Let me be the 26th person to wish you all a happy Veterans Day, happy Friday and happy 11/11/11. An enormous thank you to all who serve this wonderful country, keep us safe and protect the freedoms we enjoy.
Everyone has their own personal bucket list, and today I’ll share the sporty portion mine. I’m doing it as part of the $500 Enemy of Debt competition, sponsored by Life Insurance Finder, the life insurance finder experts. If you want to be entered to win $500 too (who doesn’t?), check out their site and share your biggest hopes and dreams. Putting them on paper is so thrilling.
The following are events I want to attend, in order of preference:
The World Cup. Definitely shooting for Brazil in 2014. I’m not sure if I want to go for work or just as a fan, but being in a new culture with thousands of passionate people for two weeks, celebrating the beautiful game and its players, in one of the world’s most beautiful cities? Count me in.
The Summer Olympics. This harkens back to my childhood, and my college experience. During the 1992 games in Barcelona, my sister and I watched the gymnastics with unrelenting fervor. In 1996 for the games in Atlanta, we taped the team competition on VHS tapes (remember those?), and went bananas when Kerri Strug landed on a gimpy leg to give the USA the gold.
When I got in to Syracuse and attended an accepted students day, I listened with amazement as current students discussed their internships during the games in Athens, and professors discuss plans to continue the program in Beijing. That basically sold me on my college choice. Three years later, I applied and didn’t get the internship. FAIL.
Next year’s games are in London, a city I lived in and loved for the best 3 1/2 months of my life. You can bet I’ll be watching intently and swooning as they show the familiar landmarks on TV.
The Final Four. The culmination of more than two weeks of playing for everything. An unlike-any-other combination of superstars, scrappy dudes, over-enthusiastic benchwarmers, angry and sassy coaches, and fans on the verge of agony and ecstasy. 2012 in New Orleans would be the ultimate trip, but it may be too late. We’ll see how Syracuse does.
The Kentucky Derby. My thing for horses grew exponentially this past fall. Seeing them race, in person, whilst wearing a fancy hat and drinking sounds spectacular.
The Super Bowl. The biggest game in my favorite sport. Enough said.
The Rose Bowl. Something about Southern California, football and roses…glamorous, warm, intense.
The following is a list of things I want to see/do:
A 16-seed beat a 1-seed in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament.
Spend a day in the Baseball and Pro Football Hall of Fames.
Bungee jump in New Zealand.
Zip line in Costa Rica.
Take a surfing lesson.
Take a traditional tour of Fenway Park.
Visit Lambeau Field.
Attend a Cubs game while eating a Chicago hot dog.
See the Cubs win the World Series. Because everyone deserves to feel what it feels like for your team to be the best.
Go see Red Sox spring training game.
I think that covers most of the sports-related items. I’ll post more of the things outside of sports I want to do tomorrow.
What’s on your bucket list?