52. Take up carpentry as a hobby.

I’ve been busy over the last 3 or 4 months. Lots of projects going on. The biggest was building a playhouse for my niece.

I got a table saw for my birthday which came in very handy.  I think I did enough carpentry here to cross this off my list.

#47. Learn to drive a manual transmission.

There have been a few instances at work where the only vehicle available for me to drive was a manual transmission.  So out of necessity, I had to learn how to drive it.  I need a little more practice, but I’ve got the gist of it.

#13. Learn to cook pineapple fried rice.

I haven’t abandoned the list. I’m still working on a few things. Unfortunately a good portion of the list requires two things I don’t have enough of right now, money and time.

I don’t consider myself a cook by any means, but I can follow a recipe. That’s why I figured this would be relatively easy to accomplish. What I didn’t realize is that something as simple as rice can be easily screwed up if you don’t know what you’re doing. My first few attempts at steaming rice resulted in a gloppy mess, but now I have the hang of it.

There are several pineapple fried rice recipes to be found on the internet and each one is different. I took bits from several of them, omitting ingredients I don’t care for, and assembled my own. Almost every recipe I found called for fish sauce. I haven’t been able to find it at any grocery store so I left it out.

I’ve fixed it several times over the last couple of months. It’s not Royal House quality, but it’s pretty good. Once I get the ingredients down it should be even better.

#16. Jump out of a moving vehicle.

I jumped out of the back of Matt’s truck today. He was only going between 10-15 mph. But since I am currently without health insurance (yeah, I know that’s stupid), I didn’t want to take the risk of going any faster.

#1. Eat frog legs.

We had lunch at Toot’s yesterday, and I got the frog legs. They looked like chicken legs. I picked one up and tried eating it as such, but it didn’t really work out so I had to use a fork. They weren’t bad, but I didn’t care for the batter they were fried in. The “tastes like chicken” cliché is true. Although given the choice between them I would rather eat chicken.

Now reptiles are the only type of vertebrate I have not eaten.

#19. Eat at a KFC in Kentucky.

I thought this would be a lot easier than it was. From here I can be in Kentucky in no time. Surely there must be a KFC right across the border. Well, there isn’t. I pretty much have to go to Nashville or Knoxville and then on to Kentucky to find the closest KFC.

 I liked Leah’s suggestion of going to the first KFC. I did some research and found out that Colonel Sanders originally started selling his famous chicken at his cafe in Corbin, Kentucky. The Sanders’ Cafe has since been demolished and replaced with a restaurant/museum. The first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise was actually opened in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I couldn’t justify making the trip just to eat some chicken. I did really need some computer stuff though. So I hit the CompUSA in Knoxville this morning, then headed up to Corbin, and made a quick pit stop at Indian Mountain State Park on the way back. That makes 17/54 state parks.

Legend has it that the Colonel’s ghost haunts the cafe, trying to protect his secret 11 herbs and spices. Okay, I made that up. But while I was eating my popcorn chicken I think I figured out what those spices are. Salt, pepper, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, earth, fire, wind, water, and heart.

Working on it.

While I have yet to cross a single thing off my list, I have been hard at work at some of the more time consuming ones. Over the break I practiced my card counting, did some obedience training with Banjo, and visited a couple state parks. I played a lot of Guitar Hero, but I’m not sure if it’s a game I will be able to master. Now that I’m back, I’ll be spending a little more of my free time over at the foosball table.

I’ve been thinking about what I want tattooed on my body. The decision is more difficult than I imagined. I keep coming to the conclusion that one day I will be 60, and do I really want to have a tattoo of Donkey Kong when I’m that old?

I’m eager to get at least one thing on the list accomplished soon. I may just drive to Kentucky and get some KFC in the next few days.