Ten Things I’ve Done You Probably Haven’t

This is a meme of sorts, started by John Scalzi over at Whatever.

So, 10 things I’ve done that you (probably) have not, if you had any sense…

  1. Administered a correspondence course for GP doctors when I know nothing whatsoever about medicine.
  2. Worn a T-shirt that was (while I was wearing it) admired by Queen Noor of Jordan.
  3. Walked 20 – 30 kms up the Headhunter’s Trail in Sarawak wearing a shoe which had the sole held on only by elastic bands.
  4. Killed a cobra with a broomstick.
  5. Survived 30-40 wasp stings (all at the same time, in the middle of a mangrove swamp).
  6. Slept in a thoroughly decadent baroque bedroom with chandeliers and a mirrored ceiling overhead, quite unconscious of the fact that a revolution had just started in the country I was in…
  7. Took my daughter’s in-laws to a Balinese brothel in the middle of the night thinking it was a karaoke bar
  8. Got (thoroughly) beaten to the top of a 13,455′ (4101m) high mountain by the youngest person to have ever climbed it independently (my daughter, aged 8 at the time) .
  9. Swum with wild penguins (and no wet suit either).
  10. Had a Vice-President of Iran to dinner in my house, for which I did the cooking…


Ten Things I’ve Done You Probably Haven’t — 6 Comments

  1. This reminds me of the old story of someone relating their incredible adventures, and a girl in the audience who asks breathlessly, “Did you survive?” 🙂

  2. Took my daughter’s in-laws to a Balinese brothel in the middle of the night thinking it was a karaoke bar

    what happened there?

  3. We woke up to where we were when a) the staff had trouble even finding the karaoke videos b) some very very sexy looking waitresses came and sat down with us at the tables c) my daughter, hunting out the loo, found a whole lot of bedrooms instead, and d) the staff seemed as bemused we were – after all, it’s not often three middle-aged aged women, one of them a Malay, plus one young woman, role up to a brothel with 3 men…

    We had some (very expensive) drinks, had a great deal of trouble keeping straight faces, and left. I guess my daughter’s in-lawa are still dining out on that one!

  4. I bet to onlookers it must’ve looked a little like a visiting mama-san dropping by to make a social call…

    No offense meant, of course.

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