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Day 196: Photo Blog #15

Friday, July 15, 2011

"A picture of something you want to do before you die."

It wasn't all that long ago that I first heard the term 'bucket list,' but it certainly clicked for me: I knew what it had to be as soon as I heard it.

So what's on my bucket list? Dunno, exactly. It occurs to me that getting something recorded - 101 Things I Want To Do Before I Die - might be a good project. You know I'm planning to make next year (2012) my jubilee year. Wouldn't that be a great time to start ticking things off the 'to-do list to end all to-do lists'?

Back to the topic.

My parents subscribed to National Geographic magazine from the beginning of time. Okay, not quite that far back. I think the magazine only started in the late 1800s. Point being the magazine was on the scene at their house before I was.

The first ones I remember 'reading' had black and white photos - that's how far back I remember them. (My kids think I'm an antique because every so often I remind them that 'When EYE started school the flag only had 48 stars!' But I digress.)

Somewhere along the line, when I was maybe 8, 9, 10, there was an article about Easter Island. By then the pictures were in color, and they have stayed with me all these years.

I'd seen a real moai (the giant head statues) at the Smithsonian; I just didn't know what it was or where it came from. Those pictures, and that article, put everything together for me. The statues are magnificent.

Of all the things I want to do, going to Easter Island has topped my list for the better part of fifty years.

I don't care how overrun it is with tourists, how much it's changed, how much of a hassle to get there. I'd like to see it for real, and touch one of the moai, in its home.

Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

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    Well, I promised to keep up, but then promptly fell behind again. I need to sit with a ruthless pruning shears over my computer, & only keep those things I really want to do. SP being one of them.

    I loved the pictures of DH, & I'm also pleased to say that I added the first 3 seasons of New Tricks to my Netflix queue. Love the idea of Photo Blogging, but I know I'm just not up to it, time-wise. You keep on though, please.
    3426 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    For me, skydiving, travel to Hawaii, Italy, explore every National Park in the U.S,, some by train,, watch open heart surgery, go back to the Caribbean Islands I visited in 1976!
    3427 days ago
    Interesting, when I saw the subject traveling did not come to my mind at all... I think having a father that was a captain at sea and a mother that was ditto radio officer - they always åhoned from Japan or Saudi or Montreal... and it made me think I was there too so I THINK I have traveled a lot although I have not... Of course you will get there!
    3427 days ago
    Bucket lists are awesome....
    Have you seen the movie by the same name?????
    It is awesome....
    3427 days ago
  • REJ7777
    If only they could talk! What mysteries they would reveal.
    3427 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    It's good to remain curious.
    When I see art in a book, it can be really surprising to see the actual work - it may be much smaller (like the Mona Lisa) or much larger (like some of Monet's water lilies) than we imagine.
    I hope you put your wish into action and make your dream come true.
    3427 days ago
    I'm a HUGE fan of "being there". When I got the opportunity to go work for six weeks near Rome, Italy, I jumped at it. To stand in the same room as Michaelangelo's work, David, or Raphael paintings... to experience the sheer scale of St. Peter's Basilica... to stand in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius? Priceless.

    You need to go. No matter what. That's what a bucket list is for. My list has Australia on it!

    Rest well, dear Kasey! emoticon
    3427 days ago
    Our new neighbours introduced us to the National Geographic Magazine when I was 10, and they had them from the beginning (they were in their 80's). They got us a subscription as a Christmas present. I fell in love with Egypt and with photography because of the National Geos, so I can totally relate!
    3427 days ago
    Strange choice---LOL---but it sounds like you. For me, it would be seeing the Parthenon in person---wrote a paper on that for Greek History---27 pages long and 18 pages of illustrations and a 5 page bibliography---LOL
    3427 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8892603
    very interesting. thank you for sharing!
    3427 days ago
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