This book “2001 Things to Do Before you Die” was printed back in 1997. It was still funny to see this item to get check marked from the list. I really didn’t (& still don’t) think I’ll get this accomplished. Mainly because I live on the West Coast.
Last year, I had the bright idea to try sending it to the White House. I knew they would be getting TONS of mail and most likely I wouldn’t get anything back. But I also thought it might be quirky enough to make it through. I enclosed a letter and the book. I even added a return envelope. Then I sent it off. Now, you can go to the White House’s webpage to get where to send mail, and they say it will take a couple of weeks to get any response. It took about two months and by that time, I went ahead and purchased the book again because I didn’t really know if I would get the other one back.
Imagine my surprise when there was an envelope with the White House address at the front door one day. I opened it up and was happy to see the book returned and a letter with a response that I wasn’t surprised about. The president was thankful for my letter, but unfortunately too busy at this time. Here’s a photo and a copy of his signature for you.
Well, I guess I could go ahead and count that as a half check for this item. I did get his autograph, just not in the book. I really don’t know if I will ever have the opportunity to ask for him to sign it. Politics and likes or dislikes aside, it would be fun to get this done. (and while at it, get the “shake hands with someone famous” checked off too)
If you have any ideas to help with this, I would appreciate the assist.
Would you like the extra copy of this book?
First I had to look up the definition because I couldn’t quite remember what it is.
It is is a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of symbols or elements, whose meaning may be interpreted the same way in either forward or reverse direction.
Oh, well in that case, it will be easy to learn and list.
Murder for a jar of red rum
(and one more for good measure) Mom
Do you have any favorites?
1235 Approach each New Year with unchecked enthusiasm
1249 Be hypnotized
1243 Be old enough to get a birthday greeting from the President and Willard Scott
1241 Camp out in the snow
1246 Cop a plea
1232 Dissolve into chaos
1252 Get backstage
1244 Get Donald Trump to autograph this book
1236 Hang ten
1248 Have an out-of-body experience
1251 Hit a home run over the Green Monster in Fenway Park
1242 Hold up an attention-getting sign outside the “Today Show” window
1245 Hop on board a train to who knows where
1237 Learn at least three palindromes
1250 Let someone else win
1260 Master singing scales
1257 Outfox Letterman
1258 Perform a same-sex wedding ceremony
1231 Put your affairs in order
1233 Revel in foofaraw
1259 Scale a fish
1240 See a bighorn sheep at Estes Park in Colorado
1253 Shear a sheep
1255 Spend the day observing an emergency room
1256 Spend the day with a cop on his beat
1254 Spend the day with a fireman
1238 Spot oxymorons
1247 Top someone’s best line
1239 Track a whitetail deer through the woods
1234 Use “higgledy-piggledy” in everyday conversation
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.