Top Ten ‘Like A Virgin’ Experiences


That is, the top 10 things I wish I could experience again for the first time. And sex isn’t one of them. (The embarrassed fumbling, though sweet, was not the best.)  As always, they are not in any particular order.

  1. The first time I read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The end of it is amazing; I couldn’t believe it was a young adult book. Plus, I was on a beach in Jamaica drinking Red Stripe and smoking a Cuban.
  2. The first time I felt the poem of creation, otherwise known as traveling solo.
  3. Watching the end of season three of Battlestar Galactica and learning who four of the five final Cylons were actually made me gasp.
  4. Reading The Hunger Games also made me gasp in several places – when it was announced that Katniss was going back in and when Gale told her 12 was gone.
  5. This one I get to have every day: The first cup of coffee. Best cup of the day.
  6. The first time I had cream tea. That shit was like a drug. I have sampled cream teas all over the place, and none of them have come close to that first one.
  7. Philosophy. I took it in undergrad, as many people do, and the ideas were just amazing to me. It’s not so amazing when I read the same philosophers now.
  8. The first time I read Jane Austen stories or The Chronicles of Narnia. I wish I could read them anew and marvel at the genius.
  9. The first time I went on a cruise. It’s still fun, but the first time was one of discovery.
  10. The first time I “Drank Around the World” at EPCOT. See above – it was a time of discovery, and really, now, when I do it, I don’t put as much into it as I did that first time. It was a real goal that time.



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