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Bucket list

Posted March 4, 2010

I never saw the movie but I love the concept:  developing a bucket list – a list of things you want to do before you die or “kick the bucket.”

What is your bucket list? Please share. 

Beach music radio star Charlie Brown sent me an email about his wife Sue who checked off an item on her bucket list by working as a volunteer for a dog sled race in the Yukon. This is something Kelcey Carlson would like to do one day. Elizabeth Gardner’s bucket list includes an African safari. 

I’ve come up with ten items on my bucket list.


(1) Serve as a hurricane or earthquake relief worker.

(2) Orchestrate a dozen of my songs about NC and have them performed by the NC Symphony.

(3) Take my band Lorica on a musical tour across Spain.

(4) Compile a list of the world’s best ten hiking trails and then hike them.

(5) Take my family on a long vacation to Scotland and Ireland.

(6) Finish writing a vocal musical album about NC history.

(7) Take a train ride through the Canadian Rockies.

(8) Finish touring all of America's national parks.

(9) Take a family rafting trip in the Grand Canyon.

10) Run a marathon


I'd love to read your list.


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  • freddie cadetti 72 Mar 4, 2010

    Bill...I say you're probably planning everyone of them...and can make it happen..except maybe the last one. That's a lot of running. Good luck on them all!

  • ziggy1203 Mar 4, 2010

    Mine is not that exciting, but would be awesome to me....
    1. win the lottery
    2. quit my job!!!!
    3. buy a house on the beach
    4. meet my favorite band of all time-air supply
    5. appear on a reality show(rock of love, perhaps?)

  • LMRA Mar 4, 2010

    mdoodle - very cool story and Happy Anniversary!!! NOW if I could meet the man of my dreams AT the Clapton concert, we'd come full circle!!!!

  • tennispro Mar 4, 2010

    1. have lots of grankids to love and hold!

    2. have a wonderful son in law one day

    3. take a trip to Hawaii

    4. have a piano

    5. take knitting lessons

    6. spend a month at the beach with family

    7. travel to europe, especially Italy

    8. continue with good health later in life

    9. live every day to its fullest

    10. read every chapter in the bible

    11. go to every UNC basketball game!! :) :)

  • jdlewis76 Mar 4, 2010

    Great topic, Bill. Here's my bucket list:
    1) See my sixteen-month-old daughter grow up healthy, happy, and successful; 2) Finish writing the two books I’ve been working on for about 10 years; 3) Run for and win an elected office; 4) Start at the end of I-40 in Wilmington and drive to the other end in Barstow, California; 5) Visit all 50 states; 6) Attend the Kentucky Derby; 7) Play Norman Thayer in a production of “On Golden Pond;” 8) Learn to ride a horse; 9) Learn to play the piano; 10) Open my own comedy club.

  • blytle Mar 4, 2010

    One of my (then boyfriend's) bucket list items was to see Eric Clapton in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Well, I couldn't help him see him in London, but on his birthday, 12 years ago, I took him to see Eric Clapton in concert at the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill. It was a great night and helped him see that I was the ONE for him. Today is our 10th wedding anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bleslie Mar 4, 2010

    Good point, legs! I better take care of myself.

  • LMRA Mar 4, 2010

    fishnett - my REAL Eric Clapton 'bucket list' item is me and him - in a cabin - alone - with a roaring fire (in the fireplace of course) - snow falling - and me watching him play his guitar for ONLY ME! No romance or anything else involved (wink wink). Now that ain't happenin' on this planet in my lifetime but a girl can dream, can't she????

  • looking4myvoice Mar 4, 2010

    1. Travel the back roads from East to West Coast taking photos along the way
    2. See the Aurora Borealis
    3. Start a violin program in every school district across the US
    4. Sell the photos I take not for profit but to fund an organization to save our street kids
    5. Hike the Appalachian Trail
    6. See my two nephews grow into wonderful men

  • Topsail Girl Mar 4, 2010

    Great Topic. I'm 45 and never really considered making a bucket list till last June. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and every thought I ever had about life changed in that instant. So I began making my list.

    1. Ride in a Nascar Ride Along - DONE
    2. Drive a Nascar alone - DONE
    3. Go to Bristol Nascar Race - DONE
    4. Volunteer to Help other Brain Tumor Survivors - DONE
    5. Help the Homeless - DONE
    6. Visit Austrailia
    7. Research my Family History - WORKING ON IT 8. Go to Daytona for the First Race of the season 9. Retire to Topsail Island - WORKING ON IT 10. Appreciate every moment of life I have left - DOING DAILY




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