My Bucket List

One day my life will find an ending.  Before that, I would like to accomplish some things.  If I get to do any of it, it is a blessing on top of the life I already enjoy. But I like to dream!

Learn:

  • (√) To drive a manual…
  • To surf…
  • To ski…
  • To play guitar…
  • To play the piano…
  • To skateboard…
  • To become fluent in Spanish…
  • To speak basic Chinese…
  • To speak basic Arabic…

Attend:

  • A game at all MLB stadiums…(current count: 10 of 32)
  • (√) A World Series game (2017, Minute Maid, Astros v. Dodgers)
  • (√) A baseball game behind home plate (Astros in 2013!)
  • A European soccer game…
  • A football game at Lambeau Field watching the Packers…
  • (√) A Final Four (college b-ball semis and final- 2010)
  • A Broadway show in New York…
  • A symphony…
  • An opera…
  • (√) A performance of Handels “Messiah” (2010)

Traveling:

  • US Places: Los Angeles (√), Chicago (√), Boston (√), New York, New Orleans, Puerto Rico, Hollywood (√)
  • Europe: Paris, Belfast (√), Dublin (√), Prague (√), Budapest (√),  Rome (√), Florence (√), Munich (√)
  • Africa: Kampala, Morocco, Cairo
  • Central/South America: Sao Paola, Mexico City,  Buenos Aires, Caribbean
  • Asia: Tokyo, Shanghai, Osaka (√), Bangkok, Mumbai, Kolkata
  • Middle East: Jerusalem, Istanbul
  • (√) The Uffizi (2001)
  • (√) The Vatican Museum (2001)
  • Walk through Times Square in New York…
  • Stand at the top of the Empire State Building…
  • (√) Willis Tower (formerly Sears) (2013)
  • Victoria Falls, Africa…
  • Playing on the dunes of the Sahara…
  • Niagara Falls…
  • Macchu Picchu…
  • Visit all 50 states…
  • Visit all 58 national parks…
  • (√) Take a solo backpacking trip across Europe (2005)

Doing:

  • (√) Get married! (2013)
  • (√)Become a father! (2014)
  • Watch my childs wedding…
  • Become a grandfather…
  • Kiss my wife overlooking Florence…
  • Skydiving…
  • Visit a legit flower garden…
  • Get a pilots license…
  • Running a 5k…
  • Drive in a Ferrari or Lamborghini
  • Going on a multi day silent retreat
  • Attend Passover at a Jewish home/synagogue
  • Participating in Ramadan…
  • Participating in a Diwali celebration…
  • (√) Perform a funeral (2007)
  • (√) Perform a wedding (my brothers!)
  • (√) Build my own wood project (garage workbench- 2015)
  • (√) Take a cruise (2005)
  • Play in a disc golf tournament…
  • Bowl a 300…
  • (√) Drink Chianti in Tuscany (2001)
  • (√) Drink a stein in a German Hofbrahaus (2002)
  • (√) Watch open heart surgery (2008
  • (√) Be a season ticket holder for a prof. sports team (2017)
  • Throw out a first pitch…
  • Take a sleigh ride in the snow…
  • Make a real snowman
  • Go scuba diving in the Caribbean or a coral reef somewhere…
  • Take a 1-2 week trip with just my brothers…
  • Hiking the Grand Canyon…
  • Hiking the Appalachians…
  • Driving Route 66…
  • The places where MLK preached, protested, and died…
  • Attend a monster truck rally…

Eating:

  • Try a wine older than 40 years…
  • Eat at Franklins barbecue…
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