(That You (Probably) Haven’t)
I got this meme about six years ago, and thought it was incredibly fun... so much so that I emailed it as a challenge to this guy I had just started dating. He emailed it back with a P.S.: “And one of these is something I actually haven’t done. Guess which."
Reader, I married him.
Now, in most cases, #1 on my list would be “got a book published!” But that’s not going to work here. Luckily I was able to think of another ten...
1. Snowmobiled on a glacier.
This would also top the list of Ten Most Fun Things I Have Ever Done. We had a really obnoxious guide who acted like we were morons for not already knowing how to ride snowmobiles, and then sped off with the clear intent of leaving us in the dust. I stayed right on his tail all the way to the top of the glacier. Take that, snobby Icelandic dude!
2. Successfully argued an asylum case for a woman from
Later, someone told me that asylum cases from
(And lest you think only Tibetans get asylum, in another case I was involved with, a man from the
3. Beaten a contingent of soldiers to the top of an ancient desert fortress in the middle of the night.
Actually, they were only soldiers in training, and they had to find their own way up; after they all went running off in the wrong direction, their commander kindly showed us where the path began. But still. The fortress was Masada, in
4. Seen Aurora Borealis.
It’s one of those beauties of nature that, if it didn’t exist, no one could ever dream it up. Like the
5. Been attacked by a colony of biter ants.
This was at the end of an otherwise awesome canoe trip through a jungle in
[biter ants not shown]
6. Realized at the end of a 3-day trip to
In my defense, I spent two of those days on a hiking trip. Wait, maybe that’s not such a good defense.
7. Hunted with falcons.
Not really – it was a training walk designed to teach us how to handle hunting birds. But the falcons do sometimes take it into their heads to go off after some small animal on their own. In fact, because I’m a religious Jew and Jewish law prohibits hunting purely for sport, I had to make sure this wouldn’t count as hunting. I vaguely recall calling a rabbi and starting out with, “So, this probably isn’t a question you get very often...”
8. Shut down Bloomingdales.
I was a toddler at the time, and I snuck off while my mother was shopping in Bloomingdales in NYC. There was a city-wide kidnapping scare at the time, and when my mother frantically told a guard she couldn’t find me, they immediately locked every door in the place. Nobody could go in or out until I was found.
9. Spent a day being driven around an island by two strangers, because I accidentally rented a stick-shift car and I don’t know how to drive stick shift.
The island was
10. Hiked alone in the jungle at night.
By alone, I mean without a guide, not without anyone – I’m not that crazy. I was with a friend in
And my parents will find out about this particular escapade for the first time if they read it here. (Come to think of it, so will my friend’s parents. Perhaps I should give her a call....)
So: What are the top ten things YOU'VE done that we probably haven't?