1,000 Book List

As a goal on my Life List, I have taken upon my person the challenge of reading 1,000 books. Here I will keep track of my progress on this daunting task.

I will do my best to include reviews on the books as I complete them but I might be too busy reading my next book to do that. You understand.

Also, I am only including books that have finished reading recently. That is to say, the plethora of books that I have read in the past two decades will for the most part not be included in this list. Unless I re-read them of course, which is completely possible. I solemnly swear that I will not mass read Dr. Suess or Give a Moose a _______ books to pad my reading stats, either. *crosses fingers and laughs maniacally*

1,000 Book List

  1. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (January 2014)
  2. The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkein (January 2014)
  3. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver (December 2013)
  4. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (December 2013)
  5. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (Summer 2013)
  6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Fall 2013)
  7. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Fall 2013)
  8. Modoc by Ralph Helfer (Fall 2013)
  9. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (Fall 2013)

The Life List

“I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend.” – Augustus Waters

We’ve all been there, that moment when you are trying to keep your eyes on a single blade of your ceiling fan as it twirls around thinking, “What the fuck am I going to do with my life?” And while I still do not have the answer to that question, I did come up with this list out of that deep contemplative trance.

Now I know that the idea of a ‘bucket list’ is far from original, but this is something more. This is like a bucket list on steroids that just drank a double dose of pre-workout and then stubbed his big toe which incensed him into an uncontrollable rage. This list is that awesome. This list will not only give me material for my daydreams when I am bored at work but will also help to make sure that the roller coaster of my life stays on this glorious upward trend.

This list is not a bucket list in the sense of ‘Here is a static list of the Top 10 things I want to do before I kick the bucket written on a piece of paper that I will spit a piece of gum into in roughly 4 months’ but rather is a Life List; a list that will live, grow, and change with me from this day until I too kick the figurative bucket.

This is my list for life. I’d put a ring on it if I could. I will constantly be crossing things off, adding new things, and pushing myself beyond the limits that I have already achieved. And you can follow it all right here, on this beautiful blog; partly because I have found that keeping records and memories of events is extremely motivating, partly because this blog and all its readers will hold me accountable for not letting this list go to the wayside, and partly because I know how lost you all would be if I didn’t update you on my incredible life. So without further ado…

The Life List

Life in General; Adventures to have and things to do

  • Answer the question, “What the fuck am I going to do with the rest of my life?”
  • Raise a puppy
  • Track my lineage as far back as possible
    • Go see where my family came from
  • Be a best man
  • Own a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda
  • Own a boat
  • Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater
  • Staff/Lead each CISV camp
    • Summer village, Summer camp, Interchange (Cincinnati/Sao Paulo 2010-2011), Seminar camp
  • Staff a Taglit Birthright trip
  • Write a book
  • Solve Rubik’s cube
  • Read 1,000 books
  • Stay in an underwater hotel
  • Own a World Record
  • Be in a movie (I will settle for an extra!)
  • Stomp grapes
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Take the MENSA test
  • Fall in love
  • Leave a $100 tip
  • Get my kids ‘drunk’ on O’douls (video promised)
  • Have a viral hit wedding proposal
  • Talk with Mom and Dad about what they wish they had talked to their Mom and Dad about
  • Ask an elderly couple their love story
  • Sing karaoke
  • Be in a food fight
  • Carve my name into a tree
  • Couch surf
  • Live on a boat for 2+ months
  • Don’t shave for a year
    • After a year of not shaving, shave
  • Hold breath for 60 seconds
  • Rent 20+ person cabin/house with closest friends
  • Go all out decorating for every holiday for a year
  • Build my dream home


  • Run a 5k (2013), 10k (2013), 10 mile (2013), half-marathon (2013), marathon
  • Complete a sprint, Olympic, half-Ironman, Ironman, and KONA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP triathalon
  • 10 freestanding handstand pushups
  • Earn six-pack abs and have shameless mirror selfie photo shoot
  • 100 consecutive push ups
  • Bench press 225lbs for 10 reps
  • 10 pullups
  • Century ride
  • Do yoga in public
  • Run a sub-6 minute mile again

Events to Attend

  • Olympics
    • Summer and Winter
  • Full Moon Festival in Thailand
  • Yi Peng Floating Lantern festival in Thailand
  • Times Square on New Year’s Eve
  • Stanley Cup
  • Drink beer @ Oktoberfest
  • World Cup
  • Super Bowl
  • Music Festivals
    • Sasquatch, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonaroo, Burning Man
  • Carnival in Rio
  • Sanfermines Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • See the cherry blossoms in Japan
  • Celebrate the Chinese New Year in China
  • Drink green beer on St. Patrick’s day in Dublin, Ireland
  • La Tomatina in Bunol, Spain
  • Holi in India


  • All seven continents
    • North America (1991), South America (2011), Asia (2013), Europe (2002), Australia (2012), Africa, Antarctica
  • Throw a dart at a map, go where ever it lands
  • Walk into an airport and take the next flight that leaves
  • Swim in every ocean
    • Atlantic (uhh?), Pacific, Indian, Arctic, Southern Ocean
  • Do a Getaway Backpack
  • Travel for an entire year
  • Earn dual citizenship
  • Go to every Hard Rock Café
  • Trans-Atlantic cruise
  • Australia and New Zealand
    • Drive all of Highway 1 around Australia
    • See a show in the Sydney Opera House
    • Play a didgeridoo
    • Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef (April 2012)
  • North America
    • Hike the entire Appalachian Trail
    • All 50 states
    • Northern Lights
    • Drive cross-country
  • South America
    • Easter Islands
    • Drive to Patagonia (inspired by 180o South)
    • Aztec and Mayan ruins
    • Camp in the Amazon jungle
  • Asia
    • Angkor Wat in Cambodia
    • Ride an elephant in India
    • Ride a camel in Israel
    • Taj Mahal in India
    • Petra in Jordan
    • Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey
    • Walk on the Great Wall
    • Old City of Jerusalem (May 2013)
  • Europe
    • Ski the Alps
    • Walk up the Eiffel Tower
    • Acropolis in Greece
    • Drive the Autobahn
  • Africa
    • See the Pyramids in Egypt
    • Go on a Safari
    • See a wild Gorilla

Adrenaline Rushes

  • Scuba Dive (PADI ProDive Cairns in Cairns, Aus 2012)
  • Swim with
    • Whale sharks
    • Manta rays
    • Great White Sharks (cage or not!)
  • Climb one of the World’s 7 Summits
  • Climb a 5.10
  • Kite surf
  • Bungee jump (Nevis Bungee in Queenstown, NZ 2012)
  • Hang glide
  • Be in a mosh pit
  • Cliff dive (min. 40 feet)
  • White water raft on Grade 5
  • Go to space!
  • Base-jump
  • Win a street race
  • Dog sled
  • Hop a train
  • Deep sea fish


  • Go a month without internet
  • Go a month without a phone
  • Go to a nudist beach
    • Do 50 jumping jacks

Things to Learn

  • Master diver certification
  • Conversational in three languagee
    • English (since day 1)
    • Hebrew (in progress)
    • Portuguese
    • Spanish
  • Krav Maga
  • Surf
  • Ride a bike (I know, I know…)
  • To play a musical instrument
  • Go to culinary school
  • Go to bartending school
  • Learn to sail
  • Learn to fly a plane
  • Learn to dance
    • Salsa, breaking, waltz, tango

Help the World

  • Host 10 couch surfers
  • Be an emergency responder/volunteer for a natural disaster
  • Volunteer firefighter
  • Build a Habitat for Humanity house
  • Teach abroad

People to have Staring Contests with

  • Shake hands with a President of the United States
  • Meet Anderson Cooper