Bill’s Life List - Things I Want to do Before I Die

Updated May 27, 2018

Those with a check mark have been completed

 

Number

Done

Type

Activity

1.       

 

Adventure

Climb Mt. Whitney

2.       

 

Adventure

Raft the Grand Canyon of the Colorado

3.       

 

Adventure

Swim/wade in these oceans:

   Arctic* (Might be too cold)

√ Southern* (Might be too cold- it was!)

√ Pacific (California coast)

√ Atlantic

√ Indian (Mombasa, Kenya)

4.       

 

Adventure

Swim/wade in these Seas:

   Caribbean

   Dead

   Galilee

   North* (Might be too cold)

   Red

√ Mediterranean (Monaco)

√ Cortez (San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico)

5.       

Adventure

Become a SCUBA diver

6.       

Adventure

Ride a motorcycle cross country more than 250 miles

7.       

 

Adventure/Flying

Build an “experimental” airplane

8.       

 

Adventure/Flying

Fly an airplane above 36,000 feet

9.       

 

Adventure/Flying

Fly an airplane faster than sound

10.   

Adventure/Flying

Fly a jet airplane (Fuga)

11.   

Adventure/Flying

Fly an airplane

12.   

Adventure/Flying

Fly my airplane coast-to-coast

13.   

Adventure/Flying

See a “UFO”

14.   

x

Adventure/Flying

Fly my airplane around the world (Airplane sold April, 2014)

15.   

x

Adventure/Flying

Fly my airplane to 49 states (bonus Hawai’i) (Airplane sold April, 2014)

16.   

x

Adventure/Flying

Fly my airplane to Alaska (Airplane sold April, 2014)

17.   

 

Educational

Become a member of the Explorers Club of New York

18.   

 

Educational

Become a member of the Royal Geographic Society

19.   

 

Educational

Learn to speak French

20.   

 

Educational

Meet a President of the USA and talk for 10 minutes alone

21.   

 

Educational

See a “ghost”

22.   

Educational

Become a “Ham” radio operator (KD6EMG)

23.   

Educational

Become a member of one of the Adventurers’ Clubs

24.   

Educational

Read a complete encyclopedia (Grolier in 1957)

25.   

Educational

Write a book (VISION: Results User Manual)

26.   

 

Fun

Meet Julia Roberts and talk with her for 30 minutes

27.   

Fun

Be part of a film/TV production crew (Junkyard Wars)

28.   

Fun

Build a website

29.   

 

Life

Live to 90+ years old (As of October 17, 2013 I have 20 more years to go to make this goal!)

30.   

Life

Run for an elected office, (Local, State or Federal)

31.   

Life

Be happy and content

32.   

Life

Make love with a “Sexy Czech Chick” 

33.   

Life

Marry and have children

34.   

 

Life/Art

See daVinci’s “Last Supper”

35.   

Life/Art

Read “Moby Dick”

36.   

Life/Art

Read “War and Peace”

37.   

Life/Art

See my favorite operas performed live

√ Aida

√ Madame Butterfly

√ Carmen

38.   

Life/Art

See the “Mona Lisa”

39.   

 

Life/Religious

Memorize the names of the books of the Bible in order

40.   

 

Life/Religious

Pray at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

41.   

 

Life/Religious

See the Shroud of Turin

42.   

Life/Religious

Read the complete Old and New Testaments of the Bible (See Appendix A)

43.   

 

Scientific

Discover a comet

44.   

 

Scientific

See all 110 Messier objects (See Appendix C)

45.   

 

Scientific

See all 3 dwarf planets

   Pluto

   Eris (Might not be possible with my telescope)

√ Ceres (December 23, 2012)

46.   

Scientific

See eclipses of the sun

 √ Total (Hopefully August 21, 2017)

√ Partial (Many times)

√ Annular (May 20, 2012)

47.   

Scientific

Obtain a meteorite

48.   

Scientific

See a big meteor shower (Leonids)

49.   

Scientific

See a bright comet (Hale-Bopp)

50.   

Scientific

See all 8 planets with MY telescope

√ Mercury

√ Venus

√ Earth

√ Mars

√ Jupiter

√ Galilean moons (Io, Calisto, Europa and Ganymede)

√ Red Spot a plus

√ Saturn

√ Rings

√ Uranus

√ Neptune

51.   

Scientific

See Halley’s comet in 1986

52.   

Scientific

See Transit of Mercury on November 8, 2006

53.   

Scientific

See Transit of Venus on June 5, 2012

54.   

 

Travel

Go at least once to all seven continents

   Antarctica

√ Australia

Africa

√ Asia

√ Europe

North America

√ South America

55.   

 

Travel

Go South of the Antarctic Circle

56.   

 

Travel

Go to all 50 States (See Appendix B)

57.   

 

Travel

See an aurora in person

58.   

 

Travel

See the pyramids in Egypt

59.   

 

Travel

Spend at least one day in over 50 countries (See Appendix D)

60.   

 

Travel

Take a trip around the world

61.   

 

Travel

Take Trans-Siberian railway all the way

62.   

Travel

Cross the Berlin Wall (1983)

63.   

Travel

Cross the Equator (Trips to New Zealand, Brazil and Kenya)

64.   

Travel

Drive across the USA (1976 LA to Greensboro, NC)

65.   

Travel

Go North of the Arctic Circle (Trömso, Norway in 2004)

66.   

Travel

Go to the “Black Museum” at Scotland Yard, London England

67.   

Travel

Go to the British Museum in London, England

68.   

Travel

Go to the Louvre Museum in Paris, France

69.   

Travel

Ride a “high-speed” train (TGV)

70.   

Travel

See “The Great Wall” in China

71.   

Travel

See the “Big 5” in Africa

√ Cape Buffalo

√ Cheetah

√ Hippo

√ Lion

√ Rhino

72.   

Travel

Take Channel Tunnel Train between London to Paris

 


 

 

Appendix A: Books of the Bible

Old Testament

Torah – The Law

√ Genesis

√ Exodus

√ Leviticus

√ Deuteronomy

√ Numbers

 

Neviim – The Prophets

√ Joshua

√ Judges

√ 1 Samuel

√ 2 Samuel

√ 1 Kings

√ 2 Kings

√ Isaiah

√ Jeremiah

√ Ezekiel

 

     Treisar – The Minor Prophets

√ Hosea

√ Joel

√ Amos

√ Obadiah

√ Jonah

√ Micah

√ Nahum

√ Habakkuk

√ Zephaniah

√ Haggai

√ Zechariah

√ Malachi

 

Ketuvim – The Writings

√ Psalms

√ Proverbs

√ Job

 

     Megilot

√ Song of Solomon

√ Ruth

√ Lamentations

√ Ecclesiastes

√ Esther

√ Daniel

√ Ezra

√ Nehemiah

√ 1 Chronicles

√ 2 Chronicles

 

New Testament

The Gospels

√ Matthew

√ Mark

√ Luke

√ John

 

Narrative Literature

√ Acts

 

The Pauline Epistles

√ Romans

√ 1 Corinthians

√ 2 Corinthians

√ Galatians

√ Ephesians

√ Philippians

√ Colossians

√ 1 Thessalonians

√ 2 Thessalonians

 

The Pastoral Epistles

√ 1 Timothy

√ 2 Timothy

√ Titus

√ Philemon

√ Hebrews

 

The General Epistles

√ James

√ 1 Peter

√ 2 Peter

√ 1 John

√ 2 John

√ 3 John

√ Jude

 

The Apocalyptic Literature

√ Revelation of John


Appendix B1: US States To Visit

Number

Done

State

1.       

 

New Hampshire

2.       

 

Vermont

3.       

 

Wisconsin

4.       

Alabama* (Selma)

5.       

Alaska

6.       

Arizona* (Glendale, Phoenix, Mesa & Chandler)

7.       

Arkansas* (West Helena)

8.       

California* (Auburn, San Diego, Van Nuys, Canoga Park, Northridge & Temple City)

9.       

Colorado

10.   

Connecticut

11.   

Delaware

12.   

Florida

13.   

Georgia

14.   

Hawai’i

15.   

Idaho

16.   

Illinois

17.   

Indiana* (Indianapolis – I was also born there)

18.   

Iowa

19.   

Kansas

20.   

Kentucky

21.   

Louisiana

22.   

Maine

23.   

Maryland

24.   

Massachusetts

25.   

Michigan

26.   

Minnesota

27.   

Mississippi

28.   

Missouri

29.   

Montana

30.   

Nebraska

31.   

Nevada

32.   

New Jersey

33.   

New Mexico

34.   

New York

35.   

North Carolina

36.   

North Dakota

37.   

Ohio

38.   

Oklahoma* (Oklahoma City)

39.   

Oregon

40.   

Pennsylvania

41.   

Rhode Island

42.   

South Carolina

43.   

South Dakota

44.   

Tennessee

45.   

Texas

46.   

Utah

47.   

Virginia

48.   

Washington* (Walla Walla)

49.   

West Virginia

50.   

Wyoming

                                    (* State I have lived in)

 

Appendix B2: Misc. US Places to Visit

Number

Done

US Possessions

1.       

 

American Samoa

2.       

 

Guam

3.       

 

Marshall Islands

4.       

 

Puerto Rico

5.       

US Virgin Islands

6.       

Washington, D.C.

 

 


Appendix C: Messier Objects To Be Seen

M
Number

Seen

Seen on Date

NGC
Number

Common
Name

Picture

Object
Type

Constellation

M-001

2013-11-01

NGC 1952

Crab Nebula

Supernova Remnant

Taurus

M-002

2013-08-28

NGC 7089

 

Globular Cluster

Aquarius

M-003

 

NGC 5272

 

Globular Cluster

Canes Venatici

M-004

2012-07-15

NGC 6121

 

Globular Cluster

Scorpius

M-005

2008-06-29

NGC 5904

 

Globular Cluster

Serpens

M-006

2013-08-28

NGC 6405

Butterfly Cluster

Open Cluster

Scorpius

M-007

2013-08-28

NGC 6475

Ptolemy Cluster

Open Cluster

Scorpius

M-008

2013-08-28

NGC 6523

Lagoon Nebula

Cluster With Nebula

Sagittarius

M-009

2013-08-31

NGC 6333

 

Globular Cluster

Ophiuchus

M-010

2013-08-31

NGC 6254

 

Globular Cluster

Ophiuchus

M-011

2008-06-29

NGC 6705

Wild Duck Cluster

Open Cluster

Scutum

M-012

2013-08-31

NGC 6218

 

Globular Cluster

Ophiuchus

M-013

2008-06-29

NGC 6205

Great Globular Cluster in Hercules

Globular Cluster

Hercules

M-014

2013-08-31

NGC 6402

 

Globular Cluster

Ophiuchus

M-015

2008-11-24

NGC 7078

Pegasus Cluster

Globular Cluster

Pegasus

M-016

2013-08-28

NGC 6611

Eagle Nebula

Cluster With H II Region

Serpens

M-017

2013-08-28

NGC 6618

Omega Nebula

Cluster With H II Region

Sagittarius

M-018

2013-09-27

NGC 6613

 

Open Cluster

Sagittarius

M-019

2013-08-31

NGC 6273

 

Globular Cluster

Ophiuchus

M-020

2013-08-28

NGC 6514

Trifid Nebula

Cluster With H II Region

Sagittarius

M-021

2013-08-31

NGC 6531

 

Open Cluster

Sagittarius

M-022

2013-08-31

NGC 6656

Sagittarius Cluster

Globular Cluster

Sagittarius

M-023

2013-08-31

NGC 6494

 

Open Cluster

Sagittarius

M-024

2013-08-31

NGC 6603

Sagittarius Star Cloud

Milky Way Star Cloud

Sagittarius

M-025

2013-08-31

IC 4725

 

Open Cluster

Sagittarius

M-026

2013-08-31

NGC 6694

 

Open Cluster

Scutum

M-027

2008-11-24

NGC 6853

Dumbbell Nebula

Planetary Nebula

Vulpecula

M-028

2013-08-31

NGC 6626

 

Globular Cluster

Sagittarius

M-029

2013-08-31

NGC 6913

 

Open Cluster

Cygnus

M-030

2013-09-27

NGC 7099

 

Globular Cluster

Capricornus

M-031

2008-11-24

NGC 224

Andromeda Galaxy

Spiral Galaxy

Andromeda

M-032

2013-08-28

NGC 221

 

Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy

Andromeda

M-033

2013-09-27

NGC 598

Triangulum Galaxy

Spiral Galaxy

Triangulum

M-034

2008-11-24

NGC 1039

 

Open Cluster

Perseus

M-035

2008-11-24

NGC 2168

 

Open Cluster

Gemini

M-036

2008-11-24

NGC 1960

 

Open Cluster

Auriga

M-037

2008-11-24

NGC 2099

 

Open Cluster

Auriga

M-038

2008-11-24

NGC 1912

 

Open Cluster

Auriga

M-039

2013-08-31

NGC 7092

 

Open Cluster

Cygnus

M-040

2013-09-27

 

Winnecke 4

Double Star WNC4

Ursa Major

M-041

 

 

NGC 2287

 

Open Cluster

Canis Major

M-042

2009-12-04

NGC 1976

Orion Nebula

H II Region

Orion

M-043

2013-10-01

NGC 1982

De Mairan's Nebula

H II Region
(Part of Orion Nebula)

Orion

M-044

 

NGC 2632

Beehive Cluster

Open Cluster

Cancer

M-045

2009-12-04

 

Pleiades

Open Cluster

Taurus

M-046

 

 

NGC 2437

 

Open Cluster

Puppis

M-047

 

 

NGC 2422

 

Open Cluster

Puppis

M-048

 

 

NGC 2548

 

Open Cluster

Hydra

M-049

 

 

NGC 4472

 

Elliptical galaxy

Virgo

M-050

 

 

NGC 2323

 

Open Cluster

Monoceros

M-051

2013-08-28

NGC 5194, NGC 5195

Whirlpool Galaxy

Spiral Galaxy

Canes Venatici

M-052

2013-08-28

NGC 7654

 

Open Cluster

Cassiopeia

M-053

 

 

NGC 5024

 

Globular Cluster

Coma Berenices

M-054

2013-08-31

NGC 6715

 

Globular Cluster

Sagittarius

M-055

2013-08-31

NGC 6809

 

Globular Cluster

Sagittarius

M-056

2010-10-08 (OTSP)

NGC 6779

 

Globular Cluster

Lyra

M-057

2008-06-29

NGC 6720

Ring Nebula

Planetary Nebula

Lyra

M-058

 

 

NGC 4579

 

Barred Spiral Galaxy

Virgo

M-059

 

 

NGC 4621

 

Elliptical Galaxy

Virgo

M-060

 

 

NGC 4649

 

Elliptical Galaxy

Virgo

M-061

 

 

NGC 4303

 

Spiral Galaxy

Virgo

M-062

2013-08-31

NGC 6266

 

Globular Cluster

Ophiuchus

M-063

2013-09-27

NGC 5055

Sunflower Galaxy

Spiral Galaxy

Canes Venatici

M-064

 

 

NGC 4826

Black Eye Galaxy

Spiral Galaxy

Coma Berenices

M-065

 

 

NGC 3623

 

Barred Spiral Galaxy

Leo

M-066

 

 

NGC 3627

 

Barred Spiral Galaxy

Leo

M-067

 

 

NGC 2682

 

Open Cluster

Cancer

M-068

 

 

NGC 4590

 

Globular Cluster

Hydra

M-069

2013-08-31

NGC 6637

 

Globular Cluster

Sagittarius

M-070

2013-08-31

NGC 6681

 

Globular Cluster

Sagittarius

M-071

2013-08-31

NGC 6838

 

Globular Cluster

Sagitta

M-072

2013-08-31

NGC 6981

 

Globular Cluster

Aquarius

M-073

 

 

NGC 6994

 

Asterism

Aquarius

M-074

 

 

NGC 628

 

Spiral Galaxy

Pisces

M-075

2013-08-31

NGC 6864

 

Globular Cluster

Sagittarius

M-076

2013-08-31

NGC 650, NGC 651

Little Dumbbell Nebula

Planetary Nebula

Perseus

M-077

 

 

NGC 1068

 

Spiral Galaxy

Cetus

M-078

 

 

NGC 2068

 

Diffuse Nebula

Orion

M-079

 

 

NGC 1904

 

Globular Cluster

Lepus

M-080

2013-08-31

NGC 6093

 

Globular Cluster

Scorpius

M-081

2013-09-27

NGC 3031

Bode's Galaxy

Spiral Galaxy

Ursa Major

M-082

2008-06-29

NGC 3034

Cigar Galaxy

Starburst Galaxy

Ursa Major

M-083

 

 

NGC 5236

Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

Barred Spiral Galaxy

Hydra

M-084

 

 

NGC 4374

 

Lenticular Galaxy

Virgo

M-085

 

 

NGC 4382

 

Lenticular Galaxy

Coma Berenices

M-086

 

 

NGC 4406

 

Lenticular Galaxy

Virgo

M-087

 

 

NGC 4486

Radio Galaxy Virgo A

Elliptical Galaxy

Virgo

M-088

 

 

NGC 4501

 

Spiral Galaxy

Coma Berenices

M-089

 

 

NGC 4552

 

Elliptical Galaxy

Virgo

M-090

 

 

NGC 4569

 

Spiral Galaxy

Virgo

M-091

 

 

NGC 4548

 

Barred Spiral Galaxy

Coma Berenices

M-092

2008-06-29

NGC 6341

 

Globular Cluster

Hercules

M-093

 

 

NGC 2447

 

Open Cluster

Puppis

M-094

2013-09-27

NGC 4736

 

Spiral Galaxy

Canes Venatici

M-095

 

 

NGC 3351

 

Spiral Galaxy

Leo

M-096

 

 

NGC 3368

 

Spiral Galaxy

Leo

M-097

 

 

NGC 3587

Owl Nebula

Planetary Nebula

Ursa Major

M-098

 

 

NGC 4192

 

Spiral Galaxy

Coma Berenices

M-099

 

 

NGC 4254

Coma Pinwheel Galaxy

Spiral Galaxy

Coma Berenices

M-100

 

 

NGC 4321

 

Spiral Galaxy

Coma Berenices

M-101

 

 

NGC 5457

Pinwheel Galaxy

Spiral Galaxy

Ursa Major

M-102

2013-08-31

Not conclusively identified

Could be Spindle Galaxy

 

Lenticular or Spiral Galaxy

Draco

M-103

2013-08-31

NGC 581

 

Open Cluster

Cassiopeia

M-104

 

NGC 4594

Sombrero Galaxy

Spiral Galaxy

Virgo

M-105

 

 

NGC 3379

 

Elliptical Galaxy

Leo

M-106

 

 

NGC 4258

 

Spiral Galaxy

Canes Venatici

M-107

2013-08-31

NGC 6171

 

Globular Cluster

Ophiuchus

M-108

 

 

NGC 3556

 

Spiral Galaxy

Ursa Major

M-109

 

 

NGC 3992

 

Barred Spiral Galaxy

Ursa Major

M-110

2013-08-31

NGC 205

 

Dwarf Elliptical Galazy

Andromeda

 


 

Appendix D: Countries Visited

 

Number

Country

1.       

Australia

2.       

Belgium

3.       

Belize

4.       

Brazil

5.       

Canada

6.       

Cayman Islands

7.       

China

8.       

Columbia

9.       

Costa Rica

10.   

Czech Republic

11.   

Denmark

12.   

Dominican Republic

13.   

France

14.   

French Guyana

15.   

Germany (Both West and East at the time – 1983)

16.   

Honduras

17.   

Italy

18.   

Jamaica

19.   

Japan

20.   

Kenya

21.   

Mexico

22.   

Netherlands

23.   

New Zealand

24.   

Norway

25.   

Panama

26.   

Singapore

27.   

Slovak Republic

28.   

South Korea

29.   

Sweden

30.   

Taiwan

31.   

Tanzania

32.   

Thailand

33.   

The Bahamas

34.   

Trinidad & Tobago

35.   

Turkey

36.   

United Kingdom

37.   

Viet Nam