Tuesday, August 19, 2008

In which I do things before I die

Stratford-upon-AvonImage via WikipediI've had a list of things to do before I die for a while now -- at least a year and a half or two years ago. The last few years, I have made it a New Year's Resolution to do at least one item off the list, and I also use the list to keep my 43things in line. But I've never made the whole list public.

Then, I read this post and liked the idea of talking about this sort of thing, telling people what I hope to do and finding out what their plans are. So, for the first time:

  • Take dance lessons (finite or ongoing) -- IN PROGRESS
  • Take shooting lessons (finite)
  • Take Spanish lessons (ongoing)
  • Take yoga lessons (ongoing)
  • Take a wine tasting course (finite)
  • Write poetry
  • Join a poetry group (ongoing)
  • Do NaNoWriMo
  • Write a non-NaNoWriMo novel
  • Publish a short story
  • Write more letters
  • Go on a writers’ retreat
  • Join a choir that’s actually worth joining (min 4 parts – ongoing)
  • Get a solo and not freak out about it
  • Join a book club (ongoing)
  • See the Baltimore Aquarium. Not puke.
  • See Jerusalem.
  • See Egypt
  • See Stratford-on-Avon
  • Take high tea the proper British way
  • Take part in a proper Japanese tea ceremony
  • See Walden Pond

  • See the Louvre
  • See the Vatican --
  • See the ruins of Pompeii  -- 
  • See South America  (esp Indian ruins)
  • See Australia
  • See New Zealand
  • See a kiwi (the bird. Zoos acceptable)
  • See a panda
  • See a koala
  • See Hong Kong
  • See Los Angeles
  • See Alcatraz
  • See Seattle
  • See the Mississippi river (not from a gambling boat)
  • See the Grand Canyon
  • See Ellis Island immigration center

  • See the birthplace of Girl Scouting
  • See Hawaii (including active volcano)
  • See the northern lights
  • Cruise to Alaska
  • See a desert
  • See a concentration camp ( internment camp ok)
  • See part of the Underground Railroad
  • See all 100 of AFI’s top movies
  • Read Ulysses. -- IN PROGRESS
  • Read The Lord of the Rings
  • Read The Sandman
  • Read the apocrypha -- IN PROGRESS
  • Fast
  • Adopt a dog
  • Learn to drive -- IN PROGRESS
  • Learn to juggle
  • Make sushi
  • Make sangria
  • Perfect my mother’s brownie frosting
  • Grow a vegetable garden
  • Grow an herb garden
  • Grow a butterfly garden
  • Volunteer
  • Give blood

  • Attend the Olympics (opening or closing ceremony preferred)
  • See a taping of a TV show
  • Take a ghost tour (a real one, not halloween bullshit)

  • See U2 in concert
  • Get a museum membership. Attend regularly
Note: There's been a lot going on lately, and there's even more to come. As a result, I'd like to open a call for guest posters. In return, I'd be happy to return the favor in the next few weeks. Reply in the comments and we'll talk.

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