Wednesday, May 01, 2013

My Bucket List

     Isn't he adorable?  That's my new grandson Luke in the picture.  He's actually a month old now but time seems to just fly by lately.  And I've been told that since I'm retired the time will go by even more quickly.  Somebody compared it to when you're getting to the end of a roll of toilet paper . . . you never seem like you have quite enough left but what's left goes quickly.

    I'll have to think of some better imagery.

    Today was my first day as an official retiree.  I cut the grass, paid some bills, converted some returnable bottles and stray coins into cash for my retirement piggy bank (I've got about $40 there), picked up the house, made the bed--which is my wife's only standing order since she's still working, and took a nap.

    I'm not sure why I ran out of energy to the point where I needed a nap, but then maybe that's why I felt I had to retire before I turn 60 later this month.  Anyway, I decided to start a bucket list of things I want to do before the toilet paper runs out completely.  Here's what I got so far.  And since traveling is my favorite pasttime, it weighs heavily on my list.

     1.  Go to Ireland.  We want to do this relatively soon, probably next year.  I like traveling and Wendy likes to travel to countries where English is spoken.  So this works for both of us.

     2.  Camp at Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida keys.  We've passed this park a couple times while driving to Key West and I think it just looks like paradise.

     3.  Camp at Disneyworld, hopefully with my grandsons.  Disneyworld has an area set up for guest campers, from tents to trailers.  We've stayed before in the Disneyworld hotels but I've always been interested in what a camping vacation at Disneyworld would be like.

     4.  Buy a camper.  Kinda goes with number 2 and 3 above.  That would be a major expense for a retiree but I think we'd make good use out of it, including . . .

     5.  Travel around the country, staying a week or several days in places where we've never been, particularly out west.

     6.  Take a Mediterranean cruise, one that would made extended port stops at Italy and other countries.  We're not big on cruises, but I think this one would work for us.

     7.  Not to be monotonous, but finally I'd like to take an adventure tour, one of those National Geogaphic expeditions,  Or something like it.  I teased Wendy about going to Antarctica, but I was just kidding.  Maybe the Galapagos or New Zealand.

      8.  Aside from traveling, or maybe as a side bar bucket, I'd like to publish a travel article, one that'd pay me a stipend of some kind.  Since writing has always been an avocation, I'd like to publish something in the fiction realm as well, something I also could get paid for.

      9.  Learn to golf.  I've never done it.  But I figure it's never too late to learn.

    10.  Miscellaneous.  There's a ton of home fix-it projects that await.  I'd also like to water ski again, something I haven't done in 30 or so years.  I've been looking for a new mannequin for my Halloween coffin for years.  Finding that would be worth a check-off of sorts.  I'd like to learn what my digital piano can do besides let me play simple songs.  And so on, and so on.

    Lots to keep me busy.  Maybe I should cut out the naps.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Dave !
You are going to love retirement. I like your list and I also want to do #6 that and/or a Baltic cruise. I bet Wendy felt strange driving by herself to work today. Tell Wendy I said Hi.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

I'm a bit concerned about you picking up the house, Dave. Slow down a bit! You'll end up doing your back in!! ;)

That's some bucket list, and one I'm sure you will fulfill. But I think you'd better keep up your're going to need them!

1:39 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

Oh! By the'll enjoy golf. It sucks you's a good game...and you only have yourself to blame if you stuff up a shot!! So, in fact, it is yourself you're playing you can hurl as much abuse to your opponent as you like! ;)

1:41 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

Thanks (this sounds like Nancy),

Wendy did say it was different driving in to work today. AND now she realizes that parking at KMS during rush hour can be pretty tricky as well.

Baltic cruise, hmmmmmmm. I'll have to find out where that is.

LEE--Funny you should mention my back because it's been giving me problems lately. I attributed it to spending so much time hunched over my computer though.

Yes, I'll have to try golf. So much to do . . .

9:22 AM  
Blogger Carine said...

Congrats on the arrival of Luke!!! hoping that you get to take them on the camping trips that you're mentally planning.

Enjoy retirement-may it be a happy and healthy one.


1:40 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

CARINE--Retirement is already happy. And I've been trying to stay busy and active, so maybe that will keep me healthy as well. Kids grow up fast, so I'll probably be taking those kids on expeditions before you know it.

6:32 AM  
Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your new addition to the family and on your retirement!! I know you'll keep busy, which, according to what I've read, is the secret of a successful retirement.

Boy, you sure do like to travel! I don't, especially right now after just returning from being out of town for work. But I just read an article by a spiritual guru, the Buddhist monk type, and he recommended each year visiting at least one place you've never been to before. So it sounds like you're on the right track!


6:48 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

BETTY--I do like to travel. I'm with that Buddhist monk too; I don't like to visit the same place often. I have been keeping very busy lately. I was accumulating a to-do list before I retired that will last me till the next century, if I make it that long.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Um, Ireland is located way too close to England for English to be properly spoken there. Being an American, I am an authority on such things.

12:36 PM  

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