The Bucket List

[All completed items have been moved to the top. This list is up-to-date as of 9/16/2019]

  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 show on Broadway
  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 fire
  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 from the center of totality (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. ✓ Hike 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. ✓ Ride in an amphibious vehicle
  150. ✓ Join a cult
  151. ✓ Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace
  152. ✓ Have high tea in England
  153. Go snowshoeing
  154. Go to the SuperBowl
  155. Hit a Clay Pigeon While Skeet Shooting
  156. Relax in a Sensory Deprivation Tank
  157. Shear a sheep
  158. Try weird food: Beef tongue, Horse, Elk, Alligator, Eel, Escargot, Foie Gras, Cactus, Chicken feet, Umeboshi (pickled plums), Agave worm, Bear, Reindeer, chocolate covered ants, Whale, Guinea Pig (“Cuy” in Ecuador or Peru), Durian, Abalone, Prickly Pear, Head cheese, Haggis, Fugu
  159. Visit every major religion’s holiest cities (Rome, Vatican CityKyoto, Lhasa, Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Varanasi, Pushkar, etc.)
  160. Attend a service for every major religion (Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hindu, Taoism, Shinto, Buddhism)
  161. Send someone anonymous secret admirer flowers
  162. Use a fake accent for an entire day
  163. Have tasteful nude portraits taken
  164. Give $5 to someone for a random act of kindness
  165. Learn to whistle with two fingers
  166. Flash a stranger
  167. Moon someone
  168. Send an anonymous drink to a lonely guy at a bar
  169. Make a scene at a restaurant (preferably fling a drink in someone’s face)
  170. Have a book published
  171. Brew my own beer
  172. Give a cop the finger
  173. Casually fling a lit cigarette at something flammable (preferably something expensive that I’ve just soaked in gasoline)
  174. Pick up a hitchhiker and make them tell me their life story
  175. Bungee jump
  176. Do a keg stand
  177. Go on a coast-to-coast All-American road trip in a red Ford Mustang convertible
  178. Attend the summer Olympics (Tokyo 2020?)
  179. Go to confession in a Catholic church with a list of a lifetime of sins
  180. Write a comedy act and perform it at an open mic night
  181. Start a club
  182. Be an extra in a movie
  183. Learn to drive a stick shift
  184. Visit a psychic, tarot card reader, medium, or fortune teller (preferably all four)
  185. Read the complete works of Shakespeare
  186. Crowd surf at a concert
  187. Write a screenplay
  188. Walk ten dogs down the street in a big city
  189. Visit the White cliffs of Dover
  190. Go to Wimbledon (usually June to July)
  191. Visit Stonehenge
  192. Sleep in a haunted castle (perhaps Comlongon castle in Scotland)
  193. Visit Evil Eye in York: it has 1026 types of gin
  194. Drink at the Guinness Brewery
  195. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  196. Cross Ireland by bicycle
  197. Down an imperial pint in London’s Samuel Pepys pub on the Thames
  198. Ride a horse through the British countryside (bonus points if wearing early 19th century garb)
  199. Take acid while visiting Uluru in Australia
  200. Invent something useful and patent it
  201. Go to the top of the Sears Tower and lean against the window
  202. Read War and Peace
  203. Learn to tap dance
  204. Ride in a blimp
  205. Have my artwork displayed in a gallery
  206. See an active volcano (preferably on the Big Island of Hawaii)
  207. Just pack and get on a bus without knowing where it’s going
  208. Backpack through Europe
  209. Host a formal cocktail party for 25+ people
  210. Milk a cow
  211. Have flattering black and white head shots taken
  212. Jump off a waterfall
  213. Create my own holiday
  214. Send a postcard from every continent
  215. Throw a dart at  a map and go there
  216. Go to the original Disneyland
  217. Play strip poker
  218. Surprise someone wearing nothing but a trench coat and heels
  219. Visit every country in Europe
  220. Be in the audience of a TV show
  221. Ride the Trans-Siberian Express through Asia
  222. Drink beer at Oktoberfest in Munich
  223. Shower under a waterfall
  224. Catch a fly ball in the stand of a Major League Baseball game
  225. Climb Mt. Fuji
  226. Eat Fugu
  227. Watch live Sumo wrestling championships and yell “Hakkeyoi!”
  228. Drink tea in a traditional Japanese tea garden
  229. Visit Africa’s Serengeti Plain and watch the wildebeest migration from a hot air balloon
  230. Learn Italian or French to the point where you can go on a sexy rant
  231. Run with the bulls in Pamplona (July 6-14)
  232. Go to a writer’s retreat
  233. Spend a week at Burning Man (usually Labor day weekend)
  234. Visit a nudist colony, aka take a “nakation”
  235. Go shopping in Milan
  236. Visit Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como in Italy
  237. Hear Andrea Bocelli sing opera in Milan
  238. Ride in a Gondola in Venice
  239. Stomp grapes in Tuscany
  240. Hike the cities of Cinque Terre (preferably during the off-season)
  241. Dance a Waltz at the Vienna Opera Ball
  242. Skate through the streets of Paris
  243. Ride a bicycle through the Loire Valley in September
  244. Sunbathe at the nude beaches of the Cote D’Azur
  245. Attend a couture show in Paris
  246. Walk/run/motorcycle the Great Wall of China
  247. Visit the Forbidden City
  248. Take an ink/calligraphy/painting class with an expert in China
  249. Visit the Tianjin Binhai Library
  250. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Mexico City
  251. Soak in the mud and waters of the Dead Sea
  252. Go to Cairo and Luxor and see the pyramids and float down the Nile
  253. See the Sri Meenakshi temple in India
  254. Visit the Taj Mahal
  255. Shop for gold in India during wedding season (October-December)
  256. Navigate the backwaters of Kerala, India, on a houseboat
  257. Learn to play the ukulele
  258. Learn to play the harp
  259. Bathe in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  260. Go to Argentina to look for Dinosaur bones
  261. Join a group of storm-chasers
  262. Visit the Amazon rainforest
  263. Drink a mint julep at the Kentucky Derby while wearing an elaborate hat (usually in early May)
  264. Visit the Indy 500, the Monaco Grand Prix, or 24 Hours of Le Mans
  265. Climb Mount Olympus
  266. Ride a Harley on Route 66 (check out the rumble strips that play America The Beautiful)
  267. Take a train ride on the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul
  268. Steamboat cruise down the Mississippi (preferably with a man named Jim)
  269. Raft down the Nahanni in Canada
  270. Witness the Thaipusam festival in Singapore (January/February)
  271. Stay in the Presidential suite of a hotel
  272. See the sunrise from Maui’s Mt. Haleakala
  273. Obtain a black belt in a martial art
  274. Try every alcoholic spirit in the world
  275. Take piano lessons
  276. Host a kick-ass family reunion
  277. Hop the border to and from Mexico
  278. Attend Comic-Con
  279. Try archery again
  280. Live abroad
  281. Celebrate New Years in Times Square
  282. Go full throttle on the open road
  283. Make out at Niagara Falls
  284. Pee off a really tall building
  285. Travel the Norwegian Fjords
  286. Visit Trolltunga in Norway
  287. Hike to Preikestolen in Norway (also called Pulpit Rock)
  288. See the hometowns of ancestors
  289. Go Skijoring with dogs
  290. Attend the St. Lucia festival in Stockholm, Sweden
  291. Visit Tjolöholm Castle in Sweden
  292. Stay at an Ice Hotel
  293. See the Northern Lights/aurora borealis
  294. Go on safari through the Laplands
  295. Throw a pie in someone’s face
  296. Rescue someone from mortal peril
  297. Witness a Civil War reenactment battle
  298. Attempt to kiss the Pope
  299. Start/participate in a major food fight
  300. Ride a horse bareback, in a red dress, on the beach
  301. Become an ordained minister
  302. Learn the metric system by heart
  303. Mardi Gras in New Orleans (mid-February to early March)
  304. Second line a jazz funeral in New Orleans
  305. Eat breakfast at Tiffany’s
  306. Learn to fly a plane
  307. Wakeboard
  308. Ding-dong-ditch someone’s house with a flaming bag of dog poop
  309. Have a ridiculous temper tantrum and throw destructible objects off a balcony
  310. Jump out of a cake
  311. Yell at an authority figure in front of a large group
  312. Be serenaded on a balcony (preferably in Spanish)
  313. Attend a film festival (preferably Cannes)
  314. Go fly fishing
  315. Have a barbershop quartet sing for me or someone else
  316. Send a message via airplane
  317. Tuen Ng (Dragon boat festival in Hong Kong usually in June)
  318. Attend or host a Ho Down (must have jug player, banjo, washboard, and spoons)
  319. Get a real estate license
  320. Get hypnotized by a professional
  321. Be a truck driver
  322. Learn to sail and then sail around the world (or at least to the South Pacific)
  323. Get arrested at age 80 or older
  324. Fly to the moon
  325. Go on a pilgrimage to the holy land
  326. Hang glide in Vermont in autumn when the leaves are vivid
  327. Learn basic engine checking/fixing
  328. Read the entire Bible, preferably with historical annotations
  329. Ride an elephant in Thailand
  330. Let a lantern fly at the Yee Peng Festival in Chiang Mai in November
  331. Visit Yunnan with a really good camera
  332. Take a natural mud bath
  333. Build a tree house (preferably with a child)
  334. Swim in each of the seven seas
  335. Watch the sunset on Santorini
  336. Harmonize on a street corner
  337. Wear a disguise
  338. Travel Magellan’s exact route
  339. Go on an African Safari
  340. Take group therapy and don’t hold back
  341. Thwart a mugger and/or prevent a crime
  342. Bowl a perfect 300
  343. Perform a to-the-books exorcism
  344. Pan for gold like an old prospector
  345. Make moonshine in a bathtub
  346. Learn morse code
  347. Visit Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood
  348. Try fencing
  349. Go down in a submarine
  350. Learn braille
  351. Dive for jewelry in a public lake
  352. Volunteer overseas
  353. Take dance lessons
  354. Give birth
  355. Attend a space shuttle launch
  356. Spend one Christmas on the beach drinking Piña Coladas
  357. Visit the Galapagos
  358. Take the SATs years after college
  359. Deactivate a live bomb
  360. Attend a midnight mass
  361. Learn to read lips
  362. Hire a private detective
  363. Experience Brazilian Carnival
  364. See/compete in the Elephant Polo tournament in Nepal
  365. Put a scavenger hunt in my will
  366. Ride a camel through the desert
  367. Have a star named
  368. Walk over hot coals
  369. Win with a royal flush
  370. Start at Lake Tear of the Clouds and go by canoe down the Hudson to the Statue of Liberty
  371. Host a Thanksgiving where you serve everyone’s favorite food (pizza, cheesecake, etc.)
  372. Ballroom dance at the Rainbow Room
  373. See the terra-cotta soldiers at Xian
  374. Join a manhunt, search party, or posse
  375. Ride in a side car
  376. Give everyone you love a note outlining how they’ve enriched your life
  377. 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)
  378. See a live polar bear in its natural environment
  379. Loot
  380. Visit Easter Island
  381. Buy a house
  382. Get married
  383. Go HALO diving (preferably over the Alps)
  384. Hunt something with a spear
  385. Go hunting for big game
  386. Bicycle across America (or across the state of Washington, or along Highway 101)
  387. Go to Busch Gardens in Virginia and go on all the roller coasters I was too afraid to as a child
  388. Take ferries all the way up to Alaska
  389. Sponsor a girl’s education
  390. Hunt for pirates
  391. Have a pet fox
  392. Get baptized in the Mississippi
  393. Shoot swamp rats in the Everglades and use the profits to buy beer
  394. Drive the Overseas Highway, Miami to Key West, Florida
  395. Ride naked in the Fremont Solstice parade
  396. Make an entire meal out of foraged food
  397. Climb Mount Rainier
  398. Visit Dubai
  399. Visit Wat Rong Khun aka White Temple in Thailand
  400. See Nasir al Molk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran
  401. See the Parliament Building in Budapest, Hungary
  402. See the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE
  403. Go to a floating lantern festival
  404. Learn how to blow glass
  405. Go to an oxygen bar
  406. Have a fish pedicure
  407. Go on a river cruise along the Volga river
  408. Cook live lobster
  409. Kill, cook, and eat a rattlesnake
  410. Live in a boat house on Lake Washington
  411. Visit Mexico when all the monarch butterflies swarm there
  412. Visit Sveti Stefan in Montenegro (“Lux Apartments” nearby)
  413. Win the lottery
  414. Stay in a hut over the waters of the Maldives
  415. Dive for pearls
  416. Watch the North American Caribou migration
  417. Go see a live marching band show at an HBCU (Southern University, NCAT, Brown, etc.)
  418. Drive an ATV
  419. Travel alone
  420. Go snorkeling in St. Johns
  421. Visit Argentina’s Iguazu Falls
  422. Build an epic gingerbread house from scratch
  423. Bathe with a baby elephant
  424. Go clamming and immediately make clam chowder afterwards
  425. Sleep in an igloo
  426. Be a street performer
  427. Go to a Renaissance Festival
  428. Take singing lessons/learn to sing within my octave
  429. Become a self-made millionaire
  430. Charter a yacht
  431. Stay in a 5-star resort
  432. Attend a pig roast in South Pacific
  433. Drink at an ice bar
  434. Eat in a pitch black restaurant
  435. Enter something in a food competition
  436. Do a polar bear plunge
  437. Find treasure with a metal detector
  438. Meet the Dalai Lama
  439. Go ice fishing
  440. Ride in a snowmobile
  441. Climb the Haʻikū Stairs on O’ahu
  442. Tour the Biltmore Estates in NC
  443. Visit the world’s largest salt flat Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
  444. Swim in the World’s largest swimming pool: San Alfonso Del Mar in Chile
  445. Visit Patagonia in Chile/Argentina
  446. Swim in a Cenote in Mexico
  447. Hike through the Crooked Forest in Poland
  448. Make edgy street art in a prominent location under the cover of darkness
  449. Swim next to a Blue Whale
  450. Waterfall ice climb at Banff, Canada
  451. Walk the 1,200 km Shikoku Pilgrimage
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