Have you ever?

There’s not always enough things to do on vacation, and certainly dear reader, as you can obviously tell, blogging isn’t high on my to-do list.  With the silly season approaching (Thanksgiving/Christmas) and me getting my last vacation of 2020 out of the way (I still have 3 more weeks of vacation that have to be used before April 2021), I’m already debating whether or not I want to tackle the Holidailies conundrum.  I’ve tried it a couple of times but was never very prolific.  I know of several people that have been successful in it; perhaps with COVID being the catalyst, I’ll have a muse or interest in doing it this year.  We’ll see.

Honestly, I’m not huge on memes, but this one caught my eye on a blog that I follow infrequently.  It snowed here this morning, so I can’t rake leaves, so I thought I’d spend a little time getting you to know me better.  What’s the harm in that, right?  A little laughter, a little sharing, and who knows, you might want to try it yourself.  Anyway, here goes.  Enjoy!

  • Been Married – Just celebrated my 27th anniversary
  • Been divorced
  • Fell in love – Several times
  • Skipped school – A few times when I was in college, usually when I had a test, I didn’t wish to take.
  • Watched someone give birth
  • Watched someone die – My mother, in 1989.  Not something I’d like to do again, tyvm.
  • Been to Canada – Niagara Falls, Ontario.  Witnessed the Canadian Snowbirds do a flyby of the falls on our last day in town.
  • Ridden in an ambulance – Both the back and the front.
  • Been to Hawaii
  • Been to Europe – Flew into Amsterdam, Netherlands, took a bus through the Netherlands and Belgium to West Germany in 1983.
  • Been to Las Vegas
  • Been to Washington D.C. – Several times, class trips both High School & College.
  • Been to Texas
  • Visited Florida – With family and in college.
  • Visited Mexico
  • Seen the Grand Canyon in person
  • Flown in a helicopter
  • Been on a cruise
  • Served on a jury – Local trial, alleged assault.  Acquitted the defendant.
  • Danced in the rain – Many times, many storms.
  • Been to California
  • Been to New York – NYC? I used to live 90 miles north of the city and have relatives that still live there.  I presently live in the Finger Lakes region.
  • Played in the band/orchestra in school – Both.
  • Sang in the church choir – Up and just past my epiphany about organized religion.  Not since.
  • Sang karaoke – A few times when I was younger.  Not since about age 25.
  • Laughed so much you cried – Robin Williams.  Nuff said.
  • Laughed so hard you peed
  • Caught a snowflake on your tongue – Every winter.
  • Had children/adopted
  • Had a pet(s) – Cats only.  My brother had a golden retriever when we were young.  My wife had a cockatiel that lived to be 29.
  • Been sledding on a big hill – The house where I grew up had a large hill in the front yard.  I still have the family toboggan.
  • Been downhill skiing – I tried it once.  Walking pigeon-toed, for some reason, doesn’t allow you to ski downhill successfully.  Who knew?
  • Been water skiing
  • Been Ice Skating – I still have my skates.
  • Rode on a motorcycle – In my youth, and someday again.
  • Traveled to all 50 states
  • Jumped out of a plane
  • Been to a drive-in movie – Roosevelt Drive-In, Hyde Park, NY
  • Rode an elephant
  • Rode a Horse – And been stepped on by one.
  • Been on TV – Local cable television, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Been in the newspaper – Several times for non-nefarious reasons
  • Been on the radio – Newsreader, WMCR; Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Stayed in the hospital alone – Westchester Medical Center, elective surgery, 1978.
  • Donated blood
  • Gotten a piercing – Ear piercings.  Long since closed.
  • Gotten a tattoo
  • Driven a stick shift vehicle – 1990 Ford Escort LX.  My first car, though I didn’t know how to drive it; my Dad had to drive it home from the dealership.  I soon learned, and then sold it a couple of years later and bought a used 1987 Ford Bronco II.
  • Been scuba diving
  • Lived on your own – Several years.
  • Rode in the back of a police car
  • Got a speeding ticket
  • Broken a bone – I dropped a laptop on my pinky toe.
  • Gotten stitches – Best friend growing up hit me in the ear with a 5-iron by accident.
  • Traveled Alone – I was bumped from a flight in Atlanta, and my college choir left without me.  I flew first class to Denver in 1990 and slept the whole way.