Number 6

I forgot to mention this! A few months ago I was able cross off something else on my Bucket List. Number 6 – Drive of a Race Car.

I did this with my dad. I bought him a race car experience that we could do together for his birthday. While I do enjoy motor racing, my dad enjoys it even more. He never misses a F1 race or the 24 hours of LeMans. He also catches an Indy Car and NASCAR race from time to time.

We did what is called Dirt Racing Experience. We went to an oval dirt track just outside Mesquite called the Devil’s Bowl Speedway. We each hopped into some Late Model Dirt Racers with about 6 other guys and did about 10 laps. We both have the shared experience of struggling with the manual transmission at first because neither of us have driven a manual in over a decade. To be honest, we drove just fine, it was getting going without stalling is what we were both worried about. haha.


I really enjoyed it. I gave me ten laps to pretend I was a race car driver. Maybe in another life where I was braver I would have enjoyed being a race car driver

I do also have another driving experience on my Bucket List. Number 133 is to go to Germany and experience the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit. One of the most famous tracks in the world due to it’s length and difficultly.

Hopefully I’ll be able to make it over there during my time in Europe, but until then, here is Richard Hammond when he was part of Top Gear trying to drive a Formula One race car.

The Book of Mormon!

IMG_3607Number 43 on my bucket list is to see a show on Broadway. While Broadway is in New York, the West End is in London and basically the same thing.

I’ve always enjoyed musicals and have always wanted to watch a professional show, so during my last trip into London, I decided I was going to watch a show, and I was not disappointed.

Being a fan of Southpark for so many years, I decided to see “The Book of Mormon.” It was extremely well written, well sung, well directed, and not to mention hilarious! (It didn’t hurt that it won the Tony Award for best musical in 2011)! It’s definitely not for the easily offended, but it’s commentary on the naivety of people and the sometime ridiculous things religion says and does to convert people. It was careful not to make fun of God or Jesus themselves, but instead focused its satire on the man made part of religion.

But that’s just for deep thinkers like myself. If you just want a good show with some good laughs, this is a show for you! Below is a view of the stage from my seat. I was in the balcony, but the seats were fantastic!

This definitely will not be the last time I go see a show. I just need to figure out which one I’m going to see next.

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Number 122

Travel-suitcase_(1)Number 126 on my bucket list is to “Live out of one bag for an extended time”

Okay, so technically I’ve been living out of three bags. But the point of putting that particular thing on the bucket list was to challenge myself to live with less. It was to help me with my ongoing journey to being more minimalist (which I know I’ll never truly achieve). But at least for these four months during my mission I was able to live with less stuff.

Sure I have a storage unit back in the States full of stuff, but really those are just furnishings that are needed to live on your own. Furniture, cookware, flatware, some books, etc.

But I think the main thing I took away from this is realizing that all that other stuff is just excess, things we don’t need. The American dream says we need to get more, More, MORE!! But Jesus tells us, “I am enough.” And you know what? This period of living with less has helped me realized, I don’t need this stuff, and Jesus is enough.

West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Leicester City

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Bucket List #34 Done!!

What a beautiful site! What a beautiful game! Even though I didn’t get to see my boys in blue, I’ve always wanted to experience a football match on this side of the pond. Like watching a high school football game outside of Texas, it’s just not the same.

We had front row seats, which were right on ground level. I got to go with a good group to celebrate Andy, my supervisor’s, birthday! Although West Brom lost, it was still a great match and a great experience!

Number 10

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Done!!! What an experience. On Monday and Tuesday I got to travel to Scotland with my supervisor, Andy, as he was going on a pastoral visit to some missionaries located in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Also had the opportunity to go to Loch Lomond, the gateway to the highlands. A beautiful place, though due to weather I was unable to see all of its beauty.

During this trip I also was able to visit Edinburgh Castle (pictured below) and part of the Royal Mile. It was only for a few minutes and I didn’t have time to go inside, but even still it was a great experience to see. I was with a member of the Lifeshape Foundation and she said something that really stuck with me: “There is something special about exploring your roots.”

I absolutely agree. That is actually the main reason Scotland is on my bucket list. There are so many beautiful places in the world which I would love to see and visit. But there has always been something has has drawn me to Scotland, and that has to be it. My ancestry, my history. Finding out a little about the culture and location where your family came from even if it’s several generations back.

Even though I’ve been there and I’ve crossed that off my bucket list, I know that I will be returning to Scotland again to see its beauty and experience its culture sometime in the future.

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Sporting Events

I am finally cleaning out the last of my boxes after moving. In one box was just a bunch of old papers that I threw in there, I found something in there that was an old ESPN article I printed out. It was from 1997 and it is a list of “101 things all sports fans must experience before they die. I have a few sporting events that I want to experience myself:

29. attend the Indy 500 – Although the IRL is not what it used to be, but the Indy 500 is still a benchmark sporting event in America.

30. watch a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway – Don’t know why, but I have always loved this short track. About 40 cars driving in close quarters with steep banks makes for exciting racing.

32. play a round of golf on the Old Course at St. Andrews – The oldest golf course in the world. Just all the history that is there on the Old Course would be overwhelming. If I only was able to play one more round of golf the rest of my life- it would be this one.

33. play a round of golf at Pebble Beach – One of the most beautiful courses in the world. I want to play on it, bottom line.

34. attend an association football (soccer) match in Europe – Europe pumps the most money into soccer. They have giant stadiums, great players. It may not be the purest form of the sport, but it is the best the sport has to offer. Like the NBA or MLB. And those people over there are nuts about their team.

45. watch a UFC fight Live – MMA is such an exciting sport to watch. I also love watching boxing live. There is a certain energy and excitement that is present when you watch something live and add that to the excitement of the sport.

105. attend a game at Wrigley Field – The ivy on the outfield wall is gorgeous. the stadium itself is historic. Plus the Cubbies are the America’s lovable losers.

106. attend a game at Fenway Park – Classic, legendary, and the Green Monster. It doesn’t matter if you like the Red Sox or not, this is ballfield many want to go to.

107. attend a LSU game at Death Valley – I’m a big fan of LSU, and the home field of the LSU Tigers is called Death Valley. It is loud and rowdy and it was made famous for causing an “earthquake” at the end of a Tiger’s win.

108. see a UT/OU game – I love the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry. I am a huge Texas fan and I hate OU with a passion. I want to be a part of that one game a year at least once.

120. Watch a Sumo wrestling match in Japan – This just seems like something that someone needs to do. There is so much ritual and culture in this sport, I feel like if you want to experience Japan, this is something you need to see.

These two things I think I’ll add:
136. Running of the Bulls – Everyone has heard of this. It’s crazy, scary and probably a little dumb. But it also sounds like something that would be so much fun.

137. Driving the Ring (Nurburgring, Germany) – No speed limit. Closed course. For a fee, just about anyone can take their car and drive as fast as they want on a former Grand Prix course. If that doesn’t sound like fun, I don’t know what does.

My Dream Vacations

I have two dream vacations.

First is number 8 on my Bucket List, the Bahamas. I love the beach: the feeling of warm sand in between your toes, listening to the calming tide rolling onto the shore, building crappy little sandcastles that are more like sand pillars. There is just something relaxing about it. So why the Bahamas? For starters it’s a bit more isolated because it is an island but it’s not super long plane ride to get there like most islands. Next is the heat, it is not as relenting as most island resorts, but still warmer than places further north. But in the end, I’m not sure why Bahamas over other places, maybe because it’s not a place that everyone wants to go, but it is still attractive enough to pique people’s interest when I mention it. Whatever the case maybe, the Bahamas aren’t really on my Bucket List but rather it’s on my Inevitable List, I will go there one day.

Second is recently added number 135 to my Bucket List, town hopping in Europe. Last summer I spent a month in England and an couple of days in Paris and I loved it. The culture in Europe is unbelievable and captivating. Every town in Europe I’ve been to seems to offer so much history that regardless of where you go, it’s interesting. I want to just hop on a train and visit Madrid, then get on another train and see Milan, then to Budapest, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Riga, Athens, Prague, etc., I could go on forever. I want to go so many places that there are no more places to stamp on my passport. Even if I only spend a day or two in each city, I would still see more than I could have ever imagined.

What is your dream vacation?