A real life version of Frasier, if the Cranes were from Mississippi. Dusty Thompson, displaced Southern gentleman and writer, invited his Dad, an authentic Southern Good Ol' Boy, to live with him in California. When his Dad showed up with the largest LaZBoy in America and a dog named Lulu, Dusty realized the only thing he had in common with his father is the belief that he is adopted. Now that his Dad has returned south, Dusty decided he would keep this blog because he has lots of opinions.
Monday, March 9, 2015
What's bucket list in French?
This past week a friend was requesting bucket lists and I decided to
develop mine and send it her way.Coincidentally, I was preparing a presentation/training for the
administrative leadership at my hospital because we are kicking off a new era
of process improvement and I am the guru of all things processed and improved.My presentation focuses on VA-TAMMCS, a
process improvement framework used in the Department of Veterans Affairs.I won’t bore you with details, but it is a
great way to help you identify a problem, develop a solution and, once you
arrive at that solution, a way to sustain and continually improve it.
Still in the throes of my creative high, I put much
thought into what I truly want to achieve in approximately 5½ years.This length of time will find me standing as
close to age 50 as I can be without 50 asking pointed questions about romantic
n the next 67
months I want to:
my visitation to all 50 states which would require me to travel,
voluntarily, to North and South Dakota.South Dakota at least has Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse carving thing, which begs
the questions, is there anything else to do there besides carving things into
mountains and is that a requirement before you can leave?North Dakota’s claim to fame seems to be “we’re not Canada” so you see
how excited I am sur cet emplacement (it’s
French…because it’s Canada).
my blog as a book. I would like to think www.pennyloafersattherodeo.blogspot.com
is funny enough to make me peripherally wealthy, or at least help me pay off my
car.I have no desire for fame.I don’t need the microscopic view of my life
bandied about in the press.Most authors
are not recognizable in person except maybe Stephen King and all it got him was
run over by a car in Maine.
Europe but only the countries where I have friendsor relatives because I don’t want to pay for a hotel.A childhood of vacations spent sleeping on
blankets (we called them pallets) piled on the floors of friends/relative’s
homes is something I just don’t want to stop.It’s so much more fun, n’est-ce
PhD in Organizational Psychology and Leadership.I love to learn and love to teach and the
more you learn about people and the hows and whys of their thoughts and
behaviors, the better you can be at showing them how to be as awesome as
possible.And isn’t that what we all
want: to be awesome?
mastered my current position and have come to a decision about becoming
Director of a VA hospital.In this climate, I’m not sure I want the horrendous stress that job entails.I simply want to improve the work the VA does
and make life better for our Veterans, in whatever role I am most effective.
performed stand-up comedy at least once, just to see if I could do it and
if it would be fun.And if it gets me a
book deal, so be it.
7.Have a closer, deeper relationship with
God.I know He wants me to do
something with my life story (as a tale both cautionary and redemptive), I’m
just not sure what and, to be honest, I am a bit nervous.I think He gave me the gift of communication for
a reason; I just need to find the right platform and decide on the appropriate angle. I already have a title: If Jesus has a Last Nerve...
8.Own a piece of real estate.As a single man with no dependents, no real
estate and a six figure income, I am in the worst tax bracket possible; it's like 94.6% or something.I have thought of declaring myself a corporation but that was vetoed by that very smart young lady at H&R Block who offered me, as a consolation, a free fish taco coupon from Rubio's Fresh Mex. I also thought of proposing to someone for
this very reason (tax purposes, not free tacos). I feel pretty sure I
would be better off with a piece of property.
9. Stop inserting random phrases in foreign languages into conversations or blog posts. This was recommened by different members of my family who are tired of having to google things I say. Quelle pain, they would most certainly not say. I'm not going to be successful at this one.
The first step in achieving any goal is to take an idea and actually write it down; then it's no longer an idea, it's an action plan.Now that my plan is
published, I am going to hold myself accountable for the
achievements.And I hope you’ll hold me
accountable as well.I relish your
thoughts and prayers and encouragement and suggestions.
And before I stop talking, can I ask what’s on your
bucket list?Because if you’re not dead;
you’re not done.