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Fear of flying not enough to empty the bucket list

April 22, 2012
By JOSHUA FLESHER , Tribune Chronicle |

The bucket list.

To be honest, this is an idea that I had no idea about until Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman made a movie about it. Now, the idea is everywhere, introduced into the English lexicon and making all of us give pause to think of all the things we want to do before ... well, before.

It is kind of fun to think of the things that I want to do in my life, the "must do'' experiences that I just cannot pass up, so to indulge my ego a bit, here are the items that I would consider my ''bucket list.''

The first item on my list, which will take a LOT of courage to do, is to travel to Ireland. Those of you who read this column regularly understand that there is a pretty intense fear of heights in me, and that includes a great dislike of flying.

But, I will see Ireland some day if it takes a whole lot of sleeping pills and my wife tying me to my seat ... I will go.

The second item on my list is to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game.

Why? No idea, but it is something I've always wanted to do.

I get that 99 percent of the time someone throws out the first pitch of a game it is because they have accomplished something, are a celebrity or used to play ball. I am none of those things, but I always wanted to be a baseball player and getting to experience the thrill of throwing off the mound before a game would be an indescribable highlight.

Third, I want a boat. I want to own a boat that I can take out into the water whenever I want, fish off whenever I want and can name something witty and absurd like "Erie Nights" or "The Puddle Jumper" or "Titanic 9."

Growing up within feet of Lake Erie, I have always loved the water and can't think of anything I'd rather do on a hot summer afternoon than grab the family and go out into it.

Another item on my list is to watch a baseball game in every major league park.

There isn't much of an explanation of why I want to do this except that I do.

I want to hang out with Michael Simon. He's become a very well known chef who owns several restaurants in Cleveland and the Cleveland area, and I would like to hang out with him, make dinner and talk about Cleveland.

Plus, we look alike, and that's always fun.

I would also like to ride a horse. Never done it. Think I should.

There are so many things that I can think of that I would place on a list of things I want to do in life. Some of them are pretty obtainable, some more difficult and others are ridiculous, but that's what makes them exciting.

I would truly like to tour the ruins of Machu Pichu or the Great Pyramids of Egypt and see all the wonder that the world has to offer.

I've already done a few things that I can say I'm glad I've done. I went up in the St. Louis Arch. I didn't like it, but I did it.

I stood in the rotunda of Congress, have taken a road trip without plans, lodging or destination, saw the Indianapolis 500 live, met Cloris Leachman and stood on the field at Ohio State during a game. (Although I'm a Michigan fan, it was still pretty amazing.)

More importantly, I married a wonderful woman and watched as my two sons were born. Believe me, that is something to witness!

I have been on a few adventures already and look forward to many more. Take a minute or two today to think of the things you would like to do and remember the things you've already done.



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