to share my answers with you. Hopefully it was as interesting to read. If you decide to answer the survey yourself, let me know so I can stop by and read yours.