In my 27 years, I have:
- Had a stripper at my house
When I turned 19, my college & high school friends collaborated to bring a cop stripper... to my mom's home. It was horrific.
- Worn a back brace
I told you about this. It was a low point. My cousins called me Quasi, as in 'modo.
- Purchased a car
After a decade of relying on my mom to help me with vehicles, I bought a Honda Civic in March. Oh, car payments, welcome.
- Quit a job
In May 2010, I left a job I loved. In September 2010, I left the job I replaced it with. Both totally scary.
- Climbed Masada at dawn
This happened. And it was beautiful. And I didn't even have an asthma attack.
- Written my member of Congress
I do this on the regular, & you should, too!
The closest I've ever felt to nature or God or my father or any of those spiritual things.
- Survived swine flu
I didn't have quite the thrilling experience with it that Emily did, but I made it out alive!
- Won a spelling bee
I was the top speller in a middle school bee - and came in second in the city bee when I choked on the word "stucko." Errr, "stucco."
- Been published
A short memoir I wrote was included in an anthology called Living Jewishly: A Snapshot of a Generation, being published in Academic Studies Press' series, Jewish Identity in Post ModernSociety.
- Adopted a shelter animalI got a cat! Of my own! OK, he's Nathan's too, but I love him most.
- Given a eulogy
I've given three, actually. I hope you've never given any.
- Been on reality TV
Remember that time I was on "Top Chef" talking about root beer & meat?
- Had a psychic reading
This has happened a few times, but the one that got to me the most was actually done for free at a college fair my senior year.
- Drank from an ice luge
I went to Ohio University, rated America's No. 1 party school. Need I say more?
- Seen a bear
Black bears often make nighttime dumpster appearances at the Pennsylvania hunting cabin where my uncles are members.
- Marched in a parade
My fellow dance class participants wore poodle skirt costumes in the local Fourth of July parade - and my dad drove a golf cart designed to look like a car from Grease! Oh, & then there was 2009's Gay Pride Parade - the sweatiest day of my life.
- Attended an IndyCar race
My dad was a big racing fan. As a kid, I met racing legends Mario & Michael Andretti - in their trailer! They signed a neon pink hat for me.
- Had acupuncture
I saw an acupuncturist for a few months when I first moved to Portsmouth. A miracle worker, truly!
- Danced to "Thriller"
My high school show choir (a la Glee, but not as good) competed to Michael Jackson's famous Halloween anthem. I was a mummy.
- Ridden a camel
I squealed throughout the whole thing. CAMELS ARE DROOLY.
- Modeled in a bridal show
My old place of employment, a community center, hosted one, & I was stuck modeling a weird Christmasy dress.
- Eaten a deep-fried Oreo
Hey, I'm from the Midwest.
- Sang a solo
I had a one-stanza solo in Fiddler on the Roof as a high school senior. I wish it had been a real role, but I found hard for that spotlight, no matter how brief.
- Been interviewed for TV news
As a very young kid, I appeared on the nightly news talking about the opening of a new wooden park in town. It was basically a castle.
- Gotten a group tattoo
I got a four-leaf clover tattoo with a bunch of college friends before my 19th birthday. We're no longer friends. I am a genius.
- Swam in the Dead Sea
Turns out you don't need to the mud in order to float, but it sure is fun.
- Hosted foreign exchange students
As a freshman & sophomore in high school, my mom & I hosted a boy from Peru & a girl from Venezuela. My brother & sister!
- Shaved my head
I told you about this one. As a result, I have also...
- Appeared on ESPN
As a top pick of the week, and...
- Been in the Guinness book of records
So cool. Somehow, I never obtained a copy of it, though.
- Gotten into a bar fight
Not my finest moment. We can forget I ever mentioned it, OK?
Nathan & I have found a couple of caches, & we've failed to find a couple others. I want more!
- Flown with celebrities
I sat behind Mila Kunis this spring & once hit Rep. Dennis Kucinich in the head with my luggage.
- Attended a presidential inauguration
Being present for the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama was one of the most exciting events of my life.
- Appeared on Casey Kasem
At age 10, I wrote the famous radio DJ a heartfelt letter requesting that he dedicate Mariah Carey's "Hero" to my recently father on air. And he did.
- Stalked a band
A friend & I rode our bikes to the Sheraton, where the Backstreet Boys were staying, so we could drop off our fanmail & potentially catch a peek.
- Performed at karaoke night
My favorite song to sing is the Dixie Chicks' "Sin Wagon." Preferably with enough other people participating to drown me out.
- Thrown a party with beer in the bathtub
This was a along-held goal of mine, accomplished during my college years when a friend hosted a hotel party for New Year's Eve.
- Won a coloring contest
My little Jewish self received a $100 gift certificate to Michael's craft stores by winning an Easter coloring contest.
- Shot a living animal
I killed a porcupine with a .22. And then I cried.
- Been dolphin-watching
My mom & a friend & I did this in Hilton Head. Though I'm usually terrified of boats, it was worth the fear to see dolphins out in the wild.
- Pierced my nose
- Ridden in the Goodyear blimp
I wish I could've appreciated this when it happened. I was about 8 & spent the whole time pouting.
- Given a commencement address
I was one of two students to speak at my high school's graduation ceremony when a panel chose my submitted speech.
- Been to the White House
My parents & I toured 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue during a '90s visit to DC. You may recall that a few years ago, I was not so lucky.
- Toured a Coast Guard ship
My boyfriend has a pretty snazzy job.
- Been on the receiving end of a surprise party
My mom threw me a surprise party at Pizza Hut before my 1996 back surgery. Pizza! Friends! Scoliosis!
- Attended a drag race
At the District's Annual High Heel Drag Race, I had my photo taken with one of the Fanta, er, ladies!
- Attended the Radio Music Awards
During my first trip to Vegas, my friend's mom secured us tickets to be seat-fillers at the RMAs. Snoop Dogg dressed as Santa? Why of course.