Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The List ... 2010

Being that I've achieved some of the items on my now old list, and that other items are no longer necessary for one reason or another, I've created a new list. It's roughly the same length, with a lot of the same content, but there have been a few noticeable changes. Now, the 2010 List:

1. Get a license
2. Visit family in Germany
3. Got to India
4. Go to Salem, MA for Halloween/Samhain
5. Meet and shake hands with Barry Gordy and/or Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson
6. Road trip across the United States
7. Dance naked under a full moon (Full moon this Winter Solstice... )
8. Go to Europe (specifically London, Wales, Amsterdam, Rome, Milan, Greece (Delphi), and France)
9. Go to an exotic dance club in Europe and dance
10. Visit at least 2 or 3 cities in every state in the US, plus 4 or 5 in every country in Europe.
11. Join the mile high club
12. Learn to play piano and guitar
13. Learn to surf
14. Snowboard
15. Hold a snake
16. Skinny dip in a natural body of water
17. Have a meaningful kiss on New Year's
18. Play one round of slots at a casino
19. Have a water balloon fight in winter
20. Go to Disneyland again, and go on every ride! (again, plus two.) (Do Disneyland and California Adventure)
21. Go to Niagara Falls
22. Play strip poker
23. Scuba dive
24. Stay in the Caribbean for at least two weeks
25. Make snow angels
26. Learn to skate board
27. Go to the annual hippie fest
28. Find a career of meaning for myself
29. Participate in a protest
30. Hang glide
31. Ride in a hot air balloon
32. Dance in the rain
33. Water ski
34. Learn to sing better
35. Conquer my fear of performing
36. Swim under a real waterfall
37. Learn to striptease ;D (for my own personal enjoyment...)
38. Attend Burning Man
39. Fairieworlds - Summer
Document everything in photographs and video, be sure to be IN the photographs and video,
and 40. Write a book of all my adventures (in progress... :) )

Of the original list, the completed:
Drink a real margarita = I have done this a number of times, so much so, that I can't remember exactly when my first time was. :P
Get kissed in the rain = I believe this happened earlier this year while out of state, but I'm not completely positive on that. And that being said, I am completely open to it happening again. :D lol
Meet someone famous = I am up to 2 1/2! I have actually spoke, shook hands, and gotten pictures with Brain Froud (artist and creative consultant on Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. Ran into him at an art exhibit on July 18th) and T.A. Barron, author of my favorite books, The Lost Years Of Merlin Epic Series. Met him at a book signing at our local bookstore around October 15th. The 1/2 was my swing n' miss moment with Zac Hanson back on November 12th, 2008, mentioned in a previous blog. If I ever get a chance to meet him again, and grow the balls to say anything, I can change that half to a whole.
Get my nose pierced = November 6th, 2009 around 12:30pm w/ one of my dearest friends.
At least start learning how to become a record producer/engineer = Am (hopefully) to be enrolled in my first class by January 14th, 2011. It's a little up in the air right now. The class was marked as 'closed', so I have to see if they can add me.
Jump off a cliff into a lake = I've decided against this, once figuring out I can't swim very well in dense bodies of water. Swimming pools, good, rivers ok, lakes...bad! : P

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Heelllloooo ooout theeree!!

I am horrible at staying in touch with people, family included, and I will be the first to admit this. In an attempt to remedy this, the following blog will be copied (with some this) and mailed to the appropriate destinations. By the way, I'm also trying to over ride irritation and mild anger as I write this, so I apologize if this post seems a bit scattered at times.

*Small update: It is now the next day, and the last line above is no longer applicable.

" What a long, strange trip it's been." I don't think Jerry could have said it any better. Those words have never rung so true for me, as they do now. As busy as I've been, I am aware that the Solstice isn't even here yet, let alone the end of the year, but I felt it necessary to get this out in writing. (That, and I haven't written in this thing since... July.. I think.)

This year has been my year of years, in the best ways possible. (And I'm hoping, will continue to be.) I've done everything from conversing with hippies (some of my favorite people) and fourteen-toed huskies named Zorro, to cage dancing and getting splattered with "alien" and "human" blood while moshing pitting at an Opera house theater in SF, during a full moon. ("If I'm lyin', I'm cryin'!" )

I've gotten out of a terrible relationship, had some weird ones, and am now in the middle of a wonderful one. :D (Thank You, Goddess.)

I have experienced, and continue to experience, more in this year than I have in my entire life, good and bad. (One moment in particular, I am far less than proud of.... I won't go into details here, so suffice it to say, lesson learned: Pace yourself!) I have met some of my favorite people (Brian Froud, T.A Barron), made new friends, and created new relationships (good ones) with old friends.

I am currently in the midst of getting everything together that I need for school, where I will be taking my first class in a program of record production and engineering. #23 on original list.

I may not have a car, or a license, or even my own apartment yet, but there are at least two things I've discovered: 1. Everything on The List, yet to be achieved, updated list included, is ten times easier to achieve, and 2. "I'd rather die on my feet, than live on knees." But all in all.. I'd rather live. And I rather enjoy doing so...

"To live, would be a mighty great adventure..."

-Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie