There was a meme floating around Facebook last week called the “Bucket List,” where a list of supposedly bucket-list things was provided for you to check. Some of the things i haven’t done, I haven’t wanted to do….and this isn’t MY bucket list, but here goes (plus, who actually puts “divorced” on their bucket list?)….
Fell in love ✔ The less said, the better.
Gone on a blind date ✔ Once. Set up by my sister-in-law. What a flippin’ disaster.
Skipped school ✔ And got caught by the school principal at the movie theater that night. His comment: “I see you’ve made a quick recovery.”
Watched someone give birth Does a dog count? If so, yes.
Watched someone die ✔ Sadly so.
Been to Canada ✔ Only to Montreal, which I loved, so I want to visit much more.
Ridden in an ambulance Why would this be on anyone’s bucket list? It’s not on mine.
Been to Hawaii ✔ Sixteen days on Oahu because there was an advisory out for Athens, canceling my Greek vacation, and I had a nonrefundable ticket. Oahu cost the same. OMG. I know every inch of that island and came to love shave ice and the roadside shrimp stands on the north shore.
Been to Europe ✔ Not everywhere. To England. To Austria twice, Italy twice, Switzerland, Germany twice, The Netherlands (Amsterdam only) twice, Liechtenstein…I think that’s all. I need to go to France and Belgium!
Been to Las Vegas Sorry, but not sure I really want to. I want to go to Alaska. Badly.
Been to Washington D.C ✔ Mostly on business, but sightseeing was done.
Been to Nashville ✔ Oh, so many times. Lovely city.
Been to Miami ✔ Only once. I think it was enough.
Visited Florida ✔ Many, many, many, many, many times. Many. Up and down both coasts but not much in the middle.
Visited Mexico ✔ The usual suspects: Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Acapulco (on a burning tour bus, no less), Cabo San Lucas (heart), Nuevo Laredo…Let’s just say it’s not a wise idea to try to take a photo of a police officer in Nuevo Laredo. They are not amused.
Seen the Grand Canyon in person No, and that’s a shame. Also the Hoover Dam.
Flown in a helicopter No, and never will unless I’m unconscious or heavily medicated.
Been on a cruise ✔ Several. I was going through the Panama Canal when the Marines took down Noriega. Kept seeing tanks and copters while sitting on deck with mimosas, armed with cocktail forks.
Served on a jury ✔ OMG. Until 2 a.m. on a hung criminal court jury that should’ve been an open-and-shut case. I was ready to confess myself just to end it all.
Been in a movie Uh…no thanks.
Been on a magazine cover Ditto
Danced in the rain ✔ Well, “dance” is probably a stretch.
Been to Los Angeles ✔ Smog. Traffic. Palm Trees. Traffic. More traffic. Disneyworld.
Been to New York City ✔ But only a few hours at JFK, so it probably shouldn’t count.
Played in a band I have no musical aptitude. None. Love it, though.
Sang karaoke Much to the relief of everyone I’ve ever met, no.
Laughed so much you cried ✔ Of course. And snorted. And hyperventilated.
Laughed so hard you pee’d Well, maybe.
Caught a snowflake on your tongue ✔ It’s a rare opportunity here in Da South.
Had a pet(s) ✔ I do so miss my baby dogs Shane and Tanker.
Been sledding on big hill ✔ As a kid.
Been downhill skiing I would break my neck, at best. Although it looks fun.
Been water skiing Since I can’t swim, this would probably be a bad idea.
Rode on a motorcycle See note about breaking neck.
Traveled to all 50 states…No, but it IS on my bucket list.
Jumped out of a plane Are you delusional?
Rode in a hot air balloon I’d sooner jump from a plane.
Been to a drive-in movie ✔ Yes, quite a few times, believe it or not.
Rode an elephant I’m not sure in what universe this would happen, but, uh, no.
Rode a Horse ✔ Once. It was a disaster. I was marked for life.
Been on TV ✔ It wasn’t intentional. Really.
Been in the newspaper ✔ Recently, in fact. I won the county adult spelling bee, a charity event. My hair looked like Donald Trump’s. That is not a compliment. I threatened to never be seen in public again and got a haircut post-haste.
Stayed in the Hospital ✔ Only once as a patient, though.
Donated blood I have high blood pressure so I am not eligible.
Gotten a piercing ✔ Thrice in each ear.
Gotten a tattoo No but I keep threatening.
Driven a stick shift vehicle ✔ My first car was stick-shift. I don’t miss it.
Been scuba diving See earlier note about swimming. And drowning.
Been snorkeling No, but I think I’d enjoy it and might do it one of these days.
Lived on your own ✔ Since I was 18. That was long ago and far away.
Rode in the back of police car. I dated a cop for over a year. Does that count?
Got a speeding ticket ✔ Sigh. Quite a few of them.
Broken a bone. Miraculously, no.
Gotten stitches ✔ Only twice. Once after minor surgery, once when I was five and trying to dance and cut an apple at the same time for my grandmother. Bad idea. Happy Thanksgiving, granny, let’s run to the E.R.!
Traveled Alone ✔ My employer gave me a free trip to Europe. Traveling alone on my first-ever trip outside the U.S.–both to Canada and to Central Europe, was strangely empowering. Until Italy. Italians don’t speak English. I don’t speak Italian. There were many halting conversations in French, which worked in some bizarre way. Pardon?
How about you? Any fun stories to go with any of these? I’ll give away a $5 Amazon GC to one lucky commenter. So ‘fess up!