The "Chuck-It List"

Old Aug 29th, 2023, 04:45 PM
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My husband's grandfather made a scale model of the Mayflower. He used the original plans which were obtained by his architect son. He built it from the ribs up and did all the rigging and block and tackles by hand. The only thing not hand made is the ship's bell. I wish I had a photo to post. He was a boat builder and wood carver. Did some amazing work.
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Old Aug 29th, 2023, 06:10 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
I've read mixed things about Bluejacket kits. It's pretty challenging in any case. Good luck. Check out Model Ship World if you haven't already, although it can be intimidating seeing what the masters are up to.

Well, another item added to the Chuck-It list today! For over a decade my friend has had a plan for a backpacking trip to climb a peak in the Medicine Bow Mountains. We've scouted it before but did a reconnaissance hike today. We decided the window has closed, it won't happen in this life. I'm not disappointed.
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Old Aug 30th, 2023, 07:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Nelson
I've read mixed things about Bluejacket kits. It's pretty challenging in any case. Good luck. Check out Model Ship World if you haven't already, although it can be intimidating seeing what the masters are up to.

Well, another item added to the Chuck-It list today! For over a decade my friend has had a plan for a backpacking trip to climb a peak in the Medicine Bow Mountains. We've scouted it before but did a reconnaissance hike today. We decided the window has closed, it won't happen in this life. I'm not disappointed.
go sit by Lake Marie and enjoy the view
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Old Aug 30th, 2023, 07:33 AM
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My dad made models of the Navy fighter planes he flew.
That WAS something the sons and grandsons wanted after he died.
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Old Aug 30th, 2023, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Dukey1
go sit by Lake Marie and enjoy the view
You've got that 100% correct Dukey. That is a beautiful spot.

In fact the best part of our day yesterday was sitting in a stream with our feet in the water and deciding we didn't need anything else. Chuck the rest of it.


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Old Aug 30th, 2023, 11:43 AM
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I see you found your clothes Nelson!!
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Old Aug 30th, 2023, 12:07 PM
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LOL!

That's actually my friend Bill, but yes I did.
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Old Aug 30th, 2023, 12:09 PM
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Oh. You look like him when youíre naked. 😂
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Old Aug 30th, 2023, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by hetismij2
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 ....
You are right, bucket lists can include accomplishments as well as experiences. To, me a travel bucket list is not simply about going to a place to check it off a list. It is about experiences.

Borrowing from your list of experiences:

It can include flying in a helicopter and then doing it from the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, walking a long distance on the Great Wall of China, trying the different Japanese styles of ramen in Japan.

Maybe the "worst sort" was my bucket list of Major League Baseball parks. On my way back to LA from Toronto I made a one-night stop in Minneapolis just to go to a Twins home game.
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Old Aug 30th, 2023, 01:07 PM
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I don't have a bucket list per se, but there are some things that I do want to do and places I haven't been to yet that I wish to travel to. I do think I will get to most of them. My chuck-it list is short: I'll never fly on the Concorde. I always wanted to do that but could not afford it when it was flying. Since it was taken out of service, I missed my chance. I will probably never sky dive. As much as I would love to, it may not be feasible. And I will probably never go into space, at least not unless the price comes down or my stock portfolio doubles, and if I can manage weightlessness without vomiting.
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Old Aug 31st, 2023, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by hetismij2
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i wish i could put gardening on the chuck it list.
hey!!!
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Old Aug 31st, 2023, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by gomiki
My husband's grandfather made a scale model of the Mayflower. He used the original plans which were obtained by his architect son. He built it from the ribs up and did all the rigging and block and tackles by hand. The only thing not hand made is the ship's bell. I wish I had a photo to post. He was a boat builder and wood carver. Did some amazing work.
That sounds beautiful. Please post a photo if one ever turns up!
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Old Aug 31st, 2023, 07:27 AM
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Gardening has always been one of my greatest sources of satisfaction, if for no other reason than I benefit both physically and spiritually from the process of working in, creating and revising outdoor environments. If and when the day comes that circumstances force me to chuck gardening, I'll be bereft.
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Drive cross country (US) in small RV, using back roads and stopping in small towns alone. Realized I can't run away from home at my age, I would miss my cats, and much of the drive would be through wheat fields. And the picturesque stop-overs I imagine might end up being creepy Walmart and Cracker Barrel parking lots at night. Plus cost to buy or rent and RV, gas and other expenses likely to be greater than flying to the places I want to see between East and West coast.
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Old Aug 31st, 2023, 11:14 AM
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Oh gail, got a good giggle out of this.

And the picturesque stop-overs I imagine might end up being creepy Walmart and Cracker Barrel parking lots at night.
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Old Sep 1st, 2023, 12:30 AM
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I don't know about a bucket list... sounds so imperative. But I always had loads of stuff I'd have liked to see. More like a wish list. There are a lot of places that seem a lot less likely now than they did 10 or 20 years ago.

I get the thing about flying long distances. Well more about the time than the distance. Our quickly approaching trip involves 8 hours flying the first leg, an 8 hour layover and then 14 hours on the 2nd leg. I find myself dreading it a lot more than I used to even with a "good" airline and a layover with plenty to do (Changi). I have a feeling this will be my last trip to Europe, or at least one of the last.
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I always had goals. I am very motivated. Goals are much fewer now. But I need them to keep me going.

not ready to chuck flying to Europe first class at least once, extended trips to Italy, living at least part time in Italy or Portugal (probably Italy , food is better). Staying at certain hotels (.tge savoy, the Carlton Cannes)

I guess Iíve chucked writing plays for church.

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Old Sep 1st, 2023, 11:40 PM
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Been thinking about this more today while I was doing some otherwise mindless grunt work. Was thinking about how I had so many places that interested me and whether that was a check-it-off-your-list thing. Possibly. Maybe depends on the cynicism of whoever might be judging me though too I don't think I ever picked a place based on the appeal of saying I'd done it though but I'm sure variety has been important to me. More, over the years I kept coming back to photos I'd seen. Maybe in Nat. Geographic. Or on a site I used to participate in called TrekEarth. And some shot would make me think "wow, I'd really like to experience that world someday". Something would strike me as being so unlike what I'd grown up with. Could be I just grew up in a really boring place but the idea of a floating market in a river or one filled with llamas and women wearing bowler hats or a city where there were no roads, only canals, really spoke to me.

The chuck it part comes down to that I'm not ever going to be a wealthy world traveller or a backpacker or live to a healthy and active 150 years old. Got a late start too. I'm never going to make it to half the places I once hoped to. Which means that any future travel, if there is any, going to come down to why I really want to go somewhere more than anywhere else. Also whether travel is viable. Virunga Nat'l Park in DRC is very high on my wish list but it's highly unlikely it'll become a reasonable destination while I'm still able to go there. Syria was really high on my list and now, of course, it's not.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2023, 01:12 AM
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Originally Posted by gail
Drive cross country (US) in small RV, using back roads and stopping in small towns alone. Realized I can't run away from home at my age, I would miss my cats, and much of the drive would be through wheat fields. And the picturesque stop-overs I imagine might end up being creepy Walmart and Cracker Barrel parking lots at night. Plus cost to buy or rent and RV, gas and other expenses likely to be greater than flying to the places I want to see between East and West coast.
gail, we were supposed to wander the country and do work camper jobs now and then but dh did a quick cross country drive with ds and I think the wheat fields did him in. However, ds has since done at least two long drives with a truck camper with two other families. WalMart parking lots were part of their budget but the went to nice campgrounds at their destination spots. At Walmarts they would pick a far spot and park in a U shape to provide privacy. A long time ago we camped for a summer while exploring the east coast as far north as Nova Scotia and south to NC. When we were done with that camper it was sold for more than we had paid. This makes owning campers affordable.
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