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I'm Branded on My Feet

Since all the cool kids are doing it—Ten things I've done that you probably haven't:


  1. Paid a shaman a shot of rum to use his little brass gong to exorcise bad spirits from a house.
  2. Hid under a piano while our school was attacked by a mob of fundamentalists.
  3. Inadvertently went skinny-dipping with a king cobra.
  4. Travelled two hundred miles through the wilderness by canoe.
  5. Been glared at and asked to leave our own living room by the then-Secretary-of-State of the U.S.
  6. Eaten dog adobo.
  7. Been tricked by the soon-to-be president of an African country to attempt to procure a field cryptosystem from an Israeli arms manufacturer.
  8. Taught myself BASIC programming with an Apple II and its spiral-bound manual.
  9. Sang Peter Paul and Mary Songs with a Dayak in Borneo, and explained what a lemon tree is.
  10. Dug up a 2000-year-old coin in the front yard.

Comments

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arwensouth
Jan. 4th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
I am just in awe of that list. You are even cooler than I thought. {bows down at feet}
barry_king
Jan. 4th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
Bah! 9/10 were before I turned eighteen. Since then, it's:

11. Had to work. Got job. Rinse. Repeat.
wasabi_poptart
Jan. 4th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
(You know I'm just jealous.)
heh--I was thinking, "... and how many of these things did you do *before* college?" but I wasn't going to say anything.

barry_king
Jan. 5th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
Re: (You know I'm just jealous.)
Yeah, pretty much.
lowly_scribe
Jan. 5th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
You mean these are for real?? I'm so impressed. Okay, now I'll have to dig back and figure out what I've got (not that it will rival this, but I'll give it a try).
barry_king
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:02 am (UTC)
It's a good example of how things look cool out of context, and you take into account that was an embassy brat:


  1. This was the Baguio equivalent of wassailing.
  2. There were twenty other kids and two teachers in the music room with me.
  3. Not hard to do in Islamabad, especially when you have less brains than God gave a mule.
  4. Outward bound trip to the lake Temagami area.
  5. Jeane Kirkpatrick's default facial expression was "scowl" and she'd called a meeting at my dad's house during a state visit.
  6. A friend of mine's sixteenth birthday in the Philippines.
  7. Working at a humanitarian org. We asked what he needed to shut down anti-Tutsi hate radio and he gave me a pamphlet for a tactical communications system. He was a rebel commander, not a philanthropist. What would you have done with these gullible American sandalistas?
  8. Geek as charged. One step up from playing with Lego.
  9. Embassy driver during a summer job in Bandar Seri Begawan
  10. Lived in Carthage during my dad's tour of duty to Tunisia. There are more mosaics on the beach than pebbles some days.
orts
Jan. 5th, 2011 08:08 am (UTC)
So excellent.
barry_king
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:03 am (UTC)
Natch.
jongibbs
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:19 am (UTC)
Re: #5

I hope he gave you back the whoopee cushion :)
barry_king
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:16 am (UTC)
¡LOL!
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