Learn the Names of the Seven Films in Which John Wayne Dies

Not sure why this is a must do, but now I’ll have to watch the movies, not just learn their names.

  1. The Shootist
  2. The Cowboys
  3. The Alamo
  4. Sands of Iwo Jima
  5. Wake of the Red Witch
  6. The Fighting Seabees
  7. Reap the Wild Wind

Whenever I think of John Wayne I can’t help but also think of a joke I heard a long time ago that totally cracked up my mom and sister too. I googled to see if I could find the description online and came across one post that had it titled that it was John’s favorite joke about himself:

To tell this joke properly requires a physical demonstration. I’ll describe it, then hopefully, you’ll know how to act it out.

This really was the Duke’s all-time favorite on himself. It takes place in what was his favorite restaurant, Ambrosia, on Balboa Island, Newport Beach, California where he lived.

As he was having dinner, a distinguished gentleman approached, introducing himself as Dr. William Thompson. “Mr. Wayne,” said the doctor, “you have been a hero to me for so many years. It is such a privilege to shake your hand.”

“Thanks, Doc,” Wayne responded with his famous grin.

The doctor then bent over and said quietly into Wayne’s ear, “Mr. Wayne, as a physician I couldn’t help noticing that when you went to the men’s room a while ago, you came out with your pants leg wet. Mr. Wayne, I really am a fairly prominent physician here in Balboa, and if you have any medical situation, it would an honor for me to treat you at no expense.”

Wayne stood up, towering over the doctor. [You now have to stand up.] “Well, Doc, you see, it happens every time. I’m standin’ there at the urinal… [you stand with your hands at the appropriate position]… and this feller comes and stands next to me. Then he looks up and says… [you look up in amazement, hands still there, pivot sharply right and shout]… ‘You’re John Wayne!'”

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.