Sunday Koffee Klatch - Our Bucket List

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PAlady
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   Posted 5/30/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Good Sunday Morning to Everyone,

Chutzie has asked me to fill in for her today, so I'm going to use yesterday's Koffee Klatch as a springboard. Some of us (ahem...won't mention any names smilewinkgrin) were a bit more adventurous, at least as far as jumping out of airplanes go. But I wondered what fun, exciting, joyful, or profound activity or experience we might want to have if we knew we only had a few months left on this earth (like the movie The Bucket List). Pretend that if you have pain, you're not going to let it stop you. And it should either be something you've never done or haven't done for a long, long time and would love to do once more in life. And it's got to be for YOU not others.

Let's make our own Bucket List! What are the things we would do if we knew we were going to kick the bucket any day now (and who knows???)? BTW, pretend money is no object! :-)

I thought of a few things, but the one I decided to post was that I'd love to crew on a Tall Ship for a summer and sail all around...wherever! I'd want to learn how to crew - hoist the mainsails, climb up in the crows nest and let my hair blow free in the wind, seeing nothing but blue water all around! And enjoying the company of like-minded folk, perhaps stopping in some intriguing ports of call along the way! yeah

What would you do?

PaLady cool

White Beard
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   Posted 5/30/2009 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
First on my list would be to ride in a Hot Air Balloon, not a short ride, but a nice  long ride. Second would be to fly in an F15 fighter! Third fly in the B2 Stealth Bomber,  and last but not least ride in the space shuttle up to the Slylab space station and  spend a week or 2 orbiting the earth!  yeah   
 
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  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


PAlady
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   Posted 5/30/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
OOOOH, White Beard!!! The Space Shuttle!! shocked Woo Hoo!

I've got to add that one to my list! yeah

Sure can tell you were a fly boy! smilewinkgrin

PaLady

Lindaloo
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   Posted 5/30/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
OK money no object and pain not getting in the way?? I would buy a big boat and an RV and a plane and I would travel all over the US. Then I would go to Spain, to England, to Australia, to France , to Mexico and to a few other places. Then I would hop in the boat and take a long boat trip to the lower keys of Florida to the carribean and just enjoy the water, fishing and camping. I would like to go everywhere that I have read about and would like to see and I would go with my husband and if the kids wanted to go some of the places I would let them go too. This would be a dream come true for me.

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flower123
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   Posted 5/31/2009 2:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I would love to travel too...to go to Hawaii and scuba dive with the sharks and fish and sea monsters. :) Also, I would like to see all of the Monarch butterflies in the trees in Mexico. I'd like to go to London, Spain, Brazil, etc., just all over the place.

edt
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   Posted 5/31/2009 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   

I would hop on my own Harley alongside my husband and travel from State to State, take in the sights of our BEAUTIFUL Country!

P.S. no CELLphones either!!!

XXOO
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auntkay
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   Posted 5/31/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd like to have a RV and travel around the country seeing all the sites. I'd want to include a hot air ballon ride ,camping,caving and repelling again.Then take it up a notch and travel abroad so many places to see.

PAlady
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   Posted 5/31/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow. Anyone catching a theme here? Hmm...

PaLady :-)

Gretchen1
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   Posted 5/31/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a bucket list.  Mine is more like..........things I want to do before my body stops listening to me.  I want to break and train one more horse.  I would like to break and train a BLM mustang.  I want to volunteer regularly at a no-kill shelter.  I want to train dogs so they are more adoptable and can find that forever-family.  I want to fly fish for bone fish, permit, and tarpon in the salt water flats of Forida. 


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modelmaker
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   Posted 5/31/2009 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Cost and pain are no restrictions, I would like to learn to fly a sailplane. A real one. I have flown the model R/C ones I build but I would like to fly the real deal. See some of our great geological wonders from the peace and quiet of a sailplane. Next, I would like to visit every one of our great National Parks. Every one. I have already checked one thing off my bucket list: I have flown in a B-17 bomber! WhiteBeard, you would love this...a fully restored B-17 showed up at an airshow in MN when I was up there. The guy was selling 40 min. rides. I couldn't resist. At the time I was still recovering from back fusion and was still in the TLSO. It was a little difficult getting around inside the plane but worth it. My wife agreed but said she could think of better uses for the $475 for the experience. But she knew it was on my bucket list and this was way before the movie came out. Also on the list I would like to learn to sail a boat. Travel to some wonderful tropical spot with calm, tourquoise water and just go with the wind. We went for a catamaran excusion in Hawaii and I got the bug.

Modelmaker
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PAlady
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   Posted 5/31/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Sailing and flying....two very similar experiences. And I love both, too! yeah I've often told people if I died in a plane crash don't mourn me - I died happy! I love being in the air! Beats being in some hospital bed!!!

Modelmaker - your experience being able to check off one of those bucket list items is kind of why I started this thread. I think it would be interesting to see just how we can do at least some part of those things we dream about, even if we have to do them with limitations!

PaLady :-)

Post Edited (PAlady) : 5/31/2009 3:49:25 PM (GMT-6)


fatherjohn
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   Posted 5/31/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Just got home from work and wanted to add to the list. I could add a few things to what I would like to stop doing. But the number 1 would be to take a 2 or 3 month trip aroung the US on a Motorcycle. I have owned and did ride but not a long trip like this. After that a nice sailboat and a lengthy wander around the south pacific.

PAlady
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   Posted 5/31/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I just LOVE reading these!!

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Piercings
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   Posted 5/31/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I've always been a west coast girl and when I was younger I used to drive up into BC and down into Mexico a lot. I can't spend the hours behind the wheel like I used to. So I would drive to all the places I didn't have time to stop in during the 1 mil+ miles that I have logged on the road.

The second thing would be to fly. With all the miles and miles that I've driven up and around these 8 states out here, I've never flown. Not for a fear of flying, but because it was always cheaper to drive and I could take more stuff with me. And of course all that time in commercial airplanes would have to take me across the oceans to see lands that I have always yearned to see. Then it would be to learn to fly for myself, even if it's a small plane.

Once I got home again then I would have to do fostering and rehabilitation for cats that are waiting for adoption. I have friends that joke that I'm the cat whisperer. They tell me that I'm the Cesar Millan of cats. lol

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   Posted 5/31/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Palady, you stole the words right out of my mouth!! My father got my very interested in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars -- hence the tall ships. If you're interested in reading about life at sea/ships of the line, etc, etc, I would recommend the Hornblower series by CS Forester. They are just amazing, by far one of my favorite series of books (17 books in all, I believe, although most of them, if not all are no longer in print, so you'd probably have to get them used somewhere). I've been thinking about reading them again this summer, if only I could read well/read more than a few pages a go. We'll see. I have a whole host of other books which I'd like to get through as well. Oh, and A&E made the first 2 or 3 books into mini movies a few years back. They are really great as well, although nothing beats the books!

I also love Gretchen's response! I would love to train & break my own horse(s). Having horses is definitely one thing I want to do before I die, although I'm hoping that this happens sooner rather than later. Let's just pretend that I won't have any college/grad school loans to pay off!! yay!!

Okay, something original... I'd love to work on a dairy farm, although I don't think I'd last too long. I love the cows, but I'm not in the physical shape I used to be! I think by "working on a dairy farm" I mean playing with the cows smilewinkgrin, calves, and watching/assisting with some deliveries!

I'd also love to work for some conservation/research agencies, especially marine conservation & research, and sail around the world with them!

I'd also love to work for NASA & study the universe! Lets just pretend that I love physics though. turn Oh! And I'd love to explore space (although not using our modern day technology - just give me some of that technology out of Star Trek! wink)

And I'd love to have a great big farm & go galloping through undisturbed nature for miles and miles and miles. I'd have a ton of horses, cows, goats, sheep, dogs, cats! It would be heaven! And every nice summer night, I'd lay in the middle of a hay field, looking at the stars. There would be no light pollution, and the sky would be crystal clear.

Can you tell my themes here? Ocean, space, nature, animals, science. There you go, skeye in a nutshell.

Skeye
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