30 things I want to do before I die Continuing on to the next list my counselor suggested I should make, here are 30 things I’d like to do before I die: Spend a week or two in and around Rockingham, North Carolina, learning as much as I can about my 4th-great grandfather, John Stricklin, born abut 1785, died October 1849. Particularly who his father and mother were. Spend a week or two in and around Lutts, Tennessee, learning as much as I can about my 3rd-great grandfather, Thomas Stricklin (20 Aug 1805 – 9 Jun 1889), and other members of my family who lived in that area. Spend some time traveling around Kendal, Cumbria, England, where my family surname almost certainly originated. Spend some time vacationing in the District of Columbia, seeing as many museums and monuments as humanly possible. Go on a cruise with a private stateroom, preferably the Caribbean or Hawaii. Travel first class (air). Become a published author. Be CEO of a company with a real office and real employees. Teach a Bible study. Teach a high school or college-level course, probably History or Government. Build a home that I, with the help of an architect, of course, designed. Move to a larger city, most likely either the Dallas/Fort Worth area or the Austin/San Antonio level. Learn Spanish. Learn to cook. I mean, really cook. Learn to play guitar. Learn to play bass. Learn to read music. Become a certified genealogist. Play in a band. Weigh under 200 lbs. once again. Have Lasik surgery. Get cosmetic dentistry. Have the excess skin under my eyes removed. Be someone’s mentor. Be a delegate to a GOP convention. (I was going to say, “Attend the inauguration of a Republican president,” but have you ever stood outside for an entire day in Washington, D.C. during January?!? It’s cold!) Eat a pizza from from Lombardi’s. Eat a Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza from Pizzeria Uno, 29 East Ohio, Chicago, IL, 60611. Eat a deep-dish pizza from Giordano’s. Eat a chili-dog from Pink’s in Hollywood. Watch my nephew graduate college and/or get married. Notice I said I’d like to do these things, not that I expect to do these things. Some of them, maybe. All of them, probably not.