A man’s interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.
Henry David Thoreau
On Bucket Lists
Bucket Lists are a list of things people hope or wish they could do before they die. This, unfairly, suggests that people may feel that there are things missing in their lives. I hope that is not the case. Having a child, for example, trumps most things on people’s Bucket List.
I was on Vent the other night with a guild-mate. I like my guild, the range of personalities is great. We were talking about Bucket Lists and my guild-mate came to a brilliant conclusion. We were comparing items typical on people’s lists; we’ve both been published, for example. The conclusion was: it is not about the List, it’s about the Stories that come with it.
I maintain that I’ve already done the things that are on people’s Bucket List. Let me keep it down to ten items.
- I’ve seen a Broadway play.
- I’ve been published in a magazine.
- I have stood on the sidelines at the Super Bowl.
- I’ve been to: Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park.
- I have stood on stage with John F. Kennedy (top that!).
- I have talked recipes with Vincent Price.
- I’ve been to Hong Kong
- I’ve been to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
- I have hitch-hiked across the United States
- I have a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts
There you go. I have some other ones. I think it’d be fair to say the Sex Bucket List is a very different list!
As much as the list may be interesting, as my guild-mate says, it’s the stories.
Ask me about the time:
- I set fire to a bed in a hospital … in Mexico.
- The two ladies on a train in Scotland who told me local ghost stories.
- The Tale of the Dancer at the Super Bowl.
- I made 80 dollars an hour working on a feature film.
- The Story of the Whore in Hong Kong and the Three Fingers.
- The time the theater caught on fire!
- The time in the hot tub with the two blonde sisters … wait, that’s the other list.
- Touring the Nutcracker with the Symphony and the Sic ’em Cowboy! from the audience.
- I joined a religious cult and then survived a flood in Washington DC.
- The Northridge Earthquake: that one has stories and changed a lot of lives.
Now, wouldn’t you rather hear the stories?
I don’t think that there is anything World of Warcraft on anyone’s Bucket List. But, it’s the guild-mates that keep the discussion broad and the topics interesting.