What are 10 things you've done that other people probably haven't?
Submitted by Janette.
I'm not sure I can come up with ten, but I'll try:
1: Moved on less than 3 days notice to a foreign country for a new job on the strength of a phone call with just two suitcases of possessions to survive with. Twice.
2: Moved on less than 10 days (the last time) notice to a foreign country for a new job on the strength of a phone call.
3: All car related, and so not deserving separate points, but still fairly unusual:
3.1: Travelled at 177mph in an Aston Martin on a disused runway and not looked where I was going (I was checking data from the telemetry system that was ascertaining how likely the engine was to blow up if we went faster) as we rapidly approached a 40 foot high earth bank.
3.2: Driven on the public highway at over 150mph in my own car.
3.3: Purchased a car from 2,500 miles away, in a different country, having never seen it in the flesh (er...metal).
3.4: Travelled across England with a broken speedometer (whilst being blissfully unaware of this) for almost exactly two hours in a 25 year old Ferrari (not mine) and getting out of the car to look at my watch and realise that I must have averaged over a hundred miles an hour to have made the journey in that time. I did think it was noisy for 85mph...
3.5: Driven a racing car that I have built/Built more racing cars than you've probably seen on the TV in the last 5 years.
3.6: Driven 1000 miles through 4 European countries in 10 hours (including a ferry crossing) in a ₤600 rust bucket of a car.
3.7: [Insert a long list of incredibly irresponsible (ie much more so than the above) acts involving cars and speed (and, on occasion sitting on the bonnet at the time) moments over an extended period. Most, if not all, of which were illegal.]
4: Walked 35 miles non-stop over mixed terrain for charity. At night. At the age of 13 (although it did take me 12 hours and cost me several blisters and hypothermia for falling in a ditch full of water in the dark).
5: Driven a 100 mile round trip just to put flowers on my Mum's table for her birthday (by way of making up for all the other years I'd totally forgotten).
6: Willingly parted with over ₤2K just to get my then (psycho) girlfriend 'the fuck out of my house and my life'. No. I didn't have anything like that sort of money to hand at the time. But it was totally fucking worth it.
7: Piloted a two seater aeroplane at 1500 foot over my own house, being powered by an experimental/development engine that I had finished building entirely myself that week and finished installing in the plane (also entirely myself) that morning. And I don't have a pilot's license (although the other bloke in the plane did).
8: Made my (male, 45 year old) boss cry in a meeting involving everyone in the company just by answering his (possibly ill advised) question of "Well, honestly, what do you think I should have done, then?". I kept the job for a further 18 months and outlasted him, for reference, before I handed in my notice.
9: Been within 6 foot of a car when another car crashed into it at about 75mph and its fuel tank exploded. No--one was in it by this stage. I ran away.
10: Been on a beach at almost the very tip of northern Scotland, drunk, at 3 am on New Years day, running across a beach 12 inches deep in snow chasing seagulls just because it was the most fucking bizarre thing that had occurred to me in weeks.
Yeah, I think that'll do. There are a million more car related ones (especially racing car related) that most people won't have done, and a fair few more not car-related that people won't have done, but that I'm not sure I want to crow about in the open like this. Some filthy, some not so filthy...