Half a Bucket

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I don’t intend to be kicking the proverbial bucket anytime soon, but for months I have been referencing my all but non-existent Bucket List (100 things to do before I die). “That’s on my bucket list,” I say. Like hell. Perhaps it should be but until I write it into existence then it really isn’t, is it?

The problem with a Bucket List is that it seems so written-in-Sharpie® permanent and I simply can’t have that. I am also of the belief that no one wants to read a list of one hundred things that all begin “Visit ____” because my original ponderings definitely leaned in that direction. I’ll just have to compose my very own Wanderlust List at some undetermined date in the future. A list also suggests some sort of hierarchy… as though one “to do” is better or more desired than any other “to do”. Bollocks.

Despite these reservations, I have decided to make a Bucket List for me. I think I might surprise myself in the process. And, so, here for your reading pleasure, or a roll of the eyes and not-another-one sigh, is half my bucket. The bucket is neither half-full nor half-empty. For all you know I chopped it vertically down the center. A half is a half. It is but half a bucket… only this, and nothing more (cue raven).

Disclaimer: Bucket List items are presented in random order with no preference to one or the other and subject to change without notice. Once a list item has been achieved it will be replaced therefore this list is, in essence, never-ending. Author accepts no responsibility for ideas this list may plant in your brain or for zombie attacks that may occur because your newly enriched brain is now tastier.

ONE
Get fit again. (Okay… I lied. This one trumps all the others.)

TWO
Spend a week in New York City going to Broadway shows.

THREE
Have a reason to immerse myself in study and research at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. so I can have a registered reader’s card and they will let me past the public exhibits.

FOUR
Fly first class on a transcontinental flight.

FIVE
Jump out of a perfectly good airplane… while it’s at cruising altitude, of course, and with a functioning parachute attached to my body.

SIX
Participate in a ladies only getaway with a group of great close girlfriends.

SEVEN
Foster relationships so that I actually have a group of close girlfriends.

EIGHT
Climb mighty Kilimanjaro… even if the snow is all gone (grrrrr) by then.

NINE
Paint a mural.

TEN
Pay back my parents. I don’t think they are keeping track but I am.

ELEVEN
Experience a full spa day with the works.

TWELVE
Dine in a restaurant where my meal is prepared by a trained chef… preferably a chef/owner but that might be pushing it... with fresh seasonal ingredients.

THIRTEEN
Take an interesting (to me) picture a day for a year.

FOURTEEN
Take my children on a real vacation and not just a visit to family.

FIFTEEN
Take my children to Kenya so they can experience the country that shaped the woman I am.

SIXTEEN
Own a Harley. Yes, and ride it too.

SEVENTEEN
Write a book interesting enough to not only be published (a lot of crap gets published) but to be purchased and read by substantially more people than my parents, my brother and the friends I’ve threatened with physical violence.

EIGHTEEN
Go on a book tour. (See above.)

NINETEEN
Sail down the Mississippi River on a grand river boat.

TWENTY
Meet and exchange meaningful conversation with at least ten of my blog/twitter/internet friends.

TWENTY ONE
Fall in love.

TWENTY TWO
Take a helicopter tour in a stunningly beautiful location.

TWENTY THREE
Go to my 20 year high school reunion. I booked it so I should be there, yes?

TWENTY FOUR
Comic-Con… I want to go. Maybe I’ll find my hot Clark Kent type there.

TWENTY FIVE
Buy a house.

TWENTY SIX
Read the complete works of Charles Dickens.

TWENTY SEVEN
Attend a Manchester United match in Manchester. Glory! Glory!

TWENTY EIGHT
Sing karaoke with reckless abandon. Sober. You may not want to be present when this occurs.

TWENTY NINE
Bartend.

THIRTY
Go back to and graduate from university. Finally.

THIRTY ONE
Witness both my boys graduate from university.

THIRTY TWO
Sail from New York to Southampton via luxury liner.

THIRTY THREE
Go to the inauguration of the first woman president of the United States. (Confession: I stole this one from
Kerri because it was too damn good to pass up.)

THIRTY FOUR
Bungee jump.

THIRTY FIVE
Attend a major movie premiere.

THIRTY SIX
Go to the Academy Awards.

THIRTY SEVEN
Learn to belly dance.

THIRTY EIGHT
Go to a Cowboys game in Texas (sigh) Cowboys Stadium even if Tony Romo is still quarterback and, of course, I shall have fantastic seats.

THIRTY NINE
Spend a weekend on a luxury yacht.

FORTY
Dress like a drag queen and see if I can convince people I’m a man in drag and not actually a woman.

FORTY ONE
Ride a segway. (B u t... not off a cliff.)

FORTY TWO
Have a pint at The Eagle & Child in Oxford and pretend that I, too, am a well respected academic capable of creating entire literary worlds that will be much beloved for many a generation after my passing.

FORTY THREE
Own a piano and start playing again.

FORTY FOUR
Drive from Bar Harbor, ME to San Diego, CA or Miami, FL to Seattle, WA or both with no agenda or deadline.

FORTY FIVE
Go to a cabin in the mountains (devoid of banjo music) and unplug for a week. No phone. No TV. No iPod. No internet. Just me, books, pen & paper… and food.

FORTY SIX
See a moose and a bear and a bison and a wolf in the wild. Not together, mind you.

FORTY SEVEN
Become fluent in Swahili since I neglected to master it when I had the obvious chance to do so. Ah, youth.

FORTY EIGHT
Rappel down a 30+ (maybe 50+) story building.

FORTY NINE
Invest in something at just the right time, wait for it to explode and then sell out.

FIFTY
Browse and buy a book at Shakespeare & Company in Paris.

Someday… I’ll fill the other half of the bucket.

“We live, we die, and the wheels on the bus go round and round.” ~The Bucket List (2007)

10 comments:

  1. Visit___

    I understand that. "I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote." Ishmael from Moby Dick by Herman Melville

    Nice list, I've done some (such as the ones involving jumping off and out of), and I have dreamed of many of the others. Though Kenya is much closer, and my eldest has been there when he was 3, I really want the boys to experience the Kenya that I grew up in.

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  2. @Dori ~ Anytime!

    @Vernon ~ It has been so long since I read Moby Dick that I had completely forgotten that particular quote. Don't be surprised if you see me use it here in the future! :)

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  3. A Wanderlust list... yes. Absolutely.

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  4. I'm so thrilled you liked the woman president one.
    And thanks for reminding me about Comic Con. It's funny the things you talk about that fall out of your head when you try to actually write them down.

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  5. Love this list! Good luck. Can't wait to see your accomplishments!

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  6. @Finn ~ You know me... I'm working on it!

    @Kerry ~ It was inspired! And, you are most welcome.

    @Nat ~ Thanks!

    @Things to Do ~ Thank you! I do hope I can begin checking some of them off soon.

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  7. I loved your list.. and it's amazing to me how many on your list would be on mine. Along with those not listed beginning with "visit.."

    And your zombie disclaimer = Priceless

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  8. @sm8del ~ Glad you liked it. I hope no zombies eat your brains. ;) Now begins the follow thru.

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