Monday, 24 November 2008

The List

This has been on the go for 8 or 9 years I'm sure. The ones in bold are what I have already done. Italics are ones I'm no longer keen on, but the list is the list

Suggestions welcome

1 Peel an Orange in one go - @ Home, 2001
2 Own a Ford Capri
3 Streak (at least in Boxers)
4 Get a Job - Annahilt, July 1999
5 Bungee Jump - Queenstown, New Zealand, April 2005
6 Run a Marathon
7 Get in a Police Car - Ballynahinch, May 1999
8 Overtake a Police Car
9 Parachute Jump - Taupo, NZ, May 2005
10 Own a Camper Van - NZ, October 2004
11 Go Paintball Shooting - Monaghan, October 2003
12 Drink Ginger Beer - Ballynahinch, July 2000
13 Donate Blood - Portrush, March 2007
14 Write and Publish a Book
15 Win a Competition - Ballynahinch, June 2004
16 Travel to Swaziland
17 Travel to Madagascar
18 Play for a football team - Helsinki, August 2006
19 Walk on Carrick-a-reed Rope Bridge - July 2003
20 Spectate at a football World Cup match - Cologne, June 2006
21 Dive off a top diving board - Gisborne, NZ, February 2005
22 Go scuba diving / snorkeling - Hanuama Bay, Hawaii, July 2005
23 Smoke Dope
24 Run for an election
25 (Help) start up a business
26 Smoke a cigar - Portstewart, June 2007
27 Drive on the Autobahn
28 Drive a Ferrari
29 Own a motorcycle
30 Watch a Gaelic Football match
31 Eat a handpicked lobster
32 Learn how to surf - Raglan, NZ, January 2005
33 Own a Mini
34 Partake in a Destruction Derby / Stock Car Race
35 Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef
36 Eat Sushi
37 Shake hands with Eric Cantona
38 Watch Huddersfield Town play - Doncaster, England, August 2003
39 Run ‘The Square’ in under 4 minutes
40 Beat Mark Cunningham in a set of tennis
41 Act out a Father Ted scene with a cast member
42 Get punched in the face
43 Appear on T.V.
44 Read ‘The Hidden Hitler’ by Lothar Machtan - New Zealand, November 2004
45 Be at the Monaco Grand Prix
46 Watch a day at Wimbledon
47 Hanglide
48 Spend 2 days and 2 nights just spoiling myself in a hotel
49 Be on the front of a rollercoaster - Glasgow, August 2003
50 Visit Disneyland
51 Fart during a quiet time in the Cinema / Theatre
52 Play the lottery - Belfast, February 2006
53 Speak another language
54 Create a new world record
55 Juggle 3 balls
56 Trace my family tree
57 Go White Water Rafting
58 Place a bet, and win - Belfast, November 2005
59 Ignite a fart - Portstewart, March 2007
60 Act as Santa Claus, with a real white beard
61 Kick a pigeon
62 Propose to a girl at the Niagara Falls
63 Put a chocolate bar in a swimming pool
64 Do a Bull Run - Pamplona, July 2008
65 Learn how to play the Banjo
66 Do stand up comedy - Coleraine, Decembe 2006
67 Hitchhike - Greymouth - Blenheim, NZ, June 2005
68 Drive through a puddle, soaking someone
69 Get a massage
70 Smash a guitar
71 See all the continents
72 See the 7 wonders of the world
73 Learn to play Bass guitar
74 See a football match at all 92 English League grounds
75 Eat a traditional Hangi
76 Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway
77 Catch a fish
78 Go shark diving
79 Get upgraded on a plane
80 Find another person with the same name as me
81 Die before my children
82 Grow a Moustache
83 Jury Duty
84 Kiss a Nun

Friday, 21 November 2008

First posts

I imagine all first posts on a blog to be incredibly dull. They probably include something by way of introduction. They're quite possibly just a ramble of words strung together in order to test to see if such prose will magically become coherent upon hitting the 'Publish' button. A test. To see if this hip 21st Century method of communication actually works. And then you spend the next two days watching the hits counter, mistaking the steady increase for the number of times you're actually visiting said blog yourself. You await with baited breath for your first subscriber. You might even set up a separate profile and subscribe to yourself, to 'set the ball rolling'. It never rolls. Your second post is probably worse than the first. You had a period of time from birth to first post to write about, possibly provoking many interesting stories. Next time out, the window is reduced to the period of time between your first post and your now pathetic second. And all you've done that is remotely interesting is bought Halo 6.

The blog confuses your mind. In typing it, your sense of what is interesting and what is not becomes diluted. The little man in your brain who is supposed to tell you that the graphics of Halo 6 are not as fascinating to the one man and his dog reading your description has gone on holiday. Replacing him is Ego, who forgets to mention the interesting insight into life (that you would have got if you were paying attention) from your exchange with the freckled girl at the game store.

And so, I end here. Not wanting to write too much, not for fear of anaesthetising the reader; more for fear that when I click this orange button below there will come up some unexplained error and all my flowing rhetoric will be consigned to some black hole in cyberspace