Welcome to a weekly segment called "Social Circle." It's truly a group effort between readers, social networkers and the OnMilwaukee.com editors. Every Monday, we ask a question via Facebook and Twitter and then post the responses from our Facebook "likers" and Twitter followers in this column. Well-known Milwaukee movers and shakers will contribute, too.
The term "bucket list" – meaning "things you want to accomplish before you kick the bucket" – might be a tired catch phrase. However, it has provided many people with a context to figure out and possibly accomplish what they really want to do with their remaining time on earth.
This week's Social Circle question asked the group what they hope to achieve with their lives, and the responses ranged from heartfelt to funny. Many are travel related, some are political, but all are coming from the same place of wanting to make the most of their existence.
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Barbara Aho: "Dance and sing socially through Africa. Drive North on the Pacific Coast highway in a convertible. Return to New Zealand and fish for dinner. Start a liberal radio program. Not follow the rules."
Julie Anich: "Ice skating in New York City at the Rockefeller Center."
Geoff Carter: "Machu Picchu."
Brandie Chidester: "Battling cancer myself, I would like to sing/play my guitar on stage with a few of my band friends."
Beth De Bord: "Greece and Cyprus. Also to construct a feasible 'bucket list.'"
Brian Eckes: "Helicopter snowboarding in Alaska / British Columbia. Surfing in Hawaii is second."
Russ Fascia: "Kim Deal."
Patrick Fox: "Racing on the Bonneville salt flats."
Dede Gales: "Africa."
Michelle Gilbert: "Trip to Africa."
Tami Greene: "Go to the Kentucky Derby and wear a big hat."
Natali Heuss: "The Dorothy Parker Walking Tour."
Deone Jahnke: "Paris."
Danielle Johnson: "Eat at The French Laundry."
Paul Kennedy: "Whip-its with Demi Moore."
Tammy Kolbe: "Learn to surf."
Tyson Kuhrmeier: "Recall Walker."
Ttiaona Le Flore: "Taj Mahal."
Adam Levin: "A Radiohead concert."
Denise Lubotsky: "Hot air balloon ride."
Jackie Valent Lucca: "Ride in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile."
Lisa Malmarowski: "I don't think I have a bucket list. Now I feel like I'm going to get hit by a bus, great."
Jessica McCormick: "Write a novel that ends up on The New York Times best-seller list."
Sarah Anne Minella: "Become an ex-pat."
Bjorn Olaf Nasett: "To sing jazz standards with a jazz trio."
Laura Nitsch: "See a show on Broadway."
Sally Nordstrom: "See a wolf in the wild."
Andy Parmann: "Ride in a hot air balloon."
Jeff Pawlinski: "Audition for community theater and appear in a play."
Poesha Poe: "The perfect nap."
Tony Reasby: "An opportunity to photograph the people, architecture and landscapes of Tibet."
Elysabeth Reichman: "Get something published."
Tracy Sparrow: "Travel! Greece, Spain, Italy, France, Sweden. And also for one of my original songs to appear in a film."
Toni Spott: "Tour the pyramids."
Kim Surma: "Volunteer in Africa or India."
Monica Thomas: "Ride a horse."
Lisa Carini Turecek: "Return to Florence, Italy."
Jeffrey S. Wright: "High-five Neil Patrick Harris."
Caitlin Zhenotdel: "Participate in a revolution."