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Ten Things I Have Done
Thanks to the provocation of jorit and lizyjn, I present my list of ten experiences, though I wasn't able to keep them as G-rated as theirs:
1) Saw a bald eagle being attacked by peregrine falcon on the Fourth of July;
2) Won a book-writing contest in the second grade for my Franz Klammer Wins the Gold and then got to to go to a Bucks County-wide event in a super-rich school district that frightened me;
3) Had Kurt Cobain count down to New Year's Day 1994, the year he died;
4) Received a "fan mail" from cyberpunk author Bruce Sterling for a piece I published in Bad Subjects;
5) Spent several nighttime hours on a bench behind Rodin's "The Thinker" at San Francisco's Palace of the Legion of Honor, writing in my journal and wondering whether the police were going to arrest me for trespassing;
6) Had sex with my future bride in an ochre Chevy Citation at a cold, deserted Marin County beach ;
7) Managed to get lost walking around Venice, Italy at night, just like they do in the movies;
8) Took my daughter with me to file my dissertation and gave her the congratulations lollipop all UC Berkeley Ph.D.s receive;
9) Hit a grand slam in a Little League baseball game;
10) Drove The Melvins in our 1996 VW Passat station wagon -- "Old Red" -- from Tim Green's studio to the Haight and perused the used foreign films with them at Amoeba Records.
Once you start this sort of exercise, it's hard to stop. But I'll keep it at ten out of respect for the sanctity of the meme.

Mode: slogging
Muse: Lausanne - Max Tundra - Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be

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kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: February 24th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've seen this circling around. There's no way that I can even begin to go there, but thanks for reminding me to tell the story of what I did at night at the Legion of Honor.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 24th, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'd love to see that Top 10 list, though, whether it's "done" or "done to."
From: jodi3425 Date: February 24th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


the framing of the list is interesting--things done, not done to; one might think that the most significant, changing events would be those that made you someone different and thus could not have been done by you insofar as the you would change. seeing the eagle, receiving the letter, winning, and managing to get lost might all fit in this category of done to.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 24th, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: agency

Totally. I was just talking to our job candidate yesterday about the distinction between actions and passions. I tend to prefer passions. It would make more sense for the meme to be "Things I've experienced."
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

2 & 7

2. Franz Klammer Wins the Gold, huh? Never would have figured you for a ski racing fan (recognizing "were" may be precisely the right tense). What an amazing run that was.

7. I can't imagine there's any way not to get lost in Venice.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 24th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: 2 & 7

Hi Patrick! Good to hear from you. I'm not that into skiing. I've never been skiing, acutally. But when you're in second grade, watching the Innsbruck Olympics, that's what will make an impression on you. As for Venice, I agree with you completely. I love being lost there, though.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: 2 & 7

Hey Charlie! So, what precisely is the list to be? This is something that for some reason has a pull on me and might draw me out of blog exile. It isn't clear to me if it's supposed to be the most life-changing or the most you-unique things, or what, but it seems to create some good lists.

Actually, I'm going to take some time off in a couple of weeks and have a sort of meditation on turning 50 by spending a week working alone on various projects around our place up the coast. I'm planning at night to try again to get my blog going. Among other things, I'm thinking I'll probably do some writing on working, since that's what's been keeping me from things like blogging and life in general, and because you'd said you'd be interested in that.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 25th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: 2 & 7

I'd love to read about work. If work ever gives you the time to write. . .

I'm not sure what the list is supposed to be, actually. I think it's just memorable experiences, based on the renditions I've seen.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2005 05:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I just want to say I never got a fucking lollipop.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 25th, 2005 06:11 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
But did they make you shell out for the diploma cover?

I always thought that lollipop was insulting and odd. With Skylar in tow, however, it proved a good thing.
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