A couple years ago, on my previous blog, I wrote a 'bucket list' in two parts. I think it's good to have one, and although I haven't checked anything off it yet, I know that these are the things I want to work toward. I went back and revisited it, and I found that some of the things that used to be on there were no longer things I really cared that much about. For instance "walk down the aisle" has been deleted. Not because I don't want to ever get married, but because I'll do it when and if the time is right, not because it's on a list of things I have to do before I kick it.
I'm a notorious list maker. I never, ever go on a trip without making a list of things I need to pack. I can't conceive of going to the grocery store without a list. It's not that I'm not spontaneous, because I am. It's just that in some cases, I'd rather be prepared. So I guess life is a good situation to be prepared for, hence the list. I hate calling it a bucket list because of that Morgan Freeman/Jack Nicholson movie. I'd rather just call it what I called it before that movie came out: The List. Here's the revised version (in no particular order).
* Tour Italy. The entire country, not just Rome and Venice.
* See the Grand Canyon and take the hokey donkey ride to the canyon floor and back.
* Fly a plane solo.
* Drive the entire length of the Pacific Coast Highway.
* Have one complete tasting course at The French Laundry in Napa Valley, CA.
* Drive on the Autobahn. (That's my manly wish).
* Go parasailing.
* See the Great Wall of China.
* Get a tattoo that says “one step at a time” across the top of my right foot.
* Go to Greece… Especially Athens.
* See the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
* See The Barenaked Ladies in concert.
* Eat the Southern Buffet at The Lady and Sons in Savannah.
* Learn to do a proper tango.
* Go to a Cirque du Soliel show.
* Go on a sunset sail on one of the tall ships in Key West.
* Swim with dolphins.
* Visit Vietnam.
* Go to Charleston, SC.
* Get some of my writing published properly (not just in blog form).
* Go on a safari in Africa.
* Eat tapas in Spain.
* Cook in a professional kitchen, even if just for a day.
* Visit the place where my family settled in the New World, Hyde Park and Margaretville, New York.
* Go on the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago.
* Get my degree.
* Get away from it all in Fiji.
* Take a cruise through the Panama Canal.
* Go to Alaska.