Wednesday, 21 July 2010

100 Things To Do: The Reasons - Part 1

Some of the things on my '100 things to do list' are often questioned. I always have to explain to people that they aren't things that I think are really impressive, but things that hold some kind of emotional significance. For the most part they are things that, usually when I was young, I never thought achievable, so now I am older I want to prove myself wrong.

Anyway, I have decided to start a small series giving the brief reason of why I have included something on my list. Hopefully this may help people make their own lists, or at least think I'm not a spesh for putting it on mine.

1) Do a 1000 piece jigsaw
I used to do jigsaws all the time with my mom when I was younger. I don't know what size jigsaws, but I had always classed myself as being quite good at them.

A few years had passed, jigsaw-less, when Tara bought me one, a 1000 piece jigsaw of jellybeans. Didn't think it would be too bad, until I realised about 1/3 of all pieces were red. We did about half the jigsaw until giving up.

6 months passed until I was bought another (since they are one of those things you can't buy yourself). This one seemed fine, apart from it not actually showing you the picture!! I managed maybe 1/5 before giving up. I couldn't let these jigsaws beat me, and decided I had to put my mind to it and complete one.

2) Learn the guitar
I wish this wasn't on here now. It's too hard. I don't want to be one of those people that play annoying acoustic songs in the corner in college... but it would be nice to play a few chords and be able to keep a tune. Having this on here gives me something I can work on, instead of a spontaneous thing. And the idea of being able to play an instrument really appeals.

3) Scam my way on the radio
I think somebody in a TV program or film did this. It was just a small part of the program that may not have had much significance to the overall story, but it made me decided it would be an amazing thing to achieve. Being put on the radio requires luck and persistence. Being put on the radio because you are an expert on the mating rituals of dragonfly's requires skill, and thus is an achievement.

4) Be on TV
It would be nice to be on TV some time, and not just in the audience of something. Really though, I want to be on Supermarket Sweep, but as the program is no longer going I can't manage that.

5) Be an extra
The 'blink and you miss it', 'background performers' are always awesome. I wanted to be one, so I could say "Look!!! Its m- ... wait wait.. rewind!".

6) Ride a motorbike
I have always been told not the ride motorbikes. This isn't me trying to rebel, but I have always kind of had the feeling that they are really dangerous, which makes me want to prove I can do it (and yes I know it's not a big crazy thing like "Jump off a moving train", but it is one of those things that when I was younger I thought I would never do).

7) Go jogging in a foreign country
This is a fairly new thing. It comes from when I was listening to Chris Moyles (popular English DJ) saying he went jogging in the mornings in New York. Although I hate jogging, it sounds really peaceful, and must give a sense of freedom and adventure in one.

8) Outrun the police
Because 'The Bill' and other TV programs has convinced me it's impossible. To be able to do it would make me feel super human.

9) Ride a banana boat
I have a brief memory of being on a beach when I was young (under 8), and seeing some much older people (they may only have been 18) going on a banana boat. I remember thinking it looked really scary, and when I was older I was going to go on one.

10) Volunteer for charity
I think it would be a nice thing to do. It is one of those things that will be in at least one episode of every TV program Pete Engel produces, and something that I feel I should do before I ... erm live too long.


  1. Does Scotland or Wales count a s a foreign country? Seriously nice to see reasons why for certain things - love the reason for #5!

  2. I want to see you do 8. Can you manage to get it on CNN or something?

  3. out run the police. Dooooooooooo it. lolol. these are great goals Andy.