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joemetz
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hello everyone...

what's on your Bucket List?

let's all plan to be NED sometime soon... and as you think about the things you want to do now or in the future, what are they?

JoeMetz

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JayhawkDan
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I want to visit Ireland, and have a Guinness as a domestic beer! Also would like to spend at least a month, in the summer, in the Colorado Rockies. Love it there. But most of all, enjoy my first grandchild, due to make an appearance this August. Looking forward to the rest of my life!

Minnesotagirl
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Hey,

Great question. Simple answer for me ~ I want to live!!!

"Minnie"

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i want to see grandchildren someday.
Lydia

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... Thorsten hopes to get back to India for travel. We had to cancel our planned second visit due to his diagnosis. We went there 2010 and were absolutely thrilled. Never visited a country like this before where the people are SOOOOOOO cordial and hospitable without any bad faiths.

(I would love to go back too)

*sigh*
Petra

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What a great thread!
I have an immediate thing to do on my bucket list - see a Connecticut Warbler on its way
through here heading north usually in mid May (the only North American Warbler I haven't seen and it keeps eluding me). That done, I'd like to go back to Australia, particularly the Perth area, to see the unique birds and plants in western Australia.
Cheers!
Cheryl

danker
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Hope to get to an Indianapolis 500 before I kick it. Will be 80 in five weeks and caannot make it this year, so hope for next years race. One of the longer one word palindromes is RACECAR.

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enjoy life again not to be a zombi.

Luckygirl2
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Go back to Bryce Canyon in Utah and hike to the bottom and back up again on my own!
Travel with my most wonderful husband, hold hands and laugh alot!
See my great grandchild born that my 9 year old granddaughter swears will never happen now that she knows where they come from! :) She made me have that conversation....
thats just the beginning!

need support
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I've have two boys 20 and 26. I would like to see the day when they are both married and have their own families. They have had a tough year, I just want to see them be happy. chuck

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My husband and I always hoped to live in a different place. We both graduated from the same high school and settled in that same small town. We always envisioned we would live for a time in downtown Chicago after retirement. Lisa

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I travel a lot but have always been too cheap to fork out the extra bucks to fly 1ST CLASS....that's what I plan on crossing off my bucket list this year...flying me and my son 1ST CLASS to see a Cowboys Game.... 1st Class with my youngest daughter to CP10.... 1ST CLASS to Vegas with my oldest daughter...and 1ST CLASS with my sister to Bermuda. Those are the only travel plans made so far this year and 1ST CLASS all the way baby!!!!

:-). Love u guys.......... Jennie

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Jennie

I flew first class for the first time in my life this year, but it was a mistake as the plane was full so i got it for the normal price.

i have an idea for you... it might not be your style, but i'm still going to toss it out there. If you fly with the same airline all the time... get some names in the marketing adn PR department at that airline as well as the CEO, President and CFO and CMO (Chief Marketing Officier)... write them a letter a week and plan them out...

1st letter... stating that you are in a cancer battle and your bucket list is to fly first class... and list the trips out. Ask for assistance with the costs to fly first class and se if they'd be interested in making this a PR event supporting their customers and cancer survivors.

2nd letter... send the same letter again, and add a short cover letter asking again... and telling them about your bucket list.
Maybe ask them to upgrade you to first class at no charge and ask them to make you a huge frequent flyer or rewards person.

it might work, it might not... but a few letters just might help you out.

just an idea...

good luck and get those flights!

Joe

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He saved a man's life in our flight from L.A. to Amsterdam!!!!!

(Too bad we were moved after dinner...*smile*)...

GO for it, Jeanne....use that 'cancer card'....it works more often than you might think...

BIG hugs, Kathi

danker
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My wife and I both grew up in Chitown. Spent most of our lives there. Retired to Arizona because of the winters in Chicago. I had bronchidas the last six years every January. One New years eve the air temperature was 27 below zero, with the wind chill at negative 71. It's definately a world class city - great sports town. When I lived in Indiana and was telling about Chicago's sports,I was asked about ski jumping. Turns out here is an international ski-jump meet in Fox River Grove- a northwest suburb every January. Good luck on moving to Chicago

danker
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My wife and I both grew up in Chitown. Spent most of our lives there. Retired to Arizona because of the winters in Chicago. I had bronchidas the last six years every January. One New years eve the air temperature was 27 below zero, with the wind chill at negative 71. It's definately a world class city - great sports town. When I lived in Indiana and was telling about Chicago's sports,I was asked about ski jumping. Turns out there is an international ski-jump meet in Fox River Grove- a northwest suburb every January. Good luck on moving to Chicago

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I want to visit France!

*hugs*
Gail

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Just want the Bird Of Happiness to poop some money on me so I can go visit my Johnnybegood!

Luv,

Wolfen

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France is soooo beautiful! We went there very often (and hope to go again soon) and it's so great.

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Begin researching and planning and reading about visiting france.

I've never been, but i know that reading and planning will help you make the reservations!

make it fun!

you can do it.

son of hal
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Hey Joe- Would like to see the Grand Canyon with my wife and kids... Hopefully while they're kids. Mostly, I would like to get a patent issued in my name. I have always dabbled with inventing and had a few pending that didn't pan out. My grandfather had a few, my dad had one and I'd like to carry on the tradition. I've got dozens of original designs or products that other people got credit for but haven't got my own yet....
One day...
CJ

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Greetings CJ

I love the idea of the patent in your name.

but, focus on the idea and your creativity.... the patent will come!
sometimes we shoot for the prize (the patent) and so focused on that, that the creativity and ideas get overcome by the prize.

I wish you the best in that journey.
I'm a marketing, sales and idea guy... but not an inventor.
so once you get the patent and the product, I'll help you sell and make money with it.

have you ever read about Philo Farnsworth?
he was the first inventor of the TV Tube. But he spent his life chasing down other who copied the patent and stole his ideas... and never made money off his ideas.
he's in the Smithsonian as the original inventor of the TV, yet never made much money from his ideas. It's a great story and many lessons in there.

I love inventors and new ideas that create change.
we need more innovation.

focus on the ideas and the creativity... you'll make it happen!

my best

Joe

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Great post,

Scuba dive with schooling hammerheads Costa Rica,
Visit Galapagos,
Trek Antarctica with ice diving
Hike kokoda,
Climb Everest,
Sail ar

ound the world with family,
Get muscles Luke Annie.

That's enough for 2013

Everest is looking good for 2014

Hugs,
Pete

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Great post.

you definately are inspiration for us all.

I hope to have half of your energy one day.

keep on keepin' on!!!

UdaMan!

Joe

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you're all going to think i'm totally crazy. But, i've been thinking about my list for the past two months while being off work. In March i finally went back to work, so i think about my bucket list a lot less. But, i had taken time to do my thinking, resarch and had typed out the entire list in early March. So, i posted this post to get people thinking and to gather more ideas... so... here's my list (Yes, i'm a bit crazy) In my career i've always had lists of what equipment and technology to buy and I've always been big on business plans and goals in life and business. So... enjoy this and i hope this provides ideas for others.

Joe’s Bucket List
While fighting cancer, many thoughts go through my head. I think a lot about my past and the future. My top things on my bucket list is to see each of my kids graduate from college. My next top event is to be there for any of my kid’s weddings. And, walk Kelly down the aisle at her wedding. (she's 11 now)

Why a bucket list?
Because the more things we have to look forward to and the more things we have to dream about and plan… the more filling life will be. Let’s not let life pass us by. Let’s make our bucket list and lets live life.

A couple big questions to think about are:
• Have you found joy in life?
• Has your life brought joy to others?
But, let’s not just stop there… how many times can we bring Joy to ourselves and to others.

My bucket list should be individual goals and ideas, as well as things for Dana and I and ideas for our family to experience together. These events will bring joy to each of the six of us as we experience the new or unexpected. And, we should also include extended family whenever possible.

Sharing our experiences with family is top priority and we will create life long memories, laughs and grow together. When possible or when the event is right, friends can join in our bucket list.

By sharing our bucket list with others, we will bring joy to them as they begin to explore their thinking and hopefully improve their life and family life.

The first draft of the list is included. (This list started on March 24, 2012)

The simple list
1. Write your first book
2. Sell 100,000 copies
3. Donate 20% of profits to Cancer research
4. Become a speaker & get a video on TED talks
5. Expand/Convert Caring Bridge site into a personal blog for inspiring others
6. Learn to live life in the now.
7. Read the entire Bible
8. Learn to mediate (book: Escape 101)
9. Begin biking 3 times per week
10. Ride the bike around the lake
11. Ride a bike to the cottage.
12. Ride a bike leg in a triathlon
13. Learn to roller blade
14. Learn to ride a unicycle
15. Buy a canoe and begin canoeing
16. Begin fishing
17. Go fly fishing
18. Take dance lessons with Dana
19. Take the family white water rafting
20. Visit the Hershey Chocolate Factory in Pennsylvania.
21. Learn to scuba dive
22. See the grand canyon
23. Go to mount Rushmore
24. Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California
25. Yosemite National Park, California
26. Go to the Pike Place Market in Seattle
27. Go on a second honeymoon for our 25th anniversary
28. Start a foundation to support high school education
29. Start a charity that sells a products or clothing, and hosts events to support Cancer research
30. Go to a World Series baseball game
31. Hand out at least one hundred dollar bill to a total stranger, ever year before Christmas
32. Eat healthy
33.

The big list (expensive list)
1. Ride a gondola in Venice
2. Go to Rome and St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican
3. Go to Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
4. Go deep sea fishing
5. Fly in a small airplane
6. Learn to fly a plane and become a pilot
7. Ride in a submarine
8. Ride in a helicopter
9. Ride a Segway
10. Go bungee jumping
11. Go zip lining
12. Swim in the largest swimming pool in the world, off the coast of Chile.
13. Visit Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
14. Go to China
15. Go to Tokyo, Japan and wander around the electronics district
16. Take a picture in front of every state sign in the USA
17. Help others start or open a business
18. Eat healthy
19.

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Thanks for the idea and I am going to give it a shot....why not? What have I got to lose? Wow...... You got a long bucket list! Sure would be awesome to accomplish ALL that! Take care
Jennie

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hi Jennie

the longer the list, the longer i must live to complete it.

or.... get my butt moving to complete it!!!

then, if i do it all... I'll make another list!

my best
Joe

son of hal
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That is some list Joe. I wish you the best of luck in completing them. I might borrow a couple of those that I think I could manage. Maybe I can help you out with a couple...(#29 on small list & #17 big list). We'll have to talk... ;)
Take care, CJ

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Good Lord! I am exhausted just reading the lists. Hope you make them all.
Judy

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i used to spend so much going out eating seafood and pizza and chinese.

everyone of my excess kilo say 50 kgs, must have cost at least $500 buckets a year to maintain in restaurant eating out bills.

18 eat healthy is an easy one and it will make all the others so much more enjoyable.

great post.

maybe our bucket list gives us hope, certainly gets our minds off our problems.

hugs,
pete

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thanks Pete

I've learned so much about how not to eat and what to eat from you and from others in this group. I am bringing in better foods every week and have eliminated several already.

Only 4 months into having the colostomy bag so continue to learn what i can and cannot eat. But thanks for all your help and ideas.

you should start a Eat Healthy Survey and start a string for all to read.

it's funny... there are so many good old strings, but i don't take much time to hunt there.
so new and fresh posts are awesome.

thanks again for sharing your story and info.
i want to come across the world and visit you! (that'll be #19)

Joe

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I have been ned for 14 years and all I want is to wake up one morning and think "Gee I feel good today".Ron.

son of hal
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Hey Ron- From what I understand, you've had a rough journey post cancer but I remember the saying, "any day above ground is a good day". I imagine that may be incorporated into your greeting "G'day". Reafirm to yourself that if your still here to greet someone, it's a good day.
Take care, CJ

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I'm living mine!!!

(Maybe I should explain....)

My bucket list is rather short: Do things that make me happy....

I am so blessed with good health right now, considering that most of 2005 I was looking at the world from a hospital bed (stage III rectal, followed by stage II breast...with plenty of bowel obstructions from my surgery...)....so, I travel. It makes me happy. And it fulfills something I wished for from my hospital room. Upon seeing the breeze outside stirring the leaves in the tree outside my window, I wished to once again feel the breeze on my cheek. Now, each and every time I feel the stirring on my cheek, I am reminded how far I have come from that time...

And I help people. It makes me happy.

And I feel the breeze on my cheek. It makes me happy.

I celebrate other people's successes. It makes me happy.

Hugs to you all! (yeah, it makes me happy...*smile*)

Kathi

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I absolutey LOVE your list.

if you think about it, everyone who makes a list or things about it... is following YOUR lead.

love it and thanks so much for sharing.

Be Happy!

love it.

abackhou
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Having Sex, drinking good Red wine, eating nice cheese, watching my favourite football team, reading and laughing and sleeping every day.....

All the best...Andrew

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I want to somehow "see" Mom, or "hear" her...I want her somehow be there for me when I'll graduate from high school...or when I'll go off to college...or when I'll get my job...or, although seems insanely far, but when I'll get married...I want her to somehow let me know she has not forgotten about me and still loves me and follows my path along...I want her to keep me strong and hang on...

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I read your post and took time to think and pray for you and your family.

A mothers love is the deepest of deep. No mother will ever forget her child, and I guarentee... she is SOOOOO proud of you.

You make your mom proud everyday, and she loves you to no end.... forever and ever.

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I've never had a bucket list. Did go see the movie though and never knew that that's what they called it. I've dreamed for things but never thought about wanting to accomplish something before dying. Just thought about it as if you want to do something - do it. Sometimes people set goals for themselves and then they get depressed because at age 60 or whatever they never did it. My one dream always was to go to the "Holy Land" but I'm not a good flyer so I'm sure I'd never make it unless they knocked me out completely and I'm sure that would never happen. I'll settle for seeing my kids and grandkids and living life. Good luck on everyone's bucket list :)

Hugs! Kim

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My grandmother was frightened to death to fly....but still she traveled all over the world!

Trains to whatever coast to catch a 'transatlantic' or 'transpacific' ship (they call them 'repositioning' cruises now...and you can get some FANTASTIC deals, if your travel time is flexible.

One you hit Europe, non-plane traveling is easy...trains are good, and fast (well, depending on the country), there are high-speed ferry boats that will take you from one coast to another....public transportation is plentiful...trams, buses....there are bus tours to the holy land....or even a cruise...

So, my darling, do not say 'never'....with a good travel agent (or good web sites like crucon.com for cruises, Vacations2go.com for the same plus land tours) and patience (which we semi-colons all have learned *smile*), you CAN add that to your 'Been there/done that' list!!!!

Hugs, Kathi

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Love the "non-plane" travelling methods. Would love to go someday and maybe you are right, maybe I'll wake up one morning and say, yup I'm going no matter what :)

Hugs! Kim

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Thanks so much for the thread Joe! I actually just made my bucket list about the same time as you, and have already done one thing on it. I figured, I might as well jump out of a plane before starting my second go at chemo (mets to lungs). It was the most freeing and peaceful moment ever! Even with the couple of seconds of screaming. :)

The next one to cross off of my list is to teach a yoga class at my very favorite studio. I'm certified; just have to get the courage up to ask my teacher. You've given me some of that courage! *hugs*

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Alina

congrats on being able to cross that one off your list.
I've done that twice and i know what you're saying about the peacefulness of the glid down to earth.

good job!

now, start your plan to ask to teach that Yoga class.
you're good enough and if you share your story with others, you'll find inspiration in inspiring others!

my best

joe

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I'm obviously a fan of the Kansas Jayhawks. We're known for our basketball, especially since the inventor of the game, James Naismith, was our first coach and lived out his years in Lawrence, Kansas. It's often said by national sportscasters that if you're a fan college basketball that attending a game at Allen Fieldhouse, on the KU campus, is a must for your bucket list. If there's anybody here that this fits and would like to do that, I'll buy the tickets and go to a game with you. Tickets are hard to get, especially the big games, but any game there is a treat. So -- the first person that pm's me and wants to do this, we'll start planning for next season.

And if anybody else on the board lives around or experiences some place or some thing that is considered "bucket-list-worthy", I challenge you to invite board members to join you in experiencing the event or place. Just a thought.

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