now that i have crossed 35, it’s time for a new list! i still want to accomplish the ones i didn’t cross off my 35before35 list, but this time around i’m making my focus more local. below are the 40 things i would like to do before i turn 40, half of which are specific to memphis. as per usual, a majority of the list revolves around food, which also means there’s a solid chance i’ll have a lot more success with this one.

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a visit to the original gus’s. mason, tennessee. july 2018.

the memphis things:

  1. walk through the mud island riverwalk.
  2. eat at the original gus’s fried chicken in mason, tn.
  3. do a ghost tour at elmwood cemetery.
  4. finally eat at payne’s bbq.
  5. go to a 901fc match.
  6. go up to the lookout at bass pro pyramid.
  7. escape from memphis escape rooms.
  8. revisit jerry’s sno cones.
  9. watch an imax movie at the pink palace.
  10. do a city tasting tour.
  11. tour the old dominick distillery.
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swami sibs take over beale street. memphis, tennessee. may 2018.

and the non-memphis things:

  1. take a brother-sister trip.
  2. go ice skating at rockefeller center.
  3. run one 5k and / or one 10k each year. [2018: cooper-young 4-miler; st jude 10k; 2019: st jude 5k; 2020: cooper-young 4-miler; st jude 5k / 10k]
  4. raise $5000 as a st jude hero. [2018: $1600; 2019: $1550]
  5. grow my own peppers.
  6. 10-year reunion trip with alex-boy.
  7. visit one new country each year. [2018: hungary, czech republic, austria; 2019: canada, spain; 2020: mexico]
  8. visit one new place in the u.s. each year. [2018: montgomery, al; 2019: salt lake city, ut; seattle and tacoma, wa; 2020: cleveland, oh; gatlinburg, tn]
  9. re read shantaram.
  10. cross the 1,200-mile mark on the nike+ running app.
  11. visit one new national park each year. [2019: mt rainier national park; 2020: great smoky mountain national park x2; 2021: hot springs national park]
  12. take a cross-country train journey or road trip.
  13. take a new-to-me fitness class.
  14. 10-year reunion trip with ellie-bear.
  15. learn to [properly] drive a stick shift.
  16. go on a blind date.
  17. finish maya angelou’s autobiographical series.

as you can see, i still have a few spots available, so feel free to send suggestions. and as always, company is welcome!