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Fly an Airplane
Just once. Not looking to get a pilot's license or anything dramatic, just want to check this one off the list.

Completed!
Completed! Took a discovery flight, pilot gave me the controls for about a half hour while we cruised above Atlanta and past Stone Mountain. Great experience.
[search Flight: Driven]
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updated: Jul 31, 2010
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Get a Tattoo


Completed!
My mom's still mad about this one, 17 years later. I had wanted a tatoo since I was a kid. As a 21st birthday gift to myself I went to the tattoo parlor and got one. The work took over three hours,....
[search Personal Appearance]
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Get Married


Completed!
This one was on my list for a long time. It took a while to find the right woman. We'll be celebrating our fifth anniversary in September.
[search Wedding and Marriage]
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Go ATV Riding in the Desert
ATV's are four wheeled motorcycles designed for off roading. There are places all over the world where you can rent them to explore rugged terain. Have taken them out in Central America, the U.S. and....

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Just outside of Las Vegas there's a strip of desert called the "Valley of Fire." They run four hour ATV tours out there. Unforgettable ride.
[search Ground Transportation]
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Go Rappelling


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Really wanted to do this for a long time. Not really interest in climbing up a mountain, but rappelling down one always looked like fun. Was in Costa Rica two years ago and did it! Rappelled down mountains....
[search Recreation: Other]
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Go Zip-Lining
Also known as a canopy tour, zip-lines are nothing more than a rope and pully system, in this case four hundred feet up in the air. The tour involves hooking yourself onto the rope and pully with a safety....

Completed!
Have done this in Hawaii, Jamaica and Costa Rica. Was in the pouring rain in Jamaica, which made things interesting. Was about 400 feet off the ground in Costa Rica when I got stuck out on the middle....
[search Recreation: Other]
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Have My Own Business


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Coming from a blue collar background, where money was always tight, it was very important to me that I was OK financially. Even though I didn't have much to work with, I started a business at 24 years....
[search Economics: Jobs]
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Learn to Surf and Ski


Completed!
Well, I tried. Managed to get down the mountain a couple of times without falling. Not as much success with the board. So glad I tried both.
[search Surfing]
[search Winter Sports: Downhill]
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Move to Atlanta


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Like so many New Yorkers, I always knew I wanted to settle somewhere else. I spent a great deal of time thinking about where I wanted to live and did a bunch of research before deciding on Atlanta. ....
[search Travel: US: Southeast]
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Own a Cabin in the Mountains


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Being from a big city, this was always a dream of mine. Four years ago, my wife and I pulled it off. Cabin is in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee and we both love it!
[search Economics: Home]
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Own My Cars Outright


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This one I've got to credit my wife for insisting on, but I love owning our vehicles outright. Moving forward, my goal is to pay cash for each new vehicle we own and never have a car payment again.
[search Economics]
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Play Blackjack all Night


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Not one of my finer moments, but I had always wanted to hang in there at a Blackjack table all night long. Was in Biloxi a few years ago. Started playing at about 6pm. A couple of us hung in until....
[search Recreation: Other]
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Ride a Wave Runner...with Dolphins


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I'd been out wave running many times. On this occasion, my wife and I were down in Costa Rica. A guide nearby told us about a place where we could go out into the ocean itself, cut the engines and hand....
[search Boating]
[search Animals: Marine]
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updated: Sep 28, 2010
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See Whales Breach...from a Helicopter
Whales, like dolphins, often leap from the water when they are playing. It's really spectacular to watch.

Completed!
Did it! Have seen whales breach in Hawaii and Alaska. In Hawaii, flew over the ocean and watched them breach from a helicopter. Just insane.
[search Flight: Driven]
[search Animals: Marine]
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updated: Sep 28, 2010
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Stand Next to an Active Volcano


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In the town of La Fortuna, Costa Rica is the most active Volcano in the Western Hemisphere. The Arenal Volcano is going off throughout the day. Nothing quite like quietly enjoying a cup of hot chocolate....
[search Natural Wonders]
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Walk on a Glacier


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Did it! Took a helicopter to the top of the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska and went for a little walk. Awesome!
[search Hiking & Climbing]
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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Work and Live in a Foreign Country


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When I finished college I desperately wanted to travel, had no money and limited skills. What I could do was tend bar. I got working papers through a company affiliated to the University and landed....
[search Travel: Other]
[search Economics: Jobs]
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updated: Apr 18, 2010
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