A simple Bucket List

In which I decide on the limited life experiences I really want.

At what point in my life do I have to consider that I have waited too long to do all the things I wanted to do and experience? I thought as I passed thirty I had lost the chance for a family life but I managed to tick that one off the list.

So even though I plan on living for at least as long as I already have I do still have a whole life in front of me. Considering I don’t even know what I am going to do tomorrow I thought I should write a list of ten things I should do before the end.

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Turning back the clock to 2010

In which I am glad that I don’t always learn my lesson.

I’ve had the chance to look back at some of my past year reviews, and being active writing for a number of years it is very interesting to see how my life has changed and how my outlook has evolved.

One of the pivotal years in my life was 2010, I turned thirty and a little crazy but it would also be the start of the rest of my life. It may have been a very bad year but 2011 was a lot, lot better.

It is a year I would return to and make sure nothing changed, for it would likely change the rest of my life. I’d also want to tell myself that no matter what lessons I had been taught that year none of it would be on the exam.

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Travelogue : Places I’ve been

In which I look to travel some when nice.

I’ve been extremely lucky to travel to most corners of the world, especially in the Northern hemisphere (the closest I have come to crossing the equator is The Maldives. Thinking about where I still want to go is a short list (New Zealand and Brazil) but there are still places I have been that I would like to go to some other time.

Literally, some other time. I have been able to visit some of the greatest cities on Earth but I was less than impressed with them. If I had the chance to revisit them I would love to see them at a different time, perhaps during a period that shows of their quality.

As usual, in no particular order, here is my temporal travel list.
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Transatlantic Dictionary

In which I translate from English to English.

Today is 08/11/2015 for me but for for Mrs G it’s 11/08/2015. I understand that there are many differences between the UK and US. We drive on the wrong sides, and have differing measurement systems. There is a logic and history to these, but date formats…nope.

In the UK we are going dd/mm/yyyy and Year>Month>Day, so you can also go yyyy/mm/dd. Both of these ways make sense, what doesn’t make sense is mm/dd/yyyy. Time works on both sides of the Atlantic correctly and saying it is now 45:22 would just look crazy. Sorting out the mess of dates is beyond my capability, so instead I can offer the following help for those stuck with Transatlantic lingual issues.

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Welcome to our evil overlords

In which fictional leaders show their real world equivalents how not to do it.

The interesting part about democracy is that there are relatively few leaders who are elected that are totally evil. History has thrown up a few bad eggs, but mostly we avoid putting nefarious individuals in a position of responsibility. Instead of malevolent rulers we are more likely to place incompetence at the head of government.

We should consider ourselves lucky in real life that we don’t have as many nasty and vindictive leaders as appear in pop culture. It’s such a regular occurrence it has it’s own trope.

Here is a list of my favourite bad fictional rulers who show how terrible leaders can get.

(Warning there may be spoilers ahead)
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Short on content not ideas

In which I write a list of ideas that I will never get around to.

I may procrastinate over writing, but one part of blogging I am quite good at is making notes and drafts. Anytime I have a good idea for a three hundred word missive I jot it down, and for the majority of the time when I have a terrible idea I also make a note.

There was a point when I thought I would be all creative and write in a Moleskine notebook, but that fell by the wayside. I would spend so long looking for a pen and piece of paper that I had forgotten by the time I came to scrawl it down.

So going through my ideas and drafts I have the following list of post ideas:

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The greatest devils

In which I rank the lord of lies based on his most entertaining portrayals.

I don’t believe in the devil, he always seems a convenient excuse for human weakness. Blaming anything bad on some demonic being is akin to blaming that broken vase when you were younger on your imaginary friend screaming “But Beelzebub made me do it”.

Ignoring the theological problems of a high priest of evil being allowed to exist, there is something about how Lucifer is depicted on fiction that just makes him…well…pretty awesome.

Who were you rooting for in Devils Advocate? Keanu Reeves or Al Pacino? In fact I think its list time again…hey don’t blame me! Satan made me. So in no “power of Christ compels me” order my 6(66) favourite selections of the Devil.

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There’s no French word for home

In which home is where the wifi is accessible.

I thought I would begin with a bit of Franco-baiting, but in English there is a clear difference between what a house is compared to a home. Ignoring the particulars of what a house is (as in type of building) it is generally true that while every home is a house, not every house is a home.

At some point the bricks and mortar, or alternate construction materials, take on extra meaning and change from somewhere simply to provide shelter to a object of sentimentality.

Mrs G at the weekend started to feel a little sad that we are thinking of selling our home in the future. Now I don’t want people to get excited…announcing that you are thinking of doing something in the future is not a cause for everyone around you to start celebrating. That said I’m not going to get upset if people aren’t happy because we are thinking, but not doing it yet, of something in the future.

The reason she felt sad was after a few years the place we come back to has ceased to be a house and is now our home.

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Shoes everywhere

In which I can’t move for tripping over my own shoes.

But I need more shoes…
– Mrs Geek ergo Sum, everytime we are near a shoe shop.

I don’t understand why people need a lot of shoes, Not in the “ooh you can’t have too many shoes because who knows which pair you might need to wear” but in the “you can’t have too many pairs of shoes because why do you need them all”. I have shoes that have purpose not fashion. They may be fashionably purposeful but I don’t buy a similar pair of shoes in a slightly different colour to accumulate another piece of footwear.

Each piece of cobblery I own has a job, to keep my foot adorned in a particular situation and place. If they don’t have a job then they don’t exist. I don’t have a collection of footwear that looks like this.

PHOTO-Mrs G's Shoes

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These are a few of my favourite foods

In which the only thing better than bacon is more bacon.

I am a man of simple tastes. I know what I like to eat and what I don’t. In simple terms I won’t generally eat food that are:

  • Grown in the ground (vegetables)
  • Offal
  • Based upon mouldiness (mushrooms and cheese)

If I was biologically able I would be a full-blown carnivore. Apparently though the human species is meant to be omnivorous, and can even survive being a herbivore. I think of it this way, if we were not meant to eat bacon (or steak, lamb chops, roast chicken, etc) then why does it taste so good? Nature has developed a way of preventing us from eating food that is bad for us. It makes it taste nasty; like poisonous berries or sprouts.

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