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Unread 05-13-2017, 04:09 PM   #1
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I don't know whether or not peeing off of Everest is a good idea. It would freeze, wouldn't it? Either the urine or your dangle. Terrible reason to be airlifted off for medical - but it makes a great story after the fact, tough.

"Kick the bucket" is a term that's been around for much longer than that movie, and refers to kicking the support from underneath a hanging person. It's a pretty universal concept - Buddhism teaches that one of the few instabilities in life is suffering and death.

Actually, a lot of things can teach you that - I've just been learning about Buddhism recently, and visiting a monasteryis on my list. Feel free to add suggestions, or even your own lists.



- Get a shave in a barber shop
- Fire a gun
- Learn how to ride and maintain a motorcycle
- Improve French, learn ASL
- Travel to Ireland
- Adopt a puppy
- Get more tattoos
- Stay at a Buddhist monestary
- See Stonehenge
- Go whale watching
- Get my RN degree
- Get married
- Have kids
- Buy a house
- Have a respectable scotch collection
- Go on a wine tasting route
- Take a whiskey course
- Hangglide, skydive and bungee jump
- Travel to The City Lights bookstore in San Francisco
- Learn how to play a Carlos Cipa tune on the piano
- Improve violin skills
- Host a dinner party reminiscent of Hannibal
- Write a book
- Become debt free
- Wear a suit of armor, sword fight
- See a Shane Koyczan show
- See a ballet
- Learn parkour/gymnastics
- Win a fist fight
- Sponsor a child, a family through Wold Vision

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Unread 05-13-2017, 07:39 PM   #2
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Given the trouble Everest has with mounds of garbage and human waste left from the huge crowds of tourists that summit the peak every year, I'd suggest not peeing off Everest just to say you've done it. I don't want to be a kill-joy, it's just super-duper rude to the people whose water and land are polluted by people not cleaning up after themselves (or dying). I appreciate the reminder to check and see that the Everest situation in still a mess, though. I'd suggest getting your pissing into the void fun on a mountain with more vegetation and life on it to minimize the impact. There are plenty of places in Appalachia where pissing off a cliff is A-ok.

As far as the other stuff, you live in a city, right? Seeing a ballet should be well within reach, even if you have to wait until December for someone to put on The Nutcracker. There's probably a gun range somewhere, too, which takes care of firing a gun, but I don't know if Canada has enough FREEDOM for ranges to just rent a gun to four year-olds someone off the street. You gotta figure that out yourself.

I don't have any personal bucket list. Sorry.
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Unread 05-14-2017, 06:26 AM   #3
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The only real bucket list I had was to visit the sites of all 7 wonders of the ancient world. I've done 6, and the 7ths location isn't exactly known, but was somewhere in Iraq, so... yeah, that ones about as complete as it's going to get.
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Unread 05-16-2017, 04:23 PM   #4
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I'm ambivalent about bucket lists.

I do believe one should have goals to work towards, otherwise you'll get swept up by the mundanity of life. (Unless you're not very goal oriented- which, personally, I'm not.)

On the other hand, bucket lists seem to often be made up of items that you do for the sake of telling others you did them, rather than personal growth. That's a pretty cynical view, I admit. (And I'm not gonna pretend like I'm some enlightened personal growth guru or some shit, cause I'm definitely not.)

But it's worth digging into the reasons why you want to do something before doing it.

For example: marriage. It's totally understandable why someone wants to be married and share their life with a like-minded person. But people also tend to feel pressured to get married because that's what you're supposed to do, and so they go ahead and marry someone they shouldn't rather than wait to find someone more compatible. Getting married becomes more important than who you're marrying. (This is also why I think weddings are ridiculous. Women are supposed to dream about their wedding before they've even met their spouse, and then a single day gets an inordinate amount of focus and money that would be better utilized elsewhere.)

Same thing goes for kids. People often have them because they're supposed to or they lack the imagination to fill their lives with other things. Then they have kids and realize there's no going back- now their resources are tied up raising another human. (I am not saying this applies to all parents, mind. Nothing wrong with genuinely wanting to raise a happy family.)

Yeah, this is pretty obvious shit, but my friends and co-workers are at the age where they're feeling pressured to get married and have kids, and I've seen them not think these things through and make some poor decisions as a result.

Obviously, these have a much larger impact on one's life than most other items typically listed on bucket lists.

Personally, I want to travel, but I'm not going to travel anywhere where the residents are substantially poorer than me, because I don't want to be that asshole participating in an economy where the residents' income is dependent on pampering white people. Japan is definitely on my list of places to visit- I want to eat all the food there.

I'd like to see more concerts and shows as well, though some of the bands I wanted to see live have broken up already, or no longer tour.

And, recently, I went on a long, somewhat strenuous hike, which was pretty darn enjoyable, so I want to go on more of those too, because civilization is annoying and exhausting.

Oh, and I always thought an arctic expedition trip would be cool, but they're far too expensive and IDK they might be bad for the environment or something. I haven't done any real research on it because of the expense. The arctic is cool though and I wouldn't mind seeing it, so long as my presence doesn't contribute to its ecological destruction.

Edit: Adding some stuff here in case my little rant came off as judgmental. There's always people who are going to criticize what you do with your life, but it belongs to you so you should do what you want. I just think that it should be framed as doing what you genuinely desire, not doing things for the sake of pleasing society/family/friends/keeping up appearances. If those things happen to align, then that's fine. Some of the decisions that I'm happiest with in my life were met with criticism and judgment from others, so I'm glad I ignored them or I'd be worse off.

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Unread 05-31-2017, 02:29 PM   #5
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I don't have much in the way of bucket lists, but I'd like to write and publish a book. That's about it for life goals.
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