I thought we would have a little fun today. This is quite the list, eh? My Father saw it online and sent it to me, because he thought it sounded so much like me. He didn’t realize that I was the one who had posted it in the first place!
I have been writing for Internet Monk (off and on) for over 10 years now. But how well do you know yours truly? I have done some stupid things in my past. The good news is that stupid decisions usually make for great stories.
Here is the deal. I have done everything in the list except one. Can you guess which one? Take your best guess in the comments, and I will tell you the story behind the one you guess. At noon, and at the end of the day, I will update the post with some picture of the events in question.
How many have you done? Got any crazy stories of your own? Did you know Internet Monk commenter Klasie has been struck by lightning and had an artery severed in a home invasion shooting?
I am looking forward to reading your guesses; how many you have done; and some of your own stories. As usual, your thoughts and comments are welcome.
Update: Here are some of the answers you guessed incorrectly, and the stories behind them.
L. Free climbed a mountain summit… alone (guessed by Robert F.)
(picture not mine)
In the summer of 1993 I was staying at a retreat center just outside of Banff National Park. I decided to drive some back roads into Banff and go for a hike into Lake Minnewanka. As I was hiking along, I said to myself, “I be I could climb that mountain.” And… with no ropes, no proper climbing equipment I did. It got pretty scary when I got stuck on a cliff face for about half an hour, and no one knew where I was. If I fell there was a good chance my body would never be found. But I fought the urge to panic and eventually made my way off the cliff. I found out later that the mountain was named Mount Costigan.
M. Organized a rally for a Catholic Saint (guessed by Eeyore and Klasie)
In the late late 1980s I was very active in the pro-life movement. I was invited to be on the organizing committee for the “National Rally for Life” in Ottawa. Mother Teresa was the key draw. And we had an estimated 15-50,000 in attendance on the front lawn of Parliament Hill.
A. Competed in an international shooting competition… in the submachine gun category (Guessed by T.S. Gay and Dan from Georgia)
Yes, that’s me. Taken in the summer of 1981 on my way to compete in the Canadian Forces Small Arms Competition. It was an international competition with Rifle and Pistol teams from several nations, along with the various police forces from across the North America. For the record, I finished top 10 in the overall Pistol Category and top 20 in the Submachine cateogory.
E. Walked half a mile down the road… in my skates (guessed by Michael Z)
This one and Z. Fallen through the ice are actually tied together.
I was skating on a shallow pond and went through the ice with both feet. I was 10 at the time and skating with a bunch of friends about half a mile from my house. I was able to step out and kept on skating. When it was time to go home my friends quickly put on their boots and left. I on the other hand was staring down at two solid blocks of ice where my skate laces lived. I had no choice but to walk home on my skate blades down a gravel road. I narrowly escaped frostbite and screamed in pain when my dad tried to put warm water on my feet.
Two weeks ago I had spotted a Beaver a few hundred yards from my home (as the crow flies). So last Sunday I decided to take a little walk along the stream were I had originally spotted it. I saw some fresh cut saplings lying on the ground next to the creek and as I walked up to them my foot went through the ground almost up to my hip. He had burrowed into the stream bank to make his lodge, and I had fallen directly into it from above. The hole is in the bottom left of the picture.
So, no one has guessed the correct one yet. I am hoping you will humour me with some more guesses Saturday, and I will humour you with some more stories.