I keep saying some place, or restaurant, or event is “on my bucket list,” but I’ve never actually written one. I’m going to compartmentalize this list into a few sections, since that’s how my brain works.
The Bucket List
Cities/Countries to Visit:
San Francisco, California
Key West, Florida
Vancouver, British Columbia
Alaska and Hawaii
Calumet Fisheries, Chicago
Le Bernardin, New York
Per Se, New York
The French Laundry, Yountville, California
Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Minetta Tavern, New York
Babbo, New York
Shanghai 1930, San Francisco
Bali Hai, San Diego
Jim Neely’s Interstate Barbecue, Memphis
The Carolina Smokehouse, Cashiers, North Carolina
Ted’s Fry Bread, Mancos, Colorado
The Salt Lick, Driftwood, TX
Willie Mae’s Scotch House, New Orleans
Antoine’s, New Orleans
Domilise’s, New Orleans
The Mexican Hat Lodge, Mexican Hat, UT
Norman’s, Key West
St. John, London
Events to Attend:
A Presidential inauguration
A book signing for my own novel
The Woodward Dream Cruise
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Las Vegas
The Indianapolis 500
A U.S. Citizenship ceremony
People to Meet/Be in Close Proximity to:
A current or former U.S. President or world leader
Various Life Events and Experiences:
Get married to the love of my life.
Drive Route 66 from Michigan and Adams in Chicago to The Santa Monica Pier.
The Olympic Games.
Write a bestseller.
Appear on late-night TV.
Meet a Celebrity Chef. (Dave Beran, Next)
Visit the St. James Gate Brewery, Dublin, Ireland.
Walk the Great Wall of China.
Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock in Australia’s Northern Territory).
Speak without a filter and without fear.
Stand at the top and bottom of the world.
The Great River Road.
(This list will continue to evolve with time and experience. Ideas and feedback are welcome.)