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