Done

This is the list of things I’ve done, hence “the Done list.” Think of it as my life portfolio. Items in bold are especially interesting or important to me. I will keep this list updated as I do more or think of more to add to it. For now…

What have I done?

I…

  • Ate:
    • Mexican, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Indian, Nepali, Thai, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Greek, Hebrew, Pakistani, Peruvian, Saudi, Ecuadorian, Egyptian, Ethiopian, German, Bosnian, Filipino, and Soul food
    • buffalo, venison, mutton, camel, alpaca, guinea pig, pheasant, sashimi, mussels, crabs, clams, squid, lobster, frog, jellyfish, crickets, blood sausage, beef hearts, pork intestines, chicken anus, silk worm larva, and “live” octopus
    • cactus
    • chocolate covered, potato chips; bacon donuts; bacon chocolate; and refrigerated Swiss chocolate
    • just one Lays potato chip
    • an entire Korean meal in Korea with Korean (metal) chopsticks
    • an entire Indian meal in India with my hands, and the same with Saudi food in Saudi
    • a jar of peanut butter a day for a month
    • a whole apple pie in half an hour
    • a vegetarian diet for a month
    • a vegan diet for a month
  • Attended:
    • Thunder Over Louisville, Worldfest (in Louisville), and the Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival
    • a performance of The Nutcracker ballet
    • a concert at a jazz club, a concert at a blues club, a concert in a foreign country, a stadium concert, and the recording of a live album
    • a professional baseball game and a baseball game in a foreign country
    • a Super Bowl party and not watched any of the game
    • the first showing (at midnight) of a Star Wars movie
    • a sunrise church service on Easter Sunday
    • a Billy Graham crusade, a pastor’s conference, a worship conference, and a church summer camp
    • a wedding, a wedding in a foreign country, and funeral
    • a grand opening sale
  • Built:
    • a sandcastle on a beach
    • a snowman taller than me
    • a card house over four layers high
    • a tree house
    • a birdhouse
    • a Lego tower that touched the ceiling
    • a website for a client and my own website
  • Caught:
    • a fish
    • a foul ball at a baseball game
    • a lightening bug
  • Carved:
    • words into a tree
    • a face into a pumpkin
    • arrows for my homemade bow
  • Climbed:
    • a basilica tower
    • a snow-capped mountain
    • a mountain in the dark
    • a sand dune in the middle east
    • a fig tree like a monkey
    • to the top of a tree
    • to the top of a fake rock wall
    • up a “down” escalator
  • Collected:
    • all 50 of the State quarters
    • over $500 in quarters
  • Couchsurfed in a foreign country multiple times
  • Crawled through an underground drainage pipe
  • Crossed:
    • the equator
    • the International Date Line
    • the prime meridian
    • an International border on foot, in a car, in a boat, and in an airplane
  • Drank:
    • zero carbonation for a year straight
    • camel milk
    • soju in Korea, sake in Japan, Chang beer in Thailand, Beerlao in Laos, Angkor beer in Cambodia, Kingfisher in Ethiopia, and a bunch of illegal home-brewed stuff in Saudi Arabia
  • Donated:
    • to charity: water
    • to Gospel For Asia
    • the Goodwill and the Salvation Army
  • Drove:
    • a car, a truck, and a van with 10 people in it
    • a stick shift for half an hour without stalling
    • donuts in the snow
    • 100 miles per hour with my head out the window
  • Felt an earthquake
  • Finished:
  • Flew:
  • Gave:
    • myself a haircut
    • 100 of my T-shirts away
    • a short, “commencement” speech in Spanish
  • Graduated:
    • from high school when I was 16, having never “gone” to school (I was home schooled the whole time)
    • from a TESOL course in Thailand in three weeks
  • Grew:
    • hair over a foot long
    • dreadlocks
    • a mullet
    • a goatee
    • a mustache
  • Hand copied the entire New Testament
  • Held my breath for over three minutes (3:10)
  • Juggled three objects for over one minute
  • Jumped:
    • off a roof
    • off a diving board
    • off a bike ramp with a bike
    • over a fence
    • rope backward with my hands crossed
  • Learned:
    • some Koine Greek, Spanish, Korean, Thai, and Arabic
  • Microwaved an empty Doritos bag
  • Opened:
    • a foreign bank account
    • a money market account
    • a Roth IRA
  • Played:
    • Ping-Pong, Volleyball, Croquet, Soccer, Tennis, Football, Baseball, Dodge Ball, Kickball, Tether Ball, Carpet-Ball, Bocce Ball, and Ultimate Frisbee
    • guitar in a church worship band
    • drums in a church worship band for eight years
    • drums on a demo CD
    • Backgammon, Chess, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Mancala, and Pente
    • Marbles
    • Yut Nori
    • Dominoes
    • Black Jack, Slap Jack, El Presidente/Scumbags and Warlords, Rummy, Spades, Hearts, Crazy Eight, Go Fish, Uno, Rook, Canasta, Cribbage, Casino, ERS, Trashcan, Nine-Hole Golf, Up and Down the River, a bunch of versions of Poker, and Cowboys and Indians
  • Preached a sermon
  • Read:
    • a novel in one day
    • an entire book at a bookstore
    • the Bible cover to cover in a month
  • Recited:
    • the English alphabet backward in under five seconds
    • over 300 Bible verses at church (on separate occasions, not all at once)
    • all 50 of the United States in under 15 minutes
  • Rode:
    • in the back seat of a police car
    • in a taxi
    • in a rickshaw/tuk-tuk
    • a subway
    • in a limousine
    • a Ferris wheel
    • a wooden roller coaster, a roller coaster seven times without getting off
    • a horse and a camel
    • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world
    • Maid Of The Mist, the Niagara Falls ferry
    • a bus from Seoul to Busan, from one corner of South Korea to the other
    • a ferry from Korea to Japan
    • a riverboat down one of Bangkok’s canals
    • overnight in a sleeper train
    • overnight in a sleeper bus, in a double-decker sleeper bus, and in a bus that shouldn’t have been meant for sleeping at all
  • Saw:
    • the Hope Diamond
    • the U. S. Capital building, the White House, the Washington Monument, and the Pentagon
    • a space shuttle launch at night
    • people bathing in the Ganges
    • the burning ghats (public cremation) by the Ganges
    • Niagara Falls from the back
    • a glacier
    • alligators, bald eagles, camels, monkeys, and mongooses in the wild
    • extreme poverty in slums across India
  • Scored:
    • a half-court basketball shot
    • a three-point basketball shot from behind my back
    • a hole-in-one in miniature golf
    • an A+ in a class without ever reading the “required” books
    • over 100% in a class
  • Shot:
    • a BB gun and an Airsoft gun,
    • a .45 pistol
    • a .30-30 and M1 Garand rifles
    • a homemade longbow, a recurve bow, and compound bow
    • a slingshot
    • a fire hose
  • Skied, snowboarded, skateboarded, and roller bladed
  • Slept:
    • all night in a small closet
    • all night on a beach
    • all night in an airport
    • sitting up
    • in a hut
    • in a tent
    • in a hostel, guest house, and hotel in a foreign country
    • in a coffee shop
  • Solved a 3×3 Rubik’s Cube
  • Spat into the Grand Canyon
  • Survived:
    • Y2K
  • Swam:
    • in Lake Erie
    • in the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Thailand, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea
    • underneath a boat
    • outside in a heated pool while it was snowing
  • Taught:
    • in the United States
    • in South Korea
    • in Thailand
    • in Saudi Arabia
  • Threw:
    • a hatchet into a tree and made it stick
    • a homerun in a Little League baseball field
  • Toured:
    • Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace
    • Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s home
    • a Smithsonian Institute Museum; the National Museum of Korea; the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities; and the National Museum of Saudi Arabia
    • the Louisville Slugger Museum
    • the Louisville Water Company, which included seeing the world’s oldest ornamental water tower
    • Changdeokgung Palace and the Secret Gardens in Seoul, South Korea
    • the St. Louis Arch
    • the Kingdom Tower in Riyadh
    • a lava tube
    • Angkor Wat and other temples near Siem Reap, Cambodia
    • the temples in Ayutthaya, Thailand
    • the Taj Mahal
    • Machu Picchu
  • Traveled:
    • Southeast Asia for over a month straight
    • South America for over a month straight
  • Typed:
    • over 60 wpm
    • the book of Proverbs in a month
  • Visited:
    • Mexico, Canada, South Korea, Japan, North Korea, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, India, Kuwait, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, Colombia, and Ecuador, and Peru
    • 31 out of the 50 United States: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia
    • Addis Ababa, Amarillo, Atlanta, Bangkok, Bogota, Birmingham (Alabama), Buffalo, Busan, Cairo, Cincinnati, Chicago, Cusco, Dammam, Dallas, Delhi, Denver, Detroit, Doha, Dubai, Erie, Indianapolis, Juneau, Kolkata, Kuwait City, Lima, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Los Vegas, Louisville, Luxor, Manama, Medina, Myrtle Beach, Mumbai, New York City, Niagara Falls, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Pune, Quito, Riyadh, San Diego, Seoul, Siem Reap, St. Louis, Varanasi, and Vientiane
    • five continents in one year
    • the Petrified Forest National Park and Joshua Tree National Park
    • the Lincoln Memorial
    • Mother Teresa’s Motherhouse
    • the Smokey Mountains and the Rocky Mountains
    • Death Valley
  • Volunteered:
    • to pick up garbage around a bridge
    • to clean a church, mow a church’s lawn, and organize a church meeting
    • at a soup kitchen
  • Walked:
    • the wrong way on a moving sidewalk while other people were on it
    • the ridgepole of a roof
    • across a frozen lake
    • from the east bank of the Nile to the Valley of the Kings
  • Wrote:
    • a poem
    • a song
    • a 50-page letter
    • a college paper that my professor used as a model for future classes
    • a recommendation for a college professor
    • a novel for NaNoWriMo, a challenge to write a 50,000-word draft in one month
    • a script for Script Frenzy, a challenge to write a 100-page draft in one month
    • a blog post every day for a year straight
    • an ebook
  • Won:
    • a pie eating contest
    • every game of foosball I played for a month straight (dozens of games)
    • every game in a YMCA basketball season

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