Well, yesterday I turned 31, and for some reason I actually found myself taking stock of my life more than I did last year when I hit the big three-oh. Some of the things I'd wanted to do -- graduate from college, travel outside the country, date a stripper, go to the Michigan-Ohio State game -- I've managed to cross off my list, but there are still a few things hanging out there that I haven't done yet. So this week's +5 is Five Things I Want To Accomplish In The Next Thirty-One Years Of My Life. Hopefully 31 years will be enough time to knock them all out, but you never know:
Get mentioned in a Wu-Tang Clan song
There are still eight members left, so I figure I should be able to make friends with at least one of them. Preferably GZA or Ghostface.
Open a Hooters in a foreign country
This is one where I've kind of got to get on the stick -- Hooters has already opened up establishments in 24 foreign countries and a few overseas territories besides, so I'm running out of opportunities to truly break some new ground here. But as near as I can tell, Rio de Janeiro, Bratislava, Heidelberg, and Moscow are all ripe for new locations. Any one of those cities would have a large customer base, and an extensive pool of "talent" with respect to potential employees, to draw from.
Drive a car through a fruit stand or plate-glass window
This happens often enough in action movies that I'm kind of disappointed I haven't gotten to do it yet. I'd compensate the fruit vendor and/or glass company for their loss of assets, of course.
Meet Hugh Hefner
I bet a guy like that has all sorts of sage advice to offer someone like me, including the answers to major life questions such as "How can I remain an incredible badass even at the age of 83?" and "How do you maintain three ridiculously hot girlfriends at once and keep them all from despising each other?" I mean, I should be so lucky as to ever be faced with either of those issues, but still.
Eject from a fighter plane
I've already crashed a car and made the airbags go off; this, I guess, would kind of be the next step up. They both involve controlled explosions and a vehicle that's probably going to be unusable afterward.
And now the Ten, courtesy of the iPhone 'cause my iPod's in my car and I don't feel like going down and getting it:
1. The English Beat, "Mirror in the Bathroom"
2. Sloppy Seconds, "I Don't Wanna Be a Homosexual"
3. Donna Summer, "I Feel Love"
4. The Police, "Every Breath You Take"
5. R.E.M., "At My Most Beautiful"
6. U2, "11 O'Clock Tick Tock"
7. Dead Kennedys, "Short Songs"
8. Talking Heads, "(Nothing But) Flowers"
9. Joy Division, "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
10. Pet Shop Boys, "My Head Is Spinning" (Electro set remix)
Your turn -- Random Tens and goals for the next however many years of your life go in the comments.
Good call on the Hooters.
The are couple things I think I want to do before I'm forty, so I guess I've got 13 1/2 years to experience zero-g for more than a couple of seconds, cage dive with great whites, stay in an underwater hotel, and name no less than three dogs and two children after UGA alumni. I better get to work.
My love for overturned fruit stands knows no bounds.
1. Wilco - Casino Queen
2. Discovery - Orange Shirt
3. Hey Champ - Face Control
4. Say Hi - Maurine
5. Fanfarlo - I'm A Pilot
6. Los Campesinos! - Heat
7. Animal Collective - My Girls
8. Boy Eats Drum Machine - I'm Alive Don't Bury Me
9. Bishop Allen - Dimmer
10. Polly Scattergood - I Am Strong
Hmmmm .... a high-reaching bucket list. I'm with you on the plate-glass window bit, and I think opening a Hooters in Copenhagen would be great. I would also like to play golf at Augusta National, dive the Great Barrier Reef and have some quality private time with Jewel Staite.
1. "Death" by Judas Priest
2. "Hounds of Love" by Kate Bush
3. "Camoflauge" by Stan Ridgeway
4. "Domino Dancing" by Pet Shop Boys
5. "Hell's Bells" by AC/DC
6. "Serpent's Kiss" by Symphony X
7. "The Roadblock" by Stan Ridgeway
8. "10,000 Fists" by Disturbed
9. "Speak" by Queensryche
10. "All the Words in the English Language" by Animaniacs
Have a scotch with JoPa.
Have a cigar with Obama.
Have a bath with Angelina Jolie.
In that order.
1. Pharoah Monche, "Rape"
2. Mustard Plug, "Sweet Potato"
3. Green Day, "Minority"
4. Talib Kweli, "Keynote Speaker"
5. Pearl Jam, "Lukin-Live, State College, PA"
6. Snoop Dogg, "Snoop D.O. Double G"
7. Sonic Youth, "The world looks red"
8. Pearl Jam, "Last Exit-Live, NY,NY"
9. Jethro Tull, "Moths"
10. Weezer, "Death and Destruction"
The Hooters here in Buenos Aires is always, always empty. And the talent on the street is superior to the talent in the restaurant. Hmmmm, maybe that explains the first part.
Go back to not having a real job
Finish my book
Open a restaurant
...and I can't think of anything else right now. That's pathetic.
1.Imperial Teen, "Open Season"
2.Fishbone, "Jack Ass Brigade"
3.The Who, "Getting in Tune"
4.Robert Johnson, "Terraplane Blues"
5.Jimi Hendrix, "Dolly Dagger"
6.Al Green, "True Love"
7.Sly & The Family Stone, "Frisky"
8.Sven Van Hees, "Tabla Rasa"
9.Blue Öyster Cult, "Kick Out The Jams"
10.Roxy Music, "Avalon"
Finish up grad school.
Live in a foreign country(not Canada) for at least a year.
Learn to fly a plane- and not just for the ejection fun.
1. "In the Midnight Hour", Wilson Pickett
2. "St. Andrew's Hall", Blind Melon
3. "The Calling", Santana and Eric Clapton
4. "The Day He Didn't Die", Mighty Mighty Bosstones
5. "24/7", The Expendables
6. "Mercy, Mercy Me", Marvin Gaye
7. "If You Want Blood(You've Got It)", AC/DC
8. "Can't Nobody Love You", Soloman Burke
9. "Jump", Van Halen
10. "Collie Man", Slightly Stoopid
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