He Didn’t Call It a Bucket List, He Called It Life

Gpa was around a lot longer than the bucket list.  I don’t know if he’s ever heard of it.

Here is a list of things Gpa has done in his life, I’ve only known him for about half of his life so the list is not complete.

  1. First Chore – buckle and unbuckle the harness on the horse
  2. Earned first money by bounty hunting, crows and their eggs
  3. Go to college – first one in his family
  4. Learn to play chess
  5. Most unusual job – taxidermy
  6. Marry the love of his life
  7. Become a Daddy
  8. Get MBA
  9. Learn photography
  10. Collect and tell jokes
  11. Teach high school science
  12. Drive a taxi in the summer
  13. Build bookcase
  14. Build dresser
  15. Fly in an airplane
  16. Take civil servant exam
  17. Become a weatherman – do it for government for 33 years
  18. Get a reel to reel
  19. Oil paint
  20. Correspond with daughter and granddaughters on tape
  21. Build cabinets and all sorts of projects
  22. Go to Hawaii
  23. Teach oil painting
  24. Make wooden cars – give them to kids in hospitals
  25. Learn Ballroom dancing
  26. Carve
  27. Give wife Atari game.  She loves Donkey Kong!
  28. Go to England
  29. Teach grand-daughter to carve
  30. Teach pre-college algebra
  31. Square dance
  32. Polka!  one if his favorites
  33. Run 10k’s after reading Dr. Coopers book
  34. Have 3 great-great grandchildren
  35. Go to England again
  36. Learn computer
  37. Get a video camera
  38. Make cancer pamphlet cubbyhole with index for hospital
  39. Mail merge Christmas letter
  40. Be married for almost 60 years!  Go Gpa and Gma!
  41. Take care of wife and daughter until dying day
  42. Fish for Salmon
  43. Go to carving school in Austria
  44. Teach retirees woodworking
  45. Attend College 50th reunion. – Still going strong!
  46. Video Great Grand son’s military graduation
  47. Have 3 great-great-great grandchildren
  48. Turn 100 – Woo Hoo!
  49. Go to juggle class
  50. Inspire others, especially me

These are just some of the things he has done in 100 years.  I am sure there are many things I don’t even know about.

I do know there are a few things he has talked about that hasn’t happened.  and I’m not sure they will happen.  I know they won’t happen because of his efforts.  One won’t happen because of his health, one won’t happen because of his loss of memory and the last because I won’t let him near the power tools.

1. Travel to China and see the great wall.

2. Write a children’s book about a man and his son’s travels around the world.  He was going to put science in it.

3. make and donate wooden cars to hospitals to all 50 states.

I would have to say, it’s been a very good run.

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  • catterel  On May 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Hi – you are an inspiration and so is your Gpa. I do hope he makes it to his 101st birthday and is able to continue enjoying life. My mother has just turned 96 and is slowing down, getting a bit forgetful and muddled – though she is still a sweetie – so I really appreciate your attitude towards your Gpa. God bless you!

    • nothousebound  On May 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you for your words of encouragement! I am glad to hear you mother is doing well.

      I truly feel blessed at having this extra time with Gpa.

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