In 2006, two sixteen year-old girls found an amazing book called 101 Things To Do Before You’re Old And Boring. We set out on an epic mission to finish all the tasks in the book before I moved about five-thousand miles home, to Texas.
My name’s Dru and I’m one half of the original foundry of this blog. My best friend, Lu and I met on our school bus in 2006 and despite the ocean, life, and sometimes continents rather inconveniently between us, we remain dearest friends to this day.
We started this blog in early 2007 as one of the tasks listed in the book. At the time I was an obsessive blogger on MySpace – inorite?! – and we quickly accumulated over 500 posts. As time passed, and our friendship waned, the focus of the blog shifted from completing the tasks in the book to a more general report of our lives. Eventually things were patched up between Lu and myself and the blog was restored to its happy balance.
In an effort to include people and enhance the dynamic of the blog, it underwent some rather serious additions including two ex-boyfriends and five best friends, three changes of names and like eight different layouts. The only thing that remained constant throughout was Lu, myself, and our dedication to not losing touch.
In the latter half of 2009, Lu and I decided we wanted to start modifying the list of 101 Things to include some more grown-up tasks and exclude some less interesting ones. It took me like 4 years to do it, but I finished updating the list Summer 2013.
We finished about half of the original 101 Things from the book. I am indebted to the writers for giving us such a wonderful template to work from and so many awesome memories together.
In 2010 the collaborative blogging ended and I took up the torch of recording my world alone. I called it Tales From The Asteroid, and chose a theme that reflected my favourite book and played off the name of my first apartment.
In 2012, that apartment was catastrophically destroyed in a fire and pretty much everything in my life changed. I lost almost everything I prized, including a relationship and a 42′ TV, but my two cats survived and I rebuilt.
I suppose I’m still rebuilding, honestly. It’s painful, but I’m stuck in the cycle and misery loves company, so I proudly present to you a collection of stories, memories, life, and death that is both raw and real. Let’s do something reckless to make us feel alive.
*Check out the book’s homepage here.
101 Things To Do Before You’re Old And Boring was written by Richard Horne and Helen Szirtes.