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Old 02-16-2020, 10:22 AM
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One thing I donít want to do is compile a bucket list.
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Old 02-16-2020, 10:34 AM
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In the OP I mentioned that there were two other anti-Bucket List items that were uppermost in my mind. It's a strange thing that so many people agree on one of them (the bungee jump) but nobody (!) has mentioned the other. Curious. So I feel at liberty to jump back in and do so now: buying the (post-) midlife crisis sports car.

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Old 02-16-2020, 11:02 AM
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I never really thought of that as a bucket list thing. It’s an impulse purchase of a common commercial product.
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Old 02-16-2020, 03:11 PM
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Hm, disgusting foods - the civit crap coffee, fugu, maggoty cheese, larve or insects of any sort, embryonic birds, rotten shark, lutefisk. I have no desire to go to a lot of countries at this time because they don't like Americans, though most of the Pacific Rim countries are out because of the prevalence of coconut/palm, mushrooms, peppers and fish sauce [I dislike peppers, and have varying level of allergy to the others] so unless I win a serious lottery and can afford a personal drive [handicapped, tour busses and walking are not for me] or go on a cruise ship with a western menu plan, not happening. I have parachuted, zip lined, parasailed and climbed various things, but I will not bungie jump though I would love to try hang gliding if I can do it duo, and would love to go up in a balloon. I have played with dolphins, rays and penguins, and used scallops as impromptu squirt guns [had a roomie that worked the over night shift in maintenance at an aquarium and I used to take him dinner occasionally. I wanted to bring home the 16 pound lobster for dinner =) ]
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Old 02-16-2020, 06:21 PM
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The extreme zip-lining sounds fun, but I don't want to support that boondoggle in any way (and I'm Christian).
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Old 02-16-2020, 06:30 PM
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If you paid for my trip to visit Africa, I m...actually I probably wouldn't. But if you paid me lots of money to visit Africa, I might, but I still would not want to go to the Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls. (NSF people who don't like infinity pools on crack.)

(Yet Victoria Falls itself would be one of the places I'd like to visit if I were forced to choose. That and the Afar Triangle, and then the Pyramids but only under the implausible condition that I could explore them relatively alone.)

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Old 02-16-2020, 07:57 PM
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If you paid for my trip to visit Africa, I m...actually I probably wouldn't. But if you paid me lots of money to visit Africa, I might, but I still would not want to go to the Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls. (NSF people who don't like infinity pools on crack.)
OMG! I'd never heard of that before, and now I don't know whether it's a "really really want to do" or "really really don't want to do" thing for me. I might need to ponder on this for a while. And maybe go to Zambia just to see it for myself...
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Old 02-16-2020, 07:57 PM
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Am I evil for hoping someone gets hurt and they have to shut down their Extreeeeeme Mega-Mondo Zip Lines?

(Yeah, I'm Christian, too. So maybe a MAGA Hat-wearing telemarketer?)
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What Wouldn’t Jesus Do?

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I did get to go hang-gliding. But super safely, on the same huge sand dunes that Orv and Wilbur flew on. I screwed up (zoomed straight up, stalled at thirty feet) and... got a mouthful of sand, no bigs.

That was back in my younger days, when I got to swim with dolphins and manatees, too.

But y'know what? If I hadn't done those things, I might've missed them when I was a young'un. But now? Now I'd say "Hey, is everyone without a manatee buddy miserable? Nope."

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Old 02-16-2020, 09:55 PM
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If you paid for my trip to visit Africa, I m...actually I probably wouldn't. But if you paid me lots of money to visit Africa, I might, but I still would not want to go to the Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls. (NSF people who don't like infinity pools on crack.)

(Yet Victoria Falls itself would be one of the places I'd like to visit if I were forced to choose. That and the Afar Triangle, and then the Pyramids but only under the implausible condition that I could explore them relatively alone.)
While I was going through radiation 2 years ago, my rad-onc was gone for half of it because she and her husband took a safari to that region, which included a helicopter tour of the Victoria Falls region. When I saw her for an update a couple months ago, I remembered that and asked her if she'd heard about the drought, which this story says is not quite as extreme as was reported. It also includes a picture of a whole family in the Devil's Pool.

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Old 02-17-2020, 09:11 AM
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He'd be hip like a Zip, let's take a trip!

But I'm sure that if Jesus came back to this world and did a zip line, he'd do it somewhere else. (Yeah, one more Jesus freak checking in. )
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:08 AM
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Smoke anything by inhalation. I will still use my smoker for meats.

Visit a 3rd world country.

Skydive, bungie jump, rock climb, mountain climb.

Eat stuff that comes from many foreign countries.

Get married again. 3Ĺ times is enough.
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:28 AM
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Every person I've met who has attended Burning Man has raved about the event and experience. Many of them also said they checked off a bucket list item by doing so. Good for them.

I will never attend Burning Man.
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Old 02-17-2020, 02:52 PM
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One thing I donít want to do is compile a bucket list.
I am with Kropotkin in that I have never actually kept a bucket list and don't really fancy putting one together now. Most of my life has been about taking care of people and surviving.

If timely opportunities arise within my abilities and financial means I will participate.

In the last 10 years that I have had without any of these responsibilities I have discovered that my favorite thing to do is travel.

However, there are a few places I avoid simply because of my disabilities.

I guess if I had an anti-bucket list it would involve food. I am a notoriously picky eater and for the most part a vegetarian.

I will never, ever try any of the over the top foods, particularly the disgusting, smelly Surstromming fish delicacy. I just cannot imagine paying for and eating rotten fish.
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He'd be hip like a Zip, let's take a trip!

But I'm sure that if Jesus came back to this world and did a zip line, he'd do it somewhere else. (Yeah, one more Jesus freak checking in. )
Hey, I read that Jesus Cleansing The Temple story. So if he came back, he'd stop by the Ark Encounter and tear it down. Preferably in as noisy and scary a method as possible, then have a dove swoop in and sit atop the rubble with an olive branch...
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I'm not going anywhere that everyone else wants to go. Too crowded.
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Hm, disgusting foods - the civit crap coffee, fugu, maggoty cheese, larve or insects of any sort, embryonic birds, rotten shark, lutefisk.
What do you think Fugu tastes like?

I will do a spoiler for you, cooked in batter it tastes like the most delicious, light, fried chicken that you ever had.

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Old 02-17-2020, 09:49 PM
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You'll never see me caving or spelunking.
Although I wouldn't mind jumping out of a plane, I am overweight and have a bad back. I take that as a sign that it wasn't meant to be.
I don't want to walk on Antarctica. Actually, I do, but so do a lot of truly thoughtless people who call themselves 'eco-tourists'. That continent doesn't need more humans tramping on it so I refuse to join the herd. Same with climbing Everest.
I love to travel, but I also want to be green so I've cut my travel in half and am looking to spend time doing green up/clean up instead.
I will not get my pilot's license. This was a goal of mine when young but I pushed it back due to fiscal reality and now I'm hanging up the idea. Just don't need to do it.
I will not ride a motorcycle.
I will not race a cigarette boat.
I will not bobsled or participate in skeleton.
I will not hunt fox, wolves, bears, moose, big cat, giraffe, zebra, etc. I might hunt geese.
I will not fish, though that is because of a phobia so not really a bucket list type of item.
I will not read Chinese.
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:37 PM
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There's not much on anybody's bucket list that I'd have to hard pass on except any kind of sport/trophy hunting. If I'm going to shoot it, it's going into my freezer.

That said, there's a long list of things I'm not going to spend my own money on, but if Elon Musk calls me up and says, "Jammer! Dude! Skydiving this weekend, my treat!" I'll be "Fuck yeah! Let's do this!"
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What do you think Fugu tastes like?

I will do a spoiler for you, cooked in batter it tastes like the most delicious, light, fried chicken that you ever had.
Prepared that way, does it have the lightly-numbed lips effect that I thought was part of the appeal of the dish? I've not tried fugu, and I'm not fond of the similar effect from Szechuan peppercorns.

Ironically, considering their sheer number and popularity here, I've never been in a strip club, and have no desire too. I'll pass on Burning Man and New Orleans Mardi Gras as well.
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Old 02-18-2020, 12:43 PM
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Things I have done but have no particular desire to ever do again:
  • Skydiving: I made three static-line jumps when I was younger, but it just seems like you are rolling the dice every time you jump, and I made a conscious decision to no longer want to press my luck.
  • Smoking: I smoked a little (usually only in bars) when I was younger, but thankfully never got hooked. When I was older I used to occasionally smoke a cigar, but decided that the little pleasure I got out of it wasnít worth the health risks. Now I canít stand the smell of tobacco smoke.
  • Go to the Las Vegas strip
  • Go to a casino
  • Go to a strip club
  • Scuba dive with sharks

Things I have never done, and donít ever intend to:
  • Cave diving: simply too dangerous, IMHO
  • Wreck diving
  • Deep diving (beyond recreational scuba limits)
  • Caving/spelunking (other than those set up for tourists)
  • Climb Mount Everest
  • Trophy hunting (e.g. bears, moose, big cat, giraffe, elephant, zebra, etc.)
  • Get a tattoo or piercing
  • Bungee jumping
  • Wing suits
  • Recreational drugs other than marijuana
  • Chewing tobacco or snuff
  • Eating contests
  • Visiting North Korea
  • Visiting Mar-a-Lago or any building and/or facility with the word ďTrumpĒ in the name

Things I have never done, but would consider it:
  • Hike the Appalachian Trial (if I could ever find the time, which is unlikely)
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Hang-gliding
  • Rocket launch (undoubtedly dangerous but would be worth the risk)

Things I have done and would do again (that are on other peopleís anti-bucket lists):
  • Go to Walt Disney World
  • Go on a cruise (especially on Disney Cruise Line)
  • Scuba diving (recreational, preferably in tropical locales)
  • Downhill (alpine) skiing
  • Wilderness tent camping

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When people start talking about their bucket lists, it often has a "desperate midlife crisis" feel to it. As if they believe that they're running out of time and they need to do one dangerous thing; two adventurous things; visit a European, a South American, and an Asian landmark; and try an extreme sport.
Yeah, I can see that. In my case, many of my so-called bucket-list items are things that Iíve always wanted to do, but never had the time or money to do it. Two big items for me were scuba diving and downhill skiing. I started doing both about five years ago, just as my son was finishing high school and heading off to college.

I also want to travel more, but have been prioritizing travel to scuba diving locales and ski resorts right now while Iím still healthy and fit enough to do these activities. Unfortunately my wife doesnít do either, which complicates things.
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The extreme zip-lining sounds fun, but I don't want to support that boondoggle in any way (and I'm Christian).
Their website also touts "extreme safety". I wonder if they rounded pi to 3 to help out with their extreme engineering calculations.
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I've done the swimming with dolphins thing. The dolphins were unimpressed, as was I.

Bungee jumping, skydiving, scuba - not on my your life.

No more camping - driving somewhere and then sleeping on the ground has lost what little appeal it ever had. I like hot water, mattresses, and things like that. My ancestors evolved culture for a reason, and it seems ungrateful for me to abandon that.

Also, no sexual experiences that leave marks or involve a third party. My safe word is "ouch" and a threesome just doubles my chances of being laughed at.

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