Items 1621 – 1980

Items from “2,001 Things to Do Before You Die” by Dane Sherwood (1997)

monthly lists posted in 2017

1621 Stop daydreaming and seek your fortune
1622 Vary the seating
1623 Read all the stuff that comes home from school
1624 Encourage enterprise
1625 Reach out and touch someone
1626 Start with the air you breathe and list all the good things in your life
1627 Relive those thrilling days of yesteryear
1628 Get eight hours of sleep every night
1629 Lead, follow, or get out of the way
1630 Live without a cell phone
1631 Drive a pickup that is at least fifteen years old
1632 Apprentice yourself to a cabinetmaker
1633 Be Woody Allen’s therapist
1634 Send cartons of goodies to kids at camp
1635 Make a clambake happen
1636 Charm a snake
1637 See the Taj Mahal
1638 Perform a riff with Wynton marsalis
1639 Stop a mall from being built
1640 Raise emus
1641 Have a private master class with Baryshnikov
1642 Barrel down Niagara Falls
1643 Serve prosciutto with melon at your next affair
1644 Dance in Red Square at midnight
1645 Surprise someone with Swedish fish
1646 Benchpress your weight
1647 Put flowers on the untended grave of a stranger
1648 Join the Wrigley Field Bleacher Bums for one day and root for the Cubs
1649 Dress up and go trick or treating
1650 Locate and call a childhood friend you haven’t communicated with in at least twenty years

1651 Listen to the Top 5 pop, rock, and country singles
1652 Try being a vegan
1653 Be caricatured in a Barnes & Noble ad
1654 Own a kooky umbrella
1655 View the complete works of Fellini – in Italy
1656 Write all that you remember of your family history for the next generations
1657 Have your own talk show
1658 Ride a swan boat in Boston Commons
1659 Invite all of the childhood friends you can find to a reunion at your residence
1660 Send a friend flowers for no particular reason on no special day
1661 Go to a professional football game and cheer for everyone on both teams
1662 Play ghost in the graveyard on a summer night
1663 Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper praising someone in public life
1664 set up an annual award honoring your favorite teacher
1665 Find your favorite childhood book and read it to a child
1666 Take an incapacitated neighbor to vote
1667 Participate in a Neighborhood Watch Program
1668 Search for the bullion of the Huachuca Canyon gold
1669 Spend at least two hours of quality time a day with your dog
1670 Identify a tree’s age by counting the rings on its trunk
1671 Splurge on courtside, season tickets to the Lakers
1672 Detect a forgery
1673 Find a Hirschfeld and look for the Ninas
1674 Volley with Serena Williams
1675 Sing along with Andy Williams to “Moon River”
1676 Break the tape at a triathlon (phase 1)
1677 Debut at the Grand Ole Opry or the Apollo
1678 Get published in Harper’s
1679 Root for the return of the Horn and Hardhardt Automat
1680 Become and Avon Lady – or Gentleman

1681 Sing at a wedding
1682 Go back and spend the night at your old sleepaway camp
1683 Become so good at white water rafting that you can be a guide on the most difficult rivers
1684 skate the lead in the Ice Capades
1685 Be a write-in on the ballot
1686 design a musical instrument
1687 sponsor a needy child
1688 travel the world by reading
1689 celebrate your hairdresser at the Barbering Hall of Fame
1690 start your own cosmetics line
1691 learn to recognize iambic pentameter
1692 overcome adversity
1693 survive
1694 comfort the afflicted
1695 make a weekly visit to your local library
1696 compete in the Elephant Polo Tournament in Nepal
1697 skitch
1698 turn out the lights and watch Wait Until Dark
1699 be a Beatnik, Hippie, Punk, or Rude Boy
1700 Tell your children you were a Beatnik, Hippie, Punk, or Rude Boy
1701 gather up your friends for a quilting bee
1702 learn to throw your voice
1703 climb the slippery slope
1704 have bangers and mash
1705 compose a fairy tale
1706 act out a fairy tale
1707 be ringmaster for a day at Ringling Brothers
1708 be the person who pulls or announces the Lotto numbers on TV
1709 bounce at the Viper Room
1710 Dust off them blue suede shoes

1711 ably describe honky-tonk, ska, and high-lonesome
1712 weave your way through the loopholes
1713 get a full-body tan
1714 have your monograph published
1715 make the first string
1716 make Donny Osmond serenade you with “Puppy Love
1717 devise your own definition of beauty
1718 spend a day watching the entire Rocky, Star Wars, or Friday the 13th collection
1719 portage a canoe
1720 have your own website
1721 read a big, thick Russian novel
1722 apprehend a drug lord
1723 amaze your friends by memorizing all the US vice presidents
1724 get Botox
1725 attend a rave
1726 gather a bunch of friends for a Halloween hayride
1727 jet-ski in choppy waters
1728 raise ants, bees, or worms
1729 frame all your past and present business cards
1730 hang mistletoe in August
1731 be able to explain a hedge fund, risk arbitrage, and a mutal fund
1732 learn to communicate with animals
1733 hang out with a revolutionary
1734 rappel
1735 be there when the drill hits a gusher
1736 learn to love words like Nabokov
1737 live within your means
1738 beat an incurable disease
1739 interview JD Salinger and ask him to tell you about his father, the butter and egg man
1740 release balloons in church

1741 Put a scavenger hunt in your will
1742 Quote Derrida, Foucault, or Berra
1743 Cross the international dateline and get to yesterday
1744 Have an advice column
1745 Befriend a shaman, mystic, or priestess
1746 Show intimations of immortality
1747 Improve your intuition
1748 Scat like a pro
1749 Hit the jackpot
1750 Be a painter’s model
1751 Play in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
1752 Swoon over a star
1753 Appreciate the larceny in your heart
1754 Leak a really hot story
1755 Ride a camel to the Pyramids
1756 Stake a claim
1757 Astound the doubters
1758 Outfox the dealers at an auction
1759 Cook dinner in the fireplace
1760 Get your name in a gossip column
1761 See Michelangelo’s David
1762 Get your teeth whitened
1763 Shake hands with the President of the United States
1764 Dance in the Mardi Gras parade in Rio
1765 Go to a prize fight in Vegas
1766 Take a Jello bath
1767 Follow the Oregon Trail in true pioneer fashion
1768 Sunbathe topless
1769 Reach Nirvana
1770 Be a game show contestant

1771 Solve a Mystery Train Ride
1772 Start an outrageous shoe collection
1773 Become an uber-something
1774 Learn all the rules of football
1775 Learn to tell time by looking at the skies or paying attention to tides
1776 Do the I Ching
1777 Live communally
1778 Enjoy the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity
1779 Have Beluga caviar, Nova Scotia smoked salmon, and Russian vodka for dinner
1780 Go on an open casting call
1781 Be a Roadie
1782 Walk over hot coals
1783 Become a dual citizen
1784 Reverse a Supreme Court decision
1785 Camp in the Chukot Region of Siberia
1786 Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice
1787 Carpool more
1788 Lobby for more women on US currency
1789 Be a host for a foreign exchange student
1790 Carry on an intellectual conversation with the Dalai Lama
1791 Say “Voulez-vous couchez avec moi?” to Johnny Depp
1792 Do shots with a Russian diplomat
1793 Trade jokes with Mel Brooks
1794 Caddy for Tiger Woods
1795 Sample the prune chili at Yuba City’s annual California Prune Festival
1796 Host a game show
1797 Develop a new game show
1798 Invent an environmentally harmless mode of transportation
1799 Paint a masterpiece
1800 Put down the toilet seat

1801 Solve Rubik’s Cube
1802 Get in touch with your inner adult
1803 Be on “Sesame Street”
1804 Paint your mailbox purple
1805 Try working at odd jobs like a weed farmer or a worm picker
1806 Go to Hell, Michigan, or enjoy Intercourse, Pennsylvania
1807 Be picture on the front page of The New York Times
1808 Cross Ireland by bike
1809 Write an op-ed piece for a major metropolitan daily
1810 Have your suit made to order by a top-notch tailor
1811 Create your own fragrance
1812 Distinguish the differences between Ionic, Corinthian, and Doric
1813 Attend the Governor’s inaugural ball
1814 Arrive at church in a white stretch limousine
1815 Ride with the Amtrak engineer straight through the Rockies
1816 Stand on your head
1817 Be photographed by Annie Leibovitz or Steven Meisel
1818 Publish your poem in the New Yorker
1819 Take a month of weekends
1820 Execute a flawless triple axel
1821 Persuade your boss that a four-day weekend will result in more productivity
1822 Be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize
1823 Go back to where you came from
1824 Attend a tailgate party
1825 Have an imaginatively stocked picnic hamper
1826 Test drive all the new cars
1827 Have your milk delivered by a milkman
1828 Do time at a soup kitchen
1829 Be interviewed on a Barbara Walters’ Special
1830 Give sex advice to Dr. Ruth

1831 Send in your Publisher’s Clearing House entry
1832 Have your home drawn in charcoal and framed
1833 Wear flowers in your hair or lapels
1834 Get a free health club membership
1835 Spoil kids every once in a while
1836 Be extravagant with your praise
1837 Be a groupie
1838 Win with a royal flush
1839 Earn royalties
1840 Straighten George Steinbrenner out
1841 Down an Imperial pint in London’s Samuel Pepys pub on the Thames
1842 Grow your own vegetables
1843 Finish a Middleton acrostic in less than thirty minutes
1844 Get used to bifocals
1845 Know the difference between a tee and a hex nut, a Phillips and a slotted screw
1846 Operate a radial arm saw
1847 Shave with Kiehl’s
1848 Make a wish upon a star
1849 Tour Slimbridge with Prince Charles
1850 Start at Lake Tear of the Clouds and go by canoe down the Hudson to the Statue of Liberty
1851 Have a secret hiding place
1852 Develop a list of graceful excuses for all those occasions you’d like to skip
1853 Have a best friend who’s really honest when you need it
1854 Own a handknit sweater
1855 Let your hair down
1856 Wear a milk mustache in a “got milk?” ad, or be featured in an American Express ad
1857 Grow your nails long and be a hand model
1858 Make soup from scratch
1859 Revisit your first dorm room with your freshman roommate
1860 Know what you would be willing to do for a million dollars


1861 have a sandwich, drink, or ice cream flavor named after you
1862 buy a knighthood
1863 watch the sunrise at chichen itza
1864 channel hendrix or lennon
1865 know six things you would do if you were president
1866 thank everyone
1867 discourage all things that come in gray
1868 stay at the awani hotel in yosemite
1869 know the three types of rocks
1870 have great-great-grandchildren
1871 daydream about would you would eat for your last meal, and then eat it
1872 solve the mystery of where jimmy hoffa was laid to rest
1873 learn the names of the seven films in which john wayne dies
1874 listen to a whole week of rush limbaugh
1875 play banche du bois
1876 watch bela lugosi meets a brooklyn gorilla or devil girls from mars
1877 examine the titanic wreck on the ocean floor
1878 pilot the space shuttle
1879 visit another planet
1880 attend a presidental debate
1881 play the dideridoo or the hammered dulcimer
1882 perfect your calligraphy
1883 be a cryptographer
1884 give credit where credit is due
1885 be accountable
1886 own a spacesuit
1887 use a divining rod
1888 perform an exorcism
1889 have chocolate con churros after an all-nighter in Barcelona
1890 own a pit bull

1891 know your senators
1892 Play nora in a doll’s house
1893 construct a card house
1894 erect a statue
1895 build a people pyramid
1896 sing backup
1897 ballroom dance at the rainbow room
1898 bicycle through bordeaux
1899 mime for money
1900 attend the blessing of the animals at new york city’s cathedral of st john the divine
1901 claim you were on the beatles’ seargeant pepper album
1902 harmonize the star spangled banner
1903 become a beer connoisseur
1904 hire an escort
1905 kiss women’s hands
1906 cure depression
1907 define your utopia
1908 be a best boy
1909 be intimate with
1910 be a most valuable player
1911 know what a key grip does
1912 be radiant
1913 run through the car wash
1914 beliver a baby
1915 adopt a baby
1916 study staniskavski
1917 tame lions
1918 see a quetzal in the wild
1919 discover a new species in the rain forest canopy
1920 be in the guinness book of world records

1921 drink a pint of guinness
1922 get on the guest list
1923 study war
1924 defrost the freezer
1925 study war no more
1926 be truly color blind
1927 know what syzygy is
1928 have great friends
1929 have friends in high places
1930 have friends in low places
1931 have friends from al parts of your life
1932 cultivate grace
1933 exercise restraint
1934 create a computer program
1935 freefall with an umbrella
1936 end terrorism
1937 patent a gene
1938 see the terra-cotta soldiers at xian
1939 be a freedom fighter
1940 join a manhunt, search party, or a posse
1941 sketch with your eyes closed
1942 play the triangle or kazoo
1943 eat a ripe mango
1944 ride every roller coaster in the continental US
1945 own a pair of chaps
1946 be a smokejumper
1947 master a billy wilder, david mamet, or tarantinian dialogue
1948 tour a brewery
1949 eat a four pound steak
1950 savor the spotlight

1951 ride a sidecar
1952 hunt for breakfast
1953 recognize auras and chakras
1954 witness a death
1955 make your parents and children teary with pride
1956 play spin the bottle
1957 study witchcraft
1958 be a centerfold
1959 replace all your records with cds
1960 replace all your cds with records
1961 yearn
1962 write a children’s story
1963 swan dive into a crowd that is prepared to catch you
1964 give everyone you love a note outlining how they’ve enriched your life
1965 speak your piece
1966 speak your peace
1967 ring a really big bell
1968 act with the courage of your convictions
1969 laugh until you’re dizzy
1970 tour the prado, the louvre, the hermitage, the metropolitan, and the uffizi
1971 have outercourse
1972 take a self-defense course
1973 discover a planet
1974 eat a fish boil in door county, wisconsin
1975 read aloud alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
1976 fit twelve friends into a phone booth or a beetle
1977 own some go-go boots
1978 make your own passover plate
1979 turn off the television and go look at the stars
1980 squeeze a glass of fresh orange juice