Every once in a while I see this meme pop up, and it just startles me that I haven’t made good use of it here, at least not that I could find in the archives. So to correct that all at once, here are twenty-five things I have done that most people reading this probably have not.
Over the course of my life, I have:
1. Run a spotlight at a concert for a Top-40 band, and gotten paid for it.
2. Sung at the funeral of a US Senator.
3. Cut my thumb with the dull end of a hammer. Twice.
4. Had picnics at the ruins of two different medieval abbeys.
5. Asked Pete Seeger for his autograph (and gotten it).
6. Eaten pizza at a restaurant called “Sweeney Todd’s.”
7. Actually managed to finish reading Infinite Jest.
8. Walked through the streets of Philadelphia dressed as Death, complete with a six-foot-tall gnarled wooden staff.
9. Sent out a letter to all the evangelical churches in the county urging them to come to a show I was promoting on the subject of Satan in literature.
10. Became “Case Study A” in a national-level conference on how not to go through the historic preservation regulatory process.
11. Gone ice-skating with Paul Ryan (not that he knew I was there, but still).
12. Conga’d down my driveway with a dozen drunk Russians.
13. Driven through town in the back of a pickup truck, holding on to a life-sized replica of the first atomic bomb.
14. Seen Les Miserables on Broadway before it won any awards.
15. Ridden an elevator with former PA governor Dick Thornburgh, who was running for the Senate at the time. We were the only two people there, and he didn’t say hello. No wonder he lost.
16. Been pressed into service as an emergency umpire at a Girl Scouts softball tournament two years in a row.
17. Ridden on the tailboard of a fire truck in full turnout gear.
18. Gone Christmas caroling in a mental hospital.
19. Hung out with two actors from the most popular show on US television at the time – a show I still have never seen. They were great guys.
20. Broken into my high school using only a Swiss Army knife.
21. Read a 500p history of US naval operations in World War II when I was 12.
22. Delivered singing balloon-o-grams.
23. Worked on the city’s Fourth of July fireworks crew.
24. Read every issue of every newspaper published in Philadelphia between 1787 and 1801, about 10% of them in the original paper editions.
25. Taken four Australians to a Mexican restaurant in Wisconsin.
What have you done?