Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Below is a list of things that I have done in my life so far.  I've given it to you before.  I'm happy to have done all of these things:

I’ve ridden on an elephant, a camel, horses & mules.  I’ve owned cats & dogs, including a beagle named “Bagel”.  I’ve been parasailing & in hot air balloons & the Goodyear blimp.  I’ve flown in everything from a 4 seater to a private plane to a jumbo jet.  I flew at zero gravity, like an astronaut.  I’ve ridden in trucks, buses, jeeps, Rolls Royces, limos & was a passenger in a VERY fast car on the Autobahn.  I drove my own Mustang at 105 mph--once.  I’ve been on sailboats, canoes, speedboats, zodiac rafts, hydrofoils, pedal boats, paddlewheels, ferry boats & cruise ships, including the QEII.  I’ve been on tricycles, bicycles & roller skates.  I rode a tram car in a mine.  I’ve ridden a Segway.  I’ve been on roller coasters, bumper cars & Ferris wheels.  I’ve ridden on a hay wagon, a sled in the snow & gone snorkeling.  I’ve ridden trains (including monorails & funicular railways) & small & large helicopters.  I’ve been on aerial tramways.  I tried my hand at a flight simulator that real pilots use--& (virtually) crashed.  We hosted a seance when we were members of the Magic Castle (a magician’s club).  I helped decorate a float for the Rose Parade & I’ve been to the Kentucky Derby.   

I’ve picked up & carried a stingray & petted & swam with dolphins (they feel like a wetsuit).  I’ve gone whale watching.  I’ve seen stalagmites & stalactites in caves. I’ve been to spring training with the San Francisco Giants.  I’ve petted a bobcat & once slapped her in the face.  I picked a man’s pocket (successfully) in a London restaurant to retrieve my roll.  I took my sons to the Calgary Stampede.  I’ve broken one leg, both arms, several toes & I’ve had a mastectomy.   I’ve sent koi into a feeding frenzy.  My family & I saw the fireworks on July 4th, 2000, while sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  I’ve seen the inside of the White House & Congress, the Viet Nam Memorial wall, the Statue of Liberty, the Mona Lisa & the Venus de Milo.  

I’ve seen Niagara Falls, the foliage change in New England, (touched) the Liberty Bell, Plymouth Rock, the Eiffel Tower, the Berlin Wall, the palace of the King of Siam & a space shuttle landing.  I once wore real clown makeup at a swimming pool in Florida.  I’ve been to World Fairs.  I’ve stayed in fleabag motels & at the Waldorf Astoria.  I was at the World Series in 1989 when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit & had a challenging time driving our rental car back through a very dark San Francisco to our borrowed house.  I am an artist & work mostly with stained glass, although I’ve also worked in pen & ink, charcoals, pastels & oils.  We’ve taken our entire family (about 20 people) to Hawaii three times & on an Alaskan cruise once.  I’ve been to most US states, including Hawaii & Alaska.  I’ve visited Canada & Mexico.  I’ve also seen Ecuador, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, the Virgin Islands, Jamaica, the Galapagos Islands, England, France, Spain, Germany (including East Germany--I saw the Berlin Wall), Austria, Switzerland, Italy (including the Vatican), Ireland, the Philippines, Singapore, Morocco, Thailand, Japan & China.

We owned a condo on Maui for several years.  I’ve sewn many of my children’s clothes.  I attended UCLA & worked as a salesgirl & a dental assistant.  I’ve studied French, Spanish, Italian & Japanese.  I have been married to the same man for 62 years & am the mother of three & the grandmother of four.  I was in the delivery room when my first grandchild was born.  I was a Brownie & Girl Scout leader, head Cub Scout den mother & a donor & volunteer on Red Cross blood drives.  Lucille Ball held me in her arms in a movie scene when I was a month or so old.  I’ve been on TV as a contestant on TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES & I answered phones on a Cerebral Palsy telethon.  

At the tender age of 77, I started posting my own blog, “fishducky, finally” at fishducky.blogspot.com.  My first book, “Fishducky’s Fables”, was released a few years ago.  My body may be 83 years old, but in my mind I’m only 36.  Some people might say I’ve done everything but there are several things I wish I had done.

If I had my life to live over, these are things I would add to the list:

I would have marched along with the brave & dedicated people in Birmingham & Selma in the 1960's.  They showed solidarity with the African Americans in trying to give all people the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.  There are a few who gave their lives to this cause.

I would have learned to play a musical instrument.  In lieu of that, I would have taken voice lessons so I could sing beautifully (or at least carry a tune).  I would have been in a Broadway show.

I would have studied more science so I could have been an astronaut.  I have flown in zero gravity (& loved it) but the idea of actual space flight has always fascinated me.

I would have learned to repair an automobile engine.

I would have learned to fly a plane.

I'd like to drive a race car.

I'd like to go hang gliding.

If I had known I'd live this long I'd have taken better care of myself----fishducky



  1. You've done so much! How many lifetimes have you lived?
    A few things I wish I'd done:
    1. study more at school
    2. stay at school longer
    3. saved for retirement from the very first pay packet

    1. You only need one lifetime if you're adventurous!!

  2. Echoing River. Your life has been impressively full.
    I wish that my life had included children. And that I was a creator as well as an appreciator.

  3. My life is pretty boring but content. Ive never been out of the Carolinas except for a commercial shoot in Florida but their was no exploring. Just work. The only place I can get my husband to take me is the beach. But I love the beach. I just know there is so much more out there.

    1. I love the beach but there is SO much more to life!!

  4. I remember reading your list and being amazed! My life was packed to the brim, but not with as fun and adventurous things as yours. I am relieved and delighted to have led a very boring, uneventful life the last decade or so. Whew! I'll take it. Gladly. ;)

  5. Yes, the difference between the Plan and Reality is quite shocking.

    I'm a recliner-potato who likes reading about the exciting escapades of others such as yourself!

    1. I'm not sure what I did could be considered escapades!!

  6. OMGosh! This was full of new information for me and I loved it!! Great cartoons, too. You must be feeling better? ;)

    ** Genting Crown**

    1. I'm tired of you reprinting other's comments!!


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