What’s on your Bucket List?
December 31, 2009
Yep. It’s that time of the year again. People asking what your New Year’s Resolution is, people expecting you to turn over a new leaf, lose weight, quit smoking (OK, so I gave up hoping and plotting for my dad to stop sucking up Camel straights about a decade ago), possibly even whiten your teeth.But perhaps a year is too short-sighted. Maybe it takes a lifetime to make changes. Or maybe it just takes a slight shift of perspective. What if, instead of planning to give up vices or sign up for more self improvement, you simply daydreamed about all of the wonderful experiences you want to share before your life ends?”The Bucket List,” a 2007 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, revolves around two men executing a wish-list of things to do before they die of terminal cancer. But you don’t have to wait until the last minute to consider following your bliss.”Instead of fruitless promises you have been obligated to make one day of the year, let this list be your map throughout the rest of your days,” said Annette Renee White, who blogs about her Bucket List Journey and says her list has motivated her to experience many of the “otherwise overlooked pleasures in life.”She asks, “What could you do differently to identify this day as a unique day from the others?” and says that having a bucket list focuses your interests, provides structure and makes you feel alive.So, begin by writing down all of your hopes, desires and dreams, from milking a cow to tasting a coffee bean right off the tree. The list can range from the wild and outrageous to the most simple. I, personally, would add things I’ve already done that would’ve been on my Bucket List, had I been introduced to the idea earlier -just to feel gratitude, rather than solely desire. (And, the sense of accomplishment wouldn’t hurt that eternally goal-oriented person who lives within me.)Ever since hearing about White’s Bucket List, I’ve had a nagging urge to throw a Bucket List Party. I imagine gathering friends together and each anonymously writing down five different items on five separate pieces of paper. Then, we’d put ’em in a bucket, pick each one, read it aloud, and guess who’s wish it is. So, that’s one thing on my Bucket List: To have a Bucket List party, complete with themed food (and, of course, our drinks would have to be served in buckets).But, enough of my little schemes. Here are some bucket lists of people you might know in Summit County. Oh, and by the way, one thing on my dad’s Bucket List: Switch to filtered Camels, not because of health concerns, but simply to protest the fact that unfiltered cigarettes now cost more than filtered ones – after 60 years of being cheaper.
“I want to be thought of as an artist, sell my art in a gallery.”-Deb Hage, Rotarian, Elks Lodge community dinner coordinator and, AN ARTIST “Travel to every continent on Earth. I have traveled extensively in the United States and have been to London, but besides that I would like to start traveling more and more, learning about different cultures. In addition, I would like to travel the world on water, via something like a sailboat. Being that skiing is one of my main passions in life, I would like to ski at as many resorts throughout the world as possible. As of now, I have skied the Summit County (and surrounding areas) pretty extensively, been to Jackson Hole and skied in the Tahoe area, but that is pretty much it. Coat-tailing on my previous bucket list item (skiing around the world), I would like to go heli-skiing at some point in my life. Drive exotic cars as fast as they will go (Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, etc…). This has always been an absolute dream of mine. Go on “The Price is Right,” get called to “Come on Down,” bid to go on stage, and then play Plinko when I win. Funny related story – I was actually in Las Vegas this past summer and we all bought tickets to “The Price IS Right Live” at Bally’s Casino (no, it is not the one on television with Drew Carey and formerly Bob Barker; it is a scaled down version that is hosted by Todd Newton in Vegas). They pick you randomly and in the second half of the show. I thought I was dreaming when I heard the announcer say “David Roth – Come on Down. You are the next contestant on The Price IS Right.” I got to bid on a wine cooler and won my way on stage for a prizing game with the infamous $1 bid. Then the host/announcer told me that I would be playing the best game in the world – PLINKO, where I had the chance to win up to $2,500 in cash! I could have done better when I was trying to obtain the PLINKO tiles (I ended up only having two chances to win cash), but I still ended up winning a few bucks. But would still like to go on the real “Price Is Right!”Play in the World Series of Poker Main Event ($10K buy-in, with the chance to become a millionaire; this year’s winner won something like $9 million – and he was only 21 years old). Obviously, there are a million other things I would like to do before I die, but this is a pretty good list to start off with.”-David Roth, public relations coordinator, Copper Mountain”As an ex- film-maker from New York City, a dream of mine has been to open an intimate-sized screening lounge that could show independent, foreign and classic movies – with comfy couches to lounge on, a great wine and beer selection to choose from with an atmosphere for film lovers that provokes passionate all-night discussions on the art, craft and appreciation of film-making. Hopefully in Breck … but a small beach town is sounding good right about now!”- Karin Litzmann, co-owner of The Speakeasy Movie Theatre “Go to outer space (really, I mean it), become a glass sculptor, go to the North Pole via sturdy ice breaker boat, learn to dance well by taking lessons from the famed Kim Nicoletti (really!)”-Barbara Davis, Dillon mayor “I must travel by a trawler (type of very slow moving motorboat) and cruise the Intracoastal waterway South during the fall season along the Eastern seaboard starting in Lake Erie then back up the Mississippi into the Great Lakes the next spring making the trip a full circle. I want to do this all at no more then 10 knots (11.5 mph).”It goes back to my boat captain days. I used to run boats on Lake Erie and in the Florida Keys. I once had to take a boat from Ohio to Key West and back, but we were in such a rush that I didn’t get to enjoy it. (At) 11.5 mph, I won’t miss a thing. Plus – it’s easy for Rum stops!”-Ryan Whaley, Breckenridge Ski Area communications coordinator”Making a bucket list is on my bucket list.”-Kim DiLallo, Breckenridge director of communications”Finish my graduate degree, sky dive, become a father, complete a 100-mile trail running race (Leadville), climb a mountain over 20,000 feet, become fluent in Spanish, grow a garden and explore the Himalayan range.”-Senator Dan Gibbs”Finish an Ironman triathlon, visit Africa, surf in Hawaii, swim with dolphins (or at least see dolphins in their natural habitat) and become a great cook.”- Kate Coble, Keystone Resort Communications – Caitlin Row happily contributed Gibbs’ and Hages’ bucket list to this story