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Monday, April 18, 2016

"My Bucket List, not what you think..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen' (Kimo's world #123)

James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired professional photographer
 and amongst other things lived in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on the tropical island of Kaua'i
with his best friend and spiritual adviser Obama Da Dog!
Kimo's world #123

My Bucket List, not what you think

My bucket list may differ considerably from most people.

Did you ever see the movie, "The Bucket List"--with Jack Nicholson
and Morgan Freeman?  They go skydiving, since it's suppose to be the ultimate rush, jumping out of an airplane.
For me, I will start with skydiving too, however  from a different perspective. I will list my top 3 bucket list items below. What are yours?
I had the once in the lifetime opportunity
of photographing the initial eruption
of the active volcano mountain,
Mt. Augustine in August 1985.
No bucket list can top what I have
 already accomplished in my life!
This photo and many others from
this photo shoot  have appeared
in numerous books, magazines and textbooks
all around the world.

 Not to  skydive and just give thanks that I  was not stupid enough to jump out of an airplane-- just to be able to post photos on Facebook and tell people I did it. I would rather have clean underwear and my stomach lining than jumping out of an airplane. Therefore for now, number 1 on my bucket list is to go and watch people prepare for a skydive and count my blessings I am not going with them.
Another popular item on many people's bucket list is a trip to the holy land of Israel. This is  another item I may differ with many.  I prefer to stay right where I am, on the beautiful "Cosmic Garden Island" of Kaua'i rather than have to go through  numerous 'TSA' checkpoints, numerous flight transfers and chances are with numerous kids kicking the back of my seat and probably sitting next to the fattest stinkiest person--- and on top of that arriving in  Israel and having to wonder every time I board a public bus if someone is wearing a suicide bomb.  So again for me, you guys can have your trip to the 'Holy land.' I prefer to stay in my Holy land(Kaua'i) with my best friend Obama Da Dog.   If I were on a trip all I would be thinking would be of coming home anyway.

 Forget any trip, much to stressful.. I prefer to stay put stay on Kauai and ride my bike  on the coastal trail with my best friend Obama Da Dog alongside me as we ponder whether to eat at McDonald's or Burger King, we both enjoy fine dining!
Last but not least, many people for their bucket list wish for a million dollars or more to do the things they never could.
Again I differ on this, If I had a million dollars I would be subject to many taxes and friends I did not know I had would be coming out of the closet.  Ironically even as a poor man I already have more material things than I need. I am constantly looking to de-clutter or 'Rogerize'.(Rogerize is a term named after one of my best friends named , you guessed it, 'Roger,' who keeps an immaculate clean and uncluttered home)  Therefore I prefer to keep my income low, not have the worries that monies bring and the less you have the more free you feel.

I have learned  to enjoy what I have and know that I have it made compared to so many others and know that I should treat each day as it's my last, that's why after writing this I am heading over to the farmers market for some fresh papayas, zucchini and to talk story with my friends. 

Hana Hou, (Encore)  A blast from the past...

My business card from the days I was a
Professional Photographer in Homer Alaska!
My ex Fiance and my self dressed
in Western gear. They called me the Sheriff
before Peyton Manning was even born!  ;-)


Judith Whitehead said...

Great movie...loved it

Melinda Kontos said...

So very true!!! Well put, Mr. Jim!!!