101 Things I Want to Do Before I Die


This 101 things I want to do before I die concept was first popularized locally by AOL Vice Chair Ted Leonsis. It took me sometime to write as you find yourself able to deliver 5 or 10 at a time. After 50, you really have to think. A good exercise in dream and vision (image: Dream on by Marirs).

At some point I’ll organize this as nice as Ted’s but not now. It already took me four weeks to write the post.


1) Feel and know true love

2) Give true love without thought for self

3) Have no relative die with any things left to be said between us

4) Support my wife in whatever she chooses to do

5) See my wife with Mikimoto pearls dripping from her body

6) Make sure my family has no financial strain

7) Go on a date every week with my wife (so long as we are in the same city)

8) Have a child, girl or boy

9) Adopt a child

10) Sponsor an extended family retreat

11) Create a legacy at Georgetown University

12) Help my niece at that time (whatever it is) when she needs me

13) Do another leg of the baseball tour with my Dad

14) Spend a week vacation with my sister and her family

Personal Achievement

15) Help one Fortune 500 really get social media right

16) Publish another business book

17) Ride motorcycles again

18) Use my powers to make a major course difference for at least one charitable effort

19) Publish a great science fiction novel

20) Build the biggest social PR firm in the Greater Washington area

21) Sell my agency – Done, July 21, 2008
22) Own a very book friendly coffee shop in Alexandria, VA

23) Have a cameo role in a big time movie as myself, some schmo from DC

24) Contribute to a small child’s education anonymously

25) Work in a library for a year

26) Explore painting

27) Make a great, well recognized 2-3 minute short video

28) Evolve into a much more spiritual existence

29) Regular yoga

30) Help build a micro-economy or ten

31) Publish a NY Times bestseller

32) Host a real radio show

33) See my books on the shelf at multiple bookstores

34) Learn Latin

35) Work on a presidential campaign

36) Become Dr. Livingston

37) Learn to scuba dive

38) Teach on the University level as an adjunct for a couple of years

Real World

39) See a black man as president, thank you, Barack Obama.

40) See DC get full voting rights

41) Spend two years of my life serving a charity in an executive role

42) See a man walk on Mars

Stuff and Experience

43) Go to a Final Four

44) Throw a first pitch at a MLB game

45) Sit in a dugout for a full MLB game

46) Own five cars simultaneously

47) Enjoy several nice wrist watches in my collection, including Omega, Breitling and another Tag

48) Build my own home

49) Have a winter home in the British Virgin Islands

50) Have a summer home in Canada

51) Attend a clinching World Series game

52) Attend a Summer Olympics

53) Attend a Winter Olympics

54) Own a Mac Book Pro -Done, 4-12-08!

55) See running of the bulls

56) Watch a Rage Against the Machine concert before they get too old, Done 8-2-08

57) Own a Ford Mustang, yeah, really.

58) Own and race a Porsche Cayman S

59) And while I’m at it, hook me up with Audi A8L edition. That’s right.

60) Off road tour in my Wrangler

61) Own a great cabriolet


62) Do a spiritual retreat in the foothills of the Himalayas

63) Tour China extensively

64) Stay at the Bellagio for a week

65) Visit Viet Nam

66) Visit New Zealand

67) Visit Australia

68) Visit the heart of Africa

69) Spend a spring in St. Petersburg, Russia

70) Spend a Fall in Prague

71) Stay at the Ventana Inn for a week with no connectivity

72) Hike throughout Big Sur

73) See the snows of Kilimanjaro before they completely melt

74) Live in London for a significant period of time

75) See Mt. Everest with my own eyes

76) Hike Mauna Loa

77) See the rest of the Hawaiian Islands (already been to the Big Island).

78) Take an Alaskan cruise

79) Live in NYC for a season

80) Stay on Richard Branson’s private isle in the Virgin Islands (what’s up)

81) See the Antarctic

82) Hike in the Patagonia range

83) Watch the Orcas from the San Juan Islands

84) Galapagos

85) Drive across the Southern U.S.

86) Madagascar trip

87) Tour Southern Africa


88) Have a conversation over dinner with a president of the United States

89) Play a long poker game with Chris Heuer, Todd Defren, Brian Solis, Kyle Flaherty and Shel Israel

90) Meet Bono

91) Dinner with Bill Gates!

92) Talk with the Dalai Lama.

93) Hang with Harrison Ford

94) Do a podcast mini-series with Doc Searls on the Cluetrain 10 Years later

95) While I’m at it, hanging out with Doc at some point wouldn’t be too shabby either

96) Have a video taped debate with Mark Cuban on bloggers versus journalists

97) Tea with Richard Morgan

98) Coffee with Neal Stephenson

99) Supper with William Gibson

100) Breakfast with Alanis Morisette

101) Do one FIR podcast with Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson – Done, July 21, 2008