Friday, November 4, 2011


Thank you for visiting us in Coffee Klatch Friday.  Our hostess is Vicki and the topic she has chosen for us to discuss this week is “Our Bucket List”.  I think most people understand that that is a list of things we’d like to do before we ”Kick the Bucket”, metaphorically speaking.  I think this idea originated from a movie of the same name.

An explanation is needed because I have had to adapt the topic for it to apply to me.  I wrote a blog a while ago about my bucket list while I think I was in my late 60’s.  I can’t recall what all was on it, but I do know that I managed to accomplish everything but two things. 
One was to learn to swim, and the other was to pet a tigerThe learning to swim I have had to abandon as I have developed a very stubborn kind of vertigo and just to go in the water now is not an option.

However I have still not had the chance to pet a tiger, although I have made a few enquiries about it.  Seems most animal places are very reluctant to let humans interact with their wild animals. But I am not giving up on that one.

So the first 5 items on my list today can be considered truly part of my bucket list:
1.  To pet a tiger – or a lion

2.  To finish revising my full length children’s mystery story which I wrote in the early 70’s “The Mystery of the Carved Seagull”.  It was once within a hair’s breadth of being published by a well-known publishing company.  They kept it for a full year and then their final reader/editor turned it down and actually returned the manuscript personally to my home with one of their editors who was full of apologies for keeping it so long only to to reject it!  I should have sent it out again immediately to another publisher but I was very new to writing and quite discouraged.  But there is still hope!

3.  To bring myself up to the technological age by learning to text – or getting a phone on which I can do this.  When we had our major electricity blackout a couple of months ago, I, along with many others, realized that in a widespread emergency, cell phones are of no use because everyone is trying to use them and the access becomes clogged.  But texting still works.  Living in earthquake and wild fire country it’s really a necessity if you need to let your family know that you are OK .

4.  I have lost 30 pounds this year and I intend to keep it off.

5.  I will continue to blog for at least another year.  I am coming to the end of my fifth year. 

Now the amendment to my list:

6. I would have happily enjoyed teaching in the Christian school on the island of Chuuk in Micronesia for a good many years.  I have been there several times and once conducted a seminar for the teachers at the school. It would have been a wonderful and challenging life.

7. I would have LOVED to be a great opera singer or classical pianist.  Too bad, -- just isn’t my gift!

8.  I would have loved to go back to my village of Flamborough on the East Coast of Yorkshire and lived there in order to see village life through the eyes of an adult.

9.  I would have loved to be an animal trainer and behaviorist and maybe work with someone like Cesar Millan. 

10. I would love to have won a lottery so that I could give a million dollars to that school on Chuuk; a million dollars to Tyndale University in Toronto, Canada where I started my long road in Christian education when it was still Toronto Bible College; and a million dollars to Cliff College in Derbyshire, UK where through their evangelistic ministries I became a committed Christian believer, (and also met my husband). The money would be to help these institutions continue faithfully in their mission of training young people.  If I happened to have any money left over I would first use it to establish a way of taking care of the needs of my husband and I in case of need for long term terminal care.  THEN if I had at least a million dollars left over I would give all that was left to the US government to help pay off our national debt!!

My favorite candy is Cadbury's chocolate flakes often stuck in an ice cream cone.  I will see if I can find a photo, but I need to post this now as I am late (some nagging problems kept me from the computer).



Kay L. Davies said...

Interesting list, Chris. I'm glad you accomplished so much from your previous list. Terrible about the swim thing, because it's such a pleasant thing to do.
Wishing you all the best on the rest.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Scriptor Senex said...

Chris, I don't know if it works over there but and it will depend upon whether your telephone network goes down but - here if the house electricity goes off we have an old fashioned non-electric phone that we can plug in and still use.

May not work for you but worth mentioning.

Good luck with the bucket list and hope you keep blogging for more than a yuear! Perhaps you can find someone who owns a tiger - am I right in thinking that the laws in the US are less strict than here and individuals can own dangerous wild animals.

Vicki said...

Hey Chris!
Great list and great that you have done most of the things on the list.
I have petted a tiger and held a baby tiger. It was maybe 7 years ago while on vacation in Myrtle Beach,SC. (I will have to find the picture and post it.)
Congrats on the weight loss. I know that as we get older that is not an easy task to do and keep off.
Thanks for joining us today!
Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Chris, you are just fabulously fascinating! It would be so wonderful to sit down and just talk!

Anonymous said...

In Vegas (for a fee)you can pet a baby tiger! At least that was true the last time we were there!!!

Rare Lesser Spotted said...

Great article - question - at what point do you begin creating such a list?

Mara said...

I'll stick to petting my own little ferocious cat (well, lazy bum is more like it). Not too fond of petting tigers. Mind you, I have been eaten by them on several occasions, but that might just have been for show!

Grammy Goodwill said...

How interesting to read these things on your list. First, I'm sorry about the vertigo. I probably should have put something on my list about my great fear of water. I'm also envious of your weight loss. Funny about your "other life". I've had some thoughts about that as well.

snafu said...

A shame about the opera singing and I like the idea of helping the US debt. Pity it is not that easy.

Elizabeth said...

Chris, I so loved your comment re Cliff College that I've posted it on the Cliff College Felllowship facebook site. I know that it will be an encouragement to many. x

kaybee said...

I thought I knew my sister pretty well - but some of these took me by surprise! I'll move with you to Flamborough Head, whenever you are ready!