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The Best Bucket List Ever

Posted: September 22, 2011

The best bucket list ever

It’s funny how things change as you get older. I’ve been so busy this year that I almost forgot my own birthday. I’ll be turning the ripe old age of 26. So what does it really mean to turn 26? Well, I’m past half way to qualifying as a classic car, if I was an NFL running back I’d just be hitting my prime, and I’m officially overdue for my quarter life crisis.

I decided this would be the perfect time to create my own bucket list. Not just any bucket list though, but The Best Bucket List Ever (don’t judge, you know you like the title.) I figure it’ll be a great reminder of all the things I still need to accomplish.

I’ll keep this list updated as things move from the “To Do” list to the “Accomplished” list. Hopefully I’ll also find some time to post pages with pictures and explanations about how each task got checked off the list.

Bucket List Items I Still Need To Do:

  • Go scuba diving
  • Learn fencing/sword fighting
  • Swim in the Dead Sea
  • Go to a music festival
  • Drink an Urge (formally known as Surge) in Norway
  • Learn how to play the guitar (Update: I finally have a guitar, now I just need to stop being terrible)
  • Fly a water jetpack
  • Live at a house on the beach
  • Finally understand women (Update: So far this seems more difficult than beating Santa Clause on a race around the world using a team of unicorns that I acquired after knocking out Chuck Norris)
  • Get recognized by Virginia Tech for accomplishing something great
  • Write a book
  • Eat a Lobster in Maine
  • Climb a volcano
  • High five a monk
  • Witness a total solar eclipse (See you in August 21, 2017)
  • Learn how to speak Italian
  • Go wakeboarding and snowboarding in the same day
  • Get a pilot’s license
  • Celebrate Dyngus Day in Buffalo
  • Cut the ribbon at a ribbon cutting ceremony
  • Go surfing in Hawaii
  • Act in a movie (being an extra counts)
  • Snowboard in Switzerland
  • Order a steak with a side of steak at a nice restaurant (turf and turf baby)
  • Learn how to write a computer algorithm
  • Watch the ball drop in Time Square
  • Be a godfather
  • Ride a giraffe
  • Go curling in Canada (Seriously, who doesn’t love curling?)
  • See the northern lights
  • Break the sound barrier
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Read 50 educational books post-college (Update: 18 down 32 to go)
  • Drive a Lamborghini
  • Kiss in the rain
  • Learn how to actually play golf (at a non-embarrassing level)
  • Travel to outer space
  • Participate in Octoberfest
  • Use rock-paper-scissors to make an important corporate or life decision
  • Go storm chasing
  • Survive a tornado
  • Visit all seven continents
  • Watch the Super Bowl in person
  • Drive a jet-ski out of a plane mid flight, punch a shark in the face during the free fall, and then participate in the first round of skydiving beer pong (Far fetched? Just a bit. Impossible? Hardly. Side note to PETA: I only punch racist sharks which makes it ok)
  • Have dinner in the Whitehouse
  • Become a volunteer fire fighter
  • Watch the sun rise on the east coast and set on the west coast in the same day
  • Talk less
  • Listen more
  • Change the world
  • Marry my soul mate

Bucket List Items I’ve Accomplished:

  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Eat a pizza in Italy
  • Start a company
  • Go Skydiving (I even survived a mid-air collisions with another skydiver)
  • Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in person
  • Go deep sea fishing
  • …get sea sick
  • Stand up for your morals
  • Make a fool of yourself in public (I once tried to Slip N Slide down the street using a water main break while fully clothed)
  • Produce a TV show
  • Smoke a Cuban cigar
  • Perform a marriage ceremony
  • Make a snow angel under a palm tree (it was just like a Corona Christmas commercial)
  • Be humbled
  • Go hang gliding
  • Have a three way kiss at midnight on new year’s eve
  • Rescue a stray animal (my dog Rowdy)
  • Drink a Guinness in Ireland
  • Run the wrong way down an escalator
  • Have a water balloon fight inside an apartment (probably the cleanest it ever was)
  • Win a competition
  • Go river rafting in a kiddy pool
  • Go to a bachelor’s party in Las Vegas
  • Survive a stare off with a wild grizzly bear (…and I did it with only two drops of pee coming out)
  • Participate in a wedding during a blizzard
  • Sing karaoke (following up “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” with “The Thong Song” sparked some interesting looks)
  • Go caving (it ended in a giant group mud-ball fight)
  • Milk a cow
  • Accept the blame for something you didn’t do
  • Experience an earthquake
  • Go to a concert
  • Go rock climbing
  • Date a model
  • Create a charity organization
  • Break a bone
  • Eat a freshly caught salmon on a river in Alaska
  • Act in a TV show
  • Do a polar bear plunge
  • Compete at States
  • Stand up for a friend
  • Take a dog for a walk during a tropical storm (it was a poodle if you have to know)
  • Party in a fountain
  • Carry the American flag during a charity run
  • Have a beer with a homeless man
  • Rush the field after a football game (2004 VT vs WVU…best game I’ve ever watched)
  • Catch a shark
  • Order something off the In-N-Out Burger secret menu
  • Write an article published in the newspaper
  • Eat chocolates in Belgium
  • Shoot a fully automatic machine gun
  • Receive a “slow clap”
  • Fly into a hurricane
  • Make a bet at a horse race
  • Help a friend accomplish their dream (See:Comment Section Below)
  • Get handcuffed by a cop
  • Be a church usher
  • Eat a crab cake at Faidley Seafood in Baltimore
  • Be the best man in a wedding
  • Get caught in a hail storm
  • Go to Cancun for Spring Break
  • Eat a sub at the original Jersey Mike’s
  • Drive a car over 100mph
  • Finish top 10 in a Halloween costume contest
  • See the Pope speak at Vatican City
  • Bench press over 300lbs (I used to be a bouncer before I became a computer geek)
  • Have a food fight
  • Get stitches (multiple times)
  • Drink a margarita in Mexico
  • Ride a horse
  • Play Mario Cart 64 on an outdoor projection screen while in a hot tub (it was just as awesome as it sounds)
  • Run a half marathon
  • Fall in love
  • Ride in a stretch Hummer
  • Experience being broke (I’ve had my lights cut off by the electric company more times than I’d like to admit)
  • Have a business meeting with a city mayor
  • Get a tattoo
  • Receive a standing ovation
  • Watch the sunset from a boat
  • Go to New Orleans for Marti Gras
  • Live in 5 different states (IL, MD, NC, VA, & SC)
  • Drink whiskey on the rocks next to a live bald eagle in a room full of models
  • Get in a car accident
  • Kiss a total stranger
  • Save someone’s life
  • Have your life saved by another person

About the Author – Brian Rogel

Co-Founder of Helping the Underprivileged Grow, Actor/Producer for Joey's Town TV Show, and freelance writer. Google+

8 comments on “The Best Bucket List Ever

  1. Saw this pop up on the good ol’ facebook. Not gonna lie, it’s not a bad bucket list. A few I’ve done and a few I’d love to do. Understanding women???? Hmmm…rather interesting response. There are A LOT of bitches out there but I think you’ll get “us” when you marry your soul mate. You’ve accomplished soo much already! I hope the world is treating you good. Miss ya!
    -Deana

    • Brian Rogel on said:

      Hey Deana,
      It’s really great to hear from you. I hope you and Brandon are doing well.

      You do have a point. I suspect once I find my sole mate I’ll start to have a better understanding of women. Now I just need to find her.

      I miss you too. I’m up in the DC metro area right now so I may be a little closer to you then when I was in SC. We should find a time to all get together one of these days. It’d definitely be a lot of fun to catch up.

  2. Great list buddy, I apprecaite that I was there for a good number of the accomplished list. Also, I am pretty sure that you have used rock-paper-scissors to make an important decision. Happy early birthday!

    • Brian Rogel on said:

      Haha I’d say you were there for most of them. Now that I think about it, I may also have to add going knee boarding without a board.

    • Brian Rogel on said:

      Thanks Melissa. That’s by far one of the most important goals I had on the list. You’re an amazing person. I can’t wait to get back to Chs to help expand HUG even more.

  3. I was going to create the best bucket list ever and am vaguely disappointed its been done already. Guess I don’t get to check that off my bucket list.

    I live in Kansas currently and really think that since you have “survive a tornado” you should add “storm chase” so you can end up killing two awesome items in one life-threatening sweep! Happy adventures!

    • Brian Rogel on said:

      Hi Jac,
      You’re in luck because this is simply “The Best Bucket List Ever”. That leaves you plenty of room to create “The Very Best Bucket List Ever” or even “Better Than The Best Bucket List Ever”.

      I also like your idea of adding storm chasing to the list. It’s still technically surviving a tornado even if I’m the one who put myself in its path. Any ideas on how I can sign up for a little storm chasing?

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