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The Daily Post asks bloggers . . . What have you been putting off doing?  Why?

I was actually going to put together a list of things I have been putting off doing, but I think I will wait for another day.

There used to be a commercial for Heinz ketchup . . . “Anticipation, it’s making me wait.”

My theme song should be: Procrastination, it’s making me wait.

I don’t really have a Bucket List, but there are some things I would like to eventually do before I die.

I really want to win the lottery.  I want to prove that having too much money won’t corrupt me.  I suppose I should buy a lottery ticket every day, though, to improve my chances of winning.  Maybe I’ll buy one tomorrow.

I want to write a Broadway Musical.  This is somewhat problematic given that I have little musical talent.  I played piano centuries ago when I was young and clarinet and saxophone in high school.  But I never played any instrument well.  I can’t sing.  I can’t even carry a tune in a suitcase.  The last time I sang in front of other people, my son almost had a stroke.  But I digress.

I do consider myself adept at lyrics–not singing them, but writing them.  For years I have changed the lyrics of other songs, ala Weird Al Yankovic, for humorous purposes.  I have composed a couple of tunes . . . but to give you an idea how long ago that was, they were written on a Mac+ computer.

Sing for me, my Angel of Music!

Sing for me, my Angel of Music!

Perhaps someday, I’ll get around to finishing that Broadway show.

But one item that I have procrastinated on, which I hope is the one I will most likely succeed in finally accomplishing, is writing AND publishing a novel.

I actually have three in various stages of editing (and ideas for half a dozen others). . . one was originated on that Mac + computer back in 1991.

I’m not really sure why I can’t complete one of these projects.  To some degree, I guess I lose interest.  It takes a long time to put together a book!

My most recent effort is a novel about the end of times.  I know.  It’s been done to death.  It’s as old as the end of time.  Pardon the puns.  But so far as I can tell from my Google research and reading, the angle I am taking is pretty unique.  But at one point, I was starting to have weird dreams, and bad things seemed to be happening in my life, and as soon as I stopped writing it, the dreams and bad luck stopped as well.

Coincidence?

Just the other night, I decided to make another push to return to writing this novel.  I was doing some research and watching a YouTube video about the end of times.  When I finished, I was going to go to bed.  I stopped at the kitchen sink to get a drink of water and I happened to look at our thermometer.  It’s one of those electronic monitors that shows outside and inside temperatures.  The outside temperature was 66 degrees.  It just got my attention for some reason and I looked at it more closely.

You guessed it.  It was 66.6 degrees.

666temp

Maybe my novel can wait after all.

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Have you seen the list of 100 Foods you should eat before you die on Facebook?  (Full list below.)  It’s a Lunch Bucket List of apparently random food items that someone with way too much time on their hands thinks people should eat before they die.  Some of the items—like snake or sea urchins might speed up that dying process.  You literally might eat them right before you die!  If you are an aficionado of these less common food staples, I apologize.  And . . . seriously?

I just lost my #18 . . . Clean up in Aisle 5!

Apparently sheep penises didn’t make the list.  But Haggis did!  Haggis is a “kind of savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs — see offal); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet [isn’t that bird feed?], spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach and simmered for approximately three hours.”  Make sure you use stock, not bonds.  I imagine the three hours is critical.  Any less than that, and it would probably eat you.  Offal doesn’t sound like awful by coincidence.  Now, I will admit I have eaten Spam, and I can honestly say that for as far as I know, it’s Haggis in a can.  I just don’t want to know.

I am pretty uninteresting when it comes to food.  I am a meat and potatoes man, and that pretty much translates to hamburgers and fries, which strangely enough, didn’t make this list.  That obviously casts a shadow of invalidity on this whole project.

The claim is that most people have only tried around 20 of these.  Now I am by no means a sophisticated gourmand, but I have eaten 30 of these by my count.  That could be higher but I don’t know what some of these are.

Absinthe?  Does it make the heart grow fonder?

Baba Ghanoush?  Isn’t that a producer for the Howard Stern radio show?

Bellini?  I drink Bellini tea at Olive Garden, but I doubt that is what they mean.

Jerk chicken . . . it tastes like rubber!

Bird’s nest soup?  Does this involve an actual bird’s nest?  Yes it does, but that is not the best part.  According to Wikipedia, they use the nests of cave swifts, known for saliva nests that produce the unique texture of this soup.  I’m sorry, but bird saliva will never be crossed off my lunch bucket list.

I don’t think honey comb refers to the cereal—alas I can’t check that one off.

Mimosa?  The drink.  Yes.  I have drunk mimosas.  But I suspect this is something else which I cannot cross off yet.  Oh wait . . . “tagliatelle mimosa consists of fresh green tagliatelle, served with tiny yellow fish balls, to resemble mimosa flowers.”  Mmmmm.  Fish balls.  I don’t care what color they are.  They are not on MY list.

Lassi?  Yogurt drink or dog.  You decide.

Octopus?  I won’t touch calamari.  This is just worse and more of it.

How hungry did the first person to ever eat a frog have to be?  Seriously?  It’s a frog.  I’d rather eat the lily pad.  Perhaps with a fine Chianti.

Of course, with enough alcohol, maybe even the sea urchin will start looking good.

Does this really make you hungry? Of course, with those spines, you could save on toothpicks!

100 Foods to Try Before You Die

  1. Abalone
  2. Absinthe
  3. Alligator
  4. Baba Ghanoush
  5. Bagel and lox
  6. Baklava
  7. Barbecue ribs
  8. Bellini
  9. Bird’s Nest Soup
  10. Biscuits and gravy
  11. Black Pudding (made from cooked blood)
  12. Black Truffle
  13. Borscht (Ukrainian soup made from beetroot)
  14. Calamari
  15. Carp
  16. Caviar
  17. Cheese fondue
  18. Chicken and waffles
  19. Chicken Tikka Masala
  20. Chile Relleno
  21. Chitterlings/Chitlins
  22. Churros
  23. Clam Chowder
  24. Cognac
  25. Crabcake
  26. Crickets
  27. Currywurst
  28. Dandelion wine
  29. Dulce de leche
  30. Durian (southeast Asian fruit notorious for its ordor)
  31. Eel
  32. Eggs benedict
  33. Fish Tacos
  34. Foie Gras
  35. Fresh Spring Rolls
  36. Fried Catfish
  37. Fried Green Tomatoes
  38. Fried Plaintain
  39. Frito Pie
  40. Frog’s Legs
  41. Fugu (pufferfish)
  42. Funnel Cake
  43. Gazpacho
  44. Goat
  45. Goat’s milk
  46. Goulash
  47. Gumbo
  48. Haggis
  49. Head Cheese
  50. Heirloom Tomatoes
  51. Honeycomb
  52. Hostess Fruit Pie
  53. Huevos Rancheros
  54. Jerk Chicken
  55. Kangaroo
  56. Key Lime Pie
  57. Kobe Beef
  58. Lassi (Indian yogurt drink)
  59. Lobster
  60. Mimosa
  61. MoonPie
  62. Morel Mushrooms
  63. Nettle Tea
  64. Octopus
  65. Oxtail Soup
  66. Paella
  67. Paneer (a cheese)
  68. Pastrami on Rye
  69. Pavlova (meringue cake)
  70. Phaal (curry dish)
  71. Philly Cheesesteak
  72. Pho
  73. Pineapple and cottage cheese
  74. Pistachio Ice Cream
  75. Po’ boy
  76. Pocky
  77. Polenta
  78. Prickly Pear
  79. Rabbit Stew
  80. Raw Oysters
  81. Root Beer Float
  82. S’mores
  83. Sauerkraut
  84. Sea Urchin
  85. Shark
  86. Snail
  87. Snake
  88. Soft Shell Crab
  89. Som Tam (spicy salad made from shredded unripened papaya)
  90. Spaetzle (German dumpling or noodle)
  91. Spam
  92. Squirrel
  93. Steak Tartare
  94. Sweet Potato Fries
  95. Sweetbreads
  96. Tom Yum
  97. Umeboshi (pickled ume fruits common in Japan, similar to a plum)
  98. Venison
  99. Wasabi Peas
  100. Zucchini Flowers

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