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Valentine014
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1. Go skydiving.
2. Purchase a rare (old) book.
3. Take a train ride in a sleeper car.
4. Visit a European castle.
5. Buy a dollhouse and furnish one piece at a time.
6. Buy the house I grew up in (California).
7. Have twins.
8. Be a contestant on "The Price is Right" and play Plinko
9. Find a job that I will never want to leave again.
10. Learn how to play my guitar and sing along too

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My list:

1. Visit the Hagia Sophia
2. Get married at Mont St. Michel
3. Get my book published.
4. Go skydiving and bungee jumping.
5. Be a contestent on a game show (Plinko is preferred).
6. Be a Red Wings season ticket holder.
7. Visit all 50 state capitals.
8. Learn how to play my guitar and sing with it
9. Visit the old family home in Avignon
10. Get LASIK eye surgery, preferably before I do all these things.

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1) Learn to weld. Then seam weld my car.
2) Get my Masters Degree.
3) Travel (New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan, UK, Italy).
4) Finish the project car and race it on a track.
5) Find someone that will pay me to play all day (your #9)
6-10) I'll have to get back to you on these. I only had 5, or at least 5 I could remember.

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1) Get sufficient sleep for a whole year, though just a week would be nice
2) Have a enough money that I don't have to work and can devote my time/energy/thoughts to other things
3) Travel all over the world
4) Start industries and create jobs and make education available in poor nations
5) Learn Spanish and Portuguese

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1) successfully raise my kids
2) write and record a CD with my girlfriend (who wrote this)
3) open a kung fu studio
4) go back to yellowstone
5) visit Scotland and Ireland
6) visit Mediterranian Europe
7) Visit Guandong Province, China
8) get a custom made Ox Tail Sword from Zheng Wu
9) *not fit for a family forum*
10) get a Pitts Special

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katharina
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1) have grandchildren
2) get a Ph.D.
3) read and study all of the Bible, BoM, D&C, and Pearl of Great Price
4) publish a scholarly paper about Latin
5) publish a scholarly paper in Latin
6) be fluent in Greek
7) march in a parade
8) hold public office
9) spend a summer roughing away from civilization
10) paint a great picture I am proud of

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Farmgirl
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Oh! We had a thread like this a long time ago - I should go back and see what my ten things were then, and how they compare to how I feel now.
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(Jim-Me, I loved that song. Want more. Both of you hurry up with your number two!)
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Jim-Me
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That's all her, Mack (though she got a friend to sing lead). I didn't have anything to do with that one, though I'm sure you can see why I am anxious to write with her...
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Euripides
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1. Become a great architect
2. Plant a tree
3. Write a book (preferably more than one)
4. Design a home for myself
5. Bring my Japanese up to speed with my English
6. Learn French and German (for studies in history)
7. Make love in an open meadow
8. Found a small design firm
9. Start an Objectivist group at my university campus
10. Start a healthy, intelligent, active online community

Katharina, I can attest to your #7 being slightly over-rated. [Wink]

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katharina
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But I've never done it! I've done so many fun things, but not that one.

I have to admit I am mentally singing "Twist and Shout" in my fantasy.

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The Pixiest
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1> Skydive (CHECK!)
2> Go to Hawaii
3> Go to Australia
4> Go to Europe (CHECK!)
5> Scuba dive
6> Vegas (Checkcheckcheckcheckcheck!)
7> See a broadway play on broadway (Check!)
8> Find someone who loves me back (Check!)
9> Write a story that people enjoy
10> Save enough money that when I retire I will be young enough to enjoy not working.

That's 10.. but I got more...

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That would certainly make for a better parade than The Flower of Scotland.
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Farmgirl
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Not in any particular order..

1. Ride in a hot air balloon
2. Learn to be a pilot
3. Visit New York City
4. Run a marathon
5. Totally remodel my house
6. Plant an orchard
7. Visit Europe
8. See my kids get happily married
9. Help someone else get something they canít afford on their own
10. Make love (yeah, at least one more time before I die)

(I had something that was a spiritual goal, but decided to leave it out/change it for this forum, because I didn't want to prompt a spiritual debate)

FG

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Jim-Me, that's a cool song.
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FG: Visit NYC now!
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Why? Phanto? (I hear it kinda smells lately..) [Smile]
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(Love the song.)

In no particular order:

1. Publish a novel (preferably more than one [Smile] )
2. Learn to ride horses.
3. Become fluent in Mandarin, both written and spoken.
4. Visit China.
5. Have a self-sustaining organic small farm and dairy.
6. Design and build my dream house, and by build I mean actually doing much of the work myself.
7. Spend a year or two volunteering at Holden Village.
8. Learn all there is to know about leatherworking.
9. Open a bakery in a small town.
10. Learn carpentry.

--Mel

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mr_porteiro_head
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OK, I'm taking this in another direction. I went through everybody's lists. Here are the things other people want to do which I have already done:

10. Learn how to play my guitar and sing along too
2) Get my Masters Degree.
4) go back to yellowstone
7) march in a parade
5) Learn Portuguese
7. **** **** ** ** **** ******
3. Visit New York City
9. Help someone else get something they canít afford on their own
2. Plant a tree
4> Go to Europe
3) Travel (Japan)
6> Vegas
8> Find someone who loves me back


While a lot of the items in the lists are things that I'd like to do, most of them aren't things I'd sacrifice much to do.

Here are the things that I would sacrifice to do:

1) Learn to weld.
1) have grandchildren
3) read and study all of the Bible, BoM, D&C, and Pearl of Great Price
2) Have a enough money that I don't have to work and can devote my time/energy/thoughts to other things
10> Save enough money that when I retire I will be young enough to enjoy not working. (these last two are essentially the same thing)
8. See my kids get happily married
5) Learn Spanish
1) successfully raise my kids
2) record a CD with my wife
10. Learn carpentry.

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quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:

7. **** **** ** ** **** ******

Hey, me too!
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Farmgirl
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(had to do some reading to figure out your #7, but got it!) [Wink] (and I've already done that, so didn't need it on my list)

Why do you want to learn Spanish? I know you're fluent in Portugese, aren't they very similar?

I had a trip to Alaska on my last list, but we are DOING that this year! [Smile]

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#7? I don't know what y'all are talking about. [Blushing]

Anyway..., yes, Spanish and Portugese are very similar. I can read Spanish just fine, and I can understand it when spoken by a gringo. I cannot, however, follow a conversation between two native speakers.

Why do I want to do that? I want to be able to communicate with that rapidly growing segment of our population.

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In Porter's wake...

quote:
4. Go skydiving and bungee jumping.
7) march in a parade
2. Plant a tree
7> See a broadway play on broadway
3. Visit New York City
4. Run a marathon
2. Learn to ride horses.


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So, Rakeesh, are those things you've done or things you want to do?
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1) Finish my book "Immorte De Arthur"
2) Finish my book "Darjon" and the series that follow it.
3) Finish my book "Fanticide"
4) Finish my book "Modern Troy"
5) Finish my book "The Magic Book"
6) Finish my book of short stories.
7) Finish my book "The House Between"
8) Finish my book series "The Empiracle Ambassador"
9) Publish all of the above so I can become famous and respected and rich.
10) Stop wasting my time on Hatrack and do some actual writing.

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quote:
Originally posted by ElJay:
quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:

7. **** **** ** ** **** ******

Hey, me too!
[Wave]

[Blushing]

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1 Have a drink on Bourbon Street- DONE!
2 Successfully raise my kids
3 Become fluent in Latin
4 Publish a Star Trek story
5 Be really hawt once again

be back to you on the rest

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quote:
Originally posted by Farmgirl:
Oh! We had a thread like this a long time ago - I should go back and see what my ten things were then, and how they compare to how I feel now.

FG -- yeah, I remember that, I went looking for it and couldn't find it, so it really WAS a long time ago...

Have to go dig out my list, but don't think I've done anything on it lately.

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1. Write novels, several of them
2. Find my life's partner
3. CENSORED
4. Raise kids, quite a few of them
5. Go to Japan.
6. See Dir en grey in Japan.
7. Travel to other parts of the world.
8. Get fluent in several languages.
9. Learn to play guitar and other instruments.
10. Other stuff.

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1. Find that special someone.
2. Earn my bachelor's degree.
3. Peyote.
4. Write and publish several books.
5. Earn a master's in library science.
6. CENSORED. (It involves a symbolic revenge fantasy that would get me banned or at least warned were I to post it here.)
7. 4-methylaminorex.
8. Officiate at the marriage of my friend *** when he finds that special man.
9. Earn my Doctorate of Philosophy.
10. Live to see true freedom (legal homosexual marriages, legal polygamous marriages, no drug laws, no antitrust laws, no obscenity laws, etc.) in this or any other country.

Something tells me #10 will remain unachieved.

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Things I've already done (although I certainly don't mind repeating them):

4. Visit a European castle.
2. Plant a tree (and it's still alive, too!)
4> Go to Europe
6> Vegas
7> See a broadway play on broadway
3. Visit New York City
9. Help someone else get something they canít afford on their own
2. Learn to ride horses.

My to-do list (leaving out the wild, unrealistic fantasies that are likely unattainable):

1) Travel to every country on the globe (skipping, or at least delaying, a few that might get me killed)
2) Read every book that I own, including all I might acquire in the meantime and those in foreign languages
3) Become fluent in French, Visayan/Cebuano, and at least one other language
4) Own a horse farm (or at least a show-quality horse) and be a competitive rider
5) Serve in the Peace Corps
6) Live in and own a solar-powered house (or some combo of green energies) and own a non-gas-fueled car
7) Learn to rock-climb, scuba-dive, and sail
8) Have a career I enjoy that will have a positive impact and will pay me a lot
9) Earn/save enough money to retire while still young enough to enjoy it
10) Find my life partner, who will think my list sounds like fun and have his own cool list for me to help with as well
10.1) LASIK eye surgery would be fantastic

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Here is my list of things others want to do, of which I have done.

1) LASIK eye surgery (It was worth every dollar and costs about the same as 7 years worth of contact lenses) DO IT!
2)Learn how to play guitar and sing along too.
3)Travel (New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan, UK, Italy). I have not been to New Zealand, but I've been to all those other places. If you are going to travel you gotta just start doing it because its a long project, and worth every second.
4) Visit Guandong Province, China. Seeing as how I grew up in Hong Kong I've beaten this one to death, but its a worthwhile goal [Big Grin]
5)spend a summer roughing away from civilization. Did it the summer before my mission, it was insane but it was so much fun, wouldn't trade it for anything.
6)Plant a tree. There is something magical about planting a new tree in the earth and coming back to it to see it growing up.
7) Go to Hawaii/Go to Australia. Both places are worth it to visit. Especially Australia, its a wonderful place.
8) Scuba dive. DO THIS, AND DO IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! I am not kidding, the best diving spots in the world are being slowly destroyed and already so much of what makes scuba diving magical is disappearing. It could probably be helped but I just don't think it will. Get out to South East Asia and start scuba diving while you can still experience the wonder of it all. I really cannot emphasize this enough.
9) Visit New York City. What a city! I had a blast visiting!
10) Visit China. Everybody should visit it, the place is changing so fast, its going to become hard to find the China I grew up loving if you don't hurry!
11) Become fluent in Mandarin, both written and spoken. I am SO close to completing this one, written Chinese just refuses to get in my head [Frown]
12)Find my life's partner. Found mine, but I won't lie thought its so wonderful to be married you are going to have to sojourn through hell sometimes to make your marriage the happy one you want it to be.

And now my list of things I wish to do before I die.

1) Visit every continent. I have just South America and Antarctica left, but I'd settle for visiting every inhabited continent so South America remains.
2) Publish a book that at least one other person finds worth reading.
3) Help my wife to publish a CD that contains beautiful music worth listening to even if we don't make a dollar off it.
4) Raise my children in such a manner that they are sad to leave, but fully prepared to do so one day.
5) Adopt a beautiful Chinese girl from mainland China.
6) Go Skydiving and Bungee Jumping.
7) Become as knowledgeable as I can about all The Standard Works of the church as listed in other peoples lists.
8) Teach a high school or college level American History and Chinese class. For at least 2 semesters respectively.
9) Obtain financial success quickly and efficiently so that I can young enough to retire and play the rest of my days.
10) Be honest in my dealings with my fellow man, I really feel the world could use alot more honesty.
11) Die having enriched the lives of many people. Life is a struggle, if I can make it more endurable for just a few then I can die happy.

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BB: I had RK (lasik, but with knives) in my early 20s. It's amazingly wonderful! My night vision isn't great but I can't imagine going through the past almost-20 years wearing glasses!

I've noticed a lot of people (especially LDS) are adopting little girls from china these days. Is this because of the One Child thing? Is there some meme in the mormon community that it's the thing to do now? I think it's an abosultely wonderful thing to do, myself.

Pix

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I want to adopt a girl from China one day too.
What happens is that a lot of girls in China get abandoned (or worse, also in India too) and taken to orphanages, so they reall need homes. China has made their rules stricter, so it will be years before I can do it, plus I am not 30 or mature and I don't have money yet.

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I dunno if its the Mormon thing to do, all I know is I was working in Taiwan as a missionary and while reflecting on all the time I've spent in China it occured to me that I wanted to do it. My own grandparents adopted a girl from Taiwan and though she has been a hell raiser she is a wonderful person and is trying to make something of herself.

So many girls are treated like dirt by their families, and while that is not always the case I want to help if I can. I have a Hong Kong ID card and that allows me to declare myself a resident of Hong Kong. That should make adopting one MUCH easier. I can speak Chinese and so I can deal with the adoption agencies directly without a middle man/woman.

I might end up living in China and raising a Chinese girl at the same time, how is that for alittle trippy?

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In no particular order:
--learn to ride a horse
--learn to fire a gun
--learn to play an instrument
--learn to drive a motorcycle
--learn to drive a Mack truck
--have silver hair
--live in alaska
--live in a foreign country for at least 6 months
--visit NYC
--have silver hair

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A MACK truck? Why a Mack truck? Surely a Kenworth or a Peterbilt would much better.... [Wink]
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quote:
I've noticed a lot of people (especially LDS) are adopting little girls from china these days. Is this because of the One Child thing? Is there some meme in the mormon community that it's the thing to do now?
I wouldn't call it an LDS thing, besides the fact that family and children tend to be really important to us.

My landlord, back when we lived in an apartment, had adopted 4 children from Haiti and one from India.

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quote:
Originally posted by BlackBlade:
11) Become fluent in Mandarin, both written and spoken. I am SO close to completing this one, written Chinese just refuses to get in my head [Frown]

I have the opposite problem. It's not that hard for me to memorize the characters, but I don't have anyone to practice speaking with. I took one semester in college, which gave me the basics of pronunciation, but that's it. Pimsleur can only get you so far [Frown]

--Mel

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I've been making a Things To Do Before I Die list since I was in grade school.

My current 10 favorites, in no particular order:

-work on a movie set
-get a pilot's license
-have something named after me
-set up a scholarship fund at my school
-become a "master" cake decorator
-successfully insert contact lenses
-not do something that I usually do for a year
-visit the Toronto Water Treatment Facility
-get my DNA sequenced
-get more than 500,000 Google results when searching my name, hopefully most of them about me and not the magnificent stage animal

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Hatrackers are so naughty.
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quote:
Originally posted by mr_porteiro_head:
quote:
I've noticed a lot of people (especially LDS) are adopting little girls from china these days. Is this because of the One Child thing? Is there some meme in the mormon community that it's the thing to do now?
I wouldn't call it an LDS thing, besides the fact that family and children tend to be really important to us.

My landlord, back when we lived in an apartment, had adopted 4 children from Haiti and one from India.

I wish I could do that now...
Not until I'm 30...

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Blackblade -

How bad were your eyes before you got LASIK done? I've read that it works best for people whose eyes aren't that bad to begin with, and my eyesight is quite poor.

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Res Gestae (things having been done)
1.Visit a European castle.
2. Visit New York City
3.Go to Europe
4. See a broadway play on broadway
5. Help someone else get something they canít afford on their own
6. Become fluent in Latin (not quite fluent, but fair reading knowledge.)
7. visit Scotland and Ireland
8. visit Mediterranian Europe
9. Purchase a rare (old) book. (They have all been gifts, but I'll include it to look less pathetic.)

Things needing to be done.

1. learn Italian, Greek (Ancient and Modern) and Turkish
2. Get my doctorate
3. Finally get published: history
4. Get married
5. Join a third-order, maybe?
6. Retreat to monasteries (Buddhist, Grk. Orthodox, Anglican and/or RC)
7. Finally get published: fiction
8. Finally get published: philosophy
9. Write and get published: memoirs
10. Finally get published some place decent: poetry.

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1. Become a published author
2. Go to a REAL college, where I can become completely involved in college life (I'm very close)
3. Become a good cook
4. Learn to fly a plane
5. travel across the US and Canada
6. Go to Australia
7. Untie my career from a corporation
8. Sing in public
9. Own a bowling alley
10.Own a bookstore

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Things to do (in no particular order)
1. Go back to the UK
2. Visit Greece (particularly Athens/Parthenon)
3. Visit Italy
4. Visit Mayan/Incan ruins (ideally climb one of the temples)
5. Publish at least one novel that someone finds worthwhile
6. Get Lasik (or similar procedure done)
7. Learn to SCUBA
8. Own my own home
9. Grow a fruit tree
10. Grow a climbing tree in my yard

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Things to do in no particular order:

1. Visit Lhasa, Tibet -- the Potala Palace and the Norbulingka
2. Work in Africa with Doctors Without Borders
3. See the Sistine Chapel
4. Skydive
5. Buy a grand piano
6. Backpack through New Zealand
7. Get married
8. See Mt. Everest and K2
9. Build a house
10. Adopt a baby from Southeast Asia

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quote:

7. Make love in an open meadow

Ya know, I bet country people don't have on THEIR top 10 lists of things to do, "Make love in a stinky alley" or "make love on an office desk"... [Wink]
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Make sure if you DO do the desk thing you sweep everything off the desk all dramatic like, like they do in the movies.

Otherwise you're in for some interesting surprises.

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quote:
Originally posted by plaid:
quote:

7. Make love in an open meadow

Ya know, I bet country people don't have on THEIR top 10 lists of things to do, "Make love in a stinky alley" or "make love on an office desk"... [Wink]
Yes, but I'm rather fond of that particular fantasy of mine, so I'd rather you didn't tell me about ants and grass ticks etc. It will be an alpine meadow in the summer, dotted liberally with flowers of assorted colours and the occasional leafy tree. There will be a river, and no humans or farm animals for miles around. </daydream>
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