The Bucket List

My father several years ago had very serious surgery that ended up being a success. Afterwards, he became a serious hiking enthusiast and began hiking all over New England, especially in the Lake Sunapee and White Mountains regions of New Hampshire. Hiking with him many times since that surgery, he would sometimes mention that he could “cross this one off the bucket list.”

One such comment after my mother and him returned from hiking in the Grand Canyon sparked me to begin keeping my own bucket list in the Notes app on my iPhone. But now, inspired by this blog post, I like the thought of sharing it for the world to see and to keep me honest.


  • Alaska
  • Spain – DONE in November 2014 (Barcelona).
  • Germany
  • Chicago, IL – INCOMPLETE, visited in Feb. 2014 for business but only on outskirts, did not go anywhere near downtown.
  • Croatia
  • Grand Canyon
  • Hawaii (anywhere)
  • London, U.K. – DONE in April 2012, October 2012, October 2013, June 2014.
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Napa Valley, CA – DONE in Oct. 2014, May 2015, and April 2016.
  • Paris, France
  • Redford, NY (ancestral hometown)
  • San Diego, CA – Done in June 2015
  • San Francisco, CA – DONE, first visit June 2011
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico – DONE Jan. 2013
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Seattle, WA – DONE in Nov. 2013 and Sept. 2014.
  • Quebec, Canada – DONE in July 2002
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite

Travel Experiences:

  • Ride a trade across the Trans-Siberian Railroad.
  • View the Northern Lights on train traveling from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Walk along the Berlin Wall remains
  • Ski in the Rocky Mountains
  • Helicopter tour of the Hawaiian volcanos
  • Return to Italy
  • Pay my respects at a battlefield my grandfather fought on in South Korea
  • Pay my respects at the Battle of the Bulge battlefield my great-grandfather fought on.
  • Walk in a Redwood forest – DONE in April 2016, Muir Woods.


  • Attend a World Cup match in person
  • Attend a Stanley Cup game in person
  • Attend a World Series game in person
  • Attend a NBA Finals game in person
  • Attend a Super Bowl in person
  • Attend a Red Sox playoff game in person – DONE October 8, 2004
  • Attend a baseball game in every MLB ballpark (6 of 30 done)
    • Fenway Park (Boston, MA) – Countless times, starting in 1991.
    • Tropicana Field (Tampa, FL) – Summer 1998
    • Safeco Field (Seattle, WA) – Sept. 2014
    • Petco Park (San Diego, CA) – June 2015
    • Oakland Coliseum (Oakland, CA) – April 2016
    • AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA) – April 2016


  • Hike Mount Washington – DONE July 2014 and June 2015.
  • Hike every mountain in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains
  • Kayak down rapids
  • Walk in a rainforest – DONE March 2000 in Costa Rica
  • Do a zip line in a rainforest – DONE March 2000 in Costa Rica
  • Witness a sunrise on the east coast – DONE probably as a kid, but definitely did on August 2014
  • Witness a sunset on the west coast – DONE March 2000 in Costa Rica


  • Perform a home renovation by myself
  • Build a new house without taking on debt
  • Move back to my hometown


  • Speak at a conference – DONE August 2013, Cloud4SMB Expo, Las Vegas, NV
  • Start my own business
  • Fully release a new product from start to finish – DONE


  • Pay off my car loans – IN PROGRESS 1 of 2 done.
  • Pay off my student loans
  • Own stock in a company – DONE Nov. 2015
  • Pay off mortgage and be 100% debt free
  • Save $10 million dollars


  • Attend a Pearl Jam concert – DONE October 2013
  • Attend a Soundgarden concert – DONE January 2013 and July 2014
  • Attend an Aerosmith concert
  • Attend an U2 concert


  • Buy a round of drinks at a bar
  • Meet a sitting president of the United States
  • Learn how to read French
  • Own a boat
  • Become a father – Estimated completion date: July 3, 2016
  • Become a grandfather
  • Become a great-grandfather

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