Thursday, September 10, 2015

Five Ordinary Things I Have Never Done (although this isn't my bucket list)

I have never made pancakes.
I have never pumped gas.
I have never knowingly watched a bad movie
I have never owned a dog or cat
I have never climbed even an ordinary ladder.

What haven't you done? 


Margot Kinberg said...

Interesting list! I've never changed my own oil, owned a cat (I'm a dog person), or had my tonsils out. I'm sure there are a lot of other such things I've not done, too.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Well, I've done all those other than owning a dog or cat.

I've never had a manicure or pedicure (although Jackie encourages me too).
I've never watched a single minute of the Kardashians or any other similar so-called "reality" show.
I've never joined Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or the like (nor will I).
I've never voted Republican.
I've never been to Mexico or anywhere south of the U.S.

Margot, I hope you never have to have them out. I had my tonsils out at 17 and it was a nightmare. Two words: local anesthetic.

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Four of the five I have never done, Jeff.
Even Phil hasn't changed his own oil.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

No, I haven't changed my own oil either.

Jeff M.

Jerry House said...

I've done your list, Patti, although my pancakes are far from perfect. I have also done Margot's and four out of five on Jeff's list. What I have not done:

- found a cure for cancer
- been to the International Space Station
- discovered a path the the hollow earth
- raced at Sebring nor rode in the Kentucky Derby
- made love to a circus bearded lady on the handlebars of a motorcycle careening through the streets of Washington, DC, at 90 miles an hour during a Cat 3 storm

I have, however:

- gotten over a cold
- been to the White House
- found my way to the MBTA's Park Street Under station in Boston
- accidently jumped a red light
- became THE internationally known sex symbol in my own mind

Yes, I am boring.

Charles Gramlich said...

Never been to Europe.
Never read War and Peace
Never taken Heroin
Never road a unicycle
Never been to Outer Space

Deb said...

Never visited the Grand Canyon or Mount Rushmore. (Perhaps that doesn't qualify as ordinary though.)

Never voted Republican in a presidential or congressional race (I live in a very red area of a very red state and many local or district races do not have a Democrat on the ballot).

Never changed my own oil (but I have changed a tire and I always pump my own gas).

Never cooked a Thanksgiving turkey--that job went from my Dad to my husband without ever being mine, although I fix all the side dishes.

Never used an I-pod. Yes, I am a dinosaur.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I wouldn't put the Space Station on the "ordinary" list.

Maybe it's another "guy" thing, Deb, because my father cooked Thanksgiving turkeys and so have I.

Jeff M.

George said...

I have never been able to fix anything. I just didn't get that gene.
I have never eaten sushi. And probably never will.
I have never zip-lined. And probably never will.
I have never flown in a hot-air balloon. And probably never will
I have never owned a cell phone. I may have to get a smartphone soon or later.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Jackie has always wanted to ride in a hot-air balloon. I'll pass. Ditto on bungee jumping.

Jeff M

Richard R. said...

I've done all the things on your list Patti. In CA, it's cheaper to pump your own gas, most of the time you can't find an attendant anyway. Here in OR, we're not allowed to pump our own gas. From the other lists, I have:

Driven coast to coast, been to a Grand Canyon, cooked a turkey, pumped my gas, changed my oil, spark plugs and such. and many others things on lists above (none of Jerry's) I have not:

Para-sailed, skydived, zip lined. But for simple things, which was the point, I believe, I haven't:

Joined any social media groups
Grown my own vegetables
Refinished a piece of furniture
Made a soufflé
Rewired a light fixture
Fixed plumbing problems beyond replacing a washer.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I have never read DA VINCI CODE or TWILIGHT or 50 SHADES or GONE GIRL (20 pages) or any of the other bestsellers du jour going back at least as far as NAME OF THE ROSE.

Jeff M.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Rick, Oregon and New Jersey are the two stares where you can't pump your own gas.


Prashant C. Trikannad said...


I have never published a book.
So I haven't won the Booker.
I have not read over 50% of books on all the greatest lists.
I have never read Barbara Cartland.
Nor have I bought a signed book by an author.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Done all five, Patti, though these days I could really do without pumping gas.

Also thankful that the footage of my fall a couple of years ago while pumping gas whereby I managed to hose myself down with gas never made it onto social media or the local news.

Richard R. said...

Jeff, also Arizona is a no-pump state.

Ed Gorman said...

You are probably on a Terrorist watch list. :)I

pattinase (abbott) said...

I am sure of it.

Kent Morgan said...

I have never taken a ride on a ferris wheel.
I have never cooked a roast.
I have never read Agatha Christie.
I have never watched Fox-TV for more than a minute.
I have never failed to declare for customs the correct amount of goods when returning to Canada from outside the country.

Anders E said...

Ordinary things I have never done:

Owned a car
Needed hospital care
Been outside Europe
Taken illegal substances
Been arrested
Been north of the arctic circle (I've came close, though)
Owned a pet
Operated a chainsaw

pattinase (abbott) said...

Funny the overlap and differences, isn't it? I own a car but never drive it. I have been on a Ferris Wheel but detest height. I have never watched FOX but somehow know what it is like. I have never read a romance novel since GWTW.

Yvette said...

Great lists!

Here are some of my 'nevers'.

I've never voted Republican.
Never watched a 'reality' show.
Never been to Disneyland or Disney world.
Never ridden a bike though I've tried.
Never hiked or camped in a tent.
Never eaten sushi and never will.
Never been in a whirlpool tub. (Though I would surely love to.)

Gerard said...

Wisconsin-centric: never been deer hunting.
Never been further southeast than South Carolina, Memphis and New Orleans.

I've changed the engine oil on motorcycles, a snowblower, and lawn mowers but never a car.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Yvette-Come visit me. I have one but never use it.
No Florida. I thought it was against the law.

Yvette said...

Thanks, sweetie! :)

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

That's quite the list!!!

Al Tucher said...

Here comes more overlap. I have never:

Been to Florida.
Eaten sushi.
Voted Republican.

At this point I can say with confidence that I will never do any of them.

New Jersey doesn't allow self-service gas stations, which means that every time I travel out of the state, I have to relearn pumping my own.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I did once vote Republican for the governor of Michigan but he was a very moderate Rep. The kind that no longer exists.

John said...

My proud "un-accomplishments" include:

Never learned how to drive a manual transmission vehicle.
Never changed a flat tire. (I've assisted in an oil change. Once.)
Never got a speeding ticket.
Never played any sort of sport in high school or college. Not even Little League or anything resembling that when a kid.
Never had a body part pierced or got a tattoo. (seems like *everyone* these days has one or both)
Never fired a gun.

Cap'n Bob said...

You people make me feel like Mr. Adventure. Naturally, I haven't been to the space station but I've done many of the things you've listed. Changed oil, fired a gun (including machine gun, grenade launcher, bazooka, and tossed a hand grenade), went in a hot tub (with about 20 others, all nude), hunted, snorted heroin, dropped acid, etc. But no tattoos or piercings and never killed anyone. I've had dogs, cats, mice, hamsters, fish, guinea pig, rabbit, rats, gerbils, and a turtle. Been published. I was a fuel tank custodian so I dealt with mogas and diesel in large quantities. I was a street artist and leather craftsman and worked all phases of a print shop. I was licensed for 45 different vehicles by the USAF. I sold Fuller Brush door-to-door and worked a deli counter off the books. I joined a cult and fought the IRS, and won.
Never been to Europe, though.

pattinase (abbott) said...

You may be hanging around with the wrong crowd. Thanks for living the life for all of us!