In the last few days I have remembered a lot of conversations I've had but can't remember where I've had them. I must have a compartmentalised life. Anyway, this was not a conversation but a news/discussion item of some sort, that I read, which talked about the production of greenhouse gas in the printing of a report, compared to the reading of the same report on line, with the conclusion that the printed was more envirofriendly than the online, though the more I think about it the more I think all the extras in the printed (like, driving to the library) were not taken into consideration.
Anyway, when I fill out nonsense like the below, I am trouble that I might be wasting the resources of the planet, and interrupting my readers' attempts to limit the urban growth boundary, listen to the La de dahs, etc. On the other hand, there may be some readers who were about to kill or maim, and who were otherwise distracted by this long list of things I have and haven't. I suppose you have to take those people into consideration too.
My advice really is that these things are only enjoyable when you are filling them in yourself. I recommend you cut and paste it and do it. As you do, consider how these things are surely (surely!) manufactured as some kind of viral market research, with the weird non sequitur questions sprinkled in amongst the consumption questions. If they're not market research, they're paedophile research... I mean, research of value to paedophiles. I suppose the Market and paedophiles have a fair bit in common. What do you think.
[x]I have eaten more than 5 meals a day.
[x] I have read a lot of books.
[ ] I have been on some sort of varsity team.
[ ] I have run more than 2 miles without stopping.
[ ] I have been to Canada.
[x] I have watched cartoons for hours.
[x] I have tripped UP the stairs.
[ ] I have fallen down an entire flight of stairs.
[ ] I have been snowboarding/skiing.
[x] I have played ping pong.
[x] I swam in the ocean.
[x] I have been on a whale watch.
[x] I have seen fireworks.
[x] I have seen a shooting star.
[ ] I have seen a meteor shower.
[x] I have almost drowned.
[x] I have been so embarrassed I wanted to disappear.
[x] I have listened to one cd over & over & over again.
[x] I have had stitches.
[ ] I have been on the honor roll.
[ ] I have had frostbite.
[ ] I have licked a frozen pole and got stuck there
[x] I have stayed up til 2 doing homework/projects.
[x] I currently have a job.
[ ] I have been ice skating.
[ ] I have been rollerblading.
[ ] I have fallen flat on my face.
[ ] I have tripped over my own two feet.
[ ] I have been in a fist fight.
[ ] have played videogames for more than 3 hours straight.
[ ] I have watched the power rangers.
[ ] I do/did attend Church regularly.
[ ] I have played truth or dare.
[x] I have already had my 16th birthday.
[x] I have already had my 17th birthday.
[ ] I've lost weight since one year ago.
[x] I've called someone stupid. And meant it.
[x] I've been in a verbal argument.
[x] I've cried in school.
[ ] I've played basketball on a team.
[ ] I've played baseball on a team.
[ ] I've played football on a team.
[x] I've played soccer on a team.*
[ ] I've done dance on a team.
[ ] I've played softball on a team.
[ ] I've played volleyball on a team.
[ ] I've played tennis on a team.
[ ] I've been on a track team.
[x] I've been swimming more than 20 times in my life.
[ ] I've bungee jumped.
[ ] I've climbed a rock wall.
[x] I've lost more than $20.
[x] I've called myself an idiot.
[x] I've called someone else an idiot.
[ ]I've cried myself to sleep.
[x] I've had (or have) pets.
[x] I've owned a Spice Girls cd.
[ ] I've owned a Britney Spears cd.
[ ] I've owned an *NSYNC cd.
[ ] I've owned a backside boys cd.**
[ ] I've mooned someone.
[x] I've sworn at someone in authority.
[x] I've been in the newspaper.
[x] I've been on TV
[x] I've been to Hawaii.
[ ] I've eaten sushi.
[x] I've been on the other side of a waterfall.
[x] I've watched all of the Lord of the Rings movies.
[ ]I've watched all the Harry Potter movies.
[ ] I've watched all of the Rocky movies.
[x] I've watched the 3 stooges.
[ ] I've watched "Newlyweds" Nick & Jessica.
[x] I've watched Looney Tunes.
[ ] I've been stuffed into a locker.
[x] I've been called a geek.
[x] I've studied hard for a test and got a bad grade.
[ ] I've not studied at all for a test and aced it.
[ ] I've hugged my mom with the past 24 hours.
[ ] I've hugged my dad within the past 24 hours.
[x] Ive met a celebrity/music artist.
[ ] I've written poetry.
[x] Ive been attracted to someone much older than me.
[ ] I've been tickled till I've cried.
[ ] I've tickled someone else until they cried.
[x] I've had/have siblings.
[x] Ive been to a rock concert.
[ ] I've listened to classical music and enjoyed it.
[ ] I've been in a play.
[x]I've been picked last in gym class.
[ ] I've been picked first in gym class.
[ ] I've been picked in that middle-range in gym class.
[ ] I've cried in front of my friends.
[x] I've read a book longer than 1,000 pages.
[ ] I've played Halo 2.
[x] I've freaked out over a sports game.
[ ] I've been to Alaska.
[ ] I've been to China.
[x] I've been to Spain.
[ ] I've been to Japan.
[ ] I've had a fight with someone on AIM
[x] I've had a fight with someone face-to-face.
[ ] I've had serious converstations on an IM.
[x] I've forgiven someone who has done something wrong to me
[x] I've been forgiven.
[x] I've screamed at a scary movie.
[x] I've cried at a chick flick
[x]I've laughed at a scary movie
[x] I've watched a lot of action movies.
[ ] I've screamed at the top of my lungs.
[x] I've been to a rap concert.
[ ] Ive been to a hip hop concert.
[x] I've lived in more than 2 houses.
[x] I've driven on the highway
[x] I've driven more than 40 miles in a day
[x] I've been in a car accident
[x] I've done drugs.
[x] I've been homesick.
[x] I've thrown up
[ ] I've puked all over someone.
[ ] I've been horseback riding.
[x] I've filled out more than 10 myspace surveys.
[x] I've spoken my mind in public.
[x] I've proved someone wrong
[x] I've been proven wrong by someone.
[ ] I've broken a leg.
[ ] Ive broken an arm.
[x] I've fallen off a swing.
[x] I've swung on a swing for more than 30 mins straight.
[ ] I've watched Winnie the Pooh movies.
[ ] I've forgotten my backpack when I've gone to school.
[ ] Ive lost my backpack.
[x] I've come close to dying.
[x] I've seen someone die.
[x] I've known someone who has died.
[ ] I've wanted to be an actor/actress at some point.
[ ] I've done modeling
[x] I've forgotten to brush my teeth some mornings.
[x] I've taken something/someone for granted.
[x] I've realized how good my life is.
[ ] I've counted my blessings.
[x] I've made fun of a classmate.
[x] I've been asked out by someone and I said no.
[x] I've asked someone on a date and been turned down.
[ ] I've slapped someone in the face.
[ ] I've been skateboarding.
[x] Ive been backstabbed by someone I thought was a friend.
[x] I've lied to someone to their face.
[x] I've told a little white lie.
[x] I've taken a day off from school just so I don't go insane.
[x] I've fainted
[x] I've had an argument with someone about weather
[ ] cheerleading is a sport
[ ] I've pushed someone into a pool.
[x] I've been pushed into a pool
[x] I've lived through a serious hurricane***
** this was in the original, or at least the version I took from Polly. I wonder if it has deeper relevance (or resonance).
*** which took place thousands of km away