The Bucket List

Since the college basketball championship is tonight, I can’t help but remember this trip that I took with my brother, Bill, two years ago. It’s funny to look back now and see how few followers I had when I first started blogging.

Pete Springer

One of the realities of recently turning sixty is I find myself thinking more about my mortality. It isn’t a feeling of depression, sadness, or some midlife crisis; it’s the realization that it’s time to start knocking off some of the items on my bucket list.

I am happy to report that I recently completed one of my big-ticket items. I returned home last week after a fantastic weekend watching the Final Four NCAA College Basketball Championship. What made it all the more enjoyable was sharing this experience with my brother, Bill. My son, Ryan, originally was supposed to attend the games with me, but his job as a college football coach got in the way. His school is in the middle of spring practice which meant I had to find another traveling companion.

Bill lives in Colorado, so we decided to meet at the airport in Minneapolis/St. Paul when…

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  1. that’s so great that you did this for so many reasons –

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    1. petespringerauthor April 5, 2021 — 8:45 am

      People who don’t enjoy sports wouldn’t get it—to each their own. One thing I’ll give myself credit for is I’ve been good about trying to eliminate those things I’ve always wanted to do. This was one of them.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 5, 2021 — 8:46 am

      Nice to have some visual proof. That was one of my most memorable trips.

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  2. Looks like a great trip. I think we all start thinking about our bucket lists at a certain age. They keep life interesting. Where would we go if we didn’t have plans and dreams to execute.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 5, 2021 — 6:14 pm

      As soon as we got our Covid shots, my wife started talking about travel destinations. I’ve got more vaccination in three weeks. She’s done!

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  3. Oh man, sounds/looks like you had a great home! I am so grateful for the travel we did prior to pandemic, those memories keep me going in lockdown days for sure! What it would be like to travel again, eh?? Told my sisters once this thing is behind us we’re going to go travel somewhere, just sisters! Can’t wait!!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 5, 2021 — 6:17 pm

      Just sisters—great minds think alike. My idea is to go cross country next year (unsure if I will drive or fly and spend a few days with each brother—Colorado, Minnesota, and New Jersey. Being in California, we cover all four continental time zones.)

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      1. That would be so awesome!!! We travelled east when we first started dating and it was so fun, not sure we’d survive each other for another lengthy road trip west but it’s nice to have dreams LOL

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      2. petespringerauthor April 5, 2021 — 6:30 pm

        Traveling together for a long time is a true test. After we first retired my friends would ask me, “Are you driving each other crazy yet?” Not yet. 🤣

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      3. Haha then you guys are meant to be!!! Lol ❤️💥🤪

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  4. A great weekend, and it’s good to read about your experience and to see one of your early posts. I’ve put a ‘like’ on the original to boost your stats 😉

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    1. petespringerauthor April 5, 2021 — 6:19 pm

      It’s funny to look back and realize nobody followed me in those days. How many years have you been blogging, Clive? It seems like you’ve been super active in the last year.

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      1. We all have to start somewhere, I guess. I’ve been doing this for about eight and a half years, but have really stepped it up in the past two years. Setting up a regular weekly post and filling in the gap has kept me active, as did the daily Advent posts!

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  5. A good time shared with your brother. Doesn’t get any better than that. Thanks for sharing, Pete.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 5, 2021 — 6:20 pm

      Sharing something fun with a family member is that much better. We’re both sports geeks, so that made it all the more fun.

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  6. I left a comment on the original post. What a wonderful experience! What’s next on your bucket list?

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    1. petespringerauthor April 5, 2021 — 6:25 pm

      We’re making a trip out to Montana to see our son in May. We’ve also got a Springer Family Reunion in Minnesota in June that we postponed from last year. My two sports dreams left are to go to the Little League World Series and to go to a night tennis match during the U.S. Open. I love the atmosphere there. I also hope to make a cross-country trip to spend time with each brother. International travel will be somewhere down the road.

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      1. I like your plans!

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  7. These are the memories that makes us smile at odd time of the day for no apparent reason. What a great adventure and I am glad you got to share it with your brother. Maybe skydiving next?

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    1. petespringerauthor April 5, 2021 — 6:25 pm

      I did have that on my list a few years ago, but that ship may have already sailed. Never say never.

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  8. I think I started following you from the first. Now I am curious about how I ever found your blog. I am so glad I did.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 5, 2021 — 6:27 pm

      I don’t remember that either, Elizabeth. It just kind of happens. I see a couple of bloggers that I follow on your site, so I’m guessing that’s where we met.

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      1. I love the interplay of various bloggers. It has been a great way to expand my circle.

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  9. I hadn’t met you back then, Pete. What a great trip down memory lane.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 7, 2021 — 8:11 am

      The older I’ve gotten, the more I realize how important visual memories are. It’s a bit scary to look at some photos from twenty-thirty years ago and not even remember being there. Going way back, I’ve thought about his with my elementary teachers. I remember the great ones and even one bad one, but there are some years I can’t recall anything. I don’t know if that says more about them or reflects a guy with a poor memory.

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      1. I know just what you mean, Pete. I draw a blank on a lot of things too. A lot of experiences I only remember because of the photographs. I haven’t really given a lot of thought to this, but those photographs are in albums. They were printed, selected and placed. Then sometimes looked at and talked about. Now, I may snap digital photos but they stay in the phone or uploaded to the cloud. We rarely print or look at them any more. I wonder will I have fewer memories as a result in the future.

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  10. I remember this wonderful post. I’m so glad I was there back then, following your blog. What a pleasure to read this again!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 7, 2021 — 8:12 am

      I think my brother had a good time too. It’s fun to share experiences such as those with someone close.

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      1. It is! I’m so glad you posted this again, Pete. It certainly has a special meaning since Covid.

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  11. Ah, memories of times that will come again–not soon enough for those who want to do them safely!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 7, 2021 — 2:55 pm

      My wife just booked a trip out to Montana in May. We’ll still take the necessary precautions, but we no longer will take the privilege of traveling for granted.

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      1. Wish we could. Got our 2nd shots yesterday but there are other demands that will keep us here for at least a couple more months.

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      2. petespringerauthor April 7, 2021 — 6:09 pm

        One step closer, John.

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  12. I see that this was originally written some time ago, but as a gal from St. Paul, MN, I hope you enjoyed your trip.

    Also, I absolutely love bucket lists. In a completely non-depressing sort of way, I find much inspiration from wondering what my obituary would say. I find it fascinating to hear what others have on their buckets lists (we can learn so much!), and I thank you for sharing part of yours🌺

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    1. petespringerauthor April 8, 2021 — 12:06 pm

      I’ve reached that point in life (I don’t know what took so long, but I finally got here), where I’ve come to terms with my mortality. Don’t get me wrong—I’ve got many things still to accomplish in life, but at 62, I’m also not getting any younger, and I’ve quit worrying about what anyone else thinks. Time to go for it!

      I have a brother who lives in Litchfield, Minnesota. We were supposed to have a family reunion in Minnesota last summer, but like everything else, Covid got in the way. We’re going to try again in June.

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  13. Wonderful! I hope you have beautiful weather, and enjoy your reunion with family. June is a lovely month here.🌺

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