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40 things

I was just vegging out in front of my laptop (I know I have a ton of other things to do!). I was surfing other wordpress blogs and found this interesting. A set of 40 questions to gauge how well rounded a person is. I’ll say upfront that some of this is probably unique to the U.S, so if you didn’t grow up here (I didn’t), it may be hard to do it. So here’s my attempt.

1. Been to a play: Yeah. But probably only one (excluding the ones in school).

2. Bungee jumped or something similar: Something similar yes – but not solo, tandem with my husband. I don’t know the name for it, but have seen it in many theme parks.

3. Been a mentor/big brother/big sister: Nope.

4. Read at least one of the classics (War and Peace, The Great Gatsby, The Red Badge of Courage, Beowulf, Crime and Punishment, etc): No, they are all too long for me. I enjoy light reading.

5. Stood up for someone publicly: Probably not.

6. Been on a major roller coaster: Been to the Superman, ride of Steel in Six Flags.

7. Been to a drive-in movie: Yes, in Bangalore, India. I don’t think it exists there anymore.

8. Done something at a drive-in movie other than watch the movie: Nope, have been only once – as a kid, with my family. So, there.

9. Done volunteer work: So this concept was new to me after I started working here in the U.S. Have done a bit, but nothing to write about, considering how long I have been here. The desire for this has increased since AK (my son) entered the public school this year and I’m trying.

10. Given a toast at a wedding, a eulogy at a funeral, or some similar, meaningful speech: Again, from where I come, the weddings, funerals etc are all very different from here, so there really is no toast or eulogy. I haven’t been to any funerals here and the weddings I’ve been to here, I can count on one hand and none were close enough to me that I was asked to toast.

11. Been to a major sports playoff game: No.

12. Thrown a costume or theme party: Nope. Not into this. Neither thrown one nor attended one.

13. Been on or near the set of a major motion picture: Nope.

14. Taken a compliment well: I don’t know if I can say yes yet, but I’m learning this and think I’m doing better the last few years than before.

15. Planted a tree: I’ve helped my husband, does that count?

16. Been stung by a jellyfish or something similar in/near the ocean: No, and chances are slim. I’m not a beach junkie and can’t swim – so no water sports/activities for me.

17. Quit a crappy job:  No. Where I grew up, we mostly only work after graduation (Yeah, parents fund education!). So have had only 3 or 4 real jobs. And the changes happened due to change in circumstances rather than quitting because of the job itself.

18. Been on a blind date: No.

19. Done something kind and unexpected for a stranger: Nothing that I remember.

20. Had a major surgery: Not sure what counts but I’m young and reasonably healthy. Only surgery I’ve had are dental (wisdom teeth extraction) and child birth related, none of which I consider major. Although, a friend was out of commission for 2 months after what I thought was routine dental surgery (similar to the procedure I had)! That was scary – she had major infection and couldn’t eat for weeks – only liquid diet.

21. Taken a car/truck road trip that covered at least 6 states: Yep, 2 that I can remember. Drove from Lubbock, TX to Florida with friends – TX, LA,  MS, AL, GA, FL and then PK and I went from New Jersey to the Outer banks, NC for our 2nd anniversary. (NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, NC)

22. Been in 4 or more countries: Easily, the travel hound that I’m. I counted 14 countries – not sure if I missed any – mostly many parts of Europe, Russia, Israel, Mexico, Canada, Singapore etc.

23. Spent New Year’s Eve somewhere special: Times Square, once, if you consider that special.

24. Visited an ancient landmark: Yeah, Church of nativity in Bethlehem and other places in Jerusalem.

25. Been face to face with a celebrity by chance: Yes – too tired to elaborate.

26. Given to charity in the past two years: Yes.

27. Helped a stray animal: No, at the risk of sounding heartless, I’m not an animal lover (I’m a vegetarian, does that make up for it?).

28. Dated someone you met online: No.

29. Won money on a long shot: Never won anything.

30. Won your office/family/friends NCAA tournament pool: Nope, my work place doesn’t allow these things and I’ve never been interested.

31. Won an award/medal (even if something “small”): Probably, several (My dad may even have some saved from school!).

32. Driven a foreign sports car: No. Probably never will. A car is just a commuting medium for me.

33. Been in the front row for a concert: Nope.

34. Attended a symphony orchestra performance: No.

35. Caught a criminal in the act and did something about it (reported it, smacked them in the head, etc): No, and I don’t want to be around any such action.

36. Sung solo on a stage: Probably, before 5th grade. The things I’ve done in elementary school. Sheesh!

37. Witnessed something supernatural: No, and I don’t want to either.

38. Covered for someone (who deserved it) at work: Yes, often. My boss, she’s wonderful. And another good buddy at work, when he went on sabbatical and he returned the favor.

39. Overcome a major fear: Stage fright/public speaking. Its been a bell curve for me. Until I was in 7th grade or so, I was very bold and never afraid to be up on the stage for anything. Then, I don’t know what happened, I turned very shy and retreated into my shell and always wanted to either behind the scenes or the sidelines. But the last 5 yrs, as a part of my job, I’m also expected to do some training – groups of 5 to 20 people. So, I’ve gotten better at this. Not to say that every time the opportunity comes, the jitters don’t come back. But it has also given me the chance to visit unexpected places where I probably wouldn’t have gone on my own.

40. Mailed a surprise care package to a loved one: No.

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