June 26th, 2008
|11:42 pm - Three unique things list|
Post 3 things you’ve done in your lifetime that you don’t think anybody else on your friends list has done.
See if anybody else responds with “I’ve done that.” If they have, you need to add another! (2.b., 2.c., etc…)
1) Ridden a camel to the pyramids
Quite literally singed my eyebrows (and the front part of my hair) setting off homemade explosives
Set off bottle rockets indoors (my freshmen college dorm suite was an rather interesting place)
Eaten natto and enjoyed it.
2c) Stayed in grad school for 9 years w/o getting a PhD (for many years, I considered Roger Zelazny's Doorways in the Sand to be somewhere in between inspirational literature and career advice).
3)Disassembled, cleaned, serviced, repaired, and reassembled into full working order the mechanisms of multiple grandfather clocks (how I made money over the summers of college and graduate school).
I almost added, derived Mercator's projection by hand (which was the most challenging math I've ever tried and accomplished), until I realized that my friend bard_bloom was in the same class.
What's most amusing is all of the truly odd and unique things that I've done that I'm not putting on this list, because I know for certain that one or more people on my f-list have also done them. In most social groups, being formally initiated as a Wiccan priest or having conversations with deities would on that list, but definitely not here.
I think my big brother may have done number two, but with small quantities of industrial explosives as a kid.
|Date:||June 27th, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)|| |
Mine with with small quantities of powdered model rocket fuel as a young teen.
Edited at 2008-06-27 07:27 am (UTC)
btw, at what time do you want us over on Saturday evening?
After checking the weather, I think we're gonna have to cancel. Tomorrow is supposed to be horribly hot, and I expect to spend tomorrow evening recovering from heat stroke.
I'm sorry to do this at the last minute. Heat sucks.
I've done #1
. And I've tasted natto, but didn't enjoy it, so you're still good on that one.
Ok, the fact that you can repair clocks is extremely cool to me, which I have previously built up in my head as this huge romantic puzzle-laden steampunky process that is both art and process.
Or, put another way...can you show me sometime?
Can you do watches, too?
|Date:||June 27th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)|| |
Can you do watches, too?
No, my dad can work on both clocks and watches, but watchwork is rather more precise than I'm interested in. I have worked on some fairly small clocks though (the smallest having movements no larger than a large orange). I might be able to diagnose a problem with a watch, but that's about it.
Clockwork is still sexy and I'd still like to see it/know how it is done. :)
I probably rode a camel to the pyramids, and/or the Valley of the Kings. Of course, I was 3, so I don't remember.
|Date:||June 27th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)|| |
I've done 2b).
Sorry, did number one! :D
"In most social groups, being formally initiated as a Wiccan priest or having conversations with deities would on that list, but definitely not here."
Actually, having conversations with deities is not unique in most social groups. Most Americans are Christian, and most Christians pray daily.
|Date:||June 27th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)|| |
Yes, but in how many cases does their god answser them directly?
I don't think it's true that most Americans actually pray daily.
|Date:||June 28th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)|| |
Agreed, most Americans don't even go to church except on specific holidays.