This is my list. I haven't done as many exciting things as Rodney has, but I'm guessing no-one reading this post has done all of them. Let me know if you've had any of these experiences.
1. Had a Transient Ischaemic Attack at 19
I was in my third year of uni when I woke during the night with agonising pain in my head. Worse than a migraine, my head hurt just touching the pillow and it felt like my skull was going to blow apart. I was so dizzy and I lost feeling in the right side of my face and down my right arm. I was left with a pins and needles sensation in my face and arm for nearly a week afterwards. After numerous tests and doctor's visits (including a CT scan to check for a brain tumour), ruled out a number of other possible diagnoses, the doctor decided it must have been a TIA. My family on my dad's side has a history of stroke; my dad has had many TIAs. I've never had one since, but I'm mindful that I need to reduce stress as much as possible and get plenty of sleep (haha why did I have kids?).
2. Played a black cat, a farmer's wife from 1914, and an old crone with a bucket on her head in some of the plays I've been in.
I'm willing to bet some people reading this have been on stage....but I doubt any would have played these characters.
3. Played tennis against Casey Dellacqua.
It was 1996. She was 11, I was 13, and she was part of a group of state-level juniors who came down to Albany to play some of the local kids. We thought we were to be playing against ordinary kids like us. Talk about a mismatch.
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Where I Am and Where I've Been
It's Happened Again
5. Had two short stories published in creative writing magazines
My first was in Brillig (a literary journal of prose and poetry for teenagers, which existed between 1995 and 2000) when I was in Year 10 (1998). The second was in Sitelines when I was in my first year of uni (2001)....unfortunately the older editions aren't online anymore. I want to try to get some more published.
6. Been diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis
I never thought I'd get arthritis. Thankfully, I'm feeling pretty good at the moment.
Life with AS
7. Eaten crocodile
Our local butcher stocked some for a while. It was very expensive, but delicious. It tastes like a cross between chicken and fish.
8. Had my photo taken with a giraffe
It was when I was doing a play at the Perth Zoo in 2003. I wish I had a copy of the photo. You'll just have to take my word for it.
9. Made a chicken hat
I've made this hat several times...once for an Easter hat parade when I was in primary school, once for a friend's mad hatter themed birthday, and once for a hat competition at our local agricultural show.
10. Made a watermelon bra
Another show competition creation
There Are No People Like Show People
11. Seen The Doctor Blake Mysteries being filmed
It was in Williamstown, while we were on holidays in Melbourne in 2012.
12. Written a novel about Aussie Rules football
The big one! Still working towards publication.