The Bucket List

[All completed items have been moved to the top. This list is up-to-date as of 3/22/2018]

  1. ✓ ­Go skydiving (3/10/2014)
  2. ✓ Plant a tree
  3. ✓ Go para-sailing
  4. ✓ Join a riot
  5. ✓ Hitchhike (2008?)
  6. ✓ Learn how to play pool
  7. ✓ Learn how to play poker
  8. ✓ Pick my poison (gin)
  9. ✓ Go commando
  10. ✓ Get on a plane without knowing where it is going
  11. ✓ See the Grand Canyon
  12. ✓ Acquire an international pen pal
  13. ✓ Dance on a stage in front of a large group of people
  14. ✓ Run through a field of flowers in a dress
  15. ✓ Go skinny dipping (2008)
  16. ✓ Participate in a bar fight
  17. ✓ Get a professional massage
  18. ✓ Throw (clean) panties at a live band
  19. ✓ Jump in a pool/fountain/lake with clothes on
  20. ✓ Dance on a rooftop
  21. ✓ Write inspirational messages in public bathrooms
  22. ✓ Write threatening messages in public bathrooms
  23. ✓ Go to New York
  24. ✓ Go to Los Angeles
  25. ✓ Join a parade
  26. ✓ Create a personal travel map
  27. ✓ Get trashed while wine tasting
  28. ✓ Donate blood
  29. ✓ Donate plasma
  30. ✓ Donate hair
  31. ✓ Have my portrait painted
  32. ✓ Give myself a haircut
  33. ✓ Read Moby Dick
  34. ✓ Take a philosophy class
  35. ✓ Write a rejection letter to Harvard
  36. ✓ Sunbathe topless (Summer 2009)
  37. ✓ Picket something
  38. ✓ Fake being drunk at a party
  39. ✓ Get grandparents to share detailed family tree information
  40. ✓ Go to a Monster Truck Rally
  41. ✓ Learn to change a tire
  42. ✓ Meet and spend the entire night hanging out with complete strangers
  43. ✓ Paint a house
  44. ✓ Order pizza and answer the door in lingerie
  45. ✓ See the circus
  46. Invent a drink
  47. ✓ Have something published
  48. ✓ Shotgun a beer
  49. ✓ Go whale watching by the San Juan Islands for Orcas
  50. ✓ Go whale watching in Mexico for Hump Back Whales
  51. ✓ Drink Absinthe
  52. ✓ Visit Mt. St. Helens
  53. ✓ Visit a gun range
  54. ✓ Get acupuncture (8/20/2015)
  55. ✓ Get or watch someone get a tattoo (2010)
  56. ✓ Fly in a hot air balloon (3/14/2014)
  57. ✓ Ask for a raise
  58. ✓ Ride on a motorcycle (August 2012)
  59. ✓ Get fired on purpose
  60. ✓ Stay out dancing all night and go straight to work in the morning
  61. ✓ Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef (3/11/2014)
  62. ✓ Create a mission statement or manifesto
  63. ✓ Celebrate at the Kanamara festival (penis festival) in Kawasaki, Japan
  64. ✓ Ride a bullet train
  65. ✓ Watch a live birth (11/15/2013)
  66. ✓ Spend a day visiting expensive car dealerships test-driving cars that I will never be able to afford
  67. ✓ Moonwalk out of a room
  68. ✓ Take part in a dance off
  69. ✓ Eat the Agave worm
  70. ✓ Fly in a helicopter
  71. ✓ Visit a huge gospel church
  72. ✓ Make a quilt
  73. ✓ See a Broadway play
  74. ✓ Scuba dive
  75. ✓ Attend a Gallery Opening
  76. ✓ Join a book club
  77. ✓ Visit an underground cavern
  78. ✓ Attend a masquerade
  79. ✓ Go to the tracks (horse or dog)
  80. ✓ Roll in a huge pile of leaves
  81. ✓ Go dog sledding in Alaska (6/24/2015)
  82. ✓ Get a professional makeover
  83. ✓ Crash a ritzy party
  84. ✓ Slide down a brass fire pole
  85. ✓ Smoke a Cuban cigar
  86. ✓ Get engaged
  87. ✓ Put flowers on the untended grave of a stranger
  88. ✓ Cook dinner in a fireplace
  89. ✓ Learn the rules of football
  90. ✓ Solve a mystery train ride
  91. ✓ See Teatro Zinzanni
  92. ✓ Hit golf balls into the sea
  93. ✓ Brood on a motorcycle while listening to “Take My Breath Away” or “Highway to the Danger Zone”
  94. Dumpster Dive
  95. ✓ Correspond with someone in prison
  96. ✓ Tightrope walk from a great height
  97. ✓ Smuggle something illegal over the U.S. border
  98. ✓ Smoke a cigarette out of a 1920s cigarette holder
  99. ✓ Buy a new car
  100. ✓ Karaoke in front of an entire bar
  101. ✓ Watch AFI’s top 1oo films (track my progress here)
  102. ✓ Create a family tree
  103. ✓ Go to a Drive-in Movie
  104. ✓ Take a DNA test
  105. ✓ Sleep in a tree house
  106. ✓ Go Blackwater rafting
  107. ✓ Go spelunking
  108. ✓ Swim with a shark (3/13/2014)
  109. ✓ Take a food foraging class
  110. ✓ Arrive by sea plane (June 2015)
  111. ✓ Blow a lot of money gambling
  112. ✓ Put $111 on black on a roulette table in Vegas (11/11/2011 at 11:11 pm– Yes I won!)
  113. ✓ Zip line (November 2011)
  114. ✓ Fly first class (7/13/17)
  115. ✓ See a full eclipse (in Lime, Oregon on 8/21/2017)
  116. ✓ Get a dog (July 14, 2017)
  117. ✓ Go to a Cirque du Soleil show (November 2011)
  118. ✓ Try cupping therapy
  119. ✓ Play the stock market
  120. ✓ Eat roe right out of the fish (completed summer 2017)
  121. ✓ Have a white Christmas
  122. ✓ Learn to juggle
  123. ✓ Take guitar lessons
  124. ✓ Own an original piece of artwork
  125. ✓ Send a message in a bottle
  126. ✓ Write 50 journals
  127. ✓ Complete a ropes course
  128. ✓ Do a juice fast for a week
  129. ✓ Fly a kite
  130. ✓ Go Paintballing with friends
  131. ✓ Climb a lighthouse
  132. ✓ Walk on a glacier
  133. ✓ Graduate from university
  134. ✓ Drive the Pacific Coast Highway
  135. ✓ Visit the Redwoods
  136. ✓ Hike through Glacier National Park
  137. ✓ Visit the Blue Grotto
  138. ✓ Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain
  139. ✓ Stroll Through Sagano Bamboo Forest
  140. ✓ See Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia
  141. ✓ Complete a triathlon
  142. ✓ Visit a jeweler’s office in the diamond district in Manhattan
  143. ✓ See Pompeii
  144. Go curling
  145. ✓ Buy a storage unit at auction
  146. ✓ Rent and use a metal detector
  147. ✓ Read 500 books
  148. ✓ Drink at a swim-up bar
  149. Go snowshoeing
  150. Go to the SuperBowl
  151. Hit a Clay Pigeon While Skeet Shooting
  152. Relax in a Sensory Deprivation Tank
  153. Shear a sheep
  154. Try weird food: Beef tongue, Horse, Alligator, Eel, Escargot, Foie Gras, Cactus, Chicken feet, Umeboshi (pickled plums), Agave worm, chocolate covered ants, Whale, Guinea Pig (“Cuy” in Ecuador or Peru), Durian, Abalone, Prickly Pear, Head cheese, Haggis, Fugu
  155. Visit every major religion’s holiest cities (Rome, Vatican CityKyoto, Lhasa, Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Varanasi, Pushkar, etc.)
  156. Attend a service for every major religion (Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hindu, Taoism, Shinto, Buddhism)
  157. Send someone anonymous secret admirer flowers
  158. Use a fake accent for an entire day
  159. Have tasteful nude portraits taken
  160. Give $5 to someone for a random act of kindness
  161. Learn to whistle with two fingers
  162. Flash a stranger
  163. Moon someone
  164. Send an anonymous drink to a lonely guy at a bar
  165. Make a scene at a restaurant (preferably fling a drink in someone’s face)
  166. Have a book published
  167. Brew my own beer
  168. Give a cop the finger
  169. Casually fling a lit cigarette at something flammable (preferably something expensive that I’ve just soaked in gasoline)
  170. Pick up a hitchhiker and make them tell me their life story
  171. Bungee jump
  172. Do a keg stand
  173. Go on a coast-to-coast All-American road trip in a red Ford Mustang convertible
  174. Attend the summer Olympics (Tokyo 2020?)
  175. Go to confession in a Catholic church with a list of a lifetime of sins
  176. Write an entire comedy act and perform it at an open mic night
  177. Start a club
  178. Be an extra in a movie
  179. Learn to drive a stick shift
  180. Visit a psychic, tarot card reader, medium, or fortune teller (preferably all four)
  181. Read the complete works of Shakespeare
  182. Crowd surf at a concert
  183. Write a screenplay
  184. Walk ten dogs down the street in a big city
  185. Visit the White cliffs of Dover
  186. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace
  187. Go to Wimbledon (usually June to July)
  188. Visit Stonehenge
  189. Sleep in a haunted castle (perhaps Comlongon castle in Scotland)
  190. Have high tea in England
  191. Visit Evil Eye in York: it has 1026 types of gin
  192. Drink at the Guinness Brewery
  193. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  194. Cross Ireland by bicycle
  195. Down an imperial pint in London’s Samuel Pepys pub on the Thames
  196. Ride a horse through the British countryside (bonus points if wearing early 19th century garb)
  197. Take acid while visiting Uluru in Australia
  198. Invent something useful and patent it
  199. Go to the top of the Sears Tower and lean against the window
  200. Read War and Peace
  201. Learn to tap dance
  202. Ride in a blimp
  203. Have my artwork displayed in a gallery
  204. See an active volcano (preferably on the Big Island of Hawaii)
  205. Just pack and get on a bus without knowing where it’s going
  206. Backpack through Europe
  207. Host a formal cocktail party for 25+ people
  208. Milk a cow
  209. Have flattering black and white head shots taken
  210. Jump off a waterfall
  211. Create my own holiday
  212. Send a postcard from every continent
  213. Throw a dart at  a map and go there
  214. Go to the original Disneyland
  215. Play strip poker
  216. Surprise someone wearing nothing but a trench coat and heels
  217. Visit every country in Europe
  218. Be in the audience of a TV show
  219. Ride the Trans-Siberian Express through Asia
  220. Drink beer at Oktoberfest in Munich
  221. Shower under a waterfall
  222. Catch a fly ball in the stand of a Major League Baseball game
  223. Climb Mt. Fuji
  224. Eat Fugu
  225. Watch live Sumo wrestling championships and yell “Hakkeyoi!”
  226. Drink tea in a traditional Japanese tea garden
  227. Visit Africa’s Serengeti Plain and watch the wildebeest migration from a hot air balloon
  228. Learn Italian or French to the point where you can go on a rant
  229. Run with the bulls in Pamplona (July 6-14)
  230. Go to a writer’s retreat
  231. Spend a week at Burning Man (usually Labor day weekend)
  232. Visit a nudist colony, aka take a “nakation”
  233. Go shopping in Milan
  234. Visit Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como in Italy
  235. Hear Andrea Bocelli sing opera in Milan
  236. Ride in a Gondola in Venice
  237. Stomp grapes in Tuscany
  238. Hike the cities of Cinque Terre (preferably during the off-season)
  239. Dance a Waltz at the Vienna Opera Ball
  240. Skate through the streets of Paris
  241. Ride a bicycle through the Loire Valley in September
  242. Sunbathe at the nude beaches of the Cote D’Azur
  243. Attend a couture show in Paris
  244. Walk/run/motorcycle the Great Wall of China
  245. Visit the Forbidden City
  246. Take an ink/calligraphy/painting class with an expert in China
  247. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Mexico City
  248. Soak in the mud and waters of the Dead Sea
  249. Go to Cairo and Luxor and see the pyramids and float down the Nile
  250. See the Sri Meenakshi temple in India
  251. Visit the Taj Mahal
  252. Shop for gold in India during wedding season (October-December)
  253. Navigate the backwaters of Kerala, India, on a houseboat
  254. Learn to play the ukulele
  255. Learn to play the harp
  256. Bathe in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  257. Go to Argentina to look for Dinosaur bones
  258. Join a group of storm-chasers
  259. Visit the Amazon rainforest
  260. Drink a mint julep at the Kentucky Derby while wearing a fancy hat (usually in early May)
  261. Visit the Indy 500, the Monaco Grand Prix, or 24 Hours of Le Mans
  262. Climb Mount Olympus
  263. Ride a Harley on Route 66 (check out the rumble strips that play America The Beautiful)
  264. Take a train ride on the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul
  265. Steamboat cruise down the Mississippi (preferably with a man named Jim)
  266. Raft down the Nahanni in Canada
  267. Witness the Thaipusam festival in Singapore (January/February)
  268. Stay in the Presidential suite of a hotel
  269. See the sunrise from Maui’s Mt. Haleakala
  270. Obtain a black belt
  271. Try every alcoholic spirit in the world
  272. Take piano lessons
  273. Host a kick-ass family reunion
  274. Hop the border to and from Mexico
  275. Attend Comic-Con
  276. Try archery again
  277. Live abroad
  278. Celebrate New Years in Times Square
  279. Go full throttle on the open road
  280. Make out at Niagara Falls
  281. Pee off a really tall building
  282. Travel the Norwegian Fjords
  283. Visit Trolltunga in Norway
  284. Hike to Preikestolen in Norway (also called Pulpit Rock)
  285. See the hometowns of ancestors
  286. Go Skijoring with dogs
  287. Attend the St. Lucia festival in Stockholm, Sweden
  288. Visit Tjolöholm Castle in Sweden
  289. Stay at an Ice Hotel
  290. See the Northern Lights/aurora borealis
  291. Go on safari through the Laplands
  292. Throw a pie in someone’s face
  293. Rescue someone from mortal peril
  294. Witness a Civil War reenactment battle
  295. Attempt to kiss the Pope
  296. Start/participate in a major food fight
  297. Ride a horse bareback, in a red dress, on the beach
  298. Become an ordained minister
  299. Learn the metric system by heart
  300. Mardi Gras in New Orleans (mid-February to early March)
  301. Second line a jazz funeral in New Orleans
  302. Eat breakfast at Tiffany’s
  303. Learn to fly a plane
  304. Wakeboard
  305. Ding-dong-ditch someone’s house with a flaming bag of dog poop
  306. Have a ridiculous temper tantrum and throw destructible objects off a balcony
  307. Jump out of a cake
  308. Join a cult
  309. Yell at an authority figure in front of a large group
  310. Be serenaded on a balcony (preferably in Spanish)
  311. Attend a film festival (preferably Cannes)
  312. Go fly fishing
  313. Have a barbershop quartet sing for me or someone else
  314. Send a message via airplane
  315. Tuen Ng (Dragon boat festival in Hong Kong usually in June)
  316. Attend or host a Ho Down (must have jug player, banjo, washboard, and spoons)
  317. Get a real estate license
  318. Get hypnotized by a professional
  319. Be a truck driver
  320. Learn to sail and then sail around the world (or at least to the South Pacific)
  321. Get arrested at age 80 or older
  322. Fly to the moon
  323. Go on a pilgrimage to the holy land
  324. Hang glide in Vermont in autumn when the leaves are vivid
  325. Learn basic engine checking/fixing
  326. Read the entire Bible, preferably with historical annotations
  327. Ride an elephant in Thailand
  328. Let a lantern fly at the Yee Peng Festival in Chiang Mai in November
  329. Visit Yunnan with a really good camera
  330. Take a natural mud bath
  331. Build a tree house (preferably with a child)
  332. Swim in each of the seven seas
  333. Watch the sunset on Santorini
  334. Harmonize on a street corner
  335. Wear a disguise
  336. Travel Magellan’s exact route
  337. Go on an African Safari
  338. Take group therapy and don’t hold back
  339. Thwart a mugger and/or prevent a crime
  340. Bowl a perfect 300
  341. Perform a to-the-books exorcism
  342. Pan for gold like an old prospector
  343. Make moonshine in a bathtub
  344. Learn morse code
  345. Visit Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood
  346. Try fencing
  347. Go down in a submarine
  348. Learn braille
  349. Dive for jewelry in a public lake
  350. Volunteer overseas
  351. Take dance lessons
  352. Give birth
  353. Attend a space shuttle launch
  354. Spend one Christmas on the beach drinking Piña Coladas
  355. Visit the Galapagos
  356. Take the SATs years after college
  357. Deactivate a live bomb
  358. Attend a midnight mass
  359. Learn to read lips
  360. Hire a private detective
  361. Experience Brazilian Carnival
  362. See/compete in the Elephant Polo tournament in Nepal
  363. Put a scavenger hunt in my will
  364. Ride a camel through the desert
  365. Have a star named
  366. Walk over hot coals
  367. Win with a royal flush
  368. Start at Lake Tear of the Clouds and go by canoe down the Hudson to the Statue of Liberty
  369. Host a Thanksgiving where you serve everyone’s favorite food (pizza, cheesecake, etc.)
  370. Ballroom dance at the Rainbow Room
  371. See the terra-cotta soldiers at Xian
  372. Join a manhunt, search party, or posse
  373. Ride in a side car
  374. Give everyone you love a note outlining how they’ve enriched your life
  375. Tour the Prado (Madrid, Spain), the Louvre (Paris, France), the Hermitage (Saint Petersburg, Russia), The National Gallery (London, England), the Metropolitan (New York, USA), and the Uffizi (Florence, Italy)
  376. See a live polar bear in its natural environment
  377. Loot
  378. Visit Easter Island
  379. Buy a house
  380. Get married
  381. Go HALO diving (preferably over the Alps)
  382. Hunt something with a spear
  383. Go hunting for big game
  384. Bicycle across America (or across the state of Washington, or along Highway 101)
  385. Go to Busch Gardens in Virginia and go on all the roller coasters I was too afraid to as a child
  386. Take ferries all the way up to Alaska
  387. Sponsor a girl’s education
  388. Hunt for pirates
  389. Have a pet fox
  390. Get baptized in the Mississippi
  391. Shoot swamp rats in the Everglades and use the profits to buy beer
  392. Drive the Overseas Highway, Miami to Key West, Florida
  393. Ride naked in the Fremont Solstice parade
  394. Make an entire meal out of foraged food
  395. Climb Mount Rainier
  396. Visit Dubai
  397. Visit Wat Rong Khun aka White Temple in Thailand
  398. See Nasir al Molk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran
  399. See the Parliament Building in Budapest, Hungary
  400. See the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE
  401. Go to a floating lantern festival
  402. Learn how to blow glass
  403. Go to an oxygen bar
  404. Have a fish pedicure
  405. Go on a river cruise along the Volga river
  406. Cook live lobster
  407. Kill, cook, and eat a rattlesnake
  408. Live in a boat house on Lake Washington
  409. Visit Mexico when all the monarch butterflies swarm there
  410. Visit Sveti Stefan in Montenegro (“Lux Apartments” nearby)
  411. Win the lottery
  412. Stay in a hut over the waters of the Maldives
  413. Dive for pearls
  414. Watch the North American Caribou migration
  415. Go see a live marching band show at an HBCU (Southern University, NCAT, Brown, etc.)
  416. Drive an ATV
  417. Travel alone
  418. Go snorkeling in St. Johns
  419. Visit Argentina’s Iguazu Falls
  420. Build an epic gingerbread house
  421. Bathe with a baby elephant
  422. Go clamming and immediately make clam chowder afterwards
  423. Sleep in an igloo
  424. Be a street performer
  425. Go to a Renaissance Festival
  426. Take singing lessons/learn to sing within my octave
  427. Become a self-made millionaire
  428. Charter a yacht
  429. Stay in a 5-star resort
  430. Attend a pig roast in South Pacific
  431. Drink at an ice bar
  432. Eat in a pitch black restaurant
  433. Enter something in a food competition
  434. Do a polar bear plunge
  435. Find treasure with a metal detector
  436. Meet the Dalai Lama
  437. Go ice fishing
  438. Ride in a snowmobile
  439. Climb the Haʻikū Stairs on O’ahu
  440. Tour the Biltmore Estates in NC
  441. Visit the world’s largest salt flat Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
  442. Swim in the World’s largest swimming pool: San Alfonso Del Mar in Chile
  443. Visit Patagonia in Chile/Argentina
  444. Swim in a Cenote in Mexico
  445. Hike Through the Crooked Forest in Poland
  446. Make street art in a prominent location under the cover of darkness
  447. Swim next to a Blue Whale
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