March 03


The Bucket List


Four years ago I completed an item on my bucket list without even realizing it. In 2009, I danced in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in a speedo and body paint. Let me tell you what courage is… being half naked in front of 300,000 people. It also, strangely enough, was a fulfilling experience. Taking my fear and staring it right in the face.

Also, after four months of starvation and a carb-less diet, it felt great to put myself out there. I will have a separate blog post about that. For now, here is my bucket list. Note that I have already taken off anything I have already achieved. In one year, I will revise the list.

* Items that are crossed out have been completed.


  • Attend surf camp
  • Complete a triple crown: Marathon, Century and Tri in one year
  • Dance on a bar
  • Go bungee jumping
  • Go sky diving
  • Have a drink thrown in my face or be slapped for being a cad
  • Host an epic party
  • Host or attend a bonfire, cuddle next to a campfire
  • Live for a day as my alter ego
  • Party until sunrise
  • Ride a mechanical bull
  • Start a fire without matches


  • Attend a black tie gala
  • Be a guest at Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and Grammys parties
  • Be published
  • Dedicate and write a poem for someone
  • Create and maintain a blog
  • Eat at one of the world’s best restaurants – Michelin Star
  • Go to a wedding in a foreign country
  • Insert movie quotes into a conversation until the other person notices
  • Learn a martial art
  • Learn my grandparents’ native tongues of Spanish and French
  • Read the Top 100 Books of All Time
  • Spend a year reading one book a week
  • Watch every movie that has won an Oscar for Best Picture
  • Watch every James Bond film
  • Write a book

Giving Back or Good Will

  • Give a waiter a $100 tip
  • Help out a random stranger in distress
  • Help someone complete an item off their bucket list or start a bucket list
  • Make a significant change in someone’s life
  • Raise $10,000 for a charity
  • Teach an adult how to read
  • Write inspirational sayings on 52 cards and leave them around town


  • Achieve my ideal weight
  • Get an 8-pack
  • Spend 48 hours without saying a word
  • Study yoga in India
  • Teach a spin class

Life Experience or Life Style

  • Abstain from sex for one year in my adult life
  • Attend an event at which a national leader or monarch is also dining
  • Become a parent
  • Bury a time capsule
  • Experience a tearful goodbye with somebody I’m not dating
  • Find Narnia – Admit that I like him or marry the love of my life
  • Give a speech at a good friend’s wedding
  • Give up social media for a week
  • Go skinny dipping in the ocean
  • Go to a fortune teller, psychic or have my tarot cards read
  • Have a happiness project and allow myself to make mistakes
  • Live on an island for a month … experience the island lifestyle
  • Make friends with at least 5 strangers on the street
  • Organize and execute a romantic picnic
  • Participate in a drum circle
  • Receive a fan letter or be asked for an autograph
  • Teach a spin class


  • Buy a same day plane ticket to a foreign country
  • Dive off a cliff into water
  • Fly business class
  • Fly first class (preferably Air Emirates)
  • Go inside the pyramids
  • Join the 100K frequent flyer club
  • Purchase an around the world ticket and fly across time zones from San Francisco to San Francisco
  • Spend the night in a medieval castle
  • Straddle the international date line
  • Touch an iceberg
  • Travel and party on a house boat
  • Vacation at a silent retreat
  • Work in a hostel abroad

Travel to the World’s Best Festivals

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC
  • Loy Krathong, the sky lantern festival in Thailand
  • Oktoberfest in Munich Germany
  • Brazilian Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • The Ati-Atihan Festival in the Philippines
  • The Day of the Dead in Mexico
  • The Galway International Oyster Festival in Galway, Ireland
  • Carnival in Venice, Italy
  • Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada
  • La Tomatina in Valencia, Spain