The Bucket List

[All completed items have been moved to the top. This list is up-to-date as of 1/17/2020]

  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 (7/2008)
  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 (many times over:)
  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, 2020)
  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. ✓ Hit a Clay Pigeon While Skeet Shooting
  154. ✓ Take a natural mud bath
  155. ✓ Ride in a tuk tuk in Bangkok
  156. ✓ Visit Wat Rong Khun aka White Temple in Thailand
  157. ✓ Travel alone
  158. ✓ Bathe with a baby elephant (4 Jan 2020)
  159. Go snowshoeing
  160. Go to the SuperBowl
  161. Relax in a Sensory Deprivation Tank
  162. Shear a sheep
  163. 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, Stingray
  164. Visit every major religion’s holiest cities (Rome, Vatican CityKyoto, Lhasa, Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Varanasi, Pushkar, etc.)
  165. Attend a service for every major religion (Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hindu, Taoism, Shinto, Buddhism)
  166. Send someone anonymous secret admirer flowers
  167. Use a fake accent for an entire day
  168. Have tasteful nude portraits taken
  169. Give $5 to someone for a random act of kindness
  170. Learn to whistle with two fingers
  171. Flash a stranger
  172. Moon someone
  173. Send an anonymous drink to a lonely guy at a bar
  174. Make a scene at a restaurant (preferably fling a drink in someone’s face)
  175. Have a book published
  176. Brew my own beer
  177. Give a cop the finger
  178. Casually fling a lit cigarette at something flammable (preferably something expensive that I’ve just soaked in gasoline)
  179. Pick up a hitchhiker and make them tell me their life story
  180. Bungee jump
  181. Do a keg stand
  182. Go on a coast-to-coast All-American road trip in a red Ford Mustang convertible
  183. Attend the summer Olympics (Tokyo 2020?)
  184. Go to confession in a Catholic church with a list of a lifetime of sins
  185. Write a comedy act and perform it at an open mic night
  186. Start a club
  187. Be an extra in a movie
  188. Learn to drive a stick shift
  189. Visit a psychic, tarot card reader, medium, or fortune teller (preferably all four)
  190. Read the complete works of Shakespeare
  191. Crowd surf at a concert
  192. Write a screenplay
  193. Walk ten dogs down the street in a big city
  194. Visit the White cliffs of Dover
  195. Go to Wimbledon (usually June to July)
  196. Visit Stonehenge
  197. Sleep in a haunted castle (perhaps Comlongon castle in Scotland)
  198. Visit Evil Eye in York: it has 1026 types of gin
  199. Drink at the Guinness Brewery
  200. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  201. Cross Ireland by bicycle
  202. Down an imperial pint in London’s Samuel Pepys pub on the Thames
  203. Ride a horse through the British countryside (bonus points if wearing early 19th century garb)
  204. Take acid while visiting Uluru in Australia
  205. Invent something useful and patent it
  206. Go to the top of the Sears Tower and lean against the window
  207. Read War and Peace
  208. Learn to tap dance
  209. Ride in a blimp
  210. Have my artwork displayed in a gallery
  211. See an active volcano (preferably on the Big Island of Hawaii)
  212. Just pack and get on a bus without knowing where it’s going
  213. Backpack through Europe
  214. Host a formal cocktail party for 25+ people
  215. Milk a cow
  216. Have flattering black and white head shots taken
  217. Jump off a waterfall
  218. Create my own holiday
  219. Send a postcard from every continent
  220. Throw a dart at  a map and go there
  221. Go to the original Disneyland
  222. Play strip poker
  223. Surprise someone wearing nothing but a trench coat and heels
  224. Visit every country in Europe
  225. Be in the audience of a TV show
  226. Ride the Trans-Siberian Express through Asia
  227. Drink beer at Oktoberfest in Munich
  228. Visit Neuschwanstein castle
  229. Shower under a waterfall
  230. Catch a fly ball in the stand of a Major League Baseball game
  231. Climb Mt. Fuji
  232. Eat Fugu
  233. Watch live Sumo wrestling championships and yell “Hakkeyoi!”
  234. Drink tea in a traditional Japanese tea garden
  235. Visit Africa’s Serengeti Plain and watch the wildebeest migration from a hot air balloon
  236. Learn Italian or French to the point where you can go on a sexy rant
  237. Run with the bulls in Pamplona (July 6-14)
  238. Go to a writer’s retreat
  239. Spend a week at Burning Man (usually Labor day weekend)
  240. Visit a nudist colony, aka take a “nakation”
  241. Go shopping in Milan
  242. Visit Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como in Italy
  243. Hear Andrea Bocelli sing opera in Milan
  244. Ride in a Gondola in Venice
  245. Stomp grapes in Tuscany
  246. Hike the cities of Cinque Terre (preferably during the off-season)
  247. Dance a Waltz at the Vienna Opera Ball
  248. Skate through the streets of Paris
  249. Ride a bicycle through the Loire Valley in September
  250. Sunbathe at the nude beaches of the Cote D’Azur
  251. Attend a couture show in Paris
  252. Walk/run/motorcycle the Great Wall of China
  253. Visit the Forbidden City
  254. Take an ink/calligraphy/painting class with an expert in China
  255. Visit the Tianjin Binhai Library
  256. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Mexico City
  257. Soak in the mud and waters of the Dead Sea
  258. Go to Cairo and Luxor and see the pyramids and float down the Nile
  259. See the Sri Meenakshi temple in India
  260. Visit the Taj Mahal
  261. Shop for gold in India during wedding season (October-December)
  262. Navigate the backwaters of Kerala, India, on a houseboat
  263. Learn to play the ukulele
  264. Learn to play the harp
  265. Bathe in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  266. Go to Argentina to look for Dinosaur bones
  267. Join a group of storm-chasers
  268. Visit the Amazon rainforest
  269. Drink a mint julep at the Kentucky Derby while wearing an elaborate hat (usually in early May)
  270. Visit the Indy 500, the Monaco Grand Prix, or 24 Hours of Le Mans
  271. Climb Mount Olympus
  272. Ride a Harley on Route 66 (check out the rumble strips that play America The Beautiful)
  273. Take a train ride on the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul
  274. Steamboat cruise down the Mississippi (preferably with a man named Jim)
  275. Raft down the Nahanni in Canada
  276. Witness the Thaipusam festival in Singapore (January/February)
  277. Stay in the Presidential suite of a hotel
  278. See the sunrise from Maui’s Mt. Haleakala
  279. Obtain a black belt in a martial art
  280. Try every alcoholic spirit in the world
  281. Take piano lessons
  282. Host a kick-ass family reunion
  283. Hop the border to and from Mexico
  284. Attend Comic-Con
  285. Try archery again
  286. Live abroad
  287. Celebrate New Years in Times Square
  288. Go full throttle on the open road
  289. Make out at Niagara Falls
  290. Pee off a really tall building
  291. Travel the Norwegian Fjords
  292. Visit Trolltunga in Norway
  293. Hike to Preikestolen in Norway (also called Pulpit Rock)
  294. See the hometowns of ancestors
  295. Go Skijoring with dogs
  296. Attend the St. Lucia festival in Stockholm, Sweden
  297. Visit Tjolöholm Castle in Sweden
  298. Stay at The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Norrland, Sweden
  299. See the Northern Lights/aurora borealis
  300. Go on safari through the Laplands
  301. Throw a pie in someone’s face
  302. Rescue someone from mortal peril
  303. Witness a Civil War reenactment battle
  304. Attempt to kiss the Pope
  305. Start/participate in a major food fight
  306. Ride a horse bareback, in a red dress, on the beach
  307. Become an ordained minister
  308. Learn the metric system by heart
  309. Mardi Gras in New Orleans (mid-February to early March)
  310. Second line a jazz funeral in New Orleans
  311. Eat breakfast at Tiffany’s
  312. Learn to fly a plane
  313. Wakeboard
  314. Ding-dong-ditch someone’s house with a flaming bag of dog poop
  315. Have a ridiculous temper tantrum and throw destructible objects off a balcony
  316. Jump out of a cake
  317. Yell at an authority figure in front of a large group
  318. Be serenaded on a balcony (preferably in Spanish)
  319. Attend a film festival (preferably Cannes)
  320. Go fly fishing
  321. Have a barbershop quartet sing for me or someone else
  322. Send a message via airplane
  323. Tuen Ng (Dragon boat festival in Hong Kong usually in June)
  324. Attend or host a Ho Down (must have jug player, banjo, washboard, and spoons)
  325. Get a real estate license
  326. Get hypnotized by a professional
  327. Be a truck driver
  328. Learn to sail and then sail around the world (or at least to the South Pacific)
  329. Get arrested at age 80 or older
  330. Fly to the moon
  331. Go on a pilgrimage to the holy land
  332. Hang glide in Vermont in autumn when the leaves are vivid
  333. Learn basic engine checking/fixing
  334. Read the entire Bible, preferably with historical annotations
  335. Ride an elephant in Thailand
  336. Let a lantern fly at the Yee Peng Festival in Chiang Mai in November
  337. Visit Yunnan with a really good camera
  338. Build a tree house (preferably with a child)
  339. Swim in each of the seven seas
  340. Watch the sunset on Santorini
  341. Harmonize on a street corner
  342. Wear a disguise
  343. Travel Magellan’s exact route
  344. Go on an African Safari
  345. Take group therapy and don’t hold back
  346. Thwart a mugger and/or prevent a crime
  347. Bowl a perfect 300
  348. Perform a to-the-books exorcism
  349. Pan for gold like an old prospector
  350. Make moonshine in a bathtub
  351. Learn morse code
  352. Visit Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood
  353. Try fencing
  354. Go down in a submarine
  355. Learn braille
  356. Dive for jewelry in a public lake
  357. Volunteer overseas
  358. Take dance lessons
  359. Give birth
  360. Attend a space shuttle launch
  361. Spend one Christmas on the beach drinking Piña Coladas
  362. Visit the Galapagos
  363. Take the SATs years after college
  364. Deactivate a live bomb
  365. Attend a midnight mass
  366. Learn to read lips
  367. Hire a private detective
  368. Experience Brazilian Carnival
  369. See/compete in the Elephant Polo tournament in Nepal
  370. Put a scavenger hunt in my will
  371. Ride a camel through the desert
  372. Have a star named
  373. Walk over hot coals
  374. Win with a royal flush
  375. Start at Lake Tear of the Clouds and go by canoe down the Hudson to the Statue of Liberty
  376. Host a Thanksgiving where you serve everyone’s favorite food (pizza, cheesecake, etc.)
  377. Ballroom dance at the Rainbow Room
  378. See the terra-cotta soldiers at Xian
  379. Join a manhunt, search party, or posse
  380. Ride in a side car
  381. Give everyone you love a note outlining how they’ve enriched your life
  382. 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)
  383. See a live polar bear in its natural environment
  384. Loot
  385. Visit Easter Island
  386. Buy a house
  387. Get married
  388. Go HALO diving (preferably over the Alps)
  389. Hunt something with a spear
  390. Go hunting for big game
  391. Bicycle across America (or across the state of Washington, or along Highway 101)
  392. Go to Busch Gardens in Virginia and go on all the roller coasters I was too afraid to as a child
  393. Take ferries all the way up to Alaska
  394. Sponsor a girl’s education
  395. Hunt for pirates
  396. Have a pet fox
  397. Get baptized in the Mississippi
  398. Shoot swamp rats in the Everglades and use the profits to buy beer
  399. Drive the Overseas Highway, Miami to Key West, Florida
  400. Ride naked in the Fremont Solstice parade
  401. Make an entire meal out of foraged food
  402. Climb Mount Rainier
  403. Visit Dubai
  404. See Nasir al Molk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran
  405. See the Parliament Building in Budapest, Hungary
  406. See the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE
  407. Go to a floating lantern festival
  408. Learn how to blow glass
  409. Go to an oxygen bar
  410. Have a fish pedicure
  411. Go on a river cruise along the Volga river
  412. Cook live lobster
  413. Kill, cook, and eat a rattlesnake
  414. Live in a boat house on Lake Washington
  415. Visit Mexico when all the monarch butterflies swarm there
  416. Visit Sveti Stefan in Montenegro (“Lux Apartments” nearby)
  417. Win the lottery
  418. Stay in a hut over the waters of the Maldives
  419. Dive for pearls
  420. Watch the North American Caribou migration
  421. Go see a live marching band show at an HBCU (Southern University, NCAT, Brown, etc.)
  422. Drive an ATV
  423. Go snorkeling in St. Johns
  424. Visit Argentina’s Iguazu Falls
  425. Build an epic gingerbread house from scratch
  426. Go clamming and immediately make clam chowder afterwards
  427. Sleep in an igloo
  428. Be a street performer
  429. Go to a Renaissance Festival
  430. Take singing lessons/learn to sing within my octave
  431. Become a self-made millionaire
  432. Charter a yacht
  433. Stay in a 5-star resort
  434. Attend a pig roast in South Pacific
  435. Drink at an ice bar
  436. Eat in a pitch black restaurant
  437. Enter something in a food competition
  438. Do a polar bear plunge
  439. Find treasure with a metal detector
  440. Meet the Dalai Lama
  441. Go ice fishing
  442. Ride in a snowmobile
  443. Climb the Haʻikū Stairs on O’ahu
  444. Tour the Biltmore Estates in NC
  445. Visit the world’s largest salt flat Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
  446. Swim in the World’s largest swimming pool: San Alfonso Del Mar in Chile
  447. Visit Patagonia in Chile/Argentina
  448. Swim in a Cenote in Mexico
  449. Hike through the Crooked Forest in Poland
  450. Make edgy street art in a prominent location under the cover of darkness
  451. Swim next to a Blue Whale
  452. Waterfall ice climb at Banff, Canada
  453. Walk the 1,200 km Shikoku Pilgrimage
  454. Start in Miami and travel down through the Caribbean islands to Venezuela
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