The "Chuck-It List"

Old Aug 29th, 2023, 12:36 AM
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on my 'chuck it list' - India (not sure I want to be confronted by the disparity in classes), South America.. would love to see some parts, but just too far to fly from Australia, Africa - not going to happen.
Long Haul flying in Economy. Melbourne is so far from everywhere and my claustrophobia goes crazy with in those packed cabins.. Long Haul is greater than 5 hours.. maybe 8. After that it has to be premium or business.

wasting my time on people I really do not want to catch up with. another High School reunion has been posted on facebook. did it once 5 years ago and will not do it again.
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 12:46 AM
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Bucket lists don't have to be about places you have to tick off, they are the worst sort really.
It can include flying in a hot air balloon, walking a long distance path, going on a TV quiz show, or trying every flavour of ice cream at your local parlour, learning to swim or surf or sail or ride a bike or try spelunking or rock climbing. Challenging yourself, but the chuck it list comes in when you accept you are too old, too scared or just aren't that desperate to do something on the list.

There are tons of places I would love to visit but even if I were happy to fly I know I wouldn't get to because of money. There a tons of things I wish I had tried but didn't because I am a scaredy cat. My done it list is short compared to most on Fodor's. My do it list is even shorter. My chuck it list is consequently long.
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 01:01 AM
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So following in Heti’s thoughts. I have no interest in going in a hot air balloon, or in abseiling. Both ideas give me the screaming hebejeebies.

In the travel vein. I won’t go to India. I know some parts of it are very beautiful but the only friend I know who has been there, witnessed a small dead boy being added to someone else’s funeral pyre which is apparently common if you are poor. And their friend had the worst Delhi belly EVER!!! And I’m a bit prone to that at the best of times.
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 01:24 AM
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I’ve been to all the inhabited continents bar South America, so if I had a bucket list that would be on it. As for India, it’s hard work even as a tourist, but a fascinating country nevertheless. Everyone in our group of 16 got Delhi belly during the trip except me, but I succumbed when our outbound flight at Delhi Airport was late and we were given a free meal during the delay. 🤮
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 03:57 AM
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I'm not clamoring to return to India but would under the right circumstances. Before we went it was one of my favorite setting to read about either in fiction or nonfiction. Not so much now.

I like the thought of "dreaming" to return places. I suppose those aren't in the usual definition of "bucket list" but do count as dream locations.

I'd love to go in a hot air balloon (I think). Much more torn on skydiving and lean strongly toward "Chuck it."

Most important to making these bucket lists is determining whether it's really something you want for yourself or if you are following someone else's list. Easier to "Chuck it" when you realize you are taking someone else's vacations!
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 04:21 AM
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restoring old vehicles is DH’s retirement hobby so we attend cruise nights. Most of the owners are retirement age. Corvettes were never on his bucket list. Sadly one guy comes by himself in a brand new Vette. He and his wife decided they better order the new Vette nefore they got any older. She died before it came in.
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 04:41 AM
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Originally Posted by jubilada
im not a bucket list person but people I know and love like having in mind a list of priorities and a goal. It’s got nothing to do with being a better person but just a way to structure things.
as a teen I didn,t think I would ever go on an airplane. As I began to figure things out my strategy became “maximizing opportunities”. Our first family Caribbean vacation took place the winter my husband said he needed to go someplace warm. I had saved an article from the Boston Globe about a place I dreamed of visiting. Showed dh the article and he agreed it sounded great. I'm not sure where we would have gone if I hadn't spent time daydreaming over the sunday travel section.

so I was slower than most at goal setting but oh well, at least it eventually happened.

Quite some time ago I boight a vehicle capable of towing with a small sailboat in mind. Never learned to sail. Never bought the boat so that was an early chuck it. But I'm glad ds seems to have learned the technique of maximizing opportunities.

I'm not sure I will get to Europe again but not quite ready to chuck the idea. We really need to renovate some garden beds. Btw being where I am right now was on my bucket list when I was a teen but I chucked the idea of owning a horse because dh is not a horse lover and I decided I really didn,t want to muck out a stable every day. Neighbors had polo ponies. He played polo. She raised the kids and shoveled horse manure.
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by hetismij2
Challenging yourself, but the chuck it list comes in when you accept you are too old, too scared or just aren't that desperate to do something on the list.
Totally agree and the key word is "accept". I've known people who didn't accept and they eventually wind up hurting themselves. (I'm winding down, hopefully far enough that it doesn't happen to me.)

Into the chuck-it list with that stuff, but there is a new try-this-now list. For example, in my case I'm trying model ship building. It didn't some out of nowhere, I've had an outsider interest for years, but now acting on it. My active friends were horrified when I mentioned I was taking up that hobby.

As far as buckets go, just hoping not to kick one too soon.
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 05:35 AM
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In my case it is called a change in priorities. Cannot nor will I speak for anyone else but seems pretty simple somehow.
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 05:41 AM
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I once met Chuck in a bar.
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 06:11 AM
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I once met Chuck in a bar.
So did I and if you had heard those things he said about you...
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by schlegal1

Most important to making these bucket lists is determining whether it's really something you want for yourself or if you are following someone else's list. Easier to "Chuck it" when you realize you are taking someone else's vacations!
I think that applies to everything in life.

Though I like to think of myself as somebody who's not easily swayed by advertising, the truth is that I find it very hard to resist. Which is why I try to avoid social media as much as possible.

Even more difficult to resist is the advice of people whose values I share....which is how I ended up traveling to a few places that disappointed me. As much in common as we might have with somebody, there's no guarantee that we will be equally enthralled by experiences. But I guess that's to be expected.
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 09:53 AM
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As for my international travel bucket list, I think there are only two places left on my bucket list. I've gone to all of the other places that were on my list starting many decades ago.

I've been out traveling solo, almost annually, since the age of seventeen and am now in my sixties. I've covered a lot of territory and almost all of the continents, some many times around. The only one I haven't been on is Antarctica which I have no desire to go to. As the saying goes, "I don't do cold." LOL! I have a friend who went decades ago, but had to sign up with a scientific excursion in order to go. She's a good 15- 20 years older than I am and went way back in the day. She said it was amazing.

There is one country that has been on my bucket list for decades, but that I didn't get to due to the war(s)). Lebanon. The war went on from 1975-1990 and then conflicts also started up again later. I had quite a few Lebanese friends back in the day and one's who had to leave Lebanon due to the conflict and immigrated here and ended up in the Los Angeles area, both Armenian Lebanese and non-Armenian Lebanese. I'm still in contact with some of them. Plus, I had Muslim coworker friends whose parents immigrated from Lebanon and I'm still friends with them. And an ex-boyfriend, from Qatar, back in the early 1980s, used to talk of Lebanon and how his extended family would go there regularly for great vacations.

One other place on my bucket list is Portugal. Although, I've been to Europe more times than I can remember, I never made it to Portugal which was mainly because I always based myself in DK for whole summers and it was so far to take trains to Portugal and flying, back in the day, cost a fortune. However, I did take trains as far down as southern Italy, but I was going there for a reason, to stay with a friend from here who was studying there, back in the mid 70s. It was a very long, slow train ride from DK to Naples.

I'm not going to say that I'll never get to either Portugal or Lebanon, but it might be a bit difficult to get to Lebanon. And now, there is the Covid situation thrown on top of everything else.

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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Guenmai

One other place on my bucket list is Portugal.
A friend (and my travel mentor) bought a home there in the 80s. She and her much younger husband would whisk off for long weekends/ short weeks a few times a year and then for a longer stay in summer. Flying out of Pensacola airport. That seemed so exotic to me. Their condo overlooked the ocean.

I wanted to go for years (and can't believe I've still not been) but my main goal was to buy pottery. Now I need more dishes like a need a hole in my head.

I'll get there one day, but my imagined shopping trip will have to remain imagined. I waited too long for that dream.
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 10:38 AM
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Chucking my chuck list
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Originally Posted by LucieV
I think that applies to everything in life.

Though I like to think of myself as somebody who's not easily swayed by advertising, the truth is that I find it very hard to resist. Which is why I try to avoid social media as much as possible.

Even more difficult to resist is the advice of people whose values I share....which is how I ended up traveling to a few places that disappointed me. As much in common as we might have with somebody, there's no guarantee that we will be equally enthralled by experiences. But I guess that's to be expected.
Wise words. Indeed, I had more than just vacation bucket lists in mind when I wrote my reply. It's very easy to go through life checking off the list of things you think you "should" do. Unexamined, you can end up feeling a bit empty if you checked it all off without thinking why you were.

Double "amen" to your last sentences---I've done the same. I have a friend who loves to plan out all his meals for a trip to hit known/important/trendy restaurants. I followed his lead a bit before I realized it doesn't contribute to my enjoyment of a trip.

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Starrs, now you can go to Portugal for cork items. I bought a lovely purse and even saw a cork bathing suit in a shop window. And the custard tarts are indescribably delicious. They also had embroidered batiste baby clothes like we had back in the dark ages. I really liked Portugal.

I found my hot air balloon ride pretty meh. Okay, here I am floating around up here in Cappadocia looking at rock houses and caves as far as the eye can see. Maybe it was just me.
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Nelson
For example, in my case I'm trying model ship building. It didn't some out of nowhere, I've had an outsider interest for years, but now acting on it. My active friends were horrified when I mentioned I was taking up that hobby.

As far as buckets go, just hoping not to kick one too soon.
This is something that's always interested me, too. I've bought a couple of easy Bluejacket kits, with indifferent results. Making matters worse, I have a friend who is an expert, has restored models in museums, etc. Right now he specializes in Gloucester fishing schooners in bottles. I have one in my living room. Something to strive after, I guess!
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Fra_Diavolo
This is something that's always interested me, too. I've bought a couple of easy Bluejacket kits, with indifferent results. Making matters worse, I have a friend who is an expert, has restored models in museums, etc. Right now he specializes in Gloucester fishing schooners in bottles. I have one in my living room. Something to strive after, I guess!
me too!
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by carolyn
Starrs, now you can go to Portugal for cork items. I bought a lovely purse and even saw a cork bathing suit in a shop window. And the custard tarts are indescribably delicious. They also had embroidered batiste baby clothes like we had back in the dark ages. I really liked Portugal.

I found my hot air balloon ride pretty meh.
Okay, you've successfully shifted me from pottery. It's back on my list.


Hot air balloon rides have never interested me. My first boss (the pharmacist I worked for in high school) had one and did weekend adventures. Maybe I didn't like his approach to them but it made a bad impression on me. He would always ask me to come be in the chaser van. I'd look at him like he was crazy. I can't imagine a worse way to spend my weekend as a teen than to follow him around like the Wizard of Oz.
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