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Ryan Cohick's Bucket List

A page from my Bucket List.

I decided my bucket list – or list of things to do before I die – needs its own page. My goal is to blog about items as I cross them off and then link said blogs here for quick and easy access.

As many of you don’t know, this bucket list started in 2004. Back then it was only 21 items long and lacked the depth that it has grown into with my recent interest.

So here it is: My bucket list.

  1. Drive a bus
  2. Ride a horse
  3. Skinny dip
  4. Travel to London
  5. Play strip poker
  6. See Coldplay in concert
  7. See Radiohead in concert
  8. Swim in the Gulf of Mexico
  9. Take the ultimate roadtrip across the country
  10. Learn to play piano proficiently
  11. Write something meaningful to me
  12. Write to submit/publish (sorta)
  13. Ride an Amtrak train
  14. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge
  15. Sneak away to Paris
  16. Climb the Eiffel Tower
  17. Climb the Statue of Liberty
  18. Live in a big city (NYC!)
  19. Skydive
  20. Go to a World Cup game
  21. Watch a space rocket launch in person
  22. Be a studio audience member
  23. Make out and/or hold hands during a movie
  24. Be in a meaningful relationship
  25. Take a hot-air balloon ride
  26. See a solar eclipse in person
  27. Watch a meteor shower in a dark, empty field
  28. Run a marathon
  29. Go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  30. Meet the President of the United States and shake his hand
  31. Kiss atop the Empire State Building
  32. Fire a gun
  33. Visit Abbey Road in England to see the studio and walk the street
  34. Drive a classic, powerful muscle car
  35. Learn to drive stick shift
  36. Gamble in Las Vegas
  37. Ride on a sail boat
  38. Sleep under the stars
  39. Chase a tornado
  40. Serve Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner to the homeless
  41. Pay for the car behind me at a toll booth
  42. Walk the Great Wall of China
  43. Volunteer out of the country
  44. Get a passport
  45. See the Grand Canyon
  46. Visit Ireland
  47. Invest in the stock market
  48. Sleep on a beach
  49. Make a vodka infusion
  50. Go wine tasting in California
  51. Attend the Coachella music festival
  52. Visit the Louvre in Paris
  53. Learn American Sign Language fluently
  54. Fall in love
  55. Attend New Year’s Eve in Times Square
  56. Get a tattoo
  57. Have a child or children
  58. Write a novel
  59. Own a vacation home
  60. See Sufjan Stevens in concert again
  61. Own a big-ass R.V.
  62. Break the sound barrier
  63. Learn how to work a sound board
  64. Hold public office
  65. Go into space
  66. Send a message in a bottle
  67. Write a short story about said message in a bottle
  68. Get a tailored suit
  69. Meet J. K. Rowling
  70. Own a “for fun” car
  71. Have a dog or cat that I pick out (or picks me)
  72. Watch “Casablanca” with a lover
  73. Have a romantic Valentine’s Day
  74. Ride a high-speed train
  75. Interview someone famous
  76. Manage a staff
  77. Be in a Hollywood movie
  78. DJ a radio show
  79. Get a Master’s degree
  80. Plant a tree
  81. Donate blood
  82. Find out my blood type
  83. March in Washington, D.C., to protest
  84. Tour the White House
  85. Throw a surprise party
  86. Tour with a band
  87. Learn how to surf (or at least try to)
  88. Visit Boston, Mass.
  89. Live completely on my own (or get a place of my own)
  90. Get a full-time job
  91. Go stargazing at an observatory
  92. Get a manicure
  93. Pay a ridiculous amount for a haircut
  94. Watch a concert from backstage
  95. See TV on the Radio in concert
  96. Tell a lover, “I love you,” and mean it
  97. See a presidential inauguration in person
  98. Volunteer with a presidential (or other political office) campaign
  99. Learn to ski
  100. Join a choir or town/concert band post-college
  101. Go on a helicopter ride
  102. Fly in a blimp (or better yet, an airship!)
  103. Visit Sydney, Australia
  104. See a concert in the Sydney Opera House
  105. Visit all 50 states
  106. Go apple picking
  107. See a living Beatle in concert
  108. Fly a kite
  109. Build a model train layout
  110. Paint oil on canvas
  111. Buy an Amish-made quilt
  112. Teach someone how to drive a car
  113. Attend a pro baseball game
  114. Own a wine rack and keep it stocked
  115. Go whale-watching
  116. Milk a cow
  117. See the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person
  118. See Conan O’Brien in person
  119. Swim in the Pacific Ocean
  120. Travel to California
  121. Cross the Mississippi River by land
  122. Skinny dip in the ocean
  123. Attend a Philadelphia Eagles game
  124. Get married
  125. Teach a class
  126. Run a 5k
  127. Go strawberry picking
  128. See a gubernatorial inauguration in person
  129. Own a house
  130. Visit San Francisco
  131. Visit Portland, Oregon
  132. Attend a Philadelphia Union game
  133. Attend a taping of Craig Ferguson’s show

My thanks to my fellow bucket list-ers out there, specifically Jesse Harding and the reality series “The Buried Life.”

Now that you’ve read my list, the question on your mind should be, what do you want to do before you die? Leave your comments below and feel free to leave a link to your list.



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  1. Jesse Harding / Feb 19 2010 1:02 am

    Awesome list man! I may have to “borrow” some of these for my own list. I’m glad that I could help and I’ve had a great time chatting with you so far about bucket lists.
    P.S. If you go see TV on the Radio, let me know. I want to go.
    P.P.S. When I was reading it, #71 and #72 blended and I thought it was “Own a ‘for fun’ cat.” I was thoroughly confused.

    Best of luck!

    • Ryan Cohick / Feb 19 2010 1:07 am

      Borrow away! That’s one of my main goals for posting.

      And I’ll let you know about TV on the Radio… Unfortunately they’re not touring right now.

      And about the cat and car, I considered splitting those two up, but decided to keep my electronic the same as my written list.

  2. Baby Girl / Feb 19 2010 8:18 pm

    Learning to drive stick shift is on my own list, as is visiting all 50 states. It always makes me happy to be able to cross something off. Best of luck, RyRy.

  3. Christine / Feb 19 2010 8:31 pm

    “62. Own a big-ass R.V.” made me laugh out loud. Also, whale watching is meh (my dad took me a few times), and Conan O’Brien is actually extremely scary looking in real life, lol. Good list and good luck Ryan!

  4. Tschoppy / Feb 20 2010 3:17 pm

    Aww, I wish I would have known apple picking was on your list…we could have gone to Masonic Village. And there are a bunch of things on there we could do together…just sayin’.

  5. / Feb 9 2013 5:18 pm

    Thanks for your time for posting “Bucket List Ry(me) or Reason”.
    I actuallywill absolutely wind up being returning for far more
    browsing and commenting in the near future. Many thanks, Scott

  6. Drewscollectibles (@DrewsCollect) / Dec 6 2014 3:35 pm


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