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Apr 30, 2006

A Modest List of Things We'd Like To Do

Saturnprojbw_1 Last week, K and I were talking about those little things we'd like to do:  not the kind that require a lot of money, time, investment, or risk.  Not the kind of stuff that's "important." Just things that take a little bit of effort to put the pieces together.

Most of the things on my "list" are buried in the back of my mind -- appearing only when something reminds me.  Here are some I've recently thought of:

  • See Saturn and its rings through a regular (non-electronically enhanced) telescope. DONE Feb 2008.
  • Ride in a helicopter.
  • Shoot and clean a deer.
  • Print a series of photographs (on notecards or postcards) and have them sold through stores.
  • Weld something.
  • Be a film extra.
  • Play accordion as a backup musician in a band (one or two performances).
  • Cook a lobster.

Naturally, I also have a budding wishlist of bigger things I'd like to experience.  Among them:

  • Compose a piece for string quartet (or other small ensemble) and have it performed for an audience.
  • Sky surf.
  • Patent something.
  • Design and build a house.
  • Throw a mattress in the back of the van and drive around the country for a few months. DONE! July to Nov 2008.

What about you?  Got anything?  Crossed anything off?


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I love lists like these, though they are slightly depressing as I know I'll never get around to most of the stuff. Here are some of mine:

- Live in a houseboat in Amsterdam
- Write something funny
- Visit Kashmir (a bit dangerous, that one)
- Parachute jump
- the mattress/van/drive one you have
- the lowliest and likeliest one - establish my own social life again

Posted by: Marianne | May 1, 2006 7:11:30 AM

Marianne --

I can help you with maybe 1.5 of them.

For the last: join me and some singleton friends for Korean dinner this Thursday, 7:30 at Chosun Ok near the corner of 55 and 54. Let me know if you (or anybody else reading this!) would like to come, so we can guess at table sizes.

For the third: My friend Myriam Casamir (not quite Kashmir, but close) who lives in Durham might be joining us. And even if she doesn't, we could go visit her sometimes. Not too dangerous.

Re: living on a houseboat in Amsterdam -- you mean like that assassin woman in the movie "Munich"? Ack!

By the way: you write something funny pretty much every time you blog. Are you aspiring to something on paper that gets sold for money?

Posted by: Phil | May 1, 2006 9:42:58 AM

Yay! I think I can come for a little while for appetizers (you know the old babysitting story).

Oh man. I didn't know houseboats were an assassin thing. And thank you for the blog compliment - right back at you.

Posted by: Marianne | May 1, 2006 6:30:28 PM

As for me?
• Create and maintain a kitchen garden
• Own a dog
• Have a food-oriented road trip
• Learn more about local edible plants, and local plants in general.
• Ditto other wildlife (been working on birds)

Posted by: Lastewie | May 2, 2006 10:37:04 AM

I wish I'd known back when I had a telescope that you wanted to see Saturn. Would a pair of binoculars do? If I get a telescope again, I'll let you know.

I don't have a wish list like yours, but lately there's been this theme running through my head: things I've made that are, well, maybe the kinds of things most people don't make. Most of them are related to food (cheese, bagels, crackers, vinegar, preserved lemons) or woodworking (coat rack from a tree trunk, lathe-turned bowls, real bookshelves). I've never cooked a lobster all by myself, but I've helped. :) BTW, go to Fishmonger's one day and buy one. I imagine they can tell you what to do if you ask them when they're not busy. And I can loan you a big pot if you need one.

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | May 4, 2006 8:28:57 AM

Hey Phil,

I do have a telescope. Somewhere . . . in the attic I guess. Next time Saturn's scheduled to be visible, let me know and we'll see what we can arrange. Oh, uh, it's visible, like, this week, around 10pm. I'll let you know if I find that telescope and we can have a Saturn-viewing party!

Posted by: minty | May 4, 2006 4:45:40 PM

Phil -- Ray (of Ray & Xta) also has a small telescope. Maybe if you ask nicely....

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | May 4, 2006 7:52:23 PM

if you're ever in new england, we have a lobster pot...come on over. you didn't say anything about eating, so we'll happily guide you through cooking while we wait to eat...

Posted by: sharon | May 13, 2006 4:50:44 PM

Two notes: Cleaning a deer is a pain in the ass. Even the most serious hunters often subcontract that job out... there's usually some old dude that lives in the woods who'll do it for a few bucks and/or a bottle of whiskey and/or twenty pounds of venison.

Working as a film extra: No need to go to LA for this. Hang out in Wilmington for a while. Plenty of opportunities to do this.

Posted by: Barry Campbell | May 14, 2006 5:27:29 AM

Thanks, Barry -- and hi!

And Sharon -- we'll get enough so that even the cook has a bite or two.

Posted by: Phil | May 15, 2006 12:04:22 AM

Wow. Ok, I've crossed off a few of these:

1) Jump out of plane (done)
2) Go to Venice (not yet)
3) Go to Japan (not yet)
4) Go hang-gliding (done)
5) Own a dog (doing!!! http://www.lintqueen.com/gallery/puppy)
6) Get my crafty bits out in real stores (did manage to launch my online store finally -- that was my big "to do" from last year)
7) Shoot a gun (did it last T'giving)
8) Do trapeze school for a day (very much want to do this)
9) Sing "professionally" (on stage with a band at least once)
10) Sell "art" to a non-friend-person (done)
11) Sell photographs to non-friend people.

I've got a whole "gooberish" list of odd things I've done that I'm kinda proud of (been to Iceland, sung with Al Stewart, etc. etc.). I keep it as a "note" in Outlook for cheering when I'm depressed. :-)

Posted by: Gina | May 16, 2006 4:14:24 PM

not completely a non sequitur -- bear w/me ;-) the almost-4-year-old in the house can be a picky eater, but we're currently seeing some success while he's learning the names of assorted animals. the "porcupine" meatballs went down no problem, and the dried cherries, aka ladybugs, were also a hit. (not to mention gummi worms.) so when we went to the grocery store yesterday to get ingredients for pigeon pizza and other critters, the deli counter lady kindly offered a piece of cheese for each kidlet. "do you want some cheese?" "i want lobster." (no one ever said creative and polite were on linked genes...)

Posted by: sharon | May 16, 2006 5:14:50 PM

Gina -- is the singing on the done or not done list?

Sharon -- I bore with you. I'll always bear with you. Maybe next time the kid will ask for lobster macaroni *and* cheese (a recipe that exists right there on the pages of epicurious.com)

Posted by: Phil | May 17, 2006 10:38:06 PM

Barry -- last night I dreamed that I missed a chance to be an extra in a documentary film about a professional football team that lost its big game in a Durham NC venue. It was a bummer.

Posted by: Phil | May 17, 2006 10:39:05 PM

I saw Saturn! I saw Saturn! Did it at a street fair in Mexico where there was an amateur astronomer with a big telescope selling views for a buck. Saw Saturn and its rings, and three of its moons. Yay!

Posted by: Phil | Apr 15, 2008 7:56:26 PM

So I guess I can check off the mattress/van thing, more or less. Inflatable mattress and Vibe reasonably counts, though I've only slept at truck stops on three occasions. I have this happy habit of running into friends, relatives, hostels, and couchsurfing.com hosts (and the occasional overpriced hotel).

Posted by: Phil | Oct 24, 2008 1:59:10 AM