Swashbucket List

Let me preface this whole entry by stating that I thought of the title in two seconds and laughed my ass off hysterically for the following five minutes. I think it’s healthy to find yourself utterly hilarious.


I’m giving you a moment to appreciate the same pun… especially if you didn’t get it the first round.


Alright. I’m over it.


But, seriously – the value of making yourself laugh is… well, invaluable.

Anyway, more sharing of documents from my past. Thank you, MacBook Pro circa 2007 for crashing – you have forced me to look through my external hard drive. You have reminded me of who I was at the start of the millenium.

I have little desire (or need) to define a Bucket List for you, but I do have a critique. A bucket list represents (key word) a list of things that we want to accomplish in our lives, right? That’s all fine and dandy, but let’s not forget, as many do, the bigger pictures of what these acts represent. For example, bungee jumping is an action, but it’s the moment of surrendering yourself and conquering fear that is the success. Check it off when you’ve accomplished that more than the act itself.

Without further adieu, here is mine. It was originally written after graduating from high school, but since then it has constantly evolved – and continues to evolve.

I welcome suggestions.

Education & Certification
Bachelor’s Degree

    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics
    Minor in English Literature and Psychology

Master’s Degree

    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    Master of Business Administration
    Emphasis in Management

Scuba Diving Certificate
Pilot’s License
Rifle Course

Pistol Course
Sailing/Navigation Course
Archery Course

Visit all 50 States (airline layovers do not count)

    Completed (14/50): California, Washington, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Illinois, Arizona, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah

Visit all 7 Continents

    Completed (3/7): Asia, Europe, North America

See “Worldly Wonders” – included in 100 Places to Visit in Your Lifetime

    Macchu Picchu
    Great Wall of China

    Taj Mahal

    Roman Colosseum
    Chichen Itza
    Great Pyramids of Giza
    Valley of the Kings
    Leaning Tower of Pisa
    Eiffel Tower
    Sistene Chapel

Sail Across an Ocean
Live in a Foreign Country
Road Trip Across the USA
Backpack Europe
Visit a Palace
See Aurora Borealis

Attend World Festivals

    Mardi Gras, New Orleans
    Oktoberfest, Munich
    Brazilian Carnival, Rio de Janerio
    Carnival, Venice
    Burning Man, Nevada
    Loy Krathon, Thailand

Bungee Jumping
White Water Rafting
Swim with Sharks
Run with the Bulls
Skinny Dipping during a Full Moon

Meet the President and Shake his Hand

Tour the inside of the White House
Stand in Tiananmen Square
View USA Monuments

    Empire State Building
    Space Needle
    Golden Gate Bridge
    Statue of Liberty
    Golden Gate Bridge
    Liberty Bell

    Mt. Rushmore
    Lincoln Memorial

See a Broadway Show
See an Opera
See a Ballet
See a Symphony Concert

Take a Pottery Class
Learn to Develop Film
Learn a musical instrument
See your artwork in a gallery
Visit Museums

    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
    Alte Pinakothek
    Pinakothek der Moderne

    Smithsonian Museum, D.C.
    Louvre, Paris

Personal Achievement
Write a novel
Solve Rubik’s Cube
Donate money to a Charity

Volunteer time for a Humanitarian Project
Learn a Foreign Language
Run a Marathon
Make Wine
Create and Read a Top 100 Books List
Create and Watch a Top 100 Movies List
Collect Top 10 Favorite Novels in Rare Editions
Save an Animal from Euthanasia

Create your own website
Give a public speech to over 10,000 people

Ride a camel in the desert
Ride an elephant
Shower in a waterfall
Experience weightlessness
Kiss a stranger
Drive the autoban
Attend a rock concert
Go up in a hot air balloon
Invent a cocktail
Feed the hungry
View a concentration camp

Shoot a full-auto weapon
Practice yoga in an Ashram