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 speak/read Spanish…
  • To speak/read Chinese…
  • To speak/read Arabic…

Attend:

  • A game at all MLB stadiums…(current count: 10 of 32)
  • Throw out a first pitch…
  • (√) A baseball game behind home plate (Astros in 2013!)
  • Mardi Gras or Carnavale
  • A European Premier League soccer game (preferably in Spain)…
  • 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 performance of Handels “Messiah” (2010)

Traveling:

  • Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, Sao Paolo, Mexico City, Vancouver, Rome (√), Florence (√), Munich (√), Osaka (√), Belfast (√), Dublin (√), Chicago (√), Johannesburg, Boston (√), New York, Prague (√), Budapest (√), Bangkok, Mumbai, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Kampala, New Orleans…
  • The Louvre…
  • (√) The Uffizi (2001)
  • (√) The Vatican Museum (2001)
  • Walk through Times Square in New York…
  • Stand at the top of the Empire State Building…
  • Taj Mahal…
  • Victoria Falls, Africa…
  • Playing on the dunes of the Sahara…
  • Niagara Falls…
  • Macchu Picchu…
  • Terra Cotta Warriors…
  • Hiking the Grand Canyon…
  • Hiking the Appalachians…
  • Visiting all 50 states…
  • Driving Route 66…
  • The places where MLK preached, protested, and died…
  • Visit all 58 national parks…
  • (√) Take a solo week plus backpacking trip across Europe (2005)

Doing:

  • (√) Get married! (2013)
  • (√)Become a father! (2014)
  • Watch my sons wedding…
  • Become a grandfather…
  • Kiss my wife overlooking Florence…
  • Skydiving…
  • Get a pilots license…
  • Running a 5k…
  • Hang-gliding…
  • Drive in a Ferrari or Lamborghini
  • Going on a multi day silent retreat
  • Attend Passover at a Jewish home/synagogue
  • Participating in Ramadan…
  • (√) Perform a funeral (2007)
  • (√) Perform a wedding (my brothers!)
  • (√) Build my own wood project (garage workbench- 2015)
  • Build a computer on my own…
  • Shoot under 80 in a golf round…
  • Bowl a 300…
  • (√) Drink Chianti in Tuscany (2001)
  • (√) Drink a stein in a German Hofbrahaus (2002)
  • (√) Watch open heart surgery (2008)
  • Watch a transplant surgery…
  • Take a sleigh ride in the snow…
  • Make a legit snowman
  • Go scuba diving in the Caribbean or a coral reef somewhere…
  • Take a 1-2 week trip with just my brothers…

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