Bucket Lists, Beaches, and a Billy Club

Song of the Day: Everything Zen by Bush

I’ve been spending a lot of time this summer doing something I really enjoy—hitting the beach. It’s a great time hanging out with family and friends, watching the kids, relaxing, recharging, and writing. Yes, writing! I get so inspired by the sun warm sea breeze and crashing waves.

On the drive down this weekend, I began to reflect on the things I’ve done in my life (it’s a long drive). Many things most people would never dream of doing, especially since there were usually consequences to answer for. (ah…good times, good times…) I also began to think about the things I’d still like to do, most of which do not have aforementioned consequences. Thus, my bucket list was born.

I might add that had I created a bucket list sooner, I would have already fulfilled most of it. But, oh, as we age, we realize we are not invincible and I would never again entertain the idea of skydiving. Now, I consider myself a go-getter. Don’t dare me to do something. I’ll likely do it. However, if you dare me to do something that might get me arrested, like ride the airport luggage carousel after a week long RWA conference (thanks Sarah), I’ll probably think twice. Besides, I was too tired. This time.

I’m a big believer in living for the moment (after chores are done, of course). So I thought if I share some of what’s on my bucket list, I’d own it and tick off more of my list.

  • Be a best-selling author – Well, duh!
  • Learn to surf – Cowabunga, dude!
  • Learn to scuba dive – how cool to swim a sunken ship wreck site!
  • Swim with dolphins – They call him Flipper, Flipper…
  • Ride in a gondola boat in Venice  – So romantic
  • See Rome & Pompeii – A MUST before I die!
  • See the Eiffel tower at night – *le sigh*
  • Learn to drive a boat – Five passenger’s set sail that day for a 3 hour tour…
  • Drive in a demolition derby – Does this surprise you? I have plenty of real-world experience. Just ask my insurance agent.
  • Go to a masquerade ball – And look as hot as Kate Beckinsale in Van Helsing
  • Retire to a Caribbean island – This WILL happen!
  • Be nominated for a Rita award – I dream of this

You may notice a few of these have a central theme—water. The older I’ve become, the more I realize how much fun, relaxation, wonder, youthfulness, and peace I have when around the sea. It drives me to accomplish my list all the more important.

Funny thing about my list. I was chatting about it with friends Saturday as we were puttering around the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway with the kids. When I mentioned learning to drive a boat, Captain Tracy insisted on giving me a captain’s quickie. Not that kind of quickie. Sheesh. He showed me how to work the throttle and steer his boat, the Billy Club, through the canals.

At first, I was nervous and ramrod stiff. I’ll reference my crack about the insurance agent as to why. I started to get the hang of it. Soon, we were back at out destination and I was ready to relinquish the wheel. But Captain Tracy insisted I dock. WTF? I think the sun had gotten to him. Much to the surprise of everyone on land (the cringing and backing away didn’t help, guys), I did it! Okay, so Captain Tracy handled the throttle. But I steered it, damn it! And no insurance agent had to be called.

I’m adding another item to my bucket list. Buy a boat!

What’s on your bucket list? Let me hear from you!

20 Responses to Bucket Lists, Beaches, and a Billy Club

  1. That last photo, for some reason, I’ve got an image of Captain Blood and the music from ‘Miami Vice’ running around in my head now…:)

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  2. jbrayweber says:

    YES! The Miami Vice theme song is PERFECT! Now all I need is Colin Farrell. Thanks, Will!

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  3. girldrinkdrunk says:

    Awww, man! I thought it was dirty stick figure drawing Wednesday… Still, that is one sexy-looking plastic pail. 🙂

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  4. jbrayweber says:

    HA! Still working on the dirty stick figure drawing, Kristen. It looked like a really bad and painful Kama Sutra pose. :-O

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  5. Sarah Andre says:

    So…it’s Hot Guy Wednesday and I get a pic of you driving a boat. I know you’re not posting guys’ pics these days…but plastic pails? Really?

    My biggest adventure (not a bucket list, a double-dog-dare I foolishly said yes to) was tandem sky-diving at age 33 (aka eons ago.) No fear of heights, but a fear of falling, so that was a biggie to face (and did not cure my fear, BTW, which is why that was a one-time event.)

    My only unfulfilled wish (besides best-selling author-duh!) is to retire to a villa on the French or Italian Riviera….I’m not choosey. (Although Johnny Depp lives in a quaint village on the F.R. so that would be the first place I’d look for real estate.)

    Other than that, I’m living the life of my dreams right here, right now. Wouldn’t change a thing.

    Oh wait. Bucket List #3: to see Jenn ride luggage carousel #5 all the way around once. Terminal C, IAH.
    I offered to PAY you, remember? Boy, were you a grump.
    🙂

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  6. jbrayweber says:

    HAHAHAHAHA! Thanks, Sarah. But the $20 bucks wouldn’t have covered my bail.

    Kudos to you, girl. Great answer about living the life you want now. But skydiving??? I’m not afraid of falling. I’m afraid of the heights. I’m not sure I could ever be persuaded to jump from a plane. Unless, of course, I was tandem diving with Bradley Cooper. *g*

    BTW – Johnny will be moving to the Caribbean. Really? you ask… Yes, because that is where I’ll be. LOL!

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  7. I hear you, Sarah. Sometimes, Jenn has NO sense of humor…:)

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  8. jbrayweber says:

    I’d like to see YOU get on the carousel, tough guy. 😉

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  9. Marie says:

    I found myself at the controls of an airplane glider a few years ago, I was flying over Michael Jackson’s compound in California. My bucket list? I have things to do, people to see and a book to write. It seems tame compared to flying.
    I love the water. You did good, Jenn. You did good!!

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  10. jbrayweber says:

    Thanks, Marie. Taking controls of a glider is exciting! And what’s more, the emotional experience you got from it can totally be used in a book, not matter what genre! How awesome!

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  11. Bryan Stagg says:

    A huge one on my list is to have a survival style cabin in the mountains of Montana and live for at least a year. No phones, no electricity, nothing but myself and the wild.

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  12. jbrayweber says:

    Holy crap, Bryan. I could never live out in the wild like that. I have to have the internet!!!! Will there be plumbing? I need running water to survive. LOL
    Still, I do love the wilderness. And what a very cool thing to do. I truly hope you fulfill that wish. 🙂

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  13. I have to say, a lot of things on your list are on my list as well. My wish is to buy a sailboat and cruise around the Caribbean and Bahamas after the kids are moved out.

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  14. jbrayweber says:

    That would be so cool, Karen. Seeing every island (there are over 7,000 in the Caribbean!) at your leisure would be paradise. I’ve only seen 10. MUST SEE THEM ALL!
    Hey…maybe we’ll cross paths one day at a seaside rickety old bar and have a drink! 🙂

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  15. Suzan Harden says:

    It’s ALWAYS good to stretch your comfort zone, Jenn. My unfilled bucket list goal is to make enough money to buy you hot guy pictures for Wednesdays.

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  16. jbrayweber says:

    LOL! I guess I really do need to find out how to get my HDKS running again, huh, Suzan. 🙂

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  17. Suzan Harden says:

    P.S. Colin Ferrell? Seriously? Don Johnson all the way! (Oh, wait, I sometimes forget you’re a baby.)

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  18. jbrayweber says:

    Yes, I remember Don. He was a good-looking guy, and perfect for Miami Vice waaaaay back then. But Colin….grrrr…meeeow….uh-huh… You can keep Don. I’ll take me the Irish boy.

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  19. Robin Yaklin says:

    Sail the New Zealand archepilago; polar bear photography expedition; plus some mundane stuff like be an author. Off we go….

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  20. jbrayweber says:

    Ooohh…New Zealand! That would be heaven, for sure, Robin! Polar bears would be cool. But for me, anyplace cold kind of dampens my enthusiasm.
    Mundane??? What a hoot!

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