I frequently run into the term “bucket list”, which makes little sense to me. I have come to learn that it is a list of things someone wants to do before he or she dies. Perhaps, the bucket comes from kicking the bucket. It does not matter. Needless to say, I do not think like that and can think of nothing special that I must do before I die. If something comes to mind, I will try to do it. Having it on some stupid list will make no difference.
I did notice an article in the Guardian on this subject, especially since it was phrased in the negative. After reading the article, I agree with the author. Having done/visited some of what is mentioned, I know that she is correct in her assessment. Of the items that I have missed, I do not feel that I have missed anything essential.
There are a few places that I might like to visit and a few things that I might like to do or repeat. I am content with my choices and happy that I can still choose. I will die as happy as one can be on kicking the bucket, which is probably not all that happy…
For anyone that flies or has flown on commercial airlines, below is an interesting and entertaining piece from the Guardian.
I have known this for years, which is why I avoid US carriers and most European ones.There was a saying, I believe used by cruise ships a long time ago, that said “Getting there is half the fun”. Of course, that ended long ago, but current travel in first class of the best airlines is not bad and a begin to any vacation. And, first class of the top carriers bears no resemblance to first class on a US carrier, except that both get you from point A to point B.
Don’t take my word. You can read an article from Vanity Fair on Emirates and the Dubai Airport. Notice the photo of the baggage claim area and compare it to ones you know in the United States…or Heathrow.
Some are making a big deal about something that happened 100 years ago. Anniversaries are a time to remember…something…maybe…or use for political purposes. Politicians are the same everywhere.
Are these people stupid or venal both? Don’t people notice? For example, British politicians try to commemorate the First World War with warm words about remembering. Of course, they speak mostly of the wasted lives, but talk only of “sacrifice” and never about the lesson not learned. At the same time, these same geniuses demand troops be sent to Ukraine, which proves that they do not remember, do not care, and have not learned. From the safety of their clubs in London, as in the past, “great men” send forth poor suckers to use bullets from which they profit.
At least one intelligent man resides in England, but his lone voice does little good to stem the tide of stupidity and hypocrisy.
I am certain that the following news, reported in a Guardian headline, is certain to throw the president and his advisors into a flurry of damage control and an anxious search for a solution. After all, every president in the history of the republic has yearned to visit this “country”.
Obama banned from Chechnya
I see that others have noticed something I wrote about months ago. None other than the ACLU, with the Guardian reporting, have a firm grasp of the obvious.
And, of course, there is impunity for bad decisions: having SWAT teams and the things the do…
For some reason, I am reminded of scenes from the movie Judge Dredd.
Or, rather, a sad commentary on the United States...
The following excellent and entertaining piece by Hadley, who is always excellent and entertaining, reveals (like we didn’t already know!) the absurdity, biases, and evil of people (pundits, columnists, politicians, idiots, etc.).
Interesting article in the Guardian about a body part that few understand and some have trouble using. I have never fully accepted the theory about being dominated by one side of the brain. My limited talents tend to suggest that one side works at times, the other at times, and the whole shebang often or not at all. Research now seems to support my assumption.
There is at least one intelligent and thoughtful man in London. Unfortunately, he does not work for the government!
This is not about a movie, but rather about villains worse than any found on film...
If you want to become angry--why not, we all lead such pleasant lives?--watch the first segment of the attached Daily Show. It is sad that it takes a humor show to highlight the worst ills of the US government and media, I mean Republicans and Fox News.
While we’re on the subject of hunger...
I can imagine how Fox News “experts”, evangelical idiots, Republican wingnuts, and talk radio blowhards would comment on this article...which I find interesting, credible, and frightening for my descendants.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.