Posted in Reading Materials

Read Kerouac, Ginsberg, Corso, and Burroughs (part 1 of 4)

I’ve been wondering why all these authors were grouped together. According to Wikipedia’s entry; “The Beat Generation was a group of American post-World War II writers who came to prominence in the 1950’s, as well as the cultural phenomena that they both documented and inspired. Central elements of “Beat” culture included rejection of received standards, innovations in style, experimentation with drugs, alternative sexualities, an interest in Eastern religion, a rejection of materialism, and explicit portrayals of the human condition”

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

I am so happy I can finally say I finished reading “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac! I don’t why, but it’s taken me over a year to get through this book. I can cross off 1 out of the 4 authors. Although, these other authors are featured a bit in the book so I almost can stop here. But I won’t, I’ll try to get through one book by each person.

I started reading this book and immediately noticed that there were no paragraphs or chapters. Guess that’s what they mean by Kerouac’s spontaneous prose style of writing. He rambled on and on about people and his adventures between the years 1947 to 1950. I think that is what made it hard for me to get into the story. The rambling, odd descriptions of what was happening, how he viewed other people, side thoughts or insights, and tangent stories. I told my mom that it felt like I sat down with Kerouac to hear about his adventure over a drink. We all get that way (mostly) with telling someone about a trip right? Start a story, remember other stories, go off on tangents, and then go back to the main story. And there’s no breaks, unless you would count another person interrupting the storyteller.

I had to ask for clarification on a few slang terms and expressions. And after a few pages of reading, I forgot what I had read before. Got the gist of everything, but if I had to go back to write a better review, or a paper on this, I would basically have to reread it all over.

After finishing the book, I am now curious on reading some papers delving into what people think he was writing about and see what they interpret as the meaning behind or into the story. I didn’t understand the difference in this edition as opposed to the original edition published in 1957. It is pretty cool that he first typed this story up on one long piece of paper (120-foot roll of teletype paper), hence why the “scroll”. Later on, he had to break it up and write on normal sheets of paper. He also changed the names of the characters in the story so there would be no libel suits. I read names like Jack Kerouac, is also known as Salvatore “Sal” Paradise. And his other main character, Neal Cassady, is also Dean Moriarty.

It was hilarious, and I don’t think a spoiler, to get toward the end of the story and have it stop abruptly. I was about to get mad, but on the next page there was a note from the editor that it stopped there because the last bit of the scroll had been chewed off by a dog. The editor also noted that based on notes and Kerouc’s published story, he added the last bit.

I thought it interesting on Wikipedia’s page that they had a section of public reception for the book. Both for when it first was published and the current reactions to it, 50 years later. I would say the perception of the story and characters probably have changed drastically over the years.

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Posted in Requires Travel, Super Duper Easy

make angels in the snow

The author also had this item listed at #1353 make a snow angel.

I know I’ve made snow angels in the snow as a kid, but writing this when I went in 2013 and got to go play in the snow like a kid again. Some friends and I went up to Lake Tahoe (area), California to go to sledding. It was a little overcast, but perfect snow weather. This was the first time I’ve gone to a sled park.

They had a couple of lifts for those that wanted to ski. But we walked over to the sled area. You then grab a big inter-tube and step onto a moving walkway (like those in airports). You line up to one of the lanes (they had them grooved out so no one would bump into each other) and slide down. Super fun and easy, since you don’t have to do to much work in walking in the snow up each time.

Snow sledding 1While there, I wanted to make a snow angel. We took a break from sledding and laid down on our tubes and chatted for a bit. I took this opportunity to walk over to an area that was packed down. Then I fell backwards into the snow and moved my arms and legs. When I got up, it didn’t really look like much of an angel, as you’ll see. But the point is, I made one since buying this book and can cross it off the list.

 

When is the last time you did something child like?

 

Posted in Bon Appetite

Eat One Raisinet at a Time

image (1)I wasn’t sure why this would be a bucket list item. But when I got a box of raisinets and opened them, I understood. Shaking out into my hand, I had a whole bunch and I just wanted to throw them into my mouth. It takes patience and control to just pick up one little chocolate covered raisin and put in the mouth. I solved this by putting them into a bowl and leaving it on the kitchen counter. Whenever I go by it, I pick one raisinet up and eat it. Doing it this way is taking a lot longer to finish the box but it’s kind of fun.

How would you get yourself to eat one piece of candy at a time when you would rather throw a mouthful in?

Posted in Generic Ones, Home Town, Super Duper Easy

Hula-Hoop

I was volunteering with my Active 20-30 club at a children’s home. We brought games to play and lunch for the kids. We also had sports stuff like kickball and hula-hoops that we donated to them. Hmm, what a perfect opportunity to borrow a hula-hoop and spin it around.

Of course I did this as a kid, but I am taking photos and videos to officially check the items from the book. So I had to do this again. I didn’t even make it 3 seconds. Apparently I don’t have the rhythm down anymore. I will have to work on that so I can make a video.hulahoopHow long can you hula-hoop? And can you hula more than one hoop?

Posted in Drinks Galore, Festivals/Special Events

Drink Champagne With a Crazy Straw

crazy strawI gave this item a try while welcoming in 2016.  I thought it would be fun to have a little bottle to drink from instead of a glass or the regular size.I was hoping to have friends join in, but they were not in the mood. That could be a new goal, to get friends to drink champagne with a crazy straw, at a bar.

Have you drunk any alcohol from a crazy straw?

Posted in Generic Ones

Get yourself a vanity license plate

I had this plate when I got my driver’s license and the old car of one of my aunts.  I miss that little Honda   This was when swimming was half my days (the other half being school).  It was pretty fun when people would come up to me and either confirm that they got the word correct or just had to ask what it meant.

license plate

I’ll have to look for a photo to see if there is one of the plate on my car.  But I saved the plate as a memento.

Do you have one? Or had one? 

Posted in Generic Ones, State of Mind, Super Duper Easy

Decide on a favorite color and a lucky number

People’s favorite color and lucky number might change often throughout their life.  The fact that most people do enjoy a certain color and number makes this an easy item that can be check off the list.

my favorite color is: GREEN (not counting yucky shades of green)
my lucky number (or a number I really like): 23

See, even my car is apple green!
See, even my car is apple green!

So, what’s yours?

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: December 2016

1591 Appear on a soap opera
1598 Be a stunt person and learn to fall off buildings
1618 Bring up a moral child
1611 Buy a pair of leather pants
1599 Charge $300 an hour for your advice
1619 Create a story quilt
1607 Do lunch with _____
1603 Exercise eight days a week
1605 Have five minutes in the Oval Office
1613 Hear a newborn baby cry
1620 Immerse yourself in another culture
1596 Invest in a Broadway show
1616 Know ecstasy
1614 Listen to a sermon given by the Pope
1615 Mingle
1593 Offer solace
1608 Pack the suggestion box with your ideas
1617 Remember the seeds beneath the snow
1602 Resuscitate someone
1600 Scoop a major publication
1612 See the good in those with whom you differ
1610 Sit on the Supreme Court
1592 Soap up your partner
1594 Soothe a wounded ego
1595 Sponsor a team, a race car, or a fundraising event
1597 Stand in as a double
1601 Streak the Junior League
1604 Stroll the Champ-Elysees
1609 Surround yourself with trust
1606 Win a spelling bee

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: November 2016

1575 Ask for a raise
1563 Be a superhero
1581 Be known for your baking
1583 Be serious
1567 Buy the best seat in the house for a play with great reviews
1574 Drop names
1564 Get to the Final Frontier on the Star Trek pinball game
1576 Give raises
1569 Go sleigh riding
1566 Go up the down escalator
1565 Have Don Ho play the ukulele at your very own luau
1589 Have press credentials
1571 Hustle
1584 Keep a stiff upper lip
1586 Keep your ear to the ground
1585 Let your hair down and the chips fall
1562 Make everything in your life a crescendo
1572 Master grilling techniques
1573 Quarrel calmly
1568 Roll down a small hill
1570 Rotate the tires, or the Rollerblade wheels
1580 RSVP
1577 Saunter, slither, or sashay
1588 Save your leftovers and give them to the hungry
1579 Scavenge dumpsters for their treasures
1582 Sell out if the price is right and you’re happy
1590 Sin no more
1587 Stick your neck out
1561 Understand what loneliness really means
1578 Use a two-person saw

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: October 2016

1541 Allow yourself an outburst
1559 Attend the tulip festival in Seattle
1534 Blow off the obsequious
1550 Buy a sex toy
1533 Caveat emptor
1548 Chase a tornado
1556 Coin a great label for a generation
1543 Come from behind
1537 Consider the opposite
1544 Defy gravity
1551 Experience Brazilian Carnival
1552 Fall in love on public transportation
1539 Go undercover with a tape recorder
1535 Jump out of the cake
1536 Know the way out and the way in
1555 Live in a Soho loft
1557 Make homemade tortillas
1546 Master a kinky technique
1547 Meet the love of your life’s ex, and shake his or her hand and say “thank you”
1549 Memorize “Jabberwocky”
1538 Orbit the earth
1554 Play bebop
1545 Pledge money to public television or radio
1553 Read Kerouac, Ginsberg, Corso, and Burroughs
1531 Read the Beatitudes
1542 Sing in a glee club, a capella group, or barbershop quartet
1560 Spend a few days in a place where you are the minority
15558 Tell everyone special to you that you love them
1540 Wear a virtual reality helmet
1532 Win an amateur photography competition

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: September 2016

1503 Accept mortality, but live forever
1502 Assess your needs
1518 Barter your skills
1527 Bathe in the lap of luxury
1528 Be childlike, not childish
1523 Clean up the mess
1506 Clip coupons
1501 Crew on a sloop
1519 Find a buried treasure
1524 Give up being perfect
1522 Grow wildflowers
1509 Hire a private detective
1508 Join the Peace Corps
1529 Lay it on the line for the sake of principle
1511 Needlepoint your favorite proverb
1504 Negotiate a better deal
1505 Network
1507 Nurse someone back to health
1512 Pump iron
1530 Read bedtime stories
1516 Read the fine print
1526 Restore your grandparents’ wedding photo
1513 Rethink first impressions
1514 Set up a scholarship
1510 Share the profits
1515 Shingle a roof
1520 Spot one of America’s Most Wanted
1517 Supplement your income
1525 Understand the sound of one hand clapping
1521 Win on “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: August 2016

1476 Appreciate love handles
1481 Be an informed source
1487 Change your lifestyle
1498 Come home for a nooner
1478 Contemplate your navel
1471 Control the cost
1492 Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it
1475 Duck out of the rat race
1488 Eat real key lime pie
1485 Get yourself a vanity license plate
1499 Go deep
1495 Have a method to your madness
1494 Learn first aid
1490 Lend money with no questions asked
1484 Make fun of the Ku Klux Klan
1493 Massage someone’s ego
1496 Moped in Bermuda
1500 Navigate the shoals
1489 Practice reading lips
1482 Rent a jukebox
1473 Ride in a dumbwaiter before they are extinct
1474 See a full eclipse
1483 Show up for jury duty
1497 Snorkel in St John
1477 Study the lessons of history
1486 Take a lie detector test
1479 Touch your elbows behind your back
1480 Touch your tongue to your nose
1472 Watch beavers build a dam
1491 Watch your favorite childhood movie with your son or daughter

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: July 2016

1461 Apply to go up in the Goodyear Blimp
1466 Be clairvoyant
1470 Compost
1465 Crew in a sailboat race
1454 Cure something
1452 Fill a type tray with bits and pieces of your life
1441 Have a day of rest
1464 Lay bricks
1444 Leave cookies and milk for Santa Claus
1459 Let your hair down and the chips fall
1451 Lose yourself in the masses
1445 Make a memory quilt
1462 Make a reservation for a trip to the moon
1447 Marry a royal
1455 Mud-wrestle
1456 Pause inside a covered bridge
1443 Perfect your Pig Latin
1460 Play Spud
1467 Play with clay
1463 Read banned books
1468 Recycle vigorously
1446 Research the subject you’ve always wanted to know about
1453 See if acupuncture works for you
1457 Share a pound of caviar
1448 Snowshoe
1458 Steal the show
1449 Suction-cup a birdfeeder on to the window
1469 Take part in a rain dance
1450 Try exotic spices
1442 Wade in hip boots

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: June 2016

1432 Amaze
1412 Attend the rehearsal for Judgment Day
1422 Be able to tie a granny, a bowline, a clove hitch, and a sheepshank
1437 Brainstorm
1423 Breathe deeply
1413 Count up your rites of passage
1429 Create an annual family ritual of some kind
1417 Cruise the backwoods of Vermont between Oct 7 and Oct 14
1435 Decide on a favorite color and a lucky number
1414 Find the perfect recipe for risotto
1416 Flyfish the Battenkill in Vermont
1419 Imitate Groucho
1440 Keep the Sabbath
1425 Kiss people on both cheeks
1438 Laugh out loud
1415 Organize an office sports tournament
1421 Reread books from your childhood
1411 Ride shotgun in an armored van
1427 Salivate over something before digging in
1430 Save up
1439 Say something nice to the tolltaker
1431 See a three-dimensional image on a scanning microscope
1418 Shatter the glass ceiling
1436 Spend a day at the track
1420 Stand on your very own soapbox
1424 Start a rumor and see how fast it comes around
1434 Take it one day at a time
1428 Try a Krispy Kreme fresh from the oven
1426 Watch the salmon run
1433 Wear scanties

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.