The Adventure Continues...

Rants, raves and random observations from an itinerant epidemiologist.

100 in 1000
  1. Spend a week up a mountain learning to ski
  2. Visit Karoline's place in Moravia
  3. Hold a conversation in Czech (only)
  4. Drink 500ml of each of the following beers:
    1. Pilsner
    2. Staroprammen
    3. Budvar
    4. Velke Popovice
    5. U Fleku
    6. Gambrinus
    7. Krusovice
  5. Respond to at least one GOARN request (WHO and MSF are also acceptable)
  6. Travel across the Atlantic
  7. Return to South America
  8. Read a book to, or with, an impressionably aged child
  9. Participate in one NanoWriMo Challenge and come within at least 10,000 words of the goal length
  10. Have my nose pierced
  11. Have my next tattoo drawn
  12. Purchase the perfect jeans (x 2 pairs)
  13. Attend a spin class 3 times a week for 8 consecutive weeks
  14. Bake Viv's cheesecake
  15. Make David's casserole
  16. Make David's Chicken Cashew-nut Stirfry
  17. Invite 4 people who don't know one another too well to dinner
  18. Ride from Vienna to Venice on a motorbike (pillion acceptable, those less desirable)
  19. Attend a book group for at least two books
  20. Go on a choir weekend (learn and perform difficult piece in two/three days)
  21. Visit Madame Tussaud's (in London)
  22. Take an architecture appreciation course
  23. Join an all-girl group and sing a solo
  24. Publish in a scientific journal (top two authors)
  25. Cook a duck or other 'waterfowl'.
  26. Locate the Al-Timimi's from Doha Veterinary Practise
  27. Have a pedicure
  28. Maintain a Brazilian (ouch) for three months.
  29. Find a trustworthy Czech hairdresser
  30. Treat my inner-6-year-old twice a week (at least)
  31. Do the liver-cleansing diet properly (12 weeks)
  32. Don't eat out for one month
  33. Find a flat and flatmate
  34. Purchase one Joseph sweater
  35. Purchase one of the following pairs of designer shoes (they MUST also be COMFORTABLE, and be able to be worn with 4 different outfits and 2 types of occasion): Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahniks, Christian Louboutin (Ebay or 2nd hand are acceptable)
  36. Send 5 books to the booksphere and track them.
  37. Go hanggliding
  38. Read 10 'classic' books (from 1001 Books to Read before you Die)
    1. Moll Flanders
    2. Everything is illuminated
    3. Madam Bovary
    4. Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance
    5. Catch-22
    6. Odysseus
    7. On the Road
  1. Run (non-stop!) for 5kms outside (preferably in a street race thingy)
  2. Send Christmas Cards on time
  3. Make a collage/mural out of street lights on my wall
  4. Buy a bed, build it, and sleep soundly in it
  5. Go to Africa
  6. Host an 'event' (classified as and when)
  7. Organise a 30th Birthday Party
  8. Wear a costume
  9. Sing on stage
  10. Buy a painting that evokes memories of Prague (cannot involve queues!)
  11. Learn a god-damned card game that stays in my memory (other than fish/snap)
  12. See sunrise. Be sober. Have woken for it. Excludes months Nov-Mar
  13. Take a walk and flip coins at each intersection
  14. Win something
  15. Draft a will
  16. Take a roadtrip
  17. Go to Italy already
  18. Sea Kayak around Abel Tasman Park (NZ)
  19. Get plants
  20. Take a train to another Eastern European Destination (accession countries are acceptable) alone preferably.
  21. Get UK to give me a provisional motorcyclists license and simultaneously get a 'card' license.
  22. Go SCUBA diving again - at least two dives lasting 30mins each.
  23. Go to a dentist. *sigh*
  24. Do a Czech Wine Trail. And live to tell the tale
  25. Make an 'outbreak emergency kit'.
  26. Go to bed prior to 11pm every night (inc weekends) for four consecutive weeks.
  27. Marvel over lack of tiredness
  28. Dine at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant (or Nobu)- preferably for free.
  29. Bet on the nags
  30. Do something for charity (applying and getting a 'red card' will count)
  31. Walk along the Champs Elysee
  32. Do 100 sit ups in a row
  33. Do 50 pressups (arms in tight)
  34. Make branston pickle (or nearest substitute)
  35. Cook something 'new' and 'adventurous' at least once a month
  36. Find a mentor
  37. Be a mentor
  38. Learn what mentoring is all about
  39. Meet an online person in real life
  40. Resist the flirt. Once. Just one night. It's okay if people don't immediately succumb to my natural charm. Really it is.
  41. Spend time at a spa (spa towns in the CR don't count)
  42. Send a care package to someone
  43. Get a Tata Bojs CD
  45. Order new contact lenses.
  46. Make a list of things I take with me when I pack for different occasions
  47. Eat lobster. Prepared by someone else.
  48. Back up the blog
  49. Put everything onto an external hard drive
  50. Find a DDR mat and console and 'dance, I say dance!'�
  51. Go to the beach and lie on the warm sand. For an hour. (with sunscreen on, natch)
  52. Take and complete a course in either: Tango, Salsa or Flamenco
  53. Join the Municipal Library of Prague
  54. Move to another country
  55. Go to a live concert of a band I actually like
  56. Pay off debts (student loan excl.)
  57. Send thank you cards for every gift I receive (other than the gift of happiness, blah blah blah).
  58. Get an agent (literary or theatre)
  59. Go to a sports bar without cringing, by personal choice
  60. Ride a rollercoaster
  61. Hold a snake
  62. Spend a day wandering around a museum (not art gallery!)
Very little...
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
...could be considered more annoying than internet dating site messages such as those that contain (i.e. all in one message) the following.

'at least you will have another good friend from abroad.'
ARGH!!!! I don't want another long distance friend - at present I only seem to HAVE long distance friends (admittedly, some of those long distances are from my hotel room to theirs...).

how are you i am'
Nor do I want to date someone who can't understand the basic principles of punctuation. Yes, I DO have the 'apostrophe' discussion on the first date. It's one of my basic selection criteria (apologies to 9's boy).

'I will host you, because you live in a country filled with warm people'?
So, previously he's hosted people who come from Greenland? Or just corpses that've been in the morgue for a while? 'cos that's just a little weird, and frankly, freaks me out.

'See if it works'?
See if what works? E-mail? Hosting me? Honey, I very much doubt it: I make for an awkward houseguest at the best of times...and since you'll be assuming I'm czech, and I'm more kiwi in my hospitality behaviour...then...nah...

'you may say I'm a dreamer'?
But you're not the only one, I hope some daaaayyyy you'll join us... Please leave the Beatles where they belong. In the car: on the radio, when you're feeling any emotion and have a free hand to scroll through the million songs on your iPod for the one that captures it 'just right'. This one is from a 'feeling forlorn' song. Forlorn =/ love.

'believing love makes it real'?
Yes. It sure does. And if it doesn't, stalking helps. Which is why I'm not going to lead you on...

'if the love is big enough, there is no distance'?
Yes. There is. I can assure you. Despite how badly one looks forward to the next time that distance is minimised
(this is the point, in calculus, where the teacher always said something along the lines of 'let's assume that gap is now so small, that it approximates zero...' and I always thought, "WHY!??!?!" and wondered whether we could do that with all other variables and make life so much simpler and get out of class early. We couldn't. I asked.), distance is still, very much, an issue. As are phone bills.

'think about it'.
Done. No.

Gah! Please, Dear universe, send me someone literate, tall, handsome, hawkish, who can dance, who can laugh, who can make me laugh, who can spell, who can use a comma or a semi-colon with wild abandon - yet correctly, who can see skulls, who can spoon, who can give teddy the voice of Jason Stratham, who can cope with a NomiMission, who can make stuff, who can snog like a dream.

Ta muchly.

[late breaker: this, just in: "
i just love a stromg sure of her lady , hi i sent you a message". Yes you did, well done, I wonder if you announce all of your actions. Whichever, don't send me another. That's just stromg-sure-of-her-lady talk for "FUCK OFF!"]


posted by Nomes @ Tuesday, August 21, 2007  
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