Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Bucket List

There have been several variations of this meme, which has been circulating on Facebook for a few months.  Several of my Facebook friends have played along.

I tend to be a private person, and I don't tell that many personal stories about myself.  But yesterday, a blogger in India noticed that, in a post about my father, I mentioned that he had served in the United States Army Air Force in World War II, and was stationed in India for part of that time.  She asked if I had any memories I could share.

What I do remember is some of the stories of his service that he used to tell me when he put me to bed at night.  One day, I will share them, from what I remember.  I don't remember much, and I regret it.   He didn't talk about his service all that much, and I realize, as an adult, that many of his generation ("The Greatest Generation") never shared their experiences.


With his memories, he also shared several items from what we now call a bucket list here in the States - a list of things you want to see, experience, or do before you die - with me.

While in India, my father was fortunate enough to have seen the Taj Mahal, and wanted to see it again before he died.  He never was able to go back, though.

Two other items on his bucket list, both not accomplished, was seeing New Orleans during Mardi Gras and seeing Washington DC during cherry blossom season.  He never accomplished these either.  And, come to think of it, neither have I.

So, just for fun, I am going to share this meme with you (one version of it) along with my responses.  This isn't a bucket list, but it is still fun to see some of the things I've accomplished or experienced.  And, if you could share an item from your bucket list in the comments, I would love to hear it.

"Bucket List - please play along. You'll be surprised at the responses. Put an "X" in the box if you have done it! Just copy and paste to your timeline (or maybe blog).
( )Shot a gun
( )Gone on a blind date
(X) Skipped school
(x) Watched someone die
(x)Visited Canada
( )Visited Hawaii
( ) Visited Cuba
()Visited Europe
() Visited South America
(X)Visited Las Vegas
( ) Visited Central America
() Visited Asia
( )Visited Africa
(X) Visited Florida
(x)Visited Mexico
(X ) Seen the Grand Canyon in person
( )Flown in a helicopter
( ) Served on a jury
(X)Been lost
( X) Traveled to the opposite side of the country
(x)Visited Washington, DC
(X) Swam in the Ocean
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played cops and robbers
(X) Played cowboys and Indians (Indians in my youth, now Native Americans).
( ) Recently colored with crayons
( ) Sang karaoke
( )Sang a solo or duet in church
(X)Paid for a meal with coins only
( ) Made prank phone calls
(X) Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose
(X)Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X)Had children
(X) Had a pet
( )Been skinny-dipping
(X) Been fishing
(X) Been boating
( ) Been Downhill Skiing
( )Been water skiing
( ) Been camping in a trailer/RV
(X) Been camping in a tent
( )Driven a motorcycle
( ) Been bungee-jumping
(X) Gone to a drive-in movie
(X) Done something that could have killed you

 ( )Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life
( ) Rode an elephant
(X)Rode a camel
(X) Eaten just cookies or cake or ice cream for dinner
(X) Been on TV
( )Stolen any traffic signs
(X)Been in a car accident
( )Been in the Hospital in past 24 months
(X) Donated blood
() Gotten a (speeding) or any other type of ticket in the past 12 months
() Gotten a piercing (ears count)
()Gotten a Tattoo
(X) Driven a manual transmission vehicle
( ) Ever owned your dream car
(X)Been Married
( ) Been divorced
(X)Fell in love
(X) Fell out of love
( ) Paid for a strangers meal
( )Driven over 120 mph
( ) Been scuba diving
( ) Written a published book/story/poetry
(X )Eaten snails

10 comments:

  1. "Bucket List - please play along. You'll be surprised at the responses. Put an "X" in the box if you have done it! Just copy and paste to your timeline (or maybe blog).
    ( X)Shot a gun
    ( X)Gone on a blind date
    (X) Skipped school
    (x) Watched someone die
    (x)Visited Canada
    ( )Visited Hawaii
    ( ) Visited Cuba
    ()Visited Europe
    () Visited South America
    (X)Visited Las Vegas
    ( ) Visited Central America
    (X) Visited Asia
    ( )Visited Africa
    (X) Visited Florida
    (x)Visited Mexico
    (X ) Seen the Grand Canyon in person
    ( )Flown in a helicopter
    ( X) Served on a jury
    (X)Been lost
    ( X) Traveled to the opposite side of the country
    ()Visited Washington, DC
    (X) Swam in the Ocean
    (X) Cried yourself to sleep
    (X) Played cops and robbers
    (X) Played cowboys and Indians (Indians in my youth, now Native Americans).
    ( X) Recently colored with crayons
    ( X) Sang karaoke
    ( )Sang a solo or duet in church
    (X)Paid for a meal with coins only
    (X ) Made prank phone calls
    (X) Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose
    (X)Caught a snowflake on your tongue
    (X)Had children
    (X) Had a pet
    ( X)Been skinny-dipping
    (X) Been fishing
    (X) Been boating
    ( ) Been Downhill Skiing
    ( )Been water skiing
    ( ) Been camping in a trailer/RV
    () Been camping in a tent
    ( )Driven a motorcycle
    ( ) Been bungee-jumping
    (X) Gone to a drive-in movie
    (X) Done something that could have killed you
    ( X)Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life
    ( ) Rode an elephant
    ()Rode a camel
    (X) Eaten just cookies or cake or ice cream for dinner
    () Been on TV
    ( )Stolen any traffic signs
    (X)Been in a car accident
    ( )Been in the Hospital in past 24 months
    () Donated blood
    () Gotten a (speeding) or any other type of ticket in the past 12 months
    (X) Gotten a piercing (ears count)
    ()Gotten a Tattoo
    () Driven a manual transmission vehicle
    ( ) Ever owned your dream car
    (X)Been Married
    ( X) Been divorced
    (X)Fell in love
    (X) Fell out of love
    ( ) Paid for a strangers meal
    ( )Driven over 120 mph
    ( ) Been scuba diving
    ( ) Written a published book/story/poetry
    (X )Eaten snails

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  2. Following Paula Kaye's example"
    ( )Shot a gun
    (X )Gone on a blind date
    (X) Skipped school
    (x) Watched someone die
    (x)Visited Canada
    (X )Visited Hawaii
    ( ) Visited Cuba
    (X)Visited Europe
    (X) Visited South America
    (X)Visited Las Vegas
    (X ) Visited Central America
    () Visited Asia
    (X )Visited Africa
    (X) Visited Florida
    (x)Visited Mexico
    (X ) Seen the Grand Canyon in person
    (X )Flown in a helicopter
    (X ) Served on a jury
    (X)Been lost
    ( X) Traveled to the opposite side of the country
    (x)Visited Washington, DC (THRICE DAILY?)
    (X) Swam in the Ocean
    (X) Cried yourself to sleep
    (X) Played cops and robbers
    (X) Played cowboys and Indians (Indians in my youth, now Native Americans).
    (X ) Recently colored with crayons (THANKS TO MY GRANDSON)
    (X ) Sang karaoke
    (X )Sang a solo or duet in church SYNAGOGUE
    (X)Paid for a meal with coins only
    (X ) Made prank phone calls
    (X) Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose
    (X)Caught a snowflake on your tongue
    (X)Had children
    (X) Had a pet
    (X )Been skinny-dipping
    (X) Been fishing
    (X) Been boating
    (X ) Been Downhill Skiing
    (X )Been water skiing
    (X ) Been camping in a trailer/RV
    (X) Been camping in a tent
    ( )Driven a motorcycle
    ( ) Been bungee-jumping
    (X) Gone to a drive-in movie
    (X) Done something that could have killed you
    (X )Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life
    ( ) Rode an elephant
    (X)Rode a camel
    (X) Eaten just cookies or cake or ice cream for dinner
    (X) Been on TV
    (X )Stolen any traffic signs
    (X)Been in a car accident
    (X )Been in the Hospital in past 24 months
    (X) Donated blood
    (X) Gotten a (speeding) or any other type of ticket in the past 12 months
    () Gotten a piercing (ears count)
    ()Gotten a Tattoo (NOT ALLOWED)
    (X) Driven a manual transmission vehicle
    (X ) Ever owned your dream car
    (X)Been Married
    (X ) Been divorced
    (X)Fell in love
    (X) Fell out of love
    (X ) Paid for a strangers meal
    (X )Driven over 120 mph
    ( ) Been scuba diving
    (X ) Written a published book/story/poetry
    ()Eaten snails NOT KOSHER

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    1. Oopsies, I didn't even see at least two questions, neither of which would have fit into the practices of several religions (and, you can see I practice the religion I was born into haphazardly, to say the least.)

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  3. ( X)Shot a gun
    ( X)Gone on a blind date
    (X) Skipped school
    () Watched someone die
    (x)Visited Canada
    ( )Visited Hawaii
    ( ) Visited Cuba
    ()Visited Europe
    () Visited South America
    ()Visited Las Vegas
    (x ) Visited Central America
    () Visited Asia
    ( )Visited Africa
    (X) Visited Florida
    (x)Visited Mexico
    (X ) Seen the Grand Canyon in person
    ( )Flown in a helicopter
    ( ) Served on a jury
    (X)Been lost
    ( X) Traveled to the opposite side of the country
    (x)Visited Washington, DC
    (X) Swam in the Ocean
    (X) Cried yourself to sleep
    (X) Played cops and robbers
    (X) Played cowboys and Indians (Indians in my youth, now Native Americans).
    ( ) Recently colored with crayons
    ( ) Sang karaoke
    ( )Sang a solo or duet in church
    (X)Paid for a meal with coins only
    (X ) Made prank phone calls
    (X) Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose
    (X)Caught a snowflake on your tongue
    (X)Had children
    (X) Had a pet
    ( )Been skinny-dipping
    (X) Been fishing
    (X) Been boating
    ( ) Been Downhill Skiing
    ( )Been water skiing
    ( ) Been camping in a trailer/RV
    () Been camping in a tent
    ( )Driven a motorcycle
    ( ) Been bungee-jumping
    (X) Gone to a drive-in movie
    (X) Done something that could have killed you
    ( X)Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life
    ( ) Rode an elephant
    (x)Rode a camel
    (X) Eaten just cookies or cake or ice cream for dinner
    (x) Been on TV
    ( )Stolen any traffic signs
    (X)Been in a car accident
    ( )Been in the Hospital in past 24 months
    (x) Donated blood
    () Gotten a (speeding) or any other type of ticket in the past 12 months
    (X) Gotten a piercing (ears count)
    ()Gotten a Tattoo
    () Driven a manual transmission vehicle
    ( ) Ever owned your dream car
    (X)Been Married
    ( X) Been divorced
    (X)Fell in love
    (X) Fell out of love
    ( ) Paid for a strangers meal
    ( )Driven over 120 mph
    ( ) Been scuba diving
    ( ) Written a published book/story/poetry
    ( )Eaten snails

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  4. Interesting. Not going to do it. It's fun for most people, but I'm such an outlier in many things that it'll just make me sad.

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  5. I have done 38 of the things on the list. Not sure how to copy and paste on my Kindle. My father was also stationed in India and saw the Taj Mahal. And that was about the only thing he ever talked about.

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  6. I've seen this list floating around on Facebook. It's pretty cool to look back at how much you've experienced.

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  7. I have not seen this list on Facebook but its a nice way to tick off what one has done in their life - besides work/career etc....

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