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My 2015 Bucket List

Introducing my 2015 Bucket List

These are smaller items that I hope to accomplish by the end of 2015.

5. Catch a fish in Oregon

Considering how much water Oregon has I am disappointed to have not a caught a fish here. I am starting to wonder if the fish here are a myth like bigfoot. Salmon here are allegedly really good to eat.

4. Get back into Oil Painting

My wife bought an easel for me to use for oil painting. I enjoy it, but having kids makes it difficult to find a safe place to paint. Continue reading My 2015 Bucket List

So What’s on your Bucket List? — My 2014 Bucket List

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As a person I like to live life to its fullest… like running my first marathon in 2013. As a college student my resources are limited. However I do not let my financial limitations limit my life dreams… it just means I cannot do everything that I want to do this month.With that said I have been able to accomplish quite a lot since I first constructed my 2012 Bucket List.

I have completed six of the fourteen items I had on my 2012 Bucket List, including:

Although I feel like I need to redo the Washington D.C. trip because I was there on a weekend when the government was shutdown.

Following is the 2014 version of my bucket list

  • Start a family: My wife and I have had challenges to getting pregnant. We thought it would be fun to have gotten pregnant in the Philippines. We joked about naming our kid Manny or maybe Philip. Although we did not get pregnant in the Philippines, we hope to be pregnant before the end of the year. Adoption is something we have talked about before. It is something we want to do even if we have biological kids. So if we are unable to get pregnant, adoption is something we are cool with.
  • Washington D.C.: This remains on my Bucket List even though I was in D.C. in 2013. The city was closed because of the shutdown which impacted the enjoyment. So… to clarify: I want to visit Washington D.C. and its museums/monuments during a time when access is available to the general public.
  • Start a free college: I began thinking about this a because of the wild tuition increases at colleges. I don’t want an internet college. I want a college with live professors and buildings and classrooms. It would be small (2000 or less), and probably use the Socratic teaching style. I think I need to finish my certificate in nonprofit management along with my PhD before I tackle this idea though. Originally I envisioned this college existing in America. But after visiting the Philippines and seeing so many high school graduates who could not afford college, maybe I will try to do something like that in the Philippines… and make it open to more than 2000 students. I do not have a name for the college yet… although I know it will NOT be named after me.
  • Finish my PhD in sociology: My dissertation will focus on poverty, healthcare, and food.
  • I want to write a fiction novel that gets published.
  • Have a decent size farm so that I can raise a lot of my own food… a couple cows, large gardens, chickens, a few pigs, etc. Yeah, I know that means I probably won’t be teaching at NYU or UCLA… but I’m cool with that.
  • Attend the Olympic Games… summer and winter. The 2016 summer Olympics will be right in the middle or end of my PhD process… but 2020 is a real possibility. The 2018 Winter Games are in South Korea, and that is a goal I think I could hit. It is hard to know what my work schedule will be like 6 years from now.
  • Have some grandkids.
  • Be an extra in a cheap monster movie (science-fiction/fantasy). I would prefer to be an alien or a zombie chasing people… and I don’t think I would want any lines. Maybe I could say ARRRRGGGHHHH!! There was a student film last year that I considered being an extra in… but grad school keeps me really busy. However, I am keeping my eye out for student filmmakers who are looking for extras 😉
  • Go to Italy. Why? Because I love Italian food… and I have always wanted to go to Italy.  But will “Italian” Italian food be better than “American” Italian food? We’ll see. In addition I want to ride in a Gondola and see the art! Do I need to write a 1000 words to explain why I would want to visit Italy? Nope.
  • Visit Angkor Wat, Cambodia:
  • ankgor wat, cambodia tourism travel guide
    BBC: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/cambodia/10552839/Angkor-Wat-Cambodia-a-guide-to-avoiding-the-crowds.html
  • Snowboard. I was in Colorado for four years but I was BROKE broke when I lived in Colorado. So there was no snowboarding for me then. I’m fine being on the practically flat bunny slopes for my snowboarding. I don’t need to do anything crazy (like a 16-year-old).
  • Visit New York City again. I love New York. I don’t think I could live there. But I would love to take an extended vacation there. I think three weeks would be long enough. Broadway, museums, the Yankees. Yeah… New York is pretty cool.
  • Go watch the Super Bowl Live. I don’t need tickets on the 50-yard-line. But I want really good seats. I wish the bad seats weren’t ridiculously expensive.
  • Have a script I write made into a movie. For this I want either a good science fiction/fantasy movie, or a good romantic comedy. I write both of these screenplays. I can be an extra in a cheap sci-fi film but I don’t want to have MY screenplay turned into a cheap movie. At least not my bucket list film. Maybe I could write a cheapo sci-fi script for fun.

This list was inspired by Bucket List Publications. Do you have a Bucket List?

New Year’s Resolutions vs Life Resolutions: Which Do You Do?

What is your New Year’s resolution? Or resolutions? Most likely you will be spammed by a hundred blogs, tweets, emails, television commercials, and pesky family members who will ask you that question.

According to Macmillan Dictionary, a New Year’s Resolution is: “a decision that you make on the first day of the year about the things that you intend to do or stop doing during that year.”

I think it is fine for people who do it. It can be a very powerful motivator for some people. But I’m not sure I have ever been a New Year’s Resolution type of person. Instead… I am this type of person: “This sucks, I’m going to change it now.” So I have no New Year’s resolution.

I do have bucket list items… and those are sometimes difficult because there are financial blocks which accompany them.

In 2013 I completed a major bucket list item– my first marathon. In addition, my wife and I became foster parents… another bucket list item. Plus I was able to dabble in oil painting again. All great things… but none of them was necessarily a New Year’s resolution. Instead they were bucket list items, which are life resolutions. I keep a running list of life resolutions, aka a bucket list, and each year I add things and also “check things off” the list.

I hope my list of completed bucket list items continues to grow… and I continue to check items off the list. A big thing on my bucket list is visiting Italy. The Italy item on my bucket list has started to bother me. Why? I have twice had opportunities to go to Italy, but instead went to Uganda and the Philippines. In addition I may have a third opportunity for Italy… but all three opportunities have been work/study related. I just want to go to Italy on a vacation. Simply being in the country isn’t the bucket list item. I want to explore and enjoy Italy.

So I am a life resolutions person… not a New Year’s Resolutions type of person. Which are you? Regardless of whether you are a New Year’s Resolution type of person, or a Life Resolutions type of person, I wish you success in completing your resolutions… plus a safe and happy New Year!

The Seattle Marathon

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View from our Seattle hotel room balcony

Greetings. I finished the Seattle marathon today. It was my first marathon. Plus, running a marathon was a bucket list item.

My legs hurt!!! At miles 9, 11, and 16 one of my legs cramped up but the cramps worked themselves out as I ran. At 16.5 miles both legs cramped up, which forced me to finish the marathon by walking, stretching, and slow jogging. At mile 21 I was thinking about the massage I pre-paid for. FYI, a massage after a marathon is a brilliant idea!

I finished the marathon in 4 hours, 46 minutes, 9 seconds. There were a lot of hills, and some strong wind, but no rain or snow. Now I am sipping chardonnay and laying in bed. Both legs hurt… but I finished the marathon.

My First Time Oil Painting in OVER 20 Years

Below is a french painting easel.

french painting easel, oil paint tools,
This French Painting Easel was a birthday gift from my beautiful wife 🙂
Oil Paint is like playing with really expensive playdough
Oil Paint is like playing with really expensive play dough on a wooden palette
Don't store your paint brushes down in a jar of water
Don’t store your paint brushes down in a jar of water … I was actually cleaning them here, but I need to figure out a better way to do it

Getting back into oil painting has been on my bucket list for a long time. And today… I finally re-engaged with my inner van Gogh. This was a 6″ x 6″ canvas board for me to practice with and begin the road back to where I once was as an oil painter. It was frustrating, and fun… and it looks like I have a few months at least to return to my former glory days. But this was great for a first attempt after twenty years!!

Did I murder a smurf? What's up with all the blue paint on my hand??
Did I murder a smurf? What’s up with all the blue oil paint on my hand??
6" x 6" canvas, wet on wet (alla prima)
6″ x 6″ canvas board, wet on wet (alla prima)
blobs of oil paint on the canvas... painting fail, abort mission, abort abort
Blobs of oil paint on the canvas… total painting fail!! Captain, abort mission!! Abort abort!!
Oil painting mountains
Oil painting mountains, check. Hmmm… but what could fix this? Maybe a happy little tree??
Okay... looking better, oil painting adventures with mountains and trees
Okay… looking better
Mountains, 6" x 6" canvas, wet on wet (alla prima)
Mountains, 6″ x 6″ canvas, wet on wet (alla prima)

So, this was my return to oil painting. It has been on my bucket list for over a year to get back into painting, and today I finally returned. A year from now I hope to be doing bigger and better things. But after a twenty year hiatus I am happy with this work.

Have a wonderful day 🙂