[memes] Ten Things I’ve Done That You (Probably) Haven’t

Pace John Scalzi and Mary Robinette Kowal, here are ten things I’ve done that you (probably) haven’t.

  • Been thrashed by Amy Carter in croquet
  • Climbed down inside a classical Greek tomb through a hole in the ground
  • Held a lion cub in my arms
  • Flown deep into the Gobi Desert aboard an Antonov-17 (not the most frightening flight of my life, amazingly enough)
  • Flooded a moving car with raw sewage
  • Wrote a hot check to a recently-paroled murderer
  • Asked a truckload of heavily armed men in a Third World country for directions, well after midnight on a very lonely road, and not woken up later in a shallow grave
  • Been bitten by a pig
  • Eaten live eel soup
  • Walked on the Arctic ice
  • Fought a fatal porn fire
  • Been sent home from the hospital with a piece of my own colon in formaldehyde

Ok, so that was twelve. I couldn’t figure out which one of my favorites to cut…

What are some of the weirdest or most unusual things you’ve done?

8 thoughts on “[memes] Ten Things I’ve Done That You (Probably) Haven’t

  1. Wow. You’re right none of those. I have been offered a Coke in a National geographic style African grass hut and I have walks unguarded through a maximum security prison amphitheatre and lived.

    1. Jay says:

      That second one is pretty sobering.

      1. Griffin says:

        The career I chose to pursue in pursuit of stories to tell led to some…experiences.

  2. John Stevens says:

    Updated from my entry over at Mr. Scalzi’s blog:

    Let’s see. I have:

    1) kept a pet Shetland pony, who was permitted to come into the house.

    2) briefly, used a cottonmouth snake as a whip. I don’t think it was alive when I picked it up (thinking it was a branch), and it thankfully was not alive when I dropped it.

    3) been a fundamentalist evangelist at the age of 10.

    4) held and worn a pair of Civil-War era slave shackles.

    5) managed to temporarily trap myself in: a castle dungeon, an open grave, Cairnpapple Burial Mound, and a passage grave.

    6) delivered a foal.

    7) danced in the ceremony commemorating The Year of the World’s Indigenous People at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland.

    8) trick-or-treated as Dolly Parton when I was 12 (unwillingly). In stuffed bra, wig, heels, and full makeup.

    9) have been attacked by a shark. . . on dry land.

    10) watched falcons hatching in Thoor Ballylee.

    11) was called “a big eedjit” by Tommy Makem (at a fundraiser for the Dukakis for President campaign. Yes, we were ALL eedjits!)

    12) escaped a drug deal gone bad on horseback (while being chased by said drug-dealers on ATVs).

  3. There is a story behind every single one of those… and someday, I really, really hope you let us read them!

  4. Cora says:

    Here’s my list of stuff I’ve done:

    1. Had dinner with a Cuban general, who was one of the original 82 revolutionaries to travel from Mexico to Cuba with Castro and Che Guevara.

    2. Had dinner with the private secretary of the queen of Thailand (obviously not at the same time as 1)

    3. Worked for not one but two international arms dealers.

    4. Walked up to a German secretary of state in a restaurant and told him to keep his voice down, because he was annoying the other guests. He wasn’t a secretary of state back then, just a local politico. I was a 14-year-old with a big ego and a deep-seated dislike of politicians.

    5. Nearly got mauled by a puma.

    6. Was chased into a swimming pool by a pack of wild monkeys.

    7. Walked on foot to an island off the German coast. Okay, this one isn’t that unusual, though only possible on the North Sea coast.

    8. Found a fragment of a 17th century Dutch claypipe while walking to the island.

    9. Climbed aboard a chemical waste combustion vessel via a rope ladder, while Greenpeace protesters were chanting.

    10. Played piano in the bar of a cruise liner.

  5. Like Ruthanne Reid, I’d like to hear the stories behind that list.

    Well, except for that “Flooded a moving car with raw sewage” one. I think I could skip that story. Hell, I might give you a dollar to NOT tell me that one.

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