Yesterday was Jim’s b’day. Unlike me, Jim is not a b’day fan. While I like being Queen for a Day, he wants his birthday low-key and to forget it’s happening (although he’s fine celebrating after the usual day). So, for once, I put my extravaganza b’day style aside and did it his way.
At 6pm I met him at his office and we walked to dinner – which he had resisted all day. He thought I was planning dinner at the type of fine dining establishment I enjoy. Nope, this was is day. We walked a mile into the Regrade and into Two Bells, a bar with some of the best burgers in the city and one of Jim’s all-time favs. Two Bells is one of the things I love about Seattle, it’s a little bit divey but with good service, good food, a great beer selection, and then a surprise of upscaleness with contemporary art on the walls and a decent wine list. In other words a mix of contrasts that just works.
As happens most times when we go out, we ran into some people Jim knew. After our respective meals, we shared a table for a drink and the talk turned to birthdays and eventually bucket lists. Neither Jim nor I have official bucket lists- way too young for that obviously 😉 – but lately we seem to have engaged in quite a few bucket list activities: the Indy 500, US Open (tennis), Winter Olympics, and India. Oh, and I was fortunate enough to grab tickets for Game 7 of the World Series in 2002 when the Angels took down the Giants.
What’s next? Egypt is a frontrunner on my list and Derby is on Jim’s. We also want to do all the Grand Slams – Wimbledon, French Open, Australian Open – with Wimbledon probably being the next. Jim wants to do the summer Olympics in Rio in 2016. I want to safari in Africa and do the Basic Cuisine class at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Hmmm . . . maybe we should start a list. Will it all happen? I don’t know. I think part of the fun of the bucket list is having something to shoot for – adding more things every time you cross off something on your list. Enriching your life as much as possible be it through big things or little things.
Do you have a bucket list (official or otherwise)? If yes, what’s on yours?