July 24th, 2008
While I should be posting about my most recent vacation (which was way cool), one of Esquire
magazine's recent articles inspired me to create this meme.
- Cut-and-paste the list.
- Strikeout the items you've done, italicize the items you're in the process of doing. Because they're things that every man should do, we don't care whether or not you want to do an item or not...
- Female participation is welcome and encouraged.
's The 75 Things Every Man Should Do
- Play rugby
Repair an appliance.
Fly the red-eye from Vegas.
Funny you should say that...
- Fly a Cessna.
Make a list of seventy-five things you want to do before you die. It's hard.
Indeed, it was...
- Fast for three days. Drink water.
- Drive the Great Ocean Road in southern Australia. Or the Pacific Coast Highway.
Make a perfect omelet.
- Drive by yourself from coast to coast.
Recognize the accomplishments of others.
Do a flip off a diving board. Nail it.
- Leave yourself a letter in a library book. Look for it twenty years later.
Watch a bad movie so often that when you see it by accident...
Given my penchant for absorbing just about any movie, this is pretty much second nature to me
- Toboggan, aggressively.
- Scuba dive.
- Drink mescal in Mexico.
Cultivate a reputation.
Learn three to four chords on the guitar, until you can play one song.
- Live in a hotel suite for a week.
- Milk a cow. Drink that.
- Build a fence.
Carry a totem in your pocket.
Help someone dig out.
- Pick an animal. Something cool like a wolverine. Go see it in the wild.
- Throw a real party.
Live outside the homeland.
Start something that scares you.
How about taking an 8-day holiday with 54 complete strangers as a severely introverted person?
- Choose a word or a phrase and actively work to never use it again.
- Eat mussels in Bruges.
- Break a sheet of plate glass with a ball-peen hammer.
- Cook the same thing (over and over) until you are known for it.
Have a threesome.
Quit something you love.
- Take care of someone else's three-year-old for a day.
Get very good at a sport that isn't a sport.
- Listen to war stories.
- Tell war stories.
- Write someone else's life story without mentioning yourself.
Sing in public.
- Sell everything you don't need. Once.
I'm in the process of this right now...
- Play golf at Carnoustie.
Play chess until you beat someone you shouldn't, then quit forever.
Give up your seat.
- Kill, dress, cook, and eat wild game.
Attend the funeral of someone you didn't know that well.
Take a vow. Keep it.
I once took a vow of celibacy.
- Eat a six-course meal that you prepared.
Live at a high altitude.
- Spend some time working for tips.
Overeat for a week.
- Make a movie, even a short one.
Give a panhandler all of your money.
- Make beer, wine, or moonshine.
- Read Lolita.
Have sex in a body of water.
Ride a horse.
Eat congee. Eat haggis. Eat tongue. Eat kidneys. Eat brain. Eat testicles.
Just congee, although I still want to try haggis and some of the other things...
- Walk twenty miles. Bring water.
- Go to the desert. Take long-lasting drugs. Drink water.
- Watch television for twenty-four hours uninterrupted.
Strangely enough, I don't think I've done this...
Save something from the dump.
My brother once said,"[Candy] in the garbage isn't [candy]; it's garbage," and it pretty much applies to everything you're talking about, with the exception of cash and consumer electronics.
Climb something you are afraid of.
Get a manicure.
- Eat a two-course meal that you grew.
Get a deep-tissue massage.
- Sleep outside for a week.
- Put a hundred bucks on a long shot. To win.
- Go to Paris. Tell no one where you are. Stay there for two weeks.
- Raise a dog.
- Peg the speedometer.
While I work on this, I want to ask: why are there only 73 items?
Because "Go to the desert; Take long-lasting drugs, drink water" is supposed to be 61-63.