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Old 07-23-2014, 07:15 PM   #1
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No matter what your age is, what are some of the things that you haven't done in life that would mean the most to you before you die?

I've thought about this quite a lot since I was a kid.

I always wanted to live abroad. (Check)

Once my heavy partying days were waning, I wanted to be a father. (Check)

But, since I was very young, I wanted to know who my biological parents were. This I only tried a few times out of respect for my adopted parents. SC laws only give you non-identifying info. I received it. It was interesting, but no names. No addresses. Only very little background info was given. Just enough to realize I was most likely better off being adopted, but this didn't quench my thirst for seeing pictures and knowing their life story or even being able to meet them. I don't even know if they are alive or not. I suppose this would be the most important thing for me before I'm a goner. Just to see what they looked like and to find out who they were...

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Old 07-23-2014, 07:37 PM   #2
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Just to hold my granchild. If I could take them fishing, it would be a bonus.
I don't have any yet but I would like to live long enough to enjoy them.
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:42 PM   #3
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Just to hold my granchild. If I could take them fishing, it would be a bonus.
I don't have any yet but I would like to live long enough to enjoy them.
I hope you are granted that wish. Me too. I actually wanted a son, not to just be a father. I have one. He's 14 and playing his xbox in front of me right now. I would really like to see him grow up to be a man and if he has a child while I'm still alive, that would be awesome.
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see my grandson get through high school and be able to leave enough behind for him to get a good college education.............that would satisfy me beyond my dreams
he just turned 2 and is my heart and soul!
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:30 PM   #5
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Get right with God

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Travel the world (slow work in progress)

Make a profound impact on someone's life

Be very fit (I know this is smaller in the grand scheme of things, but it would mean a lot to me and quite frankly I need to put my efforts into this a little more)

Be a father
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Become a father, which hopefully happens within the next year.
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:00 AM   #8
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Watch my kids graduate high school.
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:14 AM   #9
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Just to name a few:
Skydive
Ride in a race car (with a skilled driver of course)
Visit as much of the USA as I can, then I'll start abroad if I'm still around
Pick up my clarinet and start playing again
Start playing piano again
Learn how to paint
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watch some college football
to hear the announcement that Direct TV is picking up SEC TV
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:42 AM   #11
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Just to name a few:
skydive
Ride in a race car (with a skilled driver of course)
Visit as much of the USA as I can, then I'll start abroad if I'm still around
Pick up my clarinet and start playing again
Start playing piano again
Learn how to paint
Live near the beach
Own a restored vintage car
Did that, never again...

As for a vintage car... Which one? I always wanted a 1970-1973 Cuda... Probably will get one someday
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:33 AM   #12
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Finish my book
Finish my collection of WW2 rifles
Get my two Porshes the way I want them
Raise my daughter to be as good a woman as my wife
Take a ride in a WW2 combat aircraft
Finish my RKKA uniform and equipment
Let my wife know how much I love and appreciate her. Love her more than anyone else on earth including our daughter.
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First, I want to live and be healthy so that I can do all the things I want to do.

After that in no order
Catch a Marlin and/or Sailfish

Hunt a Moose, Elk, Big Horn Sheep, or Bear (just one successful exotic hunt)

Finish my sleeves (tattoos)... I will have one done by the end of the year.

Be able to grow, raise, catch, or kill all of my food... well on my way to reaching this goal

Create an awesome punk rock and classic rock vinyl collection... just starting this

rebuild a Ford F-100 (late 60s)... I know nothing about this one

Visit all SEC stadiums for a game... I am done with all the east except Missouri, and need to focus on the places I have not been in the west.

Kids... ehh maybe... my wife and I have dogs.
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:56 AM   #15
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Travelin, I hope that you can find that info. I am also an adoptee and was curious about my bio family since being a small child. I got the same run around from the SC Children's Bureau. There was no Internet then. Searches were laborious. After having a series of collapsed lungs I decided that I really needed to find my family of origin and get background medical histories for me and my family.

I spent a good bit of time spinning my wheels until I decided to us a professional. All this woman did was to try to help adoptees find out their birth info. Here is how she did it. You know that amended birth certificate that gives us showing our adopted family's names? The number of that certificate is really a bit of code that tells you which hospital you were born in.

Armed with that info I gave her $50 for a bribe to a sympathetic medical records clerk. Within a week I had the names. With that it was easy to track them down. They were still married to each other and I was the only child they had ever had. Contacting them was a trip. I made that call well into a 3 liter bottle of cheap wine while soaking in a hot bubble bath. It was one of Maslowe's peak experiences.

The call, while awkward, went well. We corresponded over the next 6 weeks before meeting. No one in their families ever knew about the pregnancy. The sent out birth announcements to them though at this late date saying that they had given birth to a bouncing 33 year old boy. Some of this was a bit off putting. I did and do consider my parents who raised me since I was 6 week sold to be my true parents. This was entirely virgin territory I was plowing. I had no one else's experiences to guide me.

In the end it all worked out well. Of my 4 parents all but my birth mom have passed on. She is 89. Certainly my experience is unique. Not all of these searches end joyfully. Be careful. Protect yourself. Good luck though and if I can help you in this journey in any way just drop me a line.

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No matter what your age is, what are some of the things that you haven't done in life that would mean the most to you before you die?

I've thought about this quite a lot since I was a kid.

I always wanted to live abroad. (Check)

Once my heavy partying days were waning, I wanted to be a father. (Check)

But, since I was very young, I wanted to know who my biological parents were. This I only tried a few times out of respect for my adopted parents. SC laws only give you non-identifying info. I received it. It was interesting, but no names. No addresses. Only very little background info was given. Just enough to realize I was most likely better off being adopted, but this didn't quench my thirst for seeing pictures and knowing their life story or even being able to meet them. I don't even know if they are alive or not. I suppose this would be the most important thing for me before I'm a goner. Just to see what they looked like and to find out who they were...
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Its funny, I asked this same question to a 90 year old man that I consider somewhat of a mentor to me. He said that there is nothing left that he would like to do. He has lived a full life. However, he did have one regret in life. He said that if he could go back, he would have gone out of the way to make more friends. He said that to love others and to be loved are the greatest things in the world, and he would have done more to enlarge that circle of love in his life.

I suppose I should learn something from that, but I haven't. I'm still shallow enough to say that I just want to be able to live in a comfortable retirement at an age where I can enjoy it.
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Get laid

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Idk stop poverty and violence, well that's unrealistic.

Surf in Australia... yep, that's more realistic.

Oh yeah, have extremely good looking babies
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