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Old 08-15-2011, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Virginia (soon Ellsworth)
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live in Maine in the winter.
shoot and eat wild animals.
Ice fishing.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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I would first have to find someone who would be willing to push me around in a wheelchair. I am relatively new to the area. Maybe that special person will appear one day.
I'm sorry.... I understand as fully as possible without having the disability myself. My semi retired wife would love to take my essentially wheelchair bound mother-in-law places, but is not able to be handling her own baggage,AND at her age, pushing SOMEONE ELSE around a wheelchair. Pushing a wheelchair in hard work, and very very hard work if there is any incline at all.

My mother in law is perfectly capable of buying or letting medicare buy one of those batterty powered chairs. But she refuses to get one or even use one when offered. She wants people to "push me around in a wheelchair...." she says. If would be better if she was a frail old lady, but she's pretty hefty.

Many people who have a disability that doesn't include walking have no idea how labor intensive it is to push someone in a wheel chair, even when "the pusher" is only 35 years old, not the least of which when the pusher might be 65 or older.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I think your wife should learn to say 'no'. yea, I know it's her mother but a user is a user.

my list (quite short): take classes in soldering/welding
do more needlework
plant an English style garden and have it grow.
get one of my photos published some where, somehow.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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I'm sorry.... I understand as fully as possible without having the disability myself. My semi retired wife would love to take my essentially wheelchair bound mother-in-law places, but is not able to be handling her own baggage,AND at her age, pushing SOMEONE ELSE around a wheelchair. Pushing a wheelchair in hard work, and very very hard work if there is any incline at all.

My mother in law is perfectly capable of buying or letting medicare buy one of those batterty powered chairs. But she refuses to get one or even use one when offered. She wants people to "push me around in a wheelchair...." she says. If would be better if she was a frail old lady, but she's pretty hefty.

Many people who have a disability that doesn't include walking have no idea how labor intensive it is to push someone in a wheel chair, even when "the pusher" is only 35 years old, not the least of which when the pusher might be 65 or older.
Understood. Even with an electric wheelchair, someone would have to get it in and out of a vehicle.

Thankfully, there are so many activities that I can and do engage in that I enjoy unaided. At this time, my only limitations are not being able to walk long distances or standing for very long at a time without sitting & resting my back often. So, I am doing well and very grateful for the rest of my good health.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:57 AM
 
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I am thinking of creating a bucket list . . .here are some things I would like to do:

* Remodel my house
* Go to China & Viet Nam
* Go back to Taiwan
* Go to Bali
* Go to France, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland
(in each case, famous cities as well as "off the beaten tourist track)
* Write a book
* Do some meaningful work in Holistic Health
* Enjoy the enjoyable family relationships
* Create keepsakes for family (pictures & maybe stories if I have the energy)
* Create a beautiful garden and leave instructions on how it might be maintained
* Get my affairs in order as much as possible (declutter, throw out correspondence that might upset family members, shred stuff that needs to be shredded, etc.)

more to be added later.

What's yours
As odd as it may sound, I'm 41 and I have a bucket list. I lost my wife a couple years back and also realize that by the time I'm retired I may not be able to do some of the things I once wanted due to age\physical ability etc.

My list isn't extremely robust but.....
-Go on an ocean fishing charter (did that last year)
-Run a marathon (did that last year)
-write a book or short story collection (just added this)
-visit somewhere in the south pacific
-Smithosian museum
-Go on a big fishing trip with my dad (every time I try it seems I have a SHTF life moment lol)

I have more but not going to type all day....
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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As odd as it may sound, I'm 41 and I have a bucket list. I lost my wife a couple years back and also realize that by the time I'm retired I may not be able to do some of the things I once wanted due to age\physical ability etc.

-write a book or short story collection (just added this)
This one jumps out at me--have you written anything so far?
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:31 PM
 
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I'm sorry.... ...My mother in law is perfectly capable of buying or letting medicare buy one of those batterty powered chairs. But she refuses to get one or even use one when offered. She wants people to "push me around in a wheelchair...." she says. If would be better if she was a frail old lady, but she's pretty hefty...
I've been wheel chair bound. Unless both your arms are broken, or you are frail to the point of expiring, supply your own damned propulsion or stay home.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:14 PM
 
Location: earth?
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Any progress on your Bucket List?
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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* Become an F-22 fighter pilot in the Air Force and be a hero in the next war
* Write a book which wins the Nobel Prize in literature
* Represent the U.S. in the Olympic marathon and win the gold medal
* Go to medical school, become a famed medical researcher, and win a Nobel Prize in medicine to go with the one in literature
* Get elected governor of California and shepard through a change in the law allowing polygamy so I can marry a half dozen Miss Nude USA beauty queens
* Win the Indy 500 three years in a row
* Manage my investments so brilliantly that I join the ranks of the world's billionaires
* Become an International Grandmaster in chess next year and win the world championship the year after
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Old 06-11-2012, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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* Become an F-22 fighter pilot in the Air Force and be a hero in the next war
* Write a book which wins the Nobel Prize in literature
* Represent the U.S. in the Olympic marathon and win the gold medal
* Go to medical school, become a famed medical researcher, and win a Nobel Prize in medicine to go with the one in literature
* Get elected governor of California and shepard through a change in the law allowing polygamy so I can marry a half dozen Miss Nude USA beauty queens
* Win the Indy 500 three years in a row
* Manage my investments so brilliantly that I join the ranks of the world's billionaires
* Become an International Grandmaster in chess next year and win the world championship the year after
I like all but the first. The best war heroes are the ones who object. (Now let's not start WWII over this statement)
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