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They are great fun and get me inspired about my own "to-do" list. 26 42.62%
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:21 PM   #21
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If I died tomorrow, I would have no regrets. My life has been well lived, and I don't have a lot of wish-I- would-haves. Most of those activities on that list are interesting pursuits that have little lasting value to me. I'm extremely glad that I was able to go to Africa because it changed me in some fundamental ways. But I have no desire to add a bunch of achievements to my life list. It's odd for me to say that because for most of my recent adult life I had regrets about not achieving more career-wise, but at this point I feel content.

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Old 10-31-2007, 02:58 AM   #22
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It depends on what is on your list.
The linked list reminds me of "he who dies with most toys wins".
On my list you would find "learn and practice yoga", "learn another foreign language good enough to communicate as a tourist" or "read one piece of literature of each nobel prize winner".

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Old 10-31-2007, 08:24 AM   #23
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These list are good to make you “think” and maybe add a place to visit.

I still have a few things to do on my North American Must See List, which is:

San Fran
Big Sur
The Rockies
All 3 coast lines, and Great Lakes
Grand Canyon
Red Woods and Sequoias
Kentucky Derby
Super Bowl
World Cup
Indy 500
Oshkosh Fly In

I decided to learn Spanish. I bought two courses on eBay; Berlitz (tapes), and The Learning Company (CD’s) – both for under $20. In addition, I am able to get Rosetta Stone on line free through the local library.
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:02 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by donheff View Post
(actually, hung onto the strut of a Cesna, under the wing).

I've done that, and I've even let go. Of course I had a parachute on at the time...
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Old 10-31-2007, 04:19 PM   #25
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I've done that, and I've even let go. Of course I had a parachute on at the time...
Age 19 - hadn't even got to a real job yet - still in JC. At age 64, watching from the ground at an Air Show is just ducky with me.

heh heh heh - 1980 same guy gave me and the SO a tour of Mt St. Helens - he was in his early 80's by then and still flying.
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Old 11-04-2007, 07:05 PM   #26
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Well, I've got 14 of that BBC list down, and found that not many others appealed to me.

I want to sail a boat that I have built myself around the Caribbean, and maybe even across the pond.

I would like to spend a day in the Louvre.

I would like to have a picnic lunch sitting atop the Acropolis, looking down on Athens. Ah, to sit (possibly) upon the very stone that Socrates lectured from.

And I would like to shoot at the National Rifle Championships at Camp Perry.

Other than that? I'd like to teach my grandson (coming in Dec) to shoot and to ride motorcycles.

I'd like to see my daughter find a man who treasures her as much as I do, and respects her enough to not sponge off her.

I'd like to have at least another 25 years with my lovely wife.
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Old 11-04-2007, 08:25 PM   #27
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lthrnck.. some nice things on your list, esp. towards the end!

I posted this not because of the exact BBC items.. but just because I have seen so many versions that are based on mostly "acquisitions" (of items, of trips).. basically all just consumption.

It's true there are some lists that are more personal, and I think those are great.. I tend to cringe at the "must ride Orient Express/ see gorillas in the wild" ones. I get the feeling they reduce life to a series of moments chosen from a catalog. Not so different, perhaps, from the Grand Tour that was de rigueur among the British/American wealthy of the Gilded Age, but without taking a year or two to do it, and especially without the knowledge of history and languages many of them brought to that enterprise.

I don't think the gorillas/dolphins could really take all six billion of us visiting them at once. At least not without our calling first.

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