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What's on everyone's bucket list?

Asked by Akua (4628 points ) August 24th, 2010

Ok I’m not being morbid or anything and I’m no where near ready to go but ever since I saw that movie “Bucket List” with Jack Nickelson I have been jotting down things I’d like to do before I kicked the bucket. Buying a Harley and riding across the country, throwing myself a huge birthday party (never had a party), traveling to foreign countries like Spain, Australia and Africa, going to a country and western bar and doing the “Boot Scoot”, own a home, etc.
Just curious what others might have on their bucket list. I will be sharing more about my bucket list as the discussion progresses.

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I want to see the pyramids in Egypt among other things.

X_Peace_Love_Freedom_X's avatar

getting a book published when i’m older

Seaofclouds's avatar

Traveling around the world

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jrpowell's avatar

I have always wanted to ride my bike across the country. Pete was stupid enough to agree. Next August we roll for a unknown charity.

So if you live between Portland, Oregon and ArmPit, New Jersey we will need a hot shower and food that lacks onions. The plan is a few changes of clothes and sleeping outside.

edit :: this is not a joke.. It has been talked about for over a year.

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frdelrosario's avatar

#1. Successfully eradicate use of the term “bucket list”.

lillycoyote's avatar

I don’t have a bucket list. My death bed calendar is already full of things should have and wanted to do but never got around to. Having a bucket list would only add to that burden. :-)

MrsDufresne's avatar

Have a CD of my own original Music available for purchase on iTunes.
Have at least 5 original paintings of mine be displayed in a local art gallery.
See the Aurora Borealis while standing beside my husband.
Visit Star Island
Adopt two or more children.
Open a little Breakfast place with my Husband and Family.

chyna's avatar

Sky diving
A beautiful beach in Mexico

pokopenguin's avatar

@chyna
I would love to do that

jonsblond's avatar

I’d be a happy camper if I could drive across Canada and do the Circle Tour of Lake Superior.

lillycoyote's avatar

@chyna I have done the skydiving thing. So I can check that one off. You should do it. It’s cool and scary.

zenvelo's avatar

raft the Grand Canyon. Go to Antarctica. run with the bulls in Pamplona.

lillycoyote's avatar

@zenvelo Welcome to Fluther, you little scamp. Just for that I am going to pay my property taxes instead of using the money to come to Israel. :-)

Akua's avatar

I’d like to have more kids. Biological or not. Too freaked out to go skydiving.

BarnacleBill's avatar

@johnpowell, one of my friends just finished an east to west ride as a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. Took him about 30 days. Met a lot of really nice people, including a guy riding crosscountry on a unicycle.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Mine is composed almost entirely of potential travel destinations (New Zealand, Iceland, and Greece are at the top of the list). I’d also like to run a marathon, and adopt a Great Dane.

Akua's avatar

@frdelrosario what’s the matter with bucket list? It’s just a term, not that serious. What are some special adventurous things you want to do before you leave this earth? Got anything better?

Akua's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities Wow running a marathon sounds great.

HamstarOfFate's avatar

I want to learn to salsa and fence and I want to travel the full length of Route 66.

chyna's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities I’m so behind you all the way on the great dane adoption, as you know. Been scoping them out for you for when you return. :-)

Akua's avatar

I want to retire permanently to Antigua. Live off grid in a little house and eat only what I can grow.

Akua's avatar

@HamstarOfFate I would love to learn Salsa and Ballroom Dancing. It looks so sexy.

jonsblond's avatar

@zenvelo I think I love you. How fun would those three be! Welcome to Fluther. :)

amazingme's avatar

I want to sky dive, figure out all (or majority) of my genealogy, grow old, travel to all countries, have tons of kids and grandkids; including adopting and much much more. :D

zenvelo's avatar

@jonsblond you’re making me blush! ;>)

TexasDude's avatar

1. Learn basic writing/conversational skills in Latin and Arabic.

Why? I have a good foundation so far, and both languages are awesome. Also, $$$$$$

2. Learn to fight with a bullwhip.

The art of bullwhip fighting is actually a very dynamic and fascinating martial art.

3. Learn basic sword parries, blocks, and strikes.

It’s better to know how to sword fight and not have to, than to have to and not know.

4. Learn a few exhibition shooting skills.

I’m already a decent shot, so why shouldn’t I be able to light a match with a .22 or shoot a hangman’s rope loose with a lever-rifle?

5. Learn to make a fire with a bow.

Every man and woman should know how to do this.

6. Make a homemade knife.

Start with an old piece of scrap metal and make a functional knife…. why not?

7. Learn basic geological science terms.

I used to love geology when I was little… I might as well learn the lingo.

8. Learn at least 5 new guitar songs.

This one is currently being taken care of…. plus, I’ve been letting my gweetar skills slip…

9. Refurbish an old guitar.

I have my less than stellar condition ‘54 Gibson sitting around, so again, why not?

10. Learn basic wood working skills and carve a tribal style mask from a hunk of wood.

If the bushmen of Africa can do it with rocks and sticks, what’s stopping me from doing it with modern tools?

11. Learn a little basic Ninjitsu.

Because that’s awesome.

12. Learn basic first aid/first responder skills.

I’ve had to administer first aid too many times for this one to go undone.

13. Learn to build a wagon wheel and oxen yoke.

If my forebears of the mountains could do it, there’s no reason why I can’t.

14. Memorize the major battle dates and basic details of the most important Allied campaigns of WWII.

As a history dweeb, I should already know this.

15. Finish re-writing the Hypnonaut.

A dear friend inspired me to do this, and I think it must be done. I want that story to be complete.

16. Make my own clothing.

A dying art that has recently experienced a resurgence with the advent of Indie DIY culture. Again, why not?

17. Make a pinhole camera.

They are really cool.

18. Continue learning violin.

I can’t be a fiddle playing creole bastard if I don’t know how to fiddle….

19. Learn basic animal tracking skills.

You know, for tracking animals. I also need an excuse to wear my Montcastle hat more often.

20. Learn to make tapers the old fashioned way.

Candlemaking…. Could be useful?

21. Learn to cook like an Italian.

This one is self-explanatory.

22. Learn orienteering skills.

My sense of direction is terrible. I couldn’t find my way out of an invisible, wet paper bag if I had a knife, a map, and a compass.

Symbeline's avatar

See Cat Rapes Dog in concert.
That’s it.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard You’re young, you can do it, but I am adding build a chrystal radio out of household items to your list. I’m sure it was just an oversight on your part, forgetting to put it on the list.

Hawkeye's avatar

Get out alive

TexasDude's avatar

@lillycoyote, I gotcha there… I made one when I was 12 ;-)

TexasDude's avatar

@Akua, thanks!

@lillycoyote, I gotcha there… I made one when I was 12 ;-)

jrpowell's avatar

@BarnacleBill :: That is awesome. We never came up with a clear estimate of how long it would take. It is good to know a month is a good estimate.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Sorry my friend. It was rather presumptuous of me to assume that it was not on your list due to an oversight rather than it not being on your list because you had already accomplished it. I will be more circumspect in the future. But, and since I’m old enough to be your mother, I mean this in an absolutely platonic, motherly way; if you ever find someone to teach you how to fight with a bullwhip, let me know. I would so be into that. In any fight, the element of surprise almost always works to your advantage and that’s just something hardly anyone would see coming, these days. Plus it would just be cool to know how to fight with a bullwhip.

Frenchfry's avatar

I want to go to Europe and go camping in the Grand Canyon.

augustlan's avatar

Just about the only thing I’d really like to do that I haven’t already done is take a cross country drive. I’d love to take 3 or 4 months, and stop wherever & whenever the mood strikes us. Stay a few days here, a few hours there… just be very leisurely about it. Maybe in a rented RV.

I have to say though, I might steal some stuff from @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard‘s list just to keep my brain sharp as I age. What a fantastic list!

lillycoyote's avatar

@augustlan I absolutely agree that @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard has a great list. I’m just wondering how practical the “oxen yoke” thing is. But it’s his list and I’ve already stuck my nose in it only to find that I was completely wrong, so I should really stay out of it, but I can’t.

Deja_vu's avatar

@hawaii_jake I went to Egypt a few years ago. It was amazing. Definitely the best trip of my life. You must go :)

augustlan's avatar

@lillycoyote Yeah, I’m thinking I won’t be taking on the ‘oxen yoke’. Maybe the languages (I’ve always wanted to learn Latin) and learning to play a musical instrument or two.

TexasDude's avatar

@lillycoyote, no offense taken at all! I was actually inspired to learn bullwhip fighting after watching a television program about it… It’s actually a very complicated and advanced form of martial arts that seems to be severely under-appreciated. Check out this guy and this guy.

I got the idea to learn to build an oxen yoke from the Foxfire Books. I highly recommend any one of the series.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard I only got through the first 2, but those are wonderful books.

TexasDude's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer, I know! I have a few of them (can’t remember the numbers) but I’m planning on eventually getting the whole collection.

Akua's avatar

Oh and I want to learn how to play all James Taylor songs on my acoustic guitar. I’d be satisfied just learning how to play his music. @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Your amazing. Im going to borrow some stuff from your list.

TexasDude's avatar

@Akua, sure thing!

lillycoyote's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Yes, I’m familiar with the Foxfire books. I worked in a little independent hippie, commie, incense saturated, underground comic selling bookstore in Portland, Oregon, from 1982 to 1986, when there still were such things, and when they were still publishing the series and we sold a lot of them and people asked after them all the time. It was Portland after all. I think I have one or two of them in my attic or in my money sucking self-storage unit, somewhere. And it’s not the “oxen yoke” that concerns me as much as the plain old oxen does. I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten excited about a new project, a similar project; did the research, did the work, followed it through, and was even quite proud of myself and my accomplishments only to discover that I was not permitted to keep oxen in my dorm or my apartment. Well, maybe it wasn’t necessarily oxen but you get the gist of my argument. And James Taylor songs, even though cynical, pissy people get all bent out of shape about the whole sensitive singer songwriter thing, well his songs are beautiful and a pleasure to sing and play and reallly, some of them, not all that hard. Soldier on, @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard. If anyone tries to mess with you I will kick their ass to the best of my, female, middle-aged, carrying maybe 30 extra pound ability.

TexasDude's avatar

@lillycoyote, very nice, and thank you for offering your ass-kicking services. It’s probably important to note that most of the things I want to do have no practical reason other than “because I can” attached to them. Same goes for the oxen yoke. I’d probably put it in a closet after I built it…. but hell… if anyone ever had an ox and something they wanted to pull, I’d be there!

Facade's avatar

Honestly, I just want to be happy and content with life and my relationships before I die.

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