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What is on your Bucket List?
Old 12-28-2018   #1
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What is on your Bucket List?

Another year done, a trip around the sun.
How many more? So little time.

As the New Year approaches, I am reminded of numerous songs. I particularly like John Lennon's work... it causes me to think.

The end result of my thinking will be a revised bucket list but I am still considering so many things and I will post my new bucket list by New Year's Day.

So far, one goal is to make someone very happy with my work. Now that our hospital pro bono work is finished, I feel the need to continue that in some manner, even if it is a simple environmental portrait snap with the lowliest of my cameras... maybe the Ciro-Flex, or the F80. But the gift of giving is a calling that I must pursue, regardless.

What is on YOUR bucket list? Let us know, maybe we can each facilitate others to accomplish their goals!
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In a random order... here is another item:

Learning enough about astrophotography to shoot the Milky Way.

And another:

Shooting with a Nikon 850 and a 200/2.0.

(To be continued)
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On my bucket list is the desire to meet in person over a coffee, some of the delightful friends from around the world I've made here on RFF.. though I don't hold hopes that will happen anytime soon - but who knows what the future holds?

Also on my bucket list: to shoot 8x10" and make contact prints. This was inspired by seeing Atget's prints quite a few years ago. I doubt this will happen anytime soon, either, but it's nice to dream.
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Dave,

Thanks for this thread.

Some of the things on my "bucket list" I already accomplished: Ran the NYC Marathon; lived alone in a log cabin 47 miles from civilization in the Santa Fe National Forest; put a Corvette engine in a Jeep Scrambler and basically built an urban assault vehicle before they created the Humvee; did big game fishing out in the shipping lanes offshore for Tuna and shark; done a good amount of traveling...

One thing I wanted to do when I was young was race the Baja 1000 in the 250cc motorcycle class, but I realize that now I'm too old for that. Pretty much just wanted to just cross the finish.

In my case not a lot remains on the list. Have a darkroom and wet print the archive of negatives I created; stay fit, active at age 100 (my dad a poor illiterate illegal immigrant lived to 94); and woodshed on the guitar so one day I can play out.

A complete darkroom lays in storage and I have mucho guitars, basses, and amps. Pretty much just need enough finances to retire in a sustainable manner to have the time. Biking for fitness is part of this lifestyle.

Already happy and have had a great life. Now it is kinda like coasting along for the next 4 decades.

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Nothing really comes to mind that seems like a bucket list item.

Things I'd like to do, but not like once in a lifetime adventures, include getting my diabetes under better control and spending more time on my hobbies. Wouldn't mind trying once again to learn to play a musical instrument or speaking Esperanto.
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Nothing really comes to mind that seems like a bucket list item.

Things I'd like to do, but not like once in a lifetime adventures, include getting my diabetes under better control and spending more time on my hobbies. Wouldn't mind trying once again to learn to play a musical instrument or speaking Esperanto.
Bill,

Both my mom and dad were diabetics. Fear makes me control my eating and forces me to exercise. I know diet and exercise can help.

All the best.

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I only shoot b/w film and do not scan. I develop the film, dry, cut into strips, insert them into Printfile pages and put them away in archival folders not to be seen again. I only check to see if they were exposed and processed properly. I have around 500 pages in various formats. Someday I would like to print them in a darkroom. That is my goal and then I can die.
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Avoid taking good fortune for granted by appreciating every day as much as possible.
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Not kicking said bucket.
Seriously. Miss me with that bucket, dude.
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Not kicking said bucket.
G,

I'm cool with passing. Perhaps my only regrets are being a smoker for 17 years and maybe regret not being a bit more vigilant with using sunscreen.

Not afraid of dying, but I'm hoping I'm prepared financially to live the 4 decades ahead that seems to be in my genes.

Quality of life is an issue for me. I think I have my health somewhat covered.

Interesting to note that if I won a lottery that pretty much not much would change materially. Probably would have to try and do some good in the world to help others.

When I was younger I was kinda crazy and did lots of self destructive things. Never thought I'd live this long. Becoming old has been a surprise. At every fork in the road that was difficult or dangerous I always embraced risk. Now it seems all that youthful anger is played out.

Little regret and lots of epic adventures.

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I don't have a bucket list, I have a f*ckit list. Instead of questing after this or that, I am pretty much OK w/ everything. Like to stay healthy, eat right, stay active, see a good film now and then or go hear live music, and live where there's good weather and plenty of sun.

Years ago I saw a bumper sticker on a car that said "Life is so much better now that I gave up hope". It's not a depressing statement at all as some people see it, it's about not setting yourself up for failure by always being dissatisfied when your hopes don't come true. It was an old beat up car too and the driver was smiling. Things like that get your attention.

No expectations, no disappointments. Sure, I have desires for one thing or another. You have to be practical though, and realize that whatever you get, the satisfaction will be fleeting. If I want something and it's important enough, I sit down and look at my options to get it. If it isn't attainable, or isn't worth what it would take to get it, let it go and move on.

Health is paramount, and I mean mental, emotional and spiritual (or lack thereof is that is your thing). I have lived long enough and seen enough of my friends die or get seriously ill or get in accidents to understand that nothing is promised to us, especially tomorrow. Health can go away suddenly w/ a heart attack or seizure, a cancer, an accident in a car, whatever. I like Janis Joplin's line in her song that went "Better get it while you can, because it might not be there when you wake up in the morning". She was young but she was wise. Now is where everything happens, not in some indeterminate point in an unknowable future.
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I'd like to visit as many places as I can before I kick it, drive something utterly innapropiate around the Nurburg ring, own a Leica Camera and a Tag Huer watch, own a Ferrari and a '59 Cadillac (nearly did Ferrari last time but went M3 and still have trouble getting people to work on it and getting it to work) and to find a nice place to settle and grow old.

I've managed so far to see Iron Maiden and a performance car before I was 30 with still a few years to spare, never got the Sceptre that got me into cars age 4 back on the road though, that was the original plan for the ring just the watch the terror on peoples faces in their track focused machines as this rickety old brit thunders through barely able to stop with its backside skipping about thanks to being a live axle on leaf springs.
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Let's see....

I've built my darkroom (see my posts on Large Format Photography Forum-"Let's see your darkroom" Starts page 76)

Buy a black 2015 Corvette.

Fly someplace in a private jet at least once.

Move to Las Vegas.

Get the surgery to correct my crappy eyesight!!

Attend one of the monthly meet-ups of the NYC bunch.

Learn to operate a bulldozer.

Get my hands on a BIG metal working lathe and build stuff. A milling machine would be nice also.

Learn how to arc weld.

Meet Ralph Gibson. (Since he's gonna be 80 in January, I might need to hurry!)

Hit the lottery and make damned sure all the ex-girlfriends who dumped me find out-esp. the one who dumped me Christmas Eve!
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Let's see....

Attend one of the monthly meet-ups of the NYC bunch.

Meet Ralph Gibson. (Since he's gonna be 80 in January, I might need to hurry!)
These two are not so hard to do.

When you can make it to NYC just give advanced notice and we will book a Sunday that is convenient for you. We do this for other travelers and have guests all the time.

Better yet PM me in advance and I'll personally take you on a "Death March" to go shoot a section of NYC.

I have a friend who took a Ralph Gibson workshop over a weekend. Pretty much changed his life. I actually proofed shots edited from this shoot. Wonderful work.

In the end my friend had a deadline and had Cone Studios print the same files into full sized prints 24x36. My work prints were only 12x18 on 17x22 sheet.

Pretty much it does not get much better than this. The workshop was not inexpensive and so was the printing, but pretty much the experience and the achievement is priceless.

I believe the workshop was sponsored by Leica.

BTW Ralph may be old but my friend described him as like being "on-fire."

I feel honored that my friend gifted me one of those prints. The workshop involved shooting female nudes. My friend got a discount at Piezography for the printing because all the files were turnkey. Was also a highpoint for me getting flattering remarks for my work prints via my friend from Jon Cone, a man who has printed for Richard Avedon.

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No death march, Cal. My right hip that popped in and out of it's socket in April of 1975 has started bothering me.
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Thanks for everyone's input...

For me, having spent more than a decade as a 24/7 sole caregiver, and unemployed since 2008, my perspective on life is profoundly different than that of many people. Few even know what is involved in being a spousal caregiver.

Some in my family and most people we encounter, think I just sit on my backside, clean and cook all day with the occasional errand to shop for groceries. That is not caregiving, because caregiving is total giving... It is sad that disabled and older people are marginalized in our society but it is very true. The hundreds, probably thousands now, of folks I have met and spent some time with them if only to help in some small way, have changed my understanding of life in a way that one has to live it to understand it.

I have not met one person who expected the stroke, or trauma, or disease they suffer from, indeed, they too thought they would live long, happy lives. Few are prepared when they wake up to the realization that they have suffered a stroke (every 40 seconds IIRC, someone has a stroke in this country). Our son suffered a dissection stroke at age 39, due to an undetected small injury. Our last pro bono client (a medical scientist) suffered a broken neck while walking too fast with his family going to dinner on New Year's Eve. Others we met and worked with had similar stories.

No, we are not all the same, but we are headed to a time when we all shall die and most will suffer some degree of disabling health, if not catastrophic suffering.

My expectation on life is non-existent, simply taking each hour, one day at a time, and how I/we live those hours and days are all important. Isolation, marginalization, depression, anxiety, extreme daily physical therapies, thousands of therapies and years of stress are never balanced with the quality of life we had planned/hoped for... in fact, we live in a world of deficits.

So we now reside in the community of enlightenment that life is fragile and the future is uncertain. We now strive for opportunities to help others living through devastating medical situations. Our year and a half pro bono project at the rehab hospital was a profound experience for us. We received more from those folks than we were able to give despite the thousands of manhours and huge financial expense we committed to that effort.

As we approach the fourth anniversary of our last client's devastating injury in Myrtle Beach, SC that changed his life instantly, I look back at the photograpghic essay we prepared for him last year and are reminded of many things he has taught us. A quadriplegic mentor, to whom we are eternally indebted.

His dream of standing, and hugging his wife and children came true because of his hard work. Every action has consequences and sometimes others are inspired by one's individual actions. We are inspired by so many like him.

It is now our turn to inspire others in our actions.

Photography is all I have left to give. So it is my quest to continue to learn how to use what abilities I possess in some way to give back, while taking care of business in our lives.

I sincerely hope I can do that.
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1. Earn enough to keep the current roof over our heads.
2. Adopt another dog.

I think that’s it, apart from just staying healthy and mobile, happy and positive.

If anything, next year I’d like to own less, consume less and instead spend more time being creative and reading books.
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1. Earn enough to keep the current roof over our heads.
2. Adopt another dog.

I think thatís it, apart from just staying healthy and mobile, happy and positive.

If anything, next year Iíd like to own less, consume less and instead spend more time being creative and reading books.
All worthwhile endeavors!

I like the dog idea a lot!
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Cal, it's the "making it" up to NYC that's the problem. As to the "Death March"...Cal, I'd bet $$$ that you are in better shape than 95% of the guys in our age group. My "Death March" in years past was lugging my 35 pound camera backpack around the zoo with my 20 pound Majestic tripod over my shoulder. Trust me, that's a workout!
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Iíve been sailing through life at full speed on a rudderless ship and have somehow managed to avoid all significant hazards to navigation. I never made any career decisions based on personal wealth or power. Iíve been to war, Iíve been all over the pacific ocean, Iíve gone skinny dipping on the black sand beaches of Pagan Island, Iíve walked on the bottom of the Persian Gulf (with diving gear of course), drank cold beer, chased hot women, and I met a lot of wonderful people along the way. Iím married to a wonderful woman, I live in a country that I love, Iím 63 years old, Iím retired, Iím financially stable, Iím not greedy or wasteful, heck, I donít even own a car, nor do I want one. However, I am able to get out several days a week to walk around with a camera taking pictures.

I donít have a bucket list, my life is full my bucket is empty. I live a life of peace and tranquility (knock on wood). I get up in the morning and smile, try not to disappoint my wife with some stupid immature comment or action, try to be helpful and useful whenever I can and hopefully take some interesting pictures along the way.

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This was a difficult question Dave...it took me a few days (I had to look for what a bucket list is!) to prepare one answer!

First I have to say that with my age I am satisfied to be still healthy enough to be able to live a normal life, together with my wife. And the main hope is to go on in this way so long as possible, but...

Being able to pursue my passion, photography and drawings, visiting exhibitions and concerts, some journeys with the support of my wife is already very very much...because of the age I had to give up something else, like sailing but this is part of life...always trading something for something else !

Now the desires, the almost impossible ones...

A long road trip in an unknown (to me) place like Alaska...

Renting a small apartment in a foreign city (New York, Tokyo, Berlin...) and spend a few month there attending a photography/art school in order to develop a full project or at least try to...

Spending a winter (maybe just a part of it) in a place with snow...possibly a small village in a small cosy house reading books, listening to music and drawing...

Traveling around the world to meet some friends, included RFF friends...

I think this is already a long list but dreaming is not expensive

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This was a difficult question Dave...it took me a few days (I had to look for what a bucket list is!) to prepare one answer!

First I have to say that with my age I am satisfied to be still healthy enough to be able to live a normal life, together with my wife. And the main hope is to go on in this way so long as possible, but...

Being able to pursue my passion, photography and drawings, visiting exhibitions and concerts, some journeys with the support of my wife is already very very much...because of the age I had to give up something else, like sailing but this is part of life...always trading something for something else !

Now the desires, the almost impossible ones...

A long road trip in an unknown (to me) place like Alaska...

Renting a small apartment in a foreign city (New York, Tokyo, Berlin...) and spend a few month there attending a photography/art school in order to develop a full project or at least try to...

Spending a winter (maybe just a part of it) in a place with snow...possibly a small village in a small cosy house reading books, listening to music and drawing...

Traveling around the world to meet some friends, included RFF friends...

I think this is already a long list but dreaming is not expensive

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Robert,

These are nice dreams! I hope some or all of them become a reality for you.

When one stops dreaming, what's the point? Right? The last two years working toward giving something of value to wonderful people who just happened to have a traumatic event in their lives would have never happened without dreaming.

Our very first client was the most exciting to work with as she had a dream. We worked with her for months to help her dream come true and it was the most rewarding experience we could have ever imagined.

So, yeah, dream on!!! Absolutely!!!
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I had only one thing on my bucket list:

- Not to have a bucket list.

Passed that point a couple of years ago. Now I just enjoy whatever happens and direct my energy to expanding the whatever that happens in good ways. It's all "gravy on top."

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Develop the ~200 exposed rolls of film I have which date back to 2005.
Make a family reunion home movie on 16mm film.
Shoot more.
Travel and shoot more.
Revise my book about Iraq and reprint it. Or, make a new book by the "new" me.

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Marry Bethanne.
Fully restore my car.
Write a memoir.
Travel.
Make amends.
Visit the graves of relatives, and a friend.
Visit living friends.
Read more. More for myself.
Make more art.
Get more comfortable expressing myself.
Ride a bicycle across the USA from ocean to ocean. Then do it from Mexico to Canada.
Overcome anxiety.
Build a custom bike frame for me to ride.
Live abroad.
Visit Vietnam.
Visit Fallujah, Iraq, if it is ever peaceful in my life.
Help others in their mental health struggles.

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I'm with Mike and Robert... I've mostly been rudderless and drifting with the current, which has taken me in useful directions. And I had to look up "bucket list" as I had the wrong meaning, relating to gambling. I'm not into gambling at all... but I do take my chances on the stock market!

So now at a post-retirement age I look forward to maintaining health, and to travel as long as my wife and I feel able and interested. We've achieved much of what would have been on a reasoned bucket list of decades past, so feel fortunate. Carry on!
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First, watch this video https://petapixel.com/2018/12/28/the...s-dream-photo/

My sentiment is exactly as his was at the end. Forever onward.

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Time for a little humor on New Year's Day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y706ensPTUQ

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Cal, it's the "making it" up to NYC that's the problem. As to the "Death March"...Cal, I'd bet $$$ that you are in better shape than 95% of the guys in our age group. My "Death March" in years past was lugging my 35 pound camera backpack around the zoo with my 20 pound Majestic tripod over my shoulder. Trust me, that's a workout!
MFM,

Both my mom and dad were Diabetics so early on I knew I had to remain lean, eat right and exercise. I am a skinny bitch who was able to run the NYC Marathon at the age of 49 "off the couch" in under 5 hours. Pretty much a friend, an elite runner, had overtrained and gave me his bib to run in his place.

I do not look my almost 61 years of age. I expect to be very active for a few more decades. I already lost the weight gained from Holiday binge eating.

I started going down to our Community Room that is next to the gym in our building. It seldom gets used so I began practicing guitar. I have had an interrupted life, but now things are stable. "Maggie" can't stand the repetition required that I call "Wood-shedding." Things are starting to happen because now I am making the time to practice every day.

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