For Fun

Apparently, I’m going to make it a trend to steal my friends’ list ideas. First it was the birthday list I took from Ryan, and now it’s this “just for fun” list from Britt. I’d like to say that all 25 posts I promised to write before turning 33 will not be stolen from friends, but I just don’t feel confident making that commitment right now 😉

(X) Shot a gun. I’ve shot a 12 gauge shotgun at flying discs of clay. My brother-in-law and dad like to shoot sporting clays as a recreational activity, and when I visit, it’s become something fun to join in on, even though I’m a pretty terrible shot.


() Gone on a blind date. I hope not ever to check this one off my list.

() Skipped school. Nope. Did I go off campus for lunch when I maybe wasn’t supposed to? Sure. Did I tell Doctora Lewis that I needed to leave AP Spanish for an away volleyball game earlier than I needed to leave? Indeed (that class was AWFUL.) But no outright skipping.

() Watched someone die. It’s been incredibly heartwrenching for me to be around as people I love were dying. I can’t imagine being there as they died, and I’m not so sure it’s an experience I want to have.

(X) Visited Canada. Yup. You can drink and gamble at age 19 there, so clearly my friends and I crossed the border when we were all 19. Nathan and I also visited the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. I have seen some fantastic photos from various hiking trips other friends have taken further into the giant nation to our north, and I’d love to go back and see some of that for myself.

(X) Visited Hawaii. I was less than one year old. I feel like that doesn’t count. But then again, I took my first steps on Hawaii which is cool, so it counts.

() Visited Alaska. I want to visit all 50 states. I also want to visit all the national parks and Alaska is hoarding a bunch of them.

() Visited Cuba. I would like to very much.

(X) Visited Europe. Yes to Italy and Ireland, both under academic pretenses.

() Visited South America. Not yet.

(X) Visited Las Vegas. Just once. I’m not into gambling so much, but the food there was insane, and I love me some food. Plus, as an artist and lover of architecture and decor, just walking around the different and grand hotels was pretty mind blowing.

(X) Visited Central America. I visited Tijuana, Mexico as a small child where, as my Aunt Linda tells it, I flat out refused to ride in a cab without seatbelts. A few years ago, I went to Cabo San Lucas with my family for a week which was lovely. Except for the part where I fell off the jet ski and was so embarrassed by my inability to get back on, that I started yelling at my family just to leave me there. That was silly. Thank you again, family, for looking me in the face and saying “no fucking way.”

() Visited Asia. Not yet, but I’m going to tick this one off later this year!

() Visited Africa. Another no, but I’d love to.

(X) Visited Florida. Twice. Both for family Disney vacations. I know nothing of the rest of the state.

(X) See the Grand Canyon in person. This is another one that happened when I was so young that I don’t remember it but there are photos to prove it happened.

(X) Flown in a plane. Yes. Lots. Hate them. Where’s my teleporter?

() Served on a jury. The one time I’ve been summoned during my time in PA, they didn’t require me to report.

(X) Been lost. Yes. Lots. I actually credit getting lost a lot to my learning how to navigate Pittsburgh.

(X) Traveled to the opposite side of the country. I’ve been to all sides of the country.

(X) Visited Washinton, DC. I took a trip there in 5th grade with my dad. We saw all the big monuments but couldn’t visit the White House on the particular day we were there. I want to go back sometime when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.

(X) Swam in the ocean. 2 oceans and a few seas.

() Played cops and robbers. I don’t think so.

() Played cowboys and Indians. I don’t think so.

() Recently colored with crayons. Nope, I’ve been rocking out a little with my gel pens though.

(X) Sang karaoke. A looooong time ago.

() Sang a solo or duet in church. I don’t do church.

() Paid for a meal with coins only. No.

(X) Made prank phone calls. Of course.

() Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose. I laugh until I can’t breathe and snort, but I haven’t ever sent a drink out of my nose.

(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue. And on my eyeball.

() Had children. No, thank you.

(X) Had a pet. My family always had dogs when I was growing but the first pets that are truly mine are these cutems right here, Porter and Jeanie.


(X) Been skinny dipping. Another looooong time ago.

(X) Been fishing. I went deep sea fishing with Nathan, my brother-in-law, and my dad in Cabo. I didn’t do anything but I was there!

(X) Been boating. Yep.

(X) Been downhill skiing. I used to have fun skiing until my uncle almost killed me in one our family’s most famous stories. (I’m not the only one he’s nearly killed.)

() Been water skiing. Does tubing count? No? I didn’t think so.

() Been camping in a trailer/RV. Nope.

(X) Camping in a tent. My go-to activity for when I’m feeling overwhelmed and need to get away.

() Driven a motorcycle. Nope.

() Been bungee jumping. I have zero desire to do this.

() Gone to a drive-in movie. Still no! We’ve been talking about this for years and I still haven’t gone.

(X) Done something that could have killed you. This question is pretty silly. I’ve done some stupid shit but driving my car stone cold sober could kill me if we’re being real.

() Rode an elephant. I’ve only ever seen them in zoos. When, yes when I got to Thailand, I’m going to visit the sanctuary there where I can visit them up close but not ride them.

(X) Rode a camel. In Israel. I was pretty terrified but sucked it up and did it anyway. It is not leisurely. This photo was taken by my friend Nina, sitting in front of me on the same camel. It came out pretty great seeing as how we were both holding on for dear life.


(X) Eaten just cookies or cake or ice cream for dinner. I refer you to the years labeled, “College.”

(X) Been on TV. My elementary school chorus sang backup on “War is Over” for Neil Diamond’s Christmas special. In fact, any time you hear his recording of that song during the holidays, I’m in there. Also, a few years ago, a super famous glass artist came to visit PGC and both my bosses were out of town when the local TV station wanted to someone to come in and promote his visit. I maintain to this day that yes, I did a good job but that does not mean I enjoyed it. (I didn’t.)

() Stolen any traffic signs. I don’t get the appeal.

() Donated blood. I’ve never been able to.

(X) Gotten a piercing. Several in my ears, one tongue.

() Gotten a tattoo. I’ve wanted a tattoo for as long as I can remember. However, I can’t settle on where and what for longer than a month at a time and I feel like that’s necessary. I’ve designed a few tattoos for other people though!

() Gone off road 4 wheeling. Nope.

() Ever owned your dream car. I used to have a dream car and I never owned it. Now I don’t really have a dream car. I mean, does it go from here to there? Good enough.

() Been married. No but many people think I’m married.

() Been divorced. Nope.

(X) Fell in love. More than once.

() Paid for a stranger’s meal. I haven’t done this but I’d like to sometime. I’m always confused by the logistics of these random acts of kindness.

(X) Driven over 100 mph. Yep.

() Been scuba diving/snorkeling. I’m going to say using a snorkel mask in a pool doesn’t count.

(X) Written a published book/story/poem/article. No/yes/yes/yes.

(X) Eaten snails. Yea. They were good but I’m not sure what all the fuss is about.

() Rode in a hot air balloon. I almost did this in Jackson Hole on my favorite vacation ever, but volatile wind conditions foiled our plans.

() Rode in a helicopter. No.

(X) Met a celebrity. I grew up in LA and went to school with some children of celebrities.



  1. Court   •  

    Didn’t we go snorkeling in Cabo? And when are you going to Asia?!?!?!

    • sam   •     Author

      I don’t think I snorkeled in Cabo…
      We are going to Korea in the fall to visit Mal and Ryan and while we’re on the on the other side of the world, we’re going to drop in on Japan.

  2. Erin   •  

    Are you referring to drunk karaoke at Bootleggers? I can’t remember if you were there (see: DRUNK).

    I’ve bought food for other people a few times, but I don’t think that’s what was meant by that question – more than once when there is a hungry looking homeless person outside someplace I’m going (like Panera or the gas station), I’ve bought a meal for them. Usually they appreciate it and chow down, occasionally they look displeased because they don’t want food, they want money for drugs. I just say, “I got you a sandwich” and hand them the bag. Never paid for another patron IN a restaurant though.

    • sam   •     Author

      I honestly don’t know what karaoke I’m referring to. I have no specific memory but I know it happened. Probably drunk with you lol.

      Yea I took the question to mean buying someone’s meal in a place. Or like buying groceries for the person behind you in line at the store- how does one do that without standing there conspicuously with payment method?

  3. Erin   •  

    I’ve heard of people at Starbucks buying a gift card for say $50 and telling the cashier to use it to pay for the next people’s drinks until it runs out.

    • sam   •     Author

      Ooooh. Good idea.

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