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That ten things meme

Exposed to viral post by canopic_no_9, rdansky, cris, streamweaver, and other friends.

Ten things I've done that you probably haven't:

  1. Stood on the very tip top of the World Trade Center.
  2. Had an aye-aye crawl up my arm and sit on my head.
  3. Was selected for one of 40 places out of over 300 applicants for Drama at Governor's School.
  4. Saw Mikhail Baryshnikov dance.
  5. Studied the philosophy of Michel Foucault with inmates inside Carolina Correctional Institute.
  6. Placed fifth in a state spelling bee. (Cincinnati was my downfall.)
  7. Stopped my high school from breaking federal law and won an award for doing so.
  8. Delivered the news to someone that they were HIV positive.
  9. Drank an entire fraternity under the table without vomiting.
  10. Toasted New Year's Eve with better, more exclusive champagne than was available to the President of the United States.

Ten things I've done/been through that almost everyone's experienced:
  1. Greeted the day from the wrong side of a sunrise.
  2. Been in a car accident.
  3. Saw an R-rated movie before being of legal age to do so.
  4. Watched an infomercial because it was the least crummy thing on television.
  5. Been betrayed by a trusted friend.
  6. Prolonged suffering (your own or someone else's) by avoiding confrontation.
  7. Had the highest score on a video game for at least a week.
  8. Surprised myself by exceeding my own expectations of my abilities.
  9. Stood up for something I believe in.
  10. Been cheek-to-stubble with Neil Gaiman. (Okay, it's not something everyone's done, but given rdansky's list, I just couldn't resist. :) )

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quandry
Feb. 23rd, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe... I've read an article that the White House sommalier only serves American wines at state functions due to an order by either Nixon or Johnson, which every subsequent president has kept in place... so technically, true Champagne wouldn't be available at a White House state function at all, right? (Though I'm sure they have bottles of foreign stuff in the cellar, they just don't serve it at state functions.)
pointedview
Feb. 23rd, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
*grins* Well, I thank you so much for giving me an opening to tell the story. :)

Iron Horse Vineyards is an award-winning producer of champagne (I believe, if memory serves me, it's permitted to call it champagne if it uses the Champenoise process). President Bush served it at the White House's New Year's Eve celebration in 2002.

However, the owner/founder of the vineyard is a close personal friend of Chef Guenter Seeger in Atlanta, GA, and sent him a personal case of his finest, most ultra-private reserve stock that is not available for sale, period. Seeger generously shared it with his customers that night. :)

In other words, president or not, if you weren't buddies with the owner, you weren't getting any, and the cute little French sommelier rather delighted in letting the guests know that. :D
quandry
Feb. 23rd, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, that is a good one. :-)

The French would say that if it's not grown in Champange then it's not Champagne, preoccupied with terroir as they are, and also wanting to keep the valuable Champagne name to themselves.

Mmmm, Seeger. Always wanted to eat there.
pointedview
Feb. 23rd, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
Hey, for what it's worth, I totally respect the terroir-ists' position. ;) Real Meursault ain't like nothing else in the world. *pauses for a reverie of smoky, flinty seduction in a glass*

Ahem. Anyway, personally, I think it's more honorable for American producers to label their product as sparkling wine - Methode Champenoise, and some do, but I don't think the ATF goes and beats up on those who label it as champagne. (Perhaps the AOC could hire some French thugs to take care of it?) :)

quandry, I wanna see your list! Succumb to de meme! I have every confidence you've done some really interesting things, and I personally found a lot of happiness in the fact that I had more than ten things to put on the list so I had to limit myself. It made me feel grateful and good.
quandry
Feb. 24th, 2005 01:06 am (UTC)
Heh, thanks :) Been a tad busy lately, but I'll try to slap one together.
pointedview
Feb. 23rd, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
As for Seeger's . . . doing the full meal with all the wine accompaniments cost more than half our monthly rent at the time for the two of us, but it was so incredibly worth it. I'll never forget it. It's simply another plane of existence in terms of dining. I am convinced that Araucaunian egg custard topped with slivers of white truffles is God's comfort food. I almost whimpered softly after eating it: it was amazing. And then there was my favorite cheese on the planet: Vacherin Mont d'Or.

Do it if you can. It's a wonderful memory to have.
canopic_no_9
Feb. 24th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
An aye-aye on your head????!!!!!! *dies* I'm so jealous.
pointedview
Feb. 24th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
It was, without a doubt, one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me. If you'd like to read the full story, it starts somewhere in the second half of this post. I've already bored poor Tag with it. :)

Of course, I also managed to step in rare and endangered lemur poop, but at least that was a separate trip, and I wiped up well before I met Jane Goodall. No run-of-the-mill fecal matter for my Keds! :)

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