Top 100 Things I’ve Done – #6

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Bungee jump.

Hands down the scariest thing I’ve ever done. This place was called “The Pipeline” and it was located in Queenstown, New Zealand. At the time, the 334 foot drop made it the second highest bungee in the world. The bridge was shakey. The platform was about as wide as my feet. They spent a mere 17 secconds tieing my feet in. I had to walk out onto the edge. Then everyone yells 1, 2, 3 BUNGEE and you’re supposed to jump. I half jumped. When I bent my knees to attempt to spring myself into the air, I just froze and fell off the platform. I rushed to a couple hundred miles per hour in fetal position. Then softly and smoothly I changed direction and felt the sensation again….then again…and again. The falling sensation is the scary part. I couldn’t yell. I could barely see. All I could do was squeeze every part of my body together as tight as I could and think about what death would feel like. It was awesome.

Top 100 Things I’ve Done – #5

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Stop watching TV.

Not sure if it’s true, but the other day a friend told me the average person watches 2 months of TV per year. That’s 15% of their damn life. What the hell?

People don’t believe me when I say I don’t watch TV. Sometimes they’ll say, “neither do I really…except for this show and that show and the news.” But I mean it….I don’t watch TV. I stopped in 1999. Nor do I listen to the radio for that matter. If I didn’t use the internet, I probably would have missed Septmber 11th.

There are a few reasons I stopped, but mostly it’s the mainstream media that did it to me. The monotony is well disguised, but once I felt like I could see it, I couldn’t stand to watch anymore. There are some shows which I can enjoy, but when the commercial breaks come on, I’m so turned off I can’t take it.

I’m also sucked into the crappy reality shows like everyone else. If it’s on when I walk by, I’ll catch myself staring at the screen ignoring people around me. It’s true hypnosis and it makes my stomach turn. It’s like carbs, like sugar, like caffine, like crack. Once you start, you can’t get enough. Once you stop…for long enough…you don’t need it anymore, you d’nt even want it anymore.

The movie Bowling for Columbine summed up lots of my gripes with television. Fear. Consumption. Money. Power. Greed. More. There’s lots to my reasoning. If you’re interested I’ll tell you. There’s no doubt, killing my television is one of the most liberating things I’ve ever done.

Top 100 Things I’ve Done – #4

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Suck at sports.

A couple weeks ago, when invited to play volleyball, my response was “anything with balls, I suck”. Obviously I regret saying that for reasons not related to my intentions. However, my point is true….any sport which has a ball in it, I’m pretty bad at. Of course I played baseball when I was younger. I struk out last and kicked dandelions in the outfield. I played youth basketball for years. I even went to basketball camp a couple times. It didn’t matter though, because I was the 11th player on the team every year. The first five would start, the second five would finish, and sometimes I would play when we had a 20 point lead and my father fought with the coach. Soccer…quit after the first game. Tennis…sucked. Bowling….still suck.

I’m not really sure if it’s my impatience or my disinterest that makes me so bad at any athletic competition using a speherical object. Never tried football. I think a sport with a squished ball, I’d suck at even more.

The reason one of the best things I’ve ever done is suck at sports, is because it led me to do different things. I excelled in the martial arts and found tons of other interests in the years I could have been shooting for trophies. I’ll even bet that in some way, sucking at sports has played a role in my overall desire to constantly take the path less travelled.

If you suck at something normal, do something different.

Top 100 Things I’ve Done – #3

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Perform for 1000 people.

When I was in college, the band I was in opened for two of my favorite bands at the time; Hot Rod Circuit and Saves the Day. We had a special room reserved for us backstage, stocked with food and drinks. The other bands had rooms too and we chatted with them and hung out during soundcheck. We had a small following, but most of the sold-out crowd had never heard of us. It didn’t matter. When the lights went dim and it was time to come out on the stage, it felt like they were there for us. When we walked out from behind the curtain, everyone started screaming. The stage lights were blinding. All we could see were faces and lights. We rocked out and everyone rocked out with us. When I add a little imagination to the experience, I can almost taste what it would be like to be a rockstar. Oh man, it tastes so good.

Top 100 Things I’ve Done – #2

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Sleep on the beach.

I just woke up. It’s about 6:30am and I am using my Blackberry at the Mohegan Bluffs, on the sand, in a tent. This isn’t the first time I’ve slept on the beach and actually, it was pretty uncomfortable. The sand is hard packed and the humidity hasn’t cracked in days. But still, it’s great! I fell asleep so close to the water, that I was scared tide might wash me away . The moon was full, so I could watch the waves as my eyes shut. The soft repitition of them melted all the stresses from a busy week. And best of all…it was free!

Top 100 Things I’ve Done – #1

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Leave the country. And then come back.

This was the greatest thing I could have ever done. Seeing the USA from the outside forever changed the way I thought about so many things, especially my country. I think leaving for long enough to be able to look back and actually soak in the view makes the experience even more rewarding…but at the very least do it. America is so not planet earth. America is not humanity. America is a disturbingly loud, but still small, piece of it all.

Top 100 Things I’ve Done

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My friend Cal told me he was going to list the top 100 things he’s done and the top 100 things he wants to do. I am such a huge fan of experiencing things, so I was totatlly into his idea. Tonight I was trying to decide how to motivate myself to actually write the list. I figured a good way would be by making posts everytime I think of one.

I’m going to start with the Top 100 Things I’ve Done. These will be the things that have been burned into my memory, probably because I’ve relived them inside my head over and over again. Some of these things have impacted how I think about the world or about life and some of them were just super fun or exciting. No matter what the reason, I reccommend everyone doing these things before they leave this place. So between now and whenever I finish, here they are, in no particular order….

“Do you take American money?”

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When I got to Vancouver, I found it a bit rude when I heard US travellers asking the Canadians if they take American money…even if they would, it makes sense to me to make an effort when in their country. But the worst was when I actually heard US travllers asking the same thing in Alaska!

Another one from the chopper.

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Another one from the chopper.

After the helicpoter left us

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After the helicpoter left us for a stroll on the glacier.

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