101 Things in 1001 Days

Many years ago (2009), I was introduced to the Zero Day Project. Think of it as a bucket list without the inferred concept of needing to be retired to pursue.

I made a list, not really certain I would stick with it. Yet somehow, I managed to cross off an impressive number of achievements over the years, some added retroactively after accomplishing a feat (screaming down the autobahn in a BMW with 99 Luftballons cranked up). I may not always follow the 1001 days rule, but I’ve gotten a great sense of satisfaction the couple times I year I remember it exists and I go to check my unwitting progress.

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I’m not even sure where I left off or the last time my list was checked. Let’s open up Evernote and review some of the highlights…

Due date: July 6th, 2011. Yeah, a bit late.

  • Get 1/2 sleeve “The Emmigration” tattoo.

Long done. In 2012, I commissioned Matthew Wojciechowski from (at the time) Jinx Proof Tattoo in Washington, DC on an impressive two-part mural on my left arm depicting representations of the emmigration to America moments from each side of my family.

  • Get audio family recordings transcripted.

Still haven’t done that yet. I have two really long audio recordings of interviews with family members, some of which are no longer with us. I need to get these logged before the cassettes degrade further.

  • Play on a recorded song,
  • Claim Army disability
  • Reconnect with my field and stay on top of the industry

Done, done and done. Before moving overseas, my band recorded an EP and a full length; after being out for over a decade, I had finally submitted paperwork for my service-connected knee injury; and you’ll note from earlier in this blog, I’m both working in and paying attention to web development again.

There are several items I never got to and others that I just don’t care about anymore. The former will form the basis for my new list. Below are the first five of the 101.

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).
  1. Learn and play 3 Johnny Cash songs on guitar
  2. Draw again. Sketch a picture you’re proud of, like you used to when you were younger
  3. Complete an autobiographical outline of your life for possible use in a memoir when you’re older
  4. Read any book in Spanish, no matter how short
  5. Drink a beer at Oktoberfest in Germany

I’m up to 15, at the moment. This will take a few days to finish.