My List (by Warnser)
A while ago Cardine wrote two really cool blogs based on a list that she wrote many years ago about the things that she wanted to accomplish. I imagine I've written a list or two like that myself. I'm pretty sure that if I still had one of those lists, a lot of the things that I have done would not have been on my list. When Cardine asked if I wanted to do a little blog exchange, I decided to share my list. Here are the things that would probably never have been on my list, and a few things that I would still like to add to it.
'Are you a pole vaulter?' 'No, I'm German, but how did you know my name was Walter?' It's true. In high school I actually vaulted for our track team. I was probaly as surprised by this as anybody, but it was cool. There's nothing like taking a really long stick, jamming it into the ground, and throwing yourself as high in the air as you possibly can. Eleven feet seven inches: that's as far as I possibly could.
Greece! I really like Greece. You might even say I'm a bit obsessed. I haven't always been this way, but then again, I didn't always know that I would spend the better part of two years of my life there.
Can I please speak with my lawyer? For a long time in Greece it was illegal to actively seek religious converts. So it was not exactly a surprise when a few of my friends and I got arrested. I admit I was kind of pleased by the whole thing. I mean, when else would I ever get the chance to spend some quality time in jail?
Wait! You're not the pastor? I went to Greece with purely religious motives, but I never expected to give a lecture in someone else's church. Then one day it happened; a priest stopped my companion and I and invited us as guest lecturers. Imagine my surprise when we walked into a packed house! There must have been a hundred ladies all waiting to hear us. It was a really good discussion, even if they didn't invite us because of the message.
Knock! Knock! When I got back from Greece I decided to join a summer sales program. I'm not sorry that I did, but I honestly don't know what I was thinking. I am a pretty lousy salesperson. I got better, but it wasn't exactly my dream job.
Go for the Gold. It seems like everyone dreams of one day competing in the Olympics, but that never seemed very likely to me. At best, I thought I might be able to go see them sometime. I never thought I would work for them! When the winter Olympics came to Salt Lake, I saw the opportunity, and I jumped right in. All I can say is 'It was so worth it!'
What's that sound? There is a place in the lower part of Tennessee that is unusual at best. You hike down into this cave, and then you tunnel into the mountain about a mile or so. Suddenly, you hear something and you feel something; it's wet. You look around, but you can't see. And then they flip the switch. It's one of the most impressive waterfalls you've ever seen, and it's inside the mountain. I never even dreamed of such a thing.
Action! ...and cut! So once upon a time some friends of mine decided to make a movie, a real movie... with a plot and a script and everything. Well, almost immediately I knew I wanted in. We had a really cool crew, and some of the cast were pretty fun too. And we spent many a late night at Cardine's house reviewing the footage. It was a lot of fun. Hey Cash, how is it?
Okay those are the things that were beyond my imagination. Here are a few of the things that are not or, in other words, the things that are still on the list:
- Have a talk with Warren Buffett
- Own a waterfall (not a big one, any size will work)
- Write a book
- Be on TV... maybe for my book
- Surprise someone with... well, I can't tell you or it wouldn't be a surprise
- Map out and learn all the constellations
- Go hang gliding
There's a lot of adventure out there to be had.