87 Things

It’s not very original, but at some point I felt I needed some reachable goals in my life. And none of these are that far off, if you ask me. Listed in no particular order. But still a numbered list.

The list started out with 100 items. Over time some of them were replaced, while others were changed slightly. In October, 2017, the entire list were revised, which lead to 13 items being removed. For item numbering consistency, they haven’t been physically removed form the list, but instead marked with faded text. You can read more about the revision process in the post 100 Things Revisited.

  1. Visit Hong Kong. Done. 23.12.05.
  2. Get something published in a newspaper or a magazine. Done. 13.11.04.
  3. Attend a major sports event.
  4. Go on an American road trip. Done 14.09.12 to 29.09.12.
  5. Say “I love you”. Done. 18.08.07, and then again some time around 2010 or 2011.
  6. Learn to play the guitar.
  7. Swim a mile in the sea.
  8. Release an album or an EP.
  9. Take a photograph I can proudly hang on the wall. Done some time in 2006.
  10. Write a movie script.
  11. Hold a speech at someone’s wedding. Done 06.08.16.
  12. Climb, or at least get on top of without using a vehicle, a mountain.
  13. Get interviewed by a major news paper or magazine, either domestic or international. Done. 25.02.05.
  14. Visit Tokyo. Done. 09.07.13.
  15. Renovate an apartment or a house. Done. 19.09.11.
  16. Fix a car or some other form of semi-complicated machinery.
  17. Be in a movie or a TV-series (as an extra counts).
  18. Stagedive.
  19. Surprise everyone.
  20. Try my luck at the stock market.
  21. Organize a big event. Done 06.08.16.
  22. Be on TV. Done. 05.12.08.
  23. Visit Canada. Done. 17.11.07.
  24. Participate in a demonstration. Done. 25.07.11.
  25. Make someone cry of happiness.
  26. Write a great piece of software.
  27. Brew my own beer. Done. 17.09.05.
  28. Be a member of the audience in a TV show. Done. 05.12.08.
  29. Send a message in a bottle.
  30. Plant a tree.
  31. Sit on a jury.
  32. Stay out all night partying and go to work the next day without having gone home.
  33. Drink beer at Oktoberfest.
  34. Go skinny-dipping.
  35. Ask for a raise. Done. 17.09.05.
  36. Write my will.
  37. Ride on the Orient Express.
  38. Read the Kama Sutra and put a bit of theory into practice. Done. 28.09.06. (No, there’s no actual link, you seriously didn’t think I would go into details, did you?)
  39. Go wild in Rio during Carnival.
  40. Go up in a hot-air balloon.
  41. Hit a hole-in-one (with witnesses).
  42. Learn a third language well enough to get around in a country where they speak it.
  43. Drive cross-country without a map.
  44. Buy a round for a packed bar.
  45. Learn to dance.
  46. Invite someone on a $500 dinner. Done. 08.09.06.
  47. Make some contribution to an open source software project. Done. 04.05.04.
  48. Fire a gun at a gun range. Done 16.09.12.
  49. Try my luck at the roulette table. Done. 07.11.2016.
  50. Visit all seven continents. Four three two left.
  51. Ride a horse.
  52. Take a year off.
  53. Spend a night in a haunted house.
  54. Visit an active volcano. Done. 02.07.12.
  55. Go to Mardi Gras.
  56. Go on a helicopter ride. Done 24.09.12.
  57. Attend a film festival.
  58. Go on a cruise. Done. 01.07.12.
  59. Make a road movie. Done 15.10.12.
  60. Save a life.
  61. Drive a car getaway-style.
  62. Skydive.
  63. Meet someone famous.
  64. Get paid to review movies, music, computer games or similar.
  65. Donate blood.
  66. See a tornado.
  67. Get a reasonable BMI. Done. 18.10.09.
  68. Grow a Bonsai tree.
  69. Stop being semi-dyslectic. Done 06.08.16.
  70. See tigers in the wild.
  71. Wake up on bench in the park.
  72. See a performance at an opera house.
  73. Change a stranger’s flat tire.
  74. See a movie at a drive-in.
  75. Make a complete and utter fool of myself.
  76. Come up with a good one-liner. Done. 05.01.10.
  77. Become a semi-acceptable cook. Done. 14.02.04.
  78. Visit New York.
  79. Go on a 100+ kilometers bike ride. Doing it over several days is all right, of course.
  80. Make a short movie.
  81. Throw ten three-pointers in row.
  82. Be debt free. Done. 28.10.06. (Not too much to say about this, but it happened. Since 2006 I have amassed some debt again, though.)
  83. Get a professional massage. Done. 07.04.10.
  84. Fall in love. Done. 29.06.06.
  85. Resign from the State church. Done. 27.01.04.
  86. Fly a kite.
  87. Go whale watching.
  88. Celebrate the Day of the Dead in Mexico.
  89. Own an apartment or a house. Done. 31.08.06.
  90. Fly first class on a long haul flight (or business if there’s no first class section).
  91. Do something that makes someone say, “You know, I really admire what you did!”
  92. Win an award.
  93. Write on a wall. Done. 09.08.11.
  94. Set off a fire extinguisher.
  95. Volunteer for a good cause. Done. 18.02.07.
  96. See a full solar eclipse.
  97. Queue for something for at least 24 hours.
  98. Sing Depeche Mode’s ‘Enjoy The Silence’ and really mean it.
  99. Visit Cuba.
  100. See Matthew Good in concert.

All right, so I ended up ripping some of these off of other similar lists, but they all seemed liked sane things to do.


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