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Posted on Monday, September 27th, 2004

Dave!Neil is always coming up with interesting memes and other tidbits for his blog, and now I know why: he reads nearly 100 feeds! And here I thought I was crazy for the 38 I read regularly. Anyway, the latest meme he's manage to dig up is called 200 Questions. This completely trumps my previous entries of 50 Things to Do Before You Die and Dave's List of Things to Do Before He Dies That Are Already Done (well, at least until somebody comes up with the inevitable "500 Questions" in a few weeks).

Usually I would take a pass on an entry like this, but I'm spending the next couple of hours on the phone and welcome a physical distraction that doesn't require a lot of thought (I loathe talking on the phone). Interestingly enough, it probably took me longer to reformat the questions than it's going to take to answer them. I wish people coming up with things like this would post the list already in HTML-list format! My answers are in an extended entry (how many people are actually going to read through all 200?!?)...

  1. Bought everyone in the pub a drink. DONE! I dropped a cool $200 (including tip) to celebrate a petty victory (sadly, that was just for the one round, and did not include the rest of my drinking for the night!).
  2. Swam with wild dolphins. DONE! In the wild is the only way I would do it. Those "petting farms" are just cruel and should be banned.
  3. Climbed a mountain. DONE! No big surprise considering I live in the mountains.
  4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive. I wish.
  5. Been inside the Great Pyramid. That would be sweet... do they let people inside?
  6. Held a tarantula. DONE! I thought it would help me overcome my fear of bugs, but was wrong.
  7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone. No candles were involved.
  8. Said "I love you" and meant it. DONE! Outside my family? Then yes, and I've regretted it ever since.
  9. Hugged a tree. DONE! While climbing one.
  10. Done a striptease. DONE! For an audience of one and both her and I were drunk (which is my only excuse).
  11. Bungee jumped. DONE! More frightening than skydiving.
  12. Visited Paris. DONE! I love Paris and have been a few times.
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea. DONE! Unfortunately, I was on the Seven Mile Bridge between Key West and Miami at the time, which was a bit frightening.
  14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise. DONE! Now that was a party!
  15. Seen the Northern Lights. DONE! Kind of... I've seen wimpy ones from here in Washington State, not the beautiful ribbons of light you can see in Alaska. I'd like to.
  16. Gone to a huge sports game. DONE! The biggest would be the Final Four College Basketball Tournament when it was in Seattle. Court-side, play-off game... it was great.
  17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa. Would absolutely love to do this one day.
  18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables. DONE! My family had a garden when I was a kid, and I helped out with things like planting, watering and weeding, so I guess that counts.
  19. Touched an iceberg. Perhaps one day.
  20. Slept under the stars. DONE! More like "passed out under the stars."
  21. Changed a baby's diaper. DONE! Fortunately, it wasn't #2, which is lethal from babies!
  22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon. DONE! Just up and down, so it was a fairly short trip.
  23. Watched a meteor shower. DONE! Neither were very impressive, but I got to see two of them.
  24. Gotten drunk on champagne. I don't drink the stuff, but have gotten drunk on just about everything else.
  25. Given more than you can afford to charity. DONE! And it felt really great (until it came time to pay the bills).
  26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope. DONE! I took astronomy in college.
  27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment. Since I'm not a four year old girl, that would be no.
  28. Had a food fight. DONE! And it was with baked beans, which is not the best food to get in a fight with.
  29. Bet on a winning horse. I've been to the track once and lost all bets... didn't even place.
  30. Taken a sick day when you're not ill. DONE! Yes, but it was because my boss asked me to.
  31. Asked out a stranger. DONE! It was fun, until the next morning.
  32. Had a snowball fight. DONE! You don't live where I do and not have.
  33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier. Nope, but maybe I'll give that a try tonight!
  34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can. DONE! While trying to find a lost dog in the woods.
  35. Held a lamb. Awwwww. Haven't held a lamb, but I've held baby puppies, kittens, piglets, and chickens.
  36. Enacted a favourite fantasy. DONE! And a lot of thought went into getting it right too!
  37. Taken a midnight skinny dip. DONE! Ah, in the magical waters of the Pacific Ocean off a Maui beach.
  38. Taken an ice cold bath. DONE! In a lake, against my will.
  39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar. DONE! Usually after having bought them something to eat.
  40. Seen a total eclipse. Err... maybe. I've seen eclipses before, but I don't know if any of them were total.
  41. Ridden a roller coaster. DONE! Who hasn't? Again, The Incredible Hulk coaster at Universal Studios Florida is my favorite.
  42. Hit a home run. Sheah, right. It's all I can do to hit the ball.
  43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days. DONE! That's a requirement every day for my line of work.
  44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking. DONE! While drunk, of course.
  45. Adopted an accent for an entire day. DONE! Well, almost an entire day.
  46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. DONE! I've been to Germany, England, and The Netherlands, which is where I understand they come from (I don't have specifics).
  47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment. DONE! While drunk, of course.
  48. Had two hard drives for your computer. DONE! I've got two in my Mac tower right now.
  49. Visited all 50 states. One day perhaps.
  50. Loved your job for all accounts. I've liked my job. That's a big difference.
  51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced. DONE! More times than I would have liked.
  52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied. Sadly, I should be answering "yes" to this question, but that would be a lie.
  53. Had amazing friends. DONE! And I still do.
  54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country. DONE! In London, Berlin, and Stockholm.
  55. Watched wild whales. DONE! Yes, but not from a motor boat out annoying the poor things... from the coast like you are supposed to.
  56. Stolen a sign. DONE! But it's not as bad as it sounds, because the sign was torn down to be thrown out (I hope!).
  57. Backpacked in Europe. Oh how I would love to have the time to do this.
  58. Taken a road-trip...for six days - lived in the car... I've taken many road trips, but always with hotels along the way, never "living out of my car."
  59. Rock climbing. Heights and me don't get along.
  60. Lied to foreign government's official in that country to avoid notice. DONE! Every time I go to a foreign country and the immigration official asks me the purpose of my visit, I answer "work" even if it is not. I made the mistake of saying "vacation" once, and will never do that again.
  61. Is there a #61?!? I guess not!
  62. Sky diving. DONE! YEEEEEEE HAAAAH!
  63. Visited Ireland. DONE! A lovely place indeed.
  64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love. DONE! Twice, unfortunately.
  65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them. DONE! The restaurant was busy and they asked me if I wouldn't mind and neither did the person at the table. We ate in complete silence, because I guess he just wasn't the conversational type.
  66. Visited Japan. DONE! Six or seven times I think.
  67. Benchpressed your own weight. Wahhh haah! I doubt I could bench press Gary Coleman's weight!
  68. Milked a cow. DONE! And a goat as well.
  69. Alphabetised your records. DONE! When I had records. Now I alphabetize my CDs and DVDs.
  70. Pretended to be a superhero. DONE! I was Batman, and my homemade Bat-Mask slid over my eyes causing me to crash my Bat-Cycle into the back of a car. It was not Bat-Fun at all.
  71. Sung karaoke. DONE! Only when I've had entirely too much to drink. Once in Stockholm, it was nearly the death of me.
  72. Lounged around in bed all day. DONE! After a notorious hangover on a three-day weekend, I once spend the most part of two days "lounging" in bed.
  73. Posed nude in front of strangers. Now who would want to see that?
  74. Scuba diving. DONE! And it was Maui, which made it even better.
  75. Got it on to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye. I'd be too busy laughing at what a horrible cliche that would be.
  76. Kissed in the rain. DONE! Hasn't everybody? Well, I suppose if you lived in the middle of the Sahara Desert or something.
  77. Played in the mud. DONE! Until I found out I was allergic to mud and couldn't anymore.
  78. Played in the rain. DONE! I like the rain.
  79. Gone to a drive-in theater. DONE! The Vue-Dale Drive In... mostly back when I was a kid.
  80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret it. DONE! But we won't talk about that here.
  81. Visited the Great Wall of China. Absolutely on my list of things I'd like to do.
  82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog. DONE! Not this one, my previous blog.
  83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better. DONE! MACINTOSH RULES THE EARTH!!
  84. Started a business. DONE! And watched it fail.
  85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken. I wish.
  86. Toured ancient sites. DONE! And will probably tour many more before I die.
  87. Taken a martial arts class. Nope, but I would like to.
  88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman. I would be happy just to find a woman (outside my friends and family, obviously) who was worth that.
  89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight. DONE! I'm a total geek. But you knew that already.
  90. Gotten married. Knock wood.
  91. Been in a movie. DONE! I was young and needed the money. Just kidding... I was the star of many home movies my parents took when I was a kid.
  92. Crashed a party. DONE! While drunk, obviously.
  93. Loved someone you shouldn't have. DONE! And am still regretting it.
  94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy. Not that I know of, but I have had somebody kiss ME so passionately it made me sick.
  95. Gotten divorced. Knock wood.
  96. Had sex at the office. Not that I wouldn't like to if the right person came along.
  97. Gone without food for 5 days. DONE! But odds are I won't be fasting like that again, as it was really hard to get my body started eating again after I was through.
  98. Made cookies from scratch DONE!. Though they are not as good as my grandmother's.
  99. Won first prize in a costume contest. I've never been in a costume contest as an adult. I seem to remember winning a prize for a robot costume I made as a kid, but am not certain.
  100. Ridden a gondola in Venice. Not that I wouldn't love to do that.
  101. Gotten a tattoo. One day.
  102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on. DONE! I'm a guy... it doesn't take much.
  103. Rafted the Snake River. No! But that's not too far away from me so I should look into that!
  104. Been on television news programs as an "expert". Expert at what?
  105. Got flowers for no reason. DONE! I was working a part-time job in high school as a register jockey when a clown came in and handed everybody in the store a flower for no particular reason that I could see. Given my extreme fear and hatred of clowns, it was not the happy incident most people would think.
  106. Masturbated in a public place. Who is writing these questions?
  107. Got so drunk you don't remember anything. DONE! More times than I care to admit. I'm a lot better now.
  108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug. Knock wood.
  109. Performed on stage. DONE! Karaoke and school plays as a kid.
  110. Been to Las Vegas. DONE! Vegas, baby!
  111. Recorded music. DONE! It was for a get-well wish that I sent to a friend in Japan.
  112. Eaten shark. I'm vegetarian, so no.
  113. Had a one-night stand. DONE! And really, really regretted it in the morning.
  114. Gone to Thailand. DONE! And it changed my life.
  115. Seen Siouxsie live. I don't like Siouxsie and the Banshees.
  116. Bought a house. Hopefully one day.
  117. Been in a combat zone. Not while actual combat was going on, fortunately.
  118. Buried one/both of your parents. Knock wood.
  119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off. I ask again, who is the pervert asking these questions?
  120. Been on a cruise ship. Not yet... but very, very soon (hurricanes permitting).
  121. Spoken more than one language fluently. I came somewhat close with Japanese, but lost any skill I had from not being able to practice.
  122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone. DONE! And pretty much got my ass kicked twice. It is NOT like you see on television, fighting sucks ass.
  123. Bounced a cheque. DONE! But it honestly wasn't my fault.
  124. Performed in Rocky Horror. DONE! I was a Time-Warp dancing guest.
  125. Read - and understood - your credit report. I have read it, but didn't come close to understanding it.
  126. Raised children. Knock wood.
  127. Recently bought and played with a favourite childhood toy. I bought some cool Star Wars Lego toys to play with, but that was years ago when they first came out.
  128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour. The only band I would even consider this for is Depeche Mode.
  129. Created and named your own constellation of stars. DONE! When I was in Middle School I remapped the entirety of the heavens into my own constelations.
  130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country. If it were a motorcycle ride, I would love to do it.
  131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did. I'm not at all interested in geneology, and couldn't care less.
  132. Called or written your Congress person Member of Parliament...and confronted him. DONE! A while back I was really involved in MIA/POW issues and wrote many, many letters to government officials (including Congress persons).
  133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over to be with the one you love. If she was worth it, I wouldn't give it a second thought and would gladly do it though.
  134. ...more than once? Not even once.
  135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge. No, but I've driven it a couple of times.
  136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking. DONE! I actually sang louder because they were looking.
  137. Had an abortion or your female partner did. Some questions just aren't anybody else's business.
  138. Had plastic surgery. No, but I would love to get my nose fixed (a sledding accident as a kid bent it out of shape a bit).
  139. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived. I've survived some nights that I shouldn't have survived, but no accident was involved.
  140. Wrote articles for a large publication. I've contributed research for some articles, but none of them were credited to my name.
  141. Lost over 100 pounds. Haven't had a need to... yet.
  142. Held someone while they were having a flashback. Not that I know of.
  143. Piloted an airplane. If I knew how I would.
  144. Petted a stingray. Would like to do this.
  145. Broken someone's heart. DONE! And I'm not happy about it either.
  146. Helped an animal give birth. Nope. I've watched an animal give birth through.
  147. Been fired or laid off from a job. DONE! Never fired, but I have been laid off when the work season ended.
  148. Won money on a T.V. game show. I'd have to be on the show first.
  149. Broken a bone. Knock wood.
  150. Killed a human being. I came close. Once.
  151. Gone on an African photo safari. Something that I would love to do.
  152. Ridden a motorcycle. DONE! Every chance I get.
  153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100mph. DONE! That would be my motorcycle, yes.
  154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced. There's nothing down there I would want pierced.
  155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol. DONE! All three. But not in many many years.
  156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild. I can't eat mushrooms.
  157. Ridden a horse. DONE! And I really suck at it.
  158. Had major surgery. The worst I've had was getting my adenoids removed, but that wasn't major.
  159. Had sex on a moving train. As opposed to a stationery train?
  160. Had a snake as a pet. No, but it wouldn't bother me.
  161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I've been to the Grand Canyon, but never hiked to the bottom (that would be Bryce Canyon).
  162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing. DONE! It was a flight back from Seattle to Wenatchee after my very first trip to Japan. I remember waking up very surprised, because I didn't realize we had ever left (but, then again, it's only a 35 minute flight).
  163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours. Even when I was in bed for two days, I probably didn't sleep that long.
  164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states. That would be difficult.
  165. Visited all 7 continents. Come on! ANTARCTICA?!?
  166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days. I've never been in a canoe (unless you count the Davey Crocket Explorer Canoes they used to have at Disneyland).
  167. Eaten kangaroo meat. Never, and probably won't now that I've been vegetarian for 17 years.
  168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground. Okay, now that's just wacky. HOWEVER, I will be visiting an ancient Mayan site on my next vacation, so never say never!
  169. Been a sperm or egg donor. Not that I know of.
  170. Eaten sushi. Never, and probably won't now that I've been vegetarian for 17 years.
  171. Had your picture in the newspaper. DONE! But it was a good thing!
  172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime. If only I were lucky enough to have ONE healthy romantic relationship over 3 months.
  173. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about. DONE! And it's not as hard as you might think, especially when you are passionate about something.
  174. Gotten someone fired for their actions. DONE! Though it was completely unintentional. That being said, they totally deserved it.
  175. Gone back to school. DONE! I took a year off after graduation and then went back to school for two years of college.
  176. Parasailed. DONE! In Maui. I loved it.
  177. Changed your name. Haven't had to do that yet.
  178. Petted a cockroach. Why would anybody do this?
  179. Eaten fried green tomatoes. DONE! I didn't care for them, and ended up just eating the batter off of them.
  180. Read The Iliad. DONE! And The Odyssey as well.
  181. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read. DONE! Several, actually. I didn't have the patience to read such works back then.
  182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them. Fortunately, I've never been that desperate.
  183. ...and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you. And so I never paid the price.
  184. Taught yourself an art from scratch. DONE! To paint watercolor.
  185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. Never, and probably won't now that I've been vegetarian for 17 years.
  186. Apologised to someone years after inflicting the hurt. DONE! But it was only because I had no idea that I had done it... otherwise, I would have apologized much sooner.
  187. Skipped all your school reunions. DONE! But not entirely by choice (I was out of the country for both of them).
  188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language. DONE! Quite a few times, actually.
  189. Been elected to public office. No, and this is a job I would never want.
  190. Written your own computer language. DONE! As an assignment in my advanced computing class in high school, I wrote my own version of a Logo Turtle Graphics interpreter using Pascal.
  191. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream. I dream too big for that.
  192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care. DONE! One of the worst days of my life.
  193. Built your own PC from parts. DONE! I took three non-working junk PCs and managed to create a single working machine. It lasted about 3 weeks before dying a final death.
  194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you. DONE! Back before I went commerical.
  195. Had a booth at a street fair. No, but I've worked at a street fair booth before.
  196. Dyed your hair. DONE! I should really do that again some day.
  197. Been a DJ. I had a friend in high school who was a DJ, and I helped on occasion... that's as far is it went.
  198. Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal. No. Wow, that would suck wouldn't it?
  199. Written your own role playing game. DONE! Before "Champions" and "DC Heroes" and "Marvel Universe," a friend and I wrote a comic book super hero role playing game (I told you I was a geek).
  200. Been arrested. Detained, but never arrested. Knock wood.

Oh brother. I just found another, all-different one while looking for question #61 on Google!

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  1. Neil T. says:

    You’ve lived far more than I have! 🙂

  2. Dave2 says:

    That’s because I’m really old. 🙂

  3. LEAH says:


  4. You’re right, this meme has shrunk over the last 3 years.

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