Uncle Roger's Notebooks of Daily Life


My life is, to me, ripe with frequent challenges, occasional successes, spontaneous laughter, adequate tears, and enough *life* to last me a lifetime. To you, however, it surely seems most pedestrian. And therefore, I recycle the name I used previously and call this my Notebooks of Daily Life. Daily, because it's everyday in nature, ordinary. These conglomeration of events that are my life are of interest to me because I live it, perhaps mildly so to those who are touched by it, and could only be of perverse, morbid curiosity to anyone else. Yet, I offer them here nonetheless. Make of them what you will, and perhaps you can learn from my mistakes.


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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Uncle Roger's Life List

I have always been a fan of setting goals, even if I don't always (or ever) get around to setting them for myself and even if I don't always achieve them when I do. I saw, recently, that my friends Susan and Karen had created life lists -- list of things they want do in their lives. I figure, if I have my whole life to work on them, I might be able to accomplish some similar goals.

In researching the idea, I found Mighty Girl whose Mighty Life List seems to have inspired a lot of people as well as John Goddard, whose list, written when he 15 and mostly checked off, has led him to have an amazing life. If you're interested in making your own; check out Karen's tips. Most important, however, is to simply make your list and then start crossing things off it.

It wasn't easy coming up with a hundred items for my list. I got stalled around 70 and asking for suggestions of Facebook didn't get me much further. One the unexpected benefits of this exercise was realizing how much I have accomplished already -- another post in and of itself. Still, this is a big, wide world, and there are definitely a lot of things left to do. So, here is my list of 100+ things I plan to accomplish in my life.

  1. Learn to play the guitar
  2. Write and record an album
  3. Learn to scuba dive
  4. Kayak from the US to Russia (the former USSR)
  5. Write a full-length novel
  6. Eat Nigerian food in Nigeria
  7. Explore the Kalahari
  8. Lose 100 pounds
  9. Visit my father's birthplace
  10. Learn to surf
  11. Visit Australia
  12. See the Aurora Borealis
  13. Open a restaurant
  14. Buy a vacation/retirement home
  15. Restore my Land Rover
  16. Invent something
  17. Design and build a house
  18. Run for public office
  19. See marriage equality become a universal reality
  20. Hike the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail
  21. Learn to waltz
  22. Learn to salsa dance
  23. Attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
  24. Visit Ten Thousand Waves
  25. Take a vacation on a tropical island
  26. Take a one-month vacation with only $100 and a small duffel bag.
  27. Learn to drive a big rig
  28. Learn to fly a helicopter
  29. Find or design the perfect wallet
  30. Take a photography class
  31. Bake a wedding cake
  32. Get a college degree
  33. Learn to ride a motorcycle
  34. Build a tree-less treehouse
  35. Visit Iceland
  36. Learn to play the steel drums
  37. Visit the biggest waterfalls in the world: Angel, Victoria, Niagara, Iguaz˙, Tugela, Dettifoss, Shoshone Falls
  38. Complete the Yosemite Ten Lakes/Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne/Tuolumne Meadows Backpacking loop
  39. Go whitewater kayaking
  40. Take an ocean-kayak camping trip
  41. Take a canoeing camping trip in Maine (a la The Rover Boys)
  42. Learn to swing dance
  43. Learn to play bass guitar
  44. Climb half dome again
  45. Learn to speak German
  46. Convert a series Land Rover to electric
  47. Drive across the US without taking any freeways
  48. Explore the Black Rock Desert more in depth
  49. Learn electronics - to "program in solder"
  50. Learn calculus
  51. Get my ham license
  52. Visit Greece (a la the Bobbsey Twins)
  53. Get a book published
  54. Play in a poker tournament
  55. Eat Ethiopian food in Ethiopia
  56. Listen to South African a cappella groups in South Africa
  57. Do something worthy of a wikipedia page
  58. Learn to cook beef tongue
  59. Computerize Kessler's Fugio flowcharts into an online multimedia resource
  60. Ride the slides at the Tate
  61. Have a family portrait taken by Karen Walrond
  62. Learn to knit
  63. Write an interview/profile book
  64. Visit the Galapagos Islands
  65. Take a picture of myself every day for a year
  66. Make a stop-motion animation short film
  67. Get a job writing for a technology magazine
  68. Publish a webcomic
  69. Visit Cape Cod
  70. Visit all 19 museums and galleries of the Smithsonian
  71. Learn to swing dance
  72. Climb Aconcagua in Peru
  73. Make pasta from scratch -- without swearing
  74. Eat fresh, homemade Peach Cobbler in Georgia
  75. Climb the highest peaks in each of California's three major mountain ranges: Mount Whitney (Sierra Nevada, 14,505'), White Mountain Peak (White Mountains, 14,252'), Mount Shasta (Cascade Range, 14,179')
  76. Host a series of genius dinners
  77. Write and release, as freeware, an application that someone else would actually use
  78. Witness the launch of a spacecraft
  79. Visit a traditional Japanese Onsen
  80. Obtain literary recognition for something I wrote
  81. Take a train ride across the United States
  82. Learn to snow-camp
  83. Dive the great barrier reef
  84. Build an igloo or other snow-shelter
  85. Visit the Maldives before they disappear forever
  86. Compete in an amateur practical shooting contest
  87. Give a TED talk
  88. Photograph 100 strangers making a funny face
  89. Get paid to design someone else's bathroom
  90. Design a house to fit in with nature a la fallingwater
  91. Get paid to design a product for someone else
  92. Hear a performance at Audium
  93. Visit Uluru
  94. Host a series of house concerts
  95. Witness a tidal race (such as Horizontal Falls)
  96. Have a secret room/staircase/passageway in my house
  97. Visit all 58 National Parks in the US: Acadia, American Samoa, Arches, Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Carlsbad Caverns, Channel Islands, Congaree, Crater Lake, Cuyahoga Valley, Death Valley, Denali, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier, Glacier Bay, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Basin, Great Sand Dunes, Great Smoky Mountains, Guadalupe Mountains, Haleakala, Hawaii Volcanoes, Hot Springs, Isle Royale, Joshua Tree, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Kings Canyon, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, Lassen Volcanic, Mammoth Cave, Mesa Verde, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Olympic, Petrified Forest, Redwood, Rocky Mountain, Saguaro, Sequoia, Shenandoah, Theodore Roosevelt, Virgin Islands, Voyageurs, Wind Cave, Wrangell Saint Elias, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion
  98. Visit Fallingwater
  99. Participate in (and complete) NaNoWriMo
  100. Get re-certified in CPR
  101. Take the NERT training
  102. Go shopping for classic Land Rovers & parts in England
  103. Buy a hammock; take a nap in it on a warm fall day

If you've got suggestions for something I've left off or have a question about one of these, please let me know. If you can help me accomplish one of them, by all means, get in touch! Likewise, if you'd like to join in on something, well, the more the merrier!

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