My bucket list accomplished!

Lately  or maybe not so lately I see quite a lot of blogs which the people have their “bucket list”, the things they want to do. So I decided to instead of having a things I want to do, I´ll do a bucketlist of things that I´ve done that I  wanted to do and did.

-Study in the U.S, check. Did my highschool years there and a fruitful but brief sting in the university. A year an a half with a scholarship for English Literature. Hell, and I´m Spanish. Go figure a Spaniard studying English Lit.

-Have sex with an American girl, check. I thought she would be blond, blue eyes, be the prom queen, you know just like in the movies I saw back home in my small town, screwed up town of Spain. She eventually, well she looked like a troll really but what the hell. I did it, she was American.

-Live in a paradise island, check. I lived in Palma de Mallorca a beautiful island that is in the Mediterranean sea, beautiful beaches, girls, beautiful mountains, and this after I returned home from the U.S at age 19 and my parents basically disowned me for fucking up the scholarship. But I was young a full of energy.

-I´ve had a lot of jobs during my life, and most of them all had been manual type of jobs excluding the time I worked as a bell boy and then receptionist but one that I always wanted to do after I saw the movie “cocktail” by Tom Cruise was to work in a bar, check. Not really, I got there with very little money, had a friend that knew a guy that had worked in this bar next to the beach so he put a word in for me since I was literally with a couple of hundred dollars in my pocket and I got the job. And what a job that was. Man o maaaan, the women!

-Have sex with girls from different nationalities, specially Asian. check. I was quite the Romeo, not that I´m that old now I´m 31 but back then…weeehaaa. It was paradise, plus since I knew the owners of the clubs and I knew the door men, I had a science applied to picking up chicks. I actually think I did some mathematical equations so everything would be on mark and if I had jump to plan B, plan B was already waiting.

-Get out of control with booze. check. Always been a drinker. Actually in Spain is not, at least when I was growing up,now things have changed. But at my age, at 11 it wasn´t abnormal to toast with a little wine in my glass on some special occasions with the rest of the family members and friends of the family. Eventually it did get out of control.

-Be a smoker, check. Smoked my first cigarette at age 10 and by age 13 I was smoking 2 or 3 cigarettes a day regularly. Now I´ve jumped to a pack a day, but have reduced this from almost two packs a day.

-Join the army, check. It was never planned, I was getting out of control with the booze I was getting a bit bored of the same routine going to work as a recepcionist, had two friends back in the U.S that had joined the Marines after the attacks of September the 11 2001. So one day coming from work, I stumble upon a van that had written on the side “Ejercito de tierra” which to the Americans is just army. They had a cool t.v outside with tough looking guys fast roping off helicopters, shooting guns, the uniform looked cool with all the gear on it. It was a steady pay, I would get a bit of adrenaline, which I needed and surely it wasn´t going to be all that tough or routine the army. Just show up, shoot guns and then go back to sleep. Easy, just like Rambo. Got that one wrong.

-Getting deployed, check. First deployed to Iraq just 4 months since I first entered the army. Actually joined my unit there. Or the rest or my unit. All that cool gear, or at least what I thought look cool now it was a pain in the ass. Or I should say a pain in the back. Still have back problems from that period of my life. Let alone the living conditions in that fucked up place and worst was Afghanistan, that was real shit. Yet again I was in the Spanish Legion, picked the toughest unit my Spanish had, since if I was going into this I wanted to be with the best. So let alone being shot at or blown up, just living conditions, heat, cold, food and water depravation, but we did get a bonus of 3,000$ in Afghanishit, since they actually asked for volunteers to go there. And since I had been previously been deployed I thought I knew more than the rest of my platoon, they all wanted to go, everybody want´s to go when you train day in and day out for this. The analogy would be like a guy studying Literature, reading a lot, and never get a chance to actually write? That would be frustrating for writers right? So basically the same in my case. With some twitches here and there.

-Blow all your savings, check. After 4 years and a half I did get out of the army with quite a lot of dough, you do the math if I was deployed for 7 months in Afghanishit with 3,000$ a month, weehaaa. What do you do when you return from those places and then decide to get out of that institution. Spend like crazy.

-Be homeless, check. Great ways to do sight seeing of the city parks.

-Steel, check. Had to at the time to pay for my addiction to alcohol and basically some money with the whore i was with at the time.

-Go to jail, check. Like a hotel, food and board included.

-Almost die, check. Survived the army experience, which others guys didn´t and now I was lying in the ICU in “shock”, diagnosis, severe pancreatitis. Still fucked up with that thing. Spend 18 days in ICU and plus a month and ten day in general hospital. So almost two months wearing blue hospital clothes.

-Return to having a real relationship with my parents, check. They did find out I was in the hospital,sort of drop off the grid after army days, I didn´t call but seems the doctors took my i.d, and eventually the other two names listed there as my closest relatives well they where my parents so they contact them.

-Return to my old childhood home, check. Where do you think I´m writing this from? Yep, with my mother in the other room and one of my dogs farting right next to me as I write this. It´s peaceful I´ll tell you that. Living in the middle of nowhere where there are only cows and bulls outside my door, birds humming early in the morning, a bit isolated though.

-Not being broke, check The government has decided to give me a check for disability because first of my health issues and second because they saw I had been over two years without working. So there you go.Not broke anymore.

-Renting an apartment. check . Moving in October to my new apartment, 250$ a month and in Spain they call it with rent to buy. So I sign  a contract, put some much more money in advance and then pay the 250$ a month and it will be mine.

– Have my own laptop, check. Have finally bought it, 800$ the son of a b…ch. But here he is standing.

-Return to writing, check. A bad writer but we´re having fun with this thing, plus this wordpress thing, my free online university.

So mission accomplished, my bucket list done. Now I´ll start to make one for the future that looks brighter.

Stay Frosty gents and gentesses.



  1. You should write a book hombre! You have a lot of experience to share with the world! I enjoyed reading this. Thanks

  2. Charly,

    Great read, thank you for sharing so much with us. I will send you the first part of the smoking man tonight, my time, I’ve been hesitant. Now I read this, wow. For sure you won’t believe, I should have sent it last night, but again I hesitated.


      1. Yes, I think that is the time difference. It is written in two parts. I have tasks now or I would stop and send it now. Maybe, let me reread it, if I can do it quickly, I will send it in a few. I will let you know. Be sure to check your box, I don’t want to be lost at sea, please, okay? What time is there right now?

      2. 9:18 p.m and there over your side should be 12:18 in the evening, I haven´t eaten dinner yet, and after I read a few more blogs I´ll fall of the grid.

  3. The List will grow as ya age…lewks like u have lived a few lifetimes for being so young lol…well jest wait till ur almost 60 like me 🙂 lol…with a mind that wants to do things i could when i was younger but cannot anymore so do all u can while ya can is all i gots to say an keep enjoyin all ya can while ya can also..take care …. Q

  4. Haha… you left out singing the blues, trumpeting like Sachmo, liming Jimi Hendrix, running down the Grand Canyon Bright Angel Trail backwards… but, hey, we’re not all mad now are we? 🙂 My bucket list is just barely out of the gate… haah

    love it!

    1. Mr.Hickman, life is life, it´s done. Now I will make that selection you just mentioned. Should be interesting and fun. Hell,who doesn´t want to play the trumpet like Sachmo. But I´m not running down the Grand Canyon….. too high.

  5. As they say, “Every saint has a past ” 😉 I propose some items for your new bucket list: a story book peppered with poetry, one more book, and some more books 😉 Wish you best of luck!

    1. I was thinking about putting the poetry in Figured that with all the strange little poems I have written now and stored away in the computer I might as well just through them out there and see what happens, the thing is I´m having a blast with this writing thing so whatever happens is all good with me.

      So propose accepted!

      P.S. I like the word Saint, although I say I´m Priest maybe I should change it to Charly Saint.

      1. You can write a story and pepper it with poetry. I remember reading a book like this, and it was fascinating.
        You can introduce yourself this way : Charly Priest, A Saint.

    1. I guess, mostly bad if you ask me. But I don´t regret certain things in life like army days and certainly I´m quite proud, thanks to family support to have them here and be back to having fun writing and loving people around me. Had been quite a lot of years since I hadn´t experienced that.

  6. You have certainly lived a lifetime already, without being old 🙂 Even with all those various experiences, you still have plenty more to experience – and some of the best things will also be the simplest!! I agree – a book (or few) would be awesome & if you need a good editor, let me know 🙂 One of the 1st blogs I started following when I joined WordPress was a guy a few years younger than you that wrote a book about his “interesting” experiences – laughed my ass off at that one & it is starting to take off from what I can tell. You could do it – I know I certainly enjoy reading about your exploits & so do others!!

    OH & had to laugh at the sex with an American girl experience . . . we are not all blond & blue-eyed prom queens LOL!! As a matter of fact, the best of us “American girls” are probably not those things 😉

    I really enjoyed this!! Great post!!

    1. I know, you weren´t all blond blue eyed prom queens…you know the disappointment that was for me. But hey, I quickly dust myself off and went for the kill 😉

      Good idea about the book, and I do remember now that you told me you worked as an editor. Now I have to put some time in writing things, and read about how the hell a novel or novella should be written.

  7. Interesting to read Charly. I like this opportunity to get to know you a little bit better. I like your dark humor too. After all, if we can’t laugh about ourselves, what is there to laugh about? 😉
    You had quite a life. Makes me wonder what would happen if I would make a bucket list like this. Hmmm, I probably shouldn’t! Life can be such a mess sometimes.
    Make your next bucket list bright indeed!
    Hugz & Love ❤

    1. Each to his own, you do choose your own life. And you´re correct, I don´t recommend that you make that bucketlist.

      Working on my next bucket list, is done almost. Which is live day to day doing things I like with people that I like and always be prepared for the unexpected since you don´t know what life is going to through at you.

      1. Doing things that you like with people you like will make a excellent bucket list!
        I am not a good planner myself because, like you say, you never know what life will throw at you.

    1. Hey there Diwata, I don´t know about Asians, at that time I was younger and my guess is that the thought process in my mind was to have new experiences, plus asians are petite and tight 😉

      1. That was one summer with my cousins 🙂 we did for what-we-thought-it-is-fun lol it was one stick for the three of us kind of thing. I think we did it for a week and we realized it was not fun so we went back to running around the lake and fly kites 🙂 smoked again when i was 20 then quit but lately i smoke 2-3 sticks of cigarette not everyday though

      2. How can people only smoke 1 or 5 cigarettes a day or every two days, I don´t get that. I would be unable to do it, either I quit completely or I go full throttle with my pack a day, although now I´m to 15 cigarettes just about depending on the day. But smoking that little…..certain people I guess do have quite a much control over their habits. Difference between habit and addiction.

        I need to rub against you, let´s see if your level headed mind rubs into and takes the place of my nutty mind.

      3. As an affair….Jesus Diwata, that´s actually one of the best and original answers I have received. Yet, if a relationship is an addiction that´s not to good either no?

    1. You gotta have humour to get through life, at least works for me. If you are my editor and publisher I will publish a book. I´ll go and check you out later. Not you per se, your blog I mean!

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