A photo from 20 years ago. See number 8 below.
List ten things you've done that probably nobody else you know has done.
Those were the instructions given in a prompt on a journal writing list to which I belong. Here are my answers:
1.I lived full time 3 years, and summers for 6 more, without electricity or plumbing inside the house.
2. At age 10 I participated in two cattle drives that were more than ten miles long.
3. At age 12 I rode in the Queen Contest at the "Little Britches Rodeo" in Colorado.
4. I hatched 45 pheasants from 60 eggs and released them into the wild.
5. Four other people and I toured a mysterious commune in Chile on the day after the Reuters article appeared with an announcement that the commune was, after 43 years, re-initiating contact with the world outside its confines. (We were there November 9, 2004)
6. I have entertained over 400 foreign adults as over-night guests in my house since 1980.
7. I spent a night in a castle in Valsugana Italy as the guest of a woman who was named for the castle. Her father, the first Italian doctor to perform a liver transplant, was born there.
8. I marched in a Fasnacht parade in Germany at 4:30 a.m. wearing a white nightshirt and cap, banging pan lids while following the Burgermeister through the town. He also was dressed in nightclothes and riding on a bed with wheels. Afterwards we stopped at a town cafe for the traditional liver-soup breakfast.
9. I danced at a Rot-Weiss ball in Gmunden Austria.
10. I visited an ossuary in Hallstatt Austria where bones from the on-island cemetery were blessed and stored when disinterred after a limited number of years.