Spoiled Rotten

I found this list on Mak‘s blog. You’re supposed to cut and paste the list, and bold anything you’ve done.

  • Started your own blog
  • Slept under the stars
  • Played in a band
  • Visited Hawaii
  • Watched a meteor shower
  • Given more than you can afford to charity
  • Been to Disneyland
  • Climbed a mountain
  • Held a praying mantis
  • Sang a solo
  • Bungee jumped
  • Visited Paris (Does the airport count?)
  • Watched a lightning storm at sea
  • Taught yourself an art from scratch
  • Adopted a child
  • Had food poisoning (Oh, so many times…)
  • Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
  • Grown your own vegetables
  • Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  • Slept on an overnight train
  • Had a pillow fight
  • Hitch hiked
  • Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (Seriously, I think being mentally ill counts…)
  • Built a snow fort
  • Held a lamb
  • Gone skinny dipping
  • Run a Marathon (How ’bout a half marathon?)
  • Ridden in a gondola in Venice
  • Seen a total eclipse
  • Watched a sunrise or sunset
  • Hit a home run
  • Been on a cruise
  • Seen Niagara Falls in person
  • Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
  • Seen an Amish community
  • Taught yourself a new language
  • Had enough money to be truly satisfied
  • Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
  • Gone rock climbing
  • Seen Michelangelo’s David
  • Sung karaoke
  • Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
  • Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
  • Visited Africa
  • Walked on a beach by moonlight
  • Been transported in an ambulance
  • Had your portrait painted
  • Gone deep sea fishing
  • Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
  • Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
  • Kissed in the rain
  • Played in the mud
  • Gone to a drive-in theater
  • Been in a movie (TV show, yes!)
  • Visited the Great Wall of China
  • Started a business
  • Taken a martial arts class
  • Visited Russia
  • Served at a soup kitchen
  • Sold Girl Scout Cookies
  • Gone whale watching
  • Got flowers for no reason
  • Donated blood, platelets or plasma
  • Gone sky diving
  • Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
  • Bounced a check
  • Flown in a helicopter
  • Saved a favorite childhood toy
  • Visited the Lincoln Memorial
  • Eaten Caviar
  • Pieced a quilt
  • Stood in Times Square
  • Toured the Everglades
  • Been fired from a job
  • Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
  • Broken a bone
  • Been a passenger on a motorcycle
  • Seen the Grand Canyon in person
  • Published a book
  • Visited the Redwoods
  • Bought a brand new car
  • Walked in Jerusalem
  • Had your picture in the newspaper
  • Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
  • Visited the White House
  • Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  • Had chickenpox
  • Saved someone’s life
  • Sat on a jury (But when I do, Valynne‘s dad will probably be the judge. I’ve had two summons letters already, but both trials were canceled.)
  • Met someone famous
  • Joined a book club
  • Got a tattoo
  • Had a baby
  • Seen the Alamo in person
  • Swam in the Great Salt Lake (Yuck. Do people do this?)
  • Been involved in a law suit
  • Owned a cell phone
  • Been stung by a bee

To me, this list is the perfect advocate for the “staycation.” Why have I not seen the Grand Canyon? Why have I seen the Sistene Chapel?

And now, a story by Steven E. Snow:

Growing up in southern Utah, some of us sought employment at the many gasoline service stations that lined old Highway 91 as it made its way through downtown St. George. My younger brother, Paul, then 18, worked at Tom’s Service, a station located about three blocks from our home.

One summer day, a car with New York license plates pulled in the station and asked for a fill-up. While Paul was washing the windshield, the driver asked him how far it was to the Grand Canyon. Paul replied that it was 170 miles.

“I’ve waited all my life to see the Grand Canyon,” the man exclaimed. “What’s it like out there?”

“I don’t know,” Paul answered. “I’ve never been there.”

“You mean to tell me,” the man responded, “that you live two and a half hours from one of the seven wonders of the world and you’ve never been there!”

“That’s right,” Paul said.

After a moment, the man replied, “Well, I guess I can understand that. My wife and I have lived in Manhattan for over 20 years, and we’ve never visited the Statue of Liberty.”

“I’ve been there,” Paul said.

Isn’t it ironic that we will often travel many miles to see the wonders of nature or the creations of man, but yet ignore the beauty in our own backyard?

Now, a game. But not the kind where I give prizes—unless you count imaginary beans.

This list sort of reminded me of “Spoiled Rotten.” Did anyone else play that in elementary school? Everyone in the room would say something they’d done, and if you hadn’t done it you had to give the person a bean. It was legalized bragging.

I also like the flip-side—everyone would say something they hadn’t done, and if you had, you gave up a bean. It was legalized complaining.

If I were to play the game today, here are my winning experiences: I once visited eight airports on one business trip without leaving the United States. And I’ve never seen a single episode of American Idol. 

Beat that! (And then go write about it. Especially if your unique experience involves some sort of fight to the death, an encounter with the paranormal, or finding out you’re the queen of a secret European country no one’s ever heard of.)


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  1. This is a great idea. I’m totally going to steal this for a blog entry some day. So wow, where to begin….
    1) I have the hottest agent in the universe.
    2) My editor is the coolest and loves to hang out with me and sometimes Emily. You should totally join us next time!
    3) I plan to live in a compound with many families but unlike the one in Texas.
    4) Too many more to count.