49th Year Bucket List

So, point of clarification:  I’m 48 years old currently, having just celebrated my birthday yesterday.  I’m not 49, but that this year is actually my 49th year of living.  When I celebrate my 49th birthday, that means I’m completing my 49th year, not starting it.

And I know, it’s not really a “bucket list” if the deadline isn’t the end of your life…when you “kick the bucket”.  Indeed, maybe it’d be better to call this a “49th Year To-Do List”.  But that’s catchy sounding, don’t you think?

So this is a list of things I’m hoping to have achieved by the time that me being able to say “I’m 48 years old” is cold and buried in the ground.  What do I want to have achieved / completed / accomplished by then?  That’s what we’re looking at here. Continue reading 49th Year Bucket List

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Looking Back at Being 47

Today is the end of me being 47 years old.  I’ve been writing all year in one way or the other about how 47 is my favorite number, and now we’re here at the end of the year and all I can wonder is, did I actually do justice to this iconic moment in my life?  After all, I don’t get to go back and do it again.

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Can I, indeed, think of 47 things I did or experienced this year that made the year notable or cool?

Let’s try! Continue reading Looking Back at Being 47

47 Great Things About this Past Year

Today is my birthday!  And more than that, it’s my 47th birthday.  What does that mean?  Well, it means I’m getting on a bit, I guess.  And it means it’s only three years to 50.  It means I’m closer to 80 than I am to when I was born.  Goodness.

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But as regular readers know, 47 is my favorite number.  Even if I don’t think it’s really all that important, I’ve decided to celebrate it a bit, and one of the small ways is to write this post.  Looking at the last year–June 7, 2016 until today–what have been some of the great things?  Some of the things I’ve really enjoyed or appreciated or been grateful for? Continue reading 47 Great Things About this Past Year

47 Movie Blogs #47 – Great Movie Moments Where Victory is Snatched from the Jaws of Defeat

An exciting victory by the hero–one that is clever, resourceful and maybe most of all, unexpected–is one of my favorite things about a good adventure story.  For this post, I’ve been asked to write about some of the best ones. Continue reading 47 Movie Blogs #47 – Great Movie Moments Where Victory is Snatched from the Jaws of Defeat

47 Movie Blogs #46 – Movies That I’m Embarrassed to Admit Made Me Cry

I think that I probably cry more than the average guy.  Or at least more than society assumes that guys cry.  In fact, I find I cry pretty regularly in movies, and not always at the saddest bits.  Sometimes it’s when something happens that has to do with fathers & children.  And often it’s as I’m simultaneously criticizing the film for its emotionally manipulative storytelling.

And while it’s rare that I’m genuinely embarrassed about crying in a movie, it does make me feel a bit uncomfortable.  I guess I think it will look weird to my friends or my kids or whomever.   Continue reading 47 Movie Blogs #46 – Movies That I’m Embarrassed to Admit Made Me Cry

47 Movie Blogs #45 – Movie That I Have Considered to be My Favorite

What’s your favorite movie?  Some people can answer that very easily, others have a hard time.

Answers I’ve heard from others to that query have included Fight Club, The Wild Bunch, The Mummy, The Princess Diaries (parts 1 & 2), AvatarGood Will Hunting, and Step Up 2  .

But what’s my answer? That’s the question. Continue reading 47 Movie Blogs #45 – Movie That I Have Considered to be My Favorite

47 Movie Blogs #44 – 5 Favorite Historical Dramas

Ahh, the historical drama, a classic genre of film making.  Indeed, a favorite genre at Oscar time.  But today, according to the instructions I’ve been given, we’re going to limit the definition a bit. Continue reading 47 Movie Blogs #44 – 5 Favorite Historical Dramas

47 Movie Blogs #43 – “Chick Flicks” That Guys Should Watch for Their Educational Value

So, right off the bat, I guess I should say that I don’t really believe in “chick flicks”.  I mean, I do, of course.  I understand the idea that some films are marketed more at a male audience and some are marketed more at a female audience.  And sometimes, for some people, that it is a really important difference.  “Chick flick” is a term generally reserved for movies that focus primarily on romantic or sentimental topics, and usually have a female lead character. Continue reading 47 Movie Blogs #43 – “Chick Flicks” That Guys Should Watch for Their Educational Value

47 Movie Blogs #42 – Movie Recommendations for a First Date

What are you looking for in a film that you want to watch on a first date?  Maybe something funny?  Something romantic?  Or something a bit scary, in order to facilitate cuddles? Continue reading 47 Movie Blogs #42 – Movie Recommendations for a First Date