“I want that. One more time.” Reddington’s Beautiful Bucket List

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Since Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman planted the idea of “Bucket Lists” firmly in our minds we have all considered what we must do before we die to make our lives full and complete.

But truly, if you knew that it was almost curtain time, would you want to throw yourself out of a plane or dash off to see the Pyramids at Giza? Wouldn’t you rather re-visit some of your fondest memories? If you haven’t seen The Blacklist, starring James Spader as the erudite enigmatic Raymond “Red” Reddington, it is definitely worth a watch for his performance alone. He has some fabulous lines and in Episode 16, when his life hangs in the balance, he speaks of what he wants to do before he dies…


Have you ever sailed across an ocean, Donald…on a sailboat, surrounded by sea with no land in sight, without even the possibility of sighting land for days to come? To stand at the helm of your destiny. I want that, one more time. I want to be in the Piazza del Campo in Siena. To feel the surge as 10 racehorses go thundering by. I want another meal in Paris, at L’Ambroisie, at the Place des Vosges. I want another bottle of wine. And then another. I want the warmth of a woman and a cool set of sheets. One more night of jazz at the Vanguard. I want to stand on the summits and smoke Cubans and feel the sun on my face for as long as I can. Walk on the Wall again. Climb the Tower. Ride the River. Stare at the Frescoes. I want to sit in the garden and read one more good book. Most of all I want to sleep. I want to sleep like I slept when I was a boy. Give me that, just one time. 

If you like the sound of experiencing some or all of these before it’s your time to go, here’s how…

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