Monday, September 6, 2010

Top Ten Things I Did that Scare the Hell Out of Me

Larry D over at Acts of the Apostasy tagged me in what is only my second meme ever.  I liked the concept, though I discovered, my ability to use good judgment goes way down when not in the presence of others; and now, Ten things I did that scare the hell out of me, and probably my Mom.

10) Rode on a motorcycle sans a helmet on my 20th birthday up and down the Beaumont freeway.  (I know, I'm pretty tame but it was scary and cool to me and also if Mom is reading, yes I know, very stupid). 

9) Doing lots of flips, back dives and back flips off the High Tower (25 feet up) at the YMCA. 

8) I volunteered to have an elective tracheotomy under local anesthesia the day before my first child was born to ensure his and my safety. (I wore head phones, so to this day, the Blue Danube brings back flashbacks of that surgery).

7) Taking 8 children to the March for Life by myself.

6) In 1991, I was living alone for six weeks in New York City finishing out my contract with NYC public schools and the "Mother of all Parades" happened.  I wanted to see it so I parked myself on the Brooklyn bridge with dinner and stayed for the fireworks.  It was great until I realized, when the show was over, I had to take the subway back to Astor Place in Greenich Village and go through the park to get back to my apartment and it was after 1 am.

5) While living in Houston, I found a man standing on the ledge of our third story apartment with a long drop to hard concrete below just outside our door.  After calling 911, I talked to the guy who was strung out on something until help arrived.  It still gives me shivers.

4) I did stand up comedy at the Erma Bombeck Conference in 2008 and now, it's permanently on Youtube.

3) While in Paris, I climbed on top of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and onto the roof of a spire to pose as a Gargoyle for a picture. 

2)  I used sign language to persuade the Swiss Guards to let me go into the special area for guests when I was in Rome and at the Vatican, allowing me to get a picture of Pope John Paul just three feet away.

1) I have caught a 20 pound shark in the surf.   (And cut it up to eat, very tasty). 

Hmmm.....perhaps this should have been at least in part, ten stupid things I've done....Now, five bloggers I need to tag.  Let's see...

Haus Frau over at Cheaper by the Half Dozen
Violin Mama over at Rosey School
Heidi over at Extraordinary Moms
Simcha over at I Have to Sit Down
Munchesmom over at Four Blessings Academy


Anonymous said...

Yikes-even the ones I knew about are still frightening. Love, Mom

LarryD said...

Thanks for meming. That was a cool list - especially the last one.

MightyMom said...

You're a pretty cool lady! And thanks for not tagging me!! :-)

munchesmom said...

Thanks for the tag! I'm working on my list & am hoping to get it posted in the next couple days. I'll let you know. Love your list!

Heidi Hess Saxton said...

Okay, I played along ... although the ones that took place twenty years ago seem alot less scary than some of the ones I'm dealing with right now! (Maybe I'm just not as courageous ...)

munchesmom said...

Just finished my list today. Thanks again for tagging me!

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