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70 Things I Love Or Loved, Written in Three Minutes

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If you’ve never done any free association writing, I highly recommend it. You never know what’s going to come out. My topic was, obviously, things I love (or loved).

If you use a pen, the goal is just to keep the pen moving. I was typing, so I set a timer for three minutes and tried to keep my fingers moving. I didn’t edit anything and only went back to add links.

Sometimes it will probably be apparent when one association led into the next. Sometimes it’s totally random and even I can’t figure out how I got one to another.


Fry bread








The sound of frogs

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

50% of Jack Nicholson’s movies




Alice in Wonderland (the books)

A Gentle Madness

Signed books

My fireplace

Sleeping in on Saturday

Sleeping under a million blankets when it’s snowing


Cotton candy


Free rice (online game)

Increasing my vocabulary

Remembering what I forgot

Seeing an old friend

Feeling the anger fade

The Smithsonian

Thundercats (not Snarf, though)


The old Twilight Zone shows

Skee ball

Playing the guitar





Most Tori Amos

Anagram games

Crossword puzzles

Bejeweled 2

Team Gaggle (the post)

Being first in line at the DMV

Being in the library before it opens

Reading when I should be sleeping

Sleeping when I should be working

Retro video games

Memories of when my dad’s friend Charles took me to the arcade to play frogger

Sitting on my dad’s shoulders when we went fishing

Throwing salmon eggs at mosquitoes on Hidden Lake

Typing fast

Lifting more weight than before

Writing letters

Receiving letters

Getting free books

A new novel by a beloved author

An old novel by a forgotten author

Conan The Barbarian (and the Destroyer)

The NBA Finals

The Shield on FX

Up to Season 8 on the Simpsons



Sand dunes in Moab

This burrito I ate once in Moab

The walnut tree at my grandparent’s

Delicate arch

The handicapped bars in our hotel bathroom

The first time

The end!


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  • Todd June 8, 2010, 6:13 am

    Awesome list. You wrote that in three minutes? I’m impressed.

    Quite a few of these would be on my list as well.

    • Josh Hanagarne June 8, 2010, 10:14 am

      There were lots of typos. I did go back and fix those:)

  • John June 8, 2010, 8:11 am

    Great idea. I get to witness a lot of free association watching my kids. It’s always amaxing to see how a 3 year old’s mind makes connections and moves from one thing to another 🙂

    First thing that popped into my head when I read your list was having coffee on my patio before everyone else is awake.

    • Josh Hanagarne June 8, 2010, 10:50 am

      I usually see a theme in my lists when I go back. Being alone and having things quiet is a regular occurrence:)

  • Heather June 8, 2010, 9:19 am

    Free association writing (or free-ass, as I like to call it) is AWESOME! and so are EXLCAMATION POINTS and STUFF IN ALL CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 AWESOME FREE-ASS LIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Josh Hanagarne June 8, 2010, 10:15 am

      Wow. I wish I was that peppy:)

      • Heather June 9, 2010, 6:28 am

        Coffee, my man. . . . straight-up, unadulterrated, all-out coffee. . . and rockabilly with a little Rollins Band thrown in! 😉

  • Fallen Monkey June 8, 2010, 12:26 pm

    You had a productive 3 minutes! That was fantastic; what a gush of all-things-wonderful. I especially liked the Thundercats reference. I used to pretend my glitter baton was Liono’s sword, and I’d raise it to summon the others…OR I’d pretend it could extend like Cheetara’s javelin. You’re right about Snarf, though…could have done without him and Orko from He-Man.

    Some of my first-ever blog posts were free-writes, and good Lord, what randomness those unearth! I like this topic–will have to give it a go!

  • Larissa June 8, 2010, 3:34 pm

    Awesome list, Josh! I need to do this sometime. I have a feeling that, like your list, mine will end up with quite a few childhood memories and things that I am in awe of.
    When life gets overwhelming, it’s always good to take a minute, or three, to think about all these good things. 🙂
    I hope you’re doing well!

  • Sean Geddes June 8, 2010, 11:48 pm

    Any excercise that leads to association with Conan the Barbarian and Destroyer must be awesome.
    “Crom laughs at your four winds.”