EIGHTY THINGS FOR EIGHTY YEARS

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The Psalmist teaches: “…the span of our life…given strength is eighty years…they pass by quickly.”  (Psalms 90:10)

Some wise people interpret this as the strength that may go beyond physical vigor. As many of you know, that’s not a problem for me, yet. So while I’m able I’ve composed this inane list for myself as I celebrate enty into my eightieth year of life. (FYI-I turned 79 on September 18.) I continue to dream, write, read, and remain feisty.

I hope you will help in this quest or pass it on to others who can assist and if I don’t do it all, at least I can dream and fantasize.

  1. Raise eight thousand dollars for National Resources Defense Council, 40 West 20th Street, New York, New York, 10011, nrdc.org

From their website:

NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

I encourage you to make donations to the National Defense Fund in amounts of 8: eight cents, eighty cents, eight dollars, eighty dollars, etc. Be sure to let them know to acknowledge me, so I can thank you properly.

  1. Participate in a Habitat for Humanity Project
  2. Participate in Beach Clean-up Day in San Diego

Visits to the following states (stay at least two nights)

  1. Arkansas
  2. Delawareimg_0001
  3. Iowa
  4. Kansas
  5. Missouri
  6. Kentucky
  7. North Dakota
  8. West Virginia
  9. Nebraska

Some more National Parks, (providing they are still there), Monuments, Presidential libraries and miscellaneous things

  1. Clinton Library
  2. Truman Library
  3. Eisenhower Library
  4. Kennedy Library
  5. Tuskegee National Monument, Alabama
  6. Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
  7. Death Valley, California
  8. Mesa Verde, Colorado
  9. Everglades National Park, Florida
  10. Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
  11. Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri
  12. Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
  13. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
  14. Big Bend National Park, Texas
  15. Ranier National Park, Washington
  16. Lincoln Library
  17. Mississippi River Cruise
  18. Grand Canyon Railway

Attend the following events:

  1. Academy Awards
  2. Super Bowl
  3. A World Series game
  4. Semi-finals and finals, Wimbledon
  5. Semi-finals and finals, Paris Open (tennis)
  6. Semi-finals and finals, USA (Forest Hills)

Miscellaneous:

  1. Meet the Obamas and hug Michelle
  2. Meet the Clintons and shake hands with both of them
  3. Hold a Torah scroll on Erev Yom Kippur at Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego
  4. Be on the Today Show
  5. Get VIP seats for three hit Broadway shows.
  6. Stay in the Presidential Suite at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel
  7. Publish a chap book of poetry
  8. Finish my memoir: Sitting on the Stoop and find a publisher
  9. Spend eighty hours or more with my grandchildren
  10. Crystal Bridges Museum
  11. Louis Arches
  12. Read Torah portion, Nitzavim, on Yom Kippur at Beth Israel

World Travel:

  1. A Crystal Cruise to anywhere
  2. Somehow, some way, get to the Arctic Circle

Mexico:

  1. Merida
  2. Puebla13a
  3. Chiapas
  4. Chinchen Itza
  5. Oaxaca

Africa:

  1. Victoria Falls
  2. Kilimanjaro
  3. Capetown
  4. Cruise along the Chobe River
  5. Ethiopia
  6. Zanzibar

Europe:

  1. Norway—with five days in a five star hotel in Oslo
  2. Sweden
  3. Finland
  4. Southern Spain and Gibralter
  5. Armenia
  6. Veg out in Santorini
  7. See the Colossus of Rhodes
  8. The Balkans

South America:

  1. Brazil
  2. Uruguay
  3. Bolivia
  4. Chile

North America:

  1. Costa Rica
  2. Cuba

Asia:

  1. Revisit China, especially Western China
  2. Revisit Laos and travel north from Luang Prbang
  3. Sri Lanka
  4. Indonesia, especially Bali and Kuala Lumpur

Australia

  1. Revisit and hang with my friends

 

 

 

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