50 Things @ 50

Well today is a special day for me. Yes today-July 11, 2018 is my 50th Birthday! It scarcely seems possible. Moments that seemed like yesterday are getting more distant its true, but when you realize that the distance is 20, 30 or maybe even 40 years ago you know you’re getting old! Those of you close to me know that there have been some changes in my life recently and it has been a little chaotic. But as this day drew nearer I started thinking about how I wanted to celebrate it. The celebratory with friends and family part starts tonight and will continue for the next three nights, but I wanted to do something more to mark the occasion. I remembered a friend had done a 50 things to do bucket list to mark the occasion and I decided to do the same thing.

The goal is to do as many of these with my friends as possible in the next year. The deadline will be before my 51st birthday in 2019. Some are things I have always wanted to do. Some are more recent. Some are places I have long wanted to go to which includes places in my own home town.Β A few are things I have done on some level before but want to do them bigger and better than I originally did them. Altogether the list was actually harder to put together than I thought it would be. I could just list travel destinations but it seems unlikely to get too many of those done in one year. So for any of you out there reading this who want to be a part of it, let me know in the comments below after the list! Activities are more fun with friends. Some of them I will really need to rely on you, my friends to help me do it.

To really do this list up right though, I thought it would be extra fun to write about my experiences doing everything off this list. So…welcome to a new corner of my blog not related to music or photography! The plan is to write a short piece about each one, let you all know what the next one will be, and continue going until I’m finished. I’m really excited for this. So without delay, here is the full list!

  1. Take a train or plane somewhere completely on a whim with no plans
  2. Ride a jet ski
  3. Paint or draw art
  4. Run a 5K race
  5. Learn a whole song on the guitar
  6. Be a guest bartender
  7. Have a photo featured on a major site
  8. Get a shout out from a singer on stage
  9. Swim naked in the ocean
  10. Get a tattoo
  11. Get ear pierced
  12. Camp at the beach
  13. Keep score at a baseball game
  14. Begin learning a language
  15. Finish writing my book
  16. Be a guest speaker
  17. Go whitewater rafting
  18. Do a big zipline
  19. Eat new and exotic foods
  20. Exhibit photos at a group show
  21. Go to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
  22. Go to the Neue Gallery in Manhattan
  23. Go to the Tenement Museum in Manhattan
  24. Go to the Statue Of Liberty
  25. Go Bird Watching
  26. Go Sky watching/Astronomy with someone knowledgeable
  27. Take a cooking class
  28. Bake Bread
  29. Bake a Cake
  30. Write a Poem
  31. Through-Hike somewhere
  32. Climb a mountain
  33. Take sailing lessons
  34. See the wild horses on Assateague Island
  35. Win money on a horse race
  36. Take a photography class
  37. Drive 100mph on a back road
  38. Visit New Orleans
  39. Read at least 50 books
  40. Ride a moped or scooter
  41. Learn to make a really complex cocktail
  42. Ride a steam train
  43. Go parasailing
  44. Learn Tai Chi
  45. Have an article published in a magazine or website
  46. Go on a random road trip
  47. Build something
  48. Learn a magic trick
  49. Be a guest DJ
  50. Make a new list when this list is completely finished!


So, sit back and enjoy what I know will be some fun and challenging exploits. And you are welcome to join me or at the very least, encourage me as I go forward.



40 thoughts on “50 Things @ 50

  1. I think it will be fun to read your adventures. I’ll be 72 this year and I’m trying to talk my family into letting me go hang gliding. Or a zip line even. Do as much as you can while you can. We only go around once, enjoy it to the fullest. : ))

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  2. Ken j Woolass

    Hello Robert
    Congratulations and have a good day and a great life. I totally agree with rugby843. and I am older, but I doubt wiser! But love the thought of having truly experienced LIFE. And yes I acknowledge that to date I have been truly blessed. I sincerely hope you feel the same, this and all your days. ken

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  3. Heyyyy Robert !!
    Happiest Birthday !

    Make sure to share all of those amazing adventures here on wordpress !
    Make the best of it, enjoy it, and just create memories with your loved ones !

    Enjoy πŸ™‚ !

    Best wishes.

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      1. Hmm, there’s the ziplining, taking Tai Chi, learning how to bake bread 🍞, learning how to bake a cake because I only do cookies, a train trip anywhere ( I wanted to do it to MontrΓ©al but I’m not sure that finances will allow), always up for photo classes and cooking classes (Asian cuisine interests me very much). I think that I forgot something and I’ll add that later, lol πŸ˜‚!

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  4. Anne Marie Dranchak

    Happy birthday! You have an amazing year ahead. It would be fun to help you with some of these – bake bread, make a cake, maybe even help you write a poem. I hope you get through them all and have the energy left to accomplish number 50. : )

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  5. Do you remember the Black Books episode about betting on horses? Hope your experience is nothing like that! And I know my website isn’t major or anything, but I’m still waiting for that guest post.πŸ˜‰
    And, of course, Robert, a very happy birthday. 50 Not Out, as cricket lovers would say. Let’s make it a century, eh? Have a wonderful time accomplishing all this. πŸ˜€

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    1. Sure do remember that episode! πŸ˜‚. I’ve never won so much as a dine the handful of times I have gone. This is the year I break that streak! Your site is plenty big to me friend. I’ll make it happen. Thank you so very much. Not out at all! Thanks Amrita ❀️

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  6. Good luck with number 35. I’ve been trying to do that for 30 years! πŸ˜‰

    Seriously, if you find yourself doing any of these in the UK, I’d love to join you for some of them. I know some great steam railways!

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    1. Its a distinct possibility that some might be in the UK. Especially if it involves a steam train. I’d love that. As to number 35 I am in the same boat…not so much as 50 cents winnings. I’m gonna break that streak this year!


      1. I kept score for a season of Slow Pitch baseball in my neighbourhood in a gorgeous setting many years ago & jumped on a train one day long ago to attend a wedding on the fly up country in my province of British Columbia!

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  8. yellowdiamondbutterfly

    Just seeing this smh but better late than never. Daaaaaaamn, that’s a long list. A very interesting and lofty list but I’m gonna do my catching up and get into it. I’ve recently bought a few books to read but it now seems as though I might want to lay this to the side and get into this 50@50.

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