Hootenanny Ribs

Hootenanny Ribs
3-2-1 rib perfection on my Traeger Pro 34 wood pellet grill

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Bucket List: 50 Years in the Making

Today I celebrate my 50th birthday.  Where did that come from? 50.  Really? Time really does fly when you're having fun. I remember 50 being "old" when I was a kid, so now I guess I'm old. I don't feel old.  I don't act old. I don't even look old.  Maybe I'm not old, I'm just 50.

So, as this day approached, I felt it necessary to compile my Bucket List.  It is what you do when you are old you know. Things that I have not yet done, things that I want to do before I can't do them anymore, before they are gone forever, things to do while I am able.  In no particular order, my Bucket List:


  1. Beer tour Belgium
  2. Climb Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains
  3. Visit Ireland
  4. Visit Scotland and the UK
  5. Go deep sea fishing
  6. Learn to fly fish
  7. Work the soup lines at the shelter on Thanksgiving or Christmas 
  8. See, from the ground, the Grand Canyon
  9. Visit and tour Jerusalem, pilgrimage 
  10. Experience New Orleans
  11. Explore Alaska
  12. Attend the Kentucky Derby
  13. Eat hot chicken in Nashville
  14. See Reelfoot Lake in West Tennessee
  15. Attend the Chicago Blues Festival
  16. Go to a Tennessee VOLS football game via the VOL Navy
  17. Attend a Daytona 500
  18. Attend an Indianapolis 500
  19. Visit and explore Australia and New Zealand
  20. Eat some real Kansas City BBQ
  21. Experience a proper Mardi Gras
  22. See Niagara Falls 
  23. Attend a Super Bowl
  24. Do a Southern BBQ tour
  25. Do the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
  26. Buy and drink a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 
  27. Visit New England during fall
  28. Safari in Africa
  29. See Egypt
  30. All of Italy
  31. Visit Greece
  32. Eat a true bowl of Pho, in Asia
  33. Visit Canada
  34. Attend Memphis in May
  35. Learn to smoke great beef brisket
  36. Enjoy Jamaica
  37. Drink wine and tour Napa Valley
  38. See Yosemite
  39. See Yellowstone
  40. Hike parts of the Appalachian Trail, eventually all of it
  41. Attend a World Series Game
  42. at Wrigley Field
  43. or Fenway Park
  44. See Colorado - the Rockies, Denver, et al
  45. Attend Oktoberfest in Munich
  46. Eat true deep dish pizza in Chicago  
  47. Eat and drink at Schlenkerla in Bamberg, Germany
  48. Visit and tour Prague and the Czech Republic
  49. Tour the Jack Daniels distillery
  50. Visit Weihenstephan Brewery, the oldest in the world

It is what it is.  I like sports, music, good food, great drinks, beautiful sites, my ancestral history, getting in touch with my spirituality. This list covers that.  Lots of different influences on my list from many sources.  I thank them all.  


Now on to the adventure that is life. 













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