[There comes a time in every girl’s life, (usually after a third or fourth martini), when she realizes “Damn, I need to do something… travel to Europe, take up Chinese, get married…someeeething! I need to change my life.” Finding myself in one such rut and without the cash-flow for a capricious jet-set to France, I decided to live by the book, take the plunge, and tackle the Benrik challenge.]
Week 6 – Task 1
Day 301: Be the last (wo)man standing tonight
Not a problem.
We arrived at the bar exactly at 11:15pm and the bar was already two-people-deep. One drink quickly turned into two and two drinks quickly turned into a dance party. Between the drinks, the dancing and the gorgeous bartender, I was pretty damn confident in my abilities to stay till close. They had to pull me off the floor… and er… away from the bar.
By 2:05am all of the lights were on and the chairs were up. Luckily for me, the DJ was still jamming, people were still dancing, and the drinks were still flowing. Nice! At 2:15, however, the waitresses and waiters were ready to go home. Even though the gorgeous bartender had now hit the dance floor to join in on the fun, there was definitely some animosity in the air towards the people who were still there. Whatever! Finally at 2:27 everything had stopped and the security guards were literally walking people out. I could only dodge them for so long and at 2:40 I was out for the night… as the last (wo)man standing.
Week 6 –Task 2
Day 146: Famous last words: prepare yours ahead of time
“I have had nineteen Long Island Ice Teas tonight! That’s got to be a world record or something…”
Week 6 –Task 3
Day 120: Spend No Money
Whaaaaat? You got to be kidding me!
And of course, OF COURSE, this is the day when everyone asks me to go out with them. Let’s go see a movie. Want to grab some lunch? Let’s go to mall! God. Then I realize that my refrigerator is COMPLETELY empty. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner I had the choice of peanut butter, stale cereal with wine, or some old crackers. Grreeeeat. Then if that wasn’t enough, I remembered that I had an appointment with my trainer. I think: Am I just not going to pay her today? Luckily she understood when I explained that “I forgot my wallet”. She let me give her the money on the following day…a day, by the way, that involved spending some major cash.
Week 6 – Task 4
Day 105: Lie to someone about your past
First of all, I should say that I have a lot of practice with this one. I always test my bull-shitting abilities when creepy guys come up to me. So for this challenge, I decided to see how far I could push myself – just what could I make these guys believe?
I am not lying to you when I say that they believed the following:
[Picture blonde hair, smokey eyes, and a sundress. Then insert a fake southern accent] My name is Carolyn-Bell. I am visiting my friend at the University of Michigan, but yes I am from down south, South Carolina to be exact. Oh, I go to (shit, what Universities do they have in South Carolina?) South Carolina University. (I know, I know, good save) I study… entomology. Oh yes, I love studying bugs. They are so interesting! My father, he was born in India, and they have the greatest selection of bugs in the world there. So every summer he would take my brother and I to the homeland and we would catch bugs for him to document. I guess the thrill just never left me… Yes only the one brother. He is up in Alaska studying the destruction of the ecosystem caused by the harvesting of stem cells from baby seals…
Week 6 – Task 5
Day 129: Count your blessings
Today I am asked to assess my blessings scientifically by using a provided coding chart. According to the book, if I score more than 40 points, I am luckier than 90% of the human race.
|Are you alive? Check – 10 points|
|Are you in good health Check – 9 points|
|Do you have a partner? Check – 7 points|
|Do you have regular sex? Check – 6 points|
|Do you have children? 3 points/Child|
|Do you have a roof over your head? Check – 5 points|
|Can you feed yourself and your family Check – 5 points|
|Do you have a steady job? 3 points|
|Are you free from racial or sexual discrimination? Check – 5 points|
|Is your country currently at peace? Check – 6 points|
|Is your country well away from any geological fault lines? Check – 6 points|
|Are your parents still alive? Check – 4 points|
|Are you still on speaking terms with them? Check – 4 points|
|Have you found God? Check – 3 points|
|Have you found yourself? Check – 2 points|
|Were you born into one of the richer social classes? Check – 5 points|
|Are you a born optimist? 6 points|
|Are you a born pessimist? Check – minus 6 points|
|Do you have a sense of humor? Check – 1 point|
Total score: 72. I must be one lucky lady.
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