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Jumping the bandwagon

Didn't we do this already last year? I thought we did, only I couldn't find the post anymore...

Ten Things I've Done That You Probably Haven't

01) Made myself into a nuisance to the late great Freddie Mercury by calling him on his home phone number one summer -- and even if I only called him maybe 5 or 6 times before he shamed me into leaving him alone, and it was years ago (I was about 14 at the time), I still remember the number!

02) Prepared a huge pot of 'hutspot' for the NYC homeless at one of the city's many church run shelters

03) Spent some time as a glorified office dogsbody at the UN headquarters in NYC

04) Worked my way around Italy going from excavation to excavation (Ostia, Satricum, Paestum, Pompeii)

05) Worked on emergency excavations on the West Bank (Israel)

06) Published dreadfully boring articles on utilitarian architecture (dikes, sluices, powerhouses) in Dutch civil engineering mags

07) Spent some time in retreat in a Greek-Orthodox monastery in Belgium

08) Converted to Catholicism at age 32

09) Won medals as a champion fencer (on épée)

10) Having torn most of the tendons in my right thigh and groin 3 days into my holiday, carried on (and even climbed a mountain in that condition) for another 10 days before seeing a doctor.

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gamiila
Feb. 24th, 2005 08:42 am (UTC)
That sounds kind of cool

It was...bloody freezing at night. Just the one blanket on your bed, and in the morning: no hot water. And we got up at 4:30 am, to be in chapel at 5:00. There to remain until 7:00 -- then breakfast and back in church by 9:00! And that's how you got through the day, going from one Mass to the next, and working in the fields for a couple of hours in between. No talking allowed during meals. Studying in the evening, and early to bed.

It was a quite structured life -- but it wasn't for me.
enigmaticblues
Feb. 24th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
LOL...that adds a new definition to the word "cool." Interesting for sure. I think that much silence would drive me insane after a while. It's not that I don't have anything to think about, but my thoughts would run crazy inside my own head.
gamiila
Feb. 24th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
Me, I think it was music I missed the most. And conversations that didn't involve God in them. ;-)
enigmaticblues
Feb. 24th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I could see both of those as well. God is fun to talk about, but there are other things in life.