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Joe is learning how to drive, so I let him take the wheel whenever possible.  This morning, I let him drive from his dermatologist appointment back to school. As he cruised along, enjoying the feel of the steering wheel in his hands, he announced, “I think I’d like to learn how to drive stick shift.  I would get at least ten interesting points if I knew how to drive stick.”

“Interesting points? You mean there’s a point system?  How many points do you think I have?” I asked him.

“Probably about 300,” Joe replied without hesitation. Not knowing what the scale was, I didn’t know if 300 was high or low. Does that mean I’m interesting, or as dull as dishwater?

I asked Joe what else you get interesting points for.  “Oh, I don’t know, traveling to unusual places,” he answered.

“I’ve traveled to some unusual places, so I get points!” I cried delightedly.  (Notice how I instantly bought into Joe’s entirely made up concept, which might help explain my fragile psyche.)

For the rest of the drive, we added to the “interesting points” list and came up with the following things you could get points for.  It’s an incomplete list and you should feel free to add to it:

  • Being a spy or special forces, 100 points.
  • Playing an instrument, 25 points.
  • Doing dangerous things like bungee jumping, skydiving or spelunking, 10 points each.
  • Knowing a lot about pop culture, 25 points.
  • Having a highly skilled job, like brain surgeon or chaos theoretician, 100 points.
  • Knowing how to cook, 25 points (surprisingly, that one was Joe’s.)
  • Knowing how to pilot a plane or a boat, 25 points.
  • Knowing how to ride a horse, 25 points.
  • Plus you get 10 points for every unusual place you’ve visited.

It’s not for nothing that Ernest Hemingway was the original “most interesting man in the world.”  He was an ambulance driver during World War I where he was wounded by mortar fire; worked as a foreign correspondent based in Paris; was friends with Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and Picasso; James Joyce was his drinking buddy; was in countless accidents, including two successive plane crashes while on safari in Africa; married four times; had houses in Cuba and Idaho; and won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize. That adds up to, I think, about 10,000 points.

Ernest Hemingway, the original "most interesting man in the world."

Ernest Hemingway, the original “most interesting man in the world.”

Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another. Ernest Hemingway 

How many interesting points do you have?  What would you add to the list of things you get interesting points for? Please let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear what you think!

About the Author

Kathleen Caron

I'm good at finding stuff, and I love to share all my discoveries. I write about faith, family and food, and the occasional rant.

  • Chris Morris

    My score on the interesting gauge is -2500. I am a CPA. I like my job. There is no recovery. :-)

    • Kathleen Caron

      You’re killing me. If I’m 300, you can’t possibly be -2500, you’re 100x more interesting than I am.

  • Anastacia Maness

    LOL I love Joe’s point system. Let’s see. I have been on mission trips to Ukraine, Thailand, and Mexico. I know how to cook. I can drive a stick shift. I play piano and the ukulele. That’s 115. How many points do we get per child? LOL 300 sounds pretty interesting to me.

    • Kathleen Caron

      Anastacia, you get at least 100 points for having 7 children. Do you know how to ride a horse? Also, you’re really funny, 100 points right there.

      • Anastacia Maness

        LOL Thanks for the boost in points there. I only have 6 kids right now. And I haven’t actually learned to ride a horse. I kind of live that dream vicariously through my children. :)

        • Kathleen Caron

          Oh I’m sorry, I don’t know where I got that 7th one from. Joe asked me if I knew how to ride a horse when we were making the list, and I told him, “Well I had a horse when I was young, but then I became really afraid of horses, so the answer to that question is, it’s complicated.” so I didn’t get my points for that.

  • La McCoy


    • Kathleen Caron

      Yes, but what do you think of Joe’s point system Laura?

      • La McCoy

        I think it is his opinion.

        • Kathleen Caron

          He cut it out of whole cloth. Totally invented on the spur of the moment, and without basis in fact.

  • Katina Vaselopulos

    There are other traits than being interesting that I have invested tghoughout my life, but since you brought it up Kathleen, let’s see. What do get for: having lasted in the same mariage for almost half century; having 3 children in 10 months, and than another one 4 years later; going back to school in my 40s and finising with high honors and a postgraduate thesis on Dostoyevsky’s major novels; for living most of my life with dislocated hips and having 2 total hip replacements and 2 revisions withing 14 years, overcoming the challenges and passing the tests with flying colors; climbing mountains and crossing rivers with my grandson; on the way to publishing a 300 page book; traveling through Europe and Mexico, both in class and comfort as well as with a back pack and extremely low founds.How do I score? Not good with math, so I am stopping here.

    • Kathleen Caron

      Katina, all I can say is–move over, Ernest Hemingway, you have a challenger!

  • Pamela Hodges

    Love the interesting point scale. How many points for shooting and skinning a bear? Or hitchhiking in Israel? Do you lose points for stupidity? -30,000 ;points for having your camera break on the first day of a photo shoot and you had no back-up?
    p.s. Hi Joe, you are interesting, and you get 200 points for not getting mad at your mom when she shaved your head by mistake.

    • Kathleen Caron

      Good point, we didn’t discuss whether you could lose points. Shooting and skinning a bear, 200 right there. Hitchhiking in Israel is 25 points for an interesting place, plus 100 for doing something dangerous. You get a lot of points for having a dictating cat, although I’m not sure how many.

  • kathunsworth

    Kathleen I believe Interesting is in the eye of the beholder tell Joe, especially when it comes to love.

    I watched my husband drive around on a quad bike yesterday in search of a new born calf on the property, its mother had no milk. As I watched this tired man, ready to collapse from the heat after a long hard day at work. I wondered where he got his extra energy from?

    I was interested to know whether my hubby would be successful and feed the newborn, especially since it would die in the heatwave if it did not take fluids. I remembered why I found him interesting watching him feed that calf, he has a way with animals like no man I have met before. Gentle and caring but strong enough to hold the animal until the job was done. I find these traits interesting and endearing.

    i know…. simplistic aren’t I?

    • Kathleen Caron

      So Kath, are you saying if Joe wants to attract women, instead of learning stick shift, he should be kind, sensitive and caring? I think he would be quite relieved to hear that. He is all of those things, and he would definitely ride around searching for a dehydrated lost little calf. Your husband sounds like a good man. Also, you get 500 points for raising cattle. And 100 points for living in Australia.

      • kathunsworth

        I am indeed and yes he would be this way partly to the good gene pool and because he has such a beautiful caring and sharing mamma.

  • Joan

    Hmmmm…. I get 25 for playing an instrument (even though I no longer play), 25 for knowing how to cook (don’t do much of that nowadays), 25 for knowing how to ride a horse….and I think almost all the places I’ve visited are interesting…. So maybe I’m at least 300. :)

    • Kathleen Caron

      Well, then we are about the same interesting level according to Joe! Welcome to the 300 Club Joan!

  • Anne Peterson

    Okay, I’ll throw my hat into the ring.
    I learned how to play piano, but I’ll never play around Heather.
    I’ve ridden a horse, though mine would not reverse like Mike’s would.
    I’ve ridden a donkey twice. Once in Bethlehem, once in Greece when I was a child.
    I also rode a camel in Israel.
    The first car I learned how to drive was a stick shift, in hilly Colorado, in my 30′s.
    I’ve been up in a helicopter.
    Rode a cable car in Europe.
    Up in a hot air balloon. (though it was a short up and down).
    I know how to cook. Though my family may not remember that.
    I’ve had two children but never had a labor pain.
    I’ve climbed Massada.
    I’ve been to Switzerland, Austria, Germany.
    Lived in Greece for 6 months.
    I graduated with honors from college 37 years after I graduated high school.
    Not a surgeon, but I’ve held a human brain in my hands.