Bucket List

Earlier in life, I never had a bucket list. In fact, I didn’t even know what a bucket list was until that movie came out. I thought I had all the time in world to do whatever I wanted, and that I’d just take life as it comes. Until lately.

No, don’t worry, I’m not dying. But lately I’ve ventured into some things that I never thought I’d be doing, such as running a 5K race, and biking more than 4,000 miles. So when people ask what possessed me to do such crazy things “at my age” I came up with the pat answer of “it’s on my bucket list.” So naturally,  I had to come up with a few more things, or the bucket list would just be a bucket.

Here’s the list so far. And just to make me look more accomplished, I’ve  added some things I had already done, so I’d  have something to check off.

  • Run a 5 K race √
  • Travel to a European country √
  • Get resting heart rate below 60
  • Start a blog √
  • Visit Hawaii
  • Acquire wonderful grandchildren √
  • Finish my three unfinished novels
  • Read and understand “A Tale of Two Cities”, and not just the Disney version
  • See my name in print on something besides a  jury summons
  • Watch the Cubs win the World Series

Looks like I better get busy since I’ve only got four check marks*  so far, but now thanks to blogger buddy Lisa Winkler of Cyclingrandma.wordpress.com, I can check off one more. Lisa, in a fit of ambition, gumption and doggone determination, corralled and cajoled (actually it didn’t take much cajoling) a gaggle of women bloggers to submit works for a collection of essays on the smatterings of life. Although most of us do not know each other in real life, we’re forever bonded as sister authors in our now published collection of writings, “Tangerine Tango: Women Writers Share Slices of Life.”** So besides checking off “see name in print” I can also check off “use blog for shameless self-promotion” as you can glean all the publication details here or here, and connect with the other authors and their blogs here. All profits from this handy little pocket-sized book will be donated to a charity to fight the neurodegenerative disorder, Huntington’s disease, a cause dear to the heart of one of the authors.

Besides having the glowing feeling of accomplishment to be included with the likes of such distinguished women writers, I can also bask in the knowledge that although I’m now searchable on Amazon, I still do not appear on a Google, search, although about 500 other women with my name do, including one who lives, of all places, in  Hortonville.

(Thanks Lisa, for all your hard work!)

**No tangerines were harmed in the making of this book.

* Yes, I know this is a square root sign and not a check mark, but it’s the closest thing to a  check mark that WordPress has, and I’m not going to post a bucket list without being able to check things off, dammit.

© Huffygirl 2012

1984 is Now

A Picture of a eBook

E-reader image courtesy of Wikipedia

Remember the telescreen in Orwell’s 1984? The constant monitor of Big Brother, the telescreen picked up every sound, every movement the citizens made and transmitted it to Big Brother. Nothing within the view of the telescreen was sacred.

Well, according to a disturbing report I heard today on NPR, we have a new telescreen – the e-reader. The same antenna within the e-reader that allows you to download books also transmits data from your reading habits back to the e-book vendor. It not only knows what books you’re reading – it knows how long you spent on each page, what pages you skipped, and if you peeked ahead to the end of the book. It knows what books you downloaded and never read. It knows what books you auditioned and rejected. It knows what time of day you’re reading, and could conceivably, track your location too. Like an electronic Santa, your e-reader sees you when you’re sleeping, knows when you’re awake, knows when you’ve been bad or good – okay, I’m sure you get the idea.

So is this a dangerous invasion of privacy or just clever marketers on steroids collecting data to bring you better literature? Read the full story, then you decide.


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