I’ve roamed the world, and as with all nonagenarians (age 90+), I must expect my one-way journey to happen at any time. Some final roaming choices are based on those I’ve experienced through the years.
For example, during World War 2 Navy service took me to the Philippines. With an advanced unit, I served in on the islands of Samar and Leyte, and then in the capital city of Manila on Luzon. A return today could be interesting, including a visit to our old Navy campsite along the city’s Pasig River.
I was 16 when WW2 started with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, so on my final trip I’d again visit the USS Arizona memorial near Honolulu. I first saw the tragic battleship on my way out to the Pacific in 1944. Just a few years later after recall to active Navy duty in the Korean War, I’d also enjoy again a stroll around the capital city of Seoul’s main street, Myeong-dong.
And maybe a grand finale would be to spend several fun time at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas. It’s where the long-gone Sands Hotel once stood. A friend was an official of the Sands and introduced me to some famous friends in the 1950s.
Now I’d like to imagine reliving the hearty times when I wined and dined with members of the infamous Rat Pack of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. If I’m lucky, their lively ghosts still haunt the halls of the Vegas resort and will invite me to join them.