I don’t want to get maudlin here but lately I’ve been wondering if there are some things I want to do before kicking the proverbial bucket. Proverbially. Not so long ago we posted a “Hole in the Bucket List,” or those things we really don’t want to do. (See “I Would Do Anything – Not!” Feb. 11, 2013.) That list ran the gamut from alligator wrestling to tornado chasing. And even in thinking of those things I’d like to do there are more that I don’t and certainly won’t than those that I wish I had and will try to do. But if one was to write a bucket list and if that one was me, what would be there? First it would be of three parts – things to do, places to go, and experiences to um, experience.
Starting with the second first we find the easiest category. There was once a time that I’d have been convinced that I couldn’t call it a life fulfilled if I hadn’t visited all fifty of the United States. With apologies to the Midwest, once I got to Kansas, that goal tarnished. There’s only so much flat and level one can take. There just isn’t that much difference between North and South Dakotas, and ditto the Carolinas to require four stops on that Triptik. Alaska is way too big and Rhode Island is way too small to compose jaw dropping long weekends. Fifty states are just too many for more than just weekends. Regions are a different story. New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest, Midwest, West Coast, Northwest. Those are manageable. And I’ve been to them all so that’s off the list. But within each region there are special places. And some special places deserve special notice.
One city that I have to get to while the getting is still getable is Punxsutawney Pennsylvania, home of Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s greatest weather rodent. Another go to place is the home of the world’s greatest, and first pizza, Naples. Naples is also the home of half of my heritage so a trip there would kill two tomatoes with one wheel of cheese.
Things to do before that bucket tips are probably at the top of everyone’s list. I guess I never have been that conventional. If I wanted to do it, it has already been done. There aren’t that many noteworthy things that I feel I have to do again. Drive across country – done that. Jump out of a flying object – once was enough and I did it more than that! Race around a race track in a race car just like a race car driver – no desire. Nope, there aren’t many things to do to be done or else feel like there is something missing in my life. Two things to continue to do are to wind down in the hot tub and to wind it up cruising top down along a country lane. And if I get to pick a companion it would be She.
Part place to go, thing to do, and experience to experience is the last item on the list. Last here is certainly not least but is at least the least likely to be experienced, or done, or gone to when last call is called. That would be the Mediterranean Wine Cruise. Years ago while dreaming of vacations to consider, She and I ran across an ad for a two week cruise across the Mediterranean Sea and all the ports of call were where “wine country” was one of your first thoughts of the area. Whoever put this together did not use Mediterranean euphemistically like we feel compelled to in this country. It was not code for Turkey or Greece. It covered all of the countries that touch that body of water and there are a lot of them. And they all make wine. We didn’t get there and for why ever that was it never seemed to be a big deal except for now when I think of places I’d like to go or things I like to do or an experience I’d like to have that I didn’t, or hadn’t, or wanted.
So they aren’t the most adventurous things and places and what nots. That’s my list and I’m sticking to it. I wonder now, what would happen if you compare this list with the Hole in the Bucket List? I guess that makes these sort of the pros and cons of things to do today.
Now, that’s what I think. Really. How ‘bout you?