|What is a bucket list? It’s a list of things one wants to accomplish before “kicking the bucket.” Life has a way of intruding on dreams and adventures. There are responsibilities to family, job, career, spouse, kids, fatigue and injuries, parents, self, school, community, religion, politics, friends, etc. The list of “I can’t do that because…” is almost as long as the reasons that follow the word “because.” Dream vacations, fantasies, secret desires, hopes, aspirations all take a back seat to being practical. They might be impractically expensive, dangerous, and even politically incorrect but they might also just be those small silly things that responsible people would not think of doing like having a banana split for breakfast. So here’s my list. Don’t expect tawdry details like having the mange trice. No wait, that not the right word, oh yes, ménage a trios but that’s a separate list |
San Francisco- Coit Tower, Pier 39, Alcatraz, North Shore, Fisherman’s Wharf, The Cannery, Ghirardelli’s, Palace of Fine Art, Fort Point, China Town, Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not, The Wax Museum, Cable Cars & Cable Car Museum, Maritime Museum, The Blue Mermaid (great food) // Monterey – Monterey Aquarium, Cannery Row, The Clement, Fish Hopper Seafood // Sacramento - Train Museum, Old Town, Lunch on the River Boat Delta King, exclusive internal tour of the Folsom Hydro Dam // Have a house guest – ok so that doesn’t sound like much but this was the first time I had a house situation where I wouldn’t be embarrassed to have someone stay the night and it was cool showing off my city for two weeks with a visitor from Australia!! It was a blast trying out my hosting skills (lousy that my skills may be) on a platonic friend. They were happy with the cheap futon couch but next time I want a real guest bedroom for visitors. // Queen Mary – I stayed the night on the Queen. It’s nice to add it to my accomplishments but once will probably do it for this lifetime. Let’s say it only cost $99 a night for a reason. But the ship was nice to tour with a camera // So. CA Coast – Solvang, Cambria, Hearst Castle // Los Angeles – Disneyland, California Adventure, Medieval Times (dinner theater with horses, jousting, sword fights, damsels in distress etc) , Huntington Library (note: not always open), Getty Museum, Universal Studios, Mission Inn Riverside, La Brea Tar Pits // San Diego Area – Wild Animal Park (season pass), San Diego Zoo (season pass), Sea World (season pass), Julian - Gold Mine Tour, La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Cave, San Diego Old Town (good tacos), Birch-Scripps Aquarium in La Jolla, Point Loma Lighthouse & Cabrillo Monument and tide pools. USS Midway Museum, Del Mar Fair, Night photography of the skyline, Hotel Del Coronado.
Yosemite // Yellowstone // Mono Lake // Multnomah Falls & OR Coast // good shots of Cheetahs // good shots of a flying humming bird – GRRR a nemesis // Torrey Pines gliders // someplace nice to live vs an apartment albeit a nice apartment preferably with a guest room // Alaskan Cruise // Muir Wood // Calif Redwoods // Europe // good shots of poison arrow frogs // Catalina – although I am not convinced that Catalina is worth the hype. Everyone I ask says it’s good for lovers or partiers and I’ve never been much of a partier and there is no significant other for a moon lit walk on the beach. // Great SW Trip – Grand Canyon, Bryce National Park, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Zion National Park, Meteor Crater // Carlsbad Caverns // Nerd Fests - Renaissance Fairs, Scottish Games, Comic-Con – They sold out like 130,000 tickets in less than 2 hours? What The Heck? // Cooking classes // Asia // Australia // Miramar Marine Air Show // Lunar Photography // Reno Air Races // Hawaii // Parade of Lights // Palomar Observatory // Camping? // Niagara Falls // Washington DC // Harbor Cruise // Imperial Beach Sand Castle Competition // Over The Line Tourney // Whale watching // Mountains like Shasta, St Helens, Rainer // Knotts Berry Farm // Santa Cruz // Bodfish – Don’t even remember why? // Temecula Balloon Festival // get a flash unit for the camera // go back to college. I’m dragging my feet on anything to do with flying. I want to vacation with my camera and don’t trust the airlines. Eventually I will run out of roadtrip destinations so I’ll have to start flying, but those are kinda last on my list.
Abandoned Hope or Classic Fail
Losing weight – I was doing well for a while then things got really stressed at work (getting worse) and home (holding constant) and I did some stress eating. Now I have to lose a whopping 30lb. Gack I look like an albino bull seal. // Finding a significant other – yea, so I work rotating 12hr shifts bouncing from days to graves every week working weekends and holidays doing nothing but sleep all day when I’m doing my graves then after three weeks of work I get two weeks off to run amok. I’m 30 lb over weight with a bad leg and minor but untreatable depression. Being a nice guy that finishes last I don’t like heat and am allergic to dust, cats, dogs, drama, dancing, drugs and sports with a thinkers mind and dry wit. Sure I’ll find a sane chick around 50 in no time. (chirp-chirp) There doesn’t seem to be many sane post-menopausal women who aren’t looking for sugar daddies/entertainment managers/travel agents or personal trainers to push them to the next level so they can climb K-2. They all seem to be either out of my reach high or someone I’d chew my arm off to get away from. Tell me my expectations are too high but I don’t want my next gf to come home smelling of a guy from group therapy or who needs a bf so she can have a designated driver. Instead I have lost my faith in finding the right woman just like Robert Pattinson LOL (Of course by the time you read this he’ll probably be back into someone’s arms or you will say Pattinson who?) My divorce left me a wreck, and they say it takes 1 year for each 5 of marriage to recover. That means I have what, 5 more years before I’m emotionally “normal” again and 13 more before my finances recover? Shit, I’m in my 50’s I don’t have that long to wait. By the time I recover I won’t care about women anymore, so time to give that idea up for lost. // Revive and renew my spirituality – meh there has been a lot of damage in this area. Too many people betrayed my trust. It would take a miracle now for this area of my life to recover. Omnes relinquite spes, o vos intrantes //
Things That Will Never Be On The List
Being inordinately self-focused, cruel, rude or inconsiderate to others or animals // Drugs other than alcohol //