Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Life I Have Lived....The Life I Hope to Live

My daughter Bridgete had this list on her blog. The object was to copy the list, bold the items you have done and post it for everyone to read but I am going to follow her example. I have separated into three groups-- have done, not yet and no thank you (if I can help it).

Have Done

1. Started your own blog (2 in fact...the other with Bridgete detailing the move from Portland to Boston)
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (Wonderbroads Rule!)
4. Visited Hawaii (and would love to go back)
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
10. Sang a solo (many, many times)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (I still suck at art!)
16. Had food poisoning
21. Had a pillow fight
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (but not for many years)
24. Built a snow fort
26. Gone skinny dipping
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (both)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (I’ve been to Germany, but still have many places left to see)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (its all in perception of satisfaction)
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
60. Served at a soup kitchen
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
67. Bounced a check (that was a long time ago!)
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (Winnie the Pooh is over 40. That’s all I’m saying)
77. Broken a bone (It was only a toe…but it’s a bone)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
83. Walked in Jerusalem (and Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, Masada, Jerico…)
88. Had chickenpox (I have no idea when…but my blood says I did)
90. Sat on a jury (twice)
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one (too many…way too many)
94. Had a baby (only the best !)
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (Does the Dead Sea count? It’s A salt lake?)
97. Been involved in a lawsuit (Does bankruptcy count?)
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Hope to Do Someday

9. Held a praying mantis
12. Visited Paris ( in 2010)
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France (will do when I get there)
20. Slept on an overnight train
25. Held a lamb
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice (MUST get to Italy)
29. Seen a total eclipse
32. Been on a cruise
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person (see 28)
40. Seen Michelangelo's David (28)
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt (made it to Yellowstone..but missed Old Faithful)
44. Visited Africa
47. Had your portrait painted
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person (again…28)
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (see 12)
55. Been in a movie (would love to put this on the have list!)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma.
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
68. Flown in a helicopter (planes of all sizes…even small craft)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times
74. Toured the Everglades
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London (2010)
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person (I am not walking out on that clear bridge thing, though)
80. Published a book (I FULLY intend to achieve this, a few times)
81. Visited the Vatican (well if I haven’t seen the Sistine Chapel…)
82. Bought a brand new car
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
89. Saved someone’s life
95. Seen the Alamo in person

No Thank You

8. Climbed a mountain
11. Bungee jumped (oh hell no!!)
15. Adopted a child (too old…)
22. Hitch hiked (too scary these days)
27. Run a Marathon
31. Hit a home run (I’m really not gifted sports wise)
39. Gone rock climbing (I don’t do heights)
46. Been transported in an ambulance –(I really hope not!)
48. Gone deep sea fishing (don’t swim)
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (see 48)
65. Gone sky diving (see 11)
75. Been fired from a job (Please no)
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (ewwwwhh)

Monday, November 10, 2008

6 secrets - 6 tags

I've been tagged to reveal 6 secrets and tag 6 other bloggers to do the same. So here goes.

1. I have an inner bitch...I wish I felt more comfortable in letting her have her say.
2. I secretly dislike tiny blond women...they do have more fun and get away with more.
3. If it were nutritionally possible, I would live on bread, chocolate and wine, with the occasional cup of really good coffee and superior ice cream.
4. I believe in past lives...or at the very least a psychic link to other souls who have had a human experience.
5. I have had lovers both significantly younger and significantly older than myself. Both have had their advantages and disadvantages. And I wish age didn't matter - but sometimes it does.
6. I believe in casting bread upon the waters. And I know it has come back to me a hundred fold.

So now I tag...
Bonnie - Season Liberally
Chris Dashiell
Bridgete - Living, Learning and Loving the Law

And any other bloggers who wish to jump on board.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Yes I Can

I'm a liberal - a Democrat with a capital D. And it has not always been easy to be so. My parents grew up during the Great Depression, married and started a family during WWII. Watched their family grow and prosper during the post-war boom. And watched the world change dramatically during the 60s and 70s. They taught me that I was responsible for myself. I had to work for what I wanted and never expect a handout. Yet, they also taught me that I was responsible to others. Not FOR others, but TO others. I was not to achieve my goals at the expense of another's dignity or basic humanity. Shaming, cheating, suppressing, stealing were not the ways to success. And the achievements of another were my achievements as well. What improved the life of others, improved my life. Good for one is good for all. Pretty socialist ideas, aren't they?

It has not been the experience of my life that good for others has been good for me. I have seen my country shamed, cheating, suppressing, stealing, lying. And I bear that responsibility. I have stood by and watched as these liars and cheaters have stolen my very dreams from me. But no longer.

Today, tomorrow - and if need be - for every day I have left, I will speak out. I will knock on doors and make phone calls and honk my horn and wave placards. Please vote. Please vote for a man who has managed to make me believe in good again. A man who has made me feel that I have the power to change the world. A man who has given me the audacity to hope once more.

Please vote - for Barack Hussein Obama. Because You Can. I Can. WE CAN.