Five (out of many) Things I’d Like to do Before I Croak…

1.  Participate in a Dance Flash Mob

Look at Mitch go.

Dance it out, Mitch.

Did anyone see when Mitchell from Modern Family danced in a flash mob to “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue?  I knew in that moment that someday and at some point, I would have to dance in a flash mob.  I have no idea how these things are arranged or orchestrated, but it’s something that I simply have to do in my life.  In terms of a song I’m not really sure what I’d like to dance to…okay, I lied, I know exactly what I want to dance to:  “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston.  Don’t judge me.

2. Reform a Bully

Screen shot 2013-01-31 at 11.16.21 PMMy heart breaks when I read stories in the news about kids bullying each other.   I haven’t talked much about it in the past, but I was bullied a little in middle school and high school.  Nothing super crazy, but when I was a very tiny sixth grader there was a much bigger eighth grader who used to scream in my face every time she saw me in the hall.  But the worst of it was probably in high school when a girl twice my size and weight threatened to beat me up.  She never laid a hand on me, and in the end everything turned out okay, but all it takes is a news flash across the television screen about a new bullying incident to bring it all back.

That’s why I’d like to reform a bully.  Maybe I’ll get involved in a local outreach program, I’ve heard of them popping up around the city.  I’d like to make the bullies understand that putting someone else down, no matter how much you feel validated, doesn’t make you better.  It makes you mean-spirited.  I’d like to find out what they’re so angry about.  I’d like to find out why picking on someone else makes them feel good?  But most of all, I’d like to ask them if they’re someone their parents would be proud to call a son or daughter?

3. Give a Really Good Speech.

Hang in there, Colin.

Hang in there, Colin.

Does anyone remember this scene from The King’s Speech when Colin Firth gets up to give a speech and stutters profoundly?  I do, because I can totally identify with it.  In fact, I’m scarred from that scene because  I also Hate. Public. Speaking.  I hate it I hate it I hate it.  It’s horrible for me.  It’s weird because I could get up and perform in a stage play with no problem, but to get up and speak off the cuff is simply torturous.  That’s why my hope is that at some point I will master the art of speech giving, because it really is an art.  I better see if Geoffrey Rush is available for training…

4.  See Paul Simon in Concert

Paul, would you please play in New York already?

Paul, would you please play in New York already?

I can definitively say that Paul Simon is my favorite artist ever.  His album “Graceland” pretty much changed my life, and I could never get sick of listening to it.  Throughout my life I’ve been to tons of concerts, but I’ve never seen my favorite singer!  What’s up with that?  I can’t say I haven’t tried to see Paul Simon.  I regularly look up his tour dates only to find excessive concerts scheduled overseas.  Ugh.  I think I have to face the fact that if I want to see him bad enough, and have the religious experience that I’m sure I’ll have, than I might just have to travel (perhaps very far) to do that.  I know it sounds dramatic, but if I don’t, I’m worried that my life won’t be complete.

5.  Take a Gondola Ride Through Venice, Italy

If you've done this, I'm jeal.

If you’ve done this, I’m jeal.

I’ve never been to Italy, but I’m dying to go.  The one thing I’d love to do is take a gondola ride through Venice, Italy.  I’ve heard mixed reviews, with some people saying that the experience is overrated, that the water kind of smells like sewage, etc., but I don’t care!  I want to do it anyway and I want to do it soon.  I think I might have to win the lottery first…

What are some of the things you’d like to do before you croak?

~The End

25 thoughts on “Five (out of many) Things I’d Like to do Before I Croak…

  1. Hi

    I would most definitely want to go to Ireland, more specifically “Dublin” !
    And then one of my old time dreams, (it may sound stupid), but I would like to take a roadtrip, but I do not want to know what the destination is, Just gou where the wind takes me and my husband !!

  2. I’ve taken a gondola ride through the canals of Venice. Firstly – yes, it REALLY DOES smell like sewer…. because it’s a city built on water – where else is the sewage going to go? It’s fun, I won’t lie, but don’t put your hands in the water. Next – the gondoliers look at what you’re wearing and decide what to charge you… it could be 50 Euros for 15 minutes… it could be 200 euros for 10 minutes. They are the richest men in Venice.

    I also recommend taking a water taxi and the water bus. Venice was beautiful and I hope to go back on day.

  3. HMMMMMMM… Nice selection for your bucket list! 🙂

    Mine is to win the lottery – I could do a lot of good with that kind of money! 🙂

    One of my dreams was to become a published author and I finally am!!! 🙂

    Go to and look for ‘Jabberweil Hunt’ and ‘Songs of Angels’ by Ian Shaw.

    They come as a Kindle file (for Kindles), epub file (you need to download a freeware program called Calibre to read it on your PC which you can google for), a PDF file (The reader is free to download) and even as a paperback! 🙂

    Have a read and you can even leave a review on the book page to tell everyone what you think of the books!!! 🙂

    Love and squishy hugs! 🙂


  4. Love your list! I’ve never thought about the dance mob, but I think that would be fun too. I’ve seen Paul Simon in concert – long enough ago that he was still with Garfunkel 🙂 And, something I am proud of is the eulogy I gave at my Dad’s funeral.

  5. We went on a ski trip to Italy a few years ago and did a day trip to Venice. The gondola ride was fun, and if you go in the winter when it’s not too hot the smell wasn’t so bad. We went with a group of 60 friends, and got a great deal ($1,250/person for a week including airfare, hotel, breakfast & dinner daily). Unfortunately those prices are nowhere to be found anymore. 😦

  6. Probably a little too late for this but would have loved to have seen Tina Turner in concert. I’ve watched her on TV and she was so electric. I remember watching her Amsterdam concert a few years ago when I was sick as a dog. Kid you not I got up and danced like a fool, to her music, lungs burning and all!

    I’d also like to succeed in a career as an artist, create a cool picture book and maybe write and produce a comic book series.

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