Memorize the name of the play “the Persecution and Assassination of

Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade”

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photo credit: Harris Center/Three Stages at Folsom Lake College

When I saw this item, I wondered if this was truly a real play. It made sense that just memorizing the title would be quite the accomplishment and a great conversation starter. I happened to catch a post about a production of this play being performed last year (2017).

I knew I had to go see it. I didn’t really think anything about what it exactly was about until after I saw it live. The cast did a great job adding in modern elements (not sure if that is part of what the play is supposed to do). I really thought it funny they gave out “Make France Great Again” buttons.

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photo credit: Harris Center/Three Stages at Folsom Lake College

It is not your typical play, you walk in and become a part of the cast yourself. Here, I was handed a clipboard and guided by a “hospital attendant” to a chair. We became observers in a mental hospital where the warden was allowing the inmates to perform a play. It was also a kind of musical.

I’m grabbing the plot from Wikipedia:

Set in the historical Charenton Asylum, Marat/Sade is almost entirely a “play within a play”. The main story takes place on 13 July 1808, after the French Revolution; the play directed by the Marquis de Sade within the story takes place during the Revolution, in the middle of 1793, culminating in the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat (which took place on 13 July 1793), then quickly brings the audience up to date (1808). The actors are the inmates of the asylum; the nurses and supervisors occasionally step in to restore order. The bourgeois director of the hospital, Coulmier, supervises the performance, accompanied by his wife and daughter. He is a supporter of the post-revolutionary government led by Napoleon, in place at the time of the production, and believes the play he has organised to be an endorsement of his patriotic views. His patients, however, have other ideas, and they make a habit of speaking lines he had attempted to suppress, or deviating entirely into personal opinion. They, as people who came out of the revolution no better than they went in, are not entirely pleased with the course of events as they occurred.

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photo credit: Harris Center/Three Stages at Folsom Lake College

In the end, we, the audience, become the inmates and the inmates the audience. It reminded me a lot of philosophical debates and talking about socialism. I used to enjoy those ponderings and had not realized that I had forgotten about it for so long. It was a little hard to follow the dialogue at times, but the gist of it was an argument between Sade and Marat on the factors of revolution, is really good to have for changing the class system and helping human suffering or does it just change who’s at top and who is at bottom. They also discuss if it’s good to have the revolution as a movement by everyone or just work one changing yourself.

I read more about the author being a German and he wrote this during the 1960’s which authors were delving into kind of abstract, bizarre, ways to talk about class struggles and socialism. And his picking the true life people of Jean-Paul Marat and the Marquis de Sade were a good choice. They were very interesting characters.

I wouldn’t mind going to see this play again, maybe catch some things that I didn’t this first time. I might even try to get friends to come with me. They might enjoy or end up asking what the heck?

have you seen this play? Or even heard about it?

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Monthly List: December 2017

1968 Act with the courage of your convictions
1958 Be a centerfold
1973 Discover a planet
1974 Eat at a fish boil in Door County, Wisconsin
1976 Fit twelve friends into a phone booth or a beetle
1964 Give everyone you love a note outlining how they’ve enriched your life
1971 Have outercourse
1952 Hunt for breakfast
1969 Laugh until you’re dizzy
1978 Make your own Passover plate
1955 Make your parents and children teary with pride
1977 Own some go-go boots
1956 Play spin the bottle
1975 Read aloud Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
1953 Recognize auras and chakras
1960 Replace all your cds with records
1959 Replace all your records with cds
1951 Ride a sidecar
1967 Ring a really big bell
1966 Speak your peace
1965 Speak your piece
1980 Squeeze a glass of fresh orange juice
1957 Study witchcraft
1963 Swan dive into a crowd that is prepared to catch you
1972 Take a self-defense course
1970 Tour the Prado, the Louvre, the Hermitage, the Metropolitan, and the Uffizi
1979 Turn off the television and go look at the stars
1954 Witness a death
1962 Write a children’s story
1961 Yearn

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.

Monthly List: November 2017

1939 Be a freedom fighter
1946 Be a smokejumper
1926 Be truly color blind
1934 Create a computer program
1932 Cultivate grace
1924 Defrost the freezer
1921 Drink a pint of Guinness
1949 Eat a four pound steak
1943 Eat a ripe mango
1936 End terrorism
1933 Exercise restraint
1935 Freefall with an umbrella
1922 Get on the guest list
1931 Have friends from all parts of your life
1929 Have friends in high places
1930 Have friends in low places
19328 Have great friends
1940 Join a manhunt, search party, or a posse
1927 Know what syzygy is
1947 Master a Billy Wilder, David Mamet, or Tarantinian dialogue
1945 Own a pair of chaps
1937 Patent a gene
1942 Play the triangle or kazoo
1944 Ride every roller coaster in the continental United States
1950 Savor the spotlight
1938 See the terra-cotta soldiers at Xian
1941 Sketch with your eyes closed
1925 Study war no more
1923 Study war
1948 Tour a brewery

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.

Monthly List: October 2017

1915 Adopt a baby
1900 Attend the Blessing of the Animals at New York City’s Cathedral of St John the Divine
1897 Ballroom dance at the Rainbow Room
1908 Be a best boy
1910 Be a most valuable player
1920 Be in the Guinness Book of World Records
1909 Be intimate with ________
1912 Be radiant
1903 Become a beer connoisseur
1914 Deliver a baby
1898 Bicycle through Bordeaux
1895 Build a people pyramid
1901 Claim you were on the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album
1893 Construct a card house
1906 Cure depression
1907 Define your utopia
1919 Discover a new species in the rain forest canopy
1894 Erect a statue
1902 Harmonize the Star Spangled Banner
1904 Hire an escort
1905 Kiss women’s hands
1911 Know what a key grip does
1891 Know your senators
1899 Mime for money
1892 Play Nora in a Doll’s House
1913 Run through the car wash
1918 See a quetzal in the wild
1896 Sing backup
1916 Study Staniskavski
1917 Tame lions

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.

Monthly List: September 2017

1880 Attend a Presidential debate
1883 Be a cryptographer
1885 Be accountable
1862 Buy a knighthood
1864 Channel Hendrix or Lennon
1871 Daydream about what you would eat for your last meal, and then eat it
1867 Discourage all things that come in gray
1877 Examine the Titanic wreck on the ocean floor
1884 Give credit where credit is due
1861 Have a sandwich, drink, or ice cream flavor named after you
1889 Have chocolate con churros after an all-nighter in Barcelona
1870 Have great-great-grandchildren
1865 Know six things you would do if you were president
1869 Know the three types of rocks
1873 Learn the names of the seven films in which John Wayne dies
1874 Listen to a whole week of Rush Limbaugh
1890 Own a pit bull
1886 Own a spacesuit
1882 Perfect your calligraphy
1888 Perform an exorcism
1878 Pilot the space shuttle
1875 Play Blanche du Bois
1881 Play the didgeridoo or the hammered dulcimer
1872 Solve the mystery of where Jimmy Hoffa was laid to rest
1868 Stay at the Awani Hotel in Yosemite
1866 Thank everyone
1887 Use a divining rod
1879 Visit another planet
1876 Watch Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla or Devil Girls From Mars
1863 Watch the sunrise at Chichen itza

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.

Monthly List: August 2017

1837 Be a groupie
1836 Be extravagant with your praise
1852 Develop a list of graceful excuses for all those occasions you’d like to skip
1841 Down an Imperial pint in London’s Samuel Pepys pub on the Thames
1839 Earn royalties
1843 Finish a Middleton acrostic in less than thirty minutes
1834 Get a free health club membership
1844 Get used to bifocals
1857 Grow your nails long and be a hand model
1842 Grow your own vegetables
1853 Have a best friend who’s really honest when you need it
1851 Have a secret hiding place
1832 Have your home drawn in charcoal and framed
1845 Know the difference between a tee and a hex nut, a Phillips and a slotted screw
1860 Know what you would be willing to do for a million dollars
1855 Let your hair down
1848 Make a wish upon a star
1858 Make soup from scratch
1846 Operate a radial arm saw
1854 Own a handknit sweater
1859 Revisit your first dorm room with your freshman roommate
1831 Send in your Publisher’s Clearing House entry
1847 Shave with Kiehl’s
1835 Spoil kids every once in a while
1850 Start at Lake Tear of the Clouds and go by canoe down the Hudson to the Statue of Liberty
1840 Straighten George Steinbrenner out
1849 Tour Slimbridge with Prince Charles
1856 Wear a milk mustache in a “got milk?” ad, or be featured in an American Express ad
1833 Wear flowers in your hair or lapels
1838 Win with a royal flush

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.

Monthly List: July 2017

1814 Arrive at church in a white stretch limousine
1824 Attend a tailgate party
1813 Attend the Governor’s inaugural ball
1829 Be interviewed on a Barbara Walters’ Special
1822 Be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize
1803 Be on “Sesame Street”
1817 Be photographed by Annie Leibovitz or Steven Meisel
1807 Be picture on the front page of The New York Times
1811 Create your own fragrance
1808 Cross Ireland by bike
1812 Distinguish the differences between Ionic, Corinthian, and Doric
1828 Do time at a soup kitchen
1820 Execute a flawless triple axel
1802 Get in touch with your inner adult
1830 Give sex advice to Dr. Ruth
1823 Go back to where you came from
1806 Go to Hell, Michigan, or enjoy Intercourse, Pennsylvania
1825 Have an imaginatively stocked picnic hamper
1827 Have your milk delivered by a milkman
1810 Have your suit made to order by a top-notch tailor
1804 Paint your mailbox purple
1821 Persuade your boss that a four-day weekend will result in more productivity
1818 Publish your poem in the New Yorker
1815 Ride with the Amtrak engineer straight through the Rockies
1801 Solve Rubik’s Cube
1816 Stand on your head
1819 Take a month of weekends
1826 Test drive all the new cars
1805 Try working at odd jobs like a weed farmer or a worm picker
1809 Write an op-ed piece for a major metropolitan daily

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.

Monthly List: June 2017

1789 Be a host for a foreign exchange student
1781 Be a Roadie
1783 Become a dual citizen
1773 Become an uber-something
1794 Caddy for Tiger Woods
1785 Camp in the Chukot Region of Siberia
1787 Carpool more
1790 Carry on an intellectual conversation with the Dalai Lama
1797 Develop a new game show
1792 Do shots with a Russian diplomat
1776 Do the I Ching
1778 Enjoy the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity
1786 Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice
1780 Go on an open casting call
1779 Have Beluga caviar, Nova Scotia smoked salmon, and Russian vodka for dinner
1796 Host a game show
1798 Invent an environmentally harmless mode of transportation
1774 Learn all the rules of football
1775 Learn to tell time by looking at the skies or paying attention to tides
1777 Live communally
1788 Lobby for more women on US currency
1799 Paint a masterpiece
1800 Put down the toilet seat
1784 Reverse a Supreme Court decision
1795 Sample the prune chili at Yuba City’s annual California Prune Festival
1791 Say “Voulez-vous couchez avec moi?” to Johnny Depp
1771 Solve a Mystery Train Ride
1772 Start an outrageous shoe collection
1793 Trade jokes with Mel Brooks
1782 Walk over hot coals

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.

Monthly List: May 2017

1753 Appreciate the larceny in your heart
1757 Astound the doubters
1770 Be a game show contestant
1750 Be a painter’s model
1745 Befriend a shaman, mystic, or priestess
1759 Cook dinner in the fireplace
1743 Cross the international dateline and get to yesterday
1764 Dance in the Mardi Gras parade in Rio
1767 Follow the Oregon Trail in true pioneer fashion
1760 Get your name in a gossip column
1762 Get your teeth whitened
1765 Go to a prize fight in Vegas
1744 Have an advice column
1749 Hit the jackpot
1747 Improve your intuition
1754 Leak a really hot story
1758 Outfox the dealers at an auction
1751 Play in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
1741 Put a scavenger hunt in your will
1742 Quote Derrida, Foucault, or Berra
1769 Reach Nirvana
1755 Ride a camel to the Pyramids
1748 Scat like a pro
1761 See Michelangelo’s David
1763 Shake hands with the President of the United States
1746 Show intimations of immortality
1756 Stake a claim
1768 Sunbathe topless
1752 Swoon over a star
1766 Take a Jello bath

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.

Wear A Wig

wigI came across a photo of me as a kid wearing a wig. They must have been from my parents collection. Pretty funny to see and great to use to check off this item. I have a more recent photo wearing a wig for a themed party somewhere. I’ll have to add it here later.

Have you worn a wig? Did it make you look really different? Or was it a crazy looking one?

Monthly List: April 2017

1711 Ably describe honky-tonk, ska, and high-lonesome
1723 Amaze your friends by memorizing all the US Vice Presidents
1722 Apprehend a drug lord
1725 Attend a Rave
1731 Be able to explain a hedge fund, risk arbitrage, and a mutual fund
1735 Be there when the drill hits a gusher
1738 Beat an incurable disease
1717 Devise your own definition of beauty
1729 Frame all your past and present business cards
1726 Gather a bunch of friends for a Halloween hayride
1713 Get a full-body tan
1724 Get Botox
1730 Hang mistletoe in August
1733 Hang out with a revolutionary
1714 Have your monograph published
1720 Have your own website
1739 Interview JD Salinger and ask him to tell you about his father, the butter and egg man
1727 Jet-ski in choppy waters
1732 Learn to communicate with animals
1736 Learn to love words like Nabokov
1737 Live within your means
1716 Make Donny Osmond serenade you with “Puppy Love
1715 Make the first string
1719 Portage a canoe
1728 Raise ants, bees, or worms
1734 Rappel
1721 Read a big, thick Russian novel
1740 Release balloons in church
1718 Spend a day watching the entire Rocky, Star Wars, or Friday the 13th collection
1712 Weave your way through the loopholes

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.

I CAN Be an Artist

It seems there is a growing trend of learn-to-paint classes, which encourage novice artists to gather with a group of friends and create a piece of artwork, all while enjoying a cocktail or two.

This is not an item written down to check off my list, but it is something I’ve thought would be fun. March 2014, I went with a bunch of friends in my Active 20-30 Club to a place in town called the Painted Cork.

Have you ever felt like taking a painting class to unleash your inner Picasso, but felt as though you couldn’t even paint a stick figure? Are you looking for something different and new to do for a birthday party, ladies night out, team builder, first date, couples or even as a single person who is looking for some unique social interaction in the Folsom or Midtown Sacramento area? The Painted Cork “paint and sip” Art Studio creates a comfortable, fun, hip and exciting atmosphere where you and your friends can enjoy a fantastic time while a professional art instructor teaches you a step by step 2 to 3 hour painting classes. The Painted Cork offers a completely relaxed and social painting class/party where guests are allowed to bring with them their favorite wine or beer and delicious snacks to enjoy throughout the class!

I’m definitely not an artist, so I was guessing that my painting would turn out really bad. Got to the place and found the easels and paints all set up at tables. The artist instructor told me to grab an apron and then drinks, snacks, and a seat. I put down the bottle of wine and snack mix I brought and grabbed a glass and apron and a seat. The canvas had a penciled outline of the skyline we were going to be painting. Up front there were different paintings that were completed, the instructor told us to take a look at each one to use as a baseline for inspiration or ours. Then we started painting.

It was a very simple step by step processing. Mixing colors and watching what she did and then doing similar. By doing it this way, I realized that each person is different in how they paint the same object. This in turn means that no one is a bad artist. I don’t think I’d be able to do a painting like that without watching the steps to get it done.

Overall, it was a very fun evening and I’d totally do this again. I can see why it’s become so popular.

Know the difference between ʻAʻā and Pāhoehoe

Time to look up the words in Wikipedia. Turns out these words are for two different types of Lava.

Photo from United States Geological Survey (USGS)

ʻAʻā means “stony rough lava”, but also to “burn” or “blaze”) is one of three basic types of flow lava. ʻAʻā is basaltic lava characterized by a rough or rubbly surface composed of broken lava blocks called clinker. The Hawaiian word was introduced as a technical term in geology by Clarence Dutton.

The loose, broken, and sharp, spiny surface of an ʻaʻā flow makes hiking difficult and slow. The clinkery surface actually covers a massive dense core, which is the most active part of the flow. As pasty lava in the core travels downslope, the clinkers are carried along at the surface. At the leading edge of an ʻaʻā flow, however, these cooled fragments tumble down the steep front and are buried by the advancing flow. This produces a layer of lava fragments both at the bottom and top of an ʻaʻā flow.

Accretionary lava balls as large as 3 metres (10 feet) are common on ʻaʻā flows. ʻAʻā is usually of higher viscosity than pāhoehoe. Pāhoehoe can turn into ʻaʻā if it becomes turbulent from meeting impediments or steep slopes. ʻAʻā lavas typically erupt at temperatures of 1000 to 1100 °C.

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Photo from United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Pāhoehoe means “smooth, unbroken lava”), also spelled pahoehoe, is basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating, or ropy surface. These surface features are due to the movement of very fluid lava under a congealing surface crust. The Hawaiian word was introduced as a technical term in geology by Clarence Dutton.

A pāhoehoe flow typically advances as a series of small lobes and toes that continually break out from a cooled crust. It also forms lava tubes where the minimal heat loss maintains low viscosity. The surface texture of pāhoehoe flows varies widely, displaying all kinds of bizarre shapes often referred to as lava sculpture. With increasing distance from the source, pāhoehoe flows may change into ʻaʻā flows in response to heat loss and consequent increase in viscosity. Pahoehoe lavas typically have a temperature of 1100 to 1200 °C.

And that concludes the lesson for the day. Bucket List mission accomplished!

Have a V-8

I used to drink V-8 as a kid ALL THE TIME. Then got sick of it and couldn’t stand drinking it anymore. Recently I’ve been drinking it again, and back to enjoying it. Now, V-8 has also created fusion drinks with fruit added. Will try one of those some point.

I also want to try juicing my own V-8 some time. But at least I can check this off my list of things to do.

I always think of those old V-8 commercials when people are walking around sideways until they have a drink.

Monthly List: March 2017

1706 Act out a fairy tale
1699 Be a Beatnik, Hippie, Punk, or Rude Boy
1685 Be a write-in on the ballot
1707 Be Ringmaster for a day at Ringling Brothers
1708 Be the person who pulls or announces the Lotto numbers on TV
1683 Become so good at white water rafting that you can be a guide on the most difficult rivers
1709 Bounce at the Viper Room
1689 Celebrate your hairdresser at the Barbering Hall of Fame
1703 Climb the slippery slope
1694 Comfort the afflicted
1696 Compete in the Elephant Polo Tournament in Nepal
1705 Compose a fairy tale
1686 Design a musical instrument
1710 Dust off them blue suede shoes
1701 Gather up your friends for a quilting bee
1682 Go back and spend the night at your old sleepaway camp
1704 Have Bangers and Mash
1691 Learn to recognize Iambic pentameter
1702 Learn to throw your voice
1695 Make a weekly visit to your local library
1692 Overcome adversity
1693 Survive
1681 Sing at a wedding
1684 Skate the lead in the Ice Capades
1697 Skitch
1687 Sponsor a needy child
1690 Start your own cosmetics line
1700 Tell your children you were a Beatnik, Hippie, Punk, or Rude Boy
1688 Travel the world by reading
1698 Turn out the lights and watch Wait Until Dark

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.