What My Other Foot Wants…

What My Other Foot Wants…

The Bucket List movie…My other foot should get. No doubt you’ve heard of “The Bucket List.” I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I understand the premise. Well, I don’t want to copy the title, but it is, in fact, a bucket list. But because my website’s name is “1 Foot in the Grave,” I figured a good and proper name for my bucket list would be “My Other Foot List.” Although I do have one foot in the grave because of this damned lung disease, my other foot is not ready yet. This is sorta what my other foot would like to do before I die.

This is born from a homework assignment my shrink gave me to do this week. I gotta mention now that during our first meeting, she said she didn’t give out homework assignments. I wonder if I should be concerned that she lied to me and saddled me with this project on only our 3rd meeting? Naw. My feeling is she knew it’s what I needed to do. I was doing nothing but complaining, rambling and being entirely discombobulated. There was no focus. Maybe this will help me realign myself.

I Decided to make the list public by putting it here on my blog. It serves a bonus purpose of adding some interesting content to one of my websites, which I had also complained about a lack of inspiration in doing. So, let me get to it.

My Other Foot List

1.) Move into a nice house with a yard and a deck.

I miss my dog LoomisOr maybe just a small patio area. If I don’t get to do anything else, I would like to have a little house, where I don’t have to worry about the neighbors hearing my noises in the bathroom, or the landlord next door banging on my wall when I play my Maroon 5 CD. It doesn’t have to be big and fancy, not even as big as the 440 square foot apartment I have now. A little yard that my dog, Loomis, could enjoy and a small deck I could sit out on to get some sun and throw the occasional stick for Loomis. Loomis is gone now, but an area large enough to store my tools and do some woodworking would be great.

2.) Go to a Maroon 5 GREAT concert.

Maybe you hadn’t noticed, these guys are my new favorite band. UPDATE: time changes most things. I like Maroon 5, but I like a lot of different kinds of music, so… You might think going to a concert was no special thing, but it is to me. I haven’t been to a concert for many years and now that I have the time, I don’t have the money. And great music venues are so far away from me that I would have to drive a long distance and do the whole lodging and restaurants thing – a lot more money. But I can see me dancing on my Segway while experiencing the magic they make with their music. Yeah well, the Segway’s gone now too, but I can still dance in my mind.

3.) Be a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

EllenWho doesn’t want to be on TV? UPDATE: as it turns out, me. I wouldn’t mind sitting in the audience, but I got no desire to be on anyone’s stage now. There’s a few talk/variety shows I like and I got to wondering, if I could only be on one of them, I think it would have to be Ellen. I admire her not only for her wonderful humor, but for the adversity she has been through and her great and kind heart. I used to be able to dance pretty good and every time I see Ellen dance through her audience, I wish I could be there to experience that (she doesn’t do that anymore, so…). And, selfishly, I want so much for my flooring website to be very popular to do-it-yourselfers and flooring professionals all over the world, I would hope for an opportunity to plug it on her show.

4.) Attend Surfaces (flooring convention) in Las Vegas. DONE!

Surfaces is one of the largest flooring conventions in the world. I have gone a number of times. The members of The Floor Pro Community sent me there a year ago and one of them arranged to have a Segway donated to me so I could traverse the miles of exhibits in an upright position. Unfortunately, the security team there decided my Segway was a danger to the visitors and made me use a sit-down cart. The cart got stuck trying to get into a restroom and I managed to run over several toes and bump into a few displays. Donations have been way down on my flooring site, but I do want to go again – this time using my Segway. I feel I need to attend to help make other flooring manufacturers and organizations aware of the support we offer to the industry.

5.) Lead a Segway tour of part of The Pacific Crest Trail. Nope, had to give up my Segway.

And parts of my beautiful hometown, Quincy, California. After returning from Vietnam, I worked for a short time in a training program for the U.S. Forest Service. During part of those months, we built 3 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. It was hard work, but it was a wonderful experience. I’d love to relive part of that by taking some fellow Segway gliders, especially those who use them as mobility aides, on a trail glide. I’d like it to include a short tour of the historic and scenic areas of Quincy. Unfortunately, my Segway has become inoperable and I have become too unsteady, so I’ve had to give it up.

6.) Get a college degree.

In and out of college through the 70s and a couple more half-hearted attempts in the 80s, I never got so much as an AA degree. I don’t know how many credits I need, but I would like to be able to say I completed something as important as a formal education. There are some courses I might find interesting too. And, if things haven’t changed too much since my last class, them college girls are pretty damn cute. 🙂

7.) Customize my minivan Jeep Liberty and win a prize in a car show.

Other Foot's Jeep LibertyI’ve owned lots of vehicles over the years and was even the proud owner of a 1965 Ford Thunderbird Hard Top, but my real pride and joy on 4 wheels has been my 2001 Chrysler Town and Country. WAS that car, now it’s a 2005 Jeep Liberty. I managed to do a few modifications to it, including a lift kit, hot plugs and wires, some great wheels and tires. I even installed a custom roof rack. But there’s so much more I would love to be able to do. It’s my daily driver that looks very cool and is durable and practical – and a show winner in my very own parking spot.

8.) Do a great computer mod that is featured in a computer magazine. NOTE: This is now OFF the list.

I’ve actually done this and it’s a wonderful feeling. I just want[ed] to do it one more time. The thing is, most of the current crop of computer mods are gaming rigs and look like spaceships or comic book superheroes. I like elegance, style – something an executive would want to put on their desk, or use as part of their home entertainment system. A little chrome, some exotic woods, subtle lighting and great performance from an easy to service platform. I kinda like a mixture of Moderne and Art Nouveau. But now I don’t really care about “custom modded computers” just powerful so I can develop my photography.

9.) Go to the largest computer gear exposition in the West.

My passion for computers goes back to 1992, but I have never once made it to a big computer trade show. There have been some almosts, but no been-there’s and done-that’s. There is a very nice one, I hear, in Las Vegas, called CES. It’s right around the time that Surfaces (flooring convention) is held. Maybe with the right kind of luck, enough money and a laptop to manage my websites, I could do an extended stay – the vacation I’ve never had.

10.) Attend the biggest and best auto exposition in the USA.

SEMA. Also in Las Vegas. Usually in November. Trouble is, it’s for the trade professionals only – or the media. I’d settle for a really nice car show in a hot location like LA, San Francisco Bay Area, even Modesto. I just love being around all those beautiful cars and trucks.

That’s my bucket list… er, My Other Foot List. Some of these aren’t so far fetched. I might be able to do some of them before my time is up here. The doc says I have a couple 2 or three years (“maybe”), so there’s certainly time enough to try to make these come true. I’ll let you know how it goes.

UPDATE: It’s now getting close to 2019 and I just finished editing this list. Some things I decided I didn’t want to do after all, some I can’t do and some I just have different ideas. But some things remain the same, as life goes. I’m thankful the doctors were wrong and I still am chugging along. ‘Til next update…

Jim McClain

Born 1949 and not dead yet.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Rob O.

    Okay, the number of items we have in common is just wierd!

    Like you, I love Ellen! I’ve always enjoyed her humor, but even moreso, I appreciate her generous & lively spirit.

    Also, like you, I’d like to attend CES. Or just go to Vegas in general, although not to gamble.

    I finally had an opportunity to ride a Segway last year and loved it! So I’m jealous that you actually own one.

    I own and listen to both Maroon 5 CDs. And we live a coupla hundred miles from the nearest large city that gets lots of concerts, so we rarely go to any. (Besides, they’re so stinkin’ expensive these days!!) Since you like Maroon 5, I’ll bet that you’d like OneRepublic too – who were also featured on Ellen’s show several months back.

    Anyway, great list!

  2. Linndie

    Dear Richard,

    What a great site! I will be back, I love the name, the entire site is awesome. I hope you don,t mind I will be back.

    Love Linndie

  3. Jim McClain

    No, I don’t mind at all, Linndie, as long as you call me Jim. 😉

  4. Flooring Hertfordshire

    I loved this film! I stumbled upon it by chance, and I love the role which Morgan Freeman plays, putting up with the upstart which Nicholson plays.

    Great idea although a bit morbid!

  5. Weston Olmos

    I really enjoyed this article. Keep up your cool work.

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