1000 Things to Do Before I Die

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  1. Come up with (at least) 1000 items for this list.
  2. Visit 25 nations (airport terminals don't count). So far: USA, Canada, UK, South Korea, China, Venezuela, Indonesia, Colombia (8).
  3. Visit all 50 states. So far: Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennslyvania, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming (25).
  4. Visit Mount Rushmore (before 05-24-05)
  5. Walk on the Great Wall of China. (before 05-24-05)
  6. Helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. (before 05-24-05)
  7. Go to a drive-in movie theater. (before 05-24-05)
  8. Design and program a video game. (before 05-24-05)
  9. Write and sell a book.
  10. Make a website (before 05-24-05)
  11. Run nude through a public place.
  12. Marry.
  13. Make love in an airplane.
  14. Make love in a cathedral.
  15. Make love on an ocean beach.
  16. Make love on a football field.
  17. Make love in a relative's house.
  18. Make love on a moving train.
  19. Make love in a pool.
  20. Make love in a forest.
  21. Make love in the middle of a street.
  22. Tape myself making love.
  23. Get road head.
  24. Send a message in a bottle.
  25. Sleep a night in a snow fort I built. (before 05-24-05)
  26. Fly a kite. (before 05-24-05)
  27. Dive nude off a boat with others. (before 05-24-05)
  28. Swim across a large lake. (before 05-24-05)
  29. Flatten coins on a train track. (before 05-24-05)
  30. Lie in bed an entire day. (before 05-24-05)
  31. Eat a large, live insect. (10-02-05)
  32. Ride a mechanical bull. (before 05-24-05)
  33. Ride a rollercoaster. (before 05-24-05)
  34. Write a letter to the editor.
  35. Grow and eat my own vegetables. (before 05-24-05)
  36. Sleep under the stars. (before 05-24-05)
  37. Have a meaningful conversation with a beggar. (09-29-05)
  38. Hit a home run. (before 05-24-05)
  39. Adopt an accent for an entire day.
  40. Take a long road trip with friends. (before 05-24-05)
  41. Sing karaoke enthusisastically.
  42. Start a business. (before 05-24-05)
  43. Call or write my congressperson. (before 05-24-05)
  44. Have cosmetic surgery. (before 05-24-05)
  45. Fire a gun. (before 05-24-05)
  46. Be a sperm donor.
  47. Have my picture in a newspaper. (before 05-24-05)
  48. Kill and prepare an animal for eating. (before 05-24-05)
  49. Build my own PC. (before 05-24-05)
  50. Dye my hair nonsensically. (before 05-24-05)
  51. Live abroad. (sping 2007)
  52. Do 100 pushups in a row.
  53. Write a letter of thanks for a good product or customer service.
  54. Write a letter of complaint for a bad product or customer service.
  55. Climb a tall tree all the way to the top. (before 05-24-05)
  56. See the Harlem Globetrotters play. (before 05-24-05)
  57. Put on and act in a stage performance. (before 05-24-05)
  58. See the northern lights. (before 05-24-05)
  59. Yell "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!" in a crowded area.
  60. Conquer a powerful addiction, 'cold turkey' style. (before 05-24-05)
  61. Learn to say the alphabet backwards really, really fast. (before 05-24-05)
  62. Meet someone I met on the Internet in real life. (spring 2007)
  63. Fast (intake nothing but water) for 72 hours. (09-05-05)
  64. Tutor a mentally challenged student. (before 05-24-05)
  65. Build a working piece of furniture. (before 05-24-05)
  66. Get professionally certified. (before 05-24-05)
  67. Converse with a parrot.
  68. Learn a programming language. (before 05-24-05)
  69. Vote. (before 05-24-05)
  70. Literally rip a woman's clothes off her body, like in the movies.
  71. Actually comprehend my finances and taxes.
  72. Host an outdoor barbeque. (fall 2006)
  73. Be on TV. (before 05-24-05)
  74. See an annular solar eclipse. (before 05-24-05)
  75. Make a once-in-a-lifetime basketball shot. (before 05-24-05)
  76. Provide the police with an anonymous tip. (08-08-05)
  77. Shower in the rain. (08-26-05)
  78. Visit an intentional community.
  79. Hitchhike.
  80. Be successfully self-employed.
  81. Use another religious worldview for a whole day.
  82. Practice meditation. (before 05-24-05)
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Oofta, gonna have to get crackin'. Suggestions needed - I haven't thought of 1000 yet. Completed. 'Huge' Items (difficult, expensive, extremely time-consuming, etc.)

How 'bout two:

1. Watch the sun set while semi- or fully drunk in Key West, FLA.

2. Attend Mardi Gras; crash at dayfornight's home. ;-)

Oh yes, I must attend Mardis Gras eventually. Thanks.

Which lake was it?

For the monster truck rally, bring ear plugs!

Does the Broadway play have to be on Broadway at the time you see it?

For the opera, I recommend Il Trovatore or Rigoletto.

By 'large' I just meant something of decent size instaed of a pond, not Lake Erie. The lake was Lake Fanny, on which I live. The way I swam it, it was about a half mile across. I swam it when I was 14, I think.

Unless you're asking which lake I dove nude into with friends... that was Lake Superior. Brrrrrrrr...

Broadway? I dunno, I know nothing of the theater or how it works.

Well, there's a street on New York called Broadway with a bunch of theaters that put up musicals / plays. If you go there, you are officially on Broadway. But typically, after its Broadway run, a play goes on tour across the country, and then you would sorta be seeing a "Broadway play" (as in, a play that originates from Broadway), you just wouldn't be seeing it on Broadway. Or some people may refer to any play that started on Broadway as a "Broadway play", so just by seeing virtually any famous, fairly modern play that one would be satisfied.

I think RosieCotton meant, do you actually have to be in a theater on Broadway in New York City to fulfill that one?

I think I'll try to see a Broadway play on Broadway.

Yes, AJ got it right, that was my question. My goal is to see a Broadway play in a theatre on Broadway. I have seen at least one post-Broadway show in my city. We also get alot of pre-Broadway shows coming to town. I've also seen a couple of operas on stage.

What's this fascination you have with runnin' around nekkid?

Not a big fan of clothes. Probably because I'm no good at wearing them. But I should probably work out and shave my ass before I flash past a dozen people or more. It's the polite thing to do.

I feel the same way about shoes. My goals are to do alot of the same things you want to do, only barefoot instead of nekkid.

I don't recommend learning to tap dance barefoot.

I suppose it would be called "soft foot" dancing.

Well i'd also like to visit China, Venice + Machu Picchu, swim with a dolphin, go on safari, + have a hot air ballon ride. Making love in a cathedral may lead to an obvious miracle or the Police cell. Lying in bed all day only requires being ill enough. Or someone to pamper you on a day off. Good luck with tap dancing; Fred Astaire is a hero of mine. Add to your list: see the green ray- we did on an ocean cruise (thereby killing 2 birds with one stone, not literally). Repent from violent desires, seek not the way of greed for money, and lust not after cavorting naked flesh on designated beaches. Look for the miraculous in what you take for granted and further miracles may be revealed. Does accidentally swallowing a fly count as eating a live insect? Oh and yeah i wouldn't mind being a film director either.

Is the green ray really that spectacular?

It depends. If you already know and love the film, are interested in the legend- how the viewer(s) will understand their heart(s)- and have long hoped but never expected to see it, then yes it's wonderful, + if you're with your loved one at the time, oh so romantic. I wouldn't swap any of the world's other famous sights for that second.

Oh and i forgot to say, dream big and live your dreams. All power to your elbow for your list.

Suggestions:

Earn your degree.
Get out of debt.
Save about 6 months worth of expenses in your emergency fund.
Max out your 401K.
Honor your parents.
Live with a dog for its entire life.
Get arrested for protesting something.
Write a letter to the editor.

Do you wanna make more money? Sure, we all do!...

Actually, I'm content with the money I make now. In fact, I think I'm a little uncomfortable making as much as I do. It might be a little too much.

I don't want a degree in anything. I'm not in debt. I don't have or want a 401k. I cannot measure my success at honoring my parents. I'll consider the others. Thanks!

Would you just have to write a letter to the editor, or would you have to get it printed?

I gotta have some easy ones on here, or I'll never make it.

I'm sorry you don't want a degree.

I'm glad you're not in debt.

You will regret not having a retirement savings plan.

Ask your parents if you have honored them.

I'm in favor of useful/necessary education and retirement savings but I don't feel the need to take the popular route for either if it doesn't work best for me. More power to you if a college education is best for you, but I don't need or want it.

I won't add 'honor my parents' to my list for the same reason I won't add 'pray to God every day' to my list. The things on this list are singular achievements I can work toward, not lifelong consistencies. I haven't honored my parents in the past. These days I mostly do. There will be times in the future I probably won't. But again, thanks for the suggestion.

I was hoping you'd work on your degree, so I could catch up with you on the scoreboard :).

I hope you do! Because if you do, it'll mean I'm spending my time on what I'm substituting for a degree.

So did you literally lie in bed the whole day? Didn't get up to eat or go to the bathroom?

Well, okay, I got up to use the bathroom a couple times, and to grab pre-packaged food that I then ate while in bed.

Listen to 500 [or 1000, why not] songs in a row, non-stop.

Well, I'd do it. :)

Also, how about visiting the Alps?

That would take a lot of caffeine or a lot of really short songs.

Here's a plan, Luke. Go to all the women you know and tell them about your desire to do 63-74. If one of them is intrigued rather than repulsed, you've got a good candidate for 62.

:)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

lbangs, I love it when your signature is longer than your post, a not uncommon occurrence.

I'll try not to take that the wrong way.

Smiles can often acknowledge amusement without getting me into too much trouble. ;) (See?)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs (who will now be forced to add this comment for the sole purpose of ensuring that the signature is longer than the post, thus granting Lukeprog some sort of happiness, though apparently not a novel sort, on this chilly (here, at least) Thursday morning...)

No, I was serious, I like it. Not that I don't like your posts that exceed 2 characters!

Actually yes, that is the plan (sort of). In all seriousness, I intend to be very forward with possible mates about sex because a certain kind of sexuality is one of the 4-5 necessary traits of the woman I ask to marry me. But first I need to develop the 4-5 qualities I anticipate a woman of such high standards for herself and others might require in her mate (namely wealth, a good build, humor, social & real-world competence, and sexual excellence - all of which are currently under construction).





INT. WEDDING RECEPTION HALL - DAY

Shiny happy people engage in flattery and excessive smiling at a dozen tables stocked with $100 plates. Some stand and chat, champagne in hand. JENNIFER, 41 going on 30, unnatural blonde, laughs at a joke made by LUKE, 25, confident of his wealth and looks while unaware of them.

JENNIFER
So, when are you going to get hitched like these guys? Have you found the right girl yet?

LUKE
Still looking.

JENNIFER
Well, do you know what she's like?

Beat. Luke steps back to center himself against the entire reception hall.

LUKE
(loud, to everyone)
I want a woman who will travel across the country to break every silly sex law hiding in state law books for fun. I want a woman who will keep The Illustrated Kama Sutra at our bedside and try all the positions, one at a time. I want a woman who wants to give road head and get road head. I want a woman who loves me and knows that sex is vital and will please me how I want to be pleased and who won't turn me away because she's got a headache. And I want a woman who knows I love her and will please her the way she wants to be pleased and that I won't demand sex when she's got a headache. That's the woman I want. And I'll find her and marry her if it kills me.
(beat)
So, are any of you women her?

Shocked silence from slightly less-shiny everyone.

LUKE
Will you do me a favor, then? If you find her before I do, let me know, okay? And now, I must leave. Congratulations, Marcus and Sharon. I hope you choose each day to be the best day of your lives. Fare well, everyone.

Luke turns on his heel and walks tall from the hall.



Bravo.

Damn, though, still needs editing! I'd change WEDDING RECEPTION HALL to WEDDING RECEPTION, loud to loudly, travel across the country to cross the country with me, vital to vital to me, and lives to life together. Look for a slightly better version of this scene in The Man With a Plan, coming soon to a theater near you! Actually, I think I would groan if I saw this scene in a movie, though the central speech could be put in a better context and still be decent.

There, couldn't let a good post of mine go untarnished, right? Geez, I talk to much.

I really appreciate it that you trty to live your drems. I'm trying too, and am gatting better at it ach month ;-)
As for sex. It's important, but there are more interesting things to do with a partner :-)
But that doesn't mean I don#t like a blowjob once in a while.

And if you don't mind, I think I'll clone your list :-O

I look forward to it!

I have relatives who seem to feel they need to "christen" a bathroom in every family member's house, if you need another item for your "places" list. By the way, the beach thing is highly overrated. Think about where the sand ends up. Really. It's not fun.

On my (mental) list, not on yours:
go wading in a public fountain
get a tattoo (done)
see the northern lights
(test) drive a really expensive car
spend the night in a treehouse (adult, well-built treehouses in wacky vacation resorts allowed)
have a child

Thanks for the suggestions! If you have any more, let me know.

BTW, there are plenty of positions that would alleviate the sand issue with making loving on a beach. Thanks for the warning, though.

what about...(some things on my informal list)
hitchike(on mine it's coast to coast)
hop a ride on the back of a truck without asking
be on a gameshow
camp out in the wilderness for an entire (specified period of time)
buy one of everything in a store(obviously by dramatically yelling "i'll take one of everything!")
pull off an april fools joke that affects more than (specified number of people)(my goal is 30)
Yell "i'm mad as hell and i'm not going to take this anymore" in a crowded area
ride a motorcycle without a helmet
get in a fight with an a-hole who is bigger than i am
hunt an animal with my bare hands

i too will probably clone this list

Thanks for the suggestions! If you have any more, let me know.

Brilliant list! I can't wait to see the final one with 1000 items. But will I ever know if you eventually managed to do all of them?

I have no intention of ever giving up on this list or taking it offline (if Listology dies - God forbid - I'll put it up somewhere else). The remaining consideration is whether you live as long as I do.

Love this list! You could pad it out a bit by listing all 50 BBC foods (might be useful anyway, in case they ever take the page down).

Thanks, Jim. I've thought about that. I could pad it out to 10,000 items if I listed all the foods, movies, albums, and books I'd like to consume seperately, along with each state and country I'd like to visit. We'll see how quickly I run out of ideas for what I want to do.

Have you seen Michael Green's ongoing list of 101 things to do in 1001 days? I think it's a little more exciting because of the much shorter time span. He's got 460 days left and 62 tasks left.

That's great! I enjoyed his list, and liked browsing through the other lists of folks he has inspired. Have you already combed those for ideas? Funny how the first other one I looked at also had "build a snowman" on there. Clearly not northerners.

I continue to comb the web for ideas and incorporate favorites into my own list. I'm going to delete 'build a snowman' from my list because it's too lame and easy for a northerner like myself. BTW, if you really like this list, you could favoritize it. :-) I'd love to see you make your own list, though shooting for 1000 items probably isn't appropriate for a sane person like yourself. I should fill my list with stuff like this: "Learn to like playing console games."

Favortized, but not cloned (yet).

What about... watching this movie? (unless you have already seen it)

That means if you ever get the possibility to watch it.

This list warrants your assumption that I'm masochistic, but I still have no desire to endure that.

Ok, what about parachuting then?

Added.

1.-Open my eyes
2.-Wake up
3.-Illumination.

Just in case you're nitpicky, on #94, there's a small typo with the word 'attend.' And come on...you haven't stolen a sign (#110) yet? This is a great list, it inspires me to make one...when I have the time.

I am nitpicky. Thanks for the typo catch.

What kind of sign(s) have you stolen? I've actually never had the urge to do that but I read it on another similar list and figured, "Sure, why not?"

Well, freshman year in college (last year) I took a sign from an On the Border restaurant. It was a take-out parking sign and read, "Parking for Take Out only" and looks cool, then a smaller sign below it reads, "All others will be frozen and served with a salted rim." I'm going to return it this month because they still haven't replaced it and it's been a year and a half and it's just sitting in my trunk.

Throw an Ed Wood movie party with no less than 15 friends, they must all stay awake through every film. The number of Wood films is up to you. Also, you must tell them the truth of the movie party, don't lie to them and tell them it will be cool.

What about completing this list?

#157?

Oops. Ok, then invent glasses for blind people like me (or automic PC screen cleaners):).

Sorta related to #61: This makes me feel slightly better.

Okay, no it doesn't.

Of showering in the rain. Lightning had killed the power in my house. I had other options, but I chose to shower in the rain.

When you're running throught a downpour, trying not to get wet, you feel soaked. When you're standing in the rain trying to get shower-level wet, it seems like you'll never get wet enough. And then you'll definitely never get enough water to get the soap off of you. Don't even think about washing your hair.

I stepped inside and dried off. The lights came back on literally 5 minutes later.

Which was this "large, live insect" then?

A cricket. :-) By large I just meant "not a fruit fly, etc." It was a big bag of puss, basically. So the texture was nasty, but there wasn't much taste until the aftertaste.

Hmmmm. Been a while since I made any progress on this list.

Surprisingly, this list no longer reflects what I want in life, so I'm archiving it.

Hmmm, I guess this knocks on the head my theory that religion is fundamentally about stasis - unless you now plan to lead a much more religious and stable life :-)

P.S. I always knew you were certifiable :-D

bertie, thank you for your quip. Watch as I blow it out of proportion.

One's worldview ("faith") is about finding the essential truths of our universe. Religion (I'm including athiesm and agnosticism) is a popular structure that serves to organize, propogate, and pool the resources of worldviews. Because we can never know the majority of truth about the universe, I would think that "faith" is an ever-growing, ever-changing journey for those inclined to make it. It certainly is for me. Perhaps you'd be amazed by the life of an 80-something Methodist minister (my neighbor, "grandpa" Marshall). His last two years were characterized by the most rapid spiritual growth and learning and change I'd ever know in him.

Religion, that mostly community-based structure of faith, has many qualities that promote stasis and especially conformity. Rules, rituals, schedules, creeds, continuous potential for group exhultation or ostrasizement, etc. (Actually, these same, faith-reinforcing qualities are the ones I most admire about Islam.)

Some religious structures have fewer or weaker features to promote stasis and conformity, for example atheism, agnosticism, humanism, Mahayana Buddhism, Protestant Christianity, etc. There are many problems with this lack, though. For example, bickering and division before God is a defining characteristic of Protestantism because the Protestant Principle affirms each individual's right to interpret the Bible for himself (to change; to not conform).

Whatchya think?

My little quip probably didn't deserve a reply, but since it has drawn one, and a serious one, let's get serious. In fact, I have often said that a prerequisite for being a philosopher is an ability and willingness to take life seriously at least occasionally.

Faith is not a worldview, it is an attitude to a worldview. Faith is wilful belief, as distinct from belief that is open to amendment in respect of evidence and reason. When I say religion is about stasis, I obviously can't mean that, de facto, it leaves no room for change around the periphery of worldview and lifestyle. What I do mean is that its ideal condition, the perfection it lusts after, is one of stasis. Faith is the wilful attempt, in the face of apparently universal change, to impose stasis on at least a core of beliefs.

Because of this lust for stasis, the faithful will have as little real respect for history as they do for science, both of which demonstrate the ubiquity of change. While faith is enemy to global scepticism (which is the attitude to belief that there is only one belief that can be justified), it is allied to local scepticism (which is the attitude that there is a core group of justified beliefs). But although faith will make use of local scepticism, its actual attitude is dogmatism, which is the attitude that belief does not require justification, it requires only will.

The atheist is not necessarily irreligious; he is necessarily anti-God, but not necessarily anti-religion - not all religion is theistic. Nor is the agnostic necessarily irreligious (but if I were religious I think I would feel more akin to the atheist than to the agnostic).

Like all religious 'bickering' Protestant bickering is peripheral - but none the less deadly for that.

Once again, I think we're saying much the same thing with different terminology.

That "ideal condition": do you think it is achievable in many religions, or even achievable young? Do you think a practitioner of the ______ religion can achieve its ideal condition by age 30, and then remain in relative stasis? If not, and considering what you've just written, I can't imagine how you would think religion is fundamentally about stasis.

BTW, half-way through the semester that just ended I learned I could skip about 80% of my piano class and sit in on the Basic Philosophy class across the hall. It's the first non-religious PHIL class I've "taken", and I enjoyed it very much!

I was afraid my unfortunate jest might have misled you, and I think maybe it has, so, having muddied the water with vain stirring, let me try to clear things up.

I shouldn't have suggested, in my regretted jest, that your re-assessment of the present list and archiving of it demonstrated instabilty on your part and a departure from some impossible condition of religious stasis in your life. Please pretend I never made a such a suggestion.

What I do mean to suggest, is that a condition of intellectual and spiritual stasis (not total wordlview and total lifestyle stasis) is an ideal, a possible dream, a fundamental end, pursued by all religions.

And that ideal, that end, I think, may go a long way towards explaining the close and widespread historical link between religion and art. One thing that all art has in common is that it freezes something in time - an image, a statue, an architectural design, a musical composition, a movie, an instrumental design for producing art-by-chance, etc. All art is a grab, an ultimately futile grab, for stasis.

Something secondary I want to clear up also. I defined 'global scepticism' as the attitude to belief that there is only one justified belief. That one justified belief is self-referential; it is simply the belief that there is only one justified belief the justification of which comes from the unjustifiability (to the global sceptic's ideal of justification) of all other beliefs.

Have I succeeded in clearing these things up? I hope so. I consider obfuscation to be a philosophical sin, even if committed in jest :-)

I do not regret your jest. And I am disappointed that you are retracting your suggestion that my re-assessment of this list demonstrated "instability" (extensive, rapid change) on my part. I think that is precisely what it demonstrates.

Well, even if it does demonstrate a degree of instability, it isn't a deep degree of instability, and, as I see it, you are still in pursuit of that essential static ideal.

Btw, are you at all familiar with The Skeptic's Annotated Bible ? I found it only the other day, and I haven't read much of it (Genesis mainly), and I DO NOT endorse everything I have read. But I thought you might be interested and might even have some critical comments.

The Skeptic's Annotated Bible isn't very interesting to me, but I suppose it reflects the kinds of complaints many people have when they read the Bible.

Thanks to reading your list and the comments, I actually found out that I also don't need mine anymore. I have archieved it.Thank you very much.

Some recent reading, thinking, and dialoguing has made me want to come back to this.

I'm beginning to think you're right: Religion really is about stasis. It's about getting to a point where you're (or, in non-U.S. religion, we're) right with (for convenience's sake, we'll say) God, and then you stick to the rituals, scriptures, schedules, and structures to stay there as safely as possible.

A movement, on the other hand, is obviously not static. I grew up in an institution, a religion, called Protestant Christianity. I want to be part of the movement of Jesus Christ that was ravaging the world before Constantine I killed the movement and made it a religion in the 3rd century. In this movement, there are no necessary rituals or structures or organizations, and The Divine Conspiracy might be just as useful as James (well, not James. Maybe Habbakuk). It's all about learning from Jesus the best, happiest way to live, and sharing it with as many people as possible, in word and deed.

Back to the topic of my quitting this list, there also isn't much of a plan. Erwin McManus (who likes to say controversial things like "the greatest enemy to the movement of Jesus Christ is Christianity") uses a rhino analogy. Rhinos, apparently, can run 30 mph but can only see 30 feet in front of them. The idea is this: if a herd of rhinos are built like rhinos, and running that fast, it doesn't matter what's in front of them. What's in front of them needs to get the hell out of their way. (A herd of rhinos, by the way, is called a "crash.") I'm not expecting to know what God's plan is most of the time. But if I learn God's heart, I can at least do what is good. And I'm not going to wait for him to reveal his specific plan for my life. Instead, I'm going to rush forward like a rhino and improvise. That's why I can't keep a list like this.

Sincerely, this is a very interesting post to me (and not merely because you've agreed with part of my characterization of religion). It is strangely moving to an agnostic (lapsed atheist) like me to read of your faith in Jesus rather than Christianity. And on that note: are you familiar with the writings of Karl Barth - "Letter to the Romans", Church Dogmatics? I might be mistaken but I think you would find his attitude to religion interesting. Read up on him, at least.

I should add that I don't want to mislead you about my own beliefs - I am decidedly *not* a conversion prospect - not that I've noticed you being evangelical (something I'm thankful for).

As for this list - a product of youthful lust for life - perhaps you are maturing somewhat - not *entirely* a good thing, maturity, by the way. Your youthful power was taken for granted in the list, but now you find the need to 'psych up' that power with the charging rhino metaphor. Such is life, such is change. The youth is the father of the man.

I just discovered this post, having since converted from Christianity to freethought (and resultant agnosticism/atheism).

I was and am familiar with Karl Barth and other religious people critical of religion like Kierkegaard, Sprong, and Cupitt.

Hope you are well, bertie.

Hi lukeprog, congratulations on your conversion. I hope you will be happy with it. How are your studies going?

I'm doing okay; busy with a couple of demanding jobs in the offline world. I do plan to get back to Listology eventually and continue some of my projects here, in particular my philosophy articles.

I decided I don't want to go work for other people, which is what college trains you to do. So I'm not going to college anymore.

Good to hear from you!

Some more for your list if you wish:
Throw a huge party and invite all of your friends/relatives.
Have your portrait painted.
Learn to speak a foreign language.
Tell someone the story of your life, with complete details.
Learn to roller blade.
Donate blood.
Grow a beard and leave it for a month.
Own an exotic pet.
Donate hair to a cancer organization.
Learn to write with the opposite hand you usually write with.
Forgive you parents.
Be the member of an audience of a tv show.
Write a fan letter to your all-time favorite hero.
Win a fish at a Carnival and keep it alive for at least 5 years.
Plant a tree.
Ride a camel.
Go camping in the Rocky mountains.
Learn to dance.
Build a tree house and put a refrigerator in it.
Be a mentor.
Shower in a waterfall.
Ask for a raise.
Learn to effectively play a musical instrument.
Visit an 'old people's home.'
Swim in a fountain.
Spend New Year's Eve in an exotic place.
Give anonymously to charity.
Sing a song in front of an audience.
Write your will.
Sleep under the stars.
Learn to juggle.
Go white water rafting.
Visit the Grand Canyon.
Spend 3 months doing strenuous exercises.
Ride in a hot air balloon.
Ride in the Goodyear blimp.
Attend a huge rock concert.
Kiss someone on a blind date.
Fart in a crowded place.
Visit a concentration camp.
Make a hole in one.
Run a marathon.
Sleep in a tree.
Tell someone what you really think of them.
Finish a 1000 piece puzzle.
Visit your old high school.
Brew your own beer.
Ride a bike in Wal-mart.
Go to Oktoberfest in Munich.
Go skinny-dipping.
Fall asleep on a bed in a mattress store.
Try on a wedding dress/tux just cause.
Swim with a dolphin.
Swim with a shark.
Go trick or treating. (Even if you're old)
Ride in a limo/limo service.
Join the military.
Win a huge prize.
Go fishing out on a lake.
Have a kid.
Adopt a kid.
Volunteer at least a month in a 3rd world country.

After watching Clueless the other day, my new thing to do before I die is have a house/apartment with a closet organizer such as the one from the movie.

Please add this to your list..
1. Shift to a village
2. Make a cottage home there
3. Make a garden
4. Plant red roses there
5. Decorate you room with new interior design ideas.

How about go to a Paul McCartney concert and watch A Clockwork Orange (film)?

how about swim in a pool of jello/jelly/pudding/money?

any of those would work, OR maybe all of them at once? ;)

haha this is awesome. I would do 63-74 with you, but I can't cuz I'm married. ;)