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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

To Balamummy with Love ….

Well, I was supposed to address this to my grandmother, but my flow of thoughts kept running in third person… so here’s a write-up dedicated to my grandmom (aka ‘Balamummy’)
A grandmother, a mother, a friend before any of these, one of the wisest people I have ever met!! An astute observer with a terrific scientific bent of mind, a wife par excellence, a mother par excellence. A fashion fanatic, an obsessive compulsive instruction giver (I wish she cut down on this one, but it is so etched in her DNA). There is a story that does rounds in the family, that when God was distributing curiosity probably only my Grandmom was around, she stood there receiving all of it and has reserves that would last a lifetime and beyond! Her curiosity about knowing every little thing is insatiable!! It’s marvelous but it can make you run out of patience really soon. Unruffled by life’s unpredictable way, she has seen all the ups and downs and is a proud mother of a son and daughter-in-law who have toiled together to get a life that the family would cherish. And yes, she is the coooooolest cat I have ever met!! (COOL-thatz definitely etched in her DNA somewhere) Her patience quota can leave you wondering “how can someone be so patient???” Perseverance and Endurance like that of the River Ganga. Anger and rage are words not in her dictionary. In 27 years of my life I might have seen here lose her temper just once or mebbe twice. A voice that is soft and serene and she talks at a very calm pace. A mind that is so scientifically driven, so socially motivated and has an inexhaustible quest for knowledge, even more fantastic is the application of that knowledge in day to day life. She studied only till standard 3 but had she got the chance to school or graduate, today she would have held some high post and made a greater deal of difference to a greater lot of people. I salute her practicalities & sensibilities and her wisdom! The most fantastic aspect of her personality is that she is the person who has indirectly taught me to respect the scientific aspect of any belief and to question any orthodox and superstitious beliefs. She isn’t really politically inclined but a complete believer in democracy, a complete advocate of decision making through discussion. A lover of democracy and peace!
She is the one who brought me up when my mother was working and studying. And she has never ever been a grandmother, infact I have been her grandmother in all aspects! She has been a real close friend. My closest connection with her is her name “Balamummy”. My grandfather used to call her by her name “Bala” and my parents called her “mummy” and the super brilliant baby that I was, I coined the name Balamummy in my small little head at that small little age and started calling her Balamummy and that name stuck on to her forever. To the extent that all family members started addressing her by that name :) With all the near and dear fraternity calling her as Balamummy she has finally lost all hope of being addressed as “Dadi” :) Balamummy as I call her, has an elephantine memory. Is there anything that she dosen’t remember? Like who’s whose relative and who wore which saree and what shirt on so and so’s marriage and what did neha do 10 years back this day this year and what did hansa say on so and so occasion and what did anil deny or accept on so and so event. Phew!! I think she managed to grab up all the Tera Bytes of memory space in the Dave clan as a result of which most of the rest of us have a very limited stock of it and we use it only as RAM (read access memory), we hardly have any storage memory available.

Organized, meticulous, completely independent when it comes to doing her daily chores even at 87, reserved and planned thinker and speaker, non-opinioned, non-prejudiced, an avid reader (newspapers are her favorite), the mother of all planners born till date, I think she loves to plan years (read 10 to 20 yrs) in advance like which dress should be made for whose unborn baby and should be given at what unachieved age and time. Which cutlery or gift item will suit whose unwedded bride or groom and should be handed over on which day of their unpurchased house warming ceremony (phew … dagger down my chest!!) She should have been in ISRO or NASA. Well now before we start feeling she is too good to be true, let me tell you that she is over instructive and that is killing to a generation who can barely even take instructions, as a result – WE FIGHT. She loves deciding on my clothes and I dislike it completely, as a result – WE FIGHT. I have never fought with anyone and will never manage to fight with anyone in the rest of my life as much as I have fought with her.
Well, but the final truth is that she is a complete sweet heart. She is a wise woman always completely in control of herself like the wise men in Babylon. She is madly in love with her granddaughter (which is me) The only problem was that while she stood in the line collecting oodles and oodles of CURIOSITY God ran out of SENSE OF HUMOR as a result – Balamummy has been gifted with almost no sense of humor. But she still creates a lot of funny moments around her when she can’t read into and understand the jokes we crack, when she is incorrigible and we are fighting, or when I am breaking my head against the MOST patient person I have ever met till date on planet earth!
With Lots of Love!! To my dearest grandmother :) From her adorable granddaughter :)

True Love .....

Its kinda weird, life is such a “lost for words” … life is such a real (read unreal) world where people have time for work and movies, music and kitchen, forms and queues but they hardly have time for people.

Since time immemorial I have been a diehard romantic lover and a firm believer in soul mate kinda love stories but life always gets me to and through a life where I have to tell myself … ok … that’s only in books!! But the best thing is that this love thing is so much into me that it just stays no matter what!! Haven’t we heard the famous line … till death do us apart … well that’s how is my equation with love. “Yeh bimaari toh ab bus zindagi ke saath hi chhootegi” (this disease will be with you till you live)

Love is a beautiful feeling. It can get you rocking and reeling! An ardent fan of love stories few of my favorite love stories are … Veer Zaara, DDLJ, Pardes, 1942 A Love Story, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Namaste London, Jodha Akbar,City Of Angels, Notting Hill, 50 First Dates, A Beautiful Mind, Chasing Liberty, Pearl Harbor, P. S. I Love You, Love Actually (except the ones involving husband wife betrayal saga’s…. they make me really sad)

So, what kind of love do I believe in??? I believe in love that is all so powerful and giving. Love that is magnanimous in nature, the more you give the more it becomes. A love so strong and yet so gentle and caring. Love that is a gift of God, where we is always before a me, where us is before an I. Love that is honest and pure at heart, a love that will not cheat, a love that loves even when all hell seems to be breaking apart. A love not in the heart of a possessive lover, but love in a lover’s wide spread arms to take in the love of his life. A love that never stifles instead holds on gently without hurting like quick silver held in an outstretched palm. Like that of squadron leader Veer Pratap Singh. A love that heals, a love that is simple, unadulterated, a love that holds a heart like a flower petal, a love that understands fears, one that can stop tears, a love that brings a smile to the face. Love like this is in my heart. I do not believe in love that is a farce, a love that is a mere duty, a love that is not felt, a love that is there and not expressed. Do not love someone because you are supposed to, love someone only if you truly do because love doesn’t last a lifetime if it isn’t true. But if I believed in love so much and if my love is all so giving, why do I hope to receive it back? Can I survive in this world which is too real for my love stories? The real world takes me away from my world of love. We believe in marriage as an institution, we believe that we breathe air and oxygen, we believe in ghosts and we claim sighting UFO’s, we nod our heads to the theory of all the infinitesimal objects in the universe like black holes and quasars but very few people believe in true love. Well! And not all are lucky enough to get true love and some of those who get it don’t know it tell they lose that someone.

Love knocks on a heart so gently that those too immersed in self and the noise of the world they miss hearing it. It's like a heartbeat just right outside your heart and you never know when it enters in so silently and sweetly and becomes one of your own beating in synchronous rhythm as though it was always your own heartbeat. Thatz what true love is, it’s a part of you before you know it and no matter how far or near you are to the person you love you are always beating in their heart and they in yours.

Stop for that moment and listen to the heartbeat while it still is part of you, because the only time you will realize their love is when they are not in this world, and their heart will stop beating and suddenly you will realize that one of their heartbeat became part of you forever, and it was always there, if only you had listened.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Love Actually is all around us !!!

Love is in the air,Everywhere I look around 
Love is in the air,Every sight and every sound 
And I don't know if I'm being foolish Don't know if I'm being wise 
But it's something that I must believe in And it's there when I look in your eyes 
Love is in the air,In the whisper of the trees 
Love is in the air,In the thunder of the sea 
And I don't know if I'm just dreaming Don't know if I feel sane 
But it's something that I must believe in And it's there when you call out my name 
Love is in the air,In the rising of the sun 
Love is in the air,When the day is nearly done 
And I don't know if you're an illusion Don't know if I see it true 
But you're something that I must believe in 
And you're there when I reach out for you 
Love is in the air,Everywhere I look around 
Love is in the air,Every sight and every sound 
And I don't know if I'm being foolish Don't know if I'm being wise 
But it's something that I must believe in And it's there when I look in your eyes

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
My Father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
It snowed last year too:
I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.
If you have Love, you don't need to have anything else,
and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have.
And then there is Country love !!!
And then there is Puppy Love !!!

"For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it.
For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it.
For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it. "

Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan ....

A recent discussion about Mumbai brought back some memories and i thought of compiling this post based on what i have read earlier ... so here it goes ...
An ode to the city that never sleeps !!
You know you are from Mumbai when....
  • You spend more time travelling than you spend at home.
  • 9:47 fast, means something to you.
  • You're suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you.
  • Amitabh Bachchans house is a landmark
  • When there's no place to breathe in the trains but there's place to play cards and sing bhajans!
  • Every three months you look at your street and say "Why're the digging the road again?"
  • You aren't surprised when somebody throws a water balloon at you while you're walking on the streets during March.
  • You can only smile forgivingly about the size of any other city in the world.
  • When while giving directions you say "Right MARO aur wahan pe ek bridge GIREGA"
  • You consider the local train "empty" when you find a spot for your two feet to stand on.
  • When "chalta hai" is the most commonly used word
  • Everything to the north of Mumbai is UP-Bihar and everything below is Madras (Chennai)
  • It takes longer to get off from your house to the station than from one end of Mumbai to another by train.
  • You have learnt how to stand in a queue
  • You are back to work next day after the city is bombed
  • When you allow complete strangers to spend the night in your house because its raining outside and half the city is submerged...
  • You say "Town" and expect everyone to know that this means "South of Churchgate".
  • Your Door has more than Three Locks.
  • Rs. 500 worth of Groceries fit in one paper bag.
  • You think Chowpatty & Juhu beaches as Nature.
  • You have the following sets of friends: School Friends, College Friends, Neighborhood Friends, and Office Friends! And yes, 'Train Friends', a Species unique only in Mumbai.
  • Cabbies and Bus Conductors think you are from Mars if you call the Roads by their 'Indian Names'; they are more familiar with Warden Road, Peddar Road and Altamount Road.
  • Bollywood and Stock Market quotes are the only other thing beside Cricket, which you follow passionately.
  • The first thing that you read in the 'Times of India' is the "Bombay Times" supplement.
  • You take Fashion seriously.
  • You compare Mumbai to New York's 'Manhattan', instead of any other Cities of India.
  • The most frequently used part of your Car is the HORN.
  • You insist on calling 'Mumbai' as 'Bombay', 'CST' as 'VT', and 'Sahara' and 'Santacruz' Airports instead of 'Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport'.
  • You love walking through Knee-deep Mucky Water in the Monsoons, and actually call it "Romantic".
  • Only in Mumbai, you would get 'Chinese Dosa' and 'Jain Chicken' Awesome!
  • You call 'Traffic Policemen' as "Pandus" and expect 'Out-of-Towners' to understand that.

The IT / Software Industry ! Can i leave at 6.00 pm today ????

I have been part of the IT industry – the Delivery Line specifically (in the Datawarehousing technology) for a while now !! 5 years so to say (in which for around 10 months I was on a break). I have still not managed to figure out that how do projects most of the times go horribly wrong in estimates ??? Well, its not too diffcult !! Indian IT companies are known for bidding projects for lowest prices and unachievable deadlines so that they can get more projects and don’t we all know that an average programmer entering the IT induatry knows that its not a ‘9 to 5’ kinda job ???? It’s a ‘9 to 9’ job you see. That’s if your project is normally executing !! Yeah, right !!! I really wish for a day when this changes !! The norms have been set in the industry and I have been one oversincere dedicated worker who has worked beyond the 5 or 6.30 timeline to churn out success stories, but at what cost ?? Personal life goes for a complete toss !!! Dosent it ??? This ought to change !! I hope I can turn it around , if not for all atleast for myself !! And if all can turn it around for themselves mebbe we can turn it around for the industry !!! But how, I still have to figure that out ……
As for now, a compilation of some funny takes on software/IT in general !!!Enjoi !!

It's OK to figure out murder mysteries, but you shouldn't need to figure out code. You should be able to read it. - Steve C McConnell

You never finish a program, you just stop working on it. - Anonymous

If you can read this, thank a Software Developer. - Joseph M. Abou Nader

Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight. - Bill Gates 

God is real, unless declared integer. - Anonymous

A SQL query walks into a bar. He approaches two tables and says, "Mind if I join you? - Anonymous

"Drug dealers:Refer to their clients as "users". "The first one's free!" Have important South-East Asian connections (to help move the stuff). Strange jargon: "Stick", "Rock", "Dime bag," "E". Realize that there's tons of cash in the 14- to 25-year-old market. Job is assisted by industry's producing newer, more potent mixes. Often seen in the company of pimps and hustlers. Their product causes unhealthy addictions. Do your job well, and you can sleep with sexy movie stars who depend on you.
Software developers:Refer to their clients as "users". "Download a free trial version..." Have important South-East Asian connections (to help debug the code). Strange jargon: "SCSI", "ISDN", "Java", "RTFM" Realize that there's tons of cash in the 14- to 25-year-old market. Job is assisted by industry's producing newer, faster machines. Often seen in the company of marketing people and venture capitalists. Their product causes unhealthy addictions - DOOM. Quake. SimCity. Duke Nukem 3D. Damn! Damn! DAMN!!!" - Anonymous

If you don't have a good system, make sure you get good users. - Anonymous

Pasting code from the internet into production code is like chewing gum found in the street. - Mike Johnson

Programmers are tools for converting caffeine into code. - Anonymous

Real men don't use backups, they post their stuff on a public ftp server and let the rest of the world make copies. - Linus Thorvalds

Sometimes it pays to stay in bed on Monday, rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Monday's code. - Christopher Thompson

I don't care if it works on your machine! We are not shipping your machine! - Vidiu Platon

The Internet "browser"... is the piece of software that puts a message on your computer screen informing you that the Internet is currently busy and you should try again later. - Dave Barry

I'd rather write programs to write programs than write programs. - Anonymous

Brooks Law: "Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later!" The best way to get a project done faster is to start sooner. -Jim Highsmith

The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time...The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time. - Tom Cargill

How does a project get to be a year late?... One day at a time. - Fred Brooks

The bearing of a child takes nine months, no matter how many women are assigned. Many software tasks have this characteristic because of the sequential nature of debugging. - Fred Brooks

Perfection (in design) is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but rather when there is nothing more to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand. -Martin Fowler

Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence! -Edsger Dijkstra

Documentation is the castor oil of programming. Managers think it is good for programmers and programmers hate it!. -Gerald Weinberg

Programming can be fun, so can cryptography; however they should not be combined. -Kreitzberg and Shneiderman

Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs. Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to to, let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do. -Donald Knuth

Good code is its own best documentation. As you’re about to add a comment, ask yourself, ‘How can I improve the code so that this comment isn’t needed?’ Improve the code and then document it to make it even clearer. -Steve McConnell

An organization that treats its programmers as morons will soon have programmers that are willing and able to act like morons only. -Bjarne Stroustrup

Design and programming are human activities; forget that and all is lost. -Bjarne Stroustrup

Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable. -Ralph Johnson

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. - Larry Wall

There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult. -C.A.R. Hoare

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. -Frederick P. Brooks

Simplicity is the soul of efficiency. -Austin Freeman

It's hard enough to find an error in your code when you're looking for it; it's even harder when you've assumed your code is error-free. -Steve McConnell

A good way to stay flexible is to write less code. -Pragmatic Programmer

The best performance improvement is the transition from the nonworking state to the working state. -John Ousterhout

You can't have great software without a great team, and most software teams behave like dysfunctional families. -Jim McCarthy

The perfect project plan is possible if one first documents a list of all the unknowns. -Bill Langley

Always code as if the person who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live. - Anonymous

... programming requires more concentration than other activities. It's the reason programmers get upset about 'quick interruptions' - such interruptions are tantamount to asking a juggler to keep three balls in the air and hold your groceries at the same time. -Steve McConnell

When debugging, novices insert corrective code; experts remove defective code. -Richard Pattis

Every big computing disaster has come from taking too many ideas and putting them in one place. -Gordon Bell

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Do you feel this way for someone ?

Well !! Been off the blogging scene for a couple of weeks juggling with lots that got added on the professional front !But back to what i look doing the most !!Came across this poem , sent by a friend ...
Just random thoughts !!
Do you have that person / people in your life for whom you feel whats conveyed in this poem ? Check it out !!

Is that me or it is you? 

When I am upset, there is a tear in your eye
When I am happy, there is a smile on your face
I am not sure who resides in me
Is that me or it is you?
You have sleepless nights when I work till late
You too stay hungry when I'm not in a mood to eat
You get worried when I get hurt
You look fresh when I sleep for long
I am not sure who takes care of me
Is that me or it is you?
Sadness touches your heart before it comes to me
Happiness brings a twinkle in your eyes before it brings a smile on my face
Words come out of your mouth before thoughts enter my mind
I am not sure who has my heart
Is that me or it is you?
I was upset and was crying
Wanted to spend some time with me
But I missed you when I was with myself
I am not sure who did I want
Was that me or it was you?
I have asked a thousand times to myself
Who is my life?
Is that me or it is you?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Honest Scrap Award !!

Alrighty ! I too have been awarded the honest scrap award :)) by none other than Dewdrop !! And due to lack of time and creative ideas and the fact that i find it very difficult to bragg about myself in my own words i have chosen to bragg about myself by quoting what my friends have written for me (inspiration is Dewdrop's blog) !! Before that, here go the requirement details for this award and for passing it on: "This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog’s content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant.When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to the said person so everyone knows she/he is real. Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have seven friends. Show the seven random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog. Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon. List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself. Then pass it on!..." Here we go !! 
1) I have never seen anyone who could be more active, enthusiastic, dependable and with more clarity of thought that you ! - Anu P.

2) This is the first time i have seen une petite belle, so engrossed in her work and at the sametime so concernced about others and so chirpy and bubbly ! - Amit

3) I wish I had a chance to know you better, from sincerity of purpose to your altruism .. you bloddy have it all. I wonder how much work you can do with that small body structure of yours, you dont get tired or what ?? - Paasta

4) I always used to wonder how you could manage all the things you took up, but over the years as i got to know you better i realised that it was an integral part of you that made you what you are ! - Shalini

5) I used to constantly wonder where in that petite form have you hidden the Duracell Lithium battery pack? I am in awe of your quick mind and never-give-up-till-the-job-is-done attitude - Neha T

6) Inspiring , meticulous, never-say-die attitude, your most overused phrases "i'll kill you" an "oh my god", the insomniac that you are ! - Maulin

7) Neha = (Effort x Quality)^2 x(Dynamic)^3x(Quantum Energy)^22 One pictures neha as a bundle of energy running around working hard with a mobile phone sticking to her ear, talking on the phone, discussing matters with her collegues physically present with her, while using her hands to fix things and walking around on her feet and thinking with her head - all at the same time !!! - Ravi

8) For you there is nothing called as night and days are 48 hrs long (this is superhuman traits), now since you are on earth pls follow a few things -Sleep like humans, eat like humans, and weigh like humans :)) - Jiten

9) Having knowledge is one thing and sharing that knowledge with another is a different thing, you always came in the later ! - Prachiti

10) Your level of enthusiasm and seriousness is the same, be it work given by a PM or wing decoration of Pizza ordering you are on it with all dedication ! - Rupal

And now i confer this award upon thee ! The victims are: Guljinder , Software Engineer who decided to do his MBA , Aparna

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Reasons Why We Indians Cannot Be Terrorists :))

Came across this stuff and loved it tooo much to not post it ... Humor is alwayzz welcome :))
1. *We are always late*; we would have missed all the flights. 

2. We would *talk loudly* and bring attention to ourselves. 

3. With *free food & drinks* on the plane, we would forget why we were on the plane :) 

4. We *talk with our hands*;therefore we would have to put our weapons down. 

5. We would *ALL want to fly the plane*

6. We would *argue and start a fight* in the plane. 

7. We *can't keep a secret*; we would have told everyone a week before doing it. 

8. We would have put our *country's flag* on the windshield. 

9. We would have postponed the mission because a *cricket match* was going on that day!

10. We would all have fallen over each other *to be in the photograph* being taken with one of the hostages.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

150 Things To Do Before You Turn Thirty

I came across this awesomely-cool list on one of my favorite blog (
Simple Rules: 
1. Things I have already done - Blue & Bold ! 
2. Things that i would love to do - Red & Bold ! 
Here we go!!

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with dolphins 
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it 
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped 
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea 
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise 
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa 
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope 
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment 
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight 
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can 
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster 
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking 
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day 
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment 
39. Had two hard drives for your computer 
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends 
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip 
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Taken a midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them 
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs (You bet !!) 
57. Pretended to be a superhero 
58. Sung karaoke 
59. Lounged around in bed all day 
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain 
65. Gone to a drive-in theatre
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on a television news program as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason 
84. Performed on stage 
85. Been to Las Vegas 
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently 
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over  
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge 
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking with the windows open 
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for 30 hours in a 48 hour period
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. States
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about 
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream 
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life