Poor list… why did I even bother?
I’ve just abandoned you with complete disregard to how you might feel… but I’m back, like a good mom (the kind that has to be followed around by child services and has her babies taken away from her every once in a while).
I realize this was MONTHS ago, but I did it nonetheless:
#1. Go Swimming with Whale Sharks.
First of all, I don’t know why I started the list off with things SO ridiculous they didn’t seem quite possible. Fortunately I was able to fulfill #1, mostly because I just needed to cross something off. Also, it sounded AWESOME.
I went to a sharks’ house and followed it around for a little while before it ditched me.
Went to Mexico with the only real plan of swimming with whale sharks. We (Rob and I) went to Holbox, a small island off the northern coast of the Yucatan (Go there NOW!) stayed in an awesome beach front hotel, drank margaritas, ate seafood and swam in the warm gulf of Mexico and yeah… swam with whale sharks.
First we watch a video about the whale sharks that tells you the history of the whale shark in relation to the island, all for years of it. I won’t bore you with the details, but I am looking for a copy of it to settle a dispute I have with Rob about whether or not they call it the “Domino” shark (and I quote): “Like the pizza”. The video also shows you a wonderful video shot form below of divers and snorkelers alike floating around with what we know as the biggest fish in the sea. They play plinkety plunkety music while the swimmer and the shark whimsically twirl about each in a lovers embrace (take note of this for when I describe MY experience). Also- the brochure said there would be breakfast served before leaving; they served us cookies. Who eats cookies for breakfast!?!? Me. I ate them all.
Ok, we get on the boat. Me, Rob, a lesbian couple (or a set of unusually hairy lady friends), another young couple and a trio of older folks (2 ladies and rather large and tan gentleman). It’s a small boat considering, but who cares, the point isn’t to go on a boat, it’s to go swimming with whale sharks.
The boat takes off and we go at full speed for about an hour, hour and a half at which point we slow down and one of the 2 crew members hops up on to the canopy of the boat and starts looking for something to swim with, after about 30 minutes of this, we find one. A little one, it’s only about 20-25 feet long. We learned in the video that they grow to about 55 feet- this here with us, was puny.
Only 3 people are allowed in the water at one time with the animal as to not scare it away. First to go in are the young couple. We’re told that as soon as the boat gets as close as it can to the animal you have to jump in and start swimming as hard as you can. They jump in the the guy takes off and gets right up against the whale shark and keeps up with it for a little while, but the girl sort of freezes up and floats near the boat. “Ridiculous” I tell myself. “What a waste”.
Then it’s our turn. We get geared up and I’m sitting on the edge of the boat and suddenly it occurs to me. I HATE jumping into water, let alone in to the middle of the ocean. I realize this only in time to have the captain screaming “JUMP JUMP JUMP!!” and I manage to heave myself into the water. I hit the water and like a pro, take a deep breath as soon as i get in the water so I inhale a good lung full of tasty sea water, but I have to see this freaking animal so I swim like a crazy person while hacking up into my mask. I’m reluctant to put my face in the water, because when I do, I can see how big this whale shark actually is. 25 feet outside of the water looks pretty harmless. 25 feet in the water is unbelievably scary. Also- it’s a shark. Holy Shit.
I swim up along side it dipping my face in the water periodically to look at it before it takes off, nearly smacking me in the face with it’s giant tail.
All in all, it was a terrifying situation, but amazing and unforgettable anyway. I was satisfied.
While floating around waiting to see more wild life we came across a giant manta ray, about 12′ in wingspan. I didn’t get in the water with it, but the older couple (of the aforementioned trio) dove right in. It pooped on them. I was amused.
#32. Get a license
In relation to the whale shark story, I drove a golf cart while on Holbox island. It did not require any sort of driving experience. I only almost killed us once, because a fly landed on my leg.
The point is, is that I’m getting further and further from getting an actual drivers license as I have given up (expired) my learners permit and got myself a good ol’ NYS ID. Oh well. I’ll still work on the real thing I suppose.
#59. Go to Sian Ka’an, and do the Kayak tour in the morning
Also in Mexico, also done. Also: Beautiful.
#60. Visit my Dad
Dragged ass out to Cypress Hills. On the same day we were celebrating my birthday. Yeah, Happy Birthday. Why does my mom think this is ok?
#81. Find a nice scratching post
It’s not that nice, but it’s better than the old one and when I was getting it at the store it required the sales person quite a bit of distress and knocking a whole bunch of shit over to get it. I couldn’t just make him put it back.
In addition to my longest entry to date (I think) I’d like to add that, with the addition of these 5 finished items, I’ve only done a total of 26 items (2 of which I actually haven’t done (#32 and #48). That leaves me with 75 (77) items to actually do in the remaining 526 days.