2000_30_2---Number-Thirty_webI’ve been inspired by the 30×30 list on Leslie’s blog. 26 and 11/12ths years old is is kind of late to begin working on such a list… this is the kind of thing I should have done at 20. It’s interesting, however, to note that as I look through this list, only four or five of these would have even remotely interested the 20-year-old Brian. What will I think of this list at 40? Probably whatever Obama wants me to think, but that’s neither here nor there.

Thirty goals is a lot, and I’m just letting you know right here and now there’s very very little chance that I will even pursue a lot of these. To hit that 30 quota, I had to add a few wild cards. Also, I added up the potential costs of these and it looks like reaching for the stars will cost approximately $18,536, not including the $200,000 government R&D grant I intend to use for #10. But hey, you never know when I might stumble across a couple garbage bags full of free money.

Maybe I should just add ten more goals and give myself until 40.

1. Set foot on all seven continents
This has been my thing for a while now, although I don’t remember when I decided to make it a stated “goal.” It’s also going to be the one I am going to consciously work towards the most. It’s going to be a stretch to hit Australia, Asia and Antarctica in just 3 years + 1 month. Anyone want to come with?

2. Go a year without drinking Dr Pepper
I’m four months and five days into this one, which is a real achievement considering I average probably two a day for the past 15 years or so. I’ve been relying on the crutch Diet Dr Pepper, and I’ve actually grown to like it. But things are all hunky dory. Sometimes I lay awake at night wondering if I will “recognize” Dr Pepper eight months from now. What if I don’t like it anymore? What if it doesn’t like me? This makes me sad.

3. Go a month drinking only water
This wouldn’t be too hard at all. In fact, I’m starting today.

4. Take a road trip in an RV

Anybody want to sign up?

5. Take I-40 from the Pacific to the Atlantic
Maybe this could be done in conjunction with #4?

6. See all 100 movies in the AFI Top 100 (sadly, I’ve only seen 29)
However, I am going to skip #83: Titanic. It is my goal to die never having seen it. Also on my list of movies to (finally) see: The Goonies, Newsies, Hoosiers, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

7. Read a book by Ayn Rand
What’s it going to be? Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead? Place your bets!

8. Be debt-free
OK “debt-free, except for my house.” I’m pretty close on this one too. I should be there by the end of the year.

9. Learn to enjoy salad

Even though I don’t enjoy it, I can eat a salad to be sociable (provided it’s drowning in ranch). I still have a hard time with the physical manipulation of the fork, knife and lettuce. It just doesn’t want to work for me!

10. Develop a recipe for Brian’s Famous _______
Chili? Barbecue sauce? Chicken potpie? Hummus? Artisan bread? Gumbo? Gazpacho? A “house” salad dressing? What does the world need? I need some suggestions!

11. See Paul McCartney in concert
I’ve knocked our Queen, Paul Simon and it’s looking like Brian Wilson is going to happen this Fall. Sir Paul McCartney is all that’s left.

12. Write a scholarly white paper on Christian journalism
I’ve been collecting a lot of resources. Now I just need a thesis.

13. Get my credit score above 800
I already have really good credit, but I think it’d be awesome to crack that upper echelon. Although now that I think about it, what good is a good credit rating if intend to live without debt?

14. Help a stranger on the side of the road change a tire
Is it weird that I enjoy changing tires?

15. Beat Mario I, II and III on the NES
I’ve beaten I, and come really close on III.

16. Organize all the papers from OBU I have stuffed in boxes in my garage.
I’ll need to set aside like, an entire week.

17. Hear Handel’s Messiah live
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

18. Go without a ticket for a moving violation
I’m very proud of my perfect driving record. The two tint tickets don’t count.

19. Ride in a hot-air balloon
I have a slight fear of heights, but I just think this would be really cool.

20. Permanently learn the correct usage for who/whom
I look it up every time it comes up but some reason can never remember it.

21. Permanently learn the correct definitions for tornado “warnings” and tornado “watches”
I can never remember which is worse. I’ve consulted with America’s Weather Man (and my Facebook friend), the one and only Gary England and he tells us:

A forecast issued when severe weather has developed, is already occurring and reported, or is detected on radar. Warnings state a particular hazard or imminent danger, such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash and river floods, winter storms, heavy snows, etc.
A forecast issued well in advance of a severe weather event to alert the public of the possibility of a particular hazard, such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash and river floods, winter storms, or heavy snows.

In my mind, a watch would mean “we’re watching the tornado head straight for you” and a warning would mean there is a general warning that a tornado may occur. But it’s the opposite. Now, knowing that I have this problem, you’d think it’d be easy for me to simply remember that it’s the opposite of my first gut reaction. You’d be wrong.

22. Obtain an International Driver’s License
It’s only $15! Isn’t that awesome?

23. Vote in a primary election
Aug. 3, 2010, here I come!

24. Finally man up and eat a lobster

25. Finally man up and eat some sushi

26. Lose 15 percent of my body weight
This really shouldn’t be that hard.

27. Read through the entire Bible
I’ve started this countless times and I’ve probably hit 97 percent of it piecemeal, but I want to do in an orderly, accountable fashion.

28. Learn to identify the cuts of chicken on the buffet
Shut up, OK? Just shut up. I don’t know why I can never tell which is the dark meat and which is the white, I just can’t. OK? Telling me, “just get one of the breast peices” doesn’t help me. I must have been sick that day in school. And someone pass the white meat.

29. Buy (and maintain the website at) a URL
I owned www.baconcheeseburger.org (yes, .org) from 2005 to 2006, but that was before I started blogging. Plus, GoDaddy’s commercials have turned me off of the whole buy your own URL thing.

30. Unspoken


2 responses to “30×30

  1. 16 and 26 are the same…

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