Sunday, April 10, 2011

Bucket list

4AM - Bucket list
I am a very lucky guy!  Because as a result of battling cancer and overcoming that disease, I decided to do all the things that I wanted to do.  And I actually did it!  You may already know my story.  I bought an RV in 2003 and equipped it to be the perfect mobile home.  And then I took off on my adventure.

During the past eight years, I lived my bucket list.  Did all of the things that I wanted to do.  Visited all the places that I wanted to visit.  Learned Spanish - a 50+ year goal.  Roamed all over the Western United States and parts of Canada.  I lived in Mexico full time for three years and part time in Mexico for five years.  During these years I also lived in Jerusalem two times!

I also accomplished some personal goals too.  I revamped my personality so that I would become the person that I wanted to be.  This "revamping" is an ongoing goal which I am still working to achieve.  A major part of my personal goals was to help other people.  I believe that I've achieved that goal thru my blog and website.

This morning I was thinking about what is left on my bucket list.  What would I love to do, that I have not yet done?  I would like to tell you a story.  A story about a time in my life when everything fell apart.  This story begins on a lovely morning in Walnut Creek, California on March 28, 1984.

Would you like to read that story?   Hmmmmmm?

10AM - Messed up tire!
After treating myself out for breakfast at the Space Age Restaurant in Gila Bend, I noticed that MsTioga's right dually appeared a bit flat.  In checking pressure, I found that the inside dually was indeed flat.  So, we drove to a service station to get the flat fixed.  It turned out that the flat tire was really messed up, and could not be repaired!

I had never bought a used tire before.  But there were a couple of Michelin tires available in the same size that MsTioga uses.  And for only $15 too!  I went for it, and now we are back on the road!
Used Michelin being mounted!

12 Noon - Heading toward Benson, Arizona
Do you know Ron & Terry of "HitchItch" fame [link]?  These two guys have been friends of mine for many years. Recently they bought a home in Benson, Arizona and invited me to come by for a visit.  Initially I declined because I had it in mind to head west toward California.  But then I changed my mind and decided to head toward Benson for a visit.

Have you noticed that lately I have been changing my mind a lot?  Interesting!

PS: Ron has been publishing the HitchItch website for several years.  If you tune-into HitchItch you will find that this site features blogs of RVers.  Pretty neat!

The promised story!
I will tell the promised story tomorrow morning. This story will tell something about my lost years between 1985 and 1995. And, the beginnings of my new life in 1995!