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01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said "I love you" and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg
20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby's nappy
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Had a food fight
29. Bet on a winning horse
30. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb
36. Enacted a favourite fantasy
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
38. Taken an ice cold bath
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
40. Seen a total eclipse
41. Ridden a roller coaster

42. Hit a [six] in cricket
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days

44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
48. Had two hard drives for your computer
49. Visited all 50 states in the US
50. Loved your job
51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
53. Had amazing friends
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales
56. Stolen a sign
57. Backpacked in Europe
58. Taken a road-trip
59. Rock climbing
60. Lied to foreign government's official in that country to avoid notice
61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Sky diving
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
66. Visited Japan
67. Bench pressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your CDs
70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day
73. Posed nude in front of strangers
74. Scuba diving
75. Got it on to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain
79. Gone to a drive-in theatre
80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret
81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favour of something better
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class
88. Sword fought for the honour of a woman
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
90. Got married
91. Been in a movie
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn't
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
95. Got divorced
96. Had sex at the office
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest
100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
101. Got a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
105. Got flowers for no reason
106. Masturbated or had sex in a public place
107. Got so drunk you don't remember anything
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas
111. Recorded music
112. Eaten shark
113. Had a one-night stand

114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Siouxsie live
116. Bought a house
117. Been in a combat zone
118. Buried one/both of your parents
119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off (Do medical reasons count?)
120. Been on a cruise ship

121. Spoken more than one language fluently
122. Got into a fight while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a cheque

124. Performed in Rocky Horror
125. Read - and understood - your credit report
126. Raised children
127. Recently bought and played with a favourite childhood toy
128. Followed your favourite band/singer on tour
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
132. Called or written to your Member of Parliament
133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
134. ...more than once?
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
137. Had an abortion or your female partner did
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
140. Wrote articles for a large publication
141. Lost over 100 pounds
142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
143. Piloted an airplane
144. Petted a stingray
145. Broken someone's heart
146. Helped an animal give birth
147. Been fired or laid off from a job
148. Won money on a TV game show
149. Broken a bone
150. Killed a human being
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol

156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Ridden a horse
158. Had major surgery
159. Had sex on a moving train
160. Had a snake as a pet
161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
164. Visited more foreign countries than US states
165. Visited all 7 continents
166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
167. Eaten kangaroo meat
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
169. Been a sperm or egg donor
170. Eaten sushi
171. Had your picture in the newspaper
172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
173. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
174. Got someone fired for their actions
175. Gone back to school as an adult
176. Parasailed
177. Legally changed your name (like by deed poll)
178. Petted a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
180. Read The Iliad
181. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
183. ...and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
184. Taught yourself an art from scratch
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language
191. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
193. Built your own PC from parts
194. Sold your own artwork/crafts to someone who didn't know you

195. Had a booth at a street fair
196. Dyed your hair
197. Been a DJ
198. Found out someone was going to dump you via the internet
199. Written your own role-playing game
200. Been arrested


Tomorrow is the first anniversary of my being diagnosed T1 Diabetic!

Now then.....  Where's the cake?...... 

This week, I shall be mostly

building my website. 

As of 1 hour ago...

I am now an Uncle!  Little girl, no name yet.

Furry Alarm Clock: RIP

Mim: 1992 (we think) to 2008.


That is all

Introducing my latest "prototype".  I say "prototype" because, like my other stuff, everything I make is going to be unique in one way or another, so perhaps I shuld be saying:

"Introducing, for your consideration, my latest product - Memories!"

I call it the Memories Pendant, because it's exactly what it says on the tin - Three types of memory in one;  a locket, a photograph and a piece of Memory board lovingly (and with much cursing!) hand finished by yours truly.

Now, whether to sell it, or to cheekily enter it for some art competition with a huge prize? 

Other stuff in the pipeline - some hopefully steampunky yarn falls, and I have two pairs of boots that need a decision on what I'm going to do to them.

The Charnel House Goth Hall of Fame

Inspired by the music hall of fame, CHP are introducing the Gothic hall of fame.

I don't appreciate being called a liar, no matter how indirectly.

It is possible that I couldn't get away from the counter/phones for an hour, despite what you might think.

I have spent said hour trying to get out in the van to bring your stuff to you.

When someone tells you an approximate time for arrival at the earliest, don't knock half an hour of and then expect it on the dot, because it is entirely possible that I/we can be delayed for whatever reason, especially those stated above, or even traffic.

If you tell me you're going to meet me somewhere, then at least be there.

And, despite what you think, we do not "make it all up as we go along", we are not "as bad as each other", and we work damn hard to get our orders out ASAP, even when you only give us 20 minutes notice.

If I wanted to take the sort of abuse I received today, i'd get a job at a call centre - and get paid more for the priviledge (no offense to you call centre workers!).

Our fingers are not, as you believe, up our backsides for the interim time it takes for you to place your order and for us to get it to you.

Still, it'll all be "pretty please with roses and sugar" next time you need an urgent delivery.  Lets see where our fingers are then.

No customer is really any more important than any other, no matter what you think.

Ebay strikes again.

Dear sonicjunkie0_0,

We regret to inform you that selling on your eBay account has been restricted because your account is in breach of our Seller Non-Performance policy.

We've noticed that you have a number of outstanding issues with your buyers in the form of Feedback complaints and/or Item Not Received or Item Significantly Not as Described disputes.

Until further notice, you're limited to half (50 percent) of your usual selling activity, based on your previous 90 days of trading. Once you reach your limit, you won't be able to list any new items for sale on eBay. However, you may continue to buy items on eBay, access emails in My Messages and contact your buyers. We have ended any of your active listings that have had no bids.

We will monitor your Feedback and Item Not Received disputes over the next few months and consider any changes to your disputes and Feedback score. Buyer satisfaction with your account must improve significantly for restrictions to be relaxed or lifted. If it doesn't improve, we may further limit or suspend all of your eBay accounts.


That's it.

Request to close account sent.

I may decide to open another in the future, purely for buying. But I've had my fill of the whole thing.

I may not have been a "prolific" seller, but the crux of the matter is that Ebay has cost me much more than I've made on all but one occasion. And I've been penalised twice now for CHOOSING not to sell something for a while. My maximum sales limit if I chose to carry on selling? ONE. One sale per month until Ebay deems that I have redeemed myself enough to be worthy of using them to lose more money.

And as far as that t#@%%£r who got my money and didn't send my stuff, he can keep it..... I'm about ready to wash my hands of the whole thing.


 Coming back into Washington from Chester Le Street, I found myself in the middle of a Funeral procession.

A bit unsure of what I should do (because I do have some respect for the dead, honest!), I thought it best to move to overtake the leading cars, but at a repectable speed, not rushing past them at stupid mph.

And, during the time I was (respectfully) passing the leading cars and hearse, my Alice In Chains Greatest hits CD started playing the track "Down In A Hole" quite loudly, with the following lyrics:

Bury me softly in this womb
I give this part of me for you
Sand rains down and here I sit
Holding rare flowers
In a tomb...in bloom

Down in a hole and I dont know if I can be saved
See my heart I decorate it like a grave
You dont understand who they
Thought I was supposed to be
Look at me now a man
Who wont let himself be

Down in a hole, feelin so small
Down in a hole, losin my soul
Id like to fly,
But my wings have been so denied

Down in a hole and theyve put all
The stones in their place
Ive eaten the sun so my tongue
Has been burned of the taste
I have been guilty
Of kicking myself in the teeth
I will speak no more
Of my feelings beneath

Down in a hole, feelin so small
Down in a hole, losin my soul
Id like to fly but my
Wings have been so denied

Bury me softly in this womb
Oh I want to be inside of you
I give this part of me for you
Oh I want to be inside of you
Sand rains down and here I sit
Holding rare flowers (oh I want to be inside of you)
In a tomb...in bloom
Oh I want to be inside...

Down in a hole, feelin so small
Down in a hole, losin my soul
Down in a hole, feelin so small
Down in a hole, outta control
Id like to fly but my
Wings have been so denied


I have to confess that I was unsure whether to laugh or just put my head down and get out of the way as fast and as respectfully as possible...