Montecristo Captain Quixote

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The World Line of the Horizon Star

Some would say I was a lost man in a lost world


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Montecristo Captain Quixote
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...and you shot a spark from a catherine wheel

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
-- Robert Heinlein

I try to be competent in everything I believe is worth doing for myself, but I've never really sat down and tried to figure out what all I've done nor considered that some people would find some things I've done unusual or noteworthy. I saw the "Bold the Things You've Done Meme" on classytart's page, and I was really interested to learn of some of the things she's done. Looking at the list a little more carefully, I realized that there were lots of interesting things I too have done, but which I hadn't considered to be all that unusual or noteworthy. The surprising thing is how many items I would consider "mundane" that are on this list, mixed right in with things which I would find unusual or extraordinary.

  1. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
  2. Swam with wild dolphins
  3. Climbed a mountain
  4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
  5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
  6. Held a tarantula It's California, baby.
  7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
  8. Said 'I love you' and meant it
  9. Hugged a tree
  10. Done a striptease
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited Paris Thanks! I'd love to.
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise
  15. Seen the Northern Lights
  16. Gone to a huge sports game
  17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
  18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
  19. Touched an iceberg
  20. Slept under the stars
  21. Changed a baby's diaper
  22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
  23. Watched a meteor shower
  24. Gotten drunk on champagne Let's call it "a hard buzz."
  25. Given more than you can afford to charity
  26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
  27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
  28. Had a food fight
  29. Bet on a winning horse
  30. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
  31. Asked out a stranger
  32. Had a snowball fight You can't grow up in Ohio without getting into at least one...per year.
  33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
  34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can. ...and been voiceless for a day as a result.
  35. Held a lamb
  36. Enacted a favourite fantasy
  37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
  38. Taken an ice cold bath Do showers count?
  39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
  40. Seen a total eclipse
  41. Ridden a roller coaster
  42. Hit a home run
  43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days Do what?
  44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking Childhood tap-dancing classes will do that to you.
  45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
  46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors I should do so much travelling.
  47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment Hell, most of the time.
  48. Had two hard drives for your computer Who would have just one?
  49. Visited all 50 states
  50. Loved your job for all accounts
  51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
  52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
  53. Had amazing friends Past tense? You know of any other kind?
  54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
  55. Watched wild whales
  56. Stolen a sign It's Ohio. That's one of the state sports.
  57. Backpacked in Europe Like the Barenaked Ladies said: I think never is enough...
  58. Taken a road-trip
  59. Rock climbing I'm not all that fond of heights.
  60. Lied to foreign government's official in that country to avoid notice
  61. Midnight walk on the beach
  62. Sky diving
  63. Visited Ireland
  64. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
  65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
  66. Visited Japan
  67. Bench pressed your own weight
  68. Milked a cow
  69. Alphabetised your records
  70. Pretended to be a superhero You mean, as if I weren't?
  71. Sung karaoke
  72. Lounged around in bed all day
  73. Posed nude in front of strangers
  74. Scuba diving
  75. Got it on to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
  76. Kissed in the rain Some of the best fun I've ever had happened with the sky pissing on me. It's fun.
  77. Played in the mud As an adult, no less...Heh!
  78. Played in the rain Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain with rain and shambala...
  79. Gone to a drive-in theatre
  80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret it Regret even if rarely unavoidable, is most often just wasteful.
  81. Visited the Great Wall of China
  82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
  83. Dropped Windows in favour of something better I've used all sorts of operating systems.
  84. Started a business I'm working on that!
  85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
  86. Toured ancient sites There's one right outside my hometown.
  87. Taken a martial arts class No, but damn, I really want to do so.
  88. Sword fought for the honour of a woman. Oh come on! How many people have sword fought for anything?
  89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight Habitually, when I was younger.
  90. Gotten married Yes, and I've got the T-shirt to prove it.
  91. Been in a movie
  92. Crashed a party
  93. Loved someone you shouldn't have
  94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
  95. Gotten divorced Yeah, I've got that T-shirt too.
  96. Had sex at the office
  97. Gone without food for 5 days
  98. Made cookies from scratch
  99. Won first prize in a costume contest
  100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
  101. Gotten a tattoo
  102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on Especially if it's on the right person. Yeah, I'm tactile.
  103. Rafted the Snake River
  104. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
  105. Got flowers for no reason Sent yes, received no.
  106. Masturbated in a public place Does in the car, while driving, count?
  107. Got so drunk you don't remember anything
  108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
  109. Performed on stageNot professionally.
  110. Been to Las Vegas
  111. Recorded music
  112. Eaten shark
  113. Had a one-night stand
  114. Gone to Thailand
  115. Seen Siouxsie live
  116. Bought a house
  117. Been in a combat zone
  118. Buried one/both of your parents
  119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off </b>Cut it with scissors once as a kid -- OH, THE ITCH!

  120. Been on a cruise ship
  121. Spoken more than one language fluentlyI've come close, with Spanish, but I've forgotten a lot.
  122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
  123. Bounced a check
  124. Performed in Rocky Horror
  125. Read - and understood - your credit report
  126. Raised children
  127. Recently bought and played with a favourite childhood toy
  128. Followed your favourite band/singer on tour
  129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
  130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
  131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
  132. Called or written your Congress person Written to Rep. Ron Paul
  133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
  134. ...more than once? ...more than thrice?
  135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge What a neat idea! Hey! I've got to try this.
  136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was lookingAll the time.
  137. Had an abortion or your female partner did
  138. Had plastic surgery
  139. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived.
  140. Wrote articles for a large publication
  141. Lost over 100 pounds
  142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
  143. Had a flashback
  144. Piloted an airplane College roommate was an airway science major with a flight instructor's license.
  145. Petted a stingray
  146. Broken someone's heart Maybe? Probably? Not sure.
  147. Helped an animal give birth
  148. Been fired or laid off from a job
  149. Won money on a T.V. game show
  150. Broken a bone Does my skull count?
  151. Killed a human being
  152. Gone on an African photo safari
  153. Ridden a motorcycle
  154. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of 100mph or faster?
  155. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
  156. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
  157. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
  158. Ridden a horse My grandfather raised them. Ain't rural Ohio wonderful?
  159. Had major surgery
  160. Had sex on a moving train No, but it's been an unspoken fantasy until now.
  161. Had a snake as a pet
  162. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  163. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing I like looking out the window too much.
  164. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
  165. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
  166. Visited all 7 continents
  167. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
  168. Eaten kangaroo meat
  169. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground Don't you think this one is a bit esoteric?
  170. Been a sperm or egg donor
  171. Eaten sushi
  172. Had your picture in the newspaper
  173. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
  174. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about Hard to say. I hope so.
  175. Gotten someone fired for their actions
  176. Gone back to school
  177. Parasailed
  178. Changed your name
  179. Petted a cockroach
  180. Eaten fried green tomatoes
  181. Read The Iliad
  182. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read This is unusual?
  183. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
  184. ...and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
  185. Taught yourself an art from scratch
  186. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  187. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
  188. Skipped all your school reunions
  189. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
  190. Been elected to public office
  191. Written your own computer language
  192. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
  193. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
  194. Built your own PC from parts Always fun. GIVE MY CREATION LIFE!!! HA HA HA...
  195. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
  196. Had a booth at a street fair
  197. Dyed your hair
  198. Been a DJ I co-DJ'ed at a college radio station for a couple of hours once.
  199. Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal Yeah, more or less.
  200. Written your own role playing game
  201. Been arrested Billy, have you ever been in a Mexican prison?

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Everybody does it, but nobody talks about it.

The practice of reading Heinlein is best done in private and should be followed by thorough handwashing.

Yeah...I can see you feeling that way...

It figures that some of The Old Man's unfortunate crusty fascist premises would turn you off. They do the same for me as well, but most of his writings have a merit that outweighs his less stellar advocations.

Re: Yeah...I can see you feeling that way...

You were supposed to notice that I was misquoting him. The privacy and handwashing was what he suggests for writers.

Re: Yeah...I can see you feeling that way...

Ah! I hadn't heard that one! I've read a lot of his stuff, but I don't remember that one.

Re: Yeah...I can see you feeling that way...

I believe it's one of Lazarus Long's sayings.

i am SOOOO stealing this from you!!

Oh thank you. It's always nice to have one's shameless me-too-ism applauded and emulated! Heh heh. Seriously though, it will be interesting to see what you've done from this list.

take a peak...

I'm not planning to peak for some time yet, but I'll definitely peek. Heh heh.

oh, crap...did i spell that wrong?!

# Masturbated in a public place Does in the car, while driving, count?

Ha. Man after my own heart. Subtlety is fun.

How about I just list the ones I've done....

# Climbed a mountain
# Held a tarantula
# Taken a candlelit bath with someone
# Said 'I love you' and meant it
# Hugged a tree
# Done a striptease
# Watched a lightning storm at sea
# Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise
# Seen the Northern Lights
# Grown and eaten your own vegetables
# Slept under the stars
# Changed a baby's diaper
# Watched a meteor shower
# Gotten drunk on champagne
# Given more than you can afford to charity
# Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
# Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
# Had a food fight
# Bet on a winning horse
# Had a snowball fight
# Screamed as loudly as you possibly can.
# Held a lamb
# Enacted a favourite fantasy
# Taken an ice cold bath
# Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
# Seen a total eclipse
# Ridden a roller coaster
# Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
# Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment # Had two hard drives for your computer
# Loved your job for all accounts
# Had enough money to be truly satisfied
# Had amazing friends
# Taken a road-trip
# Rock climbing
# Alphabetised your records
# Pretended to be a superhero
# Sung karaoke
# Lounged around in bed all day
# Posed nude in front of strangers (Hell, I just did that this afternoon)
# Kissed in the rain
# Played in the mud
# Played in the rain
# Gone to a drive-in theatre
# Done something you should regret, but don't regret it
# Started a business
# Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
# Taken a martial arts class
# Sword fought for the honour of a woman. (I'm a woman and I've fought with swords. Was it because I'm honourable? I dunno.)
# Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
# Gotten married
# Been in a movie
# Loved someone you shouldn't have
# Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
# Had sex at the office
# Made cookies from scratch
# Got flowers for no reason
# Performed on stage
# Recorded music
# Eaten shark
# Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
# Bounced a check (Oops.)
# Found out something significant that your ancestors did
# Called or written your Congress person (I think MLAs count)
# Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
# ...more than once? ...more than thrice?
# Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
# Helped an animal give birth
# Broken a bone (My front teeth on numerous occasions)
# Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
# Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
# Ridden a horse
# Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours (When I had mono....)
# Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
# Eaten sushi
# Had your picture in the newspaper
# Gone back to school
# Read The Iliad
# Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
# Taught yourself an art from scratch
# Killed and prepared an animal for eating
# Skipped all your school reunions
# Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
# Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
# Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
# Had a booth at a street fair
# Dyed your hair
# Been a DJ

Although I couldn't stand the one Heinlein book I've read (SIASL) I've been a huge fan of that quote for years now. I'm planning on having "Specialization is for insects" on my new business cards. That or the Tom Robbins quote "To specialize is to brush one tooth."

Can't decide yet whether or not to do this meme. It doesn't contain "created your own hilarious animated gif icon that makes you laugh every single time you see it" so I'm feeling a little impartial.

Although I couldn't stand the one Heinlein book I've read (SIASL)

Try some of the others? They're rather different from Stranger...

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