The Bucket List

[All completed items have been moved to the top. This list is up-to-date as of 12/4/17]

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